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Mr William Guy: May I ask for your guidance, Mr. Deputy-Chairman? May I raise any matter dealing with the inadequacy of the financial provisions for a local borough rate?
Mr William Guy: Might I point out that the officers of my district office, every morning since the strike started, have addressed the men outside the dock gates and put the facts before them?
Mr William Guy: I have no desire to introduce any discordant notes into this Debate, because in my judgment we are discussing this afternoon a Measure which is long overdue. Whilst I subscribe to the many tributes paid by the Minister to all concerned in the introduction of this Bill, I wish to say a word or two about a colleague of mine with whom I was associated for a number of years. He is Mr. Jarman, the...
Mr William Guy: Is my right hon. Friend aware that relatives can get no information whatsoever with regard to visiting graves?
Mr William Guy: During the discussions on the Estimates for 1946–47, a great deal was said about the setting up of the advisory committee. I would like to ask the Financial Secretary how many times the committee has met during the year, and whether any recommendations have been made. Further, have any of the recommendations made last year resulted in any of the economies which my hon. Friend has mentioned...
Mr William Guy: Does my hon. Friend not appreciate that if we had registered offices, there would be a diminished amount of betting by reason of the fact that many people would not go there to bet because they would not like to be seen going in?
Mr William Guy: I rise to express my gratification that this Bill has been brought forward, and to welcome it. Speaking as one who has had some experience of service in the Merchant Navy, I feel that by this Bill today we are taking a great step forward in the way of improving the conditions of the Merchant Service. I must express a little disappointment at the fact that the Bill has been brought forward on...
Mr William Guy: I intervene for two minutes to support the plea of hon. Members who have made out this case for the revision of postwar credits. I wish to stress the fact that I represent a constituency where workers in two particular industries—namely, the ship repair workers and dock workers—worked at the fullest pitch throughout the war. They were of the ages of 55 to 60 and they have now reached...
Mr William Guy: There will be 25 fewer seats on the redistribution.
Mr William Guy: Is it suggested that these huts should contain one or more families?
Mr William Guy: Could my hon. Friend tell me how the Association of Probation Officers compares with the Civil Service Association?
Mr William Guy: There is very little time left to carry on this discussion or for the Parliamentary Secretary to reply, but I must say that I object to hearing, whenever we have Debates of this kind, one specific subject always picked out. People who argue on this subject appear to be individuals whose minds are obsessed against one thing—
Mr William Guy: I say that it is cant and hypocrisy for an hon. Member to talk about the liberty of the subject and then to say, "I have a gamble myself."
Mr William Guy: Hon. Members who argue against these customs, whether it is dog racing or any other kind of activity, interfere.with the liberties of the people who desire to participate in them. This pamphlet has been put before us this afternoon. Obviously it is the rules and regulations. I have no objection to it, but I have to the general remarks against the way pools, even honest pools, are run.
Mr William Guy: I would not have minded if the hon. Member had complained about the tons of rubbish delivered to us which is never seen and is thrown into the wastepaper basket. But hon. Members are always advancing objections to one form of gambling against another. What I notice about some of these cranks and faddists, as I have described them from time to time, is that they are often to be found looking...
Mr William Guy: My hon. Friend has made a definite charge against bricklayers and bricklayers' labourers. Can he tell me any job in London where work is carried on until 7 o'clock at night?
Mr William Guy: Would my right hon Friend allow me? He has given the reasons about the Act of 1934 concerning greyhound tracks, but does he appreciate the fact that there are thousands of transport workers who have to go to work on different schedules and who are carrying other people about to various sporting activities, which are denied to themselves?
Mr William Guy: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider the granting of powers to local authorities to prevent unauthorised persons trading, and the holding of fairs and shows, on bombed sites.
Mr William Guy: May I ask the Minister whether he is aware of the growing practice of trading on these bombed sites, which is having a detrimental effect on the existing market trader?
Mr William Guy: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is no regulation for dealing with that matter?