Sir Douglas Hacking: Is the Minister aware that paragraph 3 of the licence says that the B.B.C. shall not broadcast any commercial advertisement? In order that some hon. Members may satisfy themselves whether this was a commercial advertisement, will he have a copy of the broadcast placed in the Library?
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give a list of war-time regulations and restrictions affecting his Department which have already been rendered less onerous or totally abolished.
Sir Douglas Hacking: Will my right hon. Friend add to that list as soon as possible, because it seems very inadequate?
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can yet reduce the period of service of troops in the Far East and other distant theatres of war.
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the Prime Minister whether he has now received the Final Report of the Conference on Electoral Reform and Redistribution of Seats presided over by Mr. Speaker; and if he has any statement to make.
Sir Douglas Hacking: Whilst thanking the right hon. Gentleman for the compliments he pays to members of the Conference, is he aware that any success that has been achieved by the Conference is very largely due to the tact, courtesy and ability of our Chairman?
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the Minister of Production why the leader of the British Textile Commission returned from the U.S.A. ahead of other members; if he had made further inquiries as to whether the elimination of the cotton merchants was discussed during the visit; and when it is expected that the full Report of the mission will be received and made public.
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the Minister of Production whether he will state the purpose of the visit to the U.S.A. of the British Textile Mission, headed by the United Kingdom cotton controller; and whether, in particular, the Mission is empowered to discuss the elimination of the cotton merchants of this country.
Sir Douglas Hacking: Was the elimination of cotton merchants in this country actually discussed or not?
Sir Douglas Hacking: Will the hon. Gentleman make inquiries whether or not the elimination of the cotton merchants was discussed?
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that provision for civilian employment is already made by Act of Parliament for militia, embodied, called-up and disabled soldiers, he will consider a guarantee of employment for time-serving soldiers requiring employment on completion of their service or on the cessation of hostilities.
Sir Douglas Hacking: Will my hon. Friend see that these time serving soldiers are not treated in respect of employment in any way worse than the temporary soldiers?
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the letter about consultant and specialist services appearing in the British Medical Journal and the Lancet of 15th January, signed by the presidents of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, of which he has received a copy and in which...
Sir Douglas Hacking: I must comply with the Minister's request, but, in view of the great interest in this by the whole of the medical profession, will my right hon. and learned Friend see that the greatest possible publicity is given to the official reply and explanation, through medical and other journals throughout the country?
Sir Douglas Hacking: We have listened to a very interesting and instructive speech, full of sound commonsense. I liked very much the hon. Member's defence of the Parliamentary institutions of the country and especially his defence of the present electoral system. He said that we had had no experience of a minority failing in its desire to give expression to its opinion in the House. I think he is right....
Sir Douglas Hacking: The Speaker's Conference, of course, would have to consider all these points, but I am suggesting it Would be a desirable thing, if possible, to stabilise the opening hours. There are exceptions to be made, such as that suggested by the hon. Member for North Tottenham (Mr. R.C. Morrison), and I am sure that the Speaker's Conference will give them consideration. One final matter to which the...
Sir Douglas Hacking: I do not want to say anything which would not be in Order, but I understand that one of the points on the agenda, as suggested by the Home Secretary, was the conduct and cost of elections.
Sir Douglas Hacking: It does not refer to the cost of running elections, I admit, and will not press the matter further. Hon. Members may say that each one of the economies I have mentioned is a small matter, but I assure them that the cumulative effect of these small economies will be very great. They would be much appreciated by most of the candidates, especially those who do not happen to be wealthy. It would...
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the publication, a copy of which has been sent to him, entitled "Work, the future of British Industry," issued by the Conservative party sub-committee, on reconstruction; and whether, in view of the recommendation contained therein regarding equal pay for men and women doing equal work, he will now move to set up a Select...
Sir Douglas Hacking: asked the Secretary of State for War why the troops who fought with great gallantry and inadequate resources in the Eighth Army between September, 1941, and October, 1942, are deprived of the right to receive the clasp of the Africa Star?