Mr Walter Higgs: asked the Minister of Works if the aluminium house designed by the Aircraft Industries Research Association will be available for inspection by Members of Parliament and the general public; and, if so, when and where.
Mr Walter Higgs: Does the Minister intend to permit a large number of these houses to be manufactured before they have been properly tested and lived in?
Mr Walter Higgs: Will it?
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the Report on Post-War Trade Policy issued by the National General Export Merchants' Group, a copy of which has been sent to him; and, in view of the fact that approximately two-thirds of the pre-war export trade of Great Britain was handled by merchants, what assistance they will receive from his Department to re-establish...
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the President of the Board of Trade if, when disposing of shadow factories in the Birmingham area, he will give preference to local firms whose premises have suffered through enemy action before he considers applications from firms outside Birmingham.
Mr Walter Higgs: Is the Minister's reply to this minor request governed to some extent by the fact that the United States will not give the British Government permission to use petrol for this purpose?
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the Minister of Aircraft Production if he is aware of the long delay that is arising in giving manufacturing concerns disposal instructions for redundant material belonging to completed and cancelled contracts; and will he arrange for the contracts disposal branch to accelerate these instructions.
Mr Walter Higgs: Is the Minister aware that disposal instructions often take as long as six months, while very valuable floor space is occupied, and firms are prevented from changing over to peace-time production?
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power on what authority the Electricity Commissioners have authorised undertakings to purchase electrical equipment for post-war requirements from specified areas such as Scotland, the Northeast coast and South Wales.
Mr Walter Higgs: Is my hon. Friend not aware that these are not the main producing centres of electrical equipment? Does he intend to direct this industry into those new areas?
Mr Walter Higgs: Will there be any catering arrangements for strangers in the evening?
Mr Walter Higgs: Did the Home Secretary consult the trade unions and the employers' federations before coming to this conclusion?
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the Minister of Labour what provision he is making for releasing labour in order to accelerate the manufacture of the 3,000,000 kw. of new electrical plant that is to be installed before the winter of 1948.
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the large number of beds and blankets which are not in use in certain parts of the country since the fire guards were ordered to stand down; and will he permit them to be sent to relieve the needs of bombed areas in London or on the Continent.
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is now in a position to make his promised announcement on the subject of double summer time.
Mr Walter Higgs: Is the Home Secretary aware that the objection to double summer time is not confined to agriculture, and that it is no benefit at all to industry, and will he bear that fact in mind when coming to any conclusion on that matter? Further, the Home Secretary promised this statement as long ago as the beginning of January; when is he going to give it to the House?
Mr Walter Higgs: Can the right hon. Gentleman inform the House when he expects to introduce the Bill dealing with the location of industry?
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, if he is aware of the high charges many farmers are having to pay in order to obtain a supply of electricity; and what action he intends to take in order that these charges can be reduced to a reasonable level.
Mr Walter Higgs: Is the Minister aware that there are 300,000 farmers in this country, and that 10 per cent. only have a supply of electricity; and does he not consider that this is a matter of desperate urgency?
Mr Walter Higgs: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, what provision he is making to arrange to supply the necessary materials to cover the 3,000,000 kw. of new electricial plant that is to be installed before the winter of 1948.