Mr James Hogge: Will the Pensions Minister say why, so far as the Government is concerned—not this Government, but any Government—some alteration should not be made whereby a man may have his appeal Irrespective of the time limit?
Mr James Hogge: by Private Notice asked the Prime Minister whether in view of the fact that no opportunity has yet been afforded the House to discuss the Southborough Report he will at least suspend the forthcoming examination for ex-service men temporarily employed in the Civil Service until after the Election?
Mr James Hogge: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are 30,000 men concerned and, on his own figures, 18,000 of them have entered for the examination, and are at the present moment spending money for the purpose of preparing for the examination. The vacancies available are only 5,000 according to the Southborough Report, less than a third of that number, and in view of that fact and of the desire of the...
Mr James Hogge: 14. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he proposes to take any action to the effect that passports for British subjects once granted should be free from renewal within at least a period of seven years?
Mr James Hogge: 51. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the widespread dissatisfaction which is felt regarding the financial report of the Southborough Committee, he will undertake to allocate a day for the full discussion of the claims of the ex-service men in the Civil Service?
Mr James Hogge: The objection to this kind of Motion from the private Members' point of view has been expressed before, and I think ought to be expressed again. I should very much like the Leader of the House to tell us since when this form of Motion was introduced. I remember it as one of the various forms introduced during the period, of the Tear in order to prevent long discussions after Government...
Mr James Hogge: Since when?
Mr James Hogge: Not before the War?
Mr James Hogge: Why need my hon. Friend worry if he does not drink?
Mr James Hogge: Can the right hon. Gentleman state one thing which is asked in the question, namely, what is the amount of loan that has been applied for?
Mr James Hogge: Arising out of that answer and in view of the fact that we go into recess for 12 weeks, and as these men require the money, does the right hon. Gentleman not understand that what we are asking for is whether the scheme has been successful, and whether he agrees that if only 22 men have applied for only £408 the whole thing is inadequate and useless?
Mr James Hogge: Will the hon. Gentleman take steps to abolish balloting for tickets in this House?
Mr James Hogge: That is the position of the Liberals too.
Mr James Hogge: Yes, and the Leader of the House would have to come here the next day. That is the whole point.
Mr James Hogge: The ''Noes" have it.
Mr James Hogge: I think I am entitled to claim a Division, and I do so.
Mr James Hogge: 1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the post of Public Health Commissioner at Simla will be vacant in August of this year; and whether those considered for the appointment will require to hold a British diploma in public health?
Mr James Hogge: Is it not a fact that every junior Commissioner in this service must hold the British diploma in public health before he receives the appointment, and can we not receive an assurance from the Government that this post, which is the best in the Indian Public Health Service, shall not be given to any man who does not hold the same diploma which is required for everybody who joins the service?
Mr James Hogge: Why is my hon. Friend not aware of this, when every man who enters the service is made aware of the fact that he cannot enter the service without holding the British diploma in public health, and why should a senior position be given to anyone who dues not hold that diploma?
Mr James Hogge: Will the right hon. Gentleman, during the Recess, make a point of visiting this part of Scotland and seeing for himself exactly what the difficulties are?