Mr Henry Hynd: Is the Minister doing something to deal with the well-known habit of people jumping the queue by offering a 5 guineas fee?
Mr Henry Hynd: I promise that I shall not detain the House for more than five minutes. I want to follow a remark made by the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Kershaw) about nurses who have to transfer to other hospitals for training, because in my constituency there is a case to which I want to call public attention. The Minister will be glad to hear that, strangely enough, I am not criticising him. It is a...
Mr Henry Hynd: With all the modern methods of refrigeration, is it necessary to export live animals? Why cannot they be slaughtered here?
Mr Henry Hynd: Any measures designed to counter Communist propaganda in Africa or elsewhere will have my warmest support, but I feel that the hon. Member for St. Albans (Mr. Goodhew) has allowed his anti-Communist enthusiasm to run away with him a little this afternoon. The gist of his speech, as I understood it, was that all the recent troubles in Africa have been due to Communist intrigue and that the...
Mr Henry Hynd: I am grateful for that elaboration of the hon. Gentleman's statement. The note I have of what he said is that he followed that remark by another to the effect that, wherever this principle is applied in Africa, it has always been followed by chaos. This is not so. Africa is a big country. Many African territories have achieved their independence in recent years, and, if the hon. Gentleman...
Mr Henry Hynd: That is putting it a bit better than the hon. Gentleman put it in the first place.
Mr Henry Hynd: Further, the hon. Gentleman said that the Communists quickly moved in—I took that down—and he gave an example of how the Communist party had moved in quickly and had outwitted the British and other people who, equally, had been trying to influence the Africans in many of these territories. Of course, the Communists or anyone else are just as entitled as we are to try to influence others....
Mr Henry Hynd: We too have circulated many documents, pamphlets, and books in these areas to try to put our point of view across. We have done this quite successfully—in fact, so successfully that I repeat that I do not know of a strong Communist party in any part of Africa.
Mr Henry Hynd: I understood that the Communist party was illegal in Egypt.
Mr Henry Hynd: We are trying to increase our trade with the Soviet Union, but that does not mean that this country is going Communist. This is my complaint. If we concentrate our minds on the idea that Communism is at the bottom of all the trouble in Africa, we shall go down the wrong road. The hon. Member knows as well as anyone how the Africans have been influenced by many other things besides Communism....
Mr Henry Hynd: That is not surprising.
Mr Henry Hynd: Li the spirit of "Grievance before Supply", I hope that the House will bear with me while I put one or two points to the Postmaster-General. In doing so I should like to be associated with other hon. Members who have expressed their admiration of the work of the Post Office. I think that nowadays, particularly when they are going in for such things as communication by satellite, it must be...
Mr Henry Hynd: Except politically.
Mr Henry Hynd: Labour, I hope.
Mr Henry Hynd: Would it be anything to do with the new betting offices?
Mr Henry Hynd: Has the right hon. Gentleman's Department studied the very efficient arrangements in America for signals on the backs of heavy goods vehicles and trailers?
Mr Henry Hynd: Does not the right hon. Gentleman remember the criterion laid down by the leaders of his party—that a Government will be judged by the effect of their policy on prices and the value of the £?
Mr Henry Hynd: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the contributions during widowhood which he has mentioned swallow up practically the whole of the 10s. pension?
Mr Henry Hynd: Is not the lion. Gentleman aware that housing associations have been in existence and have been successful for many years? One of the best known ones in London is in St. Pancras.
Mr Henry Hynd: To that end, will the right hon. Gentleman lay down a reasonable rate of interest to enable people to buy their own houses?