Sir Edward Keeling: May we have an assurance that the statement about that committee will be made before we adjourn for Christmas?
Sir Edward Keeling: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, since 1951, when Egypt repudiated the 1936 Treaty, the customs duty payable thereunder upon wines, spirits, etc., imported by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes for sale to British troops has, though not passed on to the Egyptian Government, been collected from the buyers in case it should be decided later to pass it on;...
Sir Edward Keeling: I beg to give notice that, on Friday, 11th December, I shall call attention to the retired pay of certain serving officers, and move a Resolution.
Sir Edward Keeling: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence whether he will announce an in crease in the retired pay of the 359 officers still surviving on 20th January, 1953, who were given, in 1919, rates which were to vary with the cost of living, but which, in spite of the rise in that cost, have not been increased since they were anchored in 1935 at 9½ per cent. below the 1919 rates;...
Sir Edward Keeling: Is my right hon. Friend aware that his reply and the decision of the Government are wholly unacceptable to many hon. Members on both sides of the House, who will not rest content until the just grievance of these officers, which is stronger than that of any civilians, is redressed?
Sir Edward Keeling: Will my hon. Friend give an assurance that the effects of helicopter noise on any houses or offices near the proposed station will be considered?
Sir Edward Keeling: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence whether any concession can be made on the postage of Christmas parcels sent to officers and other ranks serving in Korea.
Sir Edward Keeling: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that a resident in Australia is allowed every year a travel allowance of£150 in non-sterling countries; and why a resident in this country is allowed little more than a quarter of this amount.
Sir Edward Keeling: But as it is a fact that Australians can get£150 every year, whereas other people in the sterling area distant from Europe can only get£40 a year and accumulate it for three years, can we not be told whether the Chancellor has any idea how many Australians, in fact, get£150 every year
Sir Edward Keeling: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the bad English of the Note sent to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on 15th July; and what steps he has taken to secure the better use of our language in future.
Sir Edward Keeling: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General to what proportion of understamped letters for abroad bearing on the cover the name and address of the sender, the Post Office now affixes the necessary extra stamps; and to what extent the sender sends the cost of these on application.
Sir Edward Keeling: Would my hon. Friend consider drawing the attention of chambers of commerce to the advantages of this system to business firms with careless office boys, and would he suggest to them that all firms should print their name and address on the cover—a practice which has other advantages?
Sir Edward Keeling: I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time." This is the second time I have moved this Clause. When I moved it upstairs in the Committee I said it was not necessary to explain it, because it explained itself. I can repeat that statement now, and I hope the Government will accept it.
Sir Edward Keeling: It is an interesting fact that this Bill commands a larger attendance for the Third Reading than for the Second. No doubt that is because the Bill has been considerably improved, as my right hon. Friend said, since the Second Reading, but I think it must be an almost unprecedented event. I want very briefly to welcome the Bill, particularly on behalf of the National Trust. Part I of the Bill...
Sir Edward Keeling: My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary has not dealt with the important point made by the hon. Member for St. Pancras, North (Mr. K. Robinson) about the investments of the National Land Fund. I should like to amplify what he said. If the Land Fund had been invested in ordinary trustee investments, it could have earned something like 4 per cent., which is almost double its present revenue....
Sir Edward Keeling: I have another point of order, Mr. Speaker. I understand that these selections are in fact made by you, though it is true on recommendations made by the I.P.U. But I understand that in several cases you have in fact altered the recommendations of the I.P.U. It is a well-established principle that no criticism of yourself may be made except on a substantive Motion. Therefore, I suggest that if...
Sir Edward Keeling: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence whether the Government's promised efforts to find a fair solution of the question of the retired pay of the 359 officers still surviving who were given in 1919 rates which were to vary with the cost of living but which in spite of the great rise in that cost have not been increased since they were anchored in 1935 at 9½ per cent....
Sir Edward Keeling: Considering that on 20th January the Minister of Defence said in another place that the case then put so cogently would be most earnestly considered, is not it treating Parliament with contempt that over five months later no decision has been announced? Can we have an assurance that a decision will be announced before we adjourn for the Summer Recess?
Sir Edward Keeling: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether the Post Office insist on payment by nationalised industries of the surcharge of 5d. due on every letter from a Member of Parliament in an official-paid envelope which they accept.
Sir Edward Keeling: Although the Financial Secretary to the Treasury said in this House on 11th June that hon. Members ought not to use these envelopes for letters to nationalised industries, is my hon. Friend aware that the reply which he has just given indicates quite clearly to hon. Members that whether they do or do not the result will be precisely the same—the letters will be delivered without surcharge?