Mrs Leah Manning: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the acute shortage of babies' diapers or material for making the same in the area of Harlow, Bishop's Stortford, Epping and Chingford; and what steps he is taking to remedy the position.
Mrs Leah Manning: Since I have now received information that this shortage is still widespread and acute over the whole country, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether this effort is the first fruits of his research marketing endeavours in America? If so, will he stop the supply there so that the babies in this country can have comfort and dry towels?
Mrs Leah Manning: I quite realise, reading through the report of the Debate, that while one's mind was fully occupied at the time with saving those boroughs which had a separate commission of the peace and which conformed to the new ceiling, it was only natural that when the Attorney-General replied "Yes, Sir," it should have made us feel that we had got the whole of what we were asking for, and that the...
Mrs Leah Manning: May I ask my hon. Friend why, when they serve grilled or steamed herrings, they take out the roes and serve them separately as a savory? They are getting their money twice over.
Mrs Leah Manning: I think that the contents of every speech, with one exception, will have proved to my right hon. Friend that there is an outstanding need for a committee of this kind to find out the facts, collate them, and make suggestions as to how we can fill this one remaining gap in child care in this country. We are far from the days when the mothers of this country were exploited, badly fed and...
Mrs Leah Manning: I will give the hon. Member full particulars. I have not the time at the moment, as several Members still wish to speak. I ask my right hon. Friend to take note of what has been said, and to give us this committee quickly.
Mrs Leah Manning: As the examination at 11 plus can never be a just criterion of a child's future development, is it not a very great waste to have empty places in this type of secondary school when there are children who are willing to enter and parents who are anxious that their children should enter?
Mrs Leah Manning: Has my right hon. Friend looked at the results of children who did not pass the school entrance examination for these very schools over the past few years?
Mrs Leah Manning: asked the President of the Board of Trade how many individual firms have asked for advice in raising productivity, from the Production Efficiency Service of the Board of Trade, in the years 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949, respectively.
Mrs Leah Manning: Can I ask my right hon. Friend from whom these firms will How get the assistance they need, since the service has been closed down.
Mrs Leah Manning: Quite apart from the commercial and industrial concerns and political parties, to which my right hon. and learned Friend made reference, I am still nervous about a phrase which he used when he said "from the moment a candidate begins to nurse his constituency." Is it not a fact that a good Member of Parliament nurses his or her constituency from the time of being elected?
Mrs Leah Manning: May I ask the learned Solicitor-General a question? In the case which has been outlined in the last speech, would it be open for a party to apply for dissolution of the marriage three years later and to obtain the discretion of the court in regard to the cohabitation which had taken place in the three years?
Mrs Leah Manning: Is it not a fact that when this place was set up there was a great demand for trained domestic workers, mostly from Members opposite?
Mrs Leah Manning: asked the Minister of Education if he will call for an immediate report from His Majesty's inspectors in the area of the condition of sanitation at the Nazeing School, Essex; and of the methods used for the disposal of the contents of the bucket lavatories.
Mrs Leah Manning: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this will give great satisfaction to the mothers of this area, and to the people generally, since, as he probably knows, the effluent from this school has now been thrown into an open ditch?
Mrs Leah Manning: In view of the unanimous resolution which was passed by the Council, does not my hon. Friend feel that the sooner the position is clarified the better for the growth of the Council? Can he think of any better way of getting it on the agenda at Colombo?
Mrs Leah Manning: Does not the hon. and gallant Gentleman think that a man who has had to work very hard in order to secure an income would be one of the very first to tie up his money in the fear that some wolf would devour it before his daughter could get at it?
Mrs Leah Manning: No.
Mrs Leah Manning: I do not think it is, because it introduces a degree of inequity which no Chancery judge, however objective he was. could overcome. That is the real point which the Attorney- General made, not the point of difficulty which the hon. Gentleman is trying to make now. The point is the difficulty of being able to do this with equity between case and case.
Mrs Leah Manning: Before the hon. Member sits down, may I ask him two questions. Has he any clue at all to the reasons for what seems to be a quite incredible and unique position in England today? Secondly, does he know whether the parents of this area would be prepared to take advantage of this education if they could have it made available?