Mr William McKeag: Has the right hon. Gentleman any power to ensure that appointments to head-masterships and other scholastic posts in Durham are based on merit and ability rather than on membership of the Socialist party?
Mr William McKeag: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that purely mentally defective children are very often mixed up with deaf children at schools for the deaf, and that, if that were not the case, much more accommodation would be available for those who are merely deaf?
Mr William McKeag: Will the hon. Gentleman state between whom are the negotiations taking place, and in view of the desirability of avoiding even the possibility of conflict will he do what is possible to ensure that negotiations between the owners and the men are not left until the very last moment?
Mr William McKeag: 52. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury by what means it is proposed to replace the number of civil servants, totalling about 600, who have recently been transferred from various Government Departments to the Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue Departments?
Mr William McKeag: 22. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that each judge of the county court is only provided with one set of law reports, which are only available at one court on the circuit, in consequence of which judgments are frequently reserved; and, as this occasions delay and expense to litigants, will he consider the advisability of providing judges with additional sets of...
Mr William McKeag: In view of the general outcry for cheaper litigation would the right hon. and gallant Gentleman not consider granting at least some additional facilities to assist our very hard-worked judges of county courts in their efforts to reduce the delay to a minimum?
Mr William McKeag: Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that the cost involved by the employment of mobile police is commensurate with the results obtained?
Mr William McKeag: I beg to move, in page 3, line 28, at the end, to insert the words: in accordance with the evidence submitted to them. The object of this Amendment is to ensure that, although the committee is not technically a judicial body, it should at least act, judicially in the sense that its recommendations should bear some relation to the evidence before it. It would be manifestly improper of the...
Mr William McKeag: I take it that the hon. Member desires the advisory committee to have some regard to the evidence. Surely it is not unreasonable to ask that that should be enacted in the Bill.
Mr William McKeag: If the right hon. Gentleman feels that there are sufficient safeguards in the Bill already to ensure that the committee will act by having regard to the evidence before it, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.
Mr William McKeag: I beg to second the Amendment.
Mr William McKeag: 27. asked the Home Secretary what proportion of the eases brought before the courts as a result of the activities of the mobile police constitute criminal offences, apart from the provisions of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, relating to purely technical offences?
Mr William McKeag: Is it the practice of the authorities to regard with favour the persistent harassing of the general motoring public in connection with purely technical offences as distinguished from serious breaches of the law?
Mr William McKeag: 28. asked the Home Secretary if he can give any information as to the circumstances in which two mobile police officers patrolling the road in a police car recently received fatal injuries while endeavouring to overtake a motorist?
Mr William McKeag: Is it the fact that, quite apart from the loss of the two officers concerned, the State will be called upon to pay a considerable sum of money as compensation to the dependants of these two officers and for damage to the motor cars involved; and is it considered that that total cost is a proper price to pay for these services?
Mr William McKeag: 29. asked the Home Secretary how many accidents have occurred in which members of the mobile police have been involved; how many lives have been lost in such accidents; and how the percentage of such accidents compares with the percentage in the case of the general motoring public?
Mr William McKeag: Is not the total cost of this mobile police force too high a price to pay for the detection of minor and trivial offences?
Mr William McKeag: This is my maiden speech, and, in. making it, I hope that shall not be misunderstood if I do not voice the traditional formula "craving the indulgence of the House." Although I have only recently been elected, I have at least been here long enough to realise that the House never hesitates to lend its ear to a speaker who is sincere in his desire to make an honest even though humble...