Mr William McKeag: While I entirely subscribe to the views expressed by the right hon. Member for Swindon (Dr. Addison) and the hon. and gallant Member for Wallasey (Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon) I feel that it would be placing the Minister in a somewhat difficult position to call upon him to give chapter and verse in explanation of the discussions between himself and the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the...
Mr William McKeag: If it applied in the case of roads in that part of the country represented by the right hon. 'and gallant Gentleman the Member for Caithness (Sir A. Sinclair) -would the possibility of a grant of 100 per cent, also apply, say, to the new road and bridge in Durham City which is scheduled as a distressed Area?
Mr William McKeag: Is a reasoned Amendment unusual in the hon. and gallant Member's party?
Mr William McKeag: 25. asked the Minister of Transport when he proposes to introduce the necessary regulations under the Road Traffic Act to extend the period of validity of road service licences in respect of stage carriage services from one year to three years?
Mr William McKeag: May I ask if the Minister will appreciate that the necessity for making annual applications for renewal of their road service licences casts a real burden upon particularly the smaller type of omnibus operator, and will he therefore expedite the extension of the period of validity?
Mr William McKeag: 31. asked the Minister of Health whether he can give any information as to the present position in regard to the water supply for Sherburn Hill, in the county of Durham?
Mr William McKeag: 47. asked the Prime Minister whether he can now make any statement as to when it is proposed to give effect to the recommendations of the Donoughmore Committee on Ministers' powers?
Mr William McKeag: Can the Prime Minister give any indication of the date when it is proposed to give effect to the recommendations of this Committee?
Mr William McKeag: I do not want it to be thought for one moment that I subscribe to the fallacious economics of the hon. Member who has just spoken but in the main I find myself on common ground with most of those who have already taken part in this Debate. I subscribe in no uncertain fashion to many of the strictures to which utterance has already been given in regard to this matter. Moreover, it seems to me...
Mr William McKeag: 28. asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that an order under Section 19 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, varying the hours of motor vehicle drivers, was in operation from 1st April, 1931, to 31st March, 1933, and that a similar order was made in November, 1934, with respect to the drivers of vehicles worked under A and B under the Road and Rail Traffic Act, 1933, but an...
Mr William McKeag: 55. asked the Secretary for Mines how many miners are affected by the closing down of the Hetton Lyons and Hazard Collieries, in the county of Durham; and whether he can make any statement as to the reasons for closing these collieries, and the probable length of time they are likely to be laid up?
Mr William McKeag: Having regard to this substantial aggravation of the depression in an already heavily depressed area, will the Minister consider whether any possible steps can be taken to secure the reopening of these two collieries at the earliest possible moment?
Mr William McKeag: Can my hon. Friend give any indication of the number of displaced men who are likely to be reabsorbed in the adjoining collieries?
Mr William McKeag: Will the hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of having signposts erected at a greater distance from cross-roads in order to obviate what is at present fatal hesitation and bewilderment at the actual cross-roads?
Mr William McKeag: My hon. Friend will admit that the court would apply a very different rule in interpreting a will from that which they would use in interpreting an Act of Parliament.
Mr William McKeag: I feel under a deep debt of gratitude to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George), and also to the Noble Lord the Member for Hastings (Lord E. Percy), for having made contributions which have had the effect of raising the Debate to a high level which has been sustained pretty well throughout. I know, of course, that we had a contribution from the hon....
Mr William McKeag: I am not suggesting any such thing. It is well that they should be given powers. The hon. Member will remember that on the Second Reading I suggested that the Government appeared to be giving powers in this Bill which are already vested in the appropriate Departments without whose concurrence you cannot, in fact, act, and that, therefore, that part of the Bill was entirely unnecessary land...
Mr William McKeag: It is not. It has always been the Liberal idea that if you were going to do something by communal action you must, at any rate, preserve the rights of an individual who should not be deprived of that which belonged to him without full compensation.
Mr William McKeag: The Amendments which we suggested would give to the owners of land, whether they be large owners, or only owners of small pieces of land who might even be Members of the party to which the hon. Member for Chester-le-Street belongs, the right of appeal to the courts in appropriate cases to ensure that they should not be deprived of anything without proper compensation.
Mr William McKeag: I have already explained, I hope to the satisfaction of the House, that no one was here to move these Amendments because of a misapprehension as to the length of time the Report stage was likely to take before they were reached. Surely, that is something which might happen to any hon. Member who puts his name down to an Amendment on the Order Paper. It would not have happened if it had not...