Mr Robert Mellish: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the output of cement is greater than it has been for a considerable time, that the Festival of Britain scheme is definitely not holding up the housing programme in London, and that this has been a Tory stunt which has proved to be false?
Mr Robert Mellish: This Debate seems to me to have degenerated into a publicity campaign for the various resorts represented by some hon. Members, but I do not think that it was the intention of my hon. Friend who moved the Motion that it should be so. My hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Yarmouth (Squadron-Leader King-horn) seems to disagree, but he has not been here all the time. From the way in which...
Mr Robert Mellish: asked the Minister of Works how many chairs or seats are available in the parks and open spaces under his control, either free or on payment of a fee.
Mr Robert Mellish: Is the Minister's policy to provide more free chairs in our parks and not to have chairs for payment all the time?
Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order. Is it in order, Sir, to make libellous statements about hon. Members in this House? May I get your Ruling on that?
Mr Robert Mellish: asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement about arrangements for spreading the industrial electricity load next winter.
Mr Robert Mellish: In fairness to the dock workers, would it not be right to point out that all these men are working at the moment? The Minister will understand that not one of them could be expected to work alongside troops—[HON. MEMBERS: "Why not?"] Certainly: it is a fundamental principle. They do not wish to be involved in the dispute and do not intend to take any notice of any advice given by an outside...
Mr Robert Mellish: Will my right hon. Friend note the similarity between the Conservative and Communist Party in trying to create trouble among the members of recognised trade unions?
Mr Robert Mellish: Does that justify the North Koreans attacking South Korea?
Mr Robert Mellish: Whose country is Korea?
Mr Robert Mellish: In view of the large amount of propaganda also published in our British newspapers, will my right hon. Friend arrange for this to be banned as well?
Mr Robert Mellish: Will my hon. Friend allow me to ask a question? Is he aware of the fact that last year the Canadian railway, which is privately owned, lost £13 million, and will he ask the Opposition what they would do about that?
Mr Robert Mellish: Will the hon. Member give an example of the loss of morale?
Mr Robert Mellish: On a point of order. May I have your guidance, Mr. Speaker, on one point? I understand that in the House at the moment is the hon. Gentleman the Member for Belfast, West (Reverend J. G. MacManaway), and I should be glad if you would give your Ruling about his presence in view of the fact that on previous occasions when there was any doubt about the credentials of an hon. Member, the person...
Mr Robert Mellish: May I ask, in all fairness to the House, if it would not be better, in order to avoid any loose talk, to have a copy of this play in the Library?
Mr Robert Mellish: I intervene in this Debate because, like my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Northampton (Mr. Paget), I find it rather sickening that the so-called defence of working class democracy should come from Members opposite, whose past record is such that they should be the last to claim to be champions of our people. There is a large sorting office with several hundred postmen in my...
Mr Robert Mellish: Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that it is a bad thing to have two organisations representing the same grade of worker in the same employ? Or does he think that that is a good thing and would he encourage the two organisations? Or would he not try to press the case for having one organisation?
Mr Robert Mellish: My right hon. Friend is aware that there are in London a large number of redundant shelters and emergency water tanks the demolition of which has been held up because we have been waiting for a statement from my right hon. Friend on the whole question of shelters. Can he say whether this statement means that local authorities will be able to plan for the future and if necessary obtain...
Mr Robert Mellish: Could my right hon. Friend look again at the whole question of this force, because it is doing a wonderful job and, as my right hon. Friend knows, throughout the country there have been constant complaints of building schemes having to be ignored because this force is not available?
Mr Robert Mellish: Can my right hon. Friend say whether there has been an increase in coal production this year compared with last year?