Mr Edward Milne: Will the Minister tell us whether the prices of the items mentioned in Questions Nos. 30 and 31 fall below 2s., and if that is so and as in view of his earlier reply he seems to be so badly briefed on the subject, what hope is there of concluding successful negotiations with the profession to secure ending this anomaly of over-charging which has arisen and ought to be removed, and which has...
Mr Edward Milne: A week's supply.
Mr Edward Milne: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of that reply——
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Minister of Labour (1) if he will give figures showing the length of unemployment in the Blyth constituency at the latest available date for males, females, and persons under 18 years of age, male and female, respectively; (2) what were the total figures of unemployment in the Blyth constituency at the latest available date and the comparable figures in 1959 and 1960.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these trends are rather alarming, and will he consult with his right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade with a view to seeing that jobs are directed into this area in order to improve the position?
Mr Edward Milne: I want to begin by mentioning the point raised by the hon. Member for Louth (Mr. C. Osborne) at the start of his speech by drawing attention to the sparse attendance during certain of the Budget debates. This was a little unfortunate, because while the hon. Member was raising the point, I asked one of my hon. Friends who the hon. Gentleman was, because although I have been an hon. Member of...
Mr Edward Milne: I say that sincerely and in no way deprecatingly. In this four-day debate, two points have emerged that are bound to attract the attention of somebody who, like the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is dealing with his first Budget in the House of Commons. Questions of Surtax and the mobility of labour have been bandied about a great deal on the benches opposite. The claim that the Surtax...
Mr Edward Milne: I did not say "grasping". I said "drastic".
Mr Edward Milne: There is a difference between "annointed" and "elected".
Mr Edward Milne: asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of new jobs likely to be available in the Blyth constituency during the next six months.
Mr Edward Milne: I thank the hon. Member for the figures and the slight encouragement which they give to the area, but does he not realise, from the visits which he and his right hon. Friend have paid to my constituency, that something bold and imaginative is required to tackle the problems of the area? Will he consider scheduling the south-east of Northumberland as a development district?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the President of the Board of Trade what new jobs have been made available in the Blyth constituency during the years 1958, 1959, and 1960.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that Answer merely adds weight to the comments which I made in my supplementary question on the previous Question?
Mr Edward Milne: The hon. Gentleman has placed a great deal of stress on the unemployment figures. Is he not aware that those figures are greatly cushioned by the fact that no jobs are available and that people are leaving the area to find jobs elsewhere? That is a matter to which we want the Ministry to pay most attention.
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, since the increase in prescription charges, an increasing number of people are unable to afford prescribed items from chemists immediately; and what information he has received from chemists dispensing under the National Health Service as to the extent of this delay between presentation of prescriptions and the collection of medicines.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the Minister aware that in certain areas this is causing grave concern and also is causing a great deal of trouble to chemists? If I send him the necessary information, will he take due note of it?
Mr Edward Milne: I have followed this debate through yesterday and into this morning with the bewilderment that might be expected of a comparative newcomer. What has surprised me has been the reluctance of hon. Members opposite, who claim to be representative of a political party which believes in personal freedom, but who have been whipped into silence on a Bill which is not only of great interest to them,...
Mr Edward Milne: No, and the point is not really relevant to the particular matter on which I wish to speak. The Clause is the foundation and the purpose not only of the Budget but of the Conservative Party. Last November, the Chancellor, who was facing his first Budget, began to sound warnings of the economic disaster which lay ahead of the country. He told us that we were running into an economic crisis....
Mr Edward Milne: I bow to your Ruling, Mr. Thomas. After 10 years spent in examining the records of the Conservative Party, I do not think that anything that we may say will greatly alter the outlook and attitude of hon. Members opposite. What is particularly important is that at some stage in the development of the nation the people of Britain must realise how they have been hoodwinked during the last 10...
Mr Edward Milne: Is it in order, Sir Gordon, for hon. Members opposite, when a Member is rising to put a point of order, to shout "Sit down"?