Mr Edward Milne: Could arrangements be made next week for the Minister recently charged with responsibility for the North-East to make a progress report? If so, who will make it?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what extra assistance he will now give to housing authorities in development districts with a view to attracting new industries.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the Minister aware that this will give some cause for pleasure in the areas mentioned, but in view of the recent unemployment figures, will he take steps to ensure that the points which he has made to the Government are indeed complied with at the earliest possible moment?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Prime Minister what new policy Her Majesty's Government propose for curing unemployment in the North-East during 1963; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the Prime Minister aware that that Answer does not go far enough and that what the North-East is looking for is some positive policies in order to attack a problem that has been growing over the years and that dealing with it in another place or even in another continent is insufficient at this stage?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of persons signing on at employment exchanges in Northumberland in the last three months of 1962; how many had their unemployment pay suspended for six weeks or a lesser period; and what percentage this represented of the total.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the figure of over 1,000, whilst not capable of being reflected in terms of percentages, is nevertheless a little too high and that in many cases young people and others signing on for the first time are somewhat inhibited in their claims by virtue of the fact that if they make criticisms of their previous employer they are often notified at the labour...
Mr Edward Milne: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the registration of travel agencies; and for purposes connected therewith. The travel trade industry is one of our major industries, and a revenue in the region of £200 million to £240 million per annum from overseas visitors makes tourism an extremely important sector of our economy. It is 100 years ago this summer since...
Mr Edward Milne: As I was saying, Mr. Speaker, it is 100 years ago this summer since Sir Thomas Cook organised his first Continental tour and he would be staggered to realise the extent of the travel trade today. He would raise his hands in horror at what happens to many holidaymakers when they arrive on the Continent. Despite the admirable code of conduct laid down by the Association of British Travel Agents...
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what steps the Admiralty will now take to help shipbuilding areas of high unemployment by placing orders within these districts.
Mr Edward Milne: The decision to which the hon. Gentleman has referred has given considerable pleasure in the North-East, but will he bear in mind that the North-East is not merely a land of three rivers and that, in addition to the Tyne, the Wear and the Tees, there is also the River Blyth, and we are situated in a development district? Will he keep this in mind when considering future action? Also, may we...
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Secretary of State for War what was the number of Army personnel of all ranks who applied for discharge during 1962; how many discharges were granted; and what were the main grounds far refusal.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these figures are not only disturbing but disappointing? In view of the publicity given to this problem during the nomination period for recent by-elections, will he undertake to look into them more closely and stress that money in itself is not the means of getting out of the Army?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now remove the tax on sweets, soft drinks and kindred commodities.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the profound disappointment which that reply will give, in view of the fact that alterations have been made despite the forthcoming Budget? Will he recollect that when introducing this provision in his Budget speech his predecessor said that he expected some trouble on the home front, but he would brace himself to meet it, and that in bracing himself to...
Mr Edward Milne: On a point of order. In view of the extremely unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science, as representing the Lord President of the Council, what measures the Lord President proposes to recommend towards providing a solution to the unemployment problems of northeast England.
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement on the decisions of Her Majesty's Government following the visits paid by the Lord President of the Council to the North-East; and what new proposals he has for reducing the rising unemployment in the region.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the Prime Minister aware that every time he answers Questions of this nature in that way he increases the suspicions of the North-East about the Government's intentions? Is he also aware that Lord Hailsham said that he would announce his proposals at at public meeting in the North-East but that we now find that he intends to do so at a 30s.-a-head luncheon? Is this the best way of...
Mr Edward Milne: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday, I gave notice to the Table Office that I wished to present a Petition to this honourable House today.