Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give any information as to the extent to which the indebtedness of farmers to the banks has been reduced since 1939.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: My hon. and gallant Friend and I naturally take a great interest in what this White Paper is to mean to the internal air lines in this country. Like him, I am not prepared to swallow whole the case for the railways, which was so ably put by my hon. Friend the Member for West Lewisham (Mr. Brooke), nor am I prepared to swallow this White Paper whole. Doubts about it on many points have been...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: That is perfectly correct. The monopoly is being set up by the Government. The point is that it is a monopoly, and the railways are not State-owned, so that they are entitled to argue that they will be in a position to display more enterprise and efficiency than if they were under the State. The railways have bought up most of the independent air lines and are, therefore, bound to get a large...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Postmaster-General on how many days in each year since the services were inaugurated have the aircraft due to carry mail from Inverness to Orkney and from Aberdeen to Shetland failed to take off.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Do not the figures disclose the fact that owing to meteorological conditions a much more regular service can be maintained from Inverness than from Aberdeen, and would he look into the possibility of sending all the Shetland mail from Inverness in future?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider arranging for the owners of released trawlers, many of which need extensive repairs before they can be used for fishing, to have the exclusive use of a few of the smaller shipyards formerly accustomed to undertake work of this kind.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in some cases trawling vessels have been on the stocks in the shipyards for months, without any repairs being done, and that in other cases shipyards are without work? Will he look into the matter, bearing in mind that the public want more and better fish?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will issue instructions to enable civil air services to use the most direct route to Orkney and Shetland.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Before you call on the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Southport (Mr. R. S. Hudson) to move his Motion, may I raise a point of Order, Mr. Speaker? Scotland has a special interest in this subject, and Scottish Members generally feel that it might add to the value of their contributions of the Debate, and suit the convenience of hon. Members generally, if we could get some indication from...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: One thing stands out in this Debate. Although this Bill deals with a comparatively narrow point, assistance for the re-equipping of the inshore fishing industry, it covers a. wide field, and many other subjects arise. I am sure the Minister realises that this is not the last we want to hear of the white fishing, because there are a great number of other problems that call for urgent...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of War Transport whether he will introduce legislation to enable local authorities to make payments in respect of the provision of cattle grids on roads under their control.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of War Transport what functions are performed by him, as chairman, and by the deputy chairman of the Railway Executive Committee.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of War Transport whether he is aware of the delay in completing off-surveys following the return of fishing vessels to their home ports; and if he is taking any steps to speed up the process.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many permanent and temporary civil servants were employed on 30th June and 30th September respectively.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of persons now employed in the Public Relations and Press departments in every Government Department, with the total cost of this provision.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the widespread apprehension regarding the inadequacy of value payments, he will give an assurance that when these payments are due to be made, the escalator Clause, Section 11 of the War Damage Act, 1943, will be applied.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals or references have been made to the Reference Committee on War Damage; how many such appeals have been in whole or in part successful; and how many appeals still lie with the committee for decision.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount has been collected by way of payments on house property and land, from which owners of war damaged properties are to receive compensation; what amount has been paid out; and what is the total 1939 valuation of the lost or damaged property which still remains to be indemnified.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he is aware of the demand for a telephone call-box at Mid Walls, Shetland, to meet the needs of the people of Dale of Walls; and if he is prepared to provide it.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: The Minister has no reason to be dissatisfied with the reception given to this Bill. I was quite prepared to put my money on his nag even if he had not disclosed the stable out of which it came. The Bill is all right as far as it goes; the trouble is that it does not go far enough. That has been the burden of most of the criticism, and naturally hon. Members from the more outlying parts of...