Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he is aware of the growing volume of adverse criticism of his Department owing to the damage done to packages transmitted by parcel post; and if he will give orders for greater care to be taken.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: While welcoming very warmly what has been said about air travel, I would like to point out to the right hon. Gentleman that what he has said does not quite meet the case of all of us and certainly not my own case, as the Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland. It so happens that my home is in the extreme North of Shetland, which involves me in a much longer journey than any other hon....
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: There is no public service which can be used at the weekends.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: I asked if that would be considered by the Select Committee.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: I wish to reinforce the remarks of my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for East Dorset (Lieut.-Colonel Wheatley) and to say how warmly I welcome this Bill. The whole question of the inshore fishing industry was very closely studied by a Committee recently in Scotland, and this Bill implements the first and most fundamental recommendation of that Committee. Unless the industry can be...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of War Transport what is the average time taken by his department in finally disposing of forms of application for the purchase of a motor car.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of War Transport what documents a merchant seaman has to be in possession of at the time of his discharge.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Like the hon. and gallant Member for Stafford (Captain Swingler) T and all other hon. Members have had hundreds of complaints from people who thought they ought to be on the register and found at the time of the election that they were not. However, I shall not pursue that point but deal with rather a different question. It is this, that any register set up under this Bill will, like all...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that many fishermen are anxious to acquire motor fishing vessels from his Department; whether any vessels are now available; and whether they are to be sold direct by his Department or under arrangements made with the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Secretary of State for Scotland.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of Food if he will give an assurance that full use will continue to be made of the milk-producing potentialities of those areas in Scotland which were out- with the operations of the Milk Marketing Board at the outbreak of the war, but which have since been included, or are about to be included, in their operations.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: I beg to move, in line 5, at end, insert: (2) If any person, registered in a. civilian residence register as a parliamentary elector for any constituency, satisfies the registration officer on an application made within the period and in the manner prescribed by electoral registration regulations that he will probably be unable, without making a journey by sea or air, to proceed from the...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Asked the Minister of Food if he will send representatives of his Department to Aberdeen to meet representatives of producers and merchants from various Scottish ports in order to discuss marketing problems.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of Food if, in view of the unsatisfied public demand for white fish, he will ascertain the reasons for the restriction of catching and occasional dumping which occurs at some of the smaller ports and take steps to remedy the situation.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: In that case will first-hand allocations be given?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many inspectors are employed by his Department in watching deliveries of coal to domestic consumers.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has a list of piers, slips, boat repairing sheds, ice plants and other structures which have been erected by the Service Departments in Scotland and which might be of use to the fishing community; and whether he will see that these are not dismantled without consultation with the local authorities.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Secretary of State for War if all the officers', officials' and civilians' wives who have been allowed to enter Malaya have been directed to engage in nursing, welfare or similar work; and when it is proposed to allow planters' wives to rejoin their husbands unconditionally.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of Food why the herring fishermen in the Clyde area are not implementing the agreement recently concluded with his Department by which they undertook to land herring for packing and export to the Continent.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: It is my good fortune to follow the hon. Gentleman the Member for North Norfolk (Mr. Gooch) who has just made a most excellent maiden speech, the speech of one who has, obviously, been in close contact with this industry all his life. It was full of practical points, and a most valuable contribution to the Debate. I am sure we shall all be glad to hear him again when ho addresses the House...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: I am very glad to hear it. That is the right way to go about it, because then you get fewer misfits. There must be a real desire in a man not only to live on the land but to work there. A period of probation is absolutely essential, and if it is done properly a man will not take very long to settle down. Three classes of people will be found. First, there will be those suitable to take charge...