Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Sir B. Neven-Spence rose——
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: The right hon. Gentleman has produced a Bill which has not attracted very much praise, and I join in the protests about the precipitancy with which it was produced. We have not had time to discuss with the interests concerned some of the matters which are raised in the Bill. Quite rightly, however, Members on both sides of the House have got on to what matters in this Debate; that is, that...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what powers he has to take proceedings against a medical practitioner, registered in the United Kingdom, who performs an operation which is illegal in the Sudan.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Does the converse hold true? If, for example, the Sudanese Government were to legalise the operation of female circumcision as practised in Egypt, which would be acceptable to the Sudanese, would any medical practitioner, doing the operation, supervising it or allowing it to be done in his hospital, be liable to be hauled before the General Medical Council?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the case of every single village hall in Shetland the site was presented "free, gratis and for nothings" by the proprietors, and why cannot the Government be equally generous?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any announcement to make regarding the scheme for distinguishing between hand-woven and power-woven tweed recently submitted to him by the Highland and Islands Advisory Panel.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the urgency of this question, in view of the fact that the hand-loom tweed industry is now at a complete standstill, and will he see if it is possible to offer further help, in conjunction with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with a view to withdrawing the iniquitous Purchase Tax on hand-woven tweeds?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are being taken by the Herring Industry Board to revive the Scottish winter herring fishing.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his right hon. Friend the Minister of Food is busily engaged in sabotaging the efforts of the Herring Industry Board, and would he consult with him on the matter?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Is the Minister aware that the question came up last week when the Minister of Food admitted that Norwegian herrings were being imported surplus to requirements, and that, in consequence, good West Coast herrings were being reduced to fish meal and oil?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Postmaster-General if he will consider the possibility of introducing a helicopter service this summer for the delivery of mails from Kirkwall to the islands in Orkney.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that a helicopter service was run by the Navy and was a complete success throughout the war, and would it not be better to carry out the experimental work in areas where the greatest good is likely to flow to the largest number of people?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Minister of Food why thousands of crans of high-quality herring recently landed on the west coast of Scotland were sold for reduction to meal and oil, whilst at the same time large quantities of poor quality Norwegian herring were being imported for food; and if he will consider reversing the use to which Scottish and Norwegian herring are being put.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Is not the right hon. Lady aware that the Scottish west coast herring caught at this time of year make incomparably better kippers than these rather drier varieties?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: I wish to support the case which my hon. Friend the Member for West Aberdeen (Mr. Thornton Kemsley) has put so well. Some part of the thousand Swedish houses we are discussing are being allocated on Shetland and some part to Orkney. From those two counties I have had exactly the same complaints as those of which my hon. Friend has spoken. I have had complaints from the local authorities, the...
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that no crofter in Shetland can get an order accepted for lime to be delivered in 1949; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy this situation.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will arrange to have a Prairie Buster plough permanently stationed in Shetland to facilitate the work of breaking in hill land.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some years ago in Orkney it was found that this kind of plough with a caterpillar track was the only effective and economic means of breaking in the wet and stony hill land? What is the point of whetting our appetites for this sort of plough in the Shetlands and then denying it to us?
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: asked the President of the Board of Trade why newspapers which began publication after 16th August, 1940, are not allowed to share in the increased allocation of newsprint which was recently announced.
Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence: The Elder Pliny coined the phrase "Ex Africa semper aliquid novi"; in other words, "The dark Continent is full of surprises." But I hardly think that "surprise" is the correct word to describe the reaction of hon. Members when they read the memorandum, recently circulated, which was written by Miss Hills-Young. They were not only surprised; they were without exception horrified and revolted...