Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports he has received of increases in the purchases of miners' safety boats and protective helmets during the past 12 months.
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in which colonial and trust territories, respectively, trade union leaders have the freedom to visit employer-owned labour camps and places of employment and work for the purpose of spreading trade union propaganda and for the purpose of organising labour, as distinct from the freedom extended to labour officers.
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what decisions have been reached by the Government of Nyasaland in regard to the mining of iron ore three miles from the main railway line near Lirangwe; to what extent the Government of Nyasaland will participate in the production of the ore; for what purposes it will be used; and if trade union rights and minimum wage rates will be included in...
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what reply has been sent by Her Majesty's Government to the resolution passed by all the unions of Malta Government employees and sent to him at the beginning of July regarding discharges from defence departments, the provision of alternative employment and a general revision of salaries and wages.
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what provision is made by the Governments of Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Tanganyika, Uganda and Kenya, for apprenticeship schemes in the mining and building industries and in agriculture, respectively.
Mr Wilfred Paling: Will the hon. Gentleman ensure that opportunity is given to the Africans, who are very discontented with the present state of affairs, to be really trained and to earn decent wages, like anyone else in their own territory?
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the minimum wage payable to Africans in the building industry in Northern Rhodesia; and the number of Africans receiving minimum wages, the number receiving skilled labourers' wages, and the number of European skilled labourers receiving similar wages.
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the numbers of Africans from Tanganyika who are receiving technical training at Makerere College, at the Royal Technical College, Nairobi, at the Yunda Trade School, the number who will be admitted to the new trade school at Moshi and the numbers receiving technical training in the United Kingdom respectively, for the years 1955–57 inclusive.
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of Africans in the mining industry in Tanganyika who are employed in skilled work and the number of Asians and Europeans who are employed on comparable work.
Mr Wilfred Paling: Is not it a fact that, although the number of Africans in the territory is very much greater than that of Asians or Europeans, very few Africans are employed in work which requires skilled labour? What is being done to ensure that Africans will have a greater opportunity to become skilled workers in future?
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation to what extent tile alternative roads north of Doncaster have been used in the attempt to divert traffic away from the town centre; and to what extent traffic congestion in and around Doncaster has been reduced.
Mr Wilfred Paling: Can the Minister say whether the organisations which arranged these diversions a good many miles north of Doncaster took into account diversions nearer Doncaster, particularly to the west, only a few miles north of Doncaster?
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what scheme has been approved by the municipality of Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia, to provide 500 served sites for housing additional personnel of the Mufulira Copper Mines Limited; and if the housing sites provided will be available to Africans and Europeans.
Mr Wilfred Paling: If this municipality finds it necessary and desirable to provide houses for Europeans, would it not be a good thing if it found the time and money to provide houses for Africans, too, and would not that be likely to lead to better relations?
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the minimum average wages for European and Asian unskilled and skilled workers in the mining industry in Tanganyika; and what provision is made for the training and advancement of Africans in the industry.
Mr Wilfred Paling: Are not the wages of the Africans very low compared with the wages paid to both Asians and Europeans? Does not this lead to much dissatisfaction? In any event, will the Minister see that Africans are given every opportunity of becoming skilled and trained workers?
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what progress has been made with the preparatory work necessary for the construction of the Great North Road, Doncaster by-pass.
Mr Wilfred Paling: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that Government Departments do not make matters too easy for people who have had tuberculosis? Is he aware that, if a man applies for any unestablished post in a Department, he has to state specifically whether he has ever suffered from tuberculosis or not, and that, when most applicants read that, they are likely to jump to the conclusion that their case has been...
Mr Wilfred Paling: asked the Minister of Pensions and Nations Insurance the number of disabled ex-Service men who have sufficiently recovered from pulmonary tuberculosis to be assessed at less than 20 per cent. disability.
Mr Wilfred Paling: When the Minister is looking into these cases, and particularly those of men who appear to have so far recovered that their pensions are discontinued, will he have regard to the fact that it is still difficult for a man who is known to have had tuberculosis to get a job, not only outside but inside the Civil Service? If one Ministry can decide that a man has sufficiently recovered not to...