Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Minister of Food whether he will consider releas- ing more stocks of prunes to the shops, in view of the fact that since the final reduction in the price of rhubarb it is no longer for sale at the shops and the public is therefore without fruit of any kind.
Captain Leonard Plugge: Is the Minister aware that the Weald of Kent and the Vale of Evesham expect a very good crop and ought not supplies to be placed fully at the disposal of the purchasing public?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what proportion of the 10,497 road casualties in April were directly attributable to war conditions of traffic.
Captain Leonard Plugge: Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that road casualties would be much reduced if road congestion were relieved by the petrol tax being substituted for the horse-power tax on motor vehicles? Will he make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on this matter?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of recent criticisms, he can make any statement as to the future of Dartmoor.
Captain Leonard Plugge: Has the right hon. Gentleman any escapes during the current year to report?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Will my right hon. Friend give full consideration to the provision of adequate domestic help for this purpose and not throw all the work involved on the teaching staff?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Is not the hon. Member aware that the Mayor of Chatham, Councillor Hawes, has not been consulted in this matter and that this is the first that the borough council of Chatham has heard about the public sale of these historical chairs? Will he give very full consideration to the suggestion made by my hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Mr. Keeling)?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can make any statement as to the revised by-law of the Essex River and Catchment Board which, if approved by his Department, may affect the cultivation of cricket bat willows.
Captain Leonard Plugge: May I ask my right hon. Friend if he will bear in mind that cricket, though a slow game, is still played in this country?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps are being taken to design and produce large multiengined flying boats for post-war civil aviation.
Captain Leonard Plugge: Is it not a fact that, since the British Empire provides so many beautiful harbours and waterways, ft should study closely the use of the large flying boat?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether the output of Messrs. Short Brothers has shown an increase over the preceding 12 months of 69 per cent., based on financial returns or on aircraft produced.
Captain Leonard Plugge: May I ask my hon. Friend if, since the change of directors at Short Bros., a change has also taken place in the type of aircraft produced, namely, from mass production of ships to prototype machines or vice versa?
Captain Leonard Plugge: May I ask you a question, Sir? Do you not think that, in view of the wide circulation of HANSARD all over the world, it would be rather infra dig. to print this Ruling;; which is for Members only, on the inside page of every HANSARD? You have given it very freely to Members, and it does not seem to me necessary, in my humble submission, to have it printed in every copy of HANSARD to go all...
Captain Leonard Plugge: May I ask you, Mr. Speaker, to bear in mind that this reprinting is definitely an economy? Two thousand reprints of speeches which are very often printed on one small double sheet do not take up as much bulk of paper as 100 HANSARDS. This it would not be considered unusual for an hon. Member to order, yet 100 HANSARDS would involve a large amount of wasted sheets and much more work. Although...
Captain Leonard Plugge: But an hon. Member is required to pay for these reprints, so I do not quite see how it becomes a subsidiary for propaganda. If we cannot have reprints made at the Stationery Office, shall we be entitled to have them made by an ordinary printer and pay for them? This would involve much work, because all the type would have to be set up independently.
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is still calling up older women for war work; and whether, since the start of the year, any women have been discharged from factories hitherto manufacturing war material no longer needed.
Captain Leonard Plugge: In such cases of release, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he will give preference to elderly ladies?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Minister of Health what steps are being taken to interest local authorities in the desirability of providing in their post-war houses coal burning grates which will be, as far as possible, smokeless; and to what extent they have been informed of the British Coal Utilisation Research Council in this field.