Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Prime Minister whether he is now satisfied with the use and number of land-borne torpedo-carrying aeroplanes, especially in home waters?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Are the land-borne torpedo-carrying planes operated by the Fleet Air Arm, and are they the property of the Fleet Air Arm, or are they under the Royal Air Force?
Captain Leonard Plugge: When will the Fleet Air Arm be granted the same freedom of action and of expansion as the Royal Naval Air Service enjoyed during the last war?
Captain Leonard Plugge: On a point of Order. On the Order Paper to-day 15 Ministers have been asked Questions, but only six have been given an opportunity to reply. Cannot something be done to have the long continuous series of Questions to each individual Minister broken up so that each Minister can reply to some of his Questions in the early part of Question hour?
Captain Leonard Plugge: I am referring to a similar point of Order to the one I raised yesterday with regard to the rotation in which Questions are put on the Order Paper, which results in two-thirds of the Ministers being unable to reply to their Questions as they are clustered all together at the beginning and the end of the Order Paper. Could not these alternate more frequently throughout the Order Paper?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Is there any reason why we should wait for the Germans to cool their tanks before we cool our own?
Captain Leonard Plugge: On a point of Order. The Minister of Information has eight or nine questions all clustered at the end of the Question Paper. Could not something be done to give each Minister a break in his series of Questions, so that each Minister could answer some of his Questions in the earlier part of Question hour?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Are the recently formed Army Air Corps entirely limited to gliders, and cannot they use any power-driven machines?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Of those hours how many cover short waves, which cannot really be termed broadcasting, as against medium waves, which can; and is not the hon. Gentleman's statement, from that point of view, most misleading?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Can my right hon. Friend say how it was that the British Council did not succeed in the same way in the three other countries, Rumania, Hungary and Bulgaria, especially Rumania, which was at the time our Ally?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Captain Plugge rose——
Captain Leonard Plugge: I cannot pursue the arguments of my hon. Friend the Member for East Willesden (Mr. Hammersley), as he has been speaking on a subject on which I do not pretend to have the required information to supplement my knowledge. But I might ask whether he has any details of a 1,000-ton tank being submitted in 1938 to the Ministry of Supply, a tank which might have been an unsinkable battleship? I want...
Captain Leonard Plugge: Has my right hon. Friend considered radio, and has he given consideration to the suggestions I made in my two speeches on this subject on 3rd July last year and 17th February this year, namely, that transmissions on the short wave in English from Russia should be broadcast on the medium wave band in this country, and vice versa, so that the great masses of listeners could receive them instead...
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in cases where British subjects formerly living abroad in what is now enemy-occupied territory have succeeded in bringing with them a certain proportion of the income which they earned in that country, this money is treated as earned income and is subject to Income Tax in this country?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the President of the Board of Trade how many retail shops have been closed in Rochester and Chatham, owing to war difficulties, since the start of the war?
Captain Leonard Plugge: May I ask my right hon. and learned Friend how soon the decision as regards new legislation to which he has just referred will be arrived at?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Will the Minister bear in mind that broadcasting is a young science and that many departments of the B.B.C. can only be efficiently run by employing men of the younger generation?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many months and sometimes years elapse before an award for gallantry is made, and could he arrange that such awards should be made within a reasonable period of the performance of the gallant action giving rise to them?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Does it come within the purview of the Political Warfare Executive to construct and operate broadcasting stations in the Mediterranean, or should that work come under the B.B.C.?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Does not my right hon. Friend agree that these thousands of emplayees are giving of their very best in one of the most vital weapons of the war and in view of the fact that every hour of efficient broadcasting saves thousands of British lives by shortening the war, will he consult with his right hon. Friend the Minister of Information in order to study in what way this vital arm can be extended?