Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Minister of Health the temperatures and periods of application that should be applied to milk to destroy all tubercle germs present therein; and whether he is satisfied that tuberculosis in cows is infectious through their milk to human beings?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Minister of Health whether, as regards pasteurisation of milk, he will define the exact process which it is the policy of his Department to support?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Is the right hon. Gentleman assured that those two temperatures and processes destroy all tubercle bacilli in milk?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Minister of Agriculture when he proposes to introduce the testing of milch cows for tubercle germs and the destruction, with compensation, of all found so suffering?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Minister of Aircraft Production the cause of the delay of some two years between the order and delivery to this country of the first dive-bombers from America, for the most part of which time America was neutral and there was not a question of priority being necessary.
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Are not the evils of pasteurisation far greater than its benefits?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air in what way the addition of brakes to fighter-bombers, in order to enable them to dive-bomb on suitable occasions, would impair their performance as fighters?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Is it not a fact that the small addition of weight, which is really infinitesimal, would be more than offset by the manoeuvrability which the brakes would give to fighter-bombers?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Do not the gallant pilots who want to achieve the highest performance want fighter-bombers which will also dive-bomb?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the fact that a fighter aeroplane was equipped to enable it also to dive-bomb, and was tested and confirmed by the Air Ministry over 18 months ago to the effect that such equipment did not interfere with its performance as a fighter, he will now further investigate the matter with the object of enabling our fighter-bombers also to...
Mr Reginald Purbrick: If I supply my right hon. Friend with particulars, will he look into the matter?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Hear, hear.
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the experience of many officers of the Volunteer Reserve of the Royal Air Force in positions in civil life in which they achieved high reputations for organising, administrative and executive ability, more of them will be promoted to air rank where it would be possible for their abilities to be made more use of?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: In view of the well known fact that there are some thousands of these very highly qualified men from civil walks of life now serving in the Volunteer Reserve, surely there must be more than three of them who would qualify for air rank, and would it be possible for the right hon. Gentleman to have a comb-out to see whether he could not find more men with excellent brains who might be made use...
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether any of our fighter-bombers are equipped so that they can also dive bomb?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Would it not be advisable to have some of those fighter-bombers so equipped that they could also serve as dive-bombers under suitable conditions?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: In view of the fact that the Prime Minister stated in the House last July that the majority of Air Marshals and others of high rank opposed dive-bombers, how is it that dive-bombers were ordered two years previously, and—
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Before he leaves that point, could the right hon. Gentleman give us any information regarding the reported accumulation of large Japanese forces which are said to be threatening Australia, to which Mr. Curtin, the Australian Prime Minister, has referred?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has received any substantial number of dive-bombers manufactured in England since the end of 1940; and whether the Air Council still considers dive-bombers as obsolete or of only secondary importance?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air why the services of senior Women Auxiliary Air Force officers are not used in administrative positions, in place of Royal Air Force officers, of which there is a shortage, thus releasing them for more important work?