Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Under-secretary of State for War the amount of overtime paid in his Department during the last month for which the figures are available; is he satisfied that each person drawing overtime has actually worked fully in all his ordinary time; and in what manner is this checked?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air why this country has no dive-bombers in operation, in view of the success that has been reported to have attended their use by the enemy who have employed them in their attacks for a very long time past in various countries?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the necessity for conserving all foodstuffs, any steps are being taken to reduce the dog population?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he is aware of the discontent in a certain aircraft factory, where men who are being paid £5 a week and doing nothing to earn it, want to get released so that they can engage in real war work; and whether this factory is paid on the cost-plus basis?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that in this factory a man was recently fined—he was not fined, but he was dismissed—because he had had 20 weeks at £5 a week and nothing to do during that period?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Prime Minister whether, in considering the question of giving representation in the British War Council to a representative of the Australian or any other Dominion Government, he will first take into consideration to what extent their war co-operation has been for service overseas or only for their home forces; and how far it has been a question of individuals volunteering as...
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the amount of overtime paid in each of the Government Departments during the last month for which the figures are available; and is he satisfied of the necessity in all instances for this overtime to be worked?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air (1) whether he will give the approximate number of aircraft factories and tank factories, respectively, in Germany; and how many of each of these have been bombed; (2) whether he will give the estimated number of aircraft factories and tank factories, respectively, in France that are being operated for the benefit of Germany; and how many of each of these...
Mr Reginald Purbrick: While accepting that, may I ask whether the knowledge, regarding how many of these places have been bombed, is in the hands of the Air Ministry?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: I am only asking whether you have the information.
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport when it is hoped to complete the extension of the Western Avenue bypassing Uxbridge, as practically no work has been done in this connection for over two years, and a lot of machinery and material is lying on the spot idle?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Is the hon. Member aware that that answer is similar to one which I received on this subject two years ago? Does not the hon. Member think that it is time to finish the work or drop it altogether?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether this country has produced any substantial number of dive-bombing aeroplanes and has them in operation; and whether they equal in performance the Junkers 88 and Stukas?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Am I to understand we are not producing any dive-bombing machines for use either by sea or land?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: Have we none of them in operation then?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food why meat is frequently distributed from the Chester Street, Hyde Park, depôt to the butchers in a hard frozen condition?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: In view of the fact that retail butchers have no facilities for thawing out frozen meat properly, and consequently meat has reached the public in an inferior condition, could not the meat be thawed out before delivery to the retailers as was done before the distribution came under Government control?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make clear to the Japanese people that when the war is over not only will they have to give up all the foreign territory they have occupied but also Manchuria, Korea and all their island possessions, together with their conquests in China, and that reprisals will be made for all the outrages they commit?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Prime Minister whether he is satisfied that the improvements in the defence of aerodromes, both in respect to the actual defence as well as in the organisation, have yet reached the stage where they are as perfect as it is possible to make them?
Mr Reginald Purbrick: asked the Secretary of State for War whether any written instructions for the guidance of Army officers as to the tactics to be employed and the method of defending all aerodromes have been issued to them; and what steps have been taken to ascertain that all such officers are acquainted with them and fully capable of acting accordingly?