Colonel Leonard Ropner: Would the hon. Member please say either "Yes" or "No" in reply to the question?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: I suppose that all right hon. and hon. Members are fully aware that, although the immediate need for the legislation under discussion arises only from difficulties which have arisen between the United States of America, on the one hand, and other maritime nations, on the other, and only in respect of regular line shipping services, nevertheless, when once any Government start legislating in a...
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Will my hon. Friend also remember the interests of private woodland owners? As the Forestry Commission is now by far the greatest producer of timber, greater than any individual forestry producer, can he say what arrangements exist—if any—for prohibiting the Forestry Commission from undercutting private forestry in price?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers were employed in maintained primary and secondary schools in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1951; and how many are now employed.
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Are the figures which my right hon. and learned Friend has given for the West Riding of Yorkshire more or less favourable than the general level throughout the United Kingdom?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many maintained primary and secondary schools have been completed in the West Riding of Yorkshire since 1951; and how many have been modernised.
Colonel Leonard Ropner: I congratulate the Government on the progress which has been made during the last few years. Can my right hon. and learned Friend give me the assurance that still further progress will be made during the next period of office of the Conservative Party?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Will my right hon. Friend give me an assurance that he will make certain that his reply this afternoon is brought to the attention of the Minister of Transport, and will he point out at the same time that he himself is not able to solve the problem, and indeed the scandal, of Selby Toll Bridge?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: I am indebted to an hon. Member opposite for telling me only a few minutes ago that this new Clause was being proposed tonight. I plead guilty to the offence of not having studied the Notice Paper carefully, but I am glad to have the opportunity of saying something after what was said by the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. W. Hamilton). I suppose that no one has fought harder for the...
Colonel Leonard Ropner: There may well be different views about the matter, not only among Members on each side of the Committee but among members of the same party. It is not true to say that the present owners of these toll rights are the same owners, or the heirs of the owners, that were given the rights 100 or 200 years ago or more. I would remind the Committee that I have fought more than anybody else for the...
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that when notices ordering no passing are placed on roads there seldom seems to be a limit to the length of road to which the sign applies? It is left to motorists to guess, and some guess very quickly that it is safe to pass after being warned not to do so.
Colonel Leonard Ropner: asked the Minister of Transport if he will now make a statement on the report from Messrs. Scott and Wilson, Kirkpatrick and Partners with regard to the present and future trunk road traffic requirements in the East and West Ridings of Yorkshire between the Great North Road and the port of Hull.
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Is my right hon. Friend aware that his right hon. Friend the Minister told the House that this report would be in his hands on a date considerably earlier than this? Is he able to say whether the report will make any recommendation for the freeing of the Selby toll bridge?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: How does my right hon. Friend account for the fact that on dialling Darlington 2811 this morning I got a quite different number in Newcastle?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Has my right hon. Friend informed the consulting engineers of the importance attached to the fact that their recommendations should include the freeing of Selby Toll Bridge?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the two major circuits will welcome the prospect of an increase in the production of high-quality films?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: I hope that the hon. and gallant Member for Kingston upon Hull, East (Commander Pursey) will forgive me if I do not follow the points that he developed. I think that he was concerned chiefly with the terms of the Convention rather than with the terms of the Bill. I wish to remind the House again of how very important it is that the Bill should obtain a Second Reading today. It is important...
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Is it not the Minister of Transport who is primarily responsible for the design of atomic propulsion for the mercantile marine?
Colonel Leonard Ropner: asked the Minister of Transport when he expects to receive the report from Messrs. Scott and Wilson, Kirkpatrick and Partners with regard to the present and future trunk road requirements in the East and West Ridings of Yorkshire between the Great North Road and the port of Hull.
Colonel Leonard Ropner: Is my hon. Friend aware that waiting for this report has served as another excuse for neglecting the problems presented by the Selby Toll Bridge? Will he give an assurance that, as soon as the report is received, immediate action will be taken to relieve Selby of this long-standing scandal?