Mr Oliver Simmonds: Will my right hon. and gallant Friend really tell us specifically what was the reason for this action?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an assurance that it is the intention of the Government eventually to restore to private enterprise undertakings which have been purchased by the State in the name of increased war production?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is it not a fact that the trade unions have received from the Government a formal assurance as to the restitution of their proper rights after hostilities, and does not my right hon. Friend think that both equity and constitutional government demand that a similar assurance should be given to private enterprise?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Would the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the establishment of the Royal Air Force Transport Command provides an opportunity of getting some speeding-up of these mails, and will he have that discussed with the officer commanding that Command?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that industrial coal, to which the attention of his Department has been drawn frequently, contains more than 50 per cent. of moisture and incombustible material, and when wagons are brought a long distance, does not this represent a very serious waste of transport?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Prime Minister whether that part of the recent speech of the President of the Board of Trade, at Bishop Auckland, in which he said that State factories should be used for peace-time production represents the policy of the Government?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Would my right hon. Friend say whether this is the policy of His Majesty's Government; and would he bear in mind that the majority of hon. Members have a definite mandate to oppose any extension of State trading?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received from any foreign government a proposal that the post-war air transport services of the world shall be operated by an international corporation?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is my right hon. Friend aware that while it may be necessary and desirable to have international control of air transportation it would be folly to attempt to have international operational control, and will he take care that he does not burn his fingers as some of his friends have done?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Air why his Department has discouraged British shipping companies from becoming practically interested in post-war air transport?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that no fewer than three shipping companies have had cold water thrown by his Department on their inquiries as to what action they could take regarding air transport? Is it not a fact that His Majesty's Government have committed themselves after the war both to an extension of trade and to the employment of our Air Force, and on both those grounds...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Will the Minister see what he can do to follow up this matter and keep the shipping companies informed of the policy of His Majesty's Government?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Minister without Portfolio why no decisions have been taken on the subject of post-war air transport, when his committees have been considering this matter for some 18 months?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Did not my right hon. and learned Friend tell the House only a fortnight ago that no decisions had been taken? Are we to assume that very important decisions have been taken in the last 14 days?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Has the Department refused any licences where this Group could have obtained business' abroad?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I had given notice that I desired to move a Prayer— [That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty praying that the Order in Council, dated 10th February, 1943, made under the Emergency Powers (Defence) Acts, 1939 and 1940, adding Regulation 54CA to the Defence (General) Regulations, 1939, a copy of which was presented to this House on 11th February, be annulled.]— at this hour,...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: My hon. Friend the Member for Maryhill (Mr. Davidson) has spoken of the great experiment in which the Minister of Labour is engaged on this issue, and I think he has also shown that it is almost inevitable that in any matter of this scope the shoe should pinch in some constituency or other. I am confident that the Minister is paying attention to those points raised by Members to see to what...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government have entered into discussions with any foreign Power with regard to the international control or operation of air transport after the war?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Would my right hon. Friend give an assurance to the House that before His Majesty's Government enter into any binding obligations with any foreign Power on this matter they will seek the opinion of the House upon the measures proposed to be taken?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Minister without Portfolio what decisions have already been made by His Majesty's Government with regard to British air transport after the war?