Mr Oliver Simmonds: It may be that she makes a faux pas there, but that does not affect the issue as to whether she will get a fair price for her property.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: It may be as I have said that she has, in her particular case, made a faux pas, but it does not affect the fact that she will not get a true price for replacing her present property. That is the issue. This woman goes on to say: Sizing up the whole issue, I am very puzzled, because the present basis does not seem to me an honest transaction. She appreciates very well that there is no...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: No, she will not. I feel that the Committee ought to bear in mind that here we are touching very basic moral issues. It has been our pride in this country to speak of sterling. What did sterling mean? It meant confidence in the values that this House placed upon the property of the citizen. That, in the last analysis, is the basis of the sterling reputation. Can anybody say that if, at this...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Could the Minister say whether the college will be open to Empire students only or to foreign students as well?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is it not a fact that a considerable number could be closed with great advantage to the tax-payers?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Can my right hon. Friend assure the House that our delegates to Montreal will not go tarred with the brush of State monopoly, but, instead will breathe the fresh and virile air of private enterprise?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Prime Minister (1) the duties and responsibilities of the Minister for Civil Aviation; (2) whether the Minister for Civil Aviation will control a Department of Civil Aviation wholly independent of other Ministries.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Could my right hon. Friend assure the House that this com- promise, which fails to meet the almost unanimous views of the House as to the future organisation of civil aviation, will be of a temporary nature and certainly will not extend far beyond the European war?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Prime Minister which Minister is responsible for deciding or approving the location of industrial undertakings about to manufacture goods for the home and export markets.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is grave misgiving about the Board of Trade having an adequate number of staff competent to undertake this work? In view of the vital national importance of this issue, will he see that a review is made of the Board of Trade's responsibilities in this particular field? Can I have an answer?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Which Ministers will represent the United Kingdom Government; and will they represent a general policy acceptable to the House?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: In view of the fact that some factory workers are already idle, is not the time for action now?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Must all these emergency houses be completely demolished? Cannot they be added to with permanent structures?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Air (1) whether the Government are actively interested to receive proposals from potential operators of post-war air transport services; (2) what are the principal conditions which must be fulfilled by any company offering to operate post-war air transport services.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Would my right hon. Friend assure the House that if these proposals are put before him they will be reviewed freely and openly, unfettered by the conditions of the British Overseas Airways Corporation?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is the Minister not aware that that statement was very ambiguous? Would he explain it at some convenient time?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: A subject which has recently engaged both this House and Noble Lords in another place is that of air transport, and of the many questions which have arisen in that connection perhaps one of the most important is that of the monopoly chosen instrument which has been adopted over the past few years as a United Kingdom operating instrument in the sphere of air transport. Hon. Members will agree...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: If I turn elsewhere to a country which publishes all its figures, and which, curiously enough, is run on a highly competitive basis of private enterprise, the United States of America, I find that in the same period, not only did the American air lines not dip into the pockets of the American taxpayer to the tune of many millions of dollars, but the surcharge on mail rendered a profit of no...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I am indebted to my hon. Friend. That also is true. On that occasion my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State was very frank with the House, and said: "Yes, the hon. Member for Duddeston and I are quite correct. No Foreign Office would endeavour to obtain facilities for any other instrument than the chosen instrument." So we were left dangling again in mid-air, wondering what the future...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Might we be clear on this point? I gather now that the Minister said we cannot have this information for security reasons, but the Secretary of State, on 5th April, said we could not have it because he did not receive the information himself from the Corporation.