Mr Oliver Simmonds: 17. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the difficulties that will be caused to operators of British civil aircraft by a reduction of the maximum permissible weight when operating at abnormal altitudes, he will give an assurance that any regulations in this matter will be on the basis of enlarged aerodromes and not of restrictive conditions with regard to the aircraft?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: 54. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that one of the conditions upon which certain educational entertainments are being exempted from Entertainments Duty is that no music, not even the national anthem, shall be played at them; and whether he will reconsider the matter and allow a limited amount of music at such entertainments?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the national anthem was specifically prohibited at one of these entertainments?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: 42. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that serious physical exhaustion was suffered by a number of the temporary staff employed by the Post Office during the last Christmas season due to the discontinuance of the issue of light refreshments; and whether he will revise his instructions for the winter of 1932?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: The hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Perkins) has taken, I think, rather a narrow view in regard to the light aeroplane clubs. Those interested in these clubs never regarded them as a definite source for service pilots. I think these clubs are primarily means of promoting airmindedness in this country. Why do we want to promote airmindedness? Simply because in the past this country has been a...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: The moment when we open the throttle and embark upon our first solo flight is a landmark in the life of each one of us, and certainly no less a milestone is the occasion when, for the first time, we spread our Parliamentary wings and rise to address this House. As I engage in this venture, I thank the House for the assurance given to me by tradition that I shall fly in a calm atmosphere....
Mr Oliver Simmonds: 38. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether special care has been taken, and instructions issued, so that the recent announcement that the flight through Africa of the Royal Air Force long-range monoplane will start on Friday next, the 19th instant, shall in no way prejudice the discretion of the pilots as to the time and date of their departure?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: 37. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the present position with regard to the negotiations with the Persian Government for the continued passage of British civil aircraft over Persia; and whether he can make any statement upon alternative proposals in the event of the failure of the negotiations?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: 36. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether there is being retained in the Air Ministry a section, appropriately staffed for supervising and correlating such airship research as is proceeding and contemplated and for watching foreign developments; and, if so, what is the number of admini- strative and of technical staff thus employed?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: 89. asked the President of the Board of Trade the comparative imports of- wire and wire products during recent weeks and during a similar period in 1930; and whether he will deal with this matter under the Abnormal Importations (Customs Duties) Act, 1931?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: 90. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in Birmingham and other towns tenants who are themselves in many cases protected by the Rent Restrictions Acts are sub-letting their rooms in a nominally furnished condition at rents aggregating four and five times the controlled rent; and whether he will take appropriate steps by legislation or otherwise to prevent the continuance of...