Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is my right hon. Friend aware that some of these committees do absolutely nothing, and would he consider suppressing them?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I have been frankly disappointed. I think that all the speeches from the Socialist benches to-day—
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I think there were more. Every one of those speeches has suffered from the spirit of the impracticable internationalisation, upon which the hon. Member for Nuneaton (Mr. Bowles) spoke on the Committee stage of these Estimates. I presume that the pièce-de-résistance was the speech of the hon. Member for West Islington (Mr. Montague). I listened with very great care to the hon. Member, and...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Indeed, it is. That is the proposition. I ask him to address himself seriously to this.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: As the hon. Member said I happen to be one of the members of that Committee, and I know what is in that Report and there is nothing in there which is at all inconsistent with what I have said. The position with regard to the subsidy is well understood and I am prepared to discuss it at any time with the hon. Member. The third point he made is that we were too optimistic with regard to civil...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I am speaking for myself entirely, as I have spoken throughout.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: I said I hoped that in 10 years possibly some hon. Members opposite would have cooled off.
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Surely my right hon. Friend, with all his experience, is not going to suggest that two Ministries fighting the Treasury are not going to get more money than one?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: In the light of what my right hon. Friend has now said, are we to understand that the statement of the Lord Privy Seal that we should invite the shipping companies and others to come in, and that they were free to do so, was purely academic, and that it had no real basis in policy?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: How was it, in view of the secrecy with which the Government desired to surround this Conference, that it happens that the original factual report of Reuters correspondent at Lisbon was allowed to pass via this country to Washington through channels under the control of His Majesty's Government?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is it not a fact that these bombings are likely vastly to reduce our military casualties when we invade the Continent of Europe?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Air the functions of the Brabazon Committee which is considering new types of post-war civil aircraft; and the purpose of the previous Committee over which Lord Brabazon presided?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Could my right hon. Friend tell the House who are the members of Lord Brabazon's current Committee?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether there has now been adequate flying experience with the Avro-York air-liner for him to assess the value of this aircraft?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Air what developments have taken place since the Air Transport Conference with the Dominions and India as regards the organisation of post-war air transport between Empire countries and other countries of the United Nations?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: In view of the long record of the delays of the Government in this matter, could my right hon. Friend at any rate assure the House that the Government have not become lukewarm about it?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Could my right hon. Friend assure the House that this will be a real practical school of aeronautical engineering and not an academic hot-house?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Can the Parliamentary Secretary say whether he has been able to make effective provision in this distribution for the Armed Forces?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Has the right hon. Gentleman any knowledge of the total number of these traders who should be registered if the Register were complete?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Would the right hon. Gentleman say that 20 per cent. are on so far?