Mr Oliver Simmonds: It is interesting to note that hon. Gentlemen opposite seem to have come to the conclusion, which has been held widely in some other quarters, that there is some unsatisfactory thinking going on in the Home Office these days. With regard to this point, I think they have found something sinister in a suggestion which is surely only common sense. If you have in time of war a man and woman...
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Can the Minister say whether any of the Governments represented at the Conference have yet confirmed the resolutions they have passed?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of empty houses which were on requisition by his Department on 1st January, 1943, but were not being used, and the number of these which still remain unused to-day?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Will the right hon. Baronet bear in mind that in more than one case the Air Ministry is retaining empty houses on requisition when other Departments are requiring them for housing war workers? Will he see that there is no reproach against the Department on this account in future?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Prime Minister the responsibilities which he has placed upon the Lord Privy Seal in relation to post-war air transport?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Can the Prime Minister say whether the present discussions are purely of an exploratory nature or whether it is hoped to reach some concrete decision?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Is it not a fact that some of the Dominions think that a conference on this subject is highly desirable? Does my right hon. Friend contemplate inviting them to a conference?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Will the right hon. Gentleman have the whole question of fishing near the coast reconsidered?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Minister without Portfolio whether any indication, formal or informal, has been given to the United States Government that His Majesty's Government intend to adopt a policy of monopoly for post-war air transport?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman know that the semiofficial statement which emanated from Washington last week and was published in the British Press was based on a misapprehension?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Would my right hon. Friend emphasise to industry that that system is of no use unless adequate rewards are given for suggestions which are adopted?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Do all these university air squadrons give actual flying training now?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Must we always rely on other countries? Cannot we take the lead ourselves occasionally?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: In these cases where contracts are reduced, will the Minister see that before labour is withdrawn the Production Ministry and the Supply Departments discuss with the manufacturer the possibility of his being allowed to take on other work, and not merely withdraw labour before these discussions have taken place?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is prepared to publish the letters written to him by the recently resigned directors of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and dated 22nd February, 10th March and 24th March, 1943?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Minister without Portfolio whether he will give an assurance that no decision has been taken by the Government which would have the effect of placing all British overseas air transport services after the war in the hands of one organisation?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that it will be a major disaster if there is no real enterprise in our air transport services after the war, and could he say exactly what are the implications of the decision he has just announced?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: May we assume that there is absolutely no decision of any kind so far?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: Will the Minister see that all these committees which are in existence are doing their work and not create any more?
Mr Oliver Simmonds: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that a document entitled "Coal in 1943," published by the Labour Research Department, has been circulated by his Midland Regional Controller; and whether this action has his approval?