Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what agreement with the copper mining companies and the British South Africa Company has been arrived at by the Government of Northern Rhodesia for the prospecting of coal measures in the Protectorate; and what is to be the eventual ownership of any coal mines developed.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Does my right hon. Friend mean that there is a possibility of final agreement as to ownership being opposed in principle in his statement on mining policy?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how far the wider terms of reference now to be given to the Constitutional Reform Committee of the Leeward Islands cover the examination of the possibility of a fully-elected Legislative Council and election of some members from that body to the Executive Council.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies for what reasons the legislation for the deportation of politically undesirable persons has been introduced in the Leeward Islands; and what right of appeal is to be available to deportees.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Has such legislation actually been drafted and discussed in the Executive Council?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: By how many wickets?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I shall be short because I feel that the claims of Enfield, though admirably put by my hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Bing), should more properly be voiced by the burgess of Enfield—I believe burgess is not the correct term to use, though I hope he may have that title as a result of this Debate. I should like to reinforce the general plea. A halt has been called to...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Is the Minister indicating that there is somewhere at the back of his mind an idea that even these units which we have been discussing are not big enough, and that we might be merged into something much bigger than the urban district we have been discussing?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what plans for the training of African artisans have been prepared by the Uganda Electricity Board.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the provisions of the new Immigration Bill recently introduced into the Legislative Council of Northern Rhodesia.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to improve the medical services of British Honduras.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the travel agency of Thomas Cook and Son, in New York, are selling sterling at the rate of 2.70 dollars; and what action he proposes to take to compel the firm to observe the official exchange rate.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Minister of Supply how many Royal Ordnance Factories are now making goods for civilian consumption on a competitive commercial basis; and if it is proposed to close down any of these.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Does my right hon. Friend's answer mean that the policy announced earlier in this Parliament, of using certain Royal Ordnance Factories as standards for various types of civilian production, is now being abandoned?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many new refrigerated vessels have been completed in British shipyards since 1945; and how many of these were sold to foreign countries.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: May I ask your guidance, Mr. Speaker? Does the right of the ordinary public to lobby Members of Parliament extend to invading the Upper Corridor during the period when a Committee is sitting?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I think that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and all of us in this House would have been disappointed had the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Sir S. Reed) not caught your eye, Mr. Speaker, on this great occasion. On the subject of our relations with our great sister nation of India, he has always proved a sound guide, and it is not without real justification...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I beg to second the Amendment to the proposed Amendment.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Minister of Education how many children now attending ordinary primary schools have been found to be suffering from defects of hearing and consequential speech defects; and which local education authorities have instituted special classes for such pupils apart from speech therapy sessions.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Will my right hon. Friend give some attention to the treatment of hearing defects, which often cause speech defects, and use trained teachers of the deaf in special classes?