Mr Frederick Skinnard: In one way, Mr. Speaker, I would have preferred it, had my maiden speech been on any subject other than education, because I came direct to this House from more than 20 years' service in local-authority schools, the elementary school, the modern senior school, and the secondary school established by the 1944 Act. In addition, I was the elected representative of many of my fellow teachers on...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to expedite negotiations on wages and conditions in the building industry between representatives of the Employers' Federation and the National Federation of Building Trade Operatives.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what responsibility this country still re- tains for the safeguarding of the African population of Southern Rhodesia against racial discrimination; and is he aware of the discriminatory agreement which has been entered into by the building industry of that country to the prejudice of African workers.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Is the Minister aware that the protest over this building agreement has been led by the Bishop of Southern Rhodesia and is there any means whatever of His Majesty's Government making representations on the matter to the Government of Southern Rhodesia?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that the Southern Rhodesia Land Apportionment Act of 1941 has now been amended to make it impossible for any native to lease or occupy land in the European area; that resentment has been caused among Africans by this discriminatory legislation; and if he will prevent further discriminatory legislation against Africans...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I was very depressed indeed by some of the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford (Mr. Austin), who seemed to suggest that the problem of juvenile delinquency was greater than I think it to be. I speak with a little authority on this matter, because for three years I was in charge of what was euphemistically termed "a special difficulty class, or centre." For 21 years I worked in...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I have always believed in adventure, and never believed in seeking security. As Stevenson said: This world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings. If there was one thing that ever gave me, when I was a youngster, the incentive to go over the mark dividing right from wrong, it was for someone to say, "You cannot do that; you cannot go there." There are so...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that under the recent building industry agreement in Southern Rhodesia, a European journeyman will receive 4s. 4½d. an hour, plus cost-of-living allowance, while an unskilled African labourer will receive a maximum of 2¾d. an hour, minus deductions for board and lodging; and whether he was make representations to...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Having regard to the fact that the Governor's assent had not been proclaimed before the agreement itself came into operation will the Minister use his influence to ensure that the urgent representations of the native welfare society shall be considered before the assent is given?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Minister of Supply and of Aircraft Production what steps he proposes to take to render effective the notices to quit of 3rd September and 6th October, respectively, on the tenant his Ministry installed, in 1941, in the requisitioned workshop of the Brockhurst Garage, Harrow Weald, Middlesex.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Attorney-General whether he will publish the names of counsel instructed on behalf of His Majesty's Government, to prosecute the German war criminals at the Nuremberg trials; by whom their fees are paid; and the estimated amount of such fees.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will revise the terms of reference of the Harragin Commission of Inquiry into the structure and remuneration of the Civil Service in West Africa to include unestablished and daily paid staffs.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Will the Secretary of State endeavour, once the report of the Harragin Commission is available, to prepare some form of machinery whereby considerable increases in the pay of the unestablished staff take place?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that dissatisfaction has been expressed by the Nigerian Trades Union Congress at the inclusion of Colonial civil servants on the Commission of Inquiry into the structure and remuneration of the Civil Service in West Africa; and whether he will appoint instead independent persons who are in a position to be completely disinterested.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Can the Colonial Secretary inform the House whether the Council Negri ever met except to be photographed prior to the present negotiations?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that in cases taken up with Departments by Members of this House on behalf of their constituents, the decisions arrived at are frequently communicated to the constituents in advance of notification to the hon. Members concerned; and if he will give instructions that the information shall be available to hon. Members either in advance of, or...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to whom inquiries by refugees as to their properties, factories and machinery in Germany or Austria should be addressed; and what steps may such refugees take to obtain the removal of valuable machinery to this country.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any decision has yet been arrived at as to the future form of government of Labuan.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Minister of Education whether she is now prepared to make a statement with respect to the position of the Royal Society of Teachers, in relation to the future of professional registration.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Will the Minister bear in mind that if the status of the teaching profession is to be raised so as to make it attractive to new students, a responsible governing body, such as the Royal Society, is essential?