Mr Frederick Skinnard: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the importance of showing the African farmers the reasons for the two kinds of payments which in effect are made for their crop?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what changes have been made in West Africa whereby more African officers will be commissioned; and what steps are being taken to implement a similar policy in East Africa.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: To what extent are commissions being made available to African cadets in the Royal Air Force?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is prepared to make a statement on the effect of devaluation in the Colonies; and what arrangements have been made to counter inflation in those Colonial territories in which increased sterling income may be expected.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many senior administrative and technical posts in the Colonial Service are now vacant; and whether he will consider creating a pool of specialist senior officers which could be drawn on for short periods of service by Colonial Governments.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him whether his answer does not tend to discount his denial that there was centralised Colonial Service recruitment in this country?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the present dollar deficit in Hong Kong; what is the extent and nature of the dollar imports which have caused this deficit; and what steps are being taken to reduce it.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the dollar imports intended for internal trade are not being retained in Hong Kong?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I reinforce the argument used by the hon. Member for South Hendon (Sir H. Lucas-Tooth) because the way out is either to use some such alternative as "permanent" in place of "standing" or to put the latter word where it naturally belongs, before the word "committee," so that it would be a "nurse-training standing committee," if only for the sake of the usual way of putting these things, and if...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Not Standing Members' Committees of this House.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: rose—
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I beg to move, in page 14, line 7, to leave out, "one." and to insert "two." I may have been foolishly optimistic but I had anticipated being able to avoid repeating this morning some of the arguments I used in my Second Reading speech last week, arguments which were supported by several of my hon. Friends who subsequently put their names to this Amendment. The Minister has not hedged and I...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Like the late Mrs. Gamp, he sought to "proticipate."
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Only the elected members.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: How many are ward sisters?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I concede that my hon. Friend has tried to be helpful and sympathetic but I wonder whether he would help me a little further in one respect? Does he consider that having a certain number of unallocated places at the Minister's disposal for nomination is a valuable way of balancing any undue preponderence of one type of representation on the elected side? If that is so, can he tell me whether...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the proposals of the Committee appointed to revise the political constitution of the Fiji Islands have been approved.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that it is important, whatever constitutional devices are decided upon, they should come into law before the general election?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Perhaps my right hon. Friend will bear this in mind.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I regard it as a happy coincidence that twice in the course of one week I should have been called to follow the hon. Member for Putney (Mr. Linstead), but I shall not follow him into the argument he developed with my hon. Friend the Member for Rochdale (Dr. Morgan) in regard to the technical subject of granting aid and prescribing courses of study. I would rather stress the feeling which has...