Mr Frederick Skinnard: Could the Minister inform the House whether preliminary arrangements have been made for visits by people in this country to occupied zones other than our own?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for War how many unauthorised families are still occupying huts belonging to his Department on land at Kestrel Grove, Stanmore; for what purpose his Department intend to use the site; and when it is intended to begin work on it.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the reintroduction of home leave for men serving three years in the Middle East Land Forces and if air transport will be used for this purpose where adequate shipping is not available.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Is the Secretary of State aware that there is considerable discontent at this decision in view of the home leave given to Forces sent abroad but to places nearer to this country?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Has a geological survey ever been made in these islands?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to the recent notices of redundancy issued by Messrs. Kodak Limited, to 260 of the workers in their Wealdstone factory; and what steps are being taken by his Department to assist them in finding alternative employment.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: In view of the highly specialised nature of the work for many of these men, is it not possible to give any assurance that their particular services will be used in the export drive where they are most useful?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the President of the Board of Trade the value of photographic apparatus and material exported from the United Kingdom to European markets in the first quarter of 1949; and what were the comparable figures for the last quarter of 1948.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what changes in the powers of unofficial members of the Executive Council in Northern Rhodesia will follow his recent pronouncement on the subject.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Would my right hon. Friend arrange that absolution be granted to those hon. Members who, like myself, have often signed forms of this kind in error?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: As I listened to the eloquent speeches of my hon. Friends the Members for Maldon (Mr. Driberg) and West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen), I had it within my heart to wish that the Debate had not taken place at the tail end of a very busy week and in a comparatively thin House and that we could disregard precedent and tradition and send it out over the radio. Then the millions of citizens who are...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Yes. That is a state of affairs which I am sure we deplore equally. Where do our powers lie with regard to the most obvious and distressing case of racial discrimination within the Commonwealth at the moment? I have looked into the question of the law with as much care as my hon. Friend the Member for Maldon, and he knows that I differ from him slightly on this point. Primarily it is not a...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: The deed of title is the same title that I might have to a house, the original owner of which has died and with whom I had originally entered into an agreement to acquire the property. What South Africa holds is a mandate which came to it under the League of Nations, it is true, but which originally came to it as a result of the cession by a group of Powers which no longer exists as a...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: I was coming to that—
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Indeed she did, but that is quite another matter. What I am trying to answer is the suggestion that there still may be some legal force to compel South Africa to place South-West Africa under trusteeship. I suggest that there was a gap, a hiatus, between the suicide of the League of Nations and the coming into being of the United Nations which makes it impossible legally to enforce upon South...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Privately, as my hon. Friend says, because most of the good work is done by just that private family association. A great many of the rather wonderful decisions which have recently been arrived at were the result of private conversations as between brethren, over a considerable space of time. I am trying to stress the family attitude of the nations within the Commonwealth. We do not expect...
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Is it not the case that the League of Nations died without arranging for a successor, and that therefore there is a complete blank, so that there is no way in which any court could decide that South Africa is now responsible to a successor which was not in fact appointed?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Is it not true, also, that a good number of the police, including officers, are recruited from the Union?
Mr Frederick Skinnard: asked the Minister of Health whether he will arrange that lists of homœopathic medical practitioners, similar to publicly-exhibited lists of practitioners in other specialised fields of medical service, are provided for the information of persons desirous of homœopathic treatment.
Mr Frederick Skinnard: Is not my right hon. Friend aware that a number of patients are asking for this information, which is normally given in such lists, and that it is rather unfair to the patient demanding this type of service that the only source of information is the executive councils who might regard this form of practice as heretical?