Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Food the total loss to the taxpayer on the purchase and sales of food in the last 14 years since rationing began.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is not this complete proof of the failure of nationalisation?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the facts disclosed in the Crichel Down Report and of the amount of detailed work that has to be undertaken by Government Departments, he will set up a committee presided over by a prominent Queen's Counsel, whose meetings shall be held in public and at which evidence can be taken on oath, to examine and make recommendations as to the responsibilities...
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will not my right hon. Friend ask the Prime Minister whether the Crichel Down case is not a typical example of the important principle, are we to be governed by popularly-elected representatives or by civil servants? Will he ask the Prime Minister when he intends to stop this progress down the totalitarian road? Will he ask the Prime Minister to remember his slogan—" Set the People Free."
Sir Waldron Smithers: When every kind of inquiry is being held under the 1947 Act, will my right hon. Friend not have them in an open court, where the public can be admitted, under the chairmanship of an independent Q.C., and with evidence taken on oath. That is what we want—to get rid of all this dictatorship of the Civil Service.
Sir Waldron Smithers: For what?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how much of the proposed coal imports will be destined for the domestic market to alleviate the house-coal shortage.
Sir Waldron Smithers: To save a long supplementary, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he and, indeed, everybody would read the leading article on page 6 of yesterday's "Sunday Times"? It would do them all good.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the current rate of total absenteeism in the mines compared with 1938.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Has the Minister's attention been called to a report issued at the end of last week by the National Union of Mineworkers, pointing out the dangers to its own members and to our economy if present conditions are not changed, and that the only solution is to increase the production of coal without increasing production costs if the country is to survive? To import coal is sheer lunacy.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many times, and by how much, he has authorised increases in tae price of house coal since nationalisation; and the aggregate of such increases per ton, average.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is it not clear to the Minister that all these Questions and answers today prove the disastrous effects of nationalisation?
Sir Waldron Smithers: It used to be £1 a ton?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) under what authority the proposed Fatstock Marketing Scheme was returned to the promoters; (2) when he expects to receive a reply from the promoters of the Fatstock Marketing Scheme to his inquiry whether they wish to proceed with the scheme.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will the Minister say what the difference is between the recent Government marketing scheme and the present one? Why have any marketing schemes at all or any controls over sales? Is he aware that there are many reports that the Fatstock Marketing Scheme has been abandoned? Can he confirm or deny those reports?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will now have reprinted the Potato Marketing Scheme, 1933.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is the Minister aware that I am informed that people who are interested cannot get copies because it is not in print?
Sir Waldron Smithers: When does my right hon. Friend expect to arrange for a debate on the Crichel Down inquiry?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the fact that currency circulation was£549 million in 1935,£1,628 million in 1951 and£1,891 million in April, 1954, what steps he is taking to arrest this form of inflation.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is not the only answer to this question to reduce taxation, to reduce national and local government expenditure and to resist increases in wages, which, unless there is an increase in production, must go down and down in purchasing power?