Sir Waldron Smithers: Then mind you do it.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the purchasing power of the£sterling in April, 1954, taking 1935 as 20s.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Arising out of that answer is my right hon. Friend aware that I can only repeat the supplementary question I put to him on the last Question?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Prime Minister if he will instruct all Government Departments not to protect themselves by the issue of Statutory Orders against criticism, challenge or legal action which otherwise could be maintained against them by an injured citizen under the common law on the line of action taken in the Crichel Down case.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Question was 'based on a legal opinion? Will he also instruct Ministers and their staffs to write out 20 times and to implement his own slogan of "Set the People Free"?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he has considered the information relating to the coal-mining industry, a copy of which has been sent to him; and what immediate action he proposes to take to arrange for the decentralisation of this industry which is vital to the export trade and upon which many other industries depend.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will the Minister make clear that as we must import about half our food and raw materials the export of coal at world competitive prices is vital to the standard of living net only of the miners, but of the whole country? Will he also remind them that in 1913 we exported 80 million tons of coal and that now we are importing coal? It is quite ridiculous.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he and his representatives at international conferences will continue to press for the necessity of putting into operation articles 4 and 5 of the Atlantic Charter.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware of the importance of impressing upon Members of our own Government, and the representatives of all countries, the importance of the immediate application of Articles 4 and 5 of the Atlantic Charter, giving to all peoples free access to the goods of all the world? If goods cannot cross frontiers, armies will. The application of these Articles would be...
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Food what persons or organisations outside his Department he consulted before fixing the retail price of milk; the present price; and if he will take off all controls and allow the law of supply and demand to operate freely.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Does not the Minister know, and will he not proclaim, that an attempt to overcome the law of supply and demand must end in disaster? Will he ensure that his policy does not attempt the impossible, and will he tell the trade so?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Prime Minister if he will recommend a Royal Commission before which evidence can be taken on oath with sittings held in public to inquire into the costs of the nationalised boards, and to report on ways in which economies can be made.
Sir Waldron Smithers: While thanking my right hon. Friend for his answer, may I ask if he is aware that at present hon. Members are unable to ask questions about the maladministration and waste of public money by the nationalised industries, and will he do his utmost to do away with this piece of Socialistic folly as soon as possible.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the setting up of a Royal Commission in Australia to inquire into espionage and Communist propaganda and to the setting up in the United States of America of an Information Agency to inaugurate a world-wide propaganda campaign against Communism; and if he will give an assurance that Her Majesty's Government will co-operate with...
Sir Waldron Smithers: Has my right hon. Friend noticed the evidence given in Australia, since this Question was put down on the Order Paper? Is not it the duty of Her Majesty's Government to discover to what extent Communist propaganda is rife in this country? I hear, though I cannot prove it, that it is much greater than anyone realises.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is aware that 250,000 tons of coal are being imported from Poland; and if, in view of the effect of this on our trade balance and the fact that there is unlimited coal in Britain, ne will in future refuse to give his authority for such imports.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will the Minister inaugurate an educational campaign among miners to tell them that Britain is the one country that cannot become self-supporting, that our survival depends on our ability to export goods and services at competitive prices, of which coal could be a major factor, and that unless we can do that there will be no wages for the miner or anybody else?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of official statements of policy made in discussions with the Federal German Government and elsewhere that Britain is trying to encourage more freedom in international trade, when he hopes to remove all barriers to the international movement of goods.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Do the Government realise that the expression of pious hopes at international conferences does no good? What we want is deeds, not words. Do the Government also realise that a policy of free trade, freely convertible currency and no coercion is the only policy to save Britain and the world?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (how many officials, clerks and industrial workers, respectively, are employed by Her Majesty's Government; and what is the cost to the taxpayer of their salaries and other expenses.