Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Agriculture the cost to the taxpayer of the promotion and administration to date of the Apple and Pear Marketing Scheme.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will my right hon. Friend give up all attempts at State trading and leave trading and marketing to experts?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of State, Board of Trade, as representing the Minister of Materials, in view of the fact that the net deficit for 1953 on Trading Controls and Directorates was £45,282,600, what steps he is taking to reduce this loss paid by the taxpayer.
Sir Waldron Smithers: As the total trading loss of Government Departments in the last financial year was £352 million, of which the £45 million mentioned in my Question was part, will my right hon. Friend give a lead by refusing to operate the ruinous Socialist doctrine of State trading?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Food if he has considered details, which have been sent to him, about the retailing of eggs; and when he will take off all restrictions.
Sir Waldron Smithers: How much longer will my right hon. and gallant Friend continue to try to do the impossible by trying to overcome the law of supply and demand?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Food the number of personnel under his jurisdiction on 31st December, 1951, and 1952, and at the latest available date, respectively.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that I am glad to hear that the number of people who are producing nothing is being reduced, so that they can be returned to productive employment?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Food what quantity of beef he has recently bought from the United States of America; what is the cost per lb. delivered in Britain; and at what price per lb. will it be offered to the public
Sir Waldron Smithers: When will the Minister of Food realise that experienced meat traders say that competition would give more meat and better quality, and when will the Government give up this trading business? Can my hon. Friend give me a date?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Food if, in view of the fact that the manufacturers of milk products have a milk products board by statute, he will take steps to give similar statutory recognition to the distributive side of the industry
Sir Waldron Smithers: Does not the Minister realise that if he protects one side of the industry he should protect the other side? Why does he not take off all regulations and let distributors get on with free distribution?
Sir Waldron Smithers: When I put my name down in Mr. Speaker's Office for the Adjournment I did not then know I should have an early opportunity of putting up a fight for the dispossessed farmers, as I had the privilege of doing last Tuesday. There is no need for me to repeat all the arguments I then used. It looks as though the House will get up early, and I do not want to detain the House any longer than I...
Sir Waldron Smithers: My hon. Friend has not seen the letters.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Before the Minister replies, may I emphasise one point made by my hon. and gallant Friend?
Sir Waldron Smithers: Can I not have the leave of the House to make a second point?
Sir Waldron Smithers: On the question of supervision, if my hon. Friend looks through the correspondence before making up his mind, he will see that many inspections were purely perfunctory; the farm was not inspected except at a distance, and the decision went against the farmer.
Sir Waldron Smithers: As the Parliamentary Secretary asks me a question, may I tell him that all I am asking for is a right of appeal on points of fact or merit? I am not saying that all he says is not true, but where there is a complaint, the British citizen should have a right of appeal on points of fact and merit, and not only on points of law, which I understand the present Bill only allows.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Education if she has examined the criticisms of the educational system made at the educational conferences held at the end of December, to particulars of which her attention has been called; and what action she proposes to take to meet those criticisms, especially with regard to the attitude of Her Majesty's Government to the question of the administration of grammar...
Sir Waldron Smithers: In view of the very large sums of public money which are wanted for education will my right hon. Friend do all in her power to see that the money is effectively and efficiently expended?