Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Education if, in view of the seriousness of the economic situation, she will refuse to sanction the grant of £30,000 for an additional building at Nonnington College, Eastry, Kent.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will the Minister bear in mind that as Britain is the one country in the world which is not and cannot become self-supporting, and that all increase in expenditure must impede or destroy our ability to compete in the markets of the world, our first social service must be food? What is the good of children and teachers in schools if they have nothing to eat?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Education if she has read the particulars which have been sent to her regarding subversive activities in the teaching profession; and if she will make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty's Government in this matter.
Sir Waldron Smithers: As the whole free world is straining every nerve to overcome the menace of Communism will the Minister, if she cannot tell the local education authorities what to do, take this serious matter to Cabinet level?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if, to save expense, he will arrange for telegrams addressed to persons who are connected with the telephone to be telephoned and not to be delivered by motor-cycle.
Sir Waldron Smithers: While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him to make it widely known, so that expense can be saved on this head.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the increasing burden of public expenditure, details of which have been sent to him; what action he proposes to take; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will my right hon. Friend always bear in mind that this is the one country in the world which is not and cannot become self-supporting, and that every increase in our national expenditure must increase our overheads and will destroy our chances of competing successfully in world markets, which we must do or starve? If he will not listen to me, will he read his own Bulletin for Industry?
Sir Waldron Smithers: May I ask this question? Will my right hon. Friend read his own Bulletin for Industry for the month of June, which is headed "Production Recovers, but—" and act on it?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has read the fourth annual report of the International Monetary Fund, which recommends that maximum efforts should be made by all countries to facilitate access of goods and services to their markets; what steps he is taking to implement this policy; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Waldron Smithers: May I thank the Chancellor for that somewhat encouraging answer? May I also ask if he is aware that not only the economic salvation of this country but world peace depend on removing barriers to trade, because if trade is not allowed to cross frontiers, armies will?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to relieve Territorial officers from paying Income Tax on pay received on training or in camp, particulars of which have been sent him.
Sir Waldron Smithers: If these gentlemen loyally give their service, surely we ought to do all we can to encourage them?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement as to the results of Her Majesty's Government's discussions with M. Markezinis, the Greek Minister for Economic Affairs.
Sir Waldron Smithers: While thanking my right hon. and learned Friend for that answer, may I ask whether he will try to persuade Her Majesty's Government to tackle our domestic problems with the same vigour as that with which the Greek Government tackle theirs and to carry out the advice given by the Greek representative to remove all barriers to international trade as soon as possible as the only hope of world...
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will my right hon. and learned Friend approach the leaders of all the churches to try to arrange a Thanksgiving Service for next Sunday in all churches and chapels?
Sir Waldron Smithers: Does my right hon. Friend not realise that if he tries to break the law of supply and demand that law will come along like a steam-roller and leave him and the country on the hard high road of reality? Will he observe his Leader's slogan, "Set the people free"?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Health the annual cost of the ambulance service for each of the years 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1952.
Sir Waldron Smithers: I wish my right hon. Friend would give the figures to the House now. May I ask him why the voluntary car service has been abandoned, because it is much cheaper? Does he not agree that the indiscriminate use of large ambulances for single cases is most expensive and a waste of public money?
Sir Waldron Smithers: Does not the Minister realise that the real answer to all these questions was given by St. Paul when he said: For even when we were with you this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.