Mr William Snadden: is it not a fact that while cattle have increased in numbers, home-killed beef has fallen since pre-war by 27 per cent.?
Mr William Snadden: Do the figures include Scotland?
Mr William Snadden: May I—
Mr William Snadden: Arising out of the original answer of the Secretary of State, is it not a fact that the loans and grants to which he has referred are given only on condition that a tenancy is created? Is it not a fact that because of that condition reconditioning is being held up in the countryside?
Mr William Snadden: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the dissatisfaction amongst sister tutors in Scottish hospitals regarding the failure to increase their salaries, although that of the student nurse was raised in 1948 and ward sisters in 1949; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter.
Mr William Snadden: I wish to say a few words in support of what has been said by my right hon. Friend the Member for Moray and Nairn (Mr. J. Stuart). It is difficult to exaggerate the importance agriculture attaches to this question of Summer Time, and no one feels more strongly about it than the farmer in the north of England or in Scotland. We realise that there is a conflict of interests in this matter, but...
Mr William Snadden: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications for payment of the hill cattle subsidy in respect of the year 1949 were refused.
Mr William Snadden: In view of the large percentage of refusals, has not the time arrived when this scheme should be reviewed, with a view to making it more flexible?
Mr William Snadden: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the numbers of cattle in respect of which hill cattle subsidy was paid for each year since the inception of the scheme.
Mr William Snadden: Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that there will be no change except by regulation under the Act, and that until there are sufficient quantities of new traps available no such regulation will he presented?
Mr William Snadden: It will have to be done by regulation?
Mr William Snadden: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has considered the Report of the Committee on the Poaching. and Illegal Fishing of Salmon and Trout in Scotland; and what action he proposes to take.
Mr William Snadden: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now in a position to announce details of the schemes for assistance in the purchase of fertilisers for grassland and marginal land and for the extension of marginal land production in Scotland as has already been done for England and Wales.
Mr William Snadden: Would it not have been possible to make an announcement at the same time as the Minister's announcement in regard to England and Wales, and so save the great delay that has taken place?
Mr William Snadden: The hon. Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. Watkins) has put the Welsh point of view on this Bill. I will endeavour to say something about Scotland, and I would start by expressing my astonishment that, when we are discussing a Bill of this nature, which affects vast areas in Scotland, there is no Scottish Minister on the Front Bench. I am afraid that any questions that I may ask concerning...
Mr William Snadden: That may be so, but if the right hon. Gentleman looks at the face of the Bill, he will find that it bears the name of the Secretary of State for Scotland, and I am only drawing attention to the fact that, when we raise questions of peculiar interest to Scotland, we are not likely to get a satisfactory reply. I want to come straight to the points that trouble me most. This Bill is generally...
Mr William Snadden: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the greatly increased acreage of potatoes in Scotland cannot be harvested without the help of these children?
Mr William Snadden: Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether the statement is an agreed statement with the National Farmers' Union of Scotland, and can he assure the House that this has nothing to do with the long-term marginal land production policy referred to in the Gracious Speech?
Mr William Snadden: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if compensation is to be paid to tenants of Cruden houses in respect of inconvenience caused and damage to furniture resulting from the fire-proofing of these houses.
Mr William Snadden: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, at any rate in my constituency, people had a complete invasion of workmen lasting over a week? When furniture is damaged is it not the responsibility of his Department to make some compensatory payment?