Mr Joseph Sparks: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent upon food in 1951 and 1958; and how much of the latter figure is due to increased retail prices.
Mr Joseph Sparks: Why have retail food prices risen so high, and why have the Government taken no step to keep them down?
Mr Joseph Sparks: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the rate of industrial production each year since 1945, taking the year 1945 as 100.
Mr Joseph Sparks: Was the rate of industrial production between 1946 and 1955 much higher than the rate of industrial production from 1951 to the nearest current date? Why has the rate of industrial production in the past nine years slowed down considerably compared with the previous period?
Mr Joseph Sparks: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give in table form the internal purchasing value of the £ sterling, taking October, 1951, as 20s., and for October in each subsequent year, and to the nearest convenient date.
Mr Joseph Sparks: Why have the Government deliberately allowed the internal purchasing value of the £ to decline so heavily?
Mr Joseph Sparks: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will show in table form by what percentage and amount the retail prices of food have increased in each year since 1951, and, to the nearest convenient date, and for each year, the amount by which prices have increased since 1951.
Mr Joseph Sparks: Why is it that the Government have permitted food prices to rise so high, without making any effort to restrict them?
Mr Joseph Sparks: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what amount Income Tax and Surtax have been reduced for a married man with two children having a gross income of £500, £1,000, £5,000 and £20,000, respectively, in the year 1959–60 as compared with the year 1951–52.
Mr Joseph Sparks: Will the hon. and learned Gentleman give an assurance that when
Mr Joseph Sparks: I add my voice to the volume of protests being made this afternoon at the procedure which the right hon. Gentleman and his friends see fit to impose upon the House. I was one of those who sat in Committee on the Bill. It happens to be one of the local government interests which I follow in the House. We had twenty-six sittings in Committee. We examined the Bill thoroughly. In deference to the...
Mr Joseph Sparks: As my hon. Friend says, we are now subjecting to a totally different procedure vitally important propositions, which normally would have taken a very different course in the House if they had been introduced here, as they should have been and as we are entitled to request that they should have been, in the original stages of the Bill. The Government are floundering so much on this important...
Mr Joseph Sparks: Yes, especially lawyers. Right through the Committee stage the right hon. Gentleman tried to cage a conception of what he called free market value. He has been trying to put it in a cage and fasten it there. So there it is. But he has never been able to do that. I do not know whether the right hon. Gentleman hopes that all these Amendments from another place will provide an adequate cage in...
Mr Joseph Sparks: I listened to what the right hon. Gentleman had to say in reply to the case put from this side of the House, but I thought that he was endeavouring to reply to something which was not exactly germane to the point of dipute between us. The Lords Amendment that we are seeking to amend is concerned with land already designated in a development plan. It is not concerned with land that is not so...
Mr Joseph Sparks: Assassins?
Mr Joseph Sparks: There is one question I want to ask on the English aspect of the proposed Clause.
Mr Joseph Sparks: There may be some possible connection between the two. Subsection (1) reads: The provisions of this section shall have effect in relation to a compulsory acquisition to which Section one of this Act applies where— Then it refers to the registration of a notice to treat, which appears in paragraph (a) and (b), and states that such a notice must be registered, presumably in some document. I...
Mr Joseph Sparks: There is another point which requires clarification. In the main, we are dealing with cases where a local authority, having acquired a piece of land for a particular purpose, uses it for another purpose within the period of five years, and where this alternative purpose would attract a greater value. This greater value may be paid by way of compensation to the owner of the land from whom it...
Mr Joseph Sparks: That may not be, but it has a very distinct connection with this problem.
Mr Joseph Sparks: My remarks have a very close connection with it, although they may not be directly connected. My hon. and learned Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr. Mitchison) wants to include other words which have some connection with the point that we are considering.