Mr George Sylvester: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what is his estimate of the reduction of loan sanctions for local authority housing schemes in the next 12 months; and on what grounds he will refuse loan sanction.
Mr George Sylvester: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his statement will cause great dismay in my industrial town where the majority of the houses were built during the Industrial Revolution and are hardly fit to live in? He has not answered the latter part of my Question about on what grounds he will refuse loan sanction.
Mr George Sylvester: I support what my hon. Friend has said, especially in view of what the right hon. Lady said about constant attendance allowance not being intended to pay wages to someone outside the family. My two hon. Friends quoted cases of daughters being involved. As my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Mrs. Slater) said, we live among these people. Then there is the case of the mother...
Mr George Sylvester: asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware of the critical situation developing in many of the coal fields where pits are still working but are always on the verge of stopping owing to a shortage of empty railway wagons, and that this is causing particular difficulties for the National Coal Board at a time when its stock-piles are gradually being reduced; and, in view of the urgency of...
Mr George Sylvester: Is the Minister aware that this has caused great concern in the Yorkshire coal fields for many weeks? Hon. Members who represent mining areas have had representations not only from the Yorkshire Area of the National Union of Mineworkers but also from the Yorkshire Colliery Managers' Association. Will he try to see that we do not have a recurrence of this situation in the future?
Mr George Sylvester: asked the Paymaster-General if he will state the average number of hours worked by coalface workers in the coalmining industry during the first six months of 1958 and 1959.
Mr George Sylvester: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that my Question definitely dealt with coal-face workers and not surface workers?
Mr George Sylvester: asked the Paymaster- General how many opencast coal sites are being worked at the present time in Yorkshire; what reduction of workings is planned in the area during 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963; and what is the estimated production during these years.
Mr George Sylvester: Is the Minister aware that in the last twelve months new sites have actually been developed in Yorkshire? I cannot ask a supplementary question on the original Question because he has not given us any figures for Yorkshire. But these sites have been developed in near proximity to deep mines, and is it not time that we decided not to develop any more sites and actually stopped those that are...
Mr George Sylvester: But would not the hon. Gentleman agree that this burden will diminish as the years go by? The people concerned in those old compensation cases are getting odder and passing away and no more cases will arise under the old Workmen's Compensation Act.
Mr George Sylvester: I listened attentively to the Parliamentary Secretary when he made his opening speech, and while, as a general rule, I do not agree with what is said from the other side of the House, there was one phrase on which I must congratulate the hon. Gentleman. It was on lines along which I had been thinking. If I have his words correctly, the Minister said that it is certainly not true that the...
Mr George Sylvester: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why he is imposing Purchase Tax on mineworkers' protective footwear and helmets; and what will be the estimated yield.
Mr George Sylvester: Is the Financial Secretary aware that this taxation will cause deep resentment in the coalfields, especially in view of the right hon. and learned Gentleman's figure that the tax will yield £100,000, which is nothing when compared to the amount of accident to life and limb which these commodities have prevented and which happened in the old days when the men wore ordinary clothing?
Mr George Sylvester: asked the Paymaster-General whether, in view of the amount of coal in stock, he will now end coal rationing.
Mr George Sylvester: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that coal that is dumped deteriorates rapidly with the weather and that its value, therefore, is not so high after being dumped as when it was first put down? Furthermore, the cost to the National Coal Board of first putting it down and then picking it up later, after it has deteriorated, would be obviated if he adopted the suggestion of my right hon....
Mr George Sylvester: asked the Secretary of State for War if he is satisfied with the living conditions of members of Her Majesty's forces who are stationed at Ludgershall Camp; and what he is doing to improve conditions.
Mr George Sylvester: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are some lads who went through the Korean and Malayan campaigns who were called up in August as reservists and who have since August been living and sleeping in an old Nissen hut which was originally used as a store, which has a concrete floor, and walls which are constantly damp as the result of condensation?
Mr George Sylvester: May I inform the right hon. Gentleman that I have a letter in my possession from the mother of one of the lads making these statements?
Mr George Sylvester: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware of the increasing congestion of road traffic through the county borough of Doncaster; and what steps are being taken to expedite the proposed by-bass road.
Mr George Sylvester: Surely it is ridiculous to sell these farmlands and nursery gardens when, according to the Minister's Written Answer to a Question a fortnight ago, these farmlands and nurseries made a profit last year of £62,000.