Mr Donald Wade: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many farmers were under supervision on 30th April, 1956; and how many had been dispossessed in the year 1st May, I955. to 30th April, 1956.
Mr Donald Wade: In view of the fact that the number of cases of dispossession is not such as materially to affect the standards of husbandry, the expense involved in applying this procedure, and the distress and hardship caused to individuals who are evicted, will the Minister now consider abandoning this procedure alto-gether?
Mr Donald Wade: Will the Prime Minister clarify one point in his statement? As he is aware, the general public are worried about the consequences of these tests and those who are not experts find it difficult to understand the technical aspects. I understood the Prime Minister to say that these high air bursts would not involve heavy fall-out. To remove misunderstanding, will the Prime Minister explain the...
Mr Donald Wade: I shall not embark at this late hour on political philosophy, but perhaps I can summarise my point of view by saying that I think that the Socialists during the last half century have been in error in putting so much faith in the transfer of ownership to the State, rather than trying to remove the differences between the two sides of industry; the Conservatives have been in error in presuming...
Mr Donald Wade: Is the Minister aware that there is strong feeling in Yorkshire about the discrimination as between wool cloth and cotton textiles in respect of Purchase Tax? Will he give further consideration to the recommendations that have been made to him for the removal of this tax on wool cloth?
Mr Donald Wade: Have the right hon. Gentleman and his right hon. Friend the Chancellor considered the extension of the housekeeper allowance to elderly spinstersh—
Mr Donald Wade: —who are often just as greatly in need of this tax allowance as elderly men?
Mr Donald Wade: I did not hear the words used by the President in moving the Amendment. Did I understand him to say that, as a result of the Amendment, if there is an exclusive dealing arrangement which contains some other condition, whereby one or other of the parties is restricted in the acquisition of other goods, that agreement will be brought within this part of the Bill? I do not see how that follows,...
Mr Donald Wade: These Amendments raise a point of some substance and I have come to the conclusion that this House should approve them for reasons which I will try to indicate—although I must say at the outset that the remarks of the President of the Board of Trade tended to make me oppose them, or to be less inclined to support him, after hearing his reasons. For the purpose of clarification, may I ask...
Mr Donald Wade: I do not disagree with the hon. Member for Hillsborough (Mr. G. Darling) for one moment on that point. I merely observed that for, I think, the last eight years I and my colleagues have been advocating registration.
Mr Donald Wade: I want to make a very brief observation on behalf of those, who, like myself, are uneasy about Clause 24 but, on the other hand, welcome Clause 23. We are in some difficulty. We are in no hurry to see Clause 24 brought into effect. On the other hand, we believe that Clause 23 should be brought into effect straight away. On balance I regard Clause 23 as the more important, and I think that the...
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now request the Monopolies Commission to inquire into the subject of exclusive dealing in the distribution of petrol and ancillary agreements restricting the supply of accessories to garages.
Mr Donald Wade: I am, of course, aware of that. I am also aware that the Restrictive Trade Practices Bill reached its final stages in this House yesterday. As these exclusive-dealing agreements will probably not even be registrable under the Restrictive Trade Practices Bill, and in view of the far-reaching consequences of this exclusive dealing policy and the growth of a great many tied garages, will the...
Mr Donald Wade: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will make a statement on the reorganisation of local government finance with particular reference to the rate burden falling upon occupiers of shops and offices and other premises to which industrial derating does not apply.
Mr Donald Wade: May I understand from the Minister whether, pending a decision on the wider, complicated subject of local government reorganisation, any remedy will be introduced to alleviate the hardship of shopkeepers and others who are adversely affected by the present assessments and do not benefit from derating?
Mr Donald Wade: As some doubts have unfortunately been expressed on the genuineness of Her Majesty's Government's expressed intention to grant self-government, will the right hon. Gentleman take this opportunity of making it quite clear that the desire and intention of Her Majesty's Government is to grant self-government, and in due course to agree that the people should have self-determination?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now refer to the Monopolies Commission the subject of exclusive dealing in the distribution of petrol and garage accessories.
Mr Donald Wade: Can the Minister give any indication as to when a decision will be reached on the reference of this subject to the Monopolies Commission?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to implement the recommendations contained in the Report by the Monopolies Commission on the supply of linoleum.
Mr Donald Wade: Can the Minister give an assurance that reports on specific industries recently made by the Monopolies Commission, or about to be made, will not all be pigeon-holed merely because the Restrictive Trade Practices Act has been placed on the Statute Book?