Mr Bernard Weatherill: asked the Minister of Power how many horses were employed below ground in the mines throughout the country last year.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Can my hon. Friend hold out any hope of these animals being replaced by machines?
Mr Bernard Weatherill: asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he will take to ensure that the public are protected from the type of sales technique practised by an organisation with a branch in Croydon, details of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Croydon, North-East.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I am very grateful for the opportunity to speak for the first time on a Motion with which I wholeheartedly agree, and I do so with great humility. I am very conscious of the honour it is to address this House. I represent the constituency of Croydon, North-East. My predecessor here was Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett, who has I know, many friends on both sides of the House. He is a man who has...
Mr Bernard Weatherill: asked the Postmaster-General if, following the proposed increase in postal charges, he will ensure that all postmen are issued with modern delivery equipment.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Is the right hon. Gentlemen aware that in many parts of my constituency the post is delivered by handcarts of pre-1914 vintage? In view of the fact that private industry is constantly being urged to modernise itself and to keep its costs down, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that the Government's oldest monopoly should set an example?
Mr Bernard Weatherill: asked the Minister of Health, in view of the need to end the present uncertainty in the dental profession and among members of the public generally about the abolition of dental charges, if he will state whether he intends to introduce legislation on the subject next Session.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many patients are putting off treatment which they ought to have now and that many dentists, and particularly dental mechanics, find that they are not as busy as they ought to be because of this? Would he bear in mind that many old-age pensioners who do not apply for National Assistance, or may not qualify for it, find the £5 charge a very heavy charge to...
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I rise to make a short contribution to the debate. The main value of the Bill is that it gives statutory expression to the strong sense of moral disapproval of racial prejudice. It is true that Acts of Parliament do not change men's minds or hearts, and that a Bill of this kind will not in itself eradicate prejudice. But it can and I hope it will tackle some of the manifestations of prejudice...
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I accept your Ruling, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. The point that I am making is, I think, relevant. There is a lunatic fringe of people—my hon. Friend the Member for Smethwick (Mr. Peter Griffiths) described them as unreasonable people—who wish to go into pubs in order to create trouble. There are also unreasonable people who may wish to go into churches or synagogues to create trouble. I wonder...
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I accept that, provided that one knows that the person is going there for this purpose. But I think it reasonable to say that the Bill as it stands provides adequate safeguards for places of public worship, and I should like to see it remain as it is.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what is the position regarding entertainment allowances for full-time members of the National Board for Prices and Incomes.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: If this is so, why did not his public relations experts refute the specific statement in a paper published in June that these people had allowances?
Mr Bernard Weatherill: I hope that the House will forgive me if I do not follow in the debate too closely what the hon. Member for Ince (Mr. McGuire) has been saying since I have only a short time at my disposal. I should like to refer to that part of the Gracious Speech which deals with Government policy as it affects trade unions and employers' associations. I suppose that the biggest debating point in the...
Mr Bernard Weatherill: asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many men employed by his Department at former Air Ministry establishments are registered as dilutee metal working craftsmen; and how many have upwards of 15, 20 or 25 years' service in skilled capacities.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that the figures which he has given are a very poor encouragement to other people who may have to seek retraining through the Government's training centres in future? Will he take steps to ensure that these men get the status to which their skills entitle them through experience?
Mr Bernard Weatherill: asked the Minister of Labour what progress he has made in the last 12 months in arranging that school leavers may start their apprenticeships after the age of 16; and what official discussions he has had with trade unions on the subject.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Can the Parliamentary Secretary say how many unions persist in this out-of-date practice? What action will he take to correct it?
Mr Bernard Weatherill: asked the Minister of Labour what steps he proposes to take to strengthen the Youth Employment Service in its effort to obtain greater training skills for young people leaving school.
Mr Bernard Weatherill: Does the Minister think that the £3¾ million which we spend on this vital service is enough bearing in mind that we shall be wasting the vast sums of money spent on education unless we are sure that young people put their skills to the best possible use when they leave school?