Mr Borras Whiteside: 11. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, in spite of the fact that in 1932 Mr. William Wick, of 12, Moor Crescent, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, suffered a term of imprisonment for an offence under the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1930, he was again penalised for the same offence by deductions from his unemployment benefit upon becoming temporarily unemployed in 1935; and whether, in...
Mr Borras Whiteside: Is the Minister aware that the effect of the provision is that the man's child is penalised for the man's misdemeanour, and is now being penalised, years later, under the terms of the Act? Will he not reconsider the matter?
Mr Borras Whiteside: Is "adult child" a new classification; and, if so, what is the definition?
Mr Borras Whiteside: 10. asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of the fact that the granting of pensions for war disabilities is largely dependent upon medical evidence, there is an independent tribunal of doctors to whom the Minister refers in the event of a divergence of opinion between the Ministry's doctors and other medical authorities?
Mr Borras Whiteside: 11. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Mr. Henry Fisher, of 9, Brompton Row, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, was originally granted a pension of 24s. a week, but that this was reduced to 8s. a week in 1922; that he is totally unable to work and that, in the view of the highest medical authority at Leeds infirmary, his disability is due to a piece of shrapnel lodged in his chest;...
Mr Borras Whiteside: If there is any doubt in the medical evidence will not the man be given the benefit of that doubt? He was originally in receipt of a pension of 24s., which has been reduced to 8s., and he is completely incapacitated from working, and, in the opinion of those who have operated on him, his disability is due to a piece of shrapnel in his lung.
Mr Borras Whiteside: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment at an early date.
Mr Borras Whiteside: In view of the fact that Leeds was excluded from the experimental services last year, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the claims of that city as one of our most important centres?
Mr Borras Whiteside: 39. asked the Minister of Transport whether in future he will arrange for statistics provided by his Department to distinguish between accidents in built-up areas and accidents outside such areas?
Mr Borras Whiteside: Has not this been pointed out to the Minister for the last 18 months on several occasions; and when does he propose to take any action?
Mr Borras Whiteside: What is the position of a driver who has held a licence for years and who voluntarily submits to a test and fails to pass? Will he be allowed to drive a car?
Mr Borras Whiteside: There is one point upon which we should have some information. Parliament has been asked to sanction a grant of £20,650,000 to the Royal Air Force. I was astonished, and indeed dismayed to learn, in reply to a question put to the Under-Secretary last Monday, that, although we spent £17,500,000 last year on the Air Force, there are only 2,701 pilots in it. I appreciate to the full the value...
Mr Borras Whiteside: I beg to second the Amendment. I am sure the House is grateful to my hon. Friend for diverting this Debate from an acrimonious and highly contentious discussion upon the needs of the Royal Air Force to the more tranquil sphere of the peace aspect of flying. It will be interesting to note whether there is a single Member of the Socialist Opposition who is capable of speaking coherently on this...
Mr Borras Whiteside: Be that as it may, if this country is to become air-minded, as it is sea-minded, it can only take place through development of the light aeroplane movement. Unfortunately the effects of the depression and the attentions of the Chancellor of the Exchequer have put flying far beyond the pockets of the majority of our people. If we are to become air-minded the cost of flying must be reduced. Are...
Mr Borras Whiteside: I suggested that a subsidy be granted according to the number of hours flown, that the pilot should present his log-book to the Ministry at the end of the year, so that the Ministry could see how long he had flown and give a subsidy accordingly.
Mr Borras Whiteside: 50. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what was the number of persons holding "A" and "B" private pilot licences during 1934?
Mr Borras Whiteside: Does that include those on the Reserve and, if so, what is the actual number of civilian pilots?
Mr Borras Whiteside: 49. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what was the number of pilots in the Royal Air Force during 1934?
Mr Borras Whiteside: In view of the fact that £17,000,000 was spent on the Royal Air Force last year, will my right hon. Friend take steps to increase the number of pilots who can actually fly? £17,000,000 is a very large sum to provide for an Air Force comprising only 2,700 pilots.
Mr Borras Whiteside: 25. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in March, 1933, Mr. Thomas Burns, of 12, Mackenzie Street, Towngate, Leeds, applied for a pension under the Old Age Pension Acts, 1908–24; that at that time he was granted a pension by the local pensions committee, against which grant the local pensions officer successfully appealed and that subsequent applications by Mr. Burns have...