Major Lyall Wilkes: Is the Minister aware that while there may be difficulties in the practical application of the removal of a barrier which has hitherto existed, nevertheless the first thing to do is to remove the barrier and then think afterwards how we are to apply the principle of allowing our colonial peoples to play their full part in imperial defence?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is yet able to announce when the claim of Mr. C. N. Christou, of Heraklion, Greece, for catering services to British troops in Heraklion in 1941 will be met.
Major Lyall Wilkes: Can my right hon. Friend say whether the British Peace Mission have figures concerning the number of Leftists who have been killed in Greece during recent months? Are these figures kept on a basis of only counting the deaths on one side, or are they comprehensive figures which the Minister could publish, for instance, in the OFFICIAL REPORT?
Major Lyall Wilkes: Will the Minister remember that if he would reimpose price controls on vegetables, it would be welcomed by almost every housewife in the country?
Major Lyall Wilkes: I am raising tonight the extremely important problem of unemploy- ment, and Board of Trade policy in connection with unemployment throughout the North-East development area. We know that the Board of Trade policy is the correct one. For the first time we have a Government which has adopted its true responsibility to solve the unemployment problem throughout the former distressed areas. I...
Major Lyall Wilkes: Can the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade tell us how many acres have been cleared under Section 5 (1) of this Act throughout the North-East development area? The whole of the banks of the River Tyne very sorely need to be cleared for factory development. We should like to know how much progress has been made, since this matter has been considered for about 18 months now, to my...
Major Lyall Wilkes: Would the hon. Gentleman undertake to look into what has happened as regards Phenol and Cresol, since they were controlled some months ago, because we find that the firms who were getting some materials, have, since the control, not been getting any at all?
Major Lyall Wilkes: I am extremely grateful for being able to take part in this Debate, even at this late hour, because I am one of the few hon. Members who have made not the slightest intervention in this Debate so far. I was extremely pleased to hear so many hon. Members in the last hour and a half make reference to the role which Colonial troops could play, in helping to solve our manpower problem and in the...
Major Lyall Wilkes: Before the my hon. Friend sits down will he deal with the extraordinarily important point of the revision of the colour bar by the Army one year after the Air Force has scrapped it, which prevents a good deal of our coloured population from taking a part in our defence? If that is not a question of general importance I do not know what is.
Major Lyall Wilkes: My only excuse for speaking at this hour is to raise a point which I first raised in April, 1946. I have had no answer in the whole 12 months from the War Office. I have sought an assurance on this point, which I will explain briefly, and in simple language, so that every hon. Member may understand that it has a certain basic importance in peacetime. It is that the African and West Indian...
Major Lyall Wilkes: Is the Minister aware that what is needed in Trinidad is not so much a new delegation or a new commission with new recommendations, but that the very adequate and practical recommendations of the 1937 Commission should be implemented?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are taken to ensure that his despatches to Colonial Governments are brought to the attention of officers serving those Governments; and whether he will require that individual officers working in the field should have copies circulated to them and sign them to indicate that they have been read.
Major Lyall Wilkes: Is the Minister aware that one of the most frequent complaints of political officers working in the field in various Colonies, especially in Africa, is that they have no general picture of the overall policy for the Colony since the secretariat is the last resting place of Colonial documents?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Minister of Defence what was the total value of the army and air force weapons, machines and general equipment supplies to the Egyptian army from 1st January, 1936, to 1st January, 1946; and what is the total value of the army and air force machines, weapons and equipment supplied to the Egyptian Government since June. 1945 up to the latest available date.
Major Lyall Wilkes: Can the Minister say whether, for the period in which this concession is to be exercised, large towns like Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Middlesbrough, Stockton and others on the North-East coast are included in what are called mining areas?
Major Lyall Wilkes: Does not the Minister think that the time has come when it is necessary for the development areas to allocate priority one way or the other to housing or to factory development, and so stop the competition between the two rival schemes of development which is contributing much to the hold up of development in certain development areas?
Major Lyall Wilkes: Will the President of the Board of Trade take special care that these extra consumer goods go to the shops in the smaller mining villages—[HON. MEMBERS: "The Co-ops."]—and not to larger provincial towns within the development areas where they might be bought by the general population in stead of by the miners' families?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the Greek Government has placed in Salonika Gaol, under sentence of death, a boy of 15 years of age; that members of the U.N.O. Commission recently intervened and secured the postponement of his execution; and whether the British Ambassador in Athens will be asked to make representations to the Greek Government...
Major Lyall Wilkes: In view of the fact that it is decisions and acts of harshness, such as this sentence exemplifies, which have led to great political bitterness in Greece, is not this a proper case on which His Majesty's Government's representative in Greece should make representations which, I think, all Members of this House would like him to make?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made with African resettlement in Kenya; and for what reasons the Hon. E. Mathu, the Hon. S. J. Cooke and Archdeacon Beecher have recently resigned from the Commission on African Resettlement.