Major Lyall Wilkes: Does not the greatest hardship arise when, although a first marriage qualifies for the wife's maintenance allowance because it takes place within the 10 years period, if that marriage comes to an end through no fault of the disabled soldier, no wife's maintenance allowance is payable in respect of any second marriage?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any representations have been made to the Spanish Government regarding the execution of 10 Republicans, after summary court martial, and the long terms of imprisonment passed on 35 Republicans on charges of reorganising the Spanish Socialist Party; what action His Majesty's Government contemplates taking, in view of the changing...
Major Lyall Wilkes: While I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his reply, I would ask him if the increasingly terrorist nature of the regime in Spain does not seem to incidate that verbal representations made in the past did not produce the necessary effect, and that some further specific action would seem to be required?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Minister of Works whether he is aware that I, Lancaster Place, the London office of Thomas Hedley and Company, Limited, New-castle-upon-Tyne, was requisitioned at the beginning of the war for the Ministry of Aircraft Production; that this company has now been informed that these premises are to be occupied by the Inland Revenue on an apparently long-term basis; that the...
Major Lyall Wilkes: While one agrees that the necessities of war sometimes make it necessary to hand over the property of industrial firms to a Government Department, has not the time arisen when all firms, only too anxious to restart peacetime production, should have their premises requisitioned by a Government Department only in the most exceptional circumstances?
Major Lyall Wilkes: The hon. Member for Montrose Burghs (Mr. Maclay) proved adept at letting drop a few tasty morsels for discussion. I shall not attempt to pick up more than one of them before I develop my main theme. I am a little astonished that he should feel worried about the policy of His Majesty's Government and of those who sit behind His Majesty's Government. I do not want to be unduly controversial,...
Major Lyall Wilkes: Nobody who contemplated, the past 25 years, with its decline of economic standards in the West Indies and the developing Colonial slumdom in West Africa from 1918 onwards, could help criticising many facets of Empire administration. I would like to point out that no hon. Gentleman on the Labour Benches ever advocated, between the two wars, returning to Germany the Colonies which we had taken...
Major Lyall Wilkes: With the greatest respect, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, I would mention that I approached Mr. Speaker before he left the Chair and asked if it would be in Order to mention Palestine in passing, and he said he thought it would.
Major Lyall Wilkes: As I said, the criticism sometimes made of the Foreign Secretary is not that he is playing power politics— indeed, in the somewhat desperate straits in which we now find ourselves the playing of power politics is inevitable—but that he is not playing the right kind of power politics. He is not playing the power politics which will win, and he is not backing the forces that are capable of...
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British military mission in Athens can obtain information showing the number of former members of E.L.A.S. who are now commissioned officers on the active list of the Greek army; the number of ex-members of the security battalions similarly employed; and whether he will make a statement.
Major Lyall Wilkes: Since His Majesty's Government are committed to the arming and provision of tanks and other weapons for the Greek army, is it not a matter of some interest to the Government and their military advisers whether or not the leading officers in the Greek Army are men who have had a collaborationist past during the German occupation?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in view of the fact that not a single member of officer status from the security battalions or from the Quisling security services has, as yet, been executed in Greece, whether he will make representations to the Greek Government regarding the proposed execution of three E.L.A.S. partisans, Bourdis, Avgheris and Monedas.
Major Lyall Wilkes: Can the Minister say what sanctions are imposed against large landowners in the British zone who have supported the Nazi Government?
Major Lyall Wilkes: Is the Minister aware that in the War Office files there can be found the detailed German order of battle for Yugoslavia and the official attachments of Chetnik units to these German brigades and panzer units?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is proposed to allow the further growth in Italy of the Fascist movement, The Front of the Common Man, organised by Giannini through the newspaper "Uomo Qualunque"; or whether it is the intention of the Allied Control Commission to ban this movement; and whether he will state the source of the newsprint and paper which is used by...
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations have recently been made by the Greek Government to the British Police Mission and the British Military Mission in Athens regarding the further purging from the army and the police force of proved Fascists and collaborators; and what replies were made to these representations.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether, in view of the restoration of normal conditions in Austria, he will make a statement as to when it is proposed, to withdraw the U.S.S.R., British and U.S. Army groups from that country.
Major Lyall Wilkes: Would my hon. Friend bear in mind the declaration of Dr. Renner that in the present grave state of the Austrian economy, the presence of such a large number of troops is putting the greatest difficulties in the way of the Austrians in achieving economic recovery?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will appoint two Africans as non-official members of the Tanganyika Legislative Council; and how it is proposed to select such members.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what acreage of land for settlement has been cleared in Newfoundland in the current year; what further amount is to be cleared in 1946; and what acreage is proposed for clearance as part of the reconstruction programme.