Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Under- Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what approximate acreage in Newfound land was cultivated and under rough grazing* in 1934 when the Commission Government took over; and what were the acreage figures on 1st January, 1945.
Major Lyall Wilkes: I have no wish to prolong the hon. Gentleman's speech, but I should like to ask why he presents such an ill-balanced picture, drawing no attention at all to precisely the same, or even worse, conditions, prevailing in Portugal or Spain from the standpoint of democracy, and drawing little attention to his own past advocacy and support of Fascism.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, bearing in mind the recent 25 per cent. increase in the basic petrol ration for motorists, he will reconsider his decision to cut off the five gallons monthly petrol allowance previously allowed to owners of motor-boats, thus allowing the working-men members of the Ouseburn motor-boat club, full particulars of which have been sent him, to take...
Major Lyall Wilkes: Is it not becoming increasingly obvious to my right hon. Friend that the desire of the Hague Government to negotiate decreases in proportion as our military support increases; and will he, therefore, make it clear to the Government of the Hague that it is not our task, and it is not our intention, to restore the status quo ante, but that it is our job to try and facilitate every negotiation...
Major Lyall Wilkes: In view of the serious discontent which exists in the R.A.F., and of the undertaking given by the Under-Secretary for Air, would my right hon. Friend look into this matter and see that a considerable proportion of the new intake is directed into the R.A.F.? Will not the Minister of Labour look into this extremely serious matter of increasing the intake into the R.A.F.?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any conversations have been begun with a view to recognising the government of Albania.
Major Lyall Wilkes: Could the House have an assurance that no claim on Albanian territory, from whatever quarter it may come, will have the approval or support of His Majesty's Government until there exists in Albania a recognised Government which can put the Albanian case before world public opinion, and the Council of the United Nations?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations have been made by the Government of the U.S. to the British Government regarding the operations now in progress in Indonesia.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Minister of Labour if he will state the number of building trade apprentices who have been called up into the Forces since the end of the war with Germany; and whether, in view of the urgent need for such workers, he will request the future deferment of all those engaged in the building trade or who are apprenticed to it.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if there are any plans for raising the standard of living in the Colonies by the creation of public development corporations.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action his Department is proposing to take on the three Reports on Higher Education in the Colonies recently published.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will report on the reactions of the West Indian Legislatures to the proposals for West Indian federation.
Major Lyall Wilkes: In order to prevent this being put off, would the Minister consider making a time limit by which Legislatures should definitely give their opinions on this vitally important matter for the whole of the West Indies?
Major Lyall Wilkes: I want to express my appreciation of the courtesy of the hon. and gallant Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton), who withdrew the subject he was to raise on the Motion for the Adjournment to allow me to bring before the House the extremely serious situation which is existing in Greece at the present moment. For the last 10 or 11 days Greece has been without an effective Government, and...
Major Lyall Wilkes: I apologise for interrupting my hon. Friend, who is very pressed for time. The point I wish to make is that our intervention has resulted in the present régime, and our non-intervention will quite likely keep in power the present régime which only rose to power by our intervention last December.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can now make a statement regarding the proposals for constitutional reform in Nigeria, and when these are likely to be implemented.
Major Lyall Wilkes: When the Minister has formulated his final proposals for Nigeria, will he bear in mind the widespread protests made by Nigerian organisations against the proposed qualification of £100 for the exercise of the franchise in relation to the proposed central legislative council?
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is intended to extend the representation of Africans by Africans in the Legislative Councils of Kenya and Northern Rhodesia.
Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the difficulties in the Bahamas regarding constitutional changes and the secret ballot have yet been resolved, and whether legislation has been passed.
Major Lyall Wilkes: Could my right hon. Friend tell us whether it is or is not true that on the basis of the present franchise in the Bahamas, only one-sixth of the population now enjoys any franchise rights at all?