Mr Walter Windsor: It is not my intention to speak at any great length, but I want to draw attention to one or two points which affect myself and my colleagues in the Hull area. This area has been devastated during the last six months and I world like to know from the Ministry of Shipping, and from the Admiralty, what assistance they are going to give in order to bring Hull back to a working port. My colleague...
Mr Walter Windsor: That is a rather serious statement of the hon. and gallant Member's. Can he supply hon. Members who represent Hull, or better still the Government, with the names of any residents in the port of Hull who have been guilty of such a practice?
Mr Walter Windsor: You were talking about the people of Hull.
Mr Walter Windsor: rose—
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Minister of Shipping what extra payment is being made to seamen employed on ships carrying munitions of war; and whether such payment applies to all members of crews?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Minister of Health whether he has given consideration to the representations made to him by the Hull City Corporation for the supply of milk at a cheaper rate to nursing and expectant mothers and children under five years of age; and whether he has any statement to make?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Postmaster-General whether it is the practice in his Department for telephone employés, called up for military service, to have their Army pay made up to its civil level; and whether this applies also to the Hull telephone service?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fishing industry of Hull having now almost ceased, he will issue instructions to the Hull Employment Exchange that fish dockworkers can now be permitted to undertake other work of national importance without having to wait two months?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the drastic reduction in the number of paid air-raid precautions workers in the Hull district; and whether he will take steps to allay public apprehension because of the substitution of volunteers for full-time and skilled personnel?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will ensure that in the construction of coast defence works there shall be prior consultation between the civil and military authorities, so that work completed by the former at considerable expense shall not be subsequently condemned by the latter?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Minister of Shipping the position in respect of pro vision of crews for merchant vessels; and whether it is intended to promote a scheme for keeping seamen on continuous articles?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping whether he has any statement to make on the holding up of British shipping in American ports?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping whether he has received reports from the trade union deputation recently sent to Canada and the United States of America to inquire into seamen's welfare conditions; and whether he proposes to take any action?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, with a view to giving greater protection to our merchant shipping, he will arrange for gun armament on the bows of such ships?
Mr Walter Windsor: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a very great demand, not only on the part of shipowners but by the men themselves, that an extension of this service should be pursued?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is satisfied that ships travelling to war areas are receiving adequate protection and have proper protective equipment for defending themselves during air attacks?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Home Secretary the considerations that led to the decision to close certain London tube stations as air-raid shelters as from 3rd August?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware of the bad living conditions prevailing at a port, named to him, for officers and men of the Merchant Navy, survivors of a convoy whilst waiting repatriation; and whether he has any statement to make?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction that exists among Chinese seamen about the payment of war risk bonus; and whether he will' have inquiries made into this matter to avoid disturb ances like that which recently occurred on board ship at a place named to him?
Mr Walter Windsor: Is it not a fact that these people were promised a £10 bonus and that £7 was taken away on board ship?