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 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 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 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 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 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 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: rose—
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Minister of Supply whether, in view of the totally different classes of industry in the West Riding of Yorkshire, he will set up a separate supply committee for Hull?
Mr Walter Windsor: Does the protection include the provision of sandbags to stop ricocheting bullets and steel protectors near the guns?
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: Does not the hon. Gentleman think that the addition of Lewis guns, where applications have been made by the men, would give greater protection to those at sea, particularly against low-flying aircraft?
Mr Walter Windsor: I beg to Second the Amendment.
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the Hull Employment Exchange does not usually open till considerably after nine a.m.; and, in view of the fact that waiting queues are needlessly exposed to cold and discomfort, will he give immediate instructions for the prompt opening of the exchange at the appointed time?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in Hull the Unemployment Assistance Board weekly payments, including winter allowance, in respect of a labourer, his wife and five children, are fixed at £2 5s.; and why, under existing Regulations, this total has not been increased by at least 3s. 6d. a week?
Mr Walter Windsor: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will consider reducing the charges of 3s. 7d. for a duplicate birth certificate and 2s. 7d. for a marriage certificate which certain old age pensioners find great difficulty in paying when making claims in respect of sons lost while serving at sea?