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Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that there is some discrepancy in the carrying-out of this regulation locally, that some nurseries are not aware of the privileges they have and that some parents are not aware of their responsibility in connection with these war nurseries? Very often the nurseries are unable to get dried eggs because the parents will not co-operate.
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: Is my right hon. Friend aware that one of the great difficulties in the way of getting news to the people of America is the fact that very few of them are provided with sets which can pick up our short-wave transmissions, and does he not know that very few people in Chicago ever get British news?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: Could not the difficulty be overcome if arrangements could be made whereby many of our admirable broadcasts could be re-broadcast on American wave-lengths?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will provide special householders coupons for all types of towel?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: Does not my right hon. Friend realise that the people of small means are at a great disadvantage, as they are not accustomed to keep large stocks in their homes? Should not the matter be looked into from that point of view?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: Has the Minister had sufficient co-operation from the schools in this matter?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is yet in a position to report on the investigation he promised into the minimum wage rates of women agricultural workers other than the Women's Land Army?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: Is the Minister making any investigations in accordance with the promise he gave to me in reply to a Question some weeks ago, and, if, so, are these investigations proceeding quickly, and will he -be in a position to make a statement soon?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Ministry are pleading for help for the harvest and that the present position is very unsatisfactory to the women who are working, and that the quicker this matter is settled the quicker the harvest will be got in?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: Is the Minister aware that in certain areas the quality of the gas is so bad that the quantity used by the consumer has not been comparatively excessive, and is he looking into that?
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: There is a brief point I wish to raise about an anomaly in pay in the Royal Air Force. First of all, I should like, if I may, to take this, the first chance I have had of speaking about Royal Air Force matters in the House of Commons, to thank the Air Ministry for the promptness with which they have always dealt with the many cases I have brought to their attention. Naturally, during the past...
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: I am very interested to hear the figures of places where nursery schools are not being properly used, but surely this is the result of lack of leadership by the Department. If you are in favour of war nurseries, surely you can make the public war nursery-minded. There are enormous benefits to be had in the way of education and discipline, which the mothers could not give in war-time. If a...
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: I will only give one of these extracts bearing on the failure to use women for skilled work for which they have been or could be trained. It states that it is the opinion that 400 men in the factory could be released immediately by putting women on such jobs as detail and assembly fitting and by breaking-down jobs, and that it would be possible, with proper planning, to have some degree of...
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: May I remind the right hon. Gentleman—
Mrs Beatrice Rathbone: On this, the first occasion that I have ever had the opportunity to address the House, I beg the indulgence of hon. Members. I should have felt inclined to wait a very much longer time before giving voice to my opinions, but I have literally been forced to my feet to-day, not only by my own convictions, but by the countless distressing and appealing letters which I have had from my...