Major Abraham Lyons: Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that progress is being made with the manufacture of this very valuable commodity?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis assessment is made for the purpose of Income Tax upon any sum of money paid as compensation for loss of profits or loss of user in respect of vehicles or other similar income-earning machinery put out of action consequent upon the default of one from whom such compensation is claimed.
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it possible to indicate the general principle?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Postmaster-General the amount in deposit at the Post Office Savings Bank; and the aggregate number of depositors as at 1st April, 1944.
Major Abraham Lyons: Whilst welcoming that very satisfactory statement of affairs, would my hon. Friend consider giving more publicity to the fact that although there is a limit to the annual amount that can be deposited there is no limit at all to the total of the aggregate deposit.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what are the conditions as regards pay, bonus and leave that a combatant or non-combatant African enlisted in Swaziland, Bechuanaland or Basutoland receives on discharge from the Forces; and whether any special steps are being taken for his suitable reemployment in civil life and, in the case of disabled men, for their physical rehabilitation.
Major Abraham Lyons: Is the period of leave given on full pay and allowances? May I have an answer to that question.
Major Abraham Lyons: If it is not, it is not leave at all.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for War the basis on which sums as gratuities, as distinct from disability pensions, are paid to officers who leave the Armed Forces on grounds of medical unfitness.
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it not a fact that during the last war an officer leaving the Services on grounds of medical unfitness was given a gratuity which bore a reasonable comparison with the time of his service? In view of the difference that now exists, and that no gratuity is being paid, is not this a great hardship to those concerned.
Major Abraham Lyons: Would the Financial Secretary consider asking the Army Council to alter this position.
Major Abraham Lyons: I want to say first that the whole House is indebted to the hon. Member for Maldon (Mr. Driberg) for having brought this matter to Debate. He put the case yesterday with great moderation, and it was dealt with by the Foreign Secretary with great sympathy and reasonableness. I am sure we all appreciate the difficulties with which this matter is beset. I have had no case of this nature...
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in view of the fact that in Tanganyika the ratio of publicly-owned hospital beds to the total African population is one to 2,725 compared to that in Kenya of one to 1,100 what plans he has sanctioned for early improvement.
Major Abraham Lyons: Would the right hon. and gallant Gentleman try to speed up, so far as war conditions permit, the plans which he says are under review?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Prime Minister if he can now make any further statement on the question of increase of pay and allowances for the lower ranks of the Services.
Major Abraham Lyons: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great tide of public anger at the smallness of the Service pay and allowances? Will he take steps to bring the matter to an early decision, and give some satisfaction about this long delayed question?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Food in what particulars the Emergency Powers (Defence) Food (Soft Drinks) Order, S.R. & O., No. 209, of 1944, meets the complaints made by members of the industry since the issue of the Soft Drinks Order, 1943.
Major Abraham Lyons: Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman tell the House whether the suggestions from the trade were from those who were members of the Association? Has any regard been paid at all to those persons who refuse to join the group, as they might well do?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman satisfied that the very small amount of sugar upon which he insists as a necessity has any nutritional value at all unless a person drinks about two or three gallons of it?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the President if the Board of Trade whether he is aware of existing dissatisfaction in regard to the present quality of safety-razor blades; and whether, in the interests of economy, no will arrange for their improvement.