Major Abraham Lyons: Can the Minister say whether Miss Middleton was present throughout the whole of the inquiry and had an opportunity of making any observations she thought fit, or conducting any cross-examination which she thought the evidence warranted?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Works what decision has now been reached on the question of useful employment of prisoners of war on such urgent work as the preparation of housing sites, main drainage and sewerage extensions.
Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the pressing need for work of this character to be completed, can the right hon. gentleman expedite a decision?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the great shortage of hotel accommodation in London and the inconvenience to business and other visitors caused therefrom, he will ensure that all Departments concerned take immediate steps to examine their present requisitionings in order progressively to release all possible accommodation.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will circularise all Departments with instructions that when officials of Government offices, in the course of their duties, find it necessary, or are directed by their political chiefs, to give Press interviews or to make public statements their anonymity is to be strictly observed.
Major Abraham Lyons: What is the position, in view of the Prime Minister's pronouncement on this matter a fortnight ago?
Major Abraham Lyons: And paid a commission.
Major Abraham Lyons: On the gravity of this situation, and its urgency, I think we are all in agreement. It does not matter a bit whether one represents a constituency that has been bombed or one that has not been bombed; the pressure is just as great. We realise, wherever it may be, the very great importance of the matter we are discussing to-night. Speaking for the city of Leicester, which I have the honour to...
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Supply the approximate number of motor vehicles which have been returned to the industry for disposal to date; and what conditions were imposed as to price regulation.
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it not a fact that the prices charged to the public by the dealers who get these vehicles from military supply bear no relation at all to the price paid by the trade to the Ministry, and that the Ministry is, therefore, assisting in putting on to the public the biggest racket known in relation to second-hand motor vehicles?
Major Abraham Lyons: If that be so, will the hon. Gentleman say what is the condition, and what is the relation of the price to the consumer, which the Ministry imposes on the industry? Let me have the figures.
Major Abraham Lyons: I would rather have them publicly in this House.
Major Abraham Lyons: On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker. May I ask whether the figures and the relationship of the figures to which the Minister has referred, could be supplied publicly to the House, and not privately?
Major Abraham Lyons: Because of the unsatisfactory nature of the whole transaction which has been disclosed, and the complete lack of grip of the Ministry on the situation, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment, and ask for figures to be disclosed to the House.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the need for improved and enlarged hospital accommodation for all races in Tanganyika; and what proposals he has approved for remedying this matter throughout the Territory.
Major Abraham Lyons: Whilst I appreciate the reason for the absence of the Secretary of State, will my hon. Friend represent that this is a matter which should brook no delay at all, in the interests of all sections of the community.
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the hon. Member state a single instance when that has happened through pressure?
Major Abraham Lyons: I want to say a word in support of what has just been said by my hon. and gallant Friend. I listened with fascination to what was said by the hon. Member for Seaham (Mr. Shinwell). Despite the knowledge which he customarily brings to bear on these matters, I still think that no case has been made out for continuing this Ministry indefinitely. One has only to think of the trouble there has...
Major Abraham Lyons: I was referring to the chaos in the distribution of coal.
Major Abraham Lyons: Since my hon. Friend asks me, I will say this. In my constituency there never has been more trouble in getting coal, never mind the high cost, and never more empty grates than during the existence of the Ministry.