Major Abraham Lyons: Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether there has in fact been a decrease in production since the Government controlled these two undertakings?
Major Abraham Lyons: Do I understand the right hon. Gentleman to say the father approached the magistrates' clerk to ask him if there was a right of appeal, and the magistrates' clerk said, "I think so, but I will look it up?" Did the birching take place before any further communication with the father? Secondly, when will the inquiry begin?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the experiences of 1939 and recent divergent statements, he can now make a pronouncement upon the principles to be adopted in carrying out demobilisation, subject of course to over-riding national exigencies; and whether steps are being taken to reach co-ordination of view and system with the Dominions and Colonies in this connection?
Major Abraham Lyons: The two are working in competition?
Major Abraham Lyons: The War Cabinet, and only the War Cabinet, can know the facts and the circumstances of the policies to which the intake of national labour must be related. That, I think, is not challenged. This House will sustain the Government in any necessary measure and in any proposal to take additional personnel to make a complete mobilisation of the country, for the Government again, must be the...
Major Abraham Lyons: I am not suggesting that the Minister should interfere. I am suggesting that he should be in a position to know what is happening to the man or woman after recruitment and how he is being used once he is taken. I think with more co-ordination this would be done. The very swollen staffs in temporary Government service should at once be examined and combed. Has not the time come when...
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is satisfied that medical officers of health throughout the country are ensuring that the milk supplied to school children is clean and of good quality; that periodical tests, are being carried out; and that in doing so they are co-operating with the county war agricultural committees?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate how frequent these tests are?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Health whether the construction above ground level of all the houses under the 3,000 agricultural cottage building programme has now commenced; and whether any have yet been completed and occupied?
Major Abraham Lyons: When does the right hon. Gentleman expect that these two houses will be occupied, and was the flourish of trumpets last week largely futile?
Major Abraham Lyons: How many persons who had nothing to do with the building of the cottages were present?
Major Abraham Lyons: On a point of Order. May I ask your guidance, Sir, whether the Minister is in Order in referring to a supplementary question on a matter of fact as a sneer?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can now give the names of the town planning experts he has selected to advise on the lay-out of urban housing estates in the various African Colonies; and whether any have yet taken up their duties?
Major Abraham Lyons: Did I understand my hon. Friend to say that the appointment of only one expert for the whole of East Africa is under consideration?
Major Abraham Lyons: I only asked whether that was what the hon. Member said just now. Did he refer to the "expert" and not "experts"?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Prime Minister whether at the time of the Armistice arrangements with the Badoglio Government, Mussolini was then in Italian territory; and what stipulation was made to ensure his being handed over to the United Nations as part of the terms of the Armistice?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the Prime Minister make any further statement as to why the guard failed in instructions given them to shoot this man on his attempt to escape?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Health whether local authorities in bombed areas and especially in port areas that have been damaged are employing, or have power to employ, local architects and quantity surveyors to assist in planning and supervising the work of repairing and reconstruction, so as to avoid all unnecessary delay at the period when labour and material are available?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can my hon. Friend say whether these facilities are being made use of largely by the local authorities? Do all local authorities know their rights?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can make any further statement upon the introduction, scope and extent of rationing and price-control, respectively, of food and essential commodities in India?