Major Abraham Lyons: Would my right hon. Friend consider, in view of the very high cost of things in India and the large number of troops that may well be exploited, recommending the institution throughout the country of a system of rationing and price control?
Major Abraham Lyons: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind during the rising of the House the rising tide of public opinion that there is about this matter?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the gentleman appointed to this post in the Eastern counties is getting both appointments, one in London and the other in the Eastern counties?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will make a statement on the amount of public passenger travel over the last week-end; and how many additional, special or duplicate passenger trains were run over the main line railways during that period?
Major Abraham Lyons: At the same time would my hon. Friend try to ascertain the information and let me know in a letter the amount of money which was spent by the railway companies in asking people not to travel?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Production what steps he is taking to avert the unemployment which is arising as a sequel to the change of policy in production which he announced some months ago?
Major Abraham Lyons: Behind the man's back.
Major Abraham Lyons: I desire to detain the Committee for only a short time to make a few observations on what I consider to be a reasonable reading of this White Paper. From what my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton (Mr. Summers) said with regard to the question of "Fit for service, fit for pension," I desire to differ. I rather gathered from the views taken by an hon. Member opposite and by my hon. Friend...
Major Abraham Lyons: I see the argument. Although one cannot call the White Paper generous, I think it would be a gesture to say that at any time application is made the State would carry the burden after a certain period. My right hon. Friend the Member for Devonport (Mr. Hore-Belisha) said that nobody wants to be churlish about this matter. I agree. We must recognise that a great step forward has been made by...
Major Abraham Lyons: I am sorry if I trespassed outside the bounds of Order. I shall content myself with saying that if this is a breaking down of an old system and the starting of a new one, we shall do well, but it will be watched closely by all concerned. Let me say to the Minister in no unfriendly spirit but as one who welcomes the White Paper as far as it goes, that what I have described as the rising tide...
Major Abraham Lyons: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, praying that the Order in Council, dated 20th May, 1943, entitled the British Overseas Airways (Temporary Provisions) Order, 1943, made under the Chartered and Other Bodies (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1939,copy of which was presented to this House on 25th May, be annulled. May I say at the outset that my hon. Friends who are...
Major Abraham Lyons: I am most anxious, Sir, to comply with the spirit and the letter of any Ruling that you give. Perhaps you will give me the benefit of your guidance on this point. As the Order increases the personnel of the directorate, would I not be in Order in asking whether the earlier policy was considered wrong and in What manner it was wrong and had to be altered? Might I ask whether it is proposed...
Major Abraham Lyons: I will endeavour to confine myself to the lines of interrogation which you have laid down. The House has never been told what the policy was. It has never been told what the new Board was constituted to provide for. It has never been told what particular allocation of work these new directors will have upon their shoulders. Can my right hon. and gallant Friend tell us the quantity of work...
Major Abraham Lyons: There was nothing in my remarks with reference to this particular Order; I was using it with reference to Orders which I and others cannot understand.
Major Abraham Lyons: I understood my right hon. and gallant Friend to say that the work of the directors is increasing. How many of these gentlemen give their whole time to this work?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is there a record of directors' attendances?
Major Abraham Lyons: Before the Minister sits down, may I ask whether he is telling us that he always wants to deny to the House the right to inquire into the functions of the directors of these public utility companies and that we should have no say in those matters at all?
Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the explanation made by my right hon. and gallant Friend, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Motion.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is prepared to appoint a committee to inquire into the effect on British export trade of cartel agreements which have been entered into between firms in this country and those in other countries?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Health, where, and to what extent, any actual construction has commenced in the building of any, and how many, of the 3,000 proposed rural cottages?