Major Abraham Lyons: Is it proposed that all cases that have been refused by the Minister will be allowed to go to a tribunal for a re-hearing?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Health whether he has now considered a published statement, particulars whereof have been furnished, purporting to describe a visit to aged persons in a certain institution; whether he proposes to issue any observations thereon; and what steps are contemplated to ensure improvements in this and similar other institutions for the aged and infirm throughout the country?
Major Abraham Lyons: Where steps can be taken to improve the lot of these people will my right hon. Friend take steps and not wait for published statements to draw his attention to the matter?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of private motor cars, taximeter cabs, "drive yourself" and other hired motor vehicles, respectively, present in connection with the races at Windsor on 10th April?
Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the Order to which the Minister has referred, although petrol is authorised for business purposes, was not other transport available which they could have used, and will the Minster take steps to put an end to this sort of thing, which is very much objected to by a number of persons who consider it should not exist in war-time?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it a fact that since the scheme was introduced there has been a complete shortage of fish all over the country?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, relative to a crop of 95 acres of flatpole cabbage in Devonshire, whether he will now identify the third party to whom sale is alleged to have been effected; and whether, in view of recent statements of Messrs. Cook, Sidebottom, Bowden and Tugsley as to 64 acres and Mr. Smaldon as to 31 acres, that no such sale ever took place, he...
Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the fact that I have a signed statement from these gentlemen saying that the information that the hon. Gentleman gave to the House last week is quite inaccurate, will he now review the matter in the light of this statement?
Major Abraham Lyons: But in view of the fact that I have a signed statement from these gentlemen, showing that the hon. Gentle- man's information was inaccurate, will he look into it again and see what the facts really are?
Major Abraham Lyons: Do I understand the right hon. Gentleman to tell the House that these two gentlemen regard this appointment as a whole-time appointment?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether, seeing that membership of the new Government scheme is voluntary, he can give an assurance that adequate operational facilities and reasonable supplies are afforded to those operators who choose not to join; and that no indirect measures are taken to jeopardise their respective businesses?
Major Abraham Lyons: Does the hon. Gentleman, realise that if this is in fact a voluntary Scheme for the industry, it seems really all nonsense to say to those operators who do not join the bureaucracy that by threatening to withdraw supplies they will be forced out of business? They have been given an option and now is compulsion brought in by threat of extinction?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport the numbers of divisional road officers and area road officers, respectively, now existing; whether, and to what extent, each of these numbers has been increased this year to date; and what are their salaries and duties, respectively?
Major Abraham Lyons: Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the ultimate distribution and control both of material and in operative route remain in the hands of the Regional Traffic Commissioners and their many assistants, and in these circumstances are not many of these appointments quite unnecessary.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether, in view of the diversion of load-carrying from roads to rail that results from the new Government haulage scheme, he has had adequate consultation with the main railways as to their capacity to receive such traffic; and whether he has received their assurances accordingly?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it a fact that this Scheme was put into operation without a single consultation with the railway companies on their capacity to carry?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Health whether he can make any statement on the matter of a fresh national registration of the people?
Major Abraham Lyons: Does it not mean that the proposal that new cards should be issued in place of the present cards will preserve the anomalies now existing and permit the fraud and evasion which occur so often and which are not always brought before the courts?
Major Abraham Lyons: Will they be issued, in the light of experience gained, to the same people on the same terms, because, if so, the inaccuracies will be perpetuated?
Major Abraham Lyons: Arising out of the original reply, may I put it to the right hon. Gentleman that many Members of this House are having communications making allegations about other people? Those allegations might be right or wrong, but would he consider in the case of any which is brought giving an undertaking that there will be no victimisation of the persons whose names are mentioned in the letters?