Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Works what arrangements have been made with county councils and other rural authorities for essential repairs to damaged rural dwellings and buildings and for an allocation of temporary bungalows as they become available for use in rural areas.
Major Abraham Lyons: Is there constant touch between the Department and the local authorities on this matter, in which they may require help urgently?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) if he will consider, in consultation with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the setting up of a small joint expert committee to study the questions resultant from the Congo Basin and other relevant treaties and conventions; to consider their abrogation and to convene an appropriate international conference thereupon at an early...
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say, in view of the importance of the topic, when he will be able to give the House some information?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the large number of cases of stramonium poisoning recorded in the East African Colonies; whether both Service and non-Service elements have been affected; to what responsibility is this outbreak to be attributed; and what steps have been taken to prevent the continuance of this occurrence in these territories.
Major Abraham Lyons: May I ask the right hon. and gallant Gentleman whether this disease is not due to the contamination of mixed meals supplied largely to the troops, and will he look at the East African Medical Journal for December last to see how this serious disease can be ended forthwith by giving decent storage space for food?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that there is a shortage of cement in Ceylon now?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Works whether, in view of the considerations of national man-power, productive capacity, finance and export demands for building components over the next 10 years, he will review his proposed expansion of the building industry so as to provide for such expansion as is practicable for the economic efficiency of the industry in the light of these factors.
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the hon. Gentleman say whether it is intended to review this proposed expansion of the building industry a short time from now?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will arrange with the Secretary of State for the Colonies to co-ordinate as far as possible the provisions of the Income Tax Bill with the financial ordinances of the various colonial Governments to ensure equal treatment for industrial concerns registered in this country but operating in the Colonies and therefore affected by double taxation.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, to save waste and ensure co-ordination of effort, lie will set up in the larger Colonies, regional as well as territorial, road and communications advisory boards, consisting of official and non-official representatives and arrange for collaboration between such boards and neighbouring non-British colonies.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether steps have yet been taken to prepare, by means of a joint official and non-official committee, a five- or 10-year programme of social and economic betterment, covering all the territories and islands administered or controlled by the Governor of Aden.
Major Abraham Lyons: Can my right hon. and gallant Friend say when that committee will be effective?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will arrange through the Colonial Research Committee for the early production and circulation throughout the Colonies of simple technical and scientific films suitable for all races of all ages and both sexes.
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the general conditions of the Seychelles Islanders; and whether the five-year plan for their social and economic betterment has been, or is being, prepared.
Major Abraham Lyons: Arising out of the first part of that reply, does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman expect that this will be put into effect as soon as ever it is practicable?
Major Abraham Lyons: I do not think that any of us, whether we represent mining divisions or not, can close our eyes to the fact that this is a Bill dealing with a national problem. That is one of the reasons why I intervene in the Debate to-day. Like the hon. Gentleman the Member for Heywood and Radcliffe (Mr. Wootton-Davies) and others who have spoken, we must all realise that the whole community is affected by...
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Health how many children of or under school age are awaiting admission to anti-tuberculosis sanatoria in England and Wales, each separately; what is the average length of waiting time between application and admission; and whether all possible steps are being taken to reduce the interval of waiting by temporary improvisation or otherwise.
Major Abraham Lyons: While realising the difficulties, may I ask my right hon. and learned Friend to give an assurance that he will keep on trying to reduce this waiting period as much as possible?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Prime Minister if he will consider directing that in the public interest, the political heads of Government Departments, both civil and Service, alone give or authorise Press interviews or, in an emergency when Press interviews or explanations have to be given by individual officers, that their names be not published.