Mr James Parker: As my right hon. Friend stated in the answer which he gave yesterday to the hon. Member for the Rushcliffe Division (Mr. Betterton), he hopes to be in a position shortly to make a statement on this matter.
Mr James Parker: No type of aero engine can be ordered in quantity for the Royal Air Force until its suitability for service requirements and its superiority to any other engine of the same type have been clearly demonstrated. At the moment, therefore, my right hon. Friend is not prepared to place production orders for the Jupiter engine. The Air Ministry is awaiting quotations from the Bristol Aeroplane...
Mr James Parker: Up to the middle of June the rise in prices of Argentine beef was not much greater than the ordinary seasonal increase. In the third week of June, however, there was a sharp rise in wholesale prices both of Argentine chilled beef and of Scotch beef. My right hon. Friend has no knowledge that meat prices have been manipulated by any particular interest, but he will be grateful if the hon....
Mr James Parker: The President of the Board of Trade has asked me to give the reply. The answer involves a statement of figures which, with the approval of the House, my right hon.
Mr James Parker: This question has been referred to the President of the Board of Trade. The answer to the first part is in the affirmative. No remuneration was paid to the members of the Committee, but after the expiration of the Profiteering Acts no powers remained under which the production of evidence could be compelled. All the results of the Standing Committee's work have been made available to the...
Mr James Parker: This question also has been referred to the President of the Board of Trade. My right hon. Friend is aware of the statement made on the 22nd November, 1920, but he is unable to identify the first answer referred to. With regard to the last two parts of the question I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer given to him by the Leader of the House on the 15th February last.
Mr James Parker: My right hon. Friend is aware of the proceedings to which the hon. Member refers. He understands that the tenant in question was evicted on account of failure to pay his rent, although he had been treated with consideration by the owner.
Mr James Parker: I am not aware of those facts. I have given the answer that my right hon. Friend has furnished.
Mr James Parker: The return for which the hon. Member asks would involve a great deal of labour on the part of local authorities, and, in the present unfinished state of the housing scheme, could not be in any way complete. My right hon. Friend regrets, therefore, that at present he does not see his way to accede to the hon. Member's request.
Mr James Parker: I will convey to my right hon. Friend what the hon. Member has said.
Mr James Parker: The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, my right hon. Friend would refer the hon. Member to his reply on the 14th June to a similar question by the hon. Member for Seven-oaks (Sir T. Bennett), of which he is sending him a copy.
Mr James Parker: My right hon. Friend has already on more than one occasion indicated the grounds of the policy adopted by the Government, and the hon. Member may take it that all relevant considerations were taken into account in reaching a decision, including the consideration that the whole burden involved in Government housing undertaken at present normally falls on the taxpayer and lasts for a long...
Mr James Parker: I will convey that statement to the Minister of Health.
Mr James Parker: The price obtained at Nottingham will naturally influence other local authorities in considering tenders, but conditions vary in different localities, and my right hon. Friend could not usefully specify any general limit.
Mr James Parker: My right hon. Friend is informed that the Committee are making satisfactory progress with their consideration of the matters referred to them, but that they are not yet able to say when their report may be expected.
Mr James Parker: I will bring the matter to my right hon. Friend's attention.
Mr James Parker: Under an arrangement made between the wireless company, who supply and maintain the apparatus, and the three approved British companies operating on the routes between England and the Continent, the reception and transmission of the installation on each machine are tested by the wireless company before every flight from this country. My right hon. Friend has no information as to the testing...
Mr James Parker: I will convey the hon. Member's suggestion to the Minister.
Mr James Parker: My right hon. Friend is unable to make any statement at the present time as to legislation on this subject. The present position is as stated in his reply to the hon. Member's question of the 2nd instant.
Mr James Parker: My right hon. Friend agrees that the adoption of some form of safety tank is most desirable, and the Air Ministry is fully alive to the importance of the question. There are, however, practical difficulties in the way of enforcing the use of either the rubber-covered or other fire-proof tanks at present. In the interests of both service and commercial aviation, the whole question is being...