Mr Robert Morrison: Would the right hon. and learned Gentleman be good enough to say whether the matters also include the reduction in the number of authorities in the country?
Mr Robert Morrison: Does the investigation which the hon. Lady is conducting include the possibility of giving power to local authorities to compel estate agents and house agents to notify their vacancies to local authorities, so that they can give priority to the most deserving cases?
Mr Robert Morrison: An hon. Member who has taken part in this Debate said he thought that the Members who held the Prime Minister's certificate must be embarrassed. Mine is one of the early names in the list, and I am bound to say that I have never felt embarrassed, but I have felt a little perplexed. I propose to tell the Committee wherein my perplexity arose. When the situation of this country became...
Mr Robert Morrison: I am not responsible for the hon. Lady the Member for Anglesey (Miss Lloyd George). It is obvious that the hon. Member has not had a long experience of Parliament, or he would know that on a small Board like this a good deal of the work devolves upon the chairman, and I have had to go all over the country holding conferences of local authorities. Perhaps he will be interested to know that, as...
Mr Robert Morrison: I have practically explained the position as I see it. The fact that I was serving as a member of the Select Committee on National Expenditure, the fact that there are Members of Parliament serving as Regional Commissioners who do not need the certificate—that, and a whole lot of other things, are so perplexing that I hope the Government will go into conditions, as some other Members have...
Mr Robert Morrison: I entirely agree, but even the list published by the Government to-day is not altogether clear, because the figure of expenses given is not the amount of expenses paid to the Member but the amount authorised to be paid if he asks for it.
Mr Robert Morrison: It is most unfortunate, but the Committee wanted to discuss it. I am entirely with them on the question of Members being sent overseas for long periods, and divorced from Parliament, but it should not have been mixed up with the other question, with which it has but little or nothing to do. I hope that when the Government review the question, whether in six months or, 12 months, they will go...
Mr Robert Morrison: I thought the hon. Member was suggesting that he could not understand why it was necessary for me to have it.
Mr Robert Morrison: I agree with the Amendment, but, at the same time, I very largely agree with what my hon. Friend has just said. I think there is very grave danger in the acceptance of these actual words, as they may have a limiting effect. For example, a number of Members last week had a demonstration of an instrument called a synchophone which is being used extensively. That instrument seems to be...
Mr Robert Morrison: Until the Noble Lord the Member for South Dorset (Viscount Hinchingbrooke) spoke the discussion had been one-sided. He is the only Member up to now who has spoken against the Amendment. He seems to have done it because this is an original idea. Apart from it being an original idea, a famous educationist, Matthew Arnold, away back in 1868—that is quite far enough back for the hon....
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the fact that a plague of rabbits were recently destroyed by gas; and whether this waste of food will be avoided by other methods of destruction.
Mr Robert Morrison: Would the right hon. Gentleman qualify that statement by exempting places like London where, in the outer parts, a multitude of people must leave home long before 8 o'clock in the morning and do not get back until later than 9 o'clock?
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the threatened shortage of water in the area of London and Greater London; and what steps the Government proposes to take to assist the Water Board's efforts to reduce consumption and increase supplies.
Mr Robert Morrison: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman appreciate that there are a large number of water authorities in the Metropolitan area besides the Metropolitan Water Board; and is it not a matter in which the Government should take an active part?
Mr Robert Morrison: In view of the difficulty of pursuing this matter by question, I beg to give notice that I shall take another opportunity of raising it.
Mr Robert Morrison: Has the hon. Gentleman ever discovered why, when a Canadian Member of Parliament wishes to write to a British Member of Parliament, it takes eight weeks for the letter to arrive?
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Minister of Food what protests his London regional office has received against the decision to stop the supply of tea to women's organisations for their weekly meetings; and whether he has any statement to make.
Mr Robert Morrison: These organisations which mostly consist of elderly women, have been enjoying this privilege ever since the war started and their meetings have kept them cheerful in these dull times. Why has the mistake only been discovered now?
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been taken to remedy the conditions arising from inadequate water supplies at an ordnance depot of which he has been informed.
Mr Robert Morrison: Does not the reply indicate that insufficient attention was given in planning this camp to the necessity of seeing that a water supply was available?