Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is prepared to consider applications from manufacturers for permission to use a limited amount of skilled labour in preparatory post-war work?
Mr Robert Morrison: Does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that, in view of the recent speech of the Minister of Reconstruction, this matter is giving great concern, because of the desire of employers to be ready, as they are urged to do by the Government, for when the war is over? Can he not arrange to consider special applications?
Mr Robert Morrison: Are we to understand that the post-war policy of the Ministry of Health is to segregate old people into separate dwellings rather than to leave them among the rest of the population?
Mr Robert Morrison: Has the right hon. Gentleman satisfied himself that the assurances given on behalf of the building societies cover the whole of the building societies?
Mr Robert Morrison: Will the Minister, in communicating this decision to the local authorities and the public, add an expression of his thanks for the excellent work that the local authorities and the public have put in in making this decision possible?
Mr Robert Morrison: My right hon. Friend did not say whether the additional day was to be at the end or at the beginning of our next series of Sittings.
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Minister of Labour whether it is proposed to continue the call-up of small building contractors over 40 years of age, fully employed as contractors to local authorities for repair of damaged houses urgently needed in industrial areas?
Mr Robert Morrison: Would my right hon. Friend give his attention to these questions, because quite a number of small building contractors have been urged by other Government Departments to undertake contracts, and also by local authorities, to undertake the repair of damaged houses, and are in a quandary because they do not know whether they can enter into any undertakings from the point of view of whether they...
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that British soldiers in Egypt are being charged 15s. a pair for women's stockings of a quality retailed in Britain pre-war at 9d. a pair and with an 8-inch foot against the average British foot of 9½ inches, making them in most cases un-wearable; and will he arrange to warn the troops against purchasing useless gifts at exorbitant prices?
Mr Robert Morrison: In view of the hon. Gentleman's statement that the responsibility for prosecution will largely rest with local authorities, and the fact that most of the people responsible—the manufacturers of these spurious goods—may be, perhaps, hundreds of miles away from the locality where the offence is discovered—[An HON. MEMBER: "Or members of the council."]—how does the hon. Gentleman propose...
Mr Robert Morrison: Does my right hon. Friend appreciate that the Water Undertakings Bill is a highly controversial Measure, in which many Members are keenly interested and have had no notice that this Bill would come on again today? The latest information we had was that it would be taken on the fourth Day of this series of Sittings, and in these circumstances does he think it is quite fair, in view of the fact...
Mr Robert Morrison: Would my right hon. Friend give some further attention to this extraordinary procedure of beginning the Second Reading of a Bill of this nature in such a short time as was available last week, when there was only time for the Minister to make his introductory speech?
Mr Robert Morrison: The Bill is a mistake. The person who drafted it probably has no knowledge of the subject and has not considered its effect on the psychology of the people. One of the main grievances and causes of irritation, particularly in industrial districts is that shopkeepers do not treat everybody alike but give the goods to the people who have been good customers in the past, and are likely to be...
Mr Robert Morrison: Is it not time that we stopped using the offensive expression "mentally defective children"?
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any statement to make with regard to his recent investigation into the manufacture of children's footwear of poor quality?
Mr Robert Morrison: What effect does the right hon. Gentleman think his statement will have upon the harassed mother of several children who finds very great difficulty in making her coupons go round, because of the rapidity with which her children's shoes wear out?
Mr Robert Morrison: Is the Minister satisfied that his Department is the best Department to deal with the water supply?
Mr Robert Morrison: I did not quite gather whether the figures given by the right hon. Gentleman are for a period of the war, irrespective of how long the war may last, or whether there is a time limit?
Mr Robert Morrison: Has my hon. and learned Friend made it clear in his answer whether the figures are inclusive or exclusive of their keep?
Mr Robert Morrison: Is any notice taken of promotions conferred on generals on the eve of their capture?