Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that men on instructional courses within short distances of their homes are permitted to be billeted at home at nights and week-ends but receive no rationing allowances for these periods; and will he make arrangements to meet the difficulty resulting from this arrangement?
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that numerous resolutions arc being passed by local authorities, food committees, old age pensioners' associations and other bodies requesting price concessions and increased supplies to old age pensioners in respect of milk, tea, sugar and tobacco; and whether the Government is prepared to give further...
Mr Robert Morrison: Will the hon. Gentleman represent to his noble Friend that a good deal of confusion is arising in the country as to where the respective responsibilities for housing as between the Ministry of Health and his Ministry lie and what are the lines of demarcation, and will he take an early opportunity to clarify the position?
Mr Robert Morrison: Is my right hon. Friend aware that a number of conferences have been arranged in some of the places covered by his statement, and, in view of the uncertainty, would he be willing to get into touch with the people who are organising these conferences to see whether some satisfactory arrangement can be made?
Mr Robert Morrison: Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman will put that Question down. I do not know the answer.
Mr Robert Morrison: I count myself fortunate in being able to speak on behalf of every Member of this House in congratulating the noble Lady upon the very excellent speech she has just delivered on first addressing this House. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to be in the House to hear the noble Lady will long remember her speech for its sincerity and for the constructive ability she has shown. We...
Mr Robert Morrison: I could not convince even a minority that the man has had a fair deal, let alone a majority. In many cases that one takes up as a Member of Parliament one finds that, after doing one's best and making all representations possible, the man is turned down. The man will say: "All right, I am satisfied that I have had a fair deal. The matter has been gone into, and I have lost." That attitude is...
Mr Robert Morrison: The point I raised was not of objection to these eminent doctors. It was that the ordinary man in the street does not believe that a doctor can give a decision on his case unless the doctor has seen him.
Mr Robert Morrison: Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether any steps are being taken to make the text of General Giraud's speech known to the people of France?
Mr Robert Morrison: Would not the right hon. Gentleman consider making a more considered statement in order to meet the practical difficulties of these cases?
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will take steps to enable interest at 2½ per cent. to be paid half-yearly to the owners of small property demolished by enemy action where there is no other income and the owners are now destitute except for their old age pension?
Mr Robert Morrison: Has the right hon. Gentleman no suggestion to make to alleviate the position of old people whose sole income was derived from some property and who are now entirely dependent on their old age pension?
Mr Robert Morrison: In view of your decision, Mr. Speaker, it does seem to me, whatever may ultimately be decided, that it would be as well if some of our colleagues did not take up so much time in raising points of Order and making interruptions, in order that the country might get a fair indication of the feeling of Members of the House. I do not propose to speak at any length, and I hope that we shall be able...
Mr Robert Morrison: The right hon. Gentleman did not take exception when I said that one part of his speech indicated that the decision of the Government was to put the plans to shape, but not into operation.
Mr Robert Morrison: Perhaps the right, hon. Gentleman was more optimistic and definite than I took him to be. I followed his speech very closely and I did not get the slightest inkling that the Government had decided to do anything, apart from putting the plans into shape, and that for that purpose the right hon. Gentleman had set up a small body of people, who would be responsible to himself, to prepare the...
Mr Robert Morrison: I thank the right hon. Gentleman very much for that statement. I am not sure how far the Government have appreciated the strong feeling in the country over this Report. The overwhelming majority of people are in favour of these proposals. The right hon. Gentleman will realise that it is always right to spend time in this House, considering the difficulties and perplexities of such problems,...
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Secretary of State for War whether consideration is being given to improving the pay of captains whose present rate of 16s. 6d. per day compares unfavourably with the old rate of 19s., and with the present rate for a major of 28s. 6d. per day?
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Minister of Health whether he will extend the protection of the Rent Restrictions Acts at present applied to houses within the Metropolitan Police area, and of a rateable value not exceeding £100, to cover the home counties, in order to stop profiteering in this type of property?
Mr Robert Morrison: This position is much more acute than my right hon. Friend appears to realise. Cannot he do something to shorten the period of discussion and come down to decisions?
Mr Robert Morrison: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that in certain areas women war workers are still experiencing shopping difficulties; and will he instruct all local food controllers in industrial areas to make arrangements enabling women war workers to obtain their rationed goods and a fair share of unrationed goods?