Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has considered the complaint of local authorities in Scotland regarding the lack of co-operative effort and consultation between the Ministry and the authorities in connection with the Meat Control Scheme and the method of distribution; and whether action is to be taken to remove the cause of this complaint?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered resolutions of protest against the announcement of his intention to revoke the Order-in-Council of October last providing for the earlier closing of shops; and whether he proposes to take any action on the lines of the proposals of the shop assistants, warehousemen and clerks that their working hours should be reduced to 48 per week?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that certain local food control authorities are refusing to grant licences to shopkeepers for the sale of goods on the ground that the articles offered for sale had not been available for purchase in the shops concerned prior to the outbreak of war; and whether any steps will be taken to remove this restriction?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: Has the Minister considered the suggestion made by certain burghs that a rent allowance should be made to men serving?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has any statistics enabling him to state the tonnage of German coal imported into Italy during the six months ended 29th February?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Prime Minister whether, as Leader of the House, he will take steps to ascertain the opinion of the House in general as to the wearing of Army, Navy, or Air Force uniform by Members when engaged in the exercise of their Parliamentary duties in the House of Commons?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: May I take it that the Prime Minister will agree that so far as possible, providing it is not necessary, Members should appear in this House in civilian clothes?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: Is the hon. Member not entitled to illustrate his argument?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: But subject to the opinion of the Committee.
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered a complaint from the burgh of Kirkcaldy that Abden Home has been requisitioned by the military authorities to such an extent that the burgh council have difficulty in fulfilling their statutory obligations to paupers owing to the restricted accommodation; and whether, in view of the fact of the home not being technically a specified area, the...
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Minister of Pensions whether it is intended that in cases where serving soldiers' wives have been receiving a special children's allowance the special grant should now be automatically reduced by the amount of the increase in the new rates?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: Is not this rather a mean committee?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many replies he has received to the circular issued on the 2oth February, 1939, to probation committees in Scotland; will he indicate the nature of these replies and is he now in a position to give any indication as to the date when he intends to bring conditions of service of Scottish probation officers into line with those prevailing in...
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the demand being made by insurance committees that provision should be made by the Government for medical treatment of dependants of men called up on active military service; whether he has considered communications from the insurance committees of both Stirling Burgh and the county of Stirling on this subject; and what action...
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the resolutionof the Scottish Old Age Pensioners' Association calling for an increase in the payments to old age pensioners, in order to meet the increased cost of living; and whether he can now state when the report of the committee set up to consider the question of pensions and contributions will be issued?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Minister of Labour how far university students are allowed to finish their courses without interruption for the purpose of military training; and whether he has considered a widespread desire that all students who are in the middle of their arts course should get the benefit of the list of reserved occupations?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that several sections of the Royal Army Service Corps have been billeted in large empty houses in Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, for 11 weeks; and whether he is satisfied with the sleeping accommodation provided for the men?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: Am I to understand that no complaint was received?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the dependants of men serving in the Army in France who are unable to pay arrears of rent out of the allowance granted have been ordered to leave their homes in Kirkcaldy within three weeks; and whether any means are available for the protection of tenants whose arrears are due to circumstances attributable directly or...
Mr Thomas Kennedy: If I send information to the right hon. Gentleman will he look into it?