Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as repre- senting the Forestry Commissioners, what progress is being made towards the fulfilment of the Government's undertaking to acquire land for afforestation purposes and the creation of additional forest reserves; and whether any information is available as to the acreage of land not usable for general agricultural purposes now available...
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for War whether any register has been compiled of men between the ages of 20 and 21and, assuming that the whole number required for training will not be called simultaneously, he can now state the basis on which the call will be determined?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Minister of Labour whether the modification or abolition of the household means test has been considered by the Unemployment Assistance Board; and whether he will take action to modify or abolish the test?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: In view of the small sum involved and the deep resentment felt by those concerned, will not the Minister consider the abolition of this means test?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Minister of Transport whether, having received the report of the Transport Advisory Council on the mater of the proposed agreement between the railway companies and the shipping and road transport interests, any legislative or other action is to be taken to give effect to the report?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: In view of the possible early amalgamation of these interests, may we ask for an assurance that the public interest will be protected in the matter of railway anl other services and rates?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of persons in Scotland now in receipt of Poor Law relief; and how many old age pensioners are included in that number?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the President of the Board of Trade what action is to be taken by the Government to deal with the problem of unemployment in the jute industry in Scotland; whether he is aware that the very serious situation is aggravated by the unrestricted and increasing imports of jute goods from India; that it is impossible for home-producers to compete against the product of cheap Indian labour;...
Mr Thomas Kennedy: Has not the right hon. Gentleman seen protests from the employers of the jute industry, especially in Scotland, regarding the introduction of this cheap Indian product to this country?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: Can the right hon. Gentleman tell me the number of unemployed jute workers there are in Scotland according to the official statistics of the Ministry of Labour?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he has considered the recent representations of bodies concerned with education and child welfare urging the provision of a daily ration of free milk, a mid-day meal to all children attending public elementary and State-aided schools, and meals for necessitous children; and does he propose to accede to them?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Prime Minister whether any decision has now been reached by the Government as to the further measures to be taken for the recruitment of the armed forces of the Crown; and whether any pledge has been given to France to introduce compulsory national service?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Minister of Health how many blankets have been ordered for air-raid precautions and emergency hospital requirements; and how many of these have been placed with Scottish manufacturers?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: May we be assured that in the placing of orders to meet his requirements, the Minister will bear in mind that in the matter of quality and price Scottish manufactures of this commodity are the best in the market?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will give favourable consideration to the desirability of Scottish blanket manufacturers having an opportunity of meeting Scottish requirements in the matter of supplies for air-raid precautions and emergency hos-
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the high rate of infantile mortality in Scotland, and that this high death-rate is due to under nourishment, and lack of health and medical service; and whether any action will be taken by the Government or the local authorities to deal with this problem?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of a recently expressed opinion of education authorities in Scotland which attributes this high rate to lack of physical nourishment; and in view of that, are not the Government going to take action?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children were in attendance at elementary and secondary schools in Scotland at the end of the last school period in the years 1936, 1937, and 1938, respectively?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many men and women are in receipt of old age pensions in the County of Fife; and how many of those pensioners are in receipt of Poor Law relief?
Mr Thomas Kennedy: asked the Minister of Transport (1) whether he has yet received and considered the report of the Transport Advisory Council upon the appeal of the railway companies to be freed from legal requirements attached to the rates on merchandise traffic in view of the competition of coastwise shipping and road transport; and what action the Government propose to take regarding the appeal; (2)...