Mr William Bridgeman: I hope that it will be possible to introduce a Bill dealing with the reorganisation of electric power supply at an early date. Full consideration is being given to the question of ownership, but I do not think that provisions relating to the price of coal can be included in such a measure.
Mr William Bridgeman: The position of temporary officers of the Timber Supply Department does not differ from that of similar officers in other Government Departments, all of whom are subject to the Official Secrets Act, and I have no reason to anticipate any violation of secrecy. The publicity given to the matter by my hon. Friend's question will emphasise the necessity of a strict observance of their undertaking.
Mr William Bridgeman: Yes, Sir. The circumstances of this accident are to be investigated.
Mr William Bridgeman: Yes.
Mr William Bridgeman: I am aware of the congestion on suburban passenger trains, but I am afraid that, owing to the exceptional conditions at present existing, an immediate remedy for the inconvenience caused by overcrowding on those trains is very difficult, to provide.
Mr William Bridgeman: The railway companies concerned are fully alive to the desirability of taking steps in the direction indicated so soon as may be practicable, but I fear that the conditions of transport arising out of the War are not yet sufficiently normal to permit of any general re-opening of the closed suburban stations. I am, however, sending a copy of my hon. Friend's question to the Railway Executive...
Mr William Bridgeman: I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given on Thursday last to the right hon. Member for South Hammersmith, of which I am sending him a copy. Men are now being released from the Army and material is becoming available, but some time must necessarily elapse before arrears can be overtaken both as regards trams and omnibuses and as regards the tube railways.
Mr William Bridgeman: A General Licence has been issued permitting the resumption of trade with Turkey, and goods may now be exported provided the necessary export licences are obtained from the War Trade Department in the usual way. Pending the issue of the General Licence special authority was given in one case recommended by the British authorities at Constantinople.
Mr William Bridgeman: My right hon. Friend has no control over stocks of paper and boards in Government factories, and I can only refer the hon. Member to the Departments concerned.
Mr William Bridgeman: I think the hon. Member might put the question to the Ministry of Munitions or the War Office.
Mr William Bridgeman: I cannot advise the hon. and gallant Member.
Mr William Bridgeman: The Paper Controller is connected with the Board of Trade, but the paper in Government factories is not under his control.
Mr William Bridgeman: The Prime Minister has asked me to reply to this question. I am informed that of the sixty-one pilotage certificates held by aliens at the outbreak of war thirty-seven, including all those held by Germans, have lapsed. Fresh certificates can only be issued to aliens under the strictly limited conditions contained in Section 24 of the Pilotage Act, 1913, and are always subject to the veto of...
Mr William Bridgeman: I should like to have notice of that. As I said before, the Board of Trade have no power to cancel certificates.