Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that it is impossible to speak over the telephone to the office of the Chief Commissioner for Wales at Cardiff; that the telephone number is not in the directory; that the Cardiff exchange refuse to put anyone through; and will he take steps to see that this office is put in the same position as other Government offices?
Sir Charles Edwards: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether I am one of the "others" or not, because on Monday last I wanted to speak to them and failed completely? The girl in the exchange at Cardiff said that she was not permitted either to give the number or to put anybody through.
Sir Charles Edwards: Does my right hon. Friend think that this bit of an office in Cardiff is more important than the Home Office or any other Government Department which you can ring up at any time?
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider extending the present summer-time arrangement till the end of September and not take the hour off on 8th August as suggested?
Sir Charles Edwards: Can my right hon. Friend say who advises him in these matters, as the people with whom I get into touch are all unanimous that it ought to be extended?
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Minister of Health what complaints he has received from old age pensioners or their associations protesting against the minute investigations made when application is made for clothes, boots or any household requisites; and will he take steps to raise the basic rate to an amount that will enable old people to purchase these things for themselves.
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that, on 14th May, a man received a fatal accident at the Risca colliery, Monmouthshire; that nine men, at great risk to themselves, got him from under the fall and carried him home; that when pay day came they found half-a-shift had been deducted from each of them, including the dead man; and will he see that in future these...
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, before putting in force the fuel rationing scheme, he will consider the position of the Bedwellty Urban District Council, who produce no gas themselves but take it from the Rhymney and Aber Gas Company who in turn take it from the Powell Duffryn Associated coke-oven plant at Bargoed; that this gas will continue to be made even if not taken and...
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a United Nations parade and drum-head service were held at Risca, Monmouthshire, on Sunday evening last; that the Home Guard and all the other local services were there in, full strength, but that the unit of the Regular Army stationed there did not attend, although invited to do so; whether any orders to this effect had been...
Sir Charles Edwards: That cannot be true, because I myself saw a couple of dozen men walking about who ought to have been in the parade.
Sir Charles Edwards: I saw a dozen, and spoke to them.
Sir Charles Edwards: I felt when the Motion was put down and this Debate arranged, that the Chancellor of the Exchequer really did not need any further information about old age pensioners. I believe that the Department have all the information they want already and that the only thing now wanted is the will and disposition to do something. However, if this Debate helps the Government to make up their minds to...
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of War Transport whether he has considered the long distances that milk is being brought to many places; and whether he will consider a rearrangement by which the distances could be shortened and much transport saved?
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Minister of Agriculture what complaints he has had from hillside farmers about the difficulty of getting tractors to do their work; if he is aware that many of these are used on flat land where horses could do the work instead of on the more difficult farms where it is impossible to do the ploughing and other work by other means; and will he look into this matter with a view to...
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the report of the Committee on Industrial Pulmonary Diseases in the South Wales Coalfield, No. 243, with special reference to silicosis and pneumokoniosis; and what steps he proposes to take to enforce the recommendations as to shot-firing, ripping top, etc., so as to minimise the extent of these diseases?
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Minister of Labour the average wage of boys in Government and other munition factories, ages 14 to 16 and 16 to 18, respectively?
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he has considered a telegram sent from the South Wales and Monmouthshire grocery distributors about the calling up of assistants, both male and female, which is making it almost impossible to carry on; and what steps he intends to take in the matter?
Sir Charles Edwards: asked the Secretary of State for Mines the average earnings of boys between the ages of 14 to 16 and 16 to 18, respectively, in mines?
Sir Charles Edwards: I think I am entitled to the indulgence of the House, because it is a long time since I have done any speaking here, but I am glad of the opportunity now. My hon. Friend the Member for Northern Cornwall (Mr. Horabin) talked about revolutionary suggestions, but I do not know that my suggestions will be very revolutionary. I suggest that we should leave people where they are at the moment until...
Sir Charles Edwards: It is something, after twenty-four years.