Mr Charles Grey: asked the Minister of Labour if he proposes to alter the present regulations for calling up youths to the Armed Forces in order that adequate preparations for their future careers will not be irreparably disturbed by a premature period of military service.
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to the shortage of copper coins throughout the North-east, causing embarrassment to shopkeepers and public alike; and if he will take steps to alleviate this shortage.
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the holding of official banquets and receptions, at a time when famine is prevalent in Europe, offends good taste and is resented by the general public; and if he will direct that only such functions as are absolutely necessary shall take place and that those shall assume proportions comparable with austerity endured by the common people.
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the approaching victory celebrations on 8th June, he will afford bakeries an increased amount of sugar, fats, tea, etc., so that children and old people may partake of a public tea as part of the day's celebration; and if, to regulate possible abuse, he will make it obligatory that persons organising such a function shall obtain a certificate of...
Mr Charles Grey: I was privileged to make my maiden speech on the Second Reading of this Bill, and I little dreamed, 12 months ago, while toiling in the bowels of the earth, that I would be here one day to speak in support of a Measure of which thousands of miners, along with myself, have dreamt, but which we scarcely hoped would ever come true because of the paralysing influence of a Parliament that was...
Mr Charles Grey: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will allow mothers with babies that are fed by bottle to purchase vacuum flasks without permits and so alleviate the unnecessary inconveniences that many are experiencing through having to prepare hot water through the night.
Mr Charles Grey: If, in dealing with the subject of the mining industry, I deliberately avoid talking about the five-day week, about equipment, food for the miners and houses, I do so because I feel that Members on both sides of the House have dealt sufficiently with these subjects. I want to make one or two observations which, I believe, have not been made before. I do not think there ever was a time in the...
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give particulars of the number of persons employed in the demolition of public, domestic and school air-raid shelters; and whether, in view of the existing shortage of manpower in industry, he will order an immediate cessation of this work in order that the persons engaged thereat might be employed in more important work.
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Minister of Education how many students have completed a course of training in the teachers emergency training colleges since their inception; how many satisfied the examiners; and how many successful trainees have been absorbed into teaching posts.
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that wherever an article of food is subject of a downward price control that commodity immediately either disappears from the market or becomes almost unprocurable; and what steps he intends to take to remedy this situation.
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he has any statement to make on the accident at Sherburn Hill Colliery, Co. Durham, in which four men lost their lives.
Mr Charles Grey: Is the Minister aware that, if this acident had occurred earlier in the day, the loss of life would have been much heavier? Can we be assured that a new set of regulations will be brought into force at an early date in order to avoid these fatal occurrences?
Mr Charles Grey: I wish to point out that I do not intend to speak so much on the Bill as on the Amendment which appears on the Order Paper in the name of certain Members of the Opposition. I realise that the National Coal Board have no competitors in the home market and that the consumer is fastened to its wagon, willy-nilly. Therefore, I believe it is imperative that Parliament and the nation should pass...
Mr Charles Grey: Perhaps it is because not enough young Tories have been going into the mines. There are more young people going into mines under the present system than ever would have been the case under the old system. Not so long ago parents were disappointed when their sons had to enter the industry. Only economic pressure induced their fathers to send their sons into the mines. Schoolmasters have said...
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Lord President of the Council why the North-east of England with its dense population and concentrated industry has been omitted from the scheme to celebrate the Festival of Britain in 1951; and whether he will take steps to rectify this omission.
Mr Charles Grey: Has the Lord President of the Council ever heard of a city called Durham?
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is prepared to make a statement as to whether an extra allocation of petrol will be available to motorists for the Summer holiday season.
Mr Charles Grey: While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him if he is aware that he made the statement after the Sowerby by-election?
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Minister of Food if he is now prepared to make a statement about the investigations carried out by his Department into black market operations in the Northern Region and on the kind of methods used in "operation Octopus" of which he did not approve.
Mr Charles Grey: Would the right hon. Gentleman give way?