Captain Charles Smith: asked the Minister of Health whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the reply which has been sent by his Department to the Colchester Borough Council's application to build a thousand temporary bungalows of the Handcraft type; on what date details of this scheme were forwarded to his Department by the local authority; on what date his Department replied; and in what form his reply...
Captain Charles Smith: Does not the Press statement imply that the external appearance of the bungalows was a major factor in the Ministry's decision, and has he any comment to make on that?
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Minister of Education whether he contemplates a more extensive use of his powers to compel local authorities to pay grants on the Ministry's approved scale to all students securing a place at a university.
Captain Charles Smith: Can my hon. Friend say what steps are taken when a local authority scale falls below that recommended by the Ministry?
Captain Charles Smith: Can the Secretary of State say how long it takes to train an R.A.S.C. clerk, and what steps have been taken to avoid such steps as this by the training of efficient personnel?
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Secretary of State for War why the release of Clerks G.D. and T.M.T. (R.A.S.C.) in group 67 serving in the Middle East has been postponed; when this shortage was first foreseen; and what steps were taken to train additional men to perform these duties.
Captain Charles Smith: The hon. Member for East Ealing (Sir F. Sanderson) will forgive me if I do not follow him over the ground that he has covered, tempting though it is to do so. I cannot forbear from remarking, however, that it seems to me very strange that anyone dealing as he was, primarily with trade with the Argentine should make an appeal for a return of what he called free markets. I hope that the...
Captain Charles Smith: What I said, and what I adhere to, is that we on this side of the Committee would not wish the Minister to adhere to any ceiling for foodstuffs if that were to mean an increase in the price of the basic items of food. I trust that is clear to the hon. Member. I want to approach the problem of food subsidies and the figures given under subhead H from a slightly different point of view. The...
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Secretary of State for War (1) how many married quarters at the latest convenient date were appropriated for purposes other than family accommodation; what these purposes were; and what steps are contemplated to make them available for their intended purpose; and (2) how many married quarters at the latest convenient date were damaged and requiring repairs to make them habitable;...
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Secretary of State for War at what date the sum of £10 was fixed for the annuity associated with the Meritorious Service Medal; and what steps are proposed to bring the sum into relation with the changes in the cost of living since then.
Captain Charles Smith: Can the Secretary of State for War say what increase there can be in the standard rate of £10?
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Prime Minister whether he will define the respective functions and responsibilities of the Economic Section of the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Department of the Economic Secretary of the Treasury and the Planning Board under Sir Edward Plowden; and to which Minister the last-named body is now responsible.
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Minister of Labour whether he will now publish monthly a full list of the changes in particular retail prices used in compiling the interim retail price index in accordance with the practice followed in respect of the former cost-of-living index.
Captain Charles Smith: Will my right hon. Friend state why it is not practicable?
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Secretary of State for Air on what date his Department decided to relinquish 17½ acres of land taken over from the Essex War Agricultural Committee in 1942 for incorporation in Boxted Aerodrome, Langham; when this relinquishment was formerly notified to the Ministry of Agriculture; and why delay took place, in view of the urgent need to get this land into cultivation for food...
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what grants have so far been made to Malta from the Colonial Development and Welfare Fund; and how they have been used.
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have now been taken to reabsorb into employment men previously employed in the Malta Dockyard.
Captain Charles Smith: I wish to raise this evening the question of certain aspects of War Office provision of accommodation for soldiers' families. I do this, naturally, without prejudice to any question of what sized forces we ought to have, and merely on the simple principle that Armed Forces of a certain size presuppose a certain cadre of Regular soldiers, and that such a cadre presupposes adequate...
Captain Charles Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman comment on the figures which I gave of 15,000 married quarters in which only 10,000, according to the reply of the Secretary of State for War, are occupied by soldier's families?
Captain Charles Smith: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the fact that the Greek police have failed to profit by the training given by the Police Mission, as shown by the recent beheadings of civilians, he will withdraw that mission.