Mr David Logan: I thank you first, Mr. Speaker, for your kindliness in having recognised one so humble in the House. The touch of human nature which I have experienced these last 24 hours has been one of the greatest marks of the unification of the minds of right hon. and hon. Members in the House in—I do not wish to be diffident—recognising merit. I do not expect that any other Member would rise to say...
Mr David Logan: On a point of order. I rose twice, Mr. Speaker, but you called somebody else. Have I no right to speak?
Mr David Logan: In view of your reply, Mr. Speaker, may I say that I was most anxious to bring before the House the 3 per cent. War Loan swindle? I thought that it was necessary to raise it as it is nothing else but a swindle.
Mr David Logan: As the senior Member of Parliament for Liverpool, may I say that I am not at all satisfied with the manner in which the question of unemployment in Liverpool has been dealt with. We have had men out on strike for 16 weeks. If it takes 16 weeks to negotiate with able administrators of the House of Commons, I do not know how long it would take the ordinary individual to reach conciliation in...
Mr David Logan: asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the difficulties caused to shipping by the strike of ship-repairers on Merseyside; and whether he will now intervene to bring about a settlement of the dispute.
Mr David Logan: Is the night hon. Gentleman aware that 4,000 men, men employed on ancillary work as well as ship-repairers, are now affected? Is he aware that by the end of the week ship-repairers will have lost £60,000 in wages, while other men affected will have lost £40,000 in wages? How much longer are we to wait for the end of a strike which in Liverpool is resulting in 4,000 men walking the streets...
Mr David Logan: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement upon the consultations between his department and the Ford Motor Company regarding the establishment of a manufacturing plant on Merseyside.
Mr David Logan: In view of the anxiety which my hon. Friend the Member for Abertillery (The Rev. LI. Williams) is expressing, would he be prepared to give back to the Roman Catholics of this country all the property and churches which they had and make moral restitution so that he might have a moral cause instead of a debating one? I do not want to enter into this debate. I have been in every one on this...
Mr David Logan: That is what I like.
Mr David Logan: I cannot help intervening, but I shall not say too much. It is a little strange that a man from Northern Ireland—a Catholic country—should argue in this House on a point which is likely to break down all that we have been doing. He had better get back to Northern Ireland and get that country straight.
Mr David Logan: Does the Minister wish to imply that regulations will be made under the 1944 Act, but that for new schools that are erected there will be no amendment of the Act and no gift whatever to the managers of the schools? Will he explain what the responsibility will be? When there is demand for new schools in certain areas, will the grant be on the same basis as it is paid today?
Mr David Logan: I have listened with pleasure to the debate, and I take my mind back to the time when John Scurr, I and one of my hon. Friends defeated our own Government on an education Measure. Those were very stormy times. I do not regret that occasion, and I hope that we shall never again see the time in this House when public opinion is in favour of something which is right and the House is against....
Mr David Logan: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Gilbert Harding taking a lozenge or an advertisement for hair restorer can break into a boxing match? Is that what we pay for?
Mr David Logan: Their members are going to pay.
Mr David Logan: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government, in view of the fact that sites in the Athol Street, Barncourt Street and Boundary Street areas in Liverpool have been lying idle for over ten years, if he will as soon as possible authorise the Liverpool housing authority to build houses there.
Mr David Logan: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that this place is lying desolate, and has been for the last ten years? We are just about fed up with the whole situation. We have lost 12,000 to 14,000 people from that area, and the shopkeepers do not know what to do about their businesses. Newsham Hospital, and the adjoining premises which were the workhouse, are now occupied by 86 families. When I went...
Mr David Logan: Our people are living under damnable conditions, and I must express my feelings——
Mr David Logan: rose—
Mr David Logan: May I finish my supplementary question?
Mr David Logan: Can I not express opinions here——