Major Donald Bruce: asked the Minister of National Insurance what was the average number of people drawing basic public assistance in Great Britain for the years 1919–23, 1935–39 and 1945–49. respectively.
Major Donald Bruce: Is it the case of the hon. Gentleman that the ordinary worker is now much better off, and has been for the last four years, under a Labour Administration?
Major Donald Bruce: The hon. Gentleman agrees—
Major Donald Bruce: I looked at the faces of hon. Members opposite while the hon. Member for Chippenham (Mr. Eccles) was speaking. I did not see there the usual undivided enthusiasm with which they customarily greet his remarks, because for quite a considerable portion of the day hon. Members opposite have been showing how difficult it is to make profits, what enterprise and drive are required to make them and...
Major Donald Bruce: Since the hon. Gentleman asks me, I most certainly have considered that, and my hon. Friends have been considering it for a number of years. The particular point I was addressing myself to was the question of an appreciation by a section of our community, of a social responsibility that should rise a little higher than personal profit and personal gain.
Major Donald Bruce: Tell that to your Fleet Street pals.
Major Donald Bruce: rose—
Major Donald Bruce: Would the hon. and gallant Gentleman say what conditions were attached to these sterling balances by the right hon. Member for Woodford (Mr. Churchill) at the time that the obligations were originally incurred?
Major Donald Bruce: Would the hon. Gentleman mind saying when he thinks the pound ought to have been devalued?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will publish a summary showing the reforms instituted in the Army since the end of the war affecting pay, status, conditions of service, and amenities at home and abroad.
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Minister of Labour how many working days have been lost through industrial disputes since the end of the war; and how many were lost during the comparable period after the 1914–18 war.
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give an estimate of the number of insured workers now entitled to an annual holiday with pay of at least one working week; and whether he can give an estimate of the number so entitled in 1938 to 1939.
Major Donald Bruce: Will my right hon. Friend agree that there is some connection between the answer to this Question and the answer to the previous Question?
Major Donald Bruce: Is my right hon. Friend aware that we no longer see them begging in the streets as we did after the first world war?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he will state the total amount of unemployment benefits disbursed in the year 1938; give an estimate of what the disbursements would have been in 1938 had the current rates of benefit been then in force; and the total benefits granted in respect of unemployment in the year ended 5th July, 1949.
Major Donald Bruce: Does not my right hon. Friend realise that although the payments for the individual unemployed person have gone up, the total expenditure has gone down, and does not he agree that this is the finest way of economising in the use of the taxpayers' money?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are currently in force to ensure that exports of capital from Britain to the rest of the sterling area do not result in a drain on our gold and dollar resources; whether he is satisfied with these measures; and what steps he proposes to take to reinforce them.
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total amount to date of aid granted by Great Britain to other countries since the end of the war, distinguishing between amounts loaned, outright gifts or grants, and grants made under the Intra-European Payments Scheme.
Major Donald Bruce: What would the hon. Member have done?
Major Donald Bruce: His own leader was there.