Major Donald Bruce: Could these documents be made available to Members of Parliament?
Major Donald Bruce: rose—
Major Donald Bruce: The hon. Member seems to derive some pleasure out of anticipating an unfavourable report. Will he explain how he intends to defend that attitude of anticipatory pleasure at what he seems to think will be shown as the shortcomings of that scheme
Major Donald Bruce: The hon. Member is just pleased.
Major Donald Bruce: We shall see.
Major Donald Bruce: A large number of hon. Members on this side of the House would agree with the remarks made by the hon. Member for Chippenham (Mr. Eccles) who is urging that we should administer our part of Marshall Aid wisely. It is important to realise that we are giving large-scale aid to Europe in addition to receiving aid ourselves. I think that the hon. Member would agree that it would be wrong for us...
Major Donald Bruce: It is therefore interesting to note the extent of the aid which the Marshall Plan and the American Loan have provided for us. It has contributed very considerably towards the solution of our balance of payment problem. If that problem were not solved, there would be a shortage of raw materials and large scale unemployment. However, in the years 1937 and 1938 there was no balance of payments...
Major Donald Bruce: Every hon. Member must remember that the plan put forward by the Chancellor of the Exchequer means that everybody in the country must make sacrifices for some little time to come. Owing to the adverse terms of trade against this country and as a result of factors over which we have no control, we must send more and more of our produce overseas in return for less and less. In fact a large part...
Major Donald Bruce: There was not a spark of intellectual honesty in that statement because the right hon. Gentleman knew, and the Opposition know it, that a large part of the sacrifices are due to the fact that we must maintain high export targets. However, this is not the only pressure upon our people. Other pressure arises from the necessity to maintain a very high capital programme. It has been said many...
Major Donald Bruce: —that the party opposite should on the one hand, pay lip service to a capital programme—and, indeed, on many and appropriate occasions ask for its increase—yet at the same time have the audacity to ask for an increase of consumer goods, and also to blame the consumer goods shortage upon the Government. The production figures of this country as envisaged in the Four Year Plan may well...
Major Donald Bruce: The hon. Member is misrepresenting me. I feel quite sure that I paid a compliment to private enterprise in whatever form it took place. If I did not specifically include the managements I most certainly do so now, and also the technicians and the individual operators.
Major Donald Bruce: Should it be found necessary to increase the figure for capital investment in industry as such, where would the right hon. Gentleman advocate the cuts to compensate for that? Where should they be made?
Major Donald Bruce: They have not all achieved the same recovery.
Major Donald Bruce: Would the hon. Gentleman name the source of those figures?
Major Donald Bruce: They are entirely inaccurate.
Major Donald Bruce: And by the hon. Member's party.
Major Donald Bruce: What about the Conservative party?
Major Donald Bruce: What about housing?
Major Donald Bruce: There are one or two technicalities which I should like to put to the Assistant Postmaster-General. I should like to know on how many wavelengths it is proposed we shall broadcast from this station? Difficulties always arise when wavelengths are considered. As anyone in Europe knows, there is great congestion of wavelengths here, but I doubt if that would apply in the Far East. There are...
Major Donald Bruce: asked the President of the Board of Trade how many applications have been made to him since 6th August, 1947, for certificates under Section 14 (4) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, for permission to erect industrial buildings having an aggregate floor space exceeding 5,000 square feet in the city of Portsmouth; and how many have been granted.