Major Donald Bruce: The right hon. Gentleman has made a very serious statement—
Major Donald Bruce: The right hon. Gentleman has made a very serious statement that this country is now in a far worse case than it was immediately after the war. Is he prepared to substantiate that most serious statement?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the signs of disinflation now appearing, what proposals he has for modifications to the capital investment programme set out in Capital Investment in 1948 as modified by the Economic Survey for 1948.
Major Donald Bruce: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that the term was used in this House by a-former Chancellor of the Exchequer of the Opposition?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the forthcoming Debate on the European Recovery Programme and of the interest of hon. Members in European economic affairs, he will arrange for the Survey of the Economic Situation and Prospects of Europe, recently published by the Research and Planning Division of the Economic Commission for Europe, to be made available to...
Major Donald Bruce: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is only one copy available in the Library, and that that is barely adequate for 640 Members?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Economic Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been drawn to a computation of the post-war level of industrial production in the United Kingdom in comparison with that obtaining in 1938 as set out in the United Nations publication Survey of the Economic Situation and Prospect of Europe; and whether he will incorporate this index of production in the Monthly Statistical...
Major Donald Bruce: Is my hon. Friend aware that those figures make nonsense of Opposition propaganda on the subject?
Major Donald Bruce: rose—
Major Donald Bruce: Can my right hon. Friend say how many vacancies there were on the date he has just given to the hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. Bossom)?
Major Donald Bruce: When will my hon. Friend be able to inform the House of his opinion about this matter, because there is an impression that the response so far has not been too satisfactory in many cases?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now permit bulk gifts of clothing received from abroad by charitable organisations to be distributed by those organisations coupon-free in needy cases.
Major Donald Bruce: Would my right hon. Friend say whether that concession applies to existing stocks?
Major Donald Bruce: We have listened to examples from the hon. and gallant Member for Holderness (Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite) of the two fronts which the Tory Party always present to the public on any great social matter of our day. First of all, because they are sometimes dealing with intelligent people, they endeavour to show how reasonable they are and support particular lines of action with which any...
Major Donald Bruce: Oh, no. When the noble Lord the Member for Horsham (Earl Winterton) ceases his equine laughter, I will continue.
Major Donald Bruce: I can assure the noble Lord that, coming from him, I do not take that as a compliment. Turning to page 10, we find these words, referring to the Development Areas—[Interruption.] I am sorry for the noble Lord, but he must take his own medicine for a change.
Major Donald Bruce: That is a change for the noble Lord, who usually laughs at his own jokes. In page 10 it says that in the same areas the heavy industries are providing plenty of employment. Is that true or not? Where is the partisan statement in that? Where is the party political propaganda in it? Is it right or not? If hon. Members opposite could show where it is wrong, they have had plenty of opportunity to...
Major Donald Bruce: Would my right hon. Friend give an undertaking that he or his right hon. and learned Friend will make a statement in the House indicating the detailed manner in which the Marshall Plan will be put into operation so far as this country is concerned?
Major Donald Bruce: Would it not be of some help if the Opposition paid some attention to facts themselves?
Major Donald Bruce: Can my right hon. Friend say whether it is possible to introduce a system of changing daily recognition signs, which could be of use in these cases?