Mr Francis Douglas: Has the hon. Gentleman seen the script in this case?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Health how many war-time day nurseries have been provided in London; how many children they will accommodate; and what is the average daily attendance?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is by his direction or with his approval that county war agricultural executive committees serve orders on farmers requiring them to apply certain quantities of artificial fertilisers without the alternative of using equivalent quantities of organic manures?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can arrange to increase the soap ration in the area of the Metropolitan Water Board on account of the excessive hardness of the water?
Mr Francis Douglas: Does not the Minister consider that it is unfair to districts where soap does not go nearly as far?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that 200 women have recently left an engineering works, the name of which has been supplied to him, owing to the work being organised on the basis of two shifts of 12 hours each; and whether he will endeavour to avoid such a method of organisation in industries where women's labour is needed?
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in page 10, line 26, at the end, to insert:
Mr Francis Douglas: I appreciate the difficulties which the Chancellor of the Exchequer has to face in this matter. It was on that account that I tried to limit the scope of the cases in which such an application could be made, and also to make the power merely discretionary and not obligatory. In view of the promise which the right hon. Gentleman has given to reexamine the matter, I beg to ask leave to withdraw...
Mr Francis Douglas: This is a matter which has caused very great anxiety to a large number of people who have lost their homes and all their furniture. I have received many complaints about it. They have been met by officers of the Board of Trade shortly after sustaining the damage, and while they were living with friends or elsewhere, and have been offered a lump sum of £50 or £60. That has appeared at first...
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps have been taken to prevent waste of electricity by the use of electric lights in trains during broad daylight?
Mr Francis Douglas: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that on a recent day there were scores of lights burning in brilliant sunshine on Southern Railway trains?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the President of the Board of Trade when, and under what conditions, it is proposed to resume the issue of clothing coupons in place of those accidentally lost or destroyed?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning, whether, in view of the need for metal and the development of other satisfactory devices for indicating pedestrian crossings, he will arrange that beacon posts can be surrendered for scrap metal?
Mr Francis Douglas: I am glad that the hon. Member for Duddeston (Mr. Simmonds) has referred to the topics he has dealt with, because it was part of the purpose of the Report of the Public Accounts Committee to deal not merely with the case we have been discussing so particularly to-day but also, in continuation of its previous Reports, to point out the general principles which should be followed by public...
Mr Francis Douglas: The figures are available to anyone who chooses to read this Report. The sum that was claimed in respect of royalties, and production at other factories, amounted to £234,000, the sum that was claimed as a construction fee in respect of the managed factories was £30,000, and, in addition to that, the company claimed that the mode of payment for the guns should be altered so that part of it...
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the members of the committee under the Agreement for International Control of the Production and Export of Tin have yet been appointed; upon what principles they were selected; and what producing interests they represent?
Mr Francis Douglas: Were they selected by the Government or nominated by somebody else?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will arrange for a sufficient supply of rubber to be available for making rubber rings for closures used in bottling fruit?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Health the death-rate from tuberculosis in the county of London for the years 1938 and 1941, respectively?
Mr Francis Douglas: Is my right hon. Friend aware that these figures, compiled by the county medical officer of health, have been published in the "British Medical Journal"?