Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider legislation for altering the status and constitution of the British Broadcasting Corporation so as to make a Minister wholly answerable for the activities of this subsidised Corporation?
Mr Francis Douglas: Is my right hon. Friend aware that when complaints are made to the B.B.C. complainants are told that Government policy is being carried out and that when Questions are asked of the Ministry of Information they disclaim responsibility?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the cost of functions such as luncheon parties given by the United Kingdom Commercial Corporation, Limited, are charged, either directly or indirectly, to public funds?
Mr Francis Douglas: Are the transactions of this body subject to any public control whatsoever?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the President of, the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the deep anxiety which exists, at the prospect of a cut in clothing coupons, especially among mothers with young children who are now able to get only shoes and clothing of poor quality; and whether he has any statement to make on the matter?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will arrange for oranges to be distributed through maternity and child-welfare centres in order to make certain that they do in fact go to families where there are young children?
Mr Francis Douglas: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction about this, and what steps does he take to ensure that the oranges reach the children for whom they are intended?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the high proportion of bad eggs sold to rationed consumers; and what steps he is taking to step this waste of valuable food?
Mr Francis Douglas: Is the hon. Gentleman the only person in this country who is not aware of this fact?
Mr Francis Douglas: There is a small point which I would like the Chancellor of Exchequer to look at with a view to clarification. It arises in Subsection (2, b), where it says: emoluments … calculated by reference to the hour, day, week or any period less than a month (at whatever intervals the wages or other emoluments are paid). That phraseology is not at all clear, as it does not make it definite whether...
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in page 2, line 44, after "tables" to insert" or rules." There appears to run through the White Paper and through the Bill a touching faith in the efficacy of tables. The tables which are proposed show an extraordinary degree of complication, and I want the opportunity to be given for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in bringing in his scheme and the regulations which will be...
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in page 3, line 13, at the end, to insert: () for the repayment of the whole or of any specified part of tax previously deducted. It is clearly contemplated in the scheme, and examples given in the White Paper show it, that automatic repayments may be made by an employer in certain cases when wages fall or when they temporarily cease, but I am not clear whether actual provision...
Mr Francis Douglas: With all respect, Major Milner, my Amendment with regard to paragraph B, Sub-section 2, is on an entirely different matter. It goes to the whole structure of the scheme of deduction which will be determined by this paragraph, and I would like to have an opportunity of discussing it.
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in page 3, line 29, to leave out paragraph (b), and to insert: (b) the amount deducted or repaid at each period of payment of emoluments shall be related to the amount of such payment and to a proportional part of a provisional adjustment for allowances and reliefs. This paragraph determines the whole form of the scheme of collection as outlined in the White Paper, and, if it...
Mr Francis Douglas: That is paragraph (b), not the Sub-section.
Mr Francis Douglas: I am extremely disappointed with the Attorney-General's reply, because it seems to indicate that his mind is not open to any fresh consideration of the matter. I hope that that does not reflect the view of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. We have been told that we must have a scheme based entirely on the cumulative principle, and that no alternative can be considered. Surely that is not the...
Mr Francis Douglas: Is it not the case that in many instances the hoarding is done by the cultivators' landlords.
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of black-out material and that some shops have not had a supply for months; and what steps he is taking to remedy the inconvenience so caused?
Mr Francis Douglas: Is some of this material held by firms being diverted to other purposes?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister without Portfolio what progress has been made in settling the principles upon which the men and women in the Forces will be demobilised; and what steps will be taken to familiarise them with these principles in order to ensure co-operation and smooth working of the plan?