Mr Francis Douglas: Would it be in Order for the hon. Member to move to amend the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Motion by leaving out all the words after "House" in the first line?
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in line 5, to add: and in respect of the Amendments standing in the name of Mr. Douglas. If the Chancellor of the Exchequer is not going to resist this Amendment, I will not detain the House by arguing 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 raises the question of the method by which the proposal is to be put into operation. We are all agreed about...
Mr Francis Douglas: I did not oppose it. I said that it could be applied in various ways.
Mr Francis Douglas: I find the reply of the Attorney-General singularly unconvincing. My Amendment did not ask for vague and indefinite powers to be placed in the hands of the Chancellor, because there would still have remained in this Sub-section the direction that the total of tax payable in respect of any emoluments for any year of assessment should be deducted from the emoluments paid during that year. That...
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether any steps are being taken to give effect to the recommendation of the chairman and four other members of the Committee on Land Utilisation in Rural Areas for the establishment of a valuation showing the value of land and sites?
Mr Francis Douglas: Is it not highly desirable that this instrument of planning should be available?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Chancellor of the. Exchequer when will the regulations for applying the principle of pay-as-you-earn be issued?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the tax tables required in the application of pay-as-you-earn will be printed; and whether they will be supplied to employers of labour without charge?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will arrange to import olive oil from the Mediterranean area instead of wine?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Secretary of State for War whether Italian prisoners of war are allowed to listen to enemy broadcasts, or whether they have any other means of access to enemy propaganda.
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Labour in how many factories have a large number of inoculations against influenza been made; and what proportion of the persons so inoculated contracted influenza.
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in page 3, line 24, after "register," to insert: or an employer of any person entitled to have his name entered in the register. The object of this Amendment is to try to secure that the Register shall be as complete as possible. The consequences of entry upon the Register are very important, because they determine how many people in total will be upon the Register, and...
Mr Francis Douglas: I want to repudiate strongly that there is any idea in the Amendment of doing injury to a disabled person. The Minister is taking powers under this Bill to make regulations as to the manner in which people shall be entered upon the register. In those powers I have not the slightest doubt that he will make sure that no person is entered on the register if it would be detrimental to his health...
Mr Francis Douglas: No.
Mr Francis Douglas: This Clause does not impose any obligation to make returns, it merely imposes an obligation on the employer to keep records, and if this Measure is to work, employers will have to keep records, otherwise it will be impossible to enforce its provisions. I would also point out that the Clause as drafted is of an extremely reasonable character. It specifies the matters of which a record has to...
Mr Francis Douglas: There would be no prosecution under paragraph 3.
Mr Francis Douglas: Before we take leave of the Bill, I should like to ask the Ministers who will be responsible for operating it, to do so without any hesitation. It has long been a scandal that our law has been worked on the principle that to waste the time of a judge for an hour or two is a dreadful offence, but that it does not matter if you waste the time of a score of litigants, lawyers and Witnesses and...
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Secretary of State for War what are the reasons why Mediterranean allowance has been substituted for field allowance and colonial allowance.
Mr Francis Douglas: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a captain gets a reduction of 17s. 6d. a week, though his expenses remain precisely the same?