Sir Frank Sanderson: May I say a few words regarding Commander Powell and the position he holds with the Inter-Parliamentary Union? When it is suggested that the secretary of that Union should abstain from any other activities, I think it is only fair that I, as one who has been associated with that organisation before and since Commander Powell took the secretaryship, should say that the position is really more...
Sir Frank Sanderson: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that owing to the many technical and other difficulties the domestic pig keeper finds that many pigs which were to have been slaughtered for Christmas are to be reprieved?
Sir Frank Sanderson: The hon. Member has pointed out that the total value of the gold held by America is £10,000 million sterling, and that if the gold was written up to the value suggested by him it would amount to £27,000 million. That would mean a profit of £17,000 million being placed in the hands of the United States. Does he desire to make a present of £17,000 million to America, in view of the fact...
Sir Frank Sanderson: Before the hon. Gentleman sits down, may I ask him a question? He would agree, I am sure, that the Treasury cannot instruct America what to do with her gold. Is he suggesting to the Treasury that they should prevail upon the United States of America to free the price of gold?
Sir Frank Sanderson: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the net joint income of a single man and a single woman each earning £5,000 per annum; and what their total net income would be in the event of marriage.
Sir Frank Sanderson: Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the loss of income on marriage shows an average of about £25 a week net, and in view of the fact that divorces have increased tenfold since 1939, will he not consider assessing the husband and wife separately, so that it shall no longer pay to live in sin?
Sir Frank Sanderson: asked the Postmaster-General what steps are being taken with a view to increasing the range of television from the Alexandra Palace beyond the present range of 35 miles.
Sir Frank Sanderson: asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the delay in obtaining a reply when dialling O and TEL; and what measures he proposes to take with a view to remedying this grievance.
Sir Frank Sanderson: Is the Minister aware that the public are very long suffering and patient? Will he really do all he possibly can to expedite this service?
Sir Frank Sanderson: Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider it anomalous that America has to subsidise her growers to keep the prices of food up whereas we have subsidies to the consumers in order to keep them down? Would not the remedy be to free feedingstuffs and allow them to be purchased in the ordinary way between buyers and sellers, rather than by bulk purchasing?
Sir Frank Sanderson: asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the total of British exports in 1928, 1929 and 1930 and, of these totals, what was the total amount of exports which went to the present hard currency countries; and, following the suspension of gold payments by the Bank of England in 1931, what were the total exports for 1932, 1933 and 1934 and, of these totals, what was the total of exports...
Sir Frank Sanderson: Could the Minister state whether the statistics which he proposes to circulate will be shown in pounds sterling or tonnages, or both?
Sir Frank Sanderson: Will the Minister give the House an assurance that he will enter into no long-term contracts for any type of metal or other commodity which does not include a break clause?
Sir Frank Sanderson: Is it not a fact that 10,000 acres of sunflower seeds have been ploughed back into the land? Would the hon. Gentleman consider giving fuller information to the House at the earliest possible opportunity?
Sir Frank Sanderson: Does not the Minister consider that the shortage of sweets is primarily due to the publicity given to it in the papers, and that if they would abstain from talking about the shortage, the shortage would disappear quickly?
Sir Frank Sanderson: May I ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in the event of a break in food prices, which has already taken place in so many commodities, he would see that it is passed on to the consumer?
Sir Frank Sanderson: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power approximately when he anticipates compensation will be paid to colliery companies for the assets taken over by the Government over two years ago.
Sir Frank Sanderson: Is the Minister aware that tens of thousands of investors, principally small investors, will be deprived of their incomes on their investments, and will he reconsider his decision and see if something can be done to meet the hard cases which will inevitably arise?
Sir Frank Sanderson: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether since it is anticipated that it will be some years before full compensation can be ascertained and paid to colliery companies for the assets taken over in January, 1947, he will consider extending interim income revenue payments.
Sir Frank Sanderson: In view of the gravity of the situation in respect of so many shareholders, will the hon. Gentleman do his utmost to expedite a decision?