Mr George Hall: I am advised that very little use is being made of the club by Maltese seamen visiting Cardiff. The club is being closed temporarily for cleaning and reorganization and it is hoped to reopen it in about two months time.
Mr George Hall: Yes, Sir. I am satisfied that full importance is attached to producing crops of the type mentioned.
Mr George Hall: Oh yes, Sir, quite a lot.
Mr George Hall: There is a complete list which I have here. I will send the hon. Member a copy of what I have.
Mr George Hall: Steps are being taken to restore the damage caused by the Japanese occupation. The Protectorate capital, which was destroyed, is to be rebuilt. A sum of £800,000 has been allocated under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act for development services in the Solomon and Gilbert and Ellice Islands. Medical, agricultural and other services are in process of being restored and expanded and a...
Mr George Hall: I will certainly consider that.
Mr George Hall: The company is now operating with six aircraft. As the list of the services at present operated by the company is a long one, with the permission of the hon. Member I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Mr George Hall: I should say offhand that it is increasing.
Mr George Hall: I am of the opinion that it is. As the right hon. Gentleman knows, last year and the year before it received a heavy subsidy.
Mr George Hall: I have been asked to reply. I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's replies to the hon. Members for Orpington (Sir W. Smithers) and Knutsford (Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport) on 7th and 21st May, respectively.
Mr George Hall: People would say that that was not correct and in any case it is not the question on the Order Paper. If the hon. Gentleman likes to put it down it will be answered, and answered adequately.
Mr George Hall: It will be for the convenience of the Committee if I make a short statement on the present constitutional situation in Malaya. The origin and purposes of His Majesty's Government's constitutional policy were fully explained by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary in the Debates which took place in this House on 8th and 18th March. For that reason, it is only necessary for me to touch on a few...
Mr George Hall: The supplies have been, to a certain extent, below the allotments. Offhand, I should say they are about 80 per cent.
Mr George Hall: Yes, the difficulty has arisen mainly because of the difficulties in Burma and Siam. Some of these difficulties are being overcome and I hope that there will be a slight increase—I will not put it any higher than that—in the very low rations of rice and wheat which have prevailed in Malaya for some time. Malaya as a food producer has a considerable potentiality, though in peacetime it...
Mr George Hall: I was not using the word "industry" to apply to the large estates only. I was coming to the present production of the smaller estates of below 100 acres or indeed those worked by the peasants themselves. As a matter of fact, I think I can give figures to show that the recovery of the smaller estates has been very much quicker than that of the larger estates. I pointed out that equipment work...
Mr George Hall: As far as purchases by the United States and ourselves are concerned, they will be at 1s. 2d. per lb.
Mr George Hall: Yes, a fixed price of 1s. 2d. per lb.
Mr George Hall: I will get the date for my hon. Friend. I think it is for a very short period. Other countries are free to buy as much as has been allotted to them at any price they like to pay from the countries named, but it is clear that those countries will have to pay at least as much as His Majesty's Government and the United States. It has been argued that it is extremely short-sighted of His...
Mr George Hall: I am sure the right hon. Gentleman will forgive me but I do not in any way make myself responsible for such views. When he tallks of humbug I do hope we will not have it from either side.
Mr George Hall: I am not referring to the right hon. Gentleman.