Mr George Hall: We have had an interesting Debate and one which, on the whole, has been very helpful, and there has been no more helpful speech than that of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for West Bristol (Mr. Stanley). I should like to clear up the point with which the right hon. Gentleman began his speech as to who was responsible for sending Sir Harold MacMichael to Malaya. Sir Harold MacMichael went...
Mr George Hall: Sir Harold MacMichael was sent out to make certain inquiries, which, I think, he was able to do. I am very pleased that the right hon. Gentleman dealt with the constitutional issue. Like myself he wants a settlement of this very important political question and I can again assure him that I shall do my utmost to bring it about. He referred also to a number of other questions; first, he dealt...
Mr George Hall: Of course, I cannot reply to a question of that kind; I am simply giving the information I have with regard to the cost of production. I really do not know why we paid 1s. 8d. a lb. for it; that is entirely a matter for the Ministry of Supply, but if the hon. Member wishes, I will certainly make inquiries and let him know. The other question put by the right hon. Gentleman asked what was the...
Mr George Hall: I am afraid the. hon. Member was a little more crude than that. He definitely referred to "thief with his hand in the till." The hon. Member raised several points with regard to very interesting matters. He asked whether when the new Treaty had been signed, it would be laid before the House, as that was the only safeguard? At this stage I cannot really make any definite promise with regard...
Mr George Hall: Although the hour is late, I think the House is indebted to my hon. Friend for having raised this matter tonight. If, in reply, I do not speak for long, it does not mean that I fail to realise the importance of the case he has put to us, or the fact—and it is a fact—that thousands of women in the Civil Service and others who are hoping to go into the Civil Service, and who, at some time...
Mr George Hall: Yes Sir.
Mr George Hall: The answer to the first part of the Question is 29; and to the second part, 30½.
Mr George Hall: If the hon. Gentleman will let me have particulars of such cases, I will certainly look into them.
Mr George Hall: The report will be published very shortly.
Mr George Hall: I am afraid that it will not be available before the Debate next week. We are doing everything that we can, but it must be published simultaneously in Palestine and in this country, and there has been some difficulty in getting copies to Palestine.
Mr George Hall: I have considered that, but at the moment it does not appear to be possible. I will, however, look at the matter again.
Mr George Hall: Yes, Sir.
Mr George Hall: I would prefer that the matter was left until my hon. Friend sees the report.
Mr George Hall: Male teachers who are normally university graduates, recruited from Europe for service in Government and Government-aided schools in these territories are on a scale which, expressed in sterling, ranges from £560 to £1,120 per annum. Locally-recruited male teachers with identical qualifications and duties are paid at 80 per cent. of European rates, the difference being the usual...
Mr George Hall: I will look into that point. The Government have been working under very great pressure since the civil administration was taken over on 1st April, but it is a point which I think ought to be looked into.
Mr George Hall: That is what I am prepared to look into.
Mr George Hall: Three trade union advisers have been appointed to the Malaya service, one of whom has now been promoted to the post of industrial relations adviser in the Malaya Union. The other two are serving in Singapore and the Malaya Union respectively. I am asking the two Governors for reports on the matters raised in the second part of the Question and will write to my hon. Friend when I receive them.
Mr George Hall: As the answer is necessarily rather long, I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Mr George Hall: Some restaurants have been established for supplying cheap midday meals to the general public. Similar restaurants have been established in Government Departments and business premises. I am asking the Governors of the Malaya Union and Singapore for a report of the number of restaurants and I will write to the hon. Member when I receive it.
Mr George Hall: I am not aware that it is the intention of the Malta Government to introduce any such legislation.