Mr Jack Browne: On the contrary, we must give the very best service we can.
Mr Jack Browne: Yes. Certain items of equipment and furniture that formerly were charged to capital account are now charged to revenue account.
Mr Jack Browne: The medical and nursing staffs of local health authorities, particularly the health visitors, take every opportunity to secure earlier ascertainment of mental and physical handicaps. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that local authorities do all they can to carry out this important statutory duty.
Mr Jack Browne: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that this is an important matter. It is up to us to teach the mothers, who have to allow examination of children under five, to realise how important it is.
Mr Jack Browne: As the reply involves a number of figures, I will with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL, REPORT.
Mr Jack Browne: I am aware of that, but the hon. Member knows that more comprehensive statistical information about the National Health Service will be published separately from the Department's Annual Report. The first statistical publication should be available towards the end of the summer. I am aware of the hon. Member's views and of the assurances which I have already given to him to look into the...
Mr Jack Browne: Provisions to give effect to the Government's new house purchase scheme are contained in the House Purchase and Housing Bill, which is expected shortly to become law. These provisions will be widely publicised, and should bring about a large increase in home ownership.
Mr Jack Browne: I was wondering what the hon. Member's supplementary question would be—whether he had come over to our side. Unfortunately he has asked a question which should be addressed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend has read an extract from the report of a speech by Lord Boyd Orr on this subject, but he has no evidence of malnutrition due to decreased consumption of welfare foods, and he has received no representations from local authorities on the subject. He is, of course, anxious that full advantage should be taken of the facilities available.
Mr Jack Browne: We must continue the drive in this matter, but my right hon. Friend has not received any representations from health authorities. If they feel very strongly on this matter I sincerely hope that they would make such representations.
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This is a drafting Amendment and is necessary to bring the reference to the Thermal Insulation (Industrial Buildings) Act, 1957, into conformity with the references to that Act in paragraph 5 of the Ninth Schedule.
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This is a drafting Amendment. The Act is more accurately described as the 1957 Act.
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. It may be convenient to discuss with this Amendment the Amendment to insert the new Clause A. The Amendment corrects a weakness in subsections (11) and (12) and is in substitution of those subsections. In subsections (11) and (12) the building authorities have power to permit the occupation of the road during...
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. It may be convenient if, with this Amendment, we discuss the next three Amendments together. These are paving Amendments leading to the new Clause B. It clarifies certain important points arising from the power of the building authorities and local authorities in relation to work done without or in contravention...
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. Under the Clause before amendment the Master of Works could require tests to be carried out only after a warrant had been granted and the building was under construction. There may be cases where the applicant proposes to use novel materials whose qualities are unknown or not generally accepted, and in such cases...
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This Amendment extends the definition of the word " road ". The importance of the definition has been increased by the insertion of the new Clause " A ", which enables the buildings authority to give permission for the temporary occupation of a road for the deposit of materials or other purposes. It is desirable...
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This Amendment is self-explanatory, and meets a point made by the hon. Member for Maryhill (Mr. Hannan) on Report. It is an earnest of the Government's intention that the regulations should secure the fullest measure of safety in gas and electricity installations.
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This Amendment brings within the scope of the transitional provisions the arrangements for inspection and testing provided for in Clause 16.
Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This is a drafting Amendment, consequential on the new Clause A which establishes the procedure for permission for temporary occupation of a road. The permission so granted, while in force, must override the ancient right in the landward areas to remove and impound any building materials left on the roads.
Mr Jack Browne: I also asked that question and I was advised by the draftsmen that that was the best thing to do.