Mr Roland Robinson: I hope that my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr. Teeling) will forgive me if I do not follow him in detail in the religious field. We are discussing a matter of real constitutional importance for Britain and the Commonwealth, and I hope that these great principles will not be wrecked at any stage on the rocks of religious prejudice. I am a great believer in religious...
Mr Roland Robinson: My hon. Friend, who is a Knight of Malta, shares common allegiance with me as a Member of this House today without any trouble and without any difficulty. I put it to the House that this is not a matter in which we should procrastinate for much longer. I do not believe that in this matter time is on our side. It is not. History does not wait. The problems of the Commonwealth today under the...
Mr Roland Robinson: But then we only claim a moral victory. In Malta, both parties claimed an actual victory on this matter. I said earlier that the United Kingdom has a very fine record of religious toleration. I think that we all ought to recognise that Malta is a Catholic country, and it was for that reason that the Round Table Conference said it would be proper to turn over jurisdiction in religious...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the results of the recent Conference on West Indies Federation.
Mr Roland Robinson: Can my right hon. Friend say whether there will still be ample opportunity for British Guiana and British Honduras to join the Federation, and has any time limit been placed on this matter?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when the new West Indian coinage is to be put into circulation.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what assistance in the development programme of British Honduras is being given by the Foreign Operations Administration of the United States of America.
Mr Roland Robinson: Could my right hon. Friend say now what were the precedents set by the previous Government in this matter?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he has now received the report of the National Insurance Advisory Committee on the position of the 10s. widow; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what progress has been made in stockpiling coal near the pit-heads during the current emergency.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Government of Hong Kong proposes to ask for financial help from the United Nations in connection with Chinese refugees in Hong Kong, as suggested in the Report of a Mission appointed by the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees.
Mr Roland Robinson: On the other hand, will the Government suggest to the United Nations that this vast financial expense should fairly be shared among the free nations of the world and not just parked on the shoulders of the people of Hong Kong?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of increased world consumption of tea, what consideration is being given to the possibility of tea production in the Southern Cameroons.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the confusion caused to long-distance telephone callers who wish to be connected to numbers on the Marton, Blackpool, telephone exchange and who may be connected to Marton, Warwick, in error; in how many cases telephone exchanges in different parts of the country have the same name; and what steps he proposes to take to avoid this...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what ministerial appointments have been made in Singapore following the recent elections.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of seats held by each of the parties in the recent elections in Singapore; and what was the percentage of votes polled by each of these parties.
Mr Roland Robinson: Can my right hon. Friend say whether the resultant Government is a minority Government or a coalition Government?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in rehabilitating the clove industry in Zanzibar after its serious losses from disease; whether the possibility of establishing alternative crops for export has been examined; and with what results.
Mr Roland Robinson: Do I understand from my right hon. Friend's answer that the Government in Zanzibar have now conquered this disease, and, if the answer is in the affirmative, may we hope that others will follow this example and eradicate this disease which is known as "sudden death."
Mr Roland Robinson: Like every hon. Member who has spoken in this debate, I am a keen and enthusiastic supporter of the Bill and am delighted that the Government have seen fit to take such prompt, and, I hope, effective action. I am especially interested in this matter, because for a great many years I have been privileged to be the President of the Association of Health and Pleasure Resorts of Great Britain....