Mrs Lucy Middleton: Even if it is not possible just now to extend the income groups receiving post-war credits, will my hon. Friend take into account the possibility of paying them at the time when estates are being wound up?
Mrs Lucy Middleton: rose—
Mrs Lucy Middleton: It is my pleasing privilege to offer congratulations on behalf of the whole House to the hon. Member for Bedfordshire, South (Mr. Moeran) and the hon. and learned Member for Chertsey (Mr. Heald). They have both addressed the House with sincerity, with simple eloquence and with logic, and at the same time with a good deal of charm and modesty. I am quite sure that the congratulations we offer...
Mrs Lucy Middleton: asked the Minister of National Insurance how many names have been transferred from the register of unemployed people to the register of people drawing sickness benefit in each of the quarters during which the National Insurance Act has been in operation, to the latest available date.
Mrs Lucy Middleton: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in certain districts the statement is being made that these figures are being "cooked," that people are being transferred from the one register to the other in order to make the employment situation in this country look better than it really is? Would he give the direct lie to that propaganda?
Mrs Lucy Middleton: asked the Minister of National Insurance what steps he proposes to take in order to ensure that employees in His Majesty's Dockyards do not lose their National Insurance and Pension rights when serving at foreign stations, in view of the fact that during such times, no National Insurance contributions are paid either by them or by the Admiralty on their behalf.
Mrs Lucy Middleton: I understand that when men go abroad in this way their benefits are continued for only one year and then they have to pay as non-employed people. Would it not be better for the Admiralty in those circumstances to continue paying throughout in order that these men might be maintained in full insurance?
Mrs Lucy Middleton: I would like to say that I put this Question down to the Admiralty because I wanted to put that point to them.
Mrs Lucy Middleton: I am certain that no one in this House will dissent for one moment from the importance of the subject which has been brought to our notice tonight, and everyone will want to thank my hon. Friend the Member for North Hendon (Mrs. Ayrton Gould) for giving us a chance to consider it. At the same time, it is very important that we should not get the matter out of perspective. After all, the...
Mrs Lucy Middleton: In view of the fact that my right hon. Friend has said that interest in the House was one criterion in the arrangement of Government business, is he aware that there is very great interest in the subject of war damage claims, and that many of us for the last two years have been trying to get an adequate discussion of this matter? In view of these facts, will he take some steps to give time at...
Mrs Lucy Middleton: Can my right hon. Friend indicate to the House when he intends to give time to the Motion on the Order Paper in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton (Mr. Morley) and more than 120 other hon.. Members of this House, mainly from among the company of his hon. Friends on this side of the House? [That, in view of the fact that the Wan Damage (Amendment) Bill has had an unopposed...
Mrs Lucy Middleton: Can my right hon. Friend say why it is proposed to limit this restriction to food parcels coming from the Irish Republic only and not from other States? There is a certain trade, though a more limited trade, in other parts of the world besides Ireland.
Mrs Lucy Middleton: Can my right hon. Friend suggest to those Members on all sides of the House who are interested in the War Damage (Amendment) Bill, which he now says he cannot find time for, some way by which, during the business for the coming week or in succeeding weeks, the question of justice to late claimants for war damage can be discussed? Is he aware that it is more difficult to get justice for late...
Mrs Lucy Middleton: Will the hon. Gentleman tell us on what authority he states that the questions which he has posed are founded on facts?
Mrs Lucy Middleton: Can the Minister tell the House whether there are in fact outside the London area, any blitzed cities that have not constructed, under the Government housing programme, as many houses as were destroyed during the war?
Mrs Lucy Middleton: While cordially welcoming the statement made by my right hon. Friend, may I ask him if he will see that in the blitzed dockyard towns, such as the city of Plymouth, the fact that these houses are to be taken from the general allocation of houses will not detract from the number of civilian houses to be built in those areas?
Mrs Lucy Middleton: asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning what steps he proposes to take to ensure that the purposes of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, in relation to the sale of land are carried out, and that would-be purchasers are not asked excessive prices by vendors who have lodged claims for compensation from the £300 million fund.
Mrs Lucy Middleton: It was very difficult to hear the Minister's reply. Will my right hon. Friend say whether he will take steps to see that the Central Land Board do use the powers entrusted to them under Section 43 to the 1947 Act to acquire compulsorily land in the circumstances I have outlined; and can he be sure that up to the moment the result of the 1947 Act has not been to inflate the price of land...
Mrs Lucy Middleton: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible moment.
Mrs Lucy Middleton: Is my right hon. Friend aware that during the course of the last weekend it was quite impossible to buy a baby's napkin in the city of Plymouth?