Mr Nigel Fisher: Would the right hon. Gentleman explain why there was an apparent delay in seeking the co-operation of French and perhaps other authorities who might have been able to help us in the matter of these officials had they been informed earlier? Could he also inform the House whether these officials possessed knowledge potentially valuable to Russia, not only as it applies to present policy but...
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of Labour what action the Government propose to take arising out of the Dock Labour Report prepared by Sir Frederick Leggett's Committee.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the President of the Board of Trade why, as a percentage of our total world trade, the United Kingdom's exports to and imports from the Commonwealth declined in all the main categories in 1950 as compared with 1949; and if this trend has now been reversed.
Mr Nigel Fisher: While glad that this trend has to some extent been corrected, may I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman whether he will assure the House that it is his policy to defend the implementation of, and indeed to increase, a system of strong Imperial Preference?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government will take steps to discontinue the export of steel, which is badly needed in this country, for the construction of railways in northern Persia.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Does not one of the railways under construction actually link up with the Russian railway system; and is it not rather regrettable that our own steel, of which we stand in very great need for re-armament, may be used for conveying our own oil to our only potential enemy?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will explain and take steps to arrest the decline both in imports from, and exports to, the Commonwealth, which took place in the United Kingdom's trade with the Commonwealth in the year 1950, as compared with 1949.
Mr Nigel Fisher: We are, of course, all aware that the money value in volume of all trade has increased, but is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that as a percentage of our total trade, our Commonwealth trade has declined in every category? Does he regard that as satisfactory? Is his policy Imperial Preference, and how far is he prepared to take steps to maintain and increase it? Am I am not...
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware of the proposals being made for the nationalisation of the British-owned United Railways of Havana; if any discussion has taken place with Cuba on this subject; and if he will make a, statement.
Mr Nigel Fisher: On a smaller and less important scale, is not this rather similar to what has happened in the Persian oilfields; and should not the right hon. Gentleman initiate discussions on his own account so that we shall not be faced with a fait accompli, as in that case? Further, does the right hon. Gentleman know anything about the possible compensation terms that might be offered, and, lastly, does...
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of Defence why General Dempsey's position as Chairman of the new Commanders-in-Chief Committee was not made a full-time appointment.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he will make a statement on the recent disaster at the London Airport.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Can the hon. Gentleman say, so far as his researches have gone, whether the fire appears to have been due to accidental causes or whether sabotage is suspected?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action he proposes to take following the criticisms of the former management revealed in the Annual Report of the Colonial Development Corporation.
Mr Nigel Fisher: If the right hon. Gentleman accepts responsibility for the veracity of this Report, which I presume he does, does he not consider that some of the facts revealed in it reflect very seriously on the mismanagement of public funds by the former Chairman? Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to take any action?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for War if he will announce a fixed upper age-limit for Class Z recall.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Lord Privy Seal if he can indicate the date on which the Festival of Britain Fun Fair in Battersea Park is now expected to open; and the extent of the financial loss incurred as a result of the postponement.
Mr Nigel Fisher: To obviate this postponement, would it not have been possible and better to have started the work on that site a little earlier.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Lord Privy Seal if all the constructions for the Festival of Britain in Battersea Park are British designed and built.
Mr Nigel Fisher: In this Festival of Britain would it not have been more appropriate to have British designs and manufactures?