Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of Defence if he will make a statement regarding the recall of Class Z reservists, indicating the numbers required; the conditions, including length and terms of service; and the principles upon which selection will be based.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of Defence if he will review the use of manpower in the Service Departments in order to make more men available for active service.
Mr Nigel Fisher: In that case, would the right hon. Gentleman agree that the latest figures indicate that there is one man at the War Office for every 10 soldiers, one at the Air Ministry for every eight airmen, and one at the Admiralty for every four sailors? Does he regard that as satisfactory? Does he not think that the many Service personnel at desk jobs could be relieved, and the work given to Civil...
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the Government will sponsor the entry of Spain into the Atlantic Pact alliance.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Will not the Minister agree that we need any accession of strength today against Communism, and is not the Spanish Government the most anti-Communist Government in Europe? Ought we not to put first things first and be a little more realistic about it?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs is he will make a statement regarding his recent negotiations with Egypt.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Can the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that no further sterling balances will be released to Egypt pending the completion of these talks?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Lord President of the Council if he will consider displaying large maps of London in prominent places for the help and guidance of visitors to the capital during the Festival of Britain.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Postmaster-General in view of the delays in the transmission of news to and from Commonwealth countries, what steps he is taking to improve this service.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that, contrary to his earlier answer on this point, this service has now been taken over by his Department, and is, in fact, less efficient than when it was run by Cable and Wireless? What does he propose to do about it? Will he give Press messages some degree of priority?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider issuing wireless licences at a reduced rate to old age pensioners who live alone.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Will not the right hon. Gentleman look at this matter again, bearing in mind that these old people have very few pleasures, and that to many of them, I refer particularly to those living alone, the wireless is a great source of companionship and pleasure? A pound is an expensive charge in these days of rising costs. Could not he look at this once again, rather more sympathetically?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will consider removing the ban upon the export of any arms and military equipment to Spain which we do not ourselves require.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that Spain has a very well-trained infantry force, which if also well-equipped, would be an invaluable asset in the defence of Western Europe, and, if necessary, in the defence of the line of the Pyrenees? If and when we have such equipment available, will he reconsider the matter?
Mr Nigel Fisher: I beg to give notice that on going into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates I shall call attention to the serious shortage of volunteers and part-time National Service men in all branches of the Territorial Army, and move a Resolution.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of National Insurance what the cost would be to the Exchequer of raising from £1 per week to £2 per week the earnings of old age pensioners before deduction is made from their pensions; and what the cost would be of a corresponding rise in the permitted hours of work per week.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Would the right hon. Lady bear in mind, in offsetting this amount, whatever it may be, the benefits to the nation and the increased productivity which might follow from the underlying idea, and the benefits to active old age pensioners who are anxious to work if they are not discouraged?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of National Insurance to what extent her regulations permit fuel and clothes, or a monetary grant in lieu thereof, to be granted by the National Assistance Board to old age pensioners in genuine need.
Mr Nigel Fisher: In these days of almost prohibitive costs of clothing and coal for those living on fixed incomes, could not the Assistance Board, which is so sympathetically administered by Mr. George Buchanan, be given extended powers in this matter?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of National Insurance if the National Assistance Board has recovered payments made to gas workers in the recent illegal strike.