Mr Nigel Fisher: I called it the "non-stop businessman's flier." It is supposed to be very fast and it does not stop on the journey.
Mr Nigel Fisher: That is an extremely funny remark, but as a matter of fact I am coming to that point a little later. I do not claim that this particular service was ever a very good one. In fact, the poor service in Hertfordshire is a reason why it has remained so unspoiled and countrified a county. People could not tolerate this sort of thing and went to live elsewhere. After all, they had to get to their...
Mr Nigel Fisher: The unpunctuality of these trains leads, on occasions, to very unjust allegations. There was some criticism recently at Letchworth of their Majesties the King and Queen. It was rumoured that delays on the railways were due to the Royal departure for Sandringham. I was sure that this was untrue and I wrote to British Railways for the facts. I should like to quote from the reply which was...
Mr Nigel Fisher: I am sorry to intervene so soon again, but the distance between King's Cross and Hitchin is 30 miles, and it should not be necessary to sleep on such a short run.
Mr Nigel Fisher: One can use the word in two connotations. Surely the hon. Gentleman knows which is which?
Mr Nigel Fisher: Not in my constituency.
Mr Nigel Fisher: I beg to move, to leave out from "That," to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof: this House, while appreciating the spirit in which volunteers in the Territorial Army are attempting to meet the formidable task which confronts them, urges His Majesty's Government to take immediate steps to remedy the present serious shortage of personnel and up-to-date equipment in the...
Mr Nigel Fisher: I am all in favour of raising pay; I thought he was seeking to bring it down. At any rate, on this question of the officers, I think that, unlike the Secretary of State's Memorandum, which gave some of us a good deal of anxiety with regard to the Regular Army—a matter which has been dealt with by my right hon. Friend—the quantity of officers in the Territorial Army is not a very worrying...
Mr Nigel Fisher: In view of the Under-Secretary's not unsympathetic reply, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Let him have a chance.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Why is it that this praiseworthy and selfless example of Sir Henry French in resigning in the case of failure has not been followed in the past by Ministers of the Crown?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if agreement has been reached upon the territorial objectives of the United Nations Forces in Korea and the extent of the United Nations advance beyond the 38th Parallel.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the incident in which Lord Russell was involved in Western Ger many on 31st March.
Mr Nigel Fisher: While I appreciate the right hon. Gentleman's point of view and do not wish in any way to apportion blame in this matter, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman to do his best in future to ensure that possible causes of friction between our representatives and the German people are avoided?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will reconsider Government policy regarding the inclusion of Spain and Western Germany in the defence arrangements of the Atlantic Pact countries in the light of the recent decision of the United States Senate on this subject.
Mr Nigel Fisher: While I do not wish in any way to be political or provocative about the question of Spain, would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that there should be the closest possible consultation between us and the United States of America so as to ensure the minimum divergence between us on these important matters of policy?
Mr Nigel Fisher: Would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that what is really required in Korea and what has been sadly lacking since the very inception of the war is strong central strategic direction of the war such as we had in the Second World War under my right hon. Friend the Member for Woodford (Mr. Churchill).
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the trade arrangements recently concluded with Cuba.
Mr Nigel Fisher: How can the hon. Gentleman reconcile this Cuban arrangement with the undertaking given to me in the House on 8th February of this year by his right hon. Friend, who specifically stated that he accepted the fullest responsibility for the welfare of the colonial producers and for the retention of Imperial Preference? Have not the Government grossly betrayed our producers in the British West Indies?
Mr Nigel Fisher: Does the hon. Gentleman's reply mean that after five years of this Government, the power and prestige of Britain have fallen so low that we can no longer preserve the integrity of our own territories?