Mr Nigel Fisher: Does not the hon. Gentleman think that it would be for the convenience of the public and of the butchers if meat were graded according to origin? For instance, more would be charged for Canterbury lamb than for the less attractive Argentinian variety. Similarly we should pay more for the best Scottish beef than for the very old English cow that we usually eat on Sunday.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of Food whether he will make additional supplies of pork meat available to butchers for the better quality sausages which he has now authorised.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Is it not a fact that the only effect of the Minister's concession is that there is less sausage of both sorts available in the shops for the British housewife? Does he regard that position as a satisfactory outcome of his new policy?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the increase in crime in the first six months of this year, he proposes taking any positive steps to increase the Metropolitan Police Force; and whether he will ensure that the requisite number of police are engaged upon the prevention of crime, as a priority over other less vital police duties.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Is the right hon. Gentle, man not aware that many law-abiding citizens and policemen have a good deal of their time wasted by police intervention in minor matters of much less importance to the prevention of crime? Would he not consider whether the A.A., and other similar organisations, could not be employed more in dealing with parking and traffic problems, thus releasing the police for...
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the marked increase in crimes of violence in the first six months of this year, he will consider the re-imposition of corporal punishment for hardened criminals in this type of case.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Would the right hon. Gentleman not consider that to the hardened criminal who has been convicted of this sort of offence on many occasions, corporal punishment—I mean the "cat" and birch—would be an effective deterrent where none other might exist, and would he not consider that explicit suggestion as a means of protection for the public?
Mr Nigel Fisher: I asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Food the other day whether there was going to be more meat to fill these newer and better sausages.
Mr Nigel Fisher: I thought that the whole argument turned on the content of the sausage. That is the main point with which the Parliamentary Secretary was dealing, and the main point of the hon. Member for Luton, who seconded the Motion. If you rule it out of order, Mr. Speaker, I have nothing further to say on this matter.
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make it clear to the Egyptian Government that, in order to safeguard our Imperial interests, the British Government will insist upon the retention of our Forces in the Suez Canal Zone.
Mr Nigel Fisher: If the Egyptian Government persist in their dictatorial attitude, will the right hon. Gentleman consider the stopping of further releases to Egypt of sterling balances?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of Transport what steps he proposes to take to relieve the traffic congestion in London.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Will the Minister bear in mind, when he does so, that the situation has been deteriorating for the last five years; and that the attitude of the Lord President of the Council, expressed in his recent statement, "Do not bring your cars to London next year," is not really good enough? If the Minister lacks ideas on the subject will he consult the recent "Evening Standard" feature, which...
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has any information regarding the British Minister, Bishop Cecil Cooper, the two English priests and Sister Clare who are missing in Korea.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that all the missing Korean priests, except two who were with the missing English priests, have been traced? As the English people are known to have been arrested, does he not think it likely that they have been moved over the Korean border into Manchuria and will he press at the highest possible diplomatic level for more information as to their welfare and...
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider increasing the margin of preference for Empire wines and reducing the duty, particularly on Australian heavy wines, so as to absorb some of the surplus production which was based upon the much greater pre-war imports into this country.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that before the war we took something like four-fifths of the Australian wine production, thus encouraging expansion in that industry, but that many small growers are now faced with ruin by the change of policy? Will the hon. Gentleman further bear in mind that we should really make Empire trade a two-way traffic and do the best we can to help these people...
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is yet in a position to give the House some information on the progress of the conference at Torquay.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Will the right hon. Gentleman assure us that while the House is kept in ignorance of what is happening no steps will be taken at Torquay to prejudice Imperial Trade or further to jeopardise Imperial Preference?
Mr Nigel Fisher: Unreal.