Mr Nigel Fisher: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we could have obtained far larger supplies of timber from this source during this year, I believe up to 250,000 standards, if we had bought in December at the price then obtaining—a price which subsequently rose? Will the Government therefore cease making the shortage of timber an excuse for the lack of houses?
Mr Nigel Fisher: asked the Minister of Health whether he will reconsider his decision to postpone the scheme for sewage disposal submitted to him by the Baldock Urban District Council, which his Department has approved in principle.
Mr Nigel Fisher: Will the Minister bear in mind that the capital expenditure involved in this case is only approximately £31,000, whereas the health of 26,000 people living in Letchworth and Baldock is threatened by the postponement of a scheme already approved by his Department? Will he at least see a deputation and hear the case?
Mr Nigel Fisher: I ask for the customary indulgence which the House accords with such generosity to a maiden speech. All of us here, I think, have viewed for some time with great misgiving, the drop in the voluntary enlistment figures for the Regular Army, and, as it was my good fortune and great honour to serve in the Brigade of Guards throughout the late war, I hope I may be forgiven for dealing with this...