Mr Thomas Hubbard: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he proposes to publish the report on the design and layout of houses in Scotland.
Mr Thomas Hubbard: asked the Minister of Pensions if he has considered the resolution sent to him by the public assistance or social welfare authorities of Scotland concerning disablement pensions to members of His Majesty's Forces and dependants' allowances, asking that those pensions and allowances should be in creased to a sum that would exclude the recipients of Public Assistance; and if he proposes taking...
Mr Thomas Hubbard: I do not propose to follow the right hon. and gallant Gentleman the Member for Kelvin-grove (Lieut.-Colonel Elliot), except to say that I have always understood that the Portal house was a temporary house, to meet immediate needs. If one were to follow his suggestion, it would mean turning out one of those houses, putting a tenant in for 10 years, and then deciding whether it was suitable. It...
Mr Thomas Hubbard: To-day we find Scotland given the treatment that it usually gets in this House, of being relegated to the end of the programme. I want to suggest that this road bridge, so long promised to Scotland, has a definite bearing upon post-war reconstruction, especially in connection with the development of roads. The planning committee must know where there will be a bridge because if there is to be...
Mr Thomas Hubbard: asked the Secretary for State for Scotland if he is taking any steps to have Mr. Douglas Young, chairman of the Scottish Nationalist Party, released from prison.
Mr Thomas Hubbard: I rise to welcome the White Paper, but I think it can be said that there is much that is causing quite considerable disappointment to those who are expecting to participate in the proposed benefits. It is remarkable that in an important Debate such as this the voices of Members from Scotland have not been very much heard, and it might be supposed, because of that, that Members from across the...
Mr Thomas Hubbard: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that since the passing of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929, the Fife small burghs have been requisitioned by the county council to pay large sums, for which they have not received adequate services in return; and if he will consider introducing amending legislation.
Mr Thomas Hubbard: asked the Secretary of State for War if he is considering the question of a gratuity to members of the Home Guard.
Mr Thomas Hubbard: Is the Minister satisfied that a short answer of that kind will meet the question of a gratuity, having regard to the gratitude which the people of this country feel towards the Home Guard? Does he not think it would be better to give reasons for not granting a gratuity?
Mr Thomas Hubbard: There is no suggestion in my Question regarding payment.
Mr Thomas Hubbard: Is the Minister aware that many members of the Home Guard have made great financial sacrifices in consideration of their duty—[HON. MEMBERS: "Who has not?"]—and that they ought to receive compensation?
Mr Thomas Hubbard: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will authorise payment of deferred pay to members of the Civil Defence who have been stood down and who are old age pensioners.
Mr Thomas Hubbard: Will the Minister realise that many of these people are old age pensioners who may not see the end of hostilities? Could arrangements be made to treat them as a special class?
Mr Thomas Hubbard: Does that figure include land in the process of being serviced?
Mr Thomas Hubbard: I rise with mixed feelings to speak on this Bill. We all agree that the time is opportune to pass a Bill to deal with the blitzed areas. We agree also that now is the time when local authorities ought to know what they are able to do in regard to planning. So far as this Bill deals with the blitzed areas, however, sufficient thought has not, in my opinion, been given to methods of dealing...
Mr Thomas Hubbard: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether it is intended to include in the housing programme for Scotland special provision of single storey houses with special amenities for old age pensioners.
Mr Thomas Hubbard: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will authorise the payment now of the 6d. per day deferred pay due to old age pensioners who have been stood down from C.D.
Mr Thomas Hubbard: Is the right hon. Lady aware that many of these old people have died since retirement from Civil Defence? Is she further aware that the longer claims are delayed the larger will be the number of old age pensioners who will be unable to enjoy what is, after all, deferred payment? Will she reconsider the question?
Mr Thomas Hubbard: Would not my right hon. Friend agree that an old age pensioner who has been "stood down" from Civil Defence work is retired?
Mr Thomas Hubbard: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the replies, I beg to give notice that I will raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible opportunity.