Sir Ian Fraser: While noting that the South African Government has not been consulted and has not expressed any opinion, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he is aware that 99 per cent. or more of the Europeans who live in South Africa, of all races, and probably the overwhelming majority of the Bantu, who are capable of understanding this matter, would not be sympathetic to mixed marriage? Is he aware...
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider the limitation of the number of taxis and taxi drivers permitted to operate in the London area.
Sir Ian Fraser: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that certain taxi drivers, trained at the British Legion Taxi School in London, have some anxiety as to whether the supply of taxis and drivers will so far exceed the demand as to make it difficult for them to get a living?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce legislation to restore an electoral register to come into operation in October this year, in view of the uncertainty of the political situation.
Sir Ian Fraser: Was not the decision to abolish the autumn register based upon the assumption or perhaps the hope that this Parliament might last for five years? In the changed circumstances, ought we not to have the prospect of voting on a live register when the time comes?
Sir Ian Fraser: The last point made by the hon. Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Bing) before his peroration was that claims for war pensions after the First World War were more limited than they are today. He pointed out that great numbers of people could not get pensions at that time, that now they can, and that a much wider group of claims are now admissible. The benefit of the doubt is now allowed to the...
Sir Ian Fraser: The fact that we obtained very nearly a majority of Members of all parties who were prepared to put their names down on a Notice of Motion on the Order Paper gives me not the slightest doubt that we would have been successful had the Whips been off. Circumstances have changed somewhat now. The parties are more equally divided. I assure the House that the first desire in my mind, and in the...
Sir Ian Fraser: As we grow older our consciences are moved by the facts that come under our notice. As a second war intervenes and suffering is brought more to our notice, we as human beings are moved. The Socialist Party cannot claim, and it is monstrous that they should seek to claim, a monopoly of understanding and sympathy. The Conservative Party are moved by these matters. If I had the lime, and I...
Sir Ian Fraser: Sir I. Fraser rose—
Sir Ian Fraser: Perhaps both the Minister and my right hon. Friend will permit me to intervene for a moment. This fact may not be known to either right hon. Gentleman. "The Times" was the first to suggest that the facts were not known in this dispute between the British Legion and the Ministry. That occurred in August and the date can quite easily be looked up. The British Legion Council then decided to ask...
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he can now make any statement about the level of the standard petrol ration during the summer months.
Sir Ian Fraser: In view of that most encouraging reply, will the right hon. Gentleman assure us that when he has time to look into this he will make a gratifying announcement which will contain especially some help for rural districts and seaside resorts?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will now make a statement about the level of the standard petrol ration during the summer months.
Sir Ian Fraser: Could not the right hon. Gentleman extend the concession to include the month of September, because that month has a very important bearing upon the economics of seaside towns?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will now make a statement on the Government's policy as to the better use of marginal land
Sir Ian Fraser: Could the right hon. Gentleman put in a White Paper or some other document the facts as regards the areas, and the definitions to be used, and which are within the knowledge of his Department, so that this matter may be considered by an informed House?
Sir Ian Fraser: Will the right hon. Gentleman, in view of his promise when answering Question 55, now answer my supplementary question and give all the facts?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will now say when the February review of prices will be completed and announced
Sir Ian Fraser: Do the prices which will be disclosed when we read the OFFICIAL REPORT take into account the rise in production which has followed devaluation and the prospective rise in the cost of freights?
Sir Ian Fraser: I should like to congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on his first speech as Postmaster-General and also to say that I have always found his predecessors most helpful and agreeable in dealing with personal cases. I do not doubt that the new Postmaster-General will follow their good example. I want, very briefly, to made one or two observations about telephones and television. From the two...