Sir Ian Fraser: Sunday.
Sir Ian Fraser: It is unusual to have two Parliamentary Secretaries on the Front Bench for an Adjournment Motion, and I want to express my thanks to them. The presence of my hon. Friends the Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health illustrates the interest which these two Departments take in this subject. I...
Sir Ian Fraser: My right hon. Friend has announced the date of the Committee stage and Third Reading of the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill for Wednesday and has indicated three subjects which may be given a kind of preference. You, Mr. Speaker, in answer to the hon. Gentleman the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South (Mr. Ellis Smith) have, perhaps, given him reason for hoping that he will catch your eye...
Sir Ian Fraser: Is my right hon. Friend aware that 120 Members of all parties have welcomed the circular?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he can now make a statement as to the reasons for the delay in making a further payment to Far Eastern prisoners of war from the Japanese assets.
Sir Ian Fraser: Is it, therefore, clear that the delay is due not to the Ministry but to international affairs? Will my right hon. Friend ask his right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary to bring pressure to bear upon the International Red Cross so that if there are countries which cannot make up their minds who were ex-Service men and who were not, they may be urged to make a settlement, because...
Sir Ian Fraser: I represent many hotel keepers, and they are most grateful to the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Mr. P. O'Neill) for having taken such an interest in this matter, more especially as the Bill does not apply to Northern Ireland. For the reasons given by him and by the hon. and learned Member for Northampton (Mr. Paget) I think that we should stick to the figure of £100, which I believe to be a...
Sir Ian Fraser: Is Rotten St. still called Rotten St.?
Sir Ian Fraser: Is it still called that?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much cream his food standards regulations lay down is to be included in ice cream.
Sir Ian Fraser: Will my right hon. Friend take note of the illuminating answer which he has given me and see whether it may not be possible for him to contrive, through the proper channels, that the name "ice cream" is used more accurately and that advantage is taken to sell more British milk and cream through this very widespread distribution?
Sir Ian Fraser: But no cream.
Sir Ian Fraser: Would my right hon. Friend consider the possibility of a representative of his Department, by arrangement with the Ministry of Pensions, attending this Central Advisory Committee, because, of course, it is true that in the past all these ex-Service representatives were able to discuss matters at meetings of that committee and are not now able to do so?
Sir Ian Fraser: I make it now.
Sir Ian Fraser: On a point of order—
Sir Ian Fraser: On my right hon. Friends submission, Sir, does that mean that you will not hear further arguments on his submission?
Sir Ian Fraser: Then may I submit to you two points? First, the matter raised—did you mean yes or no, Sir?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Prime Minister if he will arrange to answer Questions at an earlier point than No. 45.
Sir Ian Fraser: Will my right hon. Friend consider the curious paradox that whoever holds his office is the only Minister who does not know whether he will be called on to answer all of the Questions addressed to him? Yet a great deal of trouble, including the sending of cables all over the world and inquiries over the United Kingdom, as well as his own preparation, has to proceed and the time when he comes...
Sir Ian Fraser: I should like to ask just one question. The Chancellor is here and has heard this debate and must have been impressed with the fact that the Economic Secretary did not really know what he was talking about. Nobody is a greater admirer of the Economic Secretary than I. and I know how overworked financial Ministers are; but the hon. Gentleman has really not done more than read a brief. Cannot...