Sir Ian Fraser: No one but a fool would expect shrimps to be eaten months later unless they had been kept in deep-freeze. We do not eat kippers months later. Housewives are not such fools. Everybody knows that we cannot keep shrimps for months, any more than kippers.
Sir Ian Fraser: I am not the hon. Member for Onions, so I cannot say. Morecambe shrimps are so excellent that they hardly need advertising. Let me take up the point which I was making about poisoning. I regret to inform the House—I hope that hon. Members will not object to this personal revelation—that only two nights ago my wife and I ate half a dozen oysters which we bought in one of the most...
Sir Ian Fraser: I can take it only in small doses.
Sir Ian Fraser: I gave that as an illustration of the medical story which I am trying to get the hon. Member for Greenock to understand. The idea of food poisoning is very much exaggerated. The hon. Member said that there had been thousands more cases this year than a year ago. Perhaps that is because there are so many more clerks in local authority offices, or so many more doctors paid by the State, to...
Sir Ian Fraser: I do not think so; in my view, we are fussing too much about a little thing. I said so before, and I repeat it. Since I do not wish to speak after my hon. Friend, I want to make the point now that all these fishermen, who have been good enough, to a certain extent, to let me work for them here and take my advice, are to meet, through their representatives, the representatives of all the...
Sir Ian Fraser: Yes, I said that.
Sir Ian Fraser: Shall we say that I almost said it? I was referring to bacteria. I do not think that it is a bad thing for us to eat a bit of dirt—good old dirt—but I was talking about bacteria.
Sir Ian Fraser: A letter has gone out from the Minister saying that the Ministry of Health desires to review the matter in two years time. I do not object to that. Let the Ministry review it and inspect the records of inspecting officers and local authorities. They will not find the position as bad as hon. Members are making it out to be. They will find it is a very reasonable, decent, clean trade. What I...
Sir Ian Fraser: I thought I heard my hon. Friend say that his right hon. Friend, meaning the Minister, had accepted the view that outworking must be brought to an end. Did he say that? [HON. MEMBERS: "Yes".] If his right hon. Friend has accepted that, I am hound to say that I could not possibly accept it, and I should have to test the feeling of the House in two years' time, or ten years' time, whenever it...
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contribution was made towards our balance of payments by receipts from tourists from overseas in 1957; how much of this amount was earned in dollars; and how the total compares with previous years.
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made with the general review of Purchase Tax incidence being undertaken by his Department; and whether he will instruct those engaged in it to pay special attention to tax levied on household goods which are essential to those engaged in catering for holidaymakers.
Sir Ian Fraser: No, Sir, but when the answer to Question No. 29 becomes available, will not my right hon. Friend perhaps find that the tourist and hotel industries are our largest dollar earners? Will he bear in mind the fact that any help that he can give those industries will help him to earn more dollars next year?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will report progress in the administrative task of paying increased war pensions and retirement pensions to the persons concerned.
Sir Ian Fraser: How does this administrative task compare with former similar tasks? Is it a record?
Sir Ian Fraser: They can pair.
Sir Ian Fraser: It being after midnight, I express my thanks to the Minister who has stayed to answer my plea, and to you, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, and the servants of the House and all who are inconvenienced. I shall be very brief. Coniston Water is a beautiful lake in the north-west of England, and by it is the village of Coniston in which about 4,000 people live. Foxfield is a station on the main railway line...
Sir Ian Fraser: If the appointment of these ladies and gentlemen is neither approved by British Railways, nor their procedure guided by British Railways, then I offer an apology to them. I thought that it was.
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, while the Canadian trade delegation is in this country, he will discuss with its members the possibility of developing the tourist traffic so that more Canadian visitors may be received at our holiday and health resorts.
Sir Ian Fraser: Has my right hon. Friend had that talk?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in his Budget next year, he will consider the claim of the owners and operators of hotels and boarding houses that the manufactured goods of all kinds used in their establishments are the tools of their trade and relieve them of Purchase Tax, subject to proper safeguards.