Sir Ian Fraser: Will my hon. Friend observe that I did not ask him to anticipate but merely to consider? Will he do that?
Sir Ian Fraser: Long before there was a Labour Research Department I had learned that seven sixes are 42.
Sir Ian Fraser: Sir I. Fraser rose—
Sir Ian Fraser: I thank the hon. and learned Gentleman for helping us so much to understand this matter. Could he just make an elementary point clear to me? If we let a man live in a house at less than the economic rent, who pays the difference?
Sir Ian Fraser: Who pays the difference?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress has been made to date in the new scheme under the 1957 Act for the provision of farm modernisation grants.
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many grants, and of what total amount, have been made to farmers and horticulturists to help them to obtain electricity; and if he will consult with the Central Electricity Authority with the object of initiating a scheme whereby those farmers, whose supply of electricity has been delayed for economic reasons, may be helped by...
Sir Ian Fraser: Is my hon. Friend aware that I was suggesting not that his Department should make grants to the Central Electricity Authority but that some cooperation should be arranged between the Central Electricity Authority and his Department, which has this money available, to ensure that farmers in small enclaves who have waited a long time for electricity get it very quickly?
Sir Ian Fraser: I thank my hon. Friend for his answer.
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that certain local authorities and citizens object to county councillors sitting on local valuation courts; and if he will ensure, when confirming schemes submitted to him for approval, that, where possible, persons who are independent of the authorities whose rates are affected by their judgment, are chosen for these courts.
Sir Ian Fraser: Will my right hon. Friend take note of the fact that there is no criticism of county councillors here? Indeed, I was one myself thirty-five years ago. Nevertheless, will he bear in mind the fact that the county councillor represents a body which gets about 60 per cent. of the rates, and that he is therefore an interested party and ought not to sit on a court which decides how much the rate...
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Paymaster-General if he will give a general direction to the Central Electricity Authority to accelerate the supply of electricity to outlying farms and to horticulturists and householders in remote country districts.
Sir Ian Fraser: Is not the supply of electricity to a farm or a horticultural holding the equivalent of putting another hand to work? Can there be any better investment to help us in every possible manner?
Sir Ian Fraser: Is it not clear that unless some sense of abstinence and moderation is exercised—[HON. MEMBERS: "You started it."]—by all those who have a call upon the national wealth, and especially those who had £900 million worth of increases of wages last year, to allow others to have their turn this year, there will be no money for the old-age pensioners, the war pensioners, people who live on...
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Paymaster-General if he will abolish coal rationing and thereby save the public trouble and the taxpayer money.
Sir Ian Fraser: Will my right hon. Friend look at the matter again? If there is enough to go round as things are now, how can he say what he is saying? Further, how far are the fuel overseers or fuel inspectors in the towns of England fully employed?
Sir Ian Fraser: Will the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Hale) allow me?
Sir Ian Fraser: Will the hon. Member allow me to put a question? Will he remember that in 1946 the then Government instructed the Actuary that an 8 per cent. unemployment figure was probable?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the total net expenditure met from United Kingdom funds for aid of any kind to the Colonial Empire; and what is the cost of administration falling upon the United Kingdom.
Sir Ian Fraser: Will my hon. Friend represent to the Minister that, having regard to the fact that £150 million is equal to 1s. on the Income Tax, the proposals made by the Labour Party to spend that money in the Colonies is extremely misleading and is probably utterly "phoney"?