Sir Ian Fraser: Yes, I am afraid that that is true, and no doubt a figure could be given of how many will die, because those statistics are known. That is not very clever. It seems to me that we want to find some way of measuring how big old-age or retirement pensions ought to be. I do not think that they should be mere subsistence level pensions. That was what Lord Beveridge suggested, and it was what the...
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Postmaster-General if he will do his best, consistent with the public interest, to appoint ex-Service men, and especially disabled ex-Service men, as sub-postmasters when vacancies occur; and if his officers will consult the local British Legion officials.
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the latest state of the negotiations on the establishment of a European Free Trade Area.
Sir Ian Fraser: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the longer the delay in explaining this matter to the public, the worse will be public opinion's regard for it?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when and where it is proposed to hold a Commonwealth Economic and Trade Conference.
Sir Ian Fraser: I congratulate the hon. Member for Barrow-in-Furness (Mr. Monslow)on his good fortune in winning a place in the Ballot and upon presenting the important case which he has just advanced. He and I are political neighbours and, although we belong to different parties, we co-operate in all matters which affect the well-being of the people who live in the Furness area and who are both his...
Sir Ian Fraser: I have an interest in the town of Barrow-in-Furness because, although the inhabitants are the voters of the hon. Member for Barrow-in-Furness, some of my voters living on the borderline go into Barrow to work, and I confirm the view which he has put forward that the industrial background of Barrow is unbalanced. There is too much heavy industry and not enough variety. I therefore echo and...
Sir Ian Fraser: That is well understood.
Sir Ian Fraser: May I ask three brief questions? Apart from inviting ordinary employers to give special consideration to the talents of these men, mostly young, who will be displaced, could my right hon. Friend ensure that in the Services which are directly or indirectly under Ministerial control—namely, the Departments, the nationalised industries and local authorities—some preference in employment is...
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Postmaster-General how many television licences there were in 1951 and in 1956, respectively, in the Lancaster and Morecambe Head Office area and in the Ulverston Head Office area combined.
Sir Ian Fraser: Is that not very good progress?
Sir Ian Fraser: On a point of order—
Sir Ian Fraser: I hesitated to raise my point of order, Mr. Speaker, because of the obvious importance of the questions which have passed to and fro across the Floor of the House, but, without dealing in any way with the merits of what has been said, may I, in the interest of order and of the House, ask you what sense of urgency there is in this matter, Sir? If there is a sense of urgency and someone is to...
Sir Ian Fraser: We have the most admirable and trustworthy Civil Service, but I do not think it is a good thing to put upon it these discretions. The law should be as simple, clear and direct as possible and it should not be complicated by Civil Service discretions.
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Paymaster-General whether a decision has yet been reached on the siting of new atomic power plants; and what safeguards he has in mind to preserve the amenities of the countryside.
Sir Ian Fraser: Will my right hon. Friend and his noble Friend bear in mind the great beauty of the Lake District and do what they can to avoid despoiling it in any way?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will make a statement on the progress of his slum clearance programme.
Sir Ian Fraser: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the total amount of building this year will compare favourably with that of previous years?
Sir Ian Fraser: On the question of the announcement of the Prime Minister today on Members' and Ministers' remuneration, having regard to the fact that all the changes proposed will take effect as from 1st July—[An HON. MEMBER: "If they are passed."]—yes, if they are passed, the date upon which they are debated will not make any difference to anyone's private interest. May I ask my right hon. Friend...
Sir Ian Fraser: I thought that my right hon. Friend did not mention that a Resolution would be taken.