Mr William Brown: I am sorry that these discrepancies of evidence should arise. At the very last meeting of the prison officers' Whitley Council the question of the staffs in Scotland was discussed and the most that the representative of Scotland would claim was that Barlinnie was not understaffed—it was the only prison in Scotland where they were applying the proper scales.
Mr William Brown: That would not have been lost.
Mr William Brown: Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that a very large number of military personnel in the headquarters of the War Office are not employed on work that could be better done by civilian staff?
Mr William Brown: Is the Under-Secretary of State aware that the action of the British Government in this regard exercised a most depressing effect upon the people of Czechoslovakia, and that what the British Government did was inevitably taken as endorsing the Soviet ridden régime in Czechoslovakia?
Mr William Brown: May I ask in what respect conditions have changed as between the date when this scheme of recognition of 40 per cent. was adopted by agreement within the Post Office and the conditions today? In what respect has there been any change whatever?
Mr William Brown: In view of the difficulty of debating the merits of the Amendment without transgressing the ground which can be covered in the Debate on the Motion "That the Clause stand part of the Bill," might I suggest, Major Milner, that we vote on the Amendment and discuss its merits after we have disposed of it?
Mr William Brown: Inasmuch as the existing rules governing recognition, in which the 40 per cent. level figures, have operated very satisfactorily for a very large number of years in the Post Office, can the Postmaster-General tell us what Le has in mind in saying that he is contemplating a revision of those rules?
Mr William Brown: asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what was the amount of the Indian Military Service Family Pension Fund of 1937 when it was transferred to his Department, and what is the amount now; and whether he will make arrangements to publish an Annual Statement of Accounts of the Fund.
Mr William Brown: For an Englishman to intervene in a Scottish Debate is to carry rashness to the point of folly. It is the first time that I have ever been so venturesome in the years in which I have sat in this House. But there is an organic connection between the prison service in Scotland and that in England, and I have a very direct and intimate relationship with both. It is that which has led me to seek...
Mr William Brown: asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed persons in Rugby at a recent convenient date.
Mr William Brown: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has given consideration to the question of seeking, by legislation or otherwise, powers to deport to their country of origin persons seeking to disrupt the normal industrial life of Britain; and what conclusion he has now reached.
Mr William Brown: In view of the happenings in the London docks in the last few weeks, are the Government giving consideration to this matter at all, or is this reply calculated to dispose of the matter indefinitely?
Mr William Brown: It is on that point that I wish to ask a question. Whoever was responsible for this clash between the National Dock Labour Board, on the one side, the Emergency Committee on the other, and Ministers at a still later stage, I am sure the right hon. Gentleman will agree that that clash was extremely unfortunate from the public point of view. When the Emergency Committee was set up at the...
Mr William Brown: Is the Minister aware that not only big road hauliers but men in a small way of business have had their businesses taken over from 1st April and have not yet received either the 90 per cent. compensation they were supposed then to get, or even been able to make effective arrangements with the Ministry for valuation of their assets? Does he think that is satisfactory?
Mr William Brown: May I draw your attention, Sir, to the fact that three supplementary questions have been addressed to the Minister, and that not one has been answered. Could we not have the reply at the end of Questions?
Mr William Brown: Is the Minister satisfied, first, that he has enough valuing staff to get the valuing process completed within a reasonable time, and, secondly, is he satisfied that the valuing staff knows anything about the Transport Act? I have cases which suggest that he has not enough valuers, because they have not even begun, and in some cases they do not appear to know the Act.
Mr William Brown: It is not an inference, it is a charge.
Mr William Brown: May I see the Minister at the end of Questions and I will then produce the two cases upon which I base the charge?
Mr William Brown: In view of the fact that if men behaved in Canada or the United States as Mr. Harry Davies and Mr. Popovitch and others have behaved in London, they would have been promptly deported from those countries, may I ask whether, if they have not already got the powers, the Government will come to this House and ask for the powers to deal with these men? Is it not intolerable that the docks should...
Mr William Brown: May I ask the Minister whether he has seen in the Press today the statement that Mr. Harry Davis, the President of the Canadian Seamen's Union, is flying to this country today with the object of addressing the strikers tomorrow; whether the Government propose to take any steps about this; whether they propose to do anything about Mr. Popovitch; and, finally, what use they are proposing to...