Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I wish to add my congratulations to those which have been expressed. As one who is interested in voluntary hospitals, I would also express my gratitude to those who have promoted the Bill in another place and have carried it through this House. The hon. and gallant Gentleman for Hitchin (Sir A. Wilson) must be very pleased with the twins which have; been promoted this morning. He has done his...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: The position is amply safeguarded. As the promoter has said, under the Bill the Commissioners are not going to allow paying patients to be taken instead of poor persons. The poor people will still be entitled to treatment.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can now state the names of those who have been nominated as members of the Spindles Board and of the advisory committee, under the Cotton Spinning Industry (Redundant Spindles) Bill?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now able to state the names of those who have been nominated to serve as members of the Advisory Committee under the Cotton Spinning Industry Act?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Postmaster-General whether the Government decisions with regard to the Ullswater Committee on Broadcasting can now be announced; and whether he will arrange for their publication at an early date so that there may be an opportunity of studying the policy proposed before a further Debate takes place?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Home Secretary whether he can make a statement about the investigation which is now proceeding as regards the number of flag days held each year; and whether he will give an assurance that the voluntary hospitals will not be prejudicially affected by any new regulations which may be issued?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can my hon. Friend say when the report is likely to be issued?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Health whether the Government propose to introduce legislation to extend the benefits of national health insurance to young persons on leaving school, in order to close the existing gap between that age and the age of 16?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can my right hon. Friend say what he means by "convenient opportunity"?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade the names of those who have been nominated to serve on the advisory committee appointed under the Cotton Spinning Industry Act?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: We are nearing the end of this Debate, and those of us who listened to it as I did, during the whole of last night have heard many speeches from the Opposition benches. Many were sincere speeches, but in a number of cases they were unfortunately spoiled by ending with what sounded very much like a threat to stir up the country against the means test. It is a mistaken idea of hon. Members...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I have also been trying for two whole days to get an opportunity to speak. I was not proposing to make anything of that point, but Lancashire is one part of the country which will benefit under these Regulations. In the Lancashire county area, of which I am talking, we benefited under the last set of Regulations, and we shall benefit still more by these Regulations.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: The need for uniformity was exceptionally great in Lancashire, more so, probably, than in any other part of the country, and that is why we welcome the Board taking over the administration. I want to refer to the Manchester second district, in which my constituency is situated. That district covers no less an area than 500 square miles, and it is described as being relatively compact....
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Home Secretary whether he can make a statement with reference to the discussions now taking place regarding cardroom dust in the cotton industry?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any information regarding the date to be selected by the Spindles Board as the appointed day under the Cotton Spinning Industry Act?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the new import regulations of Jugoslavia, under which the importation of British goods is cut down to one-third and the payment for British goods already delivered is practically stopped; whether he is aware of the effect of this upon Lancashire trade; and whether, in view of the balance of mutual trade which...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Home Secretary whether he can make any statement with regard to the position of the Home Office in respect of card-room dust, as a result of the recent deputation representing the card-room workers' amalgamation?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I beg to second the Amendment, and in doing so I would also pay a tribute to the very excellent manner in which the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Burke) moved the Motion. His speech was free from political bias, and showed that he, just as much as we, was endeavouring to do what he could for Lancashire. The hon. Member for Rochdale (Mr. Kelly) has called attention to our Amendment and has...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I cannot agree with the hon. Member there. That does not seem to be suggested by the words: Steps should be taken to prevent. I take that to mean that the Government should prevent.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I cannot agree with that. I think it is a definite prevention to be undertaken by the Government. I was saying that Lancashire is not classed as a Special Area, and I am very pleased that it is not. I do not think I have met anyone coming from Lancashire who wished the county to be in that category. There are many special features of Lancashire, and the fact that it is not in the category...