Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is satisfied that the greatest possible consideration is being shown to the cotton trade with regard to export licences and the avoidance of unnecessary war-time control over the industry?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Postmaster-General when the centenary postage stamps will be on sale; and for how long the issue will be available?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Postmaster-General whether the Post Office will take part in the exhibition which is being held by the Postal History Society, at Bournemouth, from 6th to 11th May, in aid of the Red Cross Fund, as an alternative to the International Exhibition?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the issue of a badge which could be worn by all blood donors at the present time, to indicate this form of public service?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to review the whole conditions of man-power supply in the Lancashire region and the potential demand of the munition works; and whether for this purpose the Government will assist the cotton industry with expert guidance and advice from the start?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will my hon. Friend undertake not to cut down supplies destined for the export trade or to remove the workers on those supplies; and will he do all in his power to facilitate an increase in the export trade of cotton goods?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I am sure that the House and the country will welcome the further details about his plans which were set out so carefully to-day by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, because every part of the country and every industry will be affected one way or another by plans of such a far-reaching nature. I was especially pleased to hear him say that the Government have no plans...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any statement to make about the application of the policy of concentration of production to the cotton industry?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will my right hon. Friend especially emphasise to individual mills how advantageous it will be to them to produce immediately plans among themselves for concentration rather than to wait until they are forced to do so?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that certain local food officers are issuing notices in forming individual shopkeepers with less than 25 customers that rationed goods will not be distributed to them; whether this is the correct method of notification; whether the customers are to be told; and whether any official announcement has been made?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: How many shopkeepers are likely to be involved, and has any estimate been made of the saving in transport costs as a result of this drastic action?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the results to date of his recent appeal to workers who for various reasons have retired from the cotton industry to return to the mills; and whether he intends to send back to the industry some of those who, owing to the policy of concentration, are now engaged on munition production?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is it not essential that some of these workers should be withdrawn from munitions work and put back into the cotton industry? Is it not better to admit that a mistake was made and that too many were sent to munitions?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Labour how many workers in the cotton industry are still unemployed as a result of the concentration of the industry?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider extending to £1,000 the limit for individual holdings of War Savings Certificates, in view of their popularity with the small investor?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will my right hon. Friend consider raising the limit above £500, even though no interest is paid above that amount, as many people would no doubt welcome such a step?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I believe that hon. Members will agree with some of the statements of the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Bellenger) although not with all. The hon. Member has been accustomed to taking part in most of our Debates on the war and often he has had some rather violent things to say. It strikes one that he rather ferrets out the odd case where something has gone wrong, or some dissatisfaction has...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that such an Order is necessary for the furtherance of the war effort? If it is found to be harmful to the health of these young people, will he take steps to withdraw it?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I think all hon. Members agree that the hon. Member for Kilmarnock (Mr. Lindsay) has done a useful service in raising this important matter. Undoubtedly it is a retrograde step which the House is being asked to endorse. It was never thought, when the 44-hour week for juveniles was made the maximum under the Factory Act, that we should ever have to extend it to 52 hours. I want to ask one or...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: (forasked the Secretary for Petroleum whether private motor cars fitted with producer-gas plants may be used for pleasure purposes after the discontinuance of the basic petrol ration?