Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Would the Minister consider restoring the late postal facilities on buses which proved so valuable before, enabling people to answer letters after their return home from work?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that men are being retained in the Royal Air Force for several weeks after their release date, due solely to the fact that their records are missing; and by what authority this is being done.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that I have already had a letter from him about this case, and can he give a definite undertaking that such retention will not occur again?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the railways will be quite unable to deal with all the extra holiday traffic put upon them?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the boot and shoe repairers have been faced with a loss of from 9d. to 1s. 3d. on every pair soled and heeled?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade why imported unsawn timber is still being taken by lorry from Liverpool Docks to isolated stone quarries in the Whitworth Valley, 40 miles away, for temporary storage, involving a waste of labour and petrol justified only in time of war.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the path to these quarries leads up a mountain road which is deep in mud in winter, and that the waste of tyres, lorries, petrol, etc., must be tremendous? Can he give any idea of the cost, and will he give urgent reconsideration to this matter?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that, owing to the reduction of road maintenance grants, two important road improvements at Healey and Leavengreave, near Whitworth, have been held up; and whether, in view of the number of accidents which have occurred at these places, he will arrange for the necessary improvements to be facilitated without further delay.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Transport what is the policy of his Department as regards the provision of omnibus shelters at factory gates.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will the right hon. Gentleman urge the Traffic Commissioners to adopt a more progressive attitude in this matter? At present I believe a census is taken, and only the places where there is the longest waiting are dealt with. Surely, there should be a shelter outside every factory, especially in the North-West where there is a lot of rain?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are being made at Holloway Prison to provide a hall suitable for the large number of prisoners, in view of the importance attached to education and recreation.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that they have in the yard a large hut which would be eminently suitable for recreational facilities, which at the present time is being put to only partial use; could not much better use be made of it; and will he reconsider this from that angle?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give an assurance that cotton mills which are able to build up a stock of coal this summer will be allowed to keep it during the winter months; and whether employers can make their fuel assessments on the basis that allocated deliveries will not be reduced or withheld for diversion to mills which have not laid in stocks.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman give a definite assurance that those firms now able to lay in stocks, even on a small scale, of low grade fuel, will not have their allocations of high grade fuel lessened during the winter ?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if any steps will be taken to consult the spinning industry in this country about the plan for importing cotton into the British and U.S. zones of Germany for the use of mills in those areas.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give details of the agreement by which 8,000,000 yards of cotton textiles made in Britain for the manufacture of loin cloths for East-African natives are to be supplied by the Export and Import Agency of the British and U.S. zones of Germany.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in one urban district in the same county all progress on houses has been stopped for nine weeks owing to lack of floorboards?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Labour what progress has been made in the work load assessment investigations being carried out under the auspices of the Cotton Board.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the Minister aware that at some offices of the Assistance Board there are bitter complaints of the serious mistakes which are being made at Blackpool, and which seem to be increasing, thus causing books to go backward and forward, leading to still further delay?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that large quantities of new rubber Wellington boots have been cut up and delivered to mills for fuel in recent weeks; under what authority this is being done; and if he will take immediate steps to stop such waste.