Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Would the right hon. Gentleman ask local authorities and not merchants especially to provide storage accommodation for coke where the gas works is some distance away, to avoid the sorry spectacle we had last year in my constituency and elsewhere of old women of 80 years of age trudging a mile and a half each way to fetch their fuel?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: It is very desirable to safeguard the public against the sale of unmarked fireworks and this Clause will definitely strengthen the Bill. At the beginning of the Clause it says that no fireworks shall come from a factory unless each bears conspicuously the name of the occupier of the factory and the address of the factory, and I should like one or two more details on those points. As...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I beg to second the Amendment. The new words improve the Bill and make the position quite clear. I should like to put one point to the hon. Member. I suppose it is clear throughout the Bill that the fireworks mentioned are intended only for sale to the general public. It may be almost too late now, but it might have been as well to insert such words as, "intended for sale to the general...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I wonder if the hon. Member could reply to the point I raised on a similar Amendment a few minutes ago with regard to the words "in the hands of the public"?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: In view of these figures, is not the number of resignations very high?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Has any success been achieved?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that prisoners are informed of the fact that National Insurance contributions which they may make on release as non-employed persons, if they so wish, will preserve their pension rights only and do not count towards sickness or unemployment benefit.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a good many men who have recently been released seem to be unaware of this and that they think that by paying contributions they will be completely covered? Could not something be done to bring this information home to them?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Would the Minister bear in mind that to come home to an empty grate after working in the high temperature of a cotton mill is the surest way to bring about illness?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Local Government and Planning if he is aware that in many districts there is so great a demand for council houses that no private building licences can be granted, whereas in other districts the demand for private building licences is far greater than that for council houses; and whether, in order to provide greater elasticity, he will arrange for regional pools to be...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the Minister aware that under the present system this transfer reduces the total number of houses that any one local authority can build, and that there are residential districts where the local authority, in order to get one private building licence, has to build four council houses which are not wanted?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has given his approval to the financial arrangements under which the Williams Circus is to be imported from Germany and established in this country, bringing with it permanent equipment such as trailers, tents and seating.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of National Insurance if she will arrange to make available in the near future statistics indicating the number of men between 65 and 70 years of age who have ceased to work full time, but who would be willing to work full time if they were entitled to draw their full pension, unconditionally, as they can at the age of 70.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will not the Minister agree that she must be able to obtain a fairly accurate estimate of this number, which is increasing rapidly?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of National Insurance if she will consider in the present national emergency removing the present conditions with regard to the receipt of old age pensions, which discourages men between 65 and 70 years of age from working full time.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can the Minister give us an assurance that she is working in close conjunction with the Minister of Labour in considering this urgent matter?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power why the supplies of coal briquettes and ovoids have been reduced in recent months; and what steps he is taking, in view of the domestic coal shortage, to make available larger quantities of this fuel.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Was it not a serious error of judgment to cut down so greatly the production of these two commodities in the early months of this year, in view of the present desperate situation, which should have been foreseen? Is the Minister aware that one merchant alone could sell 20,000 briquettes a week if he could get them?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the desirability of ensuring maximum production in the present emergency, he will investigate the extent to which it would be possible to employ a greater proportion of men who now cease work at 65 years of age, owing to the fact that they are not allowed to draw their full pension if they are in receipt of earnings over 20s. a week.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentlemen not aware that there has been a growing demand, for quite a long time, that this figure of 20s. should be altered, because it is keeping a lot of men from industry? Is he not aware that the demand comes from the men themselves who would otherwise go into industry?