Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for fuller publicity to be given by the British Broadcasting Corporation to the principles and requirements of electoral registration.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that a good deal more can be done in this way than was done at the last election?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Health what is the average waiting period for aural aids in the North-Western area for those who are not on the priority list such as old age pensioners; and what steps he is taking to improve the present situation.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can the right hon. Gentleman hold out any hope at all to these old people, many of whom have worked for very many years in industry, that there will soon be shorter periods than two years for them to wait?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the difficulties arising from the reduced supplies of timber available during the early months of this year; and what arrangements are being made for a substantial increase for the next six months.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the arrears in the early months of this year will be overtaken, because in the Manchester district only 17 per cent. of the quota was received in the first four months of this year, as against 54 per cent. last year?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Notwithstanding what the President of the Board of Trade has said, do not these figures confirm the prevalent opinion that the accounts were held back until after the General Election?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade why so long a delay occurred before the publication of last year's accounts of the Cotton Board; and if he will expedite this year's accounts.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can the right hon. Gentleman give any idea of the month when they are likely to be available?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Lord President of the Council if he will give an approximate date for the visit of the Festival ship "Campania" to Manchester and other north-western ports next year.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Surely the ship ought to visit such great ports as Liverpool and Manchester. Would the right hon. Gentleman say why that is not to be done in this case?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is yet in a position to indicate the result of his consultations with the British Transport Commission and the Road Haulage Association on the measures to be taken following the recommendations of the Committee on the Export and Slaughter of Horses, as regards amendments to the Exportation and Transit of Horses Order, 1921, and the Transit of Animals...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Food whether he has now given consideration to recommendations (f) to (n), and (r)of the Departmental Committee on the Export and Slaughter of Horses; and what action it is proposed to take.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the Minister aware that there is considerable urgency, in view of the questions of feeding and stabling of these horses? Will he do his best to expediate a decesion?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Food what action he intends to take with regard to the issue of a limited number of licences for the export of horse-flesh in order to keep the market open; how many licences have already been issued; and to whom.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Health whether he has yet given consideration to recommendations (f) to (n) and (r) of the Departmental Committee on the Export and Slaughter of Horses: and, if so, whether he will give an indication of the action it is proposed to take.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Could the Minister say when he will be able to make a statement?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he proposes to take to encourage the breeding of horses in this country without encouraging such breeding for purposes of slaughter.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: The hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. S. Silverman), who opened the Debate, dealt at some length with the pre-war history of the cotton industry in Lancashire, and some of us who then represented Lancashire constituencies on both sides of the House remember the situation in those days all too well. I thought that as the hon. Member's speech progressed he vindicated more and more the...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I certainly was not intending to introduce a controversial note when we are all this afternoon so much in harmony. It is true, as has been said, that in the cotton areas there is more anxiety on this question today than on anything else. When the reports came through in the Press, both before and during the recent campaign that in this country we were receiving shirts via Hong Kong which...