Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman giving close attention to the possible effect on the future employment of our own people of any further admissions of displaced persons to this industry?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Has the Minister formulated any plan to meet any dangers that may easily arise from serious Japanese competition?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Health what progress has been made in the reduction of the waiting period for spectacles, as compared with six months ago
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Has the right hon. Gentleman good reason to suppose that these figures will shortly be increased?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: If anyone was in doubt whether or not to vote for this Amendment, I am sure that the speech of the hon. Member for Rossendale (Mr. Walker) will have decided him to vote for it. He spoke from his own personal experience, and I thought that he put forward the best possible case for accepting this Amendment. There is one other matter which may have been overlooked. Let us not forget that if...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will the right hon. Gentleman expedite the distribution this winter of these apples, especially soft apples, as many retailers in the North of England found that, on the average, half of each case was bad by the time they got it?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Last year's.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Food to state the progress made in the rebuilding of municipal abattoirs; how many have been completed; and the number of instances in which the plans have been passed.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some local authorities are perturbed because they have had an official answer that sanction is held up owing to the Government's intention to prepare plans for the marketing and distribution of all main foods as part of their long-term policy, and that no final decision can be made until all interests have been consulted? Is that not delaying building...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Has not a large sum of money recently been spent on the present road; and will not a lot of that be wasted if this project is proceeded with?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Health what is now the present average length of time between the order and delivery of a pair of spectacles.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Does the right hon. Gentleman fully realise the seriousness of this position, that there are, for instance, considerable numbers of schoolchildren, normally intelligent children who attend school every day, who are yet unable to read or write because they have no spectacles, and whose whole future is thus seriously prejudiced? When shall we have some improvement in the length of time?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reconsider his decision refusing permission to local authorities to demolish air-raid shelters which, although not dangerous to health, have become a nuisance to people in adjoining houses.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the problem would be solved if he would allow local authorities to brick up the entrances, and that at the present time wooden doors and barriers are constantly being pulled down?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the demand for rustic facing bricks for the building of power stations, which receives priority, is disorganising the building programme of some local authority housing estates, where the use of these bricks has been recommended by his Department; and if he will take steps to remedy this matter.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the lay-out of the estate of which he has had particulars, is entirely spoilt by the lack of these facing bricks, and that much time and trouble has been spent in co-operation with his Department in trying to get a really attractive housing estate? Surely that matter should have been considered beforehand? This question of power stations has only...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: This Clause deals with the restriction of traffic, and I wish again to bring before the Minister the anxiety felt by all the road users of the country concerning the power he has under the Bill to close roads, especially main roads. For instance, the trunk road and the Class 1 road represent 28,000 miles out of a total of 155,000 miles of roads of all kinds. We think it wrong that there...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in addition to the figures given in the Trading Accounts and Balance Sheets for 1947–48, he can provide further information as to how the profit of £28 million in connection with the purchase and supply of cotton and ancillary materials was achieved; and whether he is satisfied that no unnecessary burden has been placed on the cotton...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can the right hon. Gentleman say what benefit, if any, has been obtained, or will be obtained, by the cotton industry as a result?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Food what arrangements he is making to obtain a supply of apples during the winter.