Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the Minister aware that the absence of dessert apples last winter was felt more than the absence of any other fruit, and that when the Italian crop arrived many retailers found that no less than one-third of the apples in each case were bad?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power to what extent opencast coal, which is not suitable for open-air storage, is being substituted for deep-mined coal for winter stocks.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the allocation of opencast coal for the whole of this summer is no less than 10.7 per cent., and that supplies of good coal in this area are worse than they have ever been at any time, even during the war? Is he further aware that only good coal is suitable for stocking, and this means that customers today are mostly compelled to have opencast and...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons, arrested for housebreaking and other crimes of violence during 1947 and 1948, did not possess identity cards; and how many were found to be deserters from His Majesty's Forces.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the very serious effect which this delay is having upon many schoolchildren who are having to sit in the front row in class because they cannot see, and who are also suffering grievously from headaches?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Was not that point satisfied in part before the war by the provision in most of the large towns of letter boxes on the late buses?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the experience of textile exhibitors at the British Industries Fair was that British producers found it difficult to make their prices sufficiently competitive under present conditions; and what steps he proposes to take to assist the textile industry to effect price reductions.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give an indication of the amount of business transacted at the British Industries Fair; and how this compares with last year.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is now able to announce the names of the committee which is to inquire into the slaughter of horses, and the scope of the inquiry.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is it not a fact that nearly all horses which have been exported to Belgium from this country as working horses have been killed almost immediately? Belgium does not want all these working horses we are sending.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: What steps is the Minister taking to ensure that at the earliest possible moment supplies will be adequate?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he takes to see that candidates for Parliamentary and local government elections are British subjects.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is not this a most important question and should not the Home Secretary or somebody delegated by him be the authority for making the decision?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of supply on the Air Estimates, I shall call attention to the system of granting permanent commissions in the Royal Air Force, and move a Resolution.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the President of the Board of Trade how many horses, other than blood stock, were exported to continental countries in 1948; and what were the figures for 1946 and 1947.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that considerable numbers are being exported to continental countries and that nearly all are slaughtered as soon as they arrive? Would it not be much more humane to allow the slaughter to be done in this country? That used to be the case before the war and I understand it is now forbidden.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I want to raise a subject which is causing much concern, the taking over by the State, under the National Health Service Act, of hospitals which have been privately endowed by the generosity of an individual person. A man after a life of hard work has left his savings to found and to endow a hospital for the lasting benefit of the people of his home town. It would be difficult to imagine a...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I was about to say that the Education Act, which refers to another Department and is no concern of the Minister who is present, lays down a different proposition altogether, because by that Act the Minister has power by Order in Council to take over the endowments of any educational or semi-educational property which has been vested in the charity commissioners, but in every case their assent...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: In those circumstances would it not have been much wiser to wait until all the answers had been received and considered before publishing an official list?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what organisations are notified by his Department when a person is naturalised.