Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Are there two orders?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can the Parliamentary Secretary say what steps are being taken to safeguard food for those who are keeping pigeons for export? Is there not a considerable export of some of our best pigeons?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Transport if, in view of the increasing wear and tear of motor vehicles, owing to deterioration in road surfaces, he will state to what extent road maintenance grants and staffs have been reduced in the County of Lancaster.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Lancashire County Council recently expressed some alarm at the position, and were especially concerned about main roads in industrial areas, where there is a great deal of heavy traffic? So that he may see for himself, may I take him for a ride the next time he comes North?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Agriculture if, in view of the indiscriminate slaughter of young horses, which is leading to a shortage for farm work, he will consider prohibiting the slaughter, except in cases of accident or sickness, of all working horses imported into England and Wales for a period of six months from date of arrival.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that competition by slaughterers at auction sales for every available horse, many of which are in first-class condition, has raised the price to such an extent that small farmers in my constituency are unable to buy them for hay making, a purpose for which they are vitally necessary, and will he not do something to regulate this traffic?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware that instructions recently given by his Department have resulted in drastic curtailment in the production of refuse and salvage collection vehicles for the home market; and if he will give higher priority to local authorities for delivery of these vehicles.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the Minister aware that in some cases these vehicles were ordered as long ago as May, 1947, and that they are not due for delivery until next March? Is he further aware that they are required particularly by the small authorities, who operate only one or two vehicles, especially in view of the salvage campaign?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I beg to second the Amendment.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Health what funds are available to local authorities for the provision of additional day nurseries to encourage a return to the cotton industry.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: As the tendency has been to close rather than to open day nurseries, will the Minister give any encouragement to local authorities to open them to help women who go to work in the cotton industry?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: It may be rightly said that this Bill has had a quiet welcome on both sides of the House. The point made by the Opposition is that it should have been presented much earlier. It is some time now since the working party report was made, on the recommendations of which this Bill is based, and we think that vital time has been lost unnecessarily, during which some progress could have been made....
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Food what steps are taken to ensure that imported meat is clean and fit for sale on delivery to retail shops.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in certain towns meat is received with dirt so deeply embedded in it that it is unsaleable, and that there is, therefore, waste? I will, as the right hon. Gentleman suggests, send him particulars.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the potato allocation recently to certain towns in the North-West has not been sufficient to meet the weekly ration; and what action he has taken.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is the right hon Gentleman aware that at Royton nobody has had his full ration for more than a month, that the week before last it was only just over 1 lb. and last week just over 2 lb., the difference being made up by stocks which were in the retailers' hands, but are now almost exhausted?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that men are being released from the Forces without being informed until afterwards that they are in debt; and, in view of the fact that requests for details are not answered for months in some cases, he will make some investigations.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that there are great delays in obtaining answers from paymasters' offices; and will he do his best to expedite these answers as a good deal of anxiety is caused?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: asked the Minister of Labour how many European volunteer workers are living at the Glen Mill, Oldham; and what is the size of the administrative staff.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is not the staff wholly out of proportion to the number of people there, in view of the fact that a neighbouring industrial firm have plans to house 35 in their own hostel with a permanent staff of two, and two daily helps?