Mr Stanley Prescott: asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations by what criterion His Majesty's Government is guided in determining whether to consult Governments in the Dominions prior to important decisions being arrived at by His Majesty's Government, or merely to inform Governments in the Dominions subsequent to a decision having been taken.
Mr Stanley Prescott: Is the Prime Minister satisfied that the Dominions are fully consulted before important decisions are taken, apart from their being informed of those decisions which are arrived at in this country?
Mr Stanley Prescott: asked the Prime Minister what representations he has received within the last six months from Dominion Prime Ministers personally, or from Dominion Governments, with regard to the desirability of consultation between His Majesty's Government and Dominion Governments before important decisions are arrived at by the former affecting the Empire and Commonwealth as a whole.
Mr Stanley Prescott: Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether he will also now grant a licence in the case of the Darwen British Legion?
Mr Stanley Prescott: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will make a statement on the progress in Lancashire in changing from direct to alternating current; and, in particular, the present position in the borough of Darwen.
Mr Stanley Prescott: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that failure to carry out this change is causing great inconvenience, particularly to small traders in Lancashire, and is also involving them in considerable cost? Would he review the matter and see if he can help in any way?
Mr Stanley Prescott: My question was not confined to Darwen but was directed to Lancashire as a whole. Is the Minister aware that many small traders bought apparatus which they are unable to use and are, therefore, suffering considerable losses?
Mr Stanley Prescott: asked the Minister of Health how many mentally deficient children are awaiting admission to institutions; what were the comparable figures at the same date for 1947, 1948 and 1949; and what steps he is taking to expedite admission.
Mr Stanley Prescott: Even if the figures are not separately shown, could the right hon. Gentleman say what he is doing to expedite the admission of these children to homes? Is he aware that this is a very serious problem?
Mr Stanley Prescott: Is the reply confined to those who take up employment in Government Departments and nationalised industries, or does it apply to industry in general?
Mr Stanley Prescott: asked the Lord President of the Council whether he is satisfied at the publicity being given in America to the forthcoming Festival of Britain; what steps His Majesty's Government propose to take to make this event more widely known in the United States of America; and, to that end, what sums have been expended to date.
Mr Stanley Prescott: Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House what is the total sum of money which will be allocated to this subject when the campaign begins?
Mr Stanley Prescott: asked the Minister of Health to what extent, in allocating housing programmes to local authorities, he is guided by the number of persons registered with individual local authorities as being in need of housing accommodation.
Mr Stanley Prescott: While awaiting that statement, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is aware that almost throughout the whole country these waiting lists for houses are increasing rapidly, week by week and month by month? May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, too, what steps he proposes to take to solve the housing problem before the next election, as he could not solve it before the last election?
Mr Stanley Prescott: asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the Registrar General has issued an instruction to superintendent registrars to ban Press reporters from taking notes of marriage announcements at register offices; whether such instruction was issued with his approval; and whether he will annul this instruction as being contrary to the principle of the freedom of the Press and contrary to...
Mr Stanley Prescott: While welcoming the new directive, may I ask whether it is not a fact that the recent directive is a complete reversal of previous policy followed by the Minister? Will he say whether the change of heart resulted from Questions in this House or from representations made by him to the Registrar General?
Mr Stanley Prescott: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the progress toward the conclusion of a peace treaty with Japan.
Mr Stanley Prescott: In view of the importance of this matter, can the Minister say when it will be possible to make an affirmative statement about it?
Mr Stanley Prescott: Was consideration given to this matter before the loan to Burma?
Mr Stanley Prescott: If my hon. and gallant Friend had not asked his supplementary question today what would have happened? Was the hon. Gentleman proposing to make a statement to the House, and, if not, why not?