Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will indicate the general policy with regard to employment and work at the Royal Dockyards during the remainder of the war.
Captain Leonard Plugge: In view of the great increase in the size of the Royal Navy and in its fighting power, will my right hon. Friend give an undertaking that there will be no large scale reduction of employment in the Royal Dockyards after the Japanese war?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, now that this country is no longer subject to enemy attack, he will at an early date give publicity to the achievements of the Royal Dockyards at Chatham and elsewhere during the war against Germany, indicating the number of men employed, what has been produced and repaired there, and what they have suffered from air raids.
Captain Leonard Plugge: Will ray right hon. Friend in due course give full recognition to the magnificent contribution made by the Chatham Dockyards workers to the war effort?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will set up a committee at an early date to consider the most efficient way of operating the Royal Dockyards after the war and providing adequate inducements to highly qualified engineers and other technicians to remain in these Royal Dockyards rather than go to private firms; and whether, in this connection, he will consult the Admiralty...
Captain Leonard Plugge: Could the First Lord suggest some better method than appointing this committee to see that these highly qualified engineers and technicians will receive wages in keeping with those prevailing in private yards?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Will my right hon. Friend consider taking steps before winding up a Ministry like the Ministry of Aircraft Production to see that concerns like the flying boats works of Short Bros, in Rochester, my constituency, are restored to their proper and rightful owners?
Captain Leonard Plugge: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether this Agreement will affect or assist any claims made by British subjects for property in France either seized or destroyed by the Vichy Government?
Captain Leonard Plugge: rose—
Captain Leonard Plugge: I have listened to every speech that has been made during this Debate and I think that probably the most entertaining was the one delivered by the hon. Lady the Member for Frome (Mr. Tate). However, her contribution to this Debate was much more than entertaining, it was full of common sense and I, for one, endorse every single thing she said. With reference to her closing remarks regarding...
Captain Leonard Plugge: I hope the hon. Lady does not think I am against the lady hostesses in our planes; I merely said that was one of the financial disadvantages to the air lines adopting lady hostesses. I quite agree with the remarks the hon. Lady made, and I would like to add that when I crossed the Atlantic by an expert American line, that same plane crashed on its return in Newfoundland and the small,...
Captain Leonard Plugge: Has my right hon. and learned Friend considered Kent and the South coast, where the weather and the climate are so temperate and where the other conditions he mentioned are also satisfied?
Captain Leonard Plugge: May I ask my right hon. Friend if, while bearing in mind my hon. Friend's suggestion, he will remember that the wireless licence has always covered both television and broadcasting, and will he in no circumstances allow an increase in the price of the licence?
Captain Leonard Plugge: asked the Minister of Information whether he will consider appointing a Member of the House of Lords to the Board of Governors of the B.B.C., in addition to two Members of this House, so that both Houses of Parliament will have a representative on the B.B.C.
Captain Leonard Plugge: Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the lack of reference to important public Debates in another place, in the weekly feature of the B.B.C., "The Week in Westminster"; and will he take steps to see that those Debates are referred to?
Captain Leonard Plugge: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the great lack of radio receiving-sets in the South East Asia Command, and will he take steps to send 10,000 sets out immediately for the troops there?
Captain Leonard Plugge: A great man once said "Transportation is civilisation," and I want the Committee to realise how through aviation we are about to enter, after this war, into a great new era of advanced civilisation. What is the great step forward which civil aviation provides for mankind? Generally, people take the view that it is a means of travelling faster. I submit to the Committee that the great...
Captain Leonard Plugge: The right hon. Gentleman has said that the Minister for Civil Aviation would consider what the railways and shipping could contribute to civil aviation. Does that include any other private enterprise?
Captain Leonard Plugge: When a Minister replies to two Questions at the same time he always asks the permission of the two Members. If the first Member is not there to ask his Question, could not the Minister reply to the second?
Captain Leonard Plugge: May I ask whether, when they are off duty, there will be no opposition to officers walking out with privates in the A.T.S.?