Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Attorney-General if, in view of the evidence of bureaucratic controls and action by Government Departments without Parliamentary sanction, he will introduce legislation to enable all persons affected by such action to have the right of appeal to a traditional court of law on points of fact and of merit.
Sir Waldron Smithers: May I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on his appointment to his present office? In order to avoid the spread of the disease, now known as Crichelitis, will my right hon. and learned Friend take the necessary steps to see that aggrieved persons have appeal to an open and traditional court of English law, not only on points of law, but also on points of fact and merit?
Sir Waldron Smithers: Does my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary realise how deep is the debt of gratitude which the whole free world owes to him for his inspiring and courageous leadership?
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is there no limit to the activities and, therefore, to the expenditure of the taxpayers' money in my right hon. Friend's Department?
Sir Waldron Smithers: I think it right, as I have had the honour of Sir Frederic's friendship for 30 years, not only in this House but on the cricket field, for a back bencher—if I may presume to do so—to add our tribute to him for his work, his helpfulness and his kindliness at all times. I hope that the "Fellowes" that follow him will do equally well.
Sir Waldron Smithers: On the more general question, will the Ministry make it clear to the public that controls are the cause of shortages, that the restriction of consumption restricts production, and that it must take time for the application of sound principles to show results after the inefficiency and incompetence of the Socialist regime?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Prime Minister whether he will move to set up a Select Committee, with wider terms of reference than the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments, to investigate the methods of acquisition and disposal of land by Government Departments, and to recommend where necessary that public inquiries be held.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is the Prime Minister aware that the revelations in the Crichel Down and Woollett cases now show that the Crichel Down disease is spreading to other Departments, and will he take drastic action to protect the rights of Her Majesty's subjects, to stop this Communist technique of trying to govern by bureaucracy and to set the people free?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Health how much money his Department has paid in each year since the health services were nationalised, in damages for neglect or inefficient medical or nursing treatment.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will the Minister make sure that the Press get hold of these figures? As he is not willing to give them in open Session, is that not further evidence that under State control the health services break down when people are relieved of personal responsibility?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Prime Minister whether he will include producer marketing boards set up under the Agricultural Marketing Acts, 1931–49, in the terms of reference of the Select Committee to be set up to examine the running of nationalised industries.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is the Prime Minister aware that the object of this Question is to prevent the spread of the Crichel Down disease?
Sir Waldron Smithers: The hon. and gallant Member for Norfolk, Central (Brigadier Medlicott) has asked the question which I was about to ask, but I cannot remain silent without paying my tribute to the work of the Foreign Secretary.
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government the policy of Her Majesty's Government with regard to requisitioning houses of private persons.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Will the Minister please tell the House whether there is any appeal against requisitioning, and especially if there is an appeal to a traditional court of law where evidence can be taken on oath and the public and the Press admitted?
Sir Waldron Smithers: But is there any right of appeal?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Health the outcome of his inquiries with the Board of Governors at Charing Cross Hospital concerning the requirements of applicants to fill up 45 copies of their qualifications.
Sir Waldron Smithers: I thank my right hon. Friend for the letter he has sent me, which was received after the Question was put down. Will he publish in HANSARD what action he took and the reason for it, and do his level best to reduce as much as possible the number of forms which have to be filled up throughout his Ministry?
Sir Waldron Smithers: asked the Minister of Food the details of stocks of food in the possession of his Department on 4th July, 1954, and their cost price, including storage and management.
Sir Waldron Smithers: Is my hon. Friend not aware that one of the main duties of a Member of Parliament is to be a guardian of the public purse? How can we do our duty if all Ministries are infected with the Crichel Down disease?