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Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Utility Clothing and Footwear (Prices) (26 Jul 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: Could my right hon. and learned Friend enlighten the House by telling us why it is necessary for rayon clothing prices to go up and up, while Courtauld's rayon profits increased in 1950 over those of 1949 by no less than £94¼ million? Is it not a fact that if the prices are creeping up the profits of manufacturers and retailers are creeping up as well?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Utility Clothing and Footwear (Prices) (26 Jul 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: While agreeing, of course, with the necessity for and desirability of maintaining our export trade and, indeed, increasing it, may I ask whether it would not be wise, when requests are made to raise utility prices, to have regard to the profits that are being obtained in other fields?

Civil Service (Equal Pay) (20 Jun 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: If a thoroughly inflationary situation develops, and there are no correct priorities, is it not a fact that, if there should be any chance in the near future of giving to the public any considerable benefit in the way of increased payments of any kind, the highest priority should be given to the sick and the unemployed, and those who are now waiting with anxiety for the repayment of their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Development Areas (Factories) (7 Jun 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that in the 1930's it was always recognised that to start large-scale industrial projects in the development areas would be very expensive, and that that was why we were left with poultry farms, market gardening and the repairing of typewriters?

Clause 2. — (Widows' Benefit.) (9 May 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Flint, East (Mrs. White) for moving this Amendment and for inserting in it in concrete terms a suggestion which I made on Second Reading. As I looked at the Bill—my attitude was that it was simply absurd to have the same level of undeducted or untouched earnings in the case of, say, a widowed mother with no children and no responsibilities as...

Orders of the Day — National Insurance Bill (26 Apr 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: I was interested in the contention of the hon. Member for Stretford (Mr. Storey) that we had not applied the money which will go to increasing the basic pension in the most economical way so as to meet the greatest need. It is based upon the supposition that although only 600,000 old age pensioners draw a supplementary pension, those who do not draw it—the vast majority of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces: Aircraft Spares (Supplies to Egypt) (18 Apr 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: Does the Minister think it a wise policy, or a policy which makes any kind of sense at all, to sell armaments of any kind to Egypt at the same time as Egypt is proclaiming that she will never sign a Peace Treaty in the Middle East?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce: Children's Utility Clothing (12 Apr 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: Does not the Minister agree that the price of children's clothing appears to be relatively greater than the price of adult clothing, and will he look into this very carefully since it is a matter of grave concern to mothers?

Orders of the Day — Budget Proposals and Economic Survey (12 Apr 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: Does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman appreciate that in the former Distressed Areas which are now the Development Areas, unemployment, although very much less than it was before the war, is still much in excess of the unemployment figures for other parts of the country? Does he really suggest that these services to attract new industries and industrialists to the former Distressed Areas...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service: Dental Goods Industry (Report) (15 Mar 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: asked the Minister of Health what action he intends to take on the Report by the Monopoly Commission on Dental Goods in order to lower the costs incurred by the National Health Service in respect of these goods.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service: Dental Goods Industry (Report) (15 Mar 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: As many requests have been made to the Minister to reduce the cost of the Health Service, does he not agree that the implementation of some of the recommendations by the Monopoly Commission on Dental Goods would tend to have that welcome effect?

Orders of the Day — Matrimonial Causes Bill (9 Mar 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: When we consider these very serious matters we have in the forefront of our minds, possibly quite reasonably enough, the present parlous position of some marriages; but, of course, what we are discussing and what we decide today will affect the future position of all marriages, and is really a very much greater issue. The extent to which easier facilities for divorce are provided, the extent...

Orders of the Day — Matrimonial Causes Bill (9 Mar 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: It may be thought that if, for example, one spouse has committed adultery or acts of cruelty and then has gone away for the statutory period under this Bill, the spouse is well rid of him or her. But my contention is that that is a matter for the other spouse to judge. I disagree fundamentally with the hon. Member for Solihull (Mr. M. Lindsay) when he suggested that about 50 per cent. of the...

Orders of the Day — Matrimonial Causes Bill (9 Mar 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: Of course it is not, but it is a gross over-statement to suggest in a vague and off-hand way that it is mostly a matter of fifty-fifty. There are, of course, faults on both sides, but this tendency to think that there is no moral validity in belief in the legal innocence of one party is a dangerous doctrine. I am, perhaps, a little fanatical on this point, but it seems to me that not only are...

Orders of the Day — Matrimonial Causes Bill (9 Mar 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: As I understand the reference in the Bill to adjudication and discretion of the court, it refers to financial maintenance, and does not refer, in my opinion—I shall be glad to hear other views—to the general background of the origin of the behaviour of both parties. It relates purely to the financial position. If this Bill is passed, we may well find that we are introducing a remedy which...

Canning Industry (Tinplate Supplies) (27 Feb 1951)

Major Lyall Wilkes: I enter the debate with a considerable amount of trepidation, because I am not an expert in tinplate. The shortage of tinplate has impinged on my constituency and I have been applying my mind to it and have come to certain conclusions. It is a very difficult position. If one adopts the doctrine that nothing should be exported until home demands are satisfied and that the export trade is a...

Soldiers' Gratuities (Dependants) (15 Dec 1950)

Major Lyall Wilkes: The question I wish to raise during the next few minutes is that of the non-payment of gratuities to the dependants of deceased soldiers. I must confess that I was very surprised when I learned, as a result of a case which arose in my own constituency, that if a soldier who has signed for a short-term engagement should die within only a few days or a few weeks of the completion of his term of...

Soldiers' Gratuities (Dependants) (15 Dec 1950)

Major Lyall Wilkes: I apologise for interrupting my hon. Friend, but would not he agree that the need of the dependants becomes very much more urgent if the breadwinner soldier dies before the completion of his service?

Soldiers' Gratuities (Dependants) (15 Dec 1950)

Major Lyall Wilkes: A much better plan would be to adopt the suggestion I have made, that a pro rata payment be paid in proportion to the amount of service.

Soldiers' Gratuities (Dependants) (15 Dec 1950)

Major Lyall Wilkes: I do not see why not. If a man joined up for three years with £100 as an inducement to serve, and he died within a month, then one thirty-sixth should be payable.


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