Mr Richard Sharples: It is with some trepidation that I rise to make my maiden speech in a debate on this vast subject. It has been a great experience for me to listen to the speeches from both sides of the House. I know that there are many hon. Members who have far more experience and knowledge of the vast issues which confront us than I have, but my reason for wishing to take part in the debate is the five...
Mr Richard Sharples: I beg to give notice that, on Friday, 28th January, 1955, I shall call attention to the traffic congestion in London, and move a Resolution.
Mr Richard Sharples: I have sat through practically the whole of the debate, and I have had the opportunity of listening to almost all the speeches that have been made. In some ways that may be an advantage, because one has heard all the points which one wanted to make oneself being made by other people, and one has perhaps been able to hear the arguments against them. A good deal of the argument and of the...
Mr Richard Sharples: The House owes a debt of gratitude to the hon. Member for St. Pancras, North (Mr. K. Robinson), for giving us an opportunity to debate this subject this morning. I listened with the greatest interest to his speech and found myself in agreement with every point he made. I will not detain the House long, because it would be tedious for me to repeat his argument—even if I could do so in the...
Mr Richard Sharples: I am interested in what the right hon. Member is saying. Would he go so far as to give the Minister of Defence financial control over the Services? That really is the point.
Mr Richard Sharples: I think the debate will have been worth while if only for the contribution which has been made by the right hon. Member for Easington (Mr. Shin-well), who talked with an intimate knowledge of the Ministry of Defence and of the whole defence set-up which is not available to anyone else who has taken part in the debate. I was particularly interested in his views on the part which the Ministry...
Mr Richard Sharples: Can my hon. Friend say whether he has given up the idea entirely of building an underpass at this important intersection?
Mr Richard Sharples: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of children without parents, foster-parents or guardians who are being educated as boarders at private schools.
Mr Richard Sharples: I beg to give notice that on Friday, 31st May, I shall call attention to the need for inquiry into the methods of financing and administrative control of the Defence Services, and move a Resolution.
Mr Richard Sharples: I am sorry that the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Donnelly) finished his speech on such a bitter note. I listened with interest to what he said earlier, when I thought he made some constructive suggestions, but to introduce a note of such bitterness into this debate was, I think, most regrettable. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister came to the House this afternoon and had the courage to...
Mr Richard Sharples: The problem originally arose in 1948.
Mr Richard Sharples: The problem had been known ever since 1948.
Mr Richard Sharples: No firm line was taken upon the matter whatsoever. The time to enforce it was immediately the U.N. decision was made, and that was the time when the Opposition were in office.
Mr Richard Sharples: I will not be drawn by my hon. Friend into an argument about that. I see on the tape tonight that the proposal has been raised again of the sending by Israel of a test ship through the Suez Canal. I hope very much that Israel will do this, and that we shall make it quite clear that if there is any question of its being stopped, we shall support Israel in the United Nations, and that if...
Mr Richard Sharples: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what steps he proposes to take in order to relieve traffic congestion by Storey's Gate. S.W.1.
Mr Richard Sharples: While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that it is still possible to be held up there for up to 20 minutes in the morning? Would he consider prohibiting traffic turning right into the Horse Guards approach and stopping cars parking in the narrow part of Great George Street?
Mr Richard Sharples: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will make a statement with regard to the progress of his campaign to relieve pressure on travel facilities within the London area by staggering hours of work.
Mr Richard Sharples: Is my right hon. Friend receiving co-operation from industry and from Government Departments?
Mr Richard Sharples: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the Government's decision to accept the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on the pay of Higher Civil Servants, it is now proposed to increase the pensions of those higher civil servants who retired after 31st December, 1947, and who have received no benefit under the Pension Increase Acts.
Mr Richard Sharples: May I ask my right hon. Friend to reconsider this question, bearing in mind the fall in the standard of living which some of these people have suffered since the date I mentioned, and, secondly, because the main reason advanced for excluding them has now largely disappeared?