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Written Answers

Volume 436: debated on Friday 18 April 1947

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 18th April, 1947

British Army (Living Conditions)

asked the Secretary of State for War, whether he has seen new Pay Form No· 57, issued by the Air Ministry, describing detailed proposals for giving better living conditions for airmen and their families; and whether he will now make a similar detailed statement of the proposals of his Department·

I have seen this announcement· I dealt with the plans to improve accommodation for the soldier in the course of my statement on 13th March in the Debate on Army Estimates, and I do not propose to issue a more detailed statement at present·

Government Advertising

asked the Prime Minister upon what principle Government Departments issue advertisements in journals; and why the "Jewish Standard," which consistently attacks British policy, constantly secures paid advertisements from Departments.

The space for Government advertising is purchased (through recognised advertising channels) on the principle of securing maximum results from the expenditure incurred· In the selection of media for the Government's various advertisements, regard is not paid to the political or other policies followed by the journals as organs of opinion, and I do not think that it would be the wish of the hon. Member that Government advertising should be placed in such a way as to give preference to journals supporting, rather than dissenting from, Government policy·

Paper Mills (Coal)

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will increase the coal allowance to paper makers manufacturing paper and forms essential to the carrying on of industry·

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answer given yesterday to similar questions by the hon. Members for Tiverton (Mr. Amory) and Cambridge (Mr. Symonds), of which I am sending him a copy.

Perishable Cargoes, Glasgow (Unloading)

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that Mr. Coey, of Ballydunin Combes, shipped 50 bags of savoys, value £1 per bag, 90 bags of parsley, value 12s. per bag and five tons of turnips, value £20; that these were loaded on the steamer from Belfast to Glasgow on 22nd March and returned to Belfast on 26th March owing to a dockers' strike in Glasgow and that all these vegetables had to be destroyed; and if he will endeavour to arrange that troops are put on without delay to unload perishable foodstuffs.

I am informed that these vegetables were shipped on the regular Burns and Laird passenger and mail carrying steamer plying between Belfast and Glasgow, and that the vessel had to return to Belfast to maintain its schedule. No request for assistance was received by my Department from any of the consignees. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport has made arrangements to discharge perishable foodstuffs in danger of deterioration, but in present circumstances he can give no promise to handle small quantities of vegetables and similar highly perishable cargo reaching the port.

Civil Service

Naval Pensioners

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether a retired naval officer of the Regular service employed in an unestablished post in a civilian Government Department receives the normal pay of his post, or whether a reduction is made in respect of his naval pension.

A Question of this kind would have to be considered under the general rule that pensions granted for commissioned service in the Forces are to be taken into account in fixing pay in the Civil Service employment if that employment is directly attributable to special experience or qualifications obtained in the Forces. Where the civilian employment is attributable in this way, a small deduction is made from the amount of civilian pay.

Claims

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury when the Civil Service Clerical Association may expect decisions upon the claim for revised pay for established clerical and allied staffs submitted to his Department on 12th June, 1946, the claim for parity of pay for permanent and temporary staffs submitted to his Department in November, 1946, and the claim for improved pay for locally entered staffs employed at Malta submitted to the three Service Departments on 6th September, 1946; and why decisions upon these claims have been delayed.

I am not in a position to add to my answer of the 11th March to the hon. Member for Drake (Mr. Medland).

Post Office Employees (Naval Pensioners)

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether a naval pensioner employed as a postman or other Post Office servant receives the normal pay of his position, or whether a reduction is made in respect of his naval pension.

A naval pensioner employed in the postman or in any other grade in the Post Office receives the normal pay of that grade.

Uganda (Deportations)

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will now give further details of the present position of 13 Buganda deportees from Uganda; whether he is aware, as evidence submitted to him demonstrates, that the wives of these deportees have not been informed of the reasons why their husbands have been deported and the have not been allowed open court trial; and if he will rectify this position·

The position of the Uganda deportees is reviewed every quarter by the Governor. As a result of the last two quarterly reviews in November and February, four of the deportees have been granted a conditional release· There are still II deportees at Moroto in Uganda and two in the Seychelles· As I stated in my reply to the hon. Member on 30th October last, all the deportees have been informed of the reasons for their deportation and both they and their wives are aware that they are permitted to have their wives and children with them if they so desire. Some wives, children and servants actually accompanied them at the time of their deportation. In my previous answer I also informed the hon. Member that the deportations were carried out as a security measure and that their purpose is preventive and not punitive· In this connection I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my predecessor on 7th November, 1945, to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Skinnard)· I am sending the hon. Member a copy of this reply. I shall not be in a position to make any further statement until after the next quarterly review in May.