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Volume 439: debated on Monday 23 June 1947

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Written Answers To Questions

Monday, 23rd June, 1947

Ministry Of Supply

Steel Allocation (Agricultural Machinery)

3.

asked the Minister of Supply whether agricultural machinery is allotted steel on the basis of any priority over other classes of goods.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on 28th April to the hon. and gallant Member for Gainsborough (Captain Crookshank), of which I am sending him a copy.

Surplus Equipment (Local Authorities)

4.

asked the Minister of Supply if he will arrange for information to be supplied to officers of local authorities that apply for it, in regard to material and equipment which is surplus to Government requirements and is suitable for building and maintenance of council houses and public buildings.

Arrangements were made some time ago for local authorities to be informed of surpluses in their areas, and given an opportunity of acquiring them before normal disposal action takes place.

Ministry Of Works

Cement Supplies

13.

asked the Minister of Works the loss in production of cement caused by the fuel shortage; and whether he anticipates that production will meet demand during the coming months.

It is estimated that some 700,000 tons of cement have been lost this year owing to the shortage of fuel. The cement industry has now obtained a larger allocation of coal and production should now broadly equal the current demand but it may be some time before the dislocation caused by the fuel shortage is overcome.

Playing Fields, Salford (Release)

asked the Minister of Works when the Duncan Matheson playing fields, Lancaster Road, Salford, will be freed by his Department; to what area the Apprentices Training Scheme is being removed; and if he will give an assurance that these fields will be derequisitioned and not handed over to any other Department.

This site was used for an Emergency Building Trades Training Centre. It has now been possible to accommodate the trainees in centres at Radcliffe and Cheetham. When the equipment has been removed it is intended to dispose of the huts and then to release the site.

South-East Asia (High Commissioner's Duties)

40.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the functions and duties of Lord Killearn, the High Commissioner for South-East Asia; and whether, in view of its inevitable overlapping with the functions of the local Governors-General and Governors, this post is to be made permanent.

Lord Killearn is responsible for advising His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom on problems affecting the conduct of foreign affairs in South-East Asia, for the coordination of economic matters in the area as a whole and for taking all possible steps to alleviate the food crisis there. His functions do not overlap with those of the Governor-General and Governors, as the Governor-General is charged with the co-ordination of policy in the British Colonial Dependencies within his sphere, and the Governors are responsible for the administration of their respective territories. These are functions quite distinct from those of Lord Killearn. The future of this post has not yet been decided; and I am not in a position to make a statement about it at present.

Russian-Born Wives

39.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is in a position to make any further statement on the subject of the Russian wives of British subjects who are still detained in the U.S.S.R.

No. But the hon. Member may rest assured that the question is not being forgotten.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has considered a letter from Mr. Edward G. Kenward, 165, Yeading Lane, Hayes, Middlesex with regard to his Russian wife who lives 400 miles from Moscow, in Vologda; whether he is aware that though he writes regularly every week she has received none of his letters; and if he will give fresh instructions to His Majesty's representative in U.S.S.R. to make inquiries as to the reason and how soon she may be able to rejoin her husband in England.

Yes. Mr. Kenward wrote to me about his wife's position on 29th May and again on 16th June. I am aware of the difficulties which he is experiencing in communicating with his wife and have asked His Majesty's Ambassador at Moscow to consider whether any action can be taken to help her. The question of Mrs. Kenward rejoining her husband is being considered with that of the other Soviet-born wives who are trying to obtain permission to come to this country.

Middle East (Irrigation Schemes)

43.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will indicate the countries of the Middle East for which His Majesty's Government is encouraging irrigation schemes; and when a full statement on the plans will be made.

The Governments of all the countries in the Middle East area have to a greater or lesser extent irrigation schemes under active consideration, and our encouragement is given and our assistance is available to all such schemes designed to raise the standard of living of the people. Amongst the more notable are those for flood control and irrigation at present under examination by the Government of Iraq, with the assistance of a team of highly qualified British specialists. The Middle-Eastern States concerned will no doubt publish statements of their plans as soon as final decisions have been taken.

Germany (Textbooks)

55.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware of the shortage of textbooks in the British zone in Germany, which is hampering the emergency teachers training work in Hamburg; that there are friends and associations in Switzerland prepared to present these books, so urgently required for re-education work, if an importation permit from Switzerland to the British zone is granted; and if he will give such a permit as is required.

Yes. There is an acute shortage of textbooks of all sorts, and we are most anxious to take advantage of gifts of books from Switzerland. No special import permit is needed and a number of books have already been received. If difficulty has arisen in any case I should be grateful if my hon. Friend would give me particulars.

Mr Raczkiewicz's Funeral (Polish Protest)

59.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply he has sent, or is proposing to send, to the protests made by the Government of Poland that His Majesty's Government was represented at the funeral of Mr. Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz.

A note has been received from the Polish Government protesting against the decision of His Majesty's Government to be represented at the funeral of ex-President Raczkiewicz and to allow military honours to be rendered by units of the Polish Resettlement Corps. This note is still under consideration, but my right hon. Friend has previously made it quite clear to the Polish Government, and in an official communiqué issued at the time, that this action had no political significance whatever, and was taken in recognition of the wartime services of Mr. Raczkiewicz, who was the titular head of all the Polish forces who fought under British command.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the terms of the note which he has received from the Polish Government protesting against the action of His Majesty's Government in being represented at the funeral of the late President Raczkiewicz; and if any reply has been sent.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many protests, and from what sources, have been made about the presence of British and Polish personnel at the funeral of Mr. Raczkiewicz at Newark; and what reply has been sent.

I would refer the hon. Members to the reply which I gave today to the hon. Member for Hornsey (Mr. Gammans) to a Question on the same subject.

Agriculture

Harvest Camps

49.

asked the Minister of Agriculture the present total of persons who have enrolled for work in his Department's camps during the coming harvest; and whether he is satisfied that at the present rate of enrolment there will be sufficient workers to deal with the harvest.

Bookings for the earlier part of the season have been encouraging; 52,000 volunteers had enrolled by 31st May, as against 36,000 at the same date in 1946. Bookings for September-November, while better than last year, were only 9,000, and while the supply of labour for the harvest should be generally adequate, I should be glad to see many more volunteers in the later months.

Foot-And-Mouth Disease

53.

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many animals have been slaughtered because of foot-and-mouth disease; and what is the total amount of compensation that has been paid during the last 12 months.

The number of animals slaughtered during the year ended 19th June, 1947, because of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease was 12,744 and the compensation paid was £334,381.

Soil Fertility (Inorganic Manures)

asked the Minister of Agriculture to what extent, in view of the experience in parts of the U.S.A., researches are conducted in this country into the effects on soil fertility by the continued use of inorganic manure.

The continuous use of inorganic manures has been the subject of numerous experiments in this country, notably at the Rothamsted Experimental Station where heavy annual dressings of fertilisers alone have been applied for over a 100 years, and where high crop yields have been maintained and the soils are for the most part still in excellent condition. I am sending my hon. Friend a reprint of a paper dealing with the subject.

Shooting Incident, Itchen Stoke

asked the Minister of Agriculture under what process of law George Raymond Walden, Borough Farm, Itchen Stoke, Hants, was shot dead while defending his home; whether the police who shot him were acting under the authority of a legal warrant or under what other authority; and what action he is taking in the matter.

In 1940 on account of the poor state of Mr. Walden's farm and his failure to comply with Cultivation Orders, it became necessary for the Hampshire War Agricultural Executive Committee to take possession of the holding. Mr. Walden refused to leave and shot at, seriously injuring, an unarmed policeman sent to see that there was no breach of the peace when the Committee took possession. He then shut himself in the house and shot at anyone approaching. Altogether he injured with gun shots four policemen before he was killed—it is thought—by a gun discharged by one of the policemen trying to arrest him for attempted murder. A coroner's jury returned the verdict that the man died from gunshot wounds inflicted by a police officer in the proper execution of his duty, and that it was, therefore, justifiable homicide. No warrant is necessary in law for the arrest of a man who has committed the felony of attempted murder. If an officer of justice is resisted in the legal execution of his duty, he may use force, and should he kill the person resisting him it is justifiable homicide. This very regrettable incident was fully investigated at the time. In view of the verdict at the inquest and the passage of seven years, I see no reason why I should take any action in the matter, or that I could usefully do so.

Civil Servant (Political Controversy)

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will inquire into the case, details of which have been submitted to him, of a graduate of London University, a civil servant, who, as an honorary officer of a society for promoting the welfare of animals, pressed in public writings the society's objections to Clauses in the Agriculture Bill relating to the use of gin traps and was thereupon subjected to disciplinary action by his Department; and whether this method of silencing criticism is to he generally applied.

I am already fully aware of the details of this case. The essential facts are that a civil servant serving as a Senior Examiner in the Patent Office issued circulars to the public in his capacity as Chairman of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, urging the public to press their Members of Parliament to oppose certain provisions in the Agriculture Bill, to which the Federation objected on humanitarian grounds. He also issued an appeal to Members of this House to vote against these provisions. Civil servants are under standing instructions not to indulge in political controversy and to maintain a proper reticence in discussing public affairs. Though this must be largely a matter of judgment and good taste, it is clear that when a topic has become a matter of Parliamentary controversy, a civil servant should not take an active part in promoting support or opposition. The civil servant in question was informed by senior officials of his Department that in their opinion it was most undesirable for a serving civil servant to act as he had done.

Spain (Protestant Church)

60.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British Protestant ministers of religion are officiating in Spain; how many have been allowed to enter and reside in Spain during the past two years and how many have left; what complaints respecting the restriction of their religious activities have been received; and what restrictions are imposed on the sending of religious, ethical and cultural publications from this country to Spain.

His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires at Madrid reports that he knows of 19 British Protestant ministers of religion officiating in Spain. All except six of this number departed in 1940 and returned in 1946. None have left Spain during the past two years. Although no recent complaints have been received respecting the restriction of the religious activities of Protestant Ministers, their work is frequently hindered by local animosity. Two bomb outrages committed against the chapel and house of the British Protestant Minister at Infesta have been the subject of official protests to the Spanish Government. Moreover the Protestant congregations in Spain are subject to many disabilities. They may not hold religious ceremonies outside their own place of worship or open Protestant schools. In reply to the last part of the Question, all publications entering Spain are subject to censorship.

Food Supplies

Rice

61.

asked the Minister of Food whether he is allocating some of the supply of rice, that is now being imported, to canteens and restaurants which cater for Indians, Chinese and other Eastern people.

The very limited quantities of rice now being imported are by arrangement with the International Emergency Food Council used only for the special purpose of providing ships' stores rice for Asiatic crews. I regret, therefore, that it is not possible to allocate any of it to canteens and restaurants for Indians and other Eastern people.

63.

asked the Minister of Food if he will publish a report on the investigations made on his behalf by officials of his Department into the rice situation in Siam, and the reasons for failure to mobilise surplus stocks in that country.

The Government of Siam estimated the quantity of rice which would be surplus to internal needs during 1947 at 420,000 tons. Shipments from January to May, 1947, have average 40,000 tons a month and it, as I hope, it is possible to maintain this rate of shipment, the entire surplus will, in fact, have been mobilised by the end of the year. In these circumstances I do not feel that a report on the lines suggested would really serve any useful purpose.

64.

asked the Minister of Food what new measures or new policy he proposes to adopt in order to improve the low rice shipments from Siam with consequent lowering of the rice ration in Malaya and elsewhere.

New measures for the purpose of increasing shipments of rice from Siam are at present under discussion with the Siamese Government and until agreement has been reached I cannot disclose their nature.

Depots

62.

asked the Minister of Food how many persons are still employed in the food stores which were established during the war in various parts of the country; what work these persons are doing; and what are now the contents of these food stores

At present there are about 3,000 people employed in the remaining food depots which were set up by the Ministry during the war. They are mainly engaged in handling the stocks of imported and home grown foodstuffs which still have to be maintained by the Ministry.

Wastage

68.

asked the Minister of Food whether he will publish figures showing the estimated quantity of food lost by avoidable waste during the 12 months prior to the nearest convenient date, together with the comparable figures for a like period in 1938–39.

For figures of the total wastage on imported foods in 1945–46, down to the point where they reach the trader, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Newport (Mr. Peter Freeman) on 15th November last.

Canned Oysters

69.

asked the Minister of Food for what reason have tinned oysters been imported from the U.S.A.; what has been the total dollar expenditure on tinned oysters; and whether he will take steps to prevent the importation of this and other luxury foods from hard-currency countries.

The import of canned oysters by private traders was permitted under an open general licence for various canned fish products designed to provide variety in supplies. The dollar expenditure on canned oysters, to the end of April, the last available date, was about £13,000. The open general licence was withdrawn from 13th May.

Queues (Elderly People)

72.

asked the Minister of Food if he will consider issuing an appeal to food retailers to give priority in queues to elderly people.

This is a matter which might well be left to the good sense of the British public who, I believe, are quite prepared to help the frail and elderly.

Pea And Pie Shop, Pudsey

74.

asked the Minister of Food if he has yet arrived at a decision whether Mr. J. Barrett, 47, Waterloo Road, Pudsey, who is an ex-Service man with a 20 per cent. disability pension, can have a licence to open a pea and pie shop in Pudsey, there being no such shop in the borough; and why has there been such a delay in replying to this application, which was made on 27th March.

I am glad to say that a licence has now been issued to Mr. Barrett.

Potato Shortage

75.

asked the Minister of Food what steps are being taken to remedy the shortage of potatoes in West Ham.

In order to meet the temporary shortage which has been caused by weather damage to the old crop and the lateness of the new, my Department is bringing to London the remaining supplies of old potatoes available in the Eastern Counties and Scotland and a quantity from Northern Ireland and Eire. In addition the Ministry is distributing Jersey new potatoes. West Ham will receive its fair share from these sources. Lifting of the new crop is now beginning and I hope that, in about a week, there will be a noticeable improvement in supply.

Roads

Classified Expenditure (Estimates)

76.

asked the Minister of Transport if he will issue instructions making it possible for approved estimates on classified road expenditure to be notified to local authorities before the commencement of the new financial year, as this would be of considerable assistance and saving in preparing for the execution of the work.

I agree with my hon. Friend that this is desirable—but it can only be done if the estimates of all highway authorities concerned are received well before the end of the financial year.

78.

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that estimates for classified road expenditure for 1947–48 programme were submitted by the Padiham Urban District Council in November, 1946, and not given final approval until 21st May, 1947; that, in the meantime, cost of bitumen and sand had increased and the original estimates had to be increased by £250 due to this delay; and if he will ensure that estimates are approved earlier in future.

My hon. Friend is no doubt referring to the estimates submitted by the Padiham Urban District Council to the Lancashire County Council, which is the responsible highway authority. The county council's estimates for 1947–48 were received by my Department on 22nd April last, and on 14th May the Council was notified of the amount of the estimates approved for grant.

Maintenance Grants

77.

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that the restoration of the cuts promised for expenditure on highway engineering are inadequate and do not take into account the severe weather of the recent winter months; and if additional expenditure will be authorised.

No. The additional maintenance grants which are now being made available include substantial amounts for the repair of damage caused by the severe weather. These amounts are based on estimates supplied by the highway authorities.

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that the policy of economy of expenditure on classified roads at present being adopted is regarded by local authorities as unwise; that if a severe winter is again experienced present saving will result in doubled expenditure; and if he will review present policy in this matter.

I am advised that with the standard of maintenance which the increased grants now available will permit, my hon. Friend's fears are not likely to be realised.

Safety Device

85.

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to a device for road safety, of which information has been sent him; and whether he proposes to take steps to introduce this.

Experiments with the device referred to are being carried out by my Department. The use of devices of this kind is a matter for the discretion of highway authorities.

Railways

Smooth-Running Track (Tests)

80.

asked the Minister of Transport whether tests of the smooth-running track between Wimbledon and Raynes Park stations have yet been completed; and whether this type of track is now to be introduced generally on main line railways.

The tests between Wimbledon and Raynes Park have been completed and a limited mileage of smooth-running track is being made, experimentally, by the Southern Railway as and when labour and materials are available. It would be premature, as yet, to say whether it will be introduced generally on main line railways.

Shipping

South Wales Ports (Coal Imports)

79.

asked the Minister of Transport if it has been decided at what ports the coal to be imported from the U.S.A. will be unloaded; and if consideration is being given to the possibilities of using the ports of South Wales for this purpose.

86.

asked the Minister of Transport if he will arrange that any importation of coal from lie U.S.A. or elsewhere shall be received at the ports of the South Wales Development Area in view of the facts that all the necessary facilities already exist and that transport can most conveniently be arranged from this district.

It is my present intention to utilise ports in the South Wales Development Area for the reception and discharge of imported coal.

Cargo Discharges, Penryn

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware of the concern which is being caused by the small number of ships which are now being discharged at Penryn; and whether he will take steps to remedy this situation.

It is not within my power to remedy the reduction of imports and the shortage of suitable vessels from which Penryn and other small ports are suffering. I have, however, been in communication with the Timber Control of the Board of Trade, who recently arranged for a vessel to discharge timber cargo at Penryn.

Trade And Commerce

Clothing Coupons

89.

asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the observation of a county court judge in regard to the cash value of clothing coupons; and if he will investigate the position with a view to devising measures to prevent any selling of these coupons.

I have seen the report in the newspapers. The Board of Trade enforcement officers have the problem of illegal buying and selling of coupons always before them and I do not think any extra measures are called for.

Furniture Auctions (Price Control)

asked the President of the Board of Trade why purchasers at auction sales of furniture are required to fill in forms giving their names, addresses and national registration identity card numbers.

These provisions are now being reviewed. I propose to drop the requirement that purchasers must produce their identity documents, but I think it will still be necessary to ask purchasers to furnish their names and addresses, where the sale price of a lot of furniture exceeds £1, in order to assist in the enforcement of price control.

Shirts

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that there is a shortage of shirts without collars in the shops in Alford, Lincolnshire, and the surrounding districts; whether he is satisfied that this part of the country is getting its fair share of available supplies; and how soon he hopes to increase the supplies in this area.

There is a general shortage of shirts of all types and I am not aware that Alford and district is not receiving its fair share of supplies.

New Industries, North Staffordshire

asked the President of the Board of Trade what new industries have been brought to North Staffordshire during the last two years; what are their employment capacity for men and women, respectively; and what further plans are in hand, or contemplated, to absorb the surplus manpower and provide greater diversity of employment.

The Government, having regard to the need for creating greater industrial diversity in North Staffordshire, have, during the last two years, allocated Government factories to civilian production and approved new industrial building schemes in this area which, when in full production, should provide work for about 11,000 persons (5,500 men and 5,500 women). The details are as follow:Four Government factories, with an area of nearly 1 million square feet, have been allocated to civilian production. In addition, another Government factory of 70,000 square feet is shortly to be allocated. These factories, when in full production, should employ more than 4,000 persons (1,500 men and 2,500 women). The products involved are cables, and wires, electrical apparatus and appliances and components for the motor and aircraft industries. In addition, the Royal Ordnance factories at Radway Green and Swynnerton are continuing in production and now employ 3,950 persons (2,550 men and 1,400 women). The Government has also steered 16 new industries to North Staffordshire and it is estimated that these, when in full production, should provide work for more than 3,000 persons (1,500 men and 1,500 women). Among the products to be made are agricultural implements, vehicles, metal cabinets, light alloys and silk.I can assure my hon. Friend that the Board of Trade will press on with their task of providing North Staffordshire with a better balanced industrial structure. The immediate difficulty is the provision of suitable sites free from subsidence, a task in which local authorities can render invaluable assistance.

Business Visit To Germany

asked the President of the Board of Trade why, on 9th May, 1947, permission was refused Mr. A. Jones, of A. Jones and Son, to make a business visit to Germany; and why Mr. Jones was given no reason for this refusal.

Mr. Jones' original application was refused because it did not appear that his visit was likely to lead to business. On receipt of further information the decision was reconsidered and the visit approved. Mr. Jones was so informed on 10th June.

Indictable Offences (Trials)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will state for the last year for which figures are available the number of persons tried by assize courts and by courts of quarter sessions, respectively; the number of such persons found guilty by the Central Criminal Court, other assize courts and courts of quarter sessions, respectively; the number of persons charged with indictable offences who were dealt with by magistrates' courts; the number of persons found guilty of indictable and non-indictable offences, respectively, by magistrates' courts; the proportion of the indictable offences which were larcenies; and the proportion of those larcenies which were disposed of by magistrates' courts.

The last available figures are for the year 1945 and are as follow:

Persons tried by assize courts5,120
Persons tried by courts of quarter sessions10,783
Persons found guilty at:
Central Criminal Court1,217
Other assize courts3,332
Courts of quarter sessions9,848
Persons charged with indictable offences who were dealt with by magistrates courts110,073
Persons found guilty by magistrates of courts of:
(a) indictable offences101,864
(b)non-indictable offences (excluding offences against Defence Regulations)297,438
Of persons found guilty of indictable offences the proportion found guilty of larcenies was65 per cent
Of the persons found guilty of larcenies the proportion disposed of by magistrates courts was 98 per cent

Boiler Fuel Supplies

92.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of the lack of stocks of boiler fuel held by merchants in the district of Hastings and St. Leonards, with the consequent hardship to householders, hotel keepers and laundries, he will take immediate steps to provide adequate supplies now and in future; and why current stocks in this district have not been maintained.

For the reasons I gave to the House on 23rd May, there is at present a general shortage of boiler fuel and stocks are everywhere at a low level. I am advised that the position in Hastings and St. Leonards is no worse than elsewhere in the South-Eastern Region. While I can give no guarantee of any immediate increase in supplies, I expect the position to improve gradually in the next few months.

Horse Breeding (Grants)

91.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sums have been made available for horse breeding in this country from the profits of the Racecourse Betting Control Board during each year since that Board has operated; and whether he will subdivide these sums so as to indicate how much has been made available for each breed of horse.

I am sending the hon. and gallant Gentleman the information for which he asks.

Coal/Oil Conversion Schemes

93.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what instructions have been issued by his Department to factories which have recently converted from coal to oil burning that they may have to revert to coal in the near future; and if he will indicate the present policy of his Department.

No such instructions have been issued by my Department. As regards the second part of the hon. and gallant Member's question, the policy of His Majesty's Government regarding coal/oil conversion was announced by my right hon. Friend on 12th June in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Bedford (Mr. Skeffington-Lodge).

Basic Petrol Ration

94.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he proposes to increase or decrease the basic petrol ration at the end of the present rationing period.

For the moment my right hon. Friend has no statement to make on this matter.

Education

Retired Teachers (Superannuation Allowances)

asked the Minister of Education the number of men and women, respectively, who retired from the teaching service in 1946 and who were awarded superannuation allowances.

The figures for the calendar year 1946 cannot be made available without an undue expenditure of time and labour. For the year ending 31st March, 1947, some 1,600 men and 3,275 women retired from the teaching profession and were awarded superannuation allowances.

Pupils (Statistics)

asked the Minister of Education the number of boys and girls, respectively, in primary and secondary schools on the latest date for which figures are available; and the number of such children who were in infants schools and departments at that time.

The following figures show the position on 1st January, 1946, the latest date for which statistics are as yet available in this particular form:

Primary SchoolsSecondary Schools
Boys1,913,525651,460
Girls1,822,155617,071
Of the pupils shown as in primary schools, 458,812 boys and 433,271 girls were in infants' schools or departments.

Newly Appointed Teachers

asked the Minister Education how many of the 14,000 odd new teachers drafted into the national schools are university graduates, two-year trainees from the permanent training colleges, emergency teachers and temporary teachers, respectively.

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave him on 14th May, to which I have nothing to add.

Training Colleges (Statistics)

asked the Minister of Education the number of men and women, respectively, trained and training in normal colleges and university departments during the years 1945, 1946 and 1947.

The only figures available relate to the academic year which runs from 1st August to the following 31st

STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY TRAINING DEPARTMENTS AND TRAINING COLLEGES (EXCLUDING EMERGENCY TRAINING COLLEGES)
Total number in training.Successfully completing training during the year.
Men.Women.Men.Women.
1944–452,15711,7455914,581
1945–463,49213,3491,1824,820
1946–47 (provisional)6,60215,1372,000 (estimated)5,750 (estimated)

Emergency Training Courses (Statistics)

asked the Minister of Education what is the estimated number of men and women, respectively, who are expected to complete emergency courses of training for the teaching profession in 1947, 1948 and 1949.

The estimates are as follow. That for 1949 is necessarily subject to a considerable degree of uncertainty.

MenWomen
19474,7001,800
19487,0002,500
19497,5002,500

July. For the years in question the figures able are:

Royal Navy (War Medal, 1939–45)

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty when the ribbon of the War Medal 1939–45 will be issued to personnel who served for the quaifying period but who were discharged from the Royal Navy before the institution of the medal.

The ribbon of the War Medal 1939–45 is issued on request to those who have qualified for it, irrespective of whether or not they have been discharged from the Royal Navy. Those who have left the Service should apply in the first instance to the Director of Navy Accounts (D.N.A., 3B Medals), Admiralty, Bath.