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Written Answers

Volume 463: debated on Friday 1 April 1949

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 1st April, 1949

Metal Factory Kilmarnock

asked the Minister of Supply what representations he has received about redundancy in the Glacier Metal Factory, Kilmarnock; and what action he has or is proposing to take.

I have recently received a copy of a resolution passed by the workers and workers' representatives employed at the factory. I regret that my Department is not in a position to control the placing of commercial orders in order to maintain employment at individual factories.


Fish Refrigeration Plants

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations the numbers, names and owners of the quick-freezing fish plants erected in Newfoundland and Labrador up to the end of 1945 and since then.

The following fish refrigeration plants were in operation in Newfoundland in 1946:

Operators and Location.

  • Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., Port-aux-Basques.
  • Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., St. John's.
  • Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., St. Anthony.
  • Fishery Products Co., Isle aux Morts.
  • Fishery Products Co., Burnt Illands.
  • Fishery Products Co., Burin.
  • Fishery Products Co., St. John's*
  • Fishery Products Co., Holyrood.
  • Fishery Products Co., Joe Batt's Arm.*
  • Fishery Products Co., La Scie.
  • Harvey & Co., Ltd., St. John's.*
  • Harvey & Co., Ltd., "Sunset Glow" (Floating Plant).
  • Geo. Penny & Sons, Ramea.
  • North Eastern Fisheries, Ltd., Harbour Grace.
  • Bonavista Cold Storage, Bonavista.
  • Canada Bay Cold Storage, Englee.
  • United Cold Storage, Burin.

* These have since been dismantled.

A new plant operated by Fort Amherst Seafoods has recently been erected at St. John's.

Fish Exports

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what was the total number of pounds of fresh, frozen and chilled fish exported from Newfoundland in 1947 and 1948; what was the total fish exported in those years; and what percentage the first was of the second together with similar figures for codfish alone.

The following are the figures for which my hon. Friend has asked:

For Year ended 31/3/47For Year ended 31/3/48
(a)Total number of lbs. Of fresh frozen and chilled fish exported from Newfoundland38,502,95525,26,822
(b) Total number of lbs. of all fish exported from Newfoundland including (a)226,157,025172,328,215
(c) Percentages—(a)is of (b)17·02 per cent.14· 66 per cent.
(d) Total number of per cent. per cent. lbs. of Codfish including Salted, Canned, frozen and other cures exported from Newfoundland151,179,770125,556,286
(e) Percentages (d) is of (b)67·85 per cent.72·86 per cent.

Civil Service


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the State of allowing part- time in the Civil Service to count as to half for pension.

If existing established staff with previous part-time service were allowed to count such service for pension as to one half, the cost in all might be of the order of £1.5 million. I am unable to estimate what might be the cost in respect of part-time staff becoming established in future.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the State of allowing colour service in the 1914–18 war to count as to half for pension in the Civil Service.

The information from which could be estimated the cost of allowing service in the 1914–18 war to reckon as to one-half for Civil Service pension is not available. It can be said, however, that it would cost several million pounds.

Unestablished Officers (Gratuities)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give an estimate of the cost to the State of paying gratuities for unestablished service in the Civil Service after five years' service.

I regret that I am unable to give a reliable estimate of the cost of this proposal.

Surtax (Earned Incomes)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of Surtax revenue is derived from earned incomes.

Education (Breconshire)

asked the Minister of Education how many pupils are conveyed daily from the Painscastle rural district to the Llandrindod Wells County Grammar School and from the Hay urban and rural districts to the Brecon County Grammar Schools; and what is the mileage travelled by the buses daily and the cost per week, respectively, for such conveyances.

I understand that about 20 pupils are conveyed to the Llandrindod Wells County Secondary School from the Painscastle district, at a cost of £25 per week (including the cost of conveying children from an adjoining district) and that the bus travels about 70 miles daily. The number of children conveyed to the Brecon County Grammar Schools from the Hay urban and rural districts is 117, and the estimated cost is £26 per week. Most of these travel by public train and bus services, and the mileage cannot be given.

asked the Minister of Education how many Breconshire pupils are at the Clyro Court County Secondary School, Radnorshire; how many have to pay fees; how many will be transferred to Breconshire schools this year; to what schools; and whether they will receive a similar type of education as at Clyro.

Seventeen Breconshire children are attending the Secondary Modern School at Clyro Court Radnorshire no fees are payable at this school. Some of them may be transferred to Secondary Modern Schools or Departments at Gwernyfed and Builth when these are established, but I cannot say how many. I assume that children will not be transferred unless they can receive a suitable type of education at Breconshire schools.

asked the Minister of Education what type of school is to be located at Gwernyfed Park, Breconshire; from what districts will the pupils be drawn; and whether any publicity is to be given about this development to parents and others.

I understand that the local education authority for Breconshire propose to adapt Gwernyfed House as a Secondary Modern School for children from the Hay and Talgarth districts. It will be necessary for them to give public notice of their proposal to establish the new school under Section 13 (3) of the Education Act, 1944.

Civil Aviation (Charter Companies' Services)

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation how many routes have been negotiated with charter companies under the directive issued in January to the Air Transport Advisory Council.

No formal agreements have yet been completed, but my noble Friend has given his provisional approval to the operation of services by charter companies under associate agreements with British European Airways on the following routes:(A)

Scheduled services at ordinary fares:

  • Blackpool—Southport.
  • Birmingham—Southampton.
  • Birmingham—Jersey.
  • Cardiff—Jersey and Guernsey.
  • Leeds—Jersey.
  • Blackpool—Jersey.
  • Manchester—Jersey.
  • Birmingham—Isle of Man.
  • Leeds—Isle of Man.
  • Manchester—Isle of Man.
  • Blackpool—Isle of Man.
  • Glasgow—Isle of Man.
  • Newcastle—Isle of Man.
  • Cardiff—Barnstaple.
  • Croydon—Isle of Wight.
  • Portsmouth—Isle of Wight.
  • Southampton—Isle of Wight.
  • London—Birmingham (for the period of the British Industries Fair).
  • London—Leeds.
  • London—Blackpool.
  • London—Manchester.
  • London—Cardiff.
  • London—Land's End.
  • Cardiff—Birmingham.
  • Birmingham—Blackpool.
  • Newcastle—Belfast.

(B) Inclusive tours:

  • Southampton—Jersey and Guernsey.
  • Aberdeen—Belfast.
  • Birmingham—Belfast.
  • Newcastle—Jersey.

A number of other applications are still under consideration.