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Written Answers

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 November 1950

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 17th November, 1950

Commodities (Price Controls)

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give a list of articles and commodities which he has freed from price control, showing the price before de-control and the present price.

I am sending to my hon. Friend a list of the price controls

Commodity.Prices as percentages of January, 1948 price.
Date when price control was withdrawnAverage for month preceding date shown in Col. 2.Average for month of October, 1950
Rags for paper-making20. 2.50100·0152·2
Japanese raw silk1.11.4884·3170·4
East African sisal1. 1.49108·9177·4
Imported hides2. 1.50100·6145·5
Esparto1. 1.5075·4149·3
Native cow hides1. 7.50125·0159·4
Native ox hides1. 7.50122·6157·2
Native calf-skins1. 7.50144·4238·7
Waste paper20. 2.50100·0101·8
Woodpulp1. 4.5063·2118·7
Non-utility serge cloth1. 5.50148·6176·3
Worsted weaving yarn1. 5.50162·6230·5
Botany weaving yarn1. 5.50157·8228·7
Cross-bred weaving yarn1. 5.50125·4292·5
Cotton yarns27. 4.49123·0199·7
The figures relate only to the grades of commodities included in the Wholesale Price Index; it cannot be assumed that the percentages provide accurate indices for all grades, etc., of the products. For most of the other items in the list, which covers a great diversity of goods, including many where different traders charge different prices for similar articles, the Board of Trade cannot provide data enabling detailed comparisons to be drawn between the present-day prices and the prices before the controls were withdrawn.

Royal Navy

Dartmouth Scheme

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of vacancies, the number of candidates, the number who failed in the written examination, the number who failed in the interview and the number appointed as cadets at the recent in the Board of Trade field which have been lifted at various dates since 1st January, 1948. For those commodities shown in the list which are represented in the Board of Trade Wholesale Price Index, the changes in prices from the month before de-control to October last are indicated by the following percentages of the January, 1948 prices:September entry under the new Dartmouth Scheme; and if he will give a list of successful candidates' schools.

Details of the September entry under the new Dartmouth Scheme are given below:

Entries to Dartmouth under new scheme of entry at age 16.
(September 1950 entry)
Number of vacancies.
Executive Branch13
Engineering Branch11
Supply and Secretariat Branch3
Number entered as cadets.
Executive Branch13
Engineering Branch9
Supply and Secretariat Branch2
Total number entered24
Number of applicants238
Number who sat the examination233
Number who failed the examination167
Number who failed the interview40
Medically unfit2

List of schools of 24 successful candidates.

Aberdeen Grammar School; Ardingly College; Ashton Grammar School, Dunstable; Beaumont College; Bedford School; Brentwood School; City of London School; Crypt Grammar School; Eton College; Fettes College; H.M.S. FISGARD (R.N. Artificers' Training Establishment, Torpoint); Harrow County School; Kelly College; Lancing College; Leeds Grammar School; Maidstone Grammar School; Mount St. Mary's College; Rochdale Municipal High School; Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe; Royal Hospital School, Holbrook; Rugby School St. Edward's School, Oxford; Sherborne School; Wycliffe College.

Colliery Workers

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many colliery workers have joined the Royal Navy since 1st January, 1950; and how many have been called up as reservists.

Broadcasting (Spanish Radio Interference)

asked the Postmaster-General what arrangements have been made with Spain to eliminate interference by Madrid Radio with the reception of the North Regional Home Service on Tees-side.

In a supplementary answer on 15th November to the hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Mr. Spearman) I said that "we had got rid of the Spanish interference." I was referring inadvertently to interference with the B.B.C. West of England Home Service. I regret that the interference with the Northern Home Service continues. My Department sent a telegram to the Spanish Administration on 6th November seeking their co-operation, and a reply is awaited.

Foodstuffs (Price Control)

asked the Minister of Food whether he will give a list of foodstuffs which he has freed from price control, showing the price before decontrol and the present price.

As announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 2nd November. I am at present making a review of food prices which have been decontrolled, and in the course of this review the information which my hon. Friend seeks is, of course, being collected and assembled. This is bound to take some time, as there is a good deal of material to be examined, but as soon as the information is ready I will send it to my hon. Friend and place a copy in the Library

Royal Air Force (Personal Case)

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has yet received a report on the case of 2449595 Aircraft-man A. H. Garrett, deceased, to which his attention has already been drawn by correspondence; whether he is satisfied that this man received adequate medical supervision and that there was no connection between the cause of the motor-cycle accident in which he was killed on 16th July and a fall that he had during physical training on 23rd January when he sustained a fractured vertebrae.

I have carefully considered the report on the case of Aircraftman Garrett and I and my medical advisers are satisfied that he received all necessary hospital treatment and medical care and attention in respect of the injury he sustained during physical training on 23rd January and that this injury did not contribute in any way to the motor-cycle accident on 16th July.