Written Answers To Questions
Friday, 21st May, 1954
Common Land (Public Rights)
asked the Minister of Agriculture to give, by counties of England and Wales, a list showing, for each of the years 1951, 1952 and 1953, respectively, the acreage of common lands and manorial wastes over which the owner of the soil of the common or waste has by deed given the public rights of air and exercise under the Law of Property Act, 1925.
Acreage of common lands and manorial wastes in England and Wales over which, during the years mentioned, the owner of the soil has by deed given the public rights of air and exercise under the Law of Property Act. 1925:
asked the Minister of Agriculture in which counties of England and Wales there is no common land nor manorial wastes over which the owner of the soil of the common or waste has by deed given the public rights of air and exercise under the Law of Property Act, 1925.
Counties of England and Wales where no deed has been made by an owner of the soil under the Law of Property Act, 1925, giving the public rights of air and exercise to any common land or manorial wastes:
|Leicester.||Yorkshire (East Riding).|
|London.||Yorkshire (West Riding).|
Hospital Medical And Surgical Staffs (Pay)
asked the Minister of Health the establishment for resident medical staff at the Batley and District Hospital; and what salaries are offered for the posts.
One registrar and two house officers on the new salaries of £850–£965 and £425–£525 respectively.
asked the Minister of Health the salary of a house surgeon, house physician, or comparable junior resident medical officer; and what difference there is in the pay of these officers as between different hospitals.
Under the Whitley agreement which I announced in the House on 8th April, the new salary of medical and surgical house officers is at the annual rate of £425 for the first post, £475 for the second and £525 for the third and subsequent posts. The same salary scale applies to all hospitals. The charge for residence is in all cases £125 a year.
Building Societies (Interest Rates)
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what conversations he has had with the building societies about the possibility of lowering the rate of interest on mortgages as a result of the reduction in the Bank rate.
I think it is a little early to discuss the question of the long-term rates of interest.
Old Age Pensioners (National Assistance)
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance the highest amount paid out to any one old-age pensioner and family for pension and supplementary pension combined; the extra cost if all pensioners were raised to that amount; and what the total sum would represent in extra contribution per week per contributor.
There is no fixed maximum to National Assistance grants, and I do not think that I can usefully attempt calculations based on some amount that might be paid in wholly exceptional circumstances.
Trade And Commerce
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give a list of goods the export of which from the United Kingdom to the free world is either prohibited or limited by quota or other restrictions imposed by Her Majesty's Government.
The current Export of Goods (Control) (Consolidation) Order, 1954 (S.I. 1954 No. 118) as amended by The Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment) Order, 1954 (S.I. 1954 No. 530), contains the lists of goods the export of which from the United Kingdom to some or all parts of the free world is prohibited except under the authority of a licence issued by the Board of Trade.
Burma (Uk Delegation's Report)
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the United Kingdom industrial delegation to Burma has yet submitted a report on its work; and when it will be published.
Yes. The Delegation has reported to me, and its Report will be published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office on 24th May. I take this opportunity to record appreciation of the valuable service rendered both to the Government and to British industry by Lord Burghley and his colleagues.
|ACTION TAKEN DURING THE SIX MONTHS ENDING 15TH MAY, 1954 ON CERTAIN APPLICATIONS FOR EXPORT LICENCES RECEIVED IN THAT PERIOD|
|Steel and other metals|
|NOTES: (a) Includes 52 applications of goods, value £1,739,961, for which no licence is required.|
|(b) Refused in January, 1954.|
|(c) Includes 3 applications of goods, value £1,000,000 for which no licence is required.|
|(d) Includes 1 applications partly allowed and partly refused.|
|(e) Licence issued 18th May, 1954.|
China And Ussr (Export Licences)
59, 60 and 61.
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will state the number of applications and the total value thereof for licences to export steel and other metals to Bulgaria, Hungary and China, respectively; the number of these applications which he has granted and refused, respectively; and the total value thereof for the last six months; (2) how many applications for licences, and to what value, have been received by his department for the export of electrical equipment to China and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, respectively, during the last six months; what was the number and value of those refused; what was the number and value of those allowed; and what is the number and value of those still under consideration, respectively; (3) whether he will state the number of applications and the value thereof for licences to export machine tools to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics which have been received by his department in the last six months; the number and value of the applications which have been allowed; the number and value of those which have been refused; and the number and value of those now awaiting decision, respectively.
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 18th May, 1954; Vol. 527, c. 1902], supplied the following information: