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The 1959 Hansard trawl - featuring planes and automobiles, if not trains. And an early call to clean up politics.

Still very little happening in 1909, so its this modern-ish stuff again.

The delights of Hungary under the Red Wheel:

Sir T. Moore  asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 30 identifiable young Hungarians, aged 18 years, have recently been shot in Hungary by order of the Hungarian Government, and that about 100 other youths are due to be shot when they reach the age of 18 years, because of the fact that they are alleged to have taken part in the Hungarian uprising in 1956, when they were 15 years of age or under; and if he will bring this matter to the notice of the United Nations Special Commissioner on Hungary without delay so that some action may be taken to prevent any further executions.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd There have been numerous disturbing reports in recent months of executions in Hungary. I have no confirmation of the alleged executions to which my hon. Friend refers.

Pretty horrendous, frankly.  Anyway, a picture:




Those French nuclear tests.  Again

Mr. Frank Allaun asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the British representative at the United Nations voted against a motion requesting France to refrain from carrying out nuclear test explosions.
....
Mr. Selwyn Lloyd The United Kingdom voted against the draft resolution put forward by certain Afro-Asian countries because it was based on the assumption—which we consider to be incorrect—that the proposed French tests would endanger health in other countries, and because we considered that our draft resolution was more realistic and constructive.

I'm sure that radioactive sand floating around the Sahara and the Sahel was a positive boon.

Anyway, the UN vote - one to savour:

The voting on the resolution tabled by certain Afro-Asian delegations was as follows: The voting on the resolution tabled by certain Afro-Asian delegations was as follows: In favour: United Arab Republic, Venezuela, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Burma, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Cambodia, Canada, Ceylon, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Federation of Malaya, Finland, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Roumania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. 

Against: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Union of South Africa. 

Abstaining: Australia, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Greece, Laos. Mexico, Paraguay, Thailand, Turkey.:

Evidence that at least one politician had heard of the Falklands before 1982:

Sir A. Hurd (father of Douglas, grandfather of Nick)  asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent Antarctic treaty to ensure the peace of the area; and what steps he has taken to ensure that British sovereignty in the Falkland Islands and the Falkland Island Dependencies is in no way compromised.Mr. Selwyn Lloyd Negotiations for an Antarctic treaty are still going on and a statement at this stage would be premature.

Our friends the Saudis:

Mr Selwyn-Lloyd The Saudi Arabian Government broke off diplomatic relations on 6th November, 1956, giving as their reason the Suez conflict. There are no obstacles on the side of Her Majesty's Government to the resumption of diplomatic relations, and the Saudi Arabian Government have been so informed for a long time past.

Arms to Cuba:

Mr. Wyatt  asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what agreement has now been reached with the Cuban Government as to the supply of military aircraft and other weapons.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd No agreement has been reached with the Cuban Government in regard to the supply of military aircraft or other weapons. The Cuban Government have asked the Hawker Aircraft Company to exchange the seventeen Sea-Fury aircraft now owned by Cuba for an equivalent number of Hawker Hunters. Approval of the necessary export licence is under consideration.

Mr. Wyatt Is the Government's reluctance to supply the Cuban Government with military aircraft due to pressure from America? Is the Minister aware that Her Majesty's Government's reluctance to give the new Cuban Government weapons compares very unfavourably in the Cuban mind with the alacrity with which they gave the old régime weapons?

Here's my favourite picture of a Sea Fury, again:



And here's a Hawker Hunter:



They were phased out of front line use by the RAF in 1971.  The Lebanese Air Force still uses them, apparently.

A man before his time, shall we say:

Mr. Mellish Without much hope, I beg to give notice that on Friday, 4th December, I shall call attention to the need for legislation to ensure that all political parties publish their accounts annually, showing all sources of income and expenditure, and move a Resolution.

Early signs of the chav menace?

Mr. Gough asked the Minister of Labour whether he will make a statement on the youth problem as it affects new towns; and if he will set up an appropriate committee to investigate and report upon the special problems that exist in these communities.  

Apparently not:


Mr. P. Thomas In the new towns, young people form a smaller part of the working population and, in general, their employment prospects compare favourably with many other areas over the next year or two. The "bulge" of school leavers will not reach its peak in the new towns until sometime after 1962—the peak year for the country as a whole; it will be proportionately larger and will persist for some years.

However, some very chavvy behaviour:

THROWING OF OBJECTS FROM M.1 BRIDGES
 
EARL HOWE [...] To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their attention has been drawn to the potential danger to drivers using M.1 from objects thrown from the many bridges over the motorway; and, if so, what steps they propose to take to abate the nuisance.
THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT (LORD CHESHAM)

My Lords, there have been a few reports of people throwing objects from bridges on to the motorway. It is difficult to visualise any physical alteration to the bridges or any system of police supervision capable of preventing altogether this dangerous nuisance, which is of course an offence. It seems likely that the nuisance will diminish or disappear when the motorway is no longer a novelty. 
 
And a splendidly hand off attitude to speed:
 
LORD HAWKE My Lords, has Her Majesty's Government's attention been called to the fact that the motorway is apparently being used by cars going at 120 or more miles an hour; and does this not constitute a danger to other users of the motorway should there be any mechanical or tyre failure at that speed?

LORD CHESHAM   My Lords, speed is relatively a dangerous thing in any motor car. A very small motor car with a top speed of 70 miles an hour doing 69 miles an hour is just as capable of creating havoc as a car built for the purpose of doing 120 miles an hour. There are, so far as I am aware, no particular widespread complaints of very excessive speeds. There no doubt have been individual instances. I would agree, certainly, that if you are going to drive a car fast you have to know how to. But unless and until there seems to be a real problem—and my right honourable friend and everyone concerned will be watching for everything—I do not think there is any more to be done.




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