Canadian Cattle Embargo.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 5th July 1922.

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Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

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asked the Prime Minister when it is intended that the Debate on the Canadian cattle embargo should take place: and what is the policy of the Cabinet on this subject?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I am sorry that it will not be possible to take this discussion next week as was intended owing to the fact that so many Members from Northern Ireland cannot be present. It is hoped, however, that it will be possible to announce a date next week. As regards the last part of the question the attitude of the Government to this subject has already been defined in reply to previous questions.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Is the policy of the Government to carry out whatever mandate is given by the House of Commons when the discussion does take place?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I am sure that I should be very ill-advised if I were to add anything to the declarations which have been made from this bench as to the policy of the Government.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that declarations have been made with emphasis on both sides of this question by Cabinet Ministers?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

Yes, and statements have also been made as to what are the relations of those declarations to the policy of the Government.

Photo of Mr William Shaw Mr William Shaw , Forfarshire

Will the right hon. Gentleman undertake to give a definite date for the discussion next week?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

No, Sir. It is however hoped that a definite date may be given next week.

Photo of Mr William Shaw Mr William Shaw , Forfarshire

Can the right hon. Gentleman not give us some definite understanding on this question, because it has been repeatedly put off?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

It would be a great mistake to fix the date at this stage, because it necessarily depends on the progress of business.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Is not the effect of postponing the discussion to rob us of the time to give it legislative effect?