Sir Harry Barnston: My right hon. Friend has not available the information asked for, but is taking steps to obtain it, and will communicate with the hon. Member in due course.
Sir Harry Barnston: I have been asked to reply. I presume that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the presence of the larvæ of the cherry fruit fly in consignments of imported cherries. Eighty-five cases of infestation have been found so far this season, as the result of the examination of 192 samples taken by the Ministry's inspectors.
Sir Harry Barnston: I will certainly represent that to the Minister, but I may say that in some cases infestation amounts to 80 per cent.
Sir Harry Barnston: The French Government have been informed that full consideration will be given to any arrangements which they may be able to suggest with the object of preventing the exportation to this country of infested cherries in future seasons. No further progress can be made until details of any suggested no new arrangements have been received.
Sir Harry Barnston: I have been asked to reply. A number of the Ministry's Reports which are presented to Parliament by Act of Command are already placed in the Library, and other Reports of general interest are sent to the Library by the Stationery Office on the Librarian's requisition. Members may obtain copies of any other Reports they require on application to the Stationery Office.
Sir Harry Barnston: I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend does not consider that there has been any change in the situation since the Ouse Commission reported, which would make a further report necessary, but it will be open to parties interested who hold a contrary view to state their ease when the Ouse Drainage Bill is before the Select Committee.
Sir Harry Barnston: I have been asked to reply on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health. At 25th April, 1927, the latest date for which figures are available, 122 insured persons classified as belonging to the slate quarrying and mining industry, or 1.1 per cent. of the numbers insured, were recorded as unemployed in Great Britain. With regard to the last part of the question, the position is...
Sir Harry Barnston: My right hon. Friend is informed that the Flintshire and Denbighshire County Councils and the Wrexham Town Council have made arrangements for the provision of artificial light treatment for children at the Orthopædic Hospital at Gobowen, and that other county councils in North Wales occasionally send children to this hospital for treatment. Provision has been made by the Welsh National...
Sir Harry Barnston: Figures based on a classification distinguishing "able-bodied" persons are not now obtained. The average numbers of men and women (including young persons over 16 years of age) ordinarily engaged in some regular occupation who were in receipt of domiciliary Poor Law relief during the months of January, February and March, 1927, and the dependent wives of those persons were as follow: ...
Sir Harry Barnston: The Exchequer subsidy paid since 1918 up to 31st March, 1927, to the local authorities and private individuals on account of housing schemes in the county boroughs named was: £ Birmingham 1,254,815 Liverpool 1,582,566 Manchester 854,342
Sir Harry Barnston: My right hon. Friend is not aware of the present position of this matter, but he will make inquiries. The suggestion of arbitration which the hon. Member made some time ago was communicated to the authorities, but one of the authorities concerned was not prepared to accept it.
Sir Harry Barnston: My right hon. Friend can only repeat what has already been said in reply to similar questions. He is willing to consider sympathetically applications for sanction to loans for playing fields from local authorities, and a good deal has in fact been expended in recent years in the acquisition and laying out of land, though heavy rates and the present need for economy have prevented local...
Sir Harry Barnston: I have been asked to reply. The Ouse Drainage Board are endeavouring to carry out their duties so far as their resources will allow, and considerable works of improvement are being carried out in different parts of the district. As stated, however, in the Report of the Ouse Commission, it is impossible for the land in the district to bear the burden of the works which the Commission reported...
Sir Harry Barnston: I will see what can be done.
Sir Harry Barnston: Provision was made in Section 1 of the Agricultural Credits Act, 1923, for loans to farmers who bought their farms during the period from 1917 to 1921, when the Corn Production Act was in operation. The Government are now considering what facilities for long-term credit can be made available to farmers generally.
Sir Harry Barnston: It was sold in the usual way.
Sir Harry Barnston: Articles of food and drink are already specifically excluded from the Safeguarding of Industries procedure and the Government are not proposing to make any alteration in that respect. My right hon. Friend is at present giving active consideration to the provision of credit facilities for agriculture.
Sir Harry Barnston: I have been asked to reply. Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend has received a number of resolutions from borough councils in the sense indicated. With regard to the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend gave to a similar question put to him by the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean on the 7th April last, a copy of which I am sending to him.
Sir Harry Barnston: My right hon. Friend has not the smallest intention of altering his decision.
Sir Harry Barnston: I have been asked to reply. Female workers employed on agricultural holdings above one acre in extent in England and Wales as returned by occupiers on 4th June, 1920. numbered 104,556, of whom 62,949 were classed as regular workers and 41,607 as casual workers. The minimum rates of wages fixed for women under the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) Act range from 3frac34;d. to 6d. per hour, but...