Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Will the hon. Member tell me when I can put down another question? I would like to get this information before we adjourn.
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Is the Department not advised that there is no case for an inquiry, and that the companies ought to be registered?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: 28. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has any information as to the extent to which the civil population in Soviet Russia of both sexes are given military drill and instruction in the use of lethal weapons?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Surely the right hon. Gentleman has seen the reports of the American experts who have come back from the factories—about men and women being drilled twice a week, by the Red Army?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: 42. asked the Minister of Health if he has any information as to the extent foreign timber, foreign-made doors and window frames, were employed in the housing schemes of local authorities in 1930 in the whole or any section of England and Wales?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Have we no information at all then upon this point; and is the hon. Lady aware that both the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Health have issued "Buy British goods" circulars, and, in the absence of the information, how can they say that that request is being carried out?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: 8. asked the Minister of Labour whether she will call for reports from local authorities as to any particular cases where they departed from her instructions of December, 1929, that materials for assisted works shall, as far as practicable, be of United Kingdom origin and manufacture?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Will the right hon. Lady ask the local authorities whether Section 10 of the Housing (Financial) Provisions Act, 1924, lays down that the Minister must not interfere with their buying in the cheapest market; and does not that interfere to some extent with the intentions of the circulars about buying as far as possible British material and goods?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: 80. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the 608,000 effective officers and men, given as the latest available figure for the Red Army of Soviet Russia in the League of Nations Armaments Year Book, includes the O.G.P.U. army; what is the strength of this force; and whether any later figures than 1927 are available in regard to the military forces of Soviet Russia?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Can the right hon. Gentleman give any later figures than 1927, because we are always referred to the League of Nations Year Book?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: In view of the great importance of this matter, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to find out what are the figures of the Soviet Army, either through the League of Nations or through ordinary channels?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: In order to carry that programme, is the suspension of the Eleven o'Clock Rule to become a perpetual Motion, and, if so, would the right hon. Gentleman communicate to the Committee on Procedure the number of times this Motion has been moved?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Has any decision been come to?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: 21. asked the Minister of Labour the conditions laid down by her in 1929 as to grants given to local authorities because of unemployment in regard to material being of United Kingdom manufacture and, as far as practicable, of United Kingdom origin; and whether she is satisfied that these conditions are being strictly adhered to by local authorities?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Are the Ministry of Labour keeping a very strict watch on the local authorities in regard to these matters?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: 38. asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied that local authorities are acting in conformity with Circular No. 569 of 24th March, 1925, which recommends that when there is no alternative to purchasing material from abroad the local authorities should keep in mind preference for goods and materials of Imperial origin; and whether this has been or is being done in connection with...
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: How does the Minister of Health account for the fact that 600,000 Russian doors are being imported this year into this country, and could not the material be ordered from the Empire or from this country?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: I have always understood that the most mischievous taxes in the world are those on transport and power. I have to make up my mind how to vote and I ask the Solicitor-General or the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to explain why the Government are discriminating against the wharfingers and in favour of the Port of London Authority. It seems to me that a tax on the wharfingers will increase...
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: 21. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state what agreement has been arrived at with regard to the construction of the dam at the mouth of Lake Tsana for the control of the irrigation on the Blue Nile between Great Britain and Abyssinia; and can he state who is to finance the construction of the dam and who is to construct it?
Mr Carlyon Bellairs: Will the right hon. Gentleman at least remonstrate with those companies which are advancing £530,000 to Russia for the import of butter, if I send him the names of the companies?