Mr John Cartland: I am much obliged to the hon. Member. I do not think there is any disagreement between us. The alternative policy is that you will let the normal course of trade absorb the unemployed, that you will bring about such industrial conditions that the unemployed will be absorbed. If you are going to rely entirely on your commercial policy to solve your unemployment problem, you have to couple...
Mr John Cartland: I am going into that further in a minute. But my right hon. Friend the Member for Sparkbrook has said that a system of family allowances would do something to relieve the problem of the man in industry on a low wage with a large family. There is a suggestion also for a minimum wage in industry. The right hon. Gentleman will perhaps say that his Department is keeping a vague look-out on all...
Mr John Cartland: Would my right hon. Friend consider asking the Import Duties Advisory Committee to look specifically into the question of these imports and report to the House?
Mr John Cartland: asked the Home Secretary what are the additional powers with which it is proposed to invest air-raid wardens by special regulations in time of emergency?
Mr John Cartland: Does that mean that any suggestion that legislation will be introduced in the event of war breaking out to invest these persons with powers will not be implemented?
Mr John Cartland: asked the Home Secretary by what method and under what authority air-raid warden officers are appointed?
Mr John Cartland: Is there, in point of fact, any uniformity? Has my hon. Friend seen the letter in the "Times" this morning?
Mr John Cartland: asked the Home Secretary why gas masks for training are not issued to local authorities in sufficient quantities to provide one gas mask for every volunteer who undertakes training?
Mr John Cartland: How many have been issued for this purpose?
Mr John Cartland: Can my hon. Friend say what the local authorities have done?
Mr John Cartland: Is it not a fact that this committee was asked to consider the national interest in all these particular duties, and would not a survey from time to time of general trade conditions be in the national interest?
Mr John Cartland: asked the Home Secretary how many local authorities have made arrangements with manufacturers who are carrying out direct armament contracts for the Government to provide protection for their workers against air-raid attacks?
Mr John Cartland: Can my right hon. Friend say how many local authorities are seeing that these employers are carrying out such works?
Mr John Cartland: Would my right hon. Friend be able to find out the figures?
Mr John Cartland: Can the Minister say whether his Department is in touch with the manufacturers who are carrying out armaments work, with regard to provision for the protection of their workers?
Mr John Cartland: Is it the hon. Member's Department or the Air-Raids Precautions Department?
Mr John Cartland: I beg to second the Motion. I am certain that anything from the City of Birmingham will appeal to my right hon. Friend the Minister, particularly when he remembers our very remarkable record, to which my hon. Friend the Member for the Yardley Division (Mr. Salt) referred, in the way of municipal house-building. I hope the House will not think that this Clause is designed to deal with...
Mr John Cartland: That makes my case all the stronger. The Birmingham Council had the opportunity to submit written evidence, but that is not of the same value as oral evidence. This is a new problem, and I believe that if the local authorities had been given an opportunity of submitting oral evidence and of being questioned upon it, the Committee must have been convinced that this was a definite Problem which...
Mr John Cartland: Was not that a general measure of recontrol affecting all landlords?
Mr John Cartland: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that either my right hon. Friend or my Noble Friend resigned because they were in any way suffering from ill-health?