Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give an estimate of the real trade balance for 1935 between Argentina and Great Britain, taking into account invisible as well as visible exports and making allowance for re-export from this country of imports from Argentina?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: I do not propose to follow the hon. Member for Kingswinford (Mr. A. Henderson) in dissecting the terms of the Munich Agreement, but I share his view and hope that the Agreement may usher in a new era of peace and good will, and produce at long last an effective disarmament conference. The hon. Member did not see anything inconsistent, as did some of his colleagues, in the idea that until we...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: I am grateful for the opportunity of taking part in this Debate, because the hon. Member for Londonderry (Sir R. Ross), the hon. Member for Coatbridge (Mr. Barr) and I are the only Members present to-night who sat on the Select Committee which considered capital punishment. I. should like to congratulate the Mover of the Motion on the able manner in which he put his case. There is a type of...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Does the hon. Member deny that we were given evidence by prison warders and governors that they had overheard conversations in prison to the effect that the prisoners were frightened of carrying firearms because of the existence of capital punishment?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the granting of leave for the training period in addition to the normal holiday period is not carried out by the co-operative societies, and will he protest against this unpatriotic action?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Arising out of the supplementary question put by the right hon. Gentleman, I am prepared to furnish him with evidence to the contrary.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Minister of Health whether the blood transfusion organisation for the London and Home Counties district is still taking regular donations of blood from registered blood donors; and, since military requirements are provided for by a separate organisation which is a special branch of the Royal Army Medical Corps, what is done with this blood given by citizens?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Does the right hon. Gentleman really think that after a long and bloody war we should be calm and better able to discuss these thorny problems?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Prime Minister whether he will take steps to ensure that no comment is published by the Ministry of Information upon matters of foreign policy without his previous concurrence or that of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the importance attached to these comments by foreign countries?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Does this also apply to the British Broadcasting Corporation's comments and official reports?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, whether, in this war, it is intended to grant prize bounty to the officers and crew of His Majesty's ships of war?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Does not my right hon. Friend consider that this award, an incentive which is not given to members of the other Services, is unnecessary and undesirable—[HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"]—and will he consider—
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the amount of prize bounty distributed after the Great War; and how many persons received such bounty?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the expenditure of this large sum of money is quite unnecessary, as our sailors may be expected do do their duty without this reward?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: What has struck me most in this Debate, and the last speaker mentioned it in his peroration, is that, with the exception of the hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. Silverman) every speaker has apparently decided in his mind that the only issue to this war is victory, and that a peace by negotiation can be ruled out of court. I hope that nothing I shall say will be interpreted in any parÅ¥...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: The right hon. Gentleman the Member for Epping (Mr. Churchill).
Mr Cyril Culverwell: It created a most deplorable impression. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] Well, that is a matter of opinion, and that opinion is held not only by myself but by many people in this House and in the country.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: That is the unfortunate part. The hon. Gentleman has almost said what I was going to say. It is unfortunate that Members of our War Cabinet should sink to the level of Dr. Goebbels. We should set ourselves a higher standard in this war. It is right that the interests of neutrals should receive sympathetic consideration. They are already suffering very severely economically, and they may at...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: I do not think for a moment that Hitler wants this war. I thought it was generally accepted that the war came as a most unpleasant surprise to Hitler when we called his bluff.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: I will leave the hon. Gentleman to make his own remarks but he knows as well as I do that in all probability Hitler would not have started his campaign against Poland if he had been convinced that Britain and France would enter the lists against him. Time is getting shorter and the passing of the years may put an end for ever to the pos- sibility of concluding a peace. Once the bombs start...