Mr Isaac Foot: 10. asked the Minister of Labour whether the communications between his department and the Herring Industry Board have now been completed; and whether he is now in a position to make any statement as to the proposal to bring share fishermen within the scope of Part I of the Unemployment Insurance Act?
Mr Isaac Foot: Can the right hon. Gentleman say approximately the date?
Mr Isaac Foot: Not Protection.
Mr Isaac Foot: I would like to associate myself with the hon. Member for East Woolwich (Mr. Hicks) in practically all that he has said, and to welcome the opportunity that comes to me to pay a tribute, on behalf of my friends, both to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and to the Minister who is responsible for League of Nations Affairs. The right hon. Gentleman who is Minister to the League has a...
Mr Isaac Foot: They both came to the same conclusion a week ago. In order that I may be fully informed, I follow the Conservative Press very closely, and this is what I read in the "Morning Post" on 17th October: It is now known that the Prime Minister is being powerfully pressed against his inclination and the judgment of some of his most experienced advisers to expedite the election as much as possible.
Mr Isaac Foot: I accept that absolutely. I had one or two good points on that, but I will not now make them. The right hon. Gentleman, of course, is an honest politician, as I admit, and has a conscience. I am wondering, if we have this sort of thing under an honest Prime Minister, what we should have had under a crook. I can recall an Archbishop of Glasgow and St. Andrews back in the sixteenth century who...
Mr Isaac Foot: The words were not "warlike action". The words were: Italy, it seems, is about to swallow up Abyssinia, and Abyssinia will be swallowed up unless she can defend herself. No one else is going to defend her, and France and no other nation in Europe would come to the help of Abyssinia because they would not endanger their friendship with Italy.
Mr Isaac Foot: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that I also went on to say that the situation in the next House would probably be, as in the past, that the Government would have to rely upon the Opposition to help them against their own supporters?
Mr Isaac Foot: Why not?
Mr Isaac Foot: Does the Noble Lord suggest that if the Fleet had been twice as large there would have been any difference?
Mr Isaac Foot: Would the Noble Lord answer my question?
Mr Isaac Foot: The Noble Lord said that if this crisis were repeated—
Mr Isaac Foot: I wish to raise a question following upon the subject already dealt with—a question that is made necessary by replies given by the Minister of Transport on Wednesday of this week. The Minister then answered a question that was put by another hon. Member relating to the report recently given by the British Medical Association in answer to a request put to them by the Minister after questions...
Mr Isaac Foot: On the point of copyright, is it not a fact that the report itself could not have been published without the consent of the Minister, and that the British Medical Association said so?
Mr Isaac Foot: I have not suggested that.
Mr Isaac Foot: 29. asked the Minister of Transport whether the report he has received from the British Medical Association relating to alcohol and road safety can now be made available to Members of the House, and whether copies of the report can be obtained by the general public?
Mr Isaac Foot: In view of the fact that the Minister of Transport obtained this report following upon a promise which he kindly gave in this House, does he not think that the report dealing with a matter of such general importance should be generally available? How are Members to get it otherwise?
Mr Isaac Foot: Will the Minister bear in mind the fact that this is not merely a medical matter, but is a House of Commons matter? It is merely incidental that it should appear in a professional magazine. Cannot it be made available to us?
Mr Isaac Foot: Having regard to the answer which the right hon. Gentleman has given, I beg to give notice that, if the opportunity arises, I will deal with this matter on the Adjournment on Friday.
Mr Isaac Foot: 60. asked the President of the Board of Education the approximate respective number of children who are at present receiving no education because of blindness, lameness and other physical disability?