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Captain Robert Gee: On a point of Order— [Interruption.]
Captain Robert Gee: rose—
Captain Robert Gee: May I ask the Attorney-General if he can give an unqualified statement that no political pressure was brought to bear upon the Public Prosecutor in the action he took?
Captain Robert Gee: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is impossible for any newsagent in London to get one additional copy above his ordinary number, in case the supplies should be carried to other districts?
Captain Robert Gee: Might I ask His Majesty's Government whether the Government rules this country or the trade unions?
Captain Robert Gee: I desire to make it clear that I am not raising this question against certain sections who are known as humane societies in any spirit of vindictiveness but rather with the intention that, by letting the public know the truth in its reality, we shall take the first step towards getting the societies in question to rid themselves of the undesirable element, and so get back to the lofty ideals...
Captain Robert Gee: I am reading from the evidence. The affidavit can be obtained here. If my hon. Friend doubts my word, I am prepared to make my statement in any hall in the land.
Captain Robert Gee: They were quite satisfied, and so am I, and so must be any impartial, unbiassed person. This affidavit can be produced in evidence in any Court of Justice in the land. It is a sworn affidavit, and it is at the Ministry of Agriculture to-day. It is to the following effect: I, the undersigned Frans Cools, of Willebroek, butcher, declare that I was given twenty-five francs to slaughter a horse...
Captain Robert Gee: The Report can be obtained from the Vote Office. He was one of the officials mentioned of societies living by charitable contributions.
Captain Robert Gee: Very likely I could, but I suggest that if the hon. Member is as interested in this matter as the is supposed to be, he is quite as capable of reading the Report as I am, especially as it is to be obtained gratis from the Vote Office. Mrs. Matthew is another paid official of one of the humanitarian societies. They say: Mrs. Matthew proved herself a most difficult witness, inasmuch as she made...
Captain Robert Gee: (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Agriculture whether in view of the serious allegations contained in the Report of the Departmental Committee on the export of horses, he has any statement to make to this House now or at an early date and if not, is it his intention to institute proceedings against the R.S.P.C.A. for obtaining large sums of money by false pretences?
Captain Robert Gee: I beg to give notice that I shall call attention to this subject on the Adjournment at an early date.
Captain Robert Gee: Is it not the fact that you, Sir, or Mr. Speaker, has a discretionary power, and that no Member of the House has a right to call upon you to explain why you exercise that discretionary power? [HON. MEMBERS: "No!"]
Captain Robert Gee: Withdraw.
Captain Robert Gee: I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time." This Clause is purely non-contentious, and, therefore, I simply formally move it.
Captain Robert Gee: As a result of this correspondence, might I ask if the Dominions have informed us how it is that their fatal accidents are so much fewer than they are in this country?
Captain Robert Gee: 24. asked the Minister of Health whether he will amend the Casual Pauper (Relief) Order, 1925, No. 291, by declaring that oakum picking and stone-pounding be no longer prescribed or permitted tasks; and will he also withdraw the task of stone-breaking by amount and replace it by six hours' stone-breaking for casuals detained for an entire day and not more than two hours' for those detained...
Captain Robert Gee: Is the letter the right hon. Gentleman issued the other day going to be embodied in the present regulations, so that workhouse masters will have some authority behind them for the abolition of oakum picking beyond the promise given in this House?
Captain Robert Gee: They have not done it yet.
Captain Robert Gee: 15. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he proposes to allocate more space in the War Museum to the housing of exhibits showing the Empire's sacrifices in the late War?