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Captain Robert Gee: That does not alter the point I am making, that we are told now by the Mover of the Amendment that the whole of the hon. Members on the benches above the Gangway are solid on this matter. In that case, the party opposite have been converted since last year's debate. I shall have a little more respect for the hon. Member's statement when I hear some Member on the Front Bench opposite say that...
Captain Robert Gee: I do not think the hon. Member really grasps what I said. I referred to a private soldier who was found sleeping at his post. That is what the hon. Member mentioned. The soldier could have been sentenced to death, but he was not. On the other hand, an officer who was found drunk on an outpost, was tried and cashiered. My contention is that the hon. Member could scarcely have selected a worse...
Captain Robert Gee: I said that only because the document I was quoting is one which is given to an officer while he is serving, and he has to give his word of honour that he will not make it public.
Captain Robert Gee: In view of the fact that this knowledge was divulged, will the right hon. Gentleman have another searching inquiry, because it is proved that leakage takes place somewhere and we ought to know where?
Captain Robert Gee: Why is it that the keepers of lighthouses are allowed to receive visitors and the keepers of lightships are not?
Captain Robert Gee: I beg to second the Motion. In doing so, I think I shall be acting in accordance with the wishes of the House if I congratulate the hon. and gallant Member for Nuneaton (Captain A Hope) on the very able way in which he has moved the Motion. I think we ought to congratulate him on the extraordinary courage that he has shown in moving this Motion in his maiden speech. I do not know whether or...
Captain Robert Gee: I thought I had rather cleverly dodged it. I have not been aware yet that there is going to be an appeal, but I will, of course, refrain from referring to the case any more.
Captain Robert Gee: I do not want to interrupt the hon. Gentleman, but I think he is rather stressing the point too much, perhaps, that the particular effect of this Resolution is to enable all cases to be tried in camera. It is not that they shall he, but it is to enable them to be so heard. [HON. MEMBERS: "All cases."]
Captain Robert Gee: 13. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state the number of emigrants who have been placed in the Dominions and Colonies under the Empire Settlement Act?
Captain Robert Gee: 103. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the increased grant to the Universities carries with it the obligation to provide more scholarships for successful candidates from secondary or elementary schools?
Captain Robert Gee: We are supposed to be discussing, among other items, the League of Nations. On the other side of the House we have supporters of the League of Nations, and on this side of the House there is a mixed gathering whether for the League of Nations or the Protocol, but when we come to look for the putative fathers of the League of Nations we find that they have shown their respect for their child...
Captain Robert Gee: What about the cooperative stores of which the hon. Member is a director?
Captain Robert Gee: May I ask the hon. Gentleman to give us the names?
Captain Robert Gee: In view of the various statements that have been. made by Ministers of Pensions in this House, will the hon. and gallant Gentleman set up a Committee to inquire into the different statements which have been made and the regulations which are now being quoted?
Captain Robert Gee: From the humanitarian point of view, will the hon. Gentleman make provision that these children shall be born elsewhere than in gaol?
Captain Robert Gee: Will my hon. Friend introduce legislation?
Captain Robert Gee: You are an optimist.
Captain Robert Gee: 56. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the temporary demand for coal for export, and the necessity for alleviating the distress amongst the miners, he will recommend to Parliament a temporary suspension of the Seven Hours Act in order to enable the miners to take advantage of the present trade to the fullest?
Captain Robert Gee: We kept the "conchies" out.
Captain Robert Gee: The party whom you represent.