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Captain Robert Gee: Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any sub-sales have taken place by the disposal of these articles to rebels in Ireland?
Captain Robert Gee: Are not the questions referring to this gentleman so frequently put entirely due to the fact that he owns five thousand odd shares in the "Daily Herald"?
Captain Robert Gee: Is it not the fact that the War Office have already held two courts of inquiry, and that, in addition, a petition has been presented to His Majesty, and still they arrived at the same decision?
Captain Robert Gee: It is rather unfortunate that I should have to follow the wonder- ful speech of the hon. and gallant Member who has just sat down. His sentiments are very good, but I venture to disagree with him. I have listened to this Debate, and I hope I shall be able to maintain it at the very high level to which the hon. and gallant Member raised it. The right hon. Member for Peebles (Sir D. Maclean)...
Captain Robert Gee: There are one or two points in regard to this question which have not been touched upon. The tax upon beer has been increased during the last few years to the extent of 13 times. In pre-War times the tax on beer, when we could get it at threepence a pint, was a farthing; now, when we have to pay sevenpence a pint for what is called beer, the tax is 3½d. I suggest it, is in the interest of...
Captain Robert Gee: One other point ought to be cleared up. The Chancellor of the Exchequer informed the Committee that he had been in conversation or communication with members of the trade and that he was in hopes that he could meet them by the State giving up some of the taxation and the trade meeting them in the balance, and be informed the Committee that he had been unable to arrive at a solution. I think...
Captain Robert Gee: Wi11 the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of sending a British force to eject them forcibly?
Captain Robert Gee: Will my hon. and gallant Friend consider the advisability of doubling the tax on perfumes, which are luxuries, and reducing the tax on beer, which is a necessity?
Captain Robert Gee: Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman consider the advisability of publishing broadcast to ex-service men what the Appeal Tribunal really is for, as so many do not understand it?
Captain Robert Gee: How does the hon. Gentleman reconcile his statement with the fact that there are 23,000 men still awaiting training?
Captain Robert Gee: I have heard one or two hon. Members say that they are looking forward to the time when every household has its own telephone. So far as I am concerned, I think if every household had its own telephone, the world would be called by another name. When the Postmaster-General is dealing with the allocation of this £15,000,000, there are a few directions to which I should like to call his...
Captain Robert Gee: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of discharging the boy, and employing an ex-service man in his place?
Captain Robert Gee: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of instituting a special tariff for letters from moneylenders, who are flooding Members of this House and the public schools?
Captain Robert Gee: (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for War whether the report that 12 British soldiers captured by the Kemalists near the Dardanelles have been massacred is true, and, if so, what action does he propose to take?
Captain Robert Gee: 5. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if his attention has been drawn to the cases of those officers who availed themselves of the scheme of voluntary retirement promulgated at the beginning of the year 1920 and who now find themselves in a very unfavourable position as compared with officers of the same service who have deferred their retirement until the present time: and...
Captain Robert Gee: Is the right bon. Gentleman aware that these malicious murders are causing such intense feeling among the troops that it is only on account of the loyalty of the men and the appeals made to them by their officers that they are prevented making serious reprisals?
Captain Robert Gee: 34. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the reduction in armaments now required and of the valuable spaces and factories thus rendered vacant at Woolwich, and the large amount of unemployment in the district occasioned by the discharges from the Arsenal, he will consider the advisability of setting up a committee to consider the future status of Woolwich?
Captain Robert Gee: Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman let officers know as soon as possible that they are to be retired, as many have received offers of employment which they have not accepted because they did not know?
Captain Robert Gee: Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman see that officers in receipt of retired pay who are fighting in the rebel army may be dealt with in a similar way?
Captain Robert Gee: Is the hon. Gentleman prepared to receive a deputation on the question?