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Captain Robert Gee: It is very encouraging to ex-service men to discover that at last we have found many champions of all parties from all quarters of this House. I am sorry it is so late in the day. I am only going to deal with two particular points that have been touched on, I am afraid, somewhat lightly and, without any desire to give offence, by Members who, I am afraid, have very little knowledge of what...
Captain Robert Gee: —if they would come with me and look at the papers and go through the case, then, if they cared to go on a public platform and talk about the case I was quite willing to let them do so, but I would not do it myself. We went into a room behind the platform and discussed the matter. Both of these men were my political opponents, and were both ex-service men——
Captain Robert Gee: It is with most profound regret that I noticed when the Minister of Labour was making his annual statement that only five of the self-styled champions and representatives of labour were here to listen to him, but it is very encouraging now to discover that they have increased up to eight or nine.
Captain Robert Gee: I would remind my hon. Friend that on this side we have not styled ourselves the champions or representatives of labour. The hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr. W. Smith), who spoke from the Front Bench opposite on behalf of labour, covered the whole gamut of the labour problem. He discussed everything, from the building of houses and from groceries down to office cleaners, but I do not think...
Captain Robert Gee: 79 asked (1) the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that some 8,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition have recently been sold from Woolwich Arsenal to a Birmingham firm to be broken up, and that negotiations are now being carried on with another civilian firm, who desire to purchase some 5,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition for breaking up; whether, seeing that...
Captain Robert Gee: Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that these men, who performed their work in a proper manner, are being discharged, and that the work is now being carried on by civilian firms employing girl labour?
Captain Robert Gee: 86. asked the Secretary of State for War if, in the interests of efficiency and economy, he will consider the advisability of abolishing the posts of G.S.O., 3 (E)?
Captain Robert Gee: Is it not the fact that many of the families of employés remaining in the Army canteens are in occupation of married families quarters?
Captain Robert Gee: 17. asked the Secretary of State for War, whether part of the Government factory at Bramley is occupied by the United Steel Company; and, if so, what rent, if any, is paid?
Captain Robert Gee: Could not this particular work just as well be done by some of the men who are now being discharged from Woolwich?
Captain Robert Gee: 18. asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that 60 disabled men have been discharged from the Army Ordnance Department, Royal Dockyard, Woolwich, during the past 10 days; and if, seeing that there is sufficient work awaiting completion to keep these men fully employed for at least 12 months, these men can be kept on for the present?
Captain Robert Gee: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of passing a Measure making the employment of disabled men compulsory?
Captain Robert Gee: Is it not a fact that some of this work has been taken away from Woolwich quite recently, and that disabled men have been turned out on to the streets in consequence?
Captain Robert Gee: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of publishing a further list of county, city, borough, and district councils who are not qualified for the King's Roll?
Captain Robert Gee: 8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to leaflets being distributed in this country dealing with alleged outrages by black French troops upon German women and children; and if any representation has been made to the French Government with a view of finding if there is any justification for these allegations?
Captain Robert Gee: The right hon. Baronet who has just spoken is rather perturbed in his mind as to what is to become of these engines. I suggest that there is a splendid opportunity for patriotic railway directors to buy them. It is not so very long ago since the right hon. Baronet said that the railway companies were unable to run cheap excursions for want of plant.
Captain Robert Gee: That remains to be seen when you have bought them. When this work was first put in hand at the Arsenal the people of Woolwich, like the rest of the people of the country, were in a state of convalescence. Something had to be done to appease them, and if it had cost £2,000,000 I think the experiment would have been worth it, because if work of this kind had not been done in the Arsenal and in...
Captain Robert Gee: I intervene in this Debate because, although I realise that economies have to be effected, I am rather under the impression that the authorities responsible for the proposed economies are taking the line of least resistance in proposing to do away with something like 2,500 officers in the various units. In the first place, I think they have started at the wrong end of the stick, because we...
Captain Robert Gee: 35. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that 12 non-ex-service men are employed in the Government instructional factory for disabled men at Twickenham; and, if so, will he state the reasons for their employment?
Captain Robert Gee: 36. asked the Minister of Labour how many non-ex-service men and women are employed at the headquarters of the Training Department of the Ministry of Labour; and, seeing that the continued employment of these men and women is causing great dissatisfaction amongst the trainees, will he state the reason why the retention of these men and women is considered necessary?