Mr Rupert Gwynne: We who represent constituencies in the areas served by the Southern Railway are placed in a very difficult position to-night, because, while we do not want to obstruct this Bill, which is going, possibly, to improve the railway system, or find work for the unemployed, yet we feel that to let this Bill go through at the present stage would be a mistake, unless we could get some assurance from...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Otherwise we shall be compelled to obstruct the Amendments to the best of our ability. I hope that my right hon. Friend will see his way to give us this assurance, and I invite him to do so.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: In view of the statement made by the right hon. Gentleman, as far as I and many of my friends are concerned, we are willing to withdraw our objection, on the distinct understanding that our grievances will be very favourably considered. I hope that the Mover of the Amendment will take the same course. We do not want to obstruct the Bill, but to safeguard the interests of our constituents.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: On a point of Order. Is the Minister's Amendment before the Committee?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: I beg to move, in page 5, line 11, to leave out the word "prescribed," and to insert instead thereof the word "made." The few remarks which I desire to make on this Amendment apply also to the Amendment following it on the Paper. I do not desire at this hour to say more than that the two Amendments represent what is considered to be a necessary precaution in connection with the making of the...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Supposing the houses did become suddenly cheaper, and the local authority were about to make a profit, we are told it would be only for a very short time. Does that provision apply to houses to be put up now, or merely to houses which are put up in the future?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: We might see a vast quantity of houses put up in the next two years, and we should be going on paying the subsidy. Therefore, the point of the right hon. Gentleman below the Gangway is not met.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: It is difficult to know exactly what the hon. Member does want. He started by saying he did not want the agricultural labourer subsidised, but he went on to support the views we take on this side.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Our point is that you are arranging to subsidise agricultural labourers in certain cases and not in others. We say the way of subsidising is not fair, because if you take two agricultural labourers receiving precisely the same wages, in precisely the same occupation, because in one parish there happens to be built, now or in the future, some institution, or a railway running through it, you...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: The right hon. Gentleman tells us he is accepting the Amendment to limit it to eight houses to the acre in agricultural parishes and he is going to accept another Amendment which will limit it to twelve in urban districts. What limitation is there to agricultural parishes which be does not look upon as agricultural, which come within the terms of the Bill?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Under which Clause will those houses come in agricultural parishes which are really agricultural, but which the right hon. Gentleman does not look upon as agricultural?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Did not the right hon. Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George) talk about it?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 52. asked the Prime Minister the names of the Soviet Delegation now sitting at the Foreign Office; and whether any undertaking has been obtained from them to abstain from propaganda of a political nature whilst in this country?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Is the Prime Minister aware that a violent speech was made at the Communist Conference at Manchester on 18th May by someone stating he was a delegate from the Communist International; and is not that body practically identical with the Soviet Government?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: On a point of Order. The Minister of Labour himself said during the Debate that our foreign trade was one of the most important things. The whole question whether our skilled men are employed here or abroad is surely in order.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Government have considered the Report of the Committee on the Claims of Professional Ex-ranker Officers, and, if so, what action do they propose to take?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: The Financial Secretary to the Treasury has made a very conciliatory speech, and has made proposals which go some way to meet the objections to the Financial Resolution on the Paper, but I must take exception to remarks which he made in criticism of the way in which the objections were put forward from this side of the Committee, and particularly to his complaint that the hon. and gallant...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 60. asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended to proceed with the pre-War Pensioners Bill; and, if so, when?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a strong feeling among pre-War pensioners that as the Government had time to give two days to the discussion of the free passes of Members, they should be able to give time for this Measure?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 4. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the publica- tion in a Mexican paper of an official news-letter of a party character, which it is stated has been received at the British Legation, and released for publication; whether it is the custom now for the Foreign Office to issue party propaganda for publication in various countries; and, if...