Mr Rupert Gwynne: The wages of women employed in regimental institutes and canteens are not paid from public funds or fixed by the War Office. I have no information to show that they are other than fair wages. If the hon. Member has any such information, and will communicate it to me, I shall be happy to consider it.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: That recommendation has been urged by the War Office since the time the right hon. Gentleman was in office.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: An undertaking was given by my predecessor on 9th January last, after the current contracts to 30th June were entered into, that, on their expiration, offers for fresh as well as frozen meat would be invited, and this will be given effect to in the contracts for the second half of the present year. It is regretted that it was overlooked that at a few stations, among which are included...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: No, Sir; I have no information on this subject. The building was not erected out of public money; and the use to which it is put is a matter for the Board of Management of the Institutes, in which I am afraid I cannot intervene.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 16. asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of an ex-service man who, whilst suffering from neurasthenia due to War service, committed suicide at Hailsham, and, although the local war pensions committee had arranged for his funeral, this was stopped by the authorities at regional headquarters, who declined to sanction the payment; and will he explain...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, now that the Irish Free State Constitution Act has been passed, he proposes to continue issuing Treasury notes headed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or whether this practice will discontinue?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: I gather from the answer of the right hon. Gentleman that the Act of 1894 says the Minister "may." What we want to say is "shall." It is only a Regulation under the Act which the right hon. Gentleman quoted, and, moreover, many of us are satisfied that, since that Act was passed, acts of cruelty have taken place, and, therefore, the Board did not exercise their rights. We know, for instance,...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: How is the Minister of Agriculture going to impose these Regulations?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: How can the Minister tell when this offence has been committed?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Perhaps I may ask the Attorney-General just to explain. I only want to know how this thing is to be carried out. Is the only way of enforcing the penalty for the animal to be slaughtered on arrival? Will the Minister have the facts at Whitehall? How can the matter be known until after the animals have landed?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Can we have some information as to the certificate?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Has not this been under consideration for over two years?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 4. asked the Minister of Pensions whether the grants made by the Special Grants Committee for the education of children of men who were killed in the War are to be terminated on the grounds that such grants are now considered to be outside the scope of the Ministry?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Are we to understand that all these buildings and munitions were handed over to the Provisional Government without a valuation being kept, and, if so, what about the buildings that have been blown up? Surely, also, particulars have been kept of the valuation of the motor cars, armoured cars, and ammunition that have been handed over?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: How can they be valued if they have been destroyed.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: What is the value?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: What will be the cost of the revaluation?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Has no estimate of the cost been made?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: We have listened now for over five hours to a very interesting Debate on a very important question. I should like to raise another question, also of great importance, namely, the question of Ireland. As Parliament rises to- morrow for three months, I think it is not unreasonable for us to ask the Government to give us some information as to what arrangements they have made, and what their...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Has that been totally repudiated by the Free State Government?