Mr Gordon Hall Caine: Will my hon. Friend ask them to hurry up? Otherwise there will be no industry left.
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that British films do not get a reasonable chance in the United States; and whether, in view of the large revenue received by the United States film producers in respect of exhibiting in this country, he can take steps to ensure a greater measure of reciprocity?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases during 1936 the Public Works Loan Board accepted repayment of loans made by them at interest rates exceeding 5 per cent. without any premium or with a premium reduced below their normal scale; and in what circumstances the Board is still prepared to make a similar concession?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether plans for building new munition factories and increasing the output of existing factories will provide any opportunities for better promotion of present employés of the Royal Naval armament depots in view of the technical knowledge and experience possessed by these men?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any arrangements will be made by the Royal Commission on Palestine to hear evidence in this country from himself and other persons having special experience of, or connection with, that mandated territory?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been called to the Royal Air Force aeroplane crash which was discovered to have been caused by a rag in the petrol tank; and whether investigations have diclosed how such an occurrence could have arisen?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he was able to ascertain during his recent visit to the United States if the time had arrived for commencing active trade negotiations between the United States of America and Great Britain with a view to the drafting of a new trade agreement?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any arrangements have yet been made for the compensation of British interests adversely affected by the establishment of a Japanese oil monopoly in Manchukuo?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any of the experimental farms coming under the purview of his Department are now making a profit on the sale of eggs under the present conditions regarding the prices of foodstuffs and eggs, respectively; and, if so, whether he will make a statement as to how this is being achieved?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the present conditions affecting solitary confinement in Maidstone gaol and that men undergoing solitary confinement are often numbed with cold owing to the low temperature of the cells, the starvation diet, and the lack of exercise; and whether he will either cause an investigation to be made into the matter or issue a statement setting out...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many officers between the ages of 21 and 30 it is proposed to transfer from the Royal Naval Reserve to the Royal Navy; and whether, before arranging for this transfer, due consideration has been given to the possibility of re-absorbing into the Royal Navy young officers who have voluntarily retired during recent years owing to the poor prospects of...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the large number of visitors from the Empire, United States of America, and other countries who will be staying in this country during the Coronation period, he will consider the desirability of setting up at an early date a comprehensive committee which will be able to co-ordinate and encourage schemes for public and private hospitality to these...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Postmaster-General whether he is now in a position to make any statement regarding the issue of coronation postage stamps?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to state whether legislation will be introduced during the current Session of Parliament to protect the British film industry after the expiration of the existing Cinematograph Films Act?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what communications have taken place with the Government of Italy with regard to the recent withdrawal of Italian newspaper correspondents from London and the banning of the great majority of English newspapers from Italy; and whether this action has had any effect upon the recent Anglo-Italian Agreement?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the inquiry into the advisability of according naval officers the same privileges with regard to marriage allowance as Army and Air Force officers is yet complete; and whether he expects to be able to make an announcement in regard to this subject before the Summer Recess?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: Does my right hon. Friend hope to make known the decision on this subject before the Summer Recess?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements will be made for the representation of the Colonies on the Empire Defence Co-ordination Committee to he set up as a result of the Imperial Conference?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that many farms are likely to be short-handed this summer owing to shortage of casual labour for haymaking and hoeing; and whether he proposes to take any special steps to encourage unemployed persons in urban areas to take advantage of such employment in the country during the summer months?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the desirability that there should be the fullest consultation with British industrial interests before the details of the new tax to substitute the National Defence Contribution are announced, and of the fact that it will not be necessary for this tax to produce anything but a negligible revenue during the current year, he will...