Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether there has been any noticeable rise or fall in the average price obtained for pigs in Great Britain since the breakdown of the pig marketing scheme; and by what date he will be able to announce his decision with regard to the various proposals put forward for continuing this scheme on an amended basis?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the report of the Public Accounts Committee affirming the existence of a manufacturers' ring able to dictate terms for certain supplies; and whether he is taking any action in the matter?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: I should like, first of all, to offer my congratulations to the Minister on having introduced a Bill which is a substantial contribution to the solution of a very important and serious problem. The hen. Member for Don Valley (Mr. T. Williams) has said that the Bill is not acceptable in all its Clauses to any section of the trade. That, in my opinion, is a great recommendation for the...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: It was not our job.
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can make any statement as to the beneficial effect of the reduction which was granted two years ago in the rates of Entertainments Duty upon living entertainment; and whether he will consider an extension of this scheme in the near future?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Transport how many railway level-crossings still exist on the trunk roads under the control of his Department; what would be the approximate cost of their removal; and by what date it may be assumed that there will be none remaining?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Transport what mileage of the trunk roads under his control, other than the mileage in built-up areas, is provided both with footpaths and grass margins suitable for ridden horses and driven livestock?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: Is not this new Clause only an extension of powers already possessed by the Board of Trade in regard to whether a film has complied with a certain Section of the Act under which 75 per cent. of the labour employed must be British and 25 per cent. of the cost thereof may be foreign? During the whole 10 years of the operation of the Act I think only one or two mistakes of that character have...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture how many local authorities and other bodies have submitted schemes to the Livestock Commission for the setting up of central slaughterhouses; whether the Commission are still prepared to consider further schemes of this kind; and by what date it may be anticipated that they will reach a decision as to where the three experiments permitted by the Livestock...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any decision has yet been reached with regard to the transference of the National Stud from the Irish Free State to this country; and whether he has consulted those persons and societies interested in horse-breeding in this country with regard to this matter?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: As this matter has been going on for so long, will the right hon. Gentleman take it up with Mr. De Valera as part of the negotiations?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps are being taken by the Livestock Commission to investigate which markets in the country may be regarded as non-essential and redundant; and whether, before making inquiries in any district, those responsible for the market in question are advised that the investigation is to take place?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: I do not wish to be in the least ungrateful for the kind concession which was given by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade in response to my plea for a rise in the quotas on the renters and exhibitors, which was referred to by the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander), but I am puzzled about how my right hon. Friend and his advisers arrived at the figures,...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: Having been associated with the Bill in all its stages, I should not like it to pass to another place without wishing it God speed. No one claims that it is perfect, but I think it is as near that amount of perfection which we can hope to get in dealing with an industry so diversified in opinion. Those who have been associated with it must pay a very high tribute to the manner in which the...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Prime Minister for what reason it has now been decided that British visas are to be insisted upon in the case of German and Austrian citizens desiring to visit Great Britain; and whether there is any proposal that British subjects should in future obtain German visas before visiting Germany?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether, in view of the decision to import military aircraft from abroad in order to make good the deficiencies of aircraft supply in this country, it is proposed to take any steps to limit in future the export of British military aircraft; and what is the total number of military aircraft exported since 1st January this year?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: (by Private Notice) asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in view of the serious international situation and the possibility of an outbreak of hostilities he will forthwith introduce a compulsory contributory scheme of insurance to insure the homes and property of the people of this country.
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that during the recent crisis in several cases the price of sandbags supplied for air-raid precautions work was raised to more than six times the normal price; and whether he will take steps to ascertain the names of those who were responsible for such profiteering with a view to preventing it on any similar occasion in the future?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: Has my right hon. Friend made inquiries of the public authorities which have made complaints on this subject, and if not, will he do so?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Home Secretary whether his attention was called to the announcement of an all-in wrestling match between a man and a woman in the London area which was to have been held on Tuesday, 25th October; and whether he proposes to take any steps to prevent exhibitions of this character in the future?