Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the President of the Board of Trade what further progress has been made with the negotiations between his Department and the Danish trade delegation; and whether he can make any statement on the provision of home bacon and dairy produce as affected by any new trade agreement with Denmark?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture what was the expenditure of the national stud farm in county Kildare during the past financial year, in respect of duty charged on the blood stock reared there and imported into Great Britain?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: Does not my right hon. Friend consider it somewhat ridiculous for the British Government to pay import duty to the British Treasury on our own horses which are brought over here for sale?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the reference made in the report of the Public Accounts Committee to the finances of the national stud farm in county Kildare, in the Irish Free State; and if he can now state whether a scheme has been worked out for the transfer of this farm to Great Britain or for its being closed down?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: Will my right hon. Friend be good enough to pursue these informal negotiations?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture what was the estimated production of bacon in British bacon factories for the first eight months of 1936 compared with a similar period of 1935; and whether he can make any statement as to the inquiries undertaken by the Bacon Development Board with regard to the maximum capacity of the bacon factories in Great Britain as a whole?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Home Secretary whether he proposes to make any arrangements to ascertain the views of the various organisations concerned before drafting the Government Measure to deal with the problem of bogus clubs?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the fact that it has been necessary during the past week to cancel two art exhibitions in London, in view of the decision of the Customs and Excise authorities that pen-and-ink drawings are subject to duty and do not qualify under the regulations setting out which categories of paintings and drawings may...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Secretary of State for War the present number of recruits required by the Army; whether he is aware that many unemployed persons hesitate to volunteer for service in view of the fact that the lowest term of service for which they must contract is seven years; and whether he will consider the desirability of cutting such period down to two or three years in order to attract those who...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether he is aware that, owing to the fact that Dutch coastal trading vessels are subsidised by their own Government, they are able to undercut our cargo boats, with the result that numerous small shipping firms are suffering severe losses and unemployment is being caused among British seamen; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy this...
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Health whether he will depute an official of his Department to attend the inquiry which is to take place with regard to the recent death of a child at a home under the control of the public assistance authorities at Leominster, Herefordshire; and whether he will inform the House at to the cause of the death?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government will consider the desirability of subsidising the building of three 30,000-ton ships rather than another 90,000-ton sister-ship to the "Queen Mary," seeing that this would be more economic in subsidies and also allow the work to be spread over a wider area, in that the ships could be constructed in different yards?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in connection with the forthcoming visit of the Palestine-Arab delegation to this country, he will consider the desirability of setting up a round-table conference of representatives of every interest in Palestine with a view to evolving a constitution which will provide a permanent and satisfactory settlement for that mandated territory?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is to be the nature of the negotiations with the Arab delegates from Palestine who are coming to this country to discuss the legislative council; and whether he can give an undertaking that no commitment as to the setting up of such council will be entered into without the approval of Parliament?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is yet in a position to indicate what action the Government intend to take to arrive at a permanent settlement of the tithe controversy?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the President of the Board of Trade the nature of the understanding resulting from the Anglo-Danish trade conversations with regard to the Anglo-Danish Treaty expiring in June this year?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any progress has been made in reaching a decision as to the future policy of the Government with regard to the national stud and, in particular, as to whether any arrangements are to be made to transfer this organisation to Great Britain?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the necessary permission will be given, or the necessary financial arrangements made, to enable the early commencement of the building of a sister ship to the "Queen Mary"?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the room for the expansion of horse breeding in this country as a result of the increased demand from farmers; and what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that the requisite horses shall be supplied from home rather than foreign breeders?
Mr Gordon Hall Caine: asked the Minister of Agriculture what was the estimated production of bacon in British bacon factories for the year 1935; how this compared with 1933 and 1934, respec- tively; and to what extent the annual production of British bacon could still increase before the existing British bacon factories have sufficient throughput to ensure economical working?