Mr John Muir: While it is a common custom that agricultural labourers have their cottages as part of the appurtenances of the job, they are not all in that position, and those who are living off the farms have rates to pay, and are getting no assistance whatever. In any case, if they do not pay rates, if there is any reference made to a partnership, and if there is any hardship imposed on those who are...
Mr John Muir: 55. asked the Home Secretary if he can now say if the tribunal set up under the Restoration of Order Ireland (Indemnity) Act, 1923, has yet started work; and, if so, how many claims for compensation have come before it?
Mr John Muir: Is the period which has passed from the passing of the Act till the preliminary meeting of the Committee to count as time during which claims are eligible for presentation?
Mr John Muir: Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that many of these persons who were deported and may be considering making applications have been waiting until they knew that the Committee was actually set up, which was only a matter of a fortnight ago, and that it depends on the first sitting to fix the procedure when the claims may be heard?
Mr John Muir: Is the right hon. Gentleman speaking for the Government?
Mr John Muir: 1. asked the Minister of Pensions what is the number of permanent pensions issued for cases of disease other than tuberculosis; whether he could furnish detailed figures showing the nature of the disability and the approximate number in receipt of pension in respect of each disease; and what is the number of permanent pensions in issue to pensioners suffering from tuberculosis?
Mr John Muir: In exceptional circumstances like these, is there no way in which the Ministry could find out what is going on?
Mr John Muir: 28. asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland if he is aware that John McPeake, who was born and brought up in Glasgow, was recently arrested there and charged with the theft of an armoured car from the Irish Free State Government; that the charge of theft was departed from, or dropped, owing to the failure of the military witnesses of the Irish Free State to give evidence; that John McPeake...
Mr John Muir: Cannot these matters be dealt with in a constitutional way? Can the hon. Gentleman account for the fact that a younger brother of this man who went over to Ireland to try to obtain some information about his brother has been arrested and is held there, although he is a British subject?
Mr John Muir: Is the Solicitor-General aware that this man McPeake, although the charge has not been made openly against him, is in danger of death, and, while conforming to the Regulations of the Free State, is it not essential that we should safeguard the interests of a British subject so far as the law is concerned?
Mr John Muir: Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the decision is correct?
Mr John Muir: 113. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that employment is being offered by the Canadian Government to 52,000 men for harvest work; that 30 days' work is guaranteed at 16s. per day, with free board and lodging; that a reduced fare of £12 to Canada is being offered toy steamship companies, but that the men will have to pay the full fare coming home; and, seeing...
Mr John Muir: 27. asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that a Return has just been issued of the names, addresses, and constituencies of every Member who was elected to the Parliament of 1919–22; if this is a usual practice; what is the number of copies issued; what is the cost of the same; if he can state the reasons which, in the opinion of his Department, justify the further publication of this...
Mr John Muir: 31. asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland under what procedure the arrest and surrender of John McPeak was made; and whether any stated charge against him was made to a Court in Glasgow before the Irish warrant was endorsed?
Mr John Muir: 92. asked the First Commissioner of Works if, in view of the charges which have been made by officials of the Electrical Trades Union against the contractor carrying out the electrical installation at the Science Museum, South Kensington, of evading the specification issued by his Department by putting in faulty cables and generally carrying out the installation in an unsatisfactory manner,...
Mr John Muir: Does the right hon. Gentleman still claim that the contractor who is carrying out this work is competent in every way, and can tender for Government contracts at the unreasonable price that is always put in? Does the right hon. Gentleman admit that, and, if he does admit it, does he still say that the work has been satisfactory in every respect?
Mr John Muir: Will the Minister say what is the reason for trade union officials now being refused permission to go on these jobs, as they were previously allowed to do, since they tendered this complaint?
Mr John Muir: Does that mean that the Minister gives a pledge that this advertisement will not appear in any new books?