Mr John Muir: I have been watching the occupants of the Government Benches very closely to-day, and I am in a dilemma to know whether it is callousness that causes the grin to appear on their faces, or whether it is lack of understanding. There has been jokes passed here; there has been occasion for laughter both for ourselves and for those opposite, but it seems to me there has been both a lack of...
Mr John Muir: Can the right hon. Gentleman say what was the reason for increasing the price of the OFFICIAL REPORT from 3d. to Is. per day?
Mr John Muir: Will the right hon. Gentleman answer the one or two points I put to him with regard to the alloys?
Mr John Muir: 53. asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the promises he made in Glasgow on 23rd December last, in reply to a deputation on unemployment, that utility schemes of road-making, new roads, etc., involving an outlay of £885,000 would be put in hand immediately, have not yet been carried out; that one of the schemes, namely, the Annicsland-Duntocher road, will not be started for some...
Mr John Muir: I should like to ask a question to clear up a point With regard to Clause 6, it seems to me—I may he wrong —that there is an Amendment of the Education Act of 1921 relating to England and Wales. It deals with the powers of the local education authorities to give assistance and provide information for juveniles in choosing employment. This Committee would be deprived of their powers unless...
Mr John Muir: Following on that, is it in Order to amend another Act by this Bill, which deals with unemployment insurance? Is it in Order to amend an Education Act without dealing with that Act specifically?
Mr John Muir: 73. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that, while the number of men employed on relief work by the Glasgow Corporation has increased since 23rd December from 3,594 to 3,614 on 10th February, the anomalous situation arises that the number of those in receipt of the full standard rate of wages has decreased from 2,968 on 23rd December to 2,726 on 10th February, and the number of those...
Mr John Muir: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that it is quite common where they are engaged in relief work in Glasgow that, having concluded the six months' probationary period, which entitles them to full rate, they are discharged and new men taken on?
Mr John Muir: 26. asked the Minister of Labour if he can give the numbers affected by the gap in unemployment benefit in the month of February, 1923, of the following: Married men, married women, single women, single men, boys and girls, respectively, between 16 and 18 years of age, and boys and girls, respectively, between 18 and 21 years of age; and will he arrange to have a monthly statement issued...
Mr John Muir: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is already done in at least one of the Exchanges of Scotland, for the benefit of the manager of the Exchange? Could it not be extended?
Mr John Muir: In the information to be circulated, will the right hon. Gentleman give us the numbers affected by the gap? He is giving the information as to exhausted benefit.
Mr John Muir: In his reply, the right hon. Gentleman has stated that he is circulating the figures relating to those who have exhausted benefit. The figures I want are as to those who are affected by the gap.
Mr John Muir: 90. asked the Minister of Labour the number of men employed by the Glasgow Corporation on schemes assisted by Government grants?
Mr John Muir: It is a misrepresentation of the position.
Mr John Muir: I want to make a correction. It is an entire misrepresentation of the case.
Mr John Muir: Will the Minister consider the advisability, where repayment has to be made, of seeing that the pensioner receives the major portion of the payment instead of the minor portion, as is very often done now?
Mr John Muir: (by Private Notice) asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the charges against John Gallacher of 1, Duncruin Street, Mary-hill, and Denis Breslin of 6, Clarendon Street, Glasgow, who were apprehended and detained on 6th and 9th April respectively, were yesterday withdrawn; that Gallacher and Breslin were not brought to trial; that deportation orders dated 5th March are being put...
Mr John Muir: Has the Secretary for Scotland satisfied himself that these men are Irishmen and are liable for deportation, and were the local police consulted or were they merely instructed in the matter?
Mr John Muir: Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that it is claimed that the order for deportation was made by the Secretary for Scotland? Is it not the deportation order which was signed by the Home Secretary on 5th March?
Mr John Muir: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, in order to discuss this matter.