Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: 49. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government intend to take action during this Session along the lines of the Report of the Departmental Committee on sexual offences against young persons?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Would the right hon. Gentleman take into account the fact that large numbers of organisations of women are very anxious that something should be done along these lines?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: 58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he proposes to make any change in the present system of note issue and whether such change will require legislation?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Will the Chancellor of the Exchequer bear in mind the risk that any revival of trade, if and when it begins, may be frustrated if too rigid a limit be put upon the currency?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: 59. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give the total number of national savings certificates being held by purchasers in excess of the 500 permitted under the Regulations?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: The Under-Secretary has made two defences of this expenditure. The first is that he had an unprecedented opportunity because of the enormous reduction in the purchase price which the vendors were willing to take, and I think he quoted"the sum of half-a-million Finnish marks. The Committee may have looked upon that reduction as being substantial, but as a matter of fact it is well under...
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: In that case we may take it that this is a permanent asset, but then there is the question of dilapidations and if this were a purchase of a house and piece of land in this country the question of sinking fund would have to be taken into account. Over and above these points there is the question of whether in 10 or 15 years time this building will be suited to the purpose for which we are...
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: It seems to me that the money we are now asked to vote consists, in the main, of two parts. First of all, there is a sum which puts back part of the money that was deducted, and, secondly, there is new expenditure of the nature of maintenance and repairs. With regard to the first part, we are told that we have already voted in the House of Commons all the items seriatim, which cover several...
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: The explanation has not been satisfactory to us on this side. It was asked for by my hon. Friend the Member for Finsbury (Mr. Gillett)—
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: 13. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information as to the progress of the negotiations, official or unofficial, relating to the Shameen shootings of June last, and whether he can make any statement as to the prospect of a settlement which will have the effect of lifting the Canton boycott?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: In view of the detaching of any legitimate grievance there may be from any anti-British sentiment would it not be desirable for the Government to consider paying compensation to the relatives of those killed in the Shanghai affair?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: What was the offer for the death of something like 50 people?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: 12. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the estimated cost of Lord Willingdon's mission to China; and from what funds it will be defrayed?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: 14. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action has been taken as a result of the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the incidents of last May in Shanghai; whether such action included the tender of a cheque to the Pekin Government as an ex gratia payment to the relatives of the Chinese killed; whether that cheque has been refused; what was the ground of that...
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Does the right hon. Gentleman not think, in view of the fact that the Government has had to concede in the main the recommendations of the original diplomatic inquiry, that it would be much better, and come with better grace, had we taken the advice of that inquiry earlier, instead of appointing a judicial authority to re-examine the facts?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Can the Prime Minister give us any indication as to whether it would be any use putting down this question again before Easter?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: 19. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether action is being taken along the lines of any, and, if so, which of the recommendations of the first Report of the Advisory Committee on Social Hygiene, issued in 1925, as to the Straits Settlements?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: 68. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, following the Shanghai precedent, there has been any public expression of regret at the loss of life in the Shameen shootings; and whether any proposal has been made in the official or unofficial negotiations regarding the Canton boycott of any ex gratia. payment as a mark of sympathy with the wounded and with the relatives of...
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the version of the facts which he has given is disputed from the Chinese side? Has there been any inquiry which justifies the right hon. Gentleman in stating the facts as he has stated them with such assurance?
Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence: I beg to move to reduce the Vote by £100. My object is to call attention to the item which appears on page 21 "Damages and Costs in Legal Action." The hon. Gentleman devoted only a very short space in his speech to this very important matter. I am quite sure that the Minister will have the sympathy of this Committee when he comes to defend the action of the Ministry over the whole of this...