Mr John Rawlinson: 101. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, having regard to the serious dislocation likely to occur in the supply of chaplains for British India and the consequent mischief likely to arise, he will see his way to defer the operation of the order made last autumn stopping the recruitment of Government chaplains for British India; and whether he will state for what period of...
Mr John Rawlinson: This question was put some weeks ago and the matter is now getting urgent as, unless the orders withdrawn, the supply will cease?
Mr John Rawlinson: Are they over 16?
Mr John Rawlinson: 109. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that soldiers in receipt of a wound or other pension before the War, who were called up for service in England during the War, are getting no extra pension for the years they served in England during the War; and whether he will see his way to remedy this anomaly?
Mr John Rawlinson: I agree with what the Attorney-General has said, and I realise that it is impossible for us to alter by any single word the Constitution before us now, because of the difficult position we are put into by everything having to be done by the 6th December. All I wish to do is to extract information as to what is the meaning of this Constitution. I gather from the remarks of the Attorney-General...
Mr John Rawlinson: I fully accept what the Attorney-General has said as to the practical impossibility of making any alteration in the Constitution, and, therefore, I did not press my Amendment, but I want to take this opportunity of asking a question with regard to Article 2, the wording of which is somewhat unusual, as was mentioned last night. The words are: All powers of Government and all authority,...
Mr John Rawlinson: 62. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the approximate amount of money advanced, and price of goods sold, to the Irish Free State Government since it has been established, and what the total expenditure has been by Great Britain upon Ireland since the same date?
Mr John Rawlinson: Could the right hon. Gentleman give any idea as to the value of the goods so handed over, and was he informed that I raised this question on the Irish Vote the other night—when no Member of the Government was present—and told that a promise was made that the information should be given to me if I put a question down?
Mr John Rawlinson: I did not ask any questions about barracks, but about goods supplied. Does the right hon. Gentleman tell me that no sort of estimate has been kept by the Government as to the amount of arms and the value of the arms and of the goods that have been handed over, probably in millions?
Mr John Rawlinson: 63. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, as the British Government are not liable for trust funds held by the Public Trustee in Ireland, beneficiaries will have an opportunity of transferring their funds from the Public Trustee in Ireland to the custody of the Public Trustee in London?
Mr John Rawlinson: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that on the.12th April I was promised that an opportunity should be taken, before the Free State Government was set up, to have this matter looked into? When will it be looked into, and can the beneficiaries withdraw their money now?
Mr John Rawlinson: Can they withdraw at the present time?
Mr John Rawlinson: in reference to the sum of £148,000, including a supplementary sum of £100,000. for the League of Nations, I would like to know what the contribution by other nations has been to this fund? I have asked before, and have got no information. If it is not convenient to obtain the information now, perhaps the hon. Gentleman will give it to me privately later on?
Mr John Rawlinson: In reference to the sum of £12,000,000 for the Ministry of Labour, I would like to know how much is in respect of new buildings. I quite see the difficulty of replying now, and if this information is given me in the course of the next week I will be satisfied.
Mr John Rawlinson: May we have an answer from the Government?
Mr John Rawlinson: I wish to know definitely what is the amount which has been paid up to Ireland during this year, and what it is intended to pay during the course of the current year. Here is a comparatively small item. It may or may not he a good item. The next item is £1,200,000 for criminal injuries in Ireland. During the past month or two we have had a large number of statements from the Secretary of...
Mr John Rawlinson: To put down a question would be quite useless, but I will ask my hon. and gallant Friend to indicate to the Colonial Secretary that I have raised this point, and I withdraw it for the moment.
Mr John Rawlinson: This Vote is for the relief of people who come over here from Ireland. Has this £10,000 yet been spent, and, if so, is any supplementary grant going to be asked for for this purpose? Further, is this money to be paid ultimately by us, or is it one of the items which we are told is to be set off against the Free State Government when a settlement is arrived at some time in the future? I think...
Mr John Rawlinson: I should just like to offer a protest against all these Votes going through in this fashion, and particularly in respect to the Vote with which we are now busy. On this we ought to have been able to have a discussion on the question of Irish finance, and as to the proper authorities in relation to it, and so on. I protest strongly that the Front Bench are dealing with the matter in this way.
Mr John Rawlinson: As long as it is made to apply to Clause 1 as well, I do not object, but my proposal applies equally to Clause 1.