Mr Thomas Scollan: Can the President tell the House if the Chancellor is prepared to allow a certain number of dollars for the purchase of this hardwood?
Mr Thomas Scollan: In view of the importance of the export drive for this country, is not it about time that some of the Departments were getting together for the purpose of arranging a uniform freightage rate from any part of this Island to the seaboard to enable works and factories in outlandish places to get an equal chance with those on the coast?
Mr Thomas Scollan: In view of the fact that so far this House has not been informed of the policy towards Germany, how is it that Sir Ivone is able to go and discuss policy with industrialists in Germany?
Mr Thomas Scollan: Can the Minister give the House an assurance in regard to this £5 million for the Army and the Air Force, that it will not be a case of cutting out something that is afterwards found to be required, and then bringing in a Supplementary Estimate to get it?
Mr Thomas Scollan: Does the larger specialist staff mean that the ordinary practitioner who formerly gave his services to the hospital has now become a specialist?
Mr Thomas Scollan: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in some parts of Scotland the registrar has sent out notices asking persons to fill them in and send them back? Those notices frequently have not been filled in and sent back and a reminder has been sent and that is the only method they have at the moment in those places and consequently is there not bound to be a tremendous number left out?
Mr Thomas Scollan: As it must be over 12 months since first these cuttings took place, has there been any appreciable improvement in the places where the heaviest cutting out took place in coping with this disease?
Mr Thomas Scollan: Can the Government get somebody to represent this country at the United Nations who can make it clear that the colonial policy of this country is as advanced as anything proposed by these peoples at the United Nations? At the moment we are suffering from the disability of being misrepresented right, left and centre by our own representatives.
Mr Thomas Scollan: Did the Minister's reply to the original Questions mean that the House could ask for information, which might be laid before it subject to certain commitments; and does that mean that there are certain clauses in the agreements which could not be put before the House?
Mr Thomas Scollan: Is the hon. and learned Gentleman implying that one can buy a couple of noble Lords for a dinner?
Mr Thomas Scollan: Would this not have a definite tendency to raise both the status and the salary, and make the legal profession draw very much more out of administering law than they do at present?
Mr Thomas Scollan: It is an important point.
Mr Thomas Scollan: The more I listen to the discussion of this Bill, the more I am convinced that the lawyers who drew up the Bill not only want a closed shop, but actually are going to make provision for the halt, the blind, the lame and the incompetent at all times to get a job. Anyone with any knowledge of the ordinary magistrates' court where the stipendiary magistrate takes the great bulk of cases which...
Mr Thomas Scollan: Or defendants.
Mr Thomas Scollan: rose—
Mr Thomas Scollan: And I was thinking that there was something that ought to be said on the matter before we come to a decision. As a justice of the peace for the past ten years, with some experience, although not a great deal, of sitting on the J.P. bench, but quite a lot of experience of sitting on the ordinary magistrate's bench, I would remind the Home Secretary that while all he has said may be true,...
Mr Thomas Scollan: The whole of the argument this afternoon has been to the effect that the confidence of the courts would be strengthened if the justices were under 75, and would be shaken if they were over 75. I do not think that anybody who has attended these courts fairly regularly will ever be taken in by that kind of argument. Some other method will have to be devised to ascertain the competency of the...
Mr Thomas Scollan: Perhaps I might point out to the Attorney-General that although this may be a matter of pure machinery, everybody with experience of the long-drawn-out struggle between the temper- ance and the trade factions in Scotland—more acute in Scotland than ever it has been on this side of the Border—will know the difference with which people north of the Border are prepared to accept even this...
Mr Thomas Scollan: May I ask exactly what the Attorney-General means by age or infirmity or other like cause"? What would "other like cause" consist of?
Mr Thomas Scollan: I am not at all clear after that explanation. I understand that at the moment a justice of the peace who sits on a fishery board cannot sit in the court in judgment on someone charged with poaching on the preserves of the fishery board of which he is a member. Does this mean now that he can sit in judgment even though the fishery board of which he is a member is the prosecutor?