Results 1–20 of 199 for speaker:Mr Benjamin Spoor

Oral Answers to Questions — Poor Law.: Destitute Persons (Relief). (29 Mar 1928)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: 26. asked the Minister of Health whether, in the closing of a casual ward, he reminds the guardians that they must take into the workhouse any destitute wayfarer who applies for relief and is unable to proceed to the next casual ward; whether, in this connection, the next casual ward is defined as the next on the main road along which the destitute wayfarer is proceeding or whether the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.: India (Water Diviner, Bombay). (29 Mar 1928)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: 57. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the Government of Bombay has on its establishment a water diviner; that this office is held by an English military officer, Major Pogson; that since his first appointment the salary has been voted by the Bombay legislative council until this year, when the Government of India have ordered that his salary should be...

Orders of the Day — Distress in Mining Areas. (26 Mar 1928)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: Like other Members on this side of the House. I must confess that I listened with considerable disappointment to the speech of the right hon. Gentleman the Minister of Health this afternoon. It was, from every point of view, a disappointing speech, and one which most certainly will not satisfy those who are seriously concerned about the situation in those areas which are referred to as...

Orders of the Day — Distress in Mining Areas. (26 Mar 1928)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: The hon. Member is quite justified in making his own implication from my remarks. I assume that the intelligent persons in the House realise the real implication and that is, that by amalgamations, not necessarily limited amalgamations in a particular district but must larger amalgamations throughout the nation or, if you like nationalisation—

Orders of the Day — Distress in Mining Areas. (26 Mar 1928)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: Quite a useful suggestion, and one which ultimately will have to be applied in this country if the coal industry is to be saved and the economic stability of the country restored.

Orders of the Day — Distress in Mining Areas. (26 Mar 1928)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: I am not talking about the 200,000 men out of work. I say that there would not be the closing down of so-called uneconomic pits, if unnecessary costs were eliminated. I think the hon. Member will agree that if we were to abolish a large number of the overhead charges that are necessitated by the present system of individual ownership and control we should enormously decrease the cost. That is...

Orders of the Day — Distress in Mining Areas. (26 Mar 1928)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: I hope that I have said nothing too provocative, but I do think that it should be made clear that the Government have an immense responsibility in this matter in so far as they have not given effect to the recommendation of the experts, not confined to the Labour party but experts so far as the reorganisation of the mining industry is concerned. I contend that a fairly considerable amount of...

Orders of the Day — Distress in Mining Areas. (26 Mar 1928)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: I quite appreciate your position, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, but I was simply asking whether or not the Government would adopt a certain course in order to deal with the deplorable conditions in this so-called derelict devastated area. If there remain any lingering sign of justice in the Government, we ask them to take that course, which we believe will be best, which is not only indicated but...

Orders of the Day — Government of India Act. (25 Nov 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: As the one Labour Member who was included among the Joint Committee in 1919, when the reforms were first discussed, I feel rather a special and somewhat personal interest in the question that we are considering to-day. First of all, I would express my regret that I am, probably not for the first time, in entire disagreement with my right hon. and gallant Friend the Member for...

Oral Answers to Questions — India.: "forward" Newspaper (Burma). (21 Nov 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: 2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the reasons for the ban on the Calcutta newspaper "Forward" excluding it from Burma; whether this was done at the instance of the Government of India; and for what reason?

Oral Answers to Questions — India.: Medical Service. (21 Nov 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: 3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that at a selection test held in August last in India, to select candidates for permanent commissions in the Indian Medical Service, only those candidates holding an English degree were successful; whether, in view of this fact, instructions have been issued by the Secretary of State that those candidates who possess Indian...

Oral Answers to Questions — India.: Appointments (Indians). (21 Nov 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: 19. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether any protests have been received by the Secretary of State for India or by the Government of India from the Indian Merchants' Chamber regarding the appointment of an assistant accountant under the port commissioners, Calcutta; whether he is aware that the qualifications are so framed as to exclude Indians, being limited entirely to...

Class Ii.: India Office. ( 8 Jul 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: I would like to reply to one or two observations that were made in the speech of the Noble Lord in opening the Debate, a speech comprehensive in its character, very wide in its survey, and, as has already been said, a speech that was packed with interesting information. It was a speech which, from beginning to end, was extremely optimistic, although I do feel that subsequent speeches did...

Class Ii.: India Office. ( 8 Jul 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: But I think the noble Lord will agree that it was the Indian people themselves who passed them.

Class Ii.: India Office. ( 8 Jul 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: Yes, through the Assembly.

Class Ii.: India Office. ( 8 Jul 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: I want to leave some time for the Noble Lord to reply, but I would like to mention that it was my privilege to take part in the Debates in 1919 When the Government of India Bill was introduced, and I was a Member of the Joint Committee of the Lords and Commons which had that Bill under consideration for several months. I well remember those discussions carried on under the leadership of the...

Class Ii.: India Office. ( 8 Jul 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: I am no more answerable for the individual opinions of members of this party than the hon. Member who has interrupted me is responsible for the opinions expressed by members of his own party.

Class Ii.: India Office. ( 8 Jul 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: I have here an official record of the resolution, part of which was quoted, and I can assure the hon. Member for Kidderminster that, so far as we are concerned, the Labour party still stands for the free and unfettered partnership of India in the British Commonwealth of Nations, and we have always urged the Indians to co-operate with us in order to secure that object as effectively as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.: Rota Committee, Bishop Auckland. ( 7 Jul 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: 24. asked the Minister of Labour the number of members on the rota committee in Bishop Auckland, giving the numbers representing the employers, the employed, and the co-opted members, respectively, and the attendances in each case during six months to the last convenient date; who issues the invitations to attend the meetings of the committee; and whether action is taken to ensure that...

Oral Answers to Questions — India.: British Colonies (Agents). ( 7 Jul 1927)

Mr Benjamin Spoor: 36. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Government of India are at present considering the proposal to appoint agents in British Colonies like Kenya, Trinidad, and others, to which Indians have emigrated and settled in large numbers, on the same lines as the appointment of the right hon. V. S. Srinivasa Sastri to South Africa?


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