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Orders of the Day — Schedule. — (Services in respect of which Orders in Council may be made under this Act.) (28 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: Before I deal with the subject of the Debate, may I make a protest against the very inadequate information which the Committee is given in the White Paper and in the Supplementary Estimate? If the Government want to get their proposals put through, it is to their interest to give the House the fullest information as to what they propose, and the House of Commons, being a very reasonable...

Orders of the Day — Schedule. — (Services in respect of which Orders in Council may be made under this Act.) (28 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: I am not responsible for the Yellow Book. A short three months ago the late Minister of Transport asked the House to agree to a proposal that £9,000,000 should be advanced from the Exchequer to the Road Fund for the financial year 1931–32, in order that works for the relief of unemployment should be expedited, because the Road Fund was unable to provide the money. Its resources were...

Orders of the Day — Schedule. — (Services in respect of which Orders in Council may be made under this Act.) (28 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: Of course, I would. I am consistent. You over there are not consistent at all, and your leaders in the late Cabinet, were not consistent. I am very pleased to be able to support my hon. Friend, because the Government have taken the only sane course, to cut down your expenditure when you are in short street. The permission that the right hon. Gentleman obtained was not confined only to the...

Orders of the Day — Schedule. — (Services in respect of which Orders in Council may be made under this Act.) (28 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: The hon. Member for Silvertown (Mr. J. Jones) says, "Hear, hear." That shows how perfectly hopeless it is to expect from hon. Members opposite a clear appreciation of the difficulties of the country at the present moment. In spite of all our troubles and financial difficulties and all the things which have happened, they still applaud the sentiment of spending, and spending lavishly, as the...

Orders of the Day — Schedule. — (Services in respect of which Orders in Council may be made under this Act.) (28 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: The hon. Gentleman ought to read the whole speech. I was alluding to the over-spending of the Road Fund. The whole of the Road Fund has to be spent plus those amounts I mentioned. I was not only mentioning the £1,500,000; it is obvious the roads will cost more than that.

Orders of the Day — Schedule. — (Services in respect of which Orders in Council may be made under this Act.) (28 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: The hon. Member says that there is no intention of altering the construction of the Road Fund. I would like to ask, does this Bill give any power to do so?

Road Fund [Advances]. (16 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: On that point of Order. May I put it to you that the Minister read out a rather general and comprehensive statement dealing with these particular points and the Road Fund generally, and that therefore the Committee should be allowed, without going into detail, generally to get information as to what the position is?

Road Fund [Advances]. (16 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: May we have your Ruling as to whether this Resolution does in fact deal with the Road Fund as an entity? In reading the Resolution I am in doubt whether it affects the independence of the Road Fund in any sense, or deals only with moneys which are to be advanced to the Road Fund from the National Exchequer.

Road Fund [Advances]. (16 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: The Conservative party, to which I belong, is the only party that can approach this question with a clear conscience, because the Labour party this spring took power to borrow in the next 12 months no less than £10,000,000 for extra road works, and they were aided by the Liberal party. The late Minister of Transport is entirely unrepentent and now says to his followers, "Vote for this,...

Road Fund [Advances]. (16 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: As I understand it this Resolution means more control by the House of Commons, and therefore it is a Resolution which ought to commend itself to hon. Members in all parts of the House. What has been going on up to now between the Treasury and the Ministry of Transport is rather a hole-and-corner operation, which is not the least improper, because the Chancellor of the Exchequer can be relied...

Road Fund [Advances]. (16 Sep 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: All I said was that when the Minister of Transport came to reply he would have his opportunity. There was no necessity for me to give way.

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Land (Utilisation) Bill.: Clause 1. — (Establishment of Agricultural Land Corporation.) (24 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: It is obviously quite right that the rights of hon. Members to discuss each separate Amendment should be safeguarded, but in addition I submit that there ought to be a general statement by the Minister on Part I and on Part II, as Part II is quite distinct from Part I.

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Land (Utilisation) Bill.: Clause 1. — (Establishment of Agricultural Land Corporation.) (24 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: I agree with my right hon. Friend the Member for Barkston Ash (Colonel Lane Fox) that these words are quite meaningless and afford no more safeguard for the conduct of these demonstration farms than if they were left out. It is obvious what will happen. The Minister will come to Parliament for a Supplementary Estimate, and, with the majority behind him, he will get it passed. He will simply...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Land (Utilisation) Bill.: Clause 1. — (Establishment of Agricultural Land Corporation.) (24 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: It is a matter for the local authority and not for the State.

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Land (Utilisation) Bill.: Clause 1. — (Establishment of Agricultural Land Corporation.) (24 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: I want to associate myself with the remarks of my hon. and gallant Friend. There were one or two instances in Committee when we could not understand why the right hon. Gentleman could not see our point of view. However, there is joy over one sinner that repenteth, if he repents at long last. I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on his repentance. We accept his proposal with gladness. We...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Land (Utilisation) Bill.: Clause 6. — (Power of Minister to provide small holdings with financial assistance for unemployed persons.) (24 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: This question of the provision of smallholdings is one which we ought to approach from a nonparty point of view, and we ought to try to visualise the Amendments entirely from the standpoint of whether they will facilitate the work or not. The Minister of Agriculture and his colleagues are always saying to us—they said it in Committee and on Report—"Trust the Minister"; you must imagine...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Ministry of Transport. (23 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: Surely, in the localities where these high prices are charged, the local authorities can ask for an inquiry, and, if the complaint is justified, the prices can be brought down. It seems to be an easy remedy.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Ministry of Transport. (23 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: Hasten slowly.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Ministry of Transport. (23 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: I do not think it necessitates legislation. It may be argued that the railway companies could not raise this large sum of money, but it is perfectly within their legal power to raise the money if they can get the investing public to provide it. As far as the Minister in concerned, he is in active negotiation with the railway companies on this important point. I have no doubt he will recommend...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Ministry of Transport. (23 Jul 1931)

Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley: In this way. Under the Electricity Supply Acts and other Acts the Minister is responsible to the House of Commons, as far as any Government is responsible for electricity in this connection, for the development of the industry. Lord Weir's report was made to him. He is in negotiation with the railway companies, and will in due course announce the Government decision. Therefore, I submit that...


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