Major Abraham Lyons: Those of my colleagues who received Liberal votes did not come into the House and then rat the Government they promised to support. They supported the Government in treating great problems in a broad, national spirit, and I have yet to find one of my colleagues who obtained Liberal votes who got into the House and then withdrew the support which he promised to give to the Government, on which...
Major Abraham Lyons: May I point out to the hon. Member that not one of us who have taken any part in trying to bring about, through co-operative effort a reduction in the working day or the working week, have ever suggested that that should entail reduction in wages. We have said that the working day or the working week should be reduced without any diminution in the workers' wages.
Major Abraham Lyons: 19. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has yet considered the report of Sir Richard Redmayne upon the working of the five-day week at Messrs. Boots, Limited; and whether he can make any statement thereupon?
Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for his statement, may I ask whether any date has been fixed for the commencement of the conferences which he indicated some time ago would occur?
Major Abraham Lyons: May we take it that these conferences will take place as early as possible in 1935?
Major Abraham Lyons: 39. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the recent importations of Hungarian turkeys; whether he can give the approximate figures of the imports of foreign turkeys for the period from 1st November, 1934, up to the most recent convenient date; and whether, in view of the season of the year, he proposes to take any steps to safeguard further the interests...
Major Abraham Lyons: May I inquire whether the home market is not sufficient to supply the home demand?
Major Abraham Lyons: Did the Imports Duty Advisory Committee give to my right hon. Friend the reasons for their decision?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is not the price of the home turkeys less than that of the foreign turkeys?
Major Abraham Lyons: 23. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the imports of cotton stockings and, hose from Japan have increased in January, 1935, as compared with January, 1934, by 40,000 dozen pairs, or 36 per cent.; and whether he is prepared to take any new steps to deal with this increasing importation?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it not a fact that unemployment in this industry is now greater than it was in November; and, in view of that unfortunate fact, will the right hon. Gentleman invite the attention of the Import Duties Advisory Committee to the power which they have to act immediately in the interests of trade and employment in the hosiery industry?
Major Abraham Lyons: 24. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the exports of artificial silk stockings and hose to British countries have declined in January, 1935, as compared with January, 1934, by 21,700 dozen pairs, or 60 per cent.; whether he has any information as to whether this decline is due to increasing competition from Japan; and, if so,...
Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the unfortunate exclusion by the Irish Free State of our industries, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that the time is more than ripe for some action, in order to protect British employment in our home market, and to stop the great flow of imports which is putting thousands of people in this industry into great jeopardy as regards employment?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the fact that the Import Duties Advisory Committee have power on their own initiative to act in the face of these unfortunate circumstances and need not wait for one industry to take its place in the queue after another in order to take action?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it not a fact that the number of workers unemployed in the hosiery industry in Leicester is greater than it was in 1931 because of this very large flow of imports, and will some action be taken to put into work the thousands of people who could be employed if the industry were properly safeguarded?
Major Abraham Lyons: Am I right in saying that the number unemployed in the hosiery trade is greater than for some years past, and, in view of the apprehension which must be caused to the Minister of Labour, will he make some representations for the better protection of the home market?
Major Abraham Lyons: 17. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department under whose authority the British exhibits will be arranged this year at the forthcoming Canadian National Exhibition at Toronto; and to what extent it is proposed that His Majesty's Government will co-operate at that event?
Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking the hon. and gallant Gentleman for the information he has given, may I inquire what steps are being taken to bring to the notice of potential exhibitors in this country the arrangements that are being made by the authorities in Toronto?
Major Abraham Lyons: 42. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. S. F. Rayns, of 197, Syston Street, Leicester, who claimed a contributor's old age pension after attaining the age of 65 years, and who was in receipt of a service dependent's pension of 9s. 7d. weekly; that an increase of 5d. a week has been given in respect of his rights to an old age pension; and...
Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the fact that through this calamity the State profits to the extent of 9s. 5d. a week for five years, will the hon. Gentleman use some discretion to restore to this man in Leicester this extra 9s. 5d. a week for which he contributed?