Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the apprehension which has been caused to British industry by the refusal to issue licences in the past, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will be able to assure industry in general that the difficulties in future will be overcome by some condition being imposed on Denmark that these licences shall be reasonably issued?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it not a fact that this addition was made by the Tariff Advisory Committee after having listened to the representations from the trade concerned?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs upon how many occasions during the year ended with March, 1936, the Canadian Tariff Board bas heard applications on behalf of the industry of this country for reduction of tariffs in pursuance of the Ottawa Agreements; to what tariff items these have related; and what results have been announced, respectively?
Major Abraham Lyons: May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, in his view, the machinery by which British industry can make application at Ottawa is working satisfactorily, and whether industry has taken reasonable advantage of that machinery?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Transport when, approximately, work will commence on the reconstruction of the London and North Eastern Railway station at Leicester?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it not a fact that a condition of the guarantee given last year to the railway companies was that certain improvements should be made; and is it not the case that this station, which is no longer in keeping with the city of Leicester, should be improved in pursuance of that undertaking?
Major Abraham Lyons: While I accept the fact as the Minister has stated it, may I ask him to bring to the notice of the railway company concerned the necessity of providing a better station, in order to replace the present station, which is no longer in keeping with the needs of the city and is in many ways obsolete?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can my right hon. Friend say whether the committee has, in fact, ever acted on its own initiative?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it not a fact that every typewriter bought during that period has been British made?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what recommendation has now been made with reference to a central airport for London?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the right hon. Baronet give any information as to the exact location of this site in relation to London? Has it been decided upon by the Air Ministry, and, if so, when the work will begin?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the President of the Board of Trade the export and import figures for the six months ended 30th April, 1936, or nearest convenient date, between this country and Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, respectively?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it not a fact that Empire trade shows a definite increase as compared with last year?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantities of hose, stockings, and knitted underwear imported into the United Kingdom from Japan for the year ended 30th April, 1936, or nearest convenient date, and the approximate amount of employment that would have been provided by the manufacture of those goods in this country?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the President of the Board of Education what development has been made within the last year in the provision of nursery schools in areas cleared as slums or about to be so cleared?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to consider representations from local authorities with a view to increasing the number of nursery schools?
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Minister of Labour the number of firms in this country where the system of the five-day week is in operation and the number where a scheme of work-sharing obtains?
Major Abraham Lyons: Are the right hon. Gentleman's consultations with representatives of industry taking place on all relevant matters, including the shorter working week and work-sharing generally?
Major Abraham Lyons: I wish to offer one or two observations in support of the proposals which the Government have made for this subsidy over so long a period. It seems to me that any such subsidy, if it is to be effective, must be for a long term. There is no doubt that Imperial Airways was chosen as the instrument for providing a national airways service some years ago on account of the inefficiency and...
Major Abraham Lyons: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether final approval has been given to the recommendation of a site in Essex as an airport for London; whether he will state the size and details of the land selected; whether, and when, it is proposed to commence work thereupon; and whether any other additional site is to be considered in the immediate future?