Major Abraham Lyons: Can my right hon. Friend tell me whether it is impossible to reply to the representations that this industry has made to his Department and, further, whether he is aware of the fact that they will be put in great difficulty by the relaxation of a duty about which they were not consulted?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the firm in question have sent the whole of their case to his Department and are awaiting a reply?
Major Abraham Lyons: 30. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will specify the goods that have been admitted into this country from Russia by licence under Part 2 of the Russian Goods (Import Prohibition) Act, 1933?
Major Abraham Lyons: 35. asked the President of the Board of Trade what industries are likely to be affected by any of the trade agreements now in contemplation; and whether they or any of them will be consulted before any arrangement is arrived at?
Major Abraham Lyons: Does the right hon. Gentleman fully appreciate the grave lack of confidence and uncertainty that must be created in many trades, seeing that similar industries have been affected without consultation?
Major Abraham Lyons: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the information which I bring to his notice in reference to dairy and agricultural engineers whose trade was affected by an agreement while their case was under consideration by the Tariff Advisory Committee?
Major Abraham Lyons: My hon. Friend who introduced the Bill indicated that he was trying to provide a useful, if modest, Measure of reform. I think all of us who support it realise that it is going to be a real reform in local administration. The system that prevails in the manner in which these officers are chosen and the work that is given them to do in reference to local authorities has become really...
Major Abraham Lyons: In reply to what was said by the hon. Gentleman as to whether, if my Amendment were accepted, an accountant would have to employ somebody of equal status as himself, as far as I know there is no restriction upon a chartered accountant in regard to the qualification of the person he employs and which he, as a chartered accountant, with all his authority, would certify. In his own interest, and...
Major Abraham Lyons: I am obliged to my hon. Friend for his interruption, as it states accurately the established practice. Chartered accountants, or any of the established accountants who sign a certificate, have to take complete legal responsibility for the certificate they give. If in any way they have been lax or inefficient in allowing bad workmen to produce material which they themselves sign as correct, it...
Major Abraham Lyons: I have gone into the matter with some little care. The institutions mentioned in the Schedule as it stands will, I think, all be included in the scope of my Amendment. There would not be one of them excluded, as I understand it. In reply to the question put by the hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Peat) there are four others that are at the present time under the purview of my Amendments, but...
Major Abraham Lyons: I find a little difficulty, without notice, in dealing with that question, but the risk that the hon. Member suggests is one that might be easily guarded against. It would be easy to prevent any organisation of mushroom growth coming in. The point might be dealt with in this way, by allowing the Schedule to extend to all those already in existence and giving the particular safeguard that my...
Major Abraham Lyons: I should like to know by whom my hon. Friend has been informed that my Amendment is an excluding Amendment?
Major Abraham Lyons: rose—
Major Abraham Lyons: On a point of Order. May I be allowed to say that I entirely dissent from what has been suggested?
Major Abraham Lyons: indicated dissent.
Major Abraham Lyons: I beg to move, in page 3, line 16, to leave out from the word "of" to the end of line 24, and to insert instead thereof the words: a body of accountants established by charter or under the provisions of an Act of Parliament.
Major Abraham Lyons: 34. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether, and to what extent, His Majesty's Government will participate in the forthcoming Canadian National Exhibition to be held at Toronto?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the hon. And gallant Member say whether his Department in England is co-operating with industry in this country with reference to their representation in the exhibition?
Major Abraham Lyons: 49. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the American Debt situation before the forthcoming Adjournment?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there is any truth in the statement so freely published this morning, that a decision upon this matter will be left to a free vote of the House?