Major Abraham Lyons: I should like to know why it is not in the Bill. The Bill has been moved and seconded in a very skilful way. Not one word has been said about these omissions from the Report of the Royal Commission. The promoters want to skate over provisions which they know would never be assented to by this House. If the payment of commission on the sale of alcoholic liquor in these hotels and restaurants...
Major Abraham Lyons: If my hon. and learned Friend decries the theory of secret bedroom drinking I hope he will be one of the tellers on our side against the Bill.
Major Abraham Lyons: I appreciate my hon. and learned Friend's statement. Once you take away publicity and control you do encourage secret drinking. To give to a hotel resident the right to entertain up to midnight is allowing the very possibility that none of us want to see established. After what has been said by the Mover of the rejection of the Bill I hope the House will hesitate before giving it a Second...
Major Abraham Lyons: I said nothing of the kind. I did not suggest that anything would be done against the law. I simply gave my view of the legal position.
Major Abraham Lyons: I am sure that, as he has said, the hon. Member does not want to misrepresent me. The whole of my expression was directed to Clause 5 of the Bill which says, in effect, that if the applicant fails in certain respects, to satisfy the justices they can still give him certain benefits which would not be available except for this Measure. Will the hon. Member therefore do me the justice of...
Major Abraham Lyons: Clause 5.
Major Abraham Lyons: Will the hon. Member then withdraw his statement that what I said was incorrect? If I am wrong, I want him to show where I am wrong. If I am right he ought to withdraw.
Major Abraham Lyons: rose—
Major Abraham Lyons: Does my hon. Friend say that I am not in my place?
Major Abraham Lyons: I rise only to put before the President of the Board of Trade the fact that this plea for some reasonable protection against this attack upon our workers' standards is not made by Lancashire and Manchester cotton people alone. This unfair competition by a foreign eastern nation is striking at the very heart of our industries right through the country. Speaking on behalf of Leicester, with its...
Major Abraham Lyons: 4. asked the President of the Board of Trade the export and import trading figures for the six months ended 31st December, 1933, or the nearest convenient date between this country and Canada, Australia and New Zealand respectively?
Major Abraham Lyons: May I ask my hon. Friend whether these figures show that the British Empire is still our best customer?
Major Abraham Lyons: 25. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can now make a statement with reference to the Silk Duties and the suspension of their consideration by the Import Duties Advisory Committee?
Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the injurious effect that the delay has had upon the industry and employment concerned, may I ask whether a conclusion will be made of these negotiations in the very near future?
Major Abraham Lyons: 11. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has now reconsidered the case of Mrs. Fieldhouse, of 25, Ash Street, Leicester; and whether, as the prior allocation of 5s. weekly has been stopped by the Minister in his discretion since a refusal by her husband to contribute, in disobedience to a separation order of the court, he will now restore the weekly allowance to Mrs. Fieldhouse with...
Major Abraham Lyons: May I ask the right hon. and gallant Gentleman whether it is a fact that this husband, in defiance of the order of the court, has left the neighbourhood, and that his whereabouts are unknown to his wife; and in these circumstances, now that the husband has deserted her, will he exercise his discretion in her favour?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that this man, in defiance of the court, has left his wife destitute, and is it likely, if he defies the magistrates, that a letter from his wife will have any effect on him?
Major Abraham Lyons: Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman put an end to this matter by exercising his discretion in favour of this unfortunate and deserving woman?
Major Abraham Lyons: 53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the industries whose claims for additional duty are still awaiting a decision by the Import Duties Advisory Committee?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the hon. Gentleman say whether, in his opinion, any machinery is necessary to prevent the forestalling that takes place from time to time, when great changes are about to be made by the tribunal?