Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking my hon. Friend for what he has said, may I ask whether in order to prevent a repetition of foreign goods coming into this country on manipulated values and on preferential terms there is any Customs machinery operating here similar to what operates in the Dominions?
Major Abraham Lyons: Were these proceedings which are said to be pending in Sheffield instituted by the Home Office or by the local police authorities ?
Major Abraham Lyons: I beg to move, "That it be an Instruction to the Committee to leave out Part VII." We offer no apology for intervening in this Debate, although it may be, on its title, a matter peculiar to the borough of Middlesbrough, because we believe that there are here involved matters of fundamental principle that far transcend the ordinary local aspect of the matter. We believe the questions involved...
Major Abraham Lyons: I am glad that the hon. Member has raised that point. This was not a matter for petition. It is not a matter dealing with a little local industry; it is a matter of fundamental national importance, and anybody who has any interests at all is entitled to leave it to this House, knowing that the House will not shirk its responsibility. The theatrical associations and the manufacturers of radio...
Major Abraham Lyons: My reference to Middlesbrough was not intended in a way of a sneer. It was put forward as a fact, but never intended as a sneer.
Major Abraham Lyons: Would not that put the right hon. Gentleman in the position of having to judge as to what he thought was a proper balance in the programmes for listeners I
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the hon. Member say whether any machinery exists for changing the required percentage in the content.
Major Abraham Lyons: 35. asked the Home Secretary whether he can now say if he proposes to introduce a Bill to deal with all forms of banditry and crimes of violence?
Major Abraham Lyons: Will the strengthening legislation which the right hon. Gentleman has indicated be introduced before the House rises for the Recess?
Major Abraham Lyons: This Debate on foreign affairs, ranging as it does over a very wide field, takes place at a time which may well be historic, and I think every one whose privilege it is to participate in this discussion will agree with me in the hope that the Conference which has begun this week, representing for the first time the whole of the nations of the world round the table to discuss matters for world...
Major Abraham Lyons: 5. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he will have examination made into the fresh facts that have emerged in the case of ex-Lieutenant Baillie-Stewart with a view to seeing if any grounds exist for further revision of the case?
Major Abraham Lyons: I suppose I may take it that every piece of information that has been supplied to the Department has been considered.
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?
Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for the information he has given me, may I ask him whether he will allow this matter to be discussed by this House before a decision is made, and, if necessary, take additional time off the Whitsuntide Recess for the purpose?
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...