Sir Albert Bennett: 77. asked the Minister of Health if he will state the policy of his Department on the subject of the sub-letting of council houses; and whether he can give the number and the names of the local authorities which have prohibited sub-letting?
Sir Albert Bennett: The main argument of the Mover of this new Clause, so far as I have been able to follow it, seems to be that, as the lace industry in this country is dying, the best thing to do is to knock it on the head and kill it right away. I think the lace trade in this country has slightly improved. Since the Safeguarding Duty was put on, if I am correct in my figures, the domestic business has...
Sir Albert Bennett: I am sure that even that is an over-statement of the case. I do not believe that to-day there is any industry in the country which is more efficient that the lace industry, or one which has had to struggle against greater difficulties.
Sir Albert Bennett: No.
Sir Albert Bennett: What about the Betting Duty?
Sir Albert Bennett: I hope my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, will not agree to this Amendment. We have heard a great deal of opposition from this side of the Committee. I was one of those who objected most strongly to the Clause that we are discussing in its original form. I want to say quite frankly, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has met the reasonable objections of those who feel like I...
Sir Albert Bennett: 13. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the new Regulations for the government of the special administrative district, No. 3, of Hankow provide that the director of the Municipal Bureau must be a subject of Chinese nationality?
Sir Albert Bennett: Is there no safeguard in the Treaty to prevent the appointment by the Chinese Government to this very important post of someone with a strong anti-British bias, as, for instance, a Russian Bolshevist?
Sir Albert Bennett: 104. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the new regulations for the government of the Special Administrative District No. 3 of Hankow, till lately the British concession, will affect the freedom of the foreign press published in this area?
Sir Albert Bennett: 105. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make any statement as to the present position of the negotiations between Great Britain and Spain affecting the new Spanish tariff, more especially in the direction of the most-favoured-nation clauses?
Sir Albert Bennett: 58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, with regard to inter-Allied debts, he can state how much from this year on Great Britain will every year receive from her debtors, and how much she will pay to the United States?
Sir Albert Bennett: 35. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he has received any representations regarding the effect on British exports of the proposed revision of the French tariff; and, if so, whether his Department is taking any action in the matter?
Sir Albert Bennett: 30. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department the nature of the changes proposed by the Spanish Government, on the advice of the Supreme Insurance Council, affecting the capital of insurance companies and the effect of these changes on British insurance companies operating in Spain?
Sir Albert Bennett: 31. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his attention has been called to the increasing difficulties which British manufacturers are experiencing in obtaining import licences for the entry of their goods into Poland; and whether any official British representations are being made on the subject?
Sir Albert Bennett: 64. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the overcrowding by tenants of leased houses, he will suggest. to the different boards of guardians that, they should prepare a report of all cases of rent relief to applicants who rent unfurnished rooms, giving the name of the owner and subletting lessee in each case, and the amount of rent received by each; and whether, if they have not...
Sir Albert Bennett: 63. asked the Minister of Health to what extent the serum treatment of scarlet fever and the Schick test and von Behring's method of immunisation against diphtheria are being used in this country by the various local authorities?
Sir Albert Bennett: I do not know whether I shall be in order in drawing attention to the pithead price of coal. I know that the pits in Mansfield are working practically at normal, but I find—and. I have taken the trouble to look into it—that I am paying 10s. a ton more at the pithead than I was before the strike.
Sir Albert Bennett: I do not think that is reasonable; in fact the pithead price of coal to-day is scandalous. It is important that we should try to get the railway companies to overcome their difficulty.
Sir Albert Bennett: 71. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received any information showing which of the Chinese railways in which British investors are interested are now actually running; and whether interest on the English issue of the Tientsin-Pukow Bond is now being paid?
Sir Albert Bennett: 79. asked the Minister of Health if he can now state what steps the Government propose to take in regard to the housing subsidy?