Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: 25. asked the Minister of Health how many houses have been built by the Hadham Rural District Council during the past six years; how many it is proposed to build during the next six months; and whether the information in his possession leads him to think that the reasonable requirements of the agricultural workers in this district are receiving proper consideration at the hands of the council?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: 1. (for Wing-Commander JAMES) asked the Minister of Labour whether either accurate figures or any estimate is available of the number of persons born outside Great Britain now in receipt of transitional benefit and of public assistance, respectively; and, if so, what are their countries of origin?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: 35. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a moiety of fines imposed for offences under the Licensing Consolidation Act, 1910, and other Acts such as the Chimney Sweepers Act, 1894, are now credited to the police fund under the Police Pensions Act of 1921; and whether he will review this practice of linking police duties with police pensions?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: 38. asked the Postmaster-General whether he has considered the observations made by the county court judge at Birmingham, on 14th December, on a case in which his Department was defendant; and what, if any, action is contemplated in the matter?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I do not attempt to represent the constituency. I can only say that, from the information which I have received from one body, that the land has been in the possession of one man since 1919. I did not say which man. A great deal of money has been largely devoted to irrigation with water which is supercharged with oxygen and nitrogenous and mineral salts. The soil has no parallel in England,...
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: There was a landlord, who was also an agriculturist, who had the land in his possession, I am informed, since 1919. It has been used solely for the purpose of farming since 1919.
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: rose—
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: The first intimation he had of it was through an incursion of Metropolitan Water Board employés on his land, who told his employés they would soon have to get out, as something was going to be done there.
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: The per capita consumption has doubled.
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: 49. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the existing procedure under the Indictable Offences Act has not been modified since 1848, at which time illiteracy was common, and that it tends to add to the cost of and delay in criminal proceedings; and whether he will consider the possibility of introducing proposals to amend the Act in order to improve, simplify, and cheapen the...
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Why not?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I beg to second the Amendment. In Committee I was inclined to think that this clause should stand part, but on further consideration I have reached the conclusion that it would be, in all the circumstances, better to omit it. I do not attach so much importance to the value of the Government brand as was suggested in Committee. I think it would possibly be a good thing for the Herring Board to...
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I beg to second the Amendment.
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Not armed neutrality?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I should not have risen had not certain remarks which fell from my lips on Second Reading been made the subject of discussion by two hon. Members. The hon. and gallant Member for Blackburn (Captain Elliston) had something to say with regard to Billingsgate, and he really substantially made my case for me. But I would like to take this opportunity of withdrawing the statement that I made, that...
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: I did not mean to stress that point.
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Must we not also know what is the foreign policy of other Governments?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Will the hon. Gentleman take the strictures of Lord Snowden to heart as well?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: Will my hon. and gallant Friend ask the Minister to give the circular publicity in this House?
Lieut-Colonel Sir Arnold Wilson: 50. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether pro vision has been made in current estimates for an improved water supply at Bourley and Porton in place of that now existing, which was officially reported in 1932 as giving rise to anxiety and a feeling of insecurity, as financial stringency precluded necessary improvements?