Mr Charles White: I have had some experience of local authorities for the past twenty-five years, and I can support all that has been said by the hon. Member who has just sat down. With regard to the price of land in the market that is being sold to-day, I have particulars of a rather striking instance of the way in which the land gets to the inflated price that it is now fetching in the market. In the Bill...
Mr Charles White: I did not say so.
Mr Charles White: Exactly, but I do not want him left. I want the Commissioners of Inland Revenue left.
Mr Charles White: Then the Inland Revenue Commissioners should decide it.
Mr Charles White: I am in cordial agreement with the principle of the Mover of the Amendment, but I agree also with what has been said by the last speaker that if you put in a fixed date of this sort it may defeat the very object which the Mover has in view. The matter can be met far better by the subsequent Amendment on the Paper with regard to the value of agricultural land, and therefore I also hope the...
Mr Charles White: The right hon. Gentleman is wrong, as he very often is. The county council bought the land from a member of the same county council for a small holdings.
Mr Charles White: I agree.
Mr Charles White: 62. asked the Prime Minister whether, as regards appointments to the new Ministries of Health and of Ways and Communications, consideration will be given to the applications of officers and men who have served throughout the War even though they may be slightly over the age hitherto laid own for admission to the Civil Service?
Mr Charles White: 15. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will state the weekly average of enlistments for the post-war Army during the months of May and June. 1919, distinguishing between men who are fit from age and medical classification to-provide the autumn reliefs for the Indian, garrison and those who are not?
Mr Charles White: 63. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that in March, 1919, there was already stored in Mesopotamia sufficient fuel-wood to last the Army of Occupation for ten years; that notwithstanding this, 5,000 extra tons of fuel-wood were shipped from India in March; whether any further shipments have been made since March; and what steps have been taken to deal with the...
Mr Charles White: Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to say that there was only seventy-five days' supply in Mesopotamia on the date mentioned?
Mr Charles White: 95. asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he can now give consideration to the claims of registrars of County Courts and their clerks, appointed in war-time, to be awarded the war bonus; and whether he is aware that some registrars are now without any emolument in return for their services'!
Mr Charles White: 53. asked the Prime Minister if any cases have been brought to his notice of speculative purchases of foodstuffs in bulk by persons who are not bond fide occupied in the production or distribution of such foodstuffs; and, if so, if he will introduce legislation making it a punishable offence for any inhabitant of the United Kingdom, not being a bond fide or necessary middleman, such as, for...
Mr Charles White: 59. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the urgent importance that the country should be fully informed of the arguments for and against nationalisation of the coal industry, he will grant a day at an early date for the full discussion of this subject?
Mr Charles White: Can the right hon. Gentleman undertake that this discussion, shall be before and not after the announcement of the Government policy?
Mr Charles White: 39. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions if his attention has been drawn to the case of a youth of eighteen years of age, employed as a storekeeper at the motor transport depot, Slough, who was charged last week at Slough with non-payment of Income Tax; whether this lad's earnings were £4 15s. per week, as stated; whether this is the average of wages of unskilled...
Mr Charles White: I think it is intelligible that the right hon.
Mr Charles White: Will the eight Gentlemen who were invited to Downing Street last Friday be among them?
Mr Charles White: No, I did not refer to those.
Mr Charles White: Like other Members of this House I was often asked during my candidature whether I was in favour of discontinuing the Defence of the Realm Act as soon as possible. I think the time has come when it is possible to discontinue altogether the Regulations under this Act. I am, perhaps, a rather unsophisticated Member of this House, but I reckon to have a little common sense. For the life of me I...