Mr David Mason: I do not know whether I can claim any indulgence from the House. I am not a new Member. I was in the House some 13 years ago, so I suppose I may be regarded as an old Member. Nevertheless, I should like to appeal to the House for its indulgence. I do not propose to follow the hon. Member who has just spoken, except to say that what he has said as to the suffering of the working class, and all...
Mr David Mason: No.
Mr David Mason: It was the profligate finance of the Labour Government that bumped us off.
Mr David Mason: The right hon. and gallant Member does not seem to understand that if we get back to parity in gold it will cost us less to pay back that loan.
Mr David Mason: If we do not buy butter from Russia, how can we expect to sell agricultural machinery to Russia?
Mr David Mason: How are we to increase the purchasing power of the consumer? Show us how to do that.
Mr David Mason: What is the trade balance?
Mr David Mason: In a creditor country like ours is it not a good thing to have an excess of imports?
Mr David Mason: Will the right hon. Gentleman give the figures?
Mr David Mason: I asked for the figures.
Mr David Mason: Has the right hon. Gentlemen observed that the price of bread was raised on Monday?
Mr David Mason: I have listened with great pleasure to the speech of the hon. Member for Dundee (Miss Horsbrugh), and while I may not agree with her I am sure that I express the feelings of all present when I congratulate her on her very admirable first speech. I am very sorry that I did not hear the speech of a colleague whom she associated with herself in support of the principles which she enunciated. I...
Mr David Mason: I know that there are certain provisions of this kind applied to goods coming into this country, but the examination to which I have referred is insisted upon before the right hon. Gentleman puts on his customs duty. The right hon. Gentleman might spend his week-end examining the books of any hon. Member. He may go to any trader and insist upon him producing his books and documents before he...
Mr David Mason: I am sorry that my arguments have been interrupted by an interruption which is quite irrelevant to the point I was making. I have no objection to replying to the interruption, though it has nothing to do with my argument. The circumstances of my return to this House may be of interest to the hon. Member and others, and I have no hesitation in replying briefly. I gave way in the Western...
Mr David Mason: I take no exception to the interruption, but I am sorry that I devoted some time in endeavouring to answer the hon. Member. The purely personal reference had no relation to the point I was discussing, and I will now pursue my argument. The right hon. Gentleman based his argument on the suggestion that by curtailing, by some means or other, the adverse balance of payment, he is in some way or...
Mr David Mason: I am sorry to interrupt the Noble Lord, but I can assure him that the stand I am taking to-day and the pledges I have given have been perfectly open and above-board, and are thoroughly understood by all my Conservative supporters.
Mr David Mason: Will all these Orders be laid before the House?
Mr David Mason: Would it not meet the case and meet the suggestion made by the right hon. Member for West Birmingham (Sir A. Chamberlain) if the President of the Board of Trade would convey the suggestion to the Leader of the House, and if he could give an assurance that on the Report stage there would be some provision in the Bill to meet these points under discussion? If we could have some assurance that...
Mr David Mason: I gave notice of a question to the Prime Minister; shall I be in order in asking that question?
Mr David Mason: On a point of Order. It is almost impossible to hear the answer owing to the noise opposite.