Mr David Mason: The hon. Member is wasting time.
Mr David Mason: I am glad to find myself in this case in agreement with hon. Members opposite. I think it would be an advantage to the Treasury to accept the Amendment. Under the Amendment they would be able to select whatever method they thought best for borrowing. In the Bill, as it is, they are confined to the powers given by the War Loans Act. According to the former practice when the Treasury wanted to...
Mr David Mason: I beg to move, in page 2, line 15, at the end, to add: (4) Until the advances made under this Section have been repaid there shall be allocated to the Treasury one representative on the board of directors of the merger company. On the Second Reading of the Bill the Financial Secretary made reference to this matter and said that the Government were mortgagees and had no status to ask to be...
Mr David Mason: I have the honour to present a petition signed by 45,732 citizens of Scotland in favour of the Shops (Sunday Trading Restriction) (Scotland) Bill.
Mr David Mason: I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a Second time". It may be asked why I have the honour of moving the Second Reading of this Bill. The Lord's Day Observance Association of Scotland asked me if I would introduce the Bill if I was successful in the ballot, and I said that I should be very pleased to do so. I was successful in the ballot and I am now carrying out that promise. It is...
Mr David Mason: I am informed that the total of 10,000 is nearly double that of two years ago. The numbers have been increasing all the time. It is very difficult, of course, to obtain these statistics. That is why, if an inquiry is granted, it would be most valuable. A great deal has been said about the small shops, but that hardship, which I readily admit, might be provided for in Committee by the local...
Mr David Mason: That is not true.
Mr David Mason: There were many Scotsmen anxious to second the Motion, but I had to regard this as a British Parliament, an Imperial Parliament. If we had had Home Rule, it would have been another matter, but as we had to come to the Imperial Parliament, it seemed a good thing to ask an English Member to second the Motion.
Mr David Mason: Is it the hon. Member's idea that he is carrying out the Divine Providence?
Mr David Mason: No.
Mr David Mason: I did not say that it had doubled in the last two years, and the growth is not necessarily confined to the city, but has taken place throughout the country.
Mr David Mason: Not 10,000 in Edinburgh: 10,000 throughout Scotland.
Mr David Mason: rose in his place, and claimed to move, "That the Question be now put," but Mr. SPEAKER withheld his assent, and declined then to put that Question.
Mr David Mason: rose in his place, and claimed to move, "That the Question be now put."
Mr David Mason: I should like to offer a few observations on the finance of the Bill. Clause I (3) says: All sums received by way of interest on advances made under Sub-section (1) of this Section shall be paid into the Exchequer, and all sums received in repayment of such advances shall be applied, in such manner as the Treasury may direct, to the redemption of debt. In the Second Schedule to the Agreement...
Mr David Mason: It would depend upon the security.
Mr David Mason: Can the right hon. Gentleman hold out any prospect of this fund being wound up at an early date.
Mr David Mason: As this is a Vote of Supply, will there be an opportunity to discuss the Board of Trade Returns after the Debate on the Russian Agreement is over?
Mr David Mason: Would it not be in order to discuss the Board of Trade on Supply, and will there be an opportunity of discussing it after the Russian Debate is over?
Mr David Mason: 57. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider the advisability of appointing a committee, with wide powers of reference, for the purpose of investigating and making recommendations on monetary policy?