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Orders of the Day — FINANCE (No. 2) BILL. ( 2 Oct 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: Where is your Leader?

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.: Keresley Colliery (Relief Deputy). (30 Sep 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: 26. asked the Secretary for Mines whether the circumstances connected with the dismissal of Mr. Llewellyn Jones, of Collycroft, Bedworth, Warwickshire, a relief deputy at the Keresley Colliery, have been brought to his notice; and whether, in view of the importance of carrying out all the regulations of the Mines Act in the interests of the safety of the men employed, he will cause an inquiry...

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.: Keresley Colliery (Relief Deputy). (30 Sep 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: In view of the fact that a serious accident has occurred in this area since, will the hon. Member see that the investigation is very thorough?

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry (Accident, Newdigate Colliery). ( 8 Sep 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: (by Private Notice), asked the Secretary for Mines whether his Department has been advised of the explosion which occurred at the Newdigate Colliery on Thursday last, 3rd September, as a result of which six miners have lost their lives and a number of others injured. Whether his attention has been called to the inquest held on Saturday last; and the urgent request by Mr. William Johnson, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine (Administration). (29 Jul 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: May I ask whether the hon. Gentleman's attention has not been drawn to the fact that the Palestinian legal administration acted in defiance of the findings of the court, and whether he will make inquiries into this, and see that it is put an end to, as it is leading to considerable dissatisfaction?

Oral Answers to Questions — Capital Punishment. (23 Jul 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: 49. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the increasing volume of public opinion in support of the recommendations of the recent Select Committee on Capital Punishment, ho will say whether the House will be given an opportunity of discussing the recommendations in order that the House may have an opportunity to express its views?

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I beg to Second the Amendment. Like the hon. Member for South Shields (Mr. Ede) I feel considerable difficulty in dealing with a single issue when the Bill has not been debated as a whole. One of the curious features about the Bill is that it has never been before the House. [Interruption.]

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I hope impetuosity will be governed by a little generosity. I desire to support every word that the hon. Member for South Shields has said because I have a peculiar knowledge of the work of this organisation. For some years I was associated with the founder of this great movement, and I can say without fear of contradiction that I knew, and know, his mind concerning the organisation which he...

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: Yes, but it appears to me to go right down to the foundation of things concerning the Salvation Army, the election of the General and the powers which the General shall exercise. We are moving this Amendment in order to ensure that those who form the Army shall have a voice in the election of its General. We shall hear no doubt that General Higgins comes to the House with the weight of a...

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I am glad that I am right for once. There are some people, and I am one, who want to know what is the Salvation Army—

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I was under the impression that I was very much on the Amendment. It lays it down that in the judgment of some people before sanction should be given to an alteration of the foundation deeds of this organisation that those who are connected with it as an organisation shall have a full right to have their voices heard as to how the election shall take place. I heard General Higgins, when...

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: In course of post. That was the term used in the letter—" in course of post." That cannot be held to be anything of the nature of a fair and clear opportunity to discuss the merits of the case. Therefore, when in this Amendment we ask that this Section shall not come into force until it has been submitted to the various component parts of the Army, both at home and abroad, we are asking...

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I beg to second the Amendment. I am supporting the rejection of the Bill with a very keen feeling of responsibility. First, I would like to make it clear that my activity in this matter does not arise from any personal feeling. I have been asked by numerous Members why I am opposing the Salvation Army. I am taking this action to help the Salvation Army, and I am doing it, not from personal...

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I make that statement to discount the idea which is prevalent that the backing which the Army Bill, or rather, General Higgins's Bill, has received, is a spontaneous one. It has been engineered, and does not reflect the real feeling of those who are held to have given expression to it. I second the rejection of this Bill on the ground, which among others has been referred to by my hon. and...

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I thought I might be permitted to refer to those happenings, because the Attorney-General in his report refers to them. However, I am not pressing that line beyond saying that, if what they did two years ago, in regard to the election of their head, was legal, they can keep on doing it; and, if it is not legal, they ought not to try to secure the prestige and power of the House of Commons to...

Orders of the Day — SALVATION ARMY BILL (By Order).: Clause 3. — (Election of General of the Salvation Army.) (18 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Chairman of the Committee stated that The Committee had been greatly impressed by and are strongly in accord with the view put forward in this case by both sides as to the undesirability of the continuance of these proceedings before Parliament.

Orders of the Day — Registration of Unsatisfied Judgments Bill. ( 8 May 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: Before the hon. Member concludes, may I ask him whether his proposal is to remove all registration of judgments in the small cases, and to make them the same as the larger cases are at present, or whether he asks that the same treatment shall in future be meted out in the larger cases, as is now meted out in the smaller cases?

Salvation Army Bill. (19 Feb 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I desire, first of all, to thank you, Mr. Speaker, for giving me an opportunity to raise a matter concerning the Second Reading of the Salvation Army Bill yesterday. The reason for my asking this permission is that undoubtedly a most unfortunate misunderstanding occurred in connection with it. [An HON. MEMBER: "On your part!"] I am, of course, not questioning your Ruling regarding the...

Salvation Army Bill. (19 Feb 1931)

Mr Francis Smith: I certainly wish, and I assumed that you would desire it, to offer reasons for asking the question. However, I will ask one or two questions. The first question is, whether the orderly confusion which is connected with the introduction of Private Bills—when I say "orderly confusion" I mean the incoming of hon. Members after prayers instead of before prayers—and also the fact that there...


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