Mr John Potter: 3. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now make a statement regarding the recent arrest and detention of four British subjects by the Moscow secret police?
Mr John Potter: 37. asked the Home Secretary whether, having regard to the divergence in the practice adopted by benches of licensing authorities throughout the country in respect of applications for the extension of the hours for the sale of intoxicants, he will consider the question of introducing legislation with a view to bringing about uniformity in this matter?
Mr John Potter: 83. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Official Receiver's report to the Court has yet been made upon the profit totals of Waring and Gillow, Limited, for the five years 1925–30 and upon other cognate matters, in accordance with the requirements of Section 182 of the Companies Act, 1929?
Mr John Potter: I beg to move, as an Amendment to move, the proposed Amendment, in line 9, to insert the words: the president of the Society of Incorporated Accountants and Auditors, the president of the Institute, and the president of the Society, each to act in turn on alternate occasions.
Mr John Potter: I move this Amendment with some diffidence. We have had the greatest difficulty in getting the Government to accept the names of other well-known gentlemen who have been brought forward for consideration. We are told that the basis of the Bill is accountancy and finance and that it requires men of very high commercial qualifications to fill this position. In the case of all combines and...
Mr John Potter: What I mean is that if these two gentlemen are appointed they will be able to divide the functions between them. I think it was quite plain what was in my mind when I suggested the additional appointment.
Mr John Potter: 46. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that in many cases disabled men receiving treatment for their war disabilities have to apply to charitable funds for the maintenance of their wives and families; and will he take steps to see that adequate allowances are issued by the Government in cases of this description?
Mr John Potter: 58. asked the Minister of Labour whether, with a view to relieving existing unemployment, he will consider schemes for the reclamation of waste lands in colliery and other districts and the granting of financial assistance to local authorities in respect thereof?
Mr John Potter: 53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, with a view to ameliorating existing conditions, he will now grant unrestricted facilities for the issue of capital by joint stock and other companies?
Mr John Potter: 47. asked the Home Secretary when the Government hope to give consideration to the report of the Royal Commission on Licensing, with a view to the introduction of legislation in respect thereof?
Mr John Potter: 1. asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of prosecutions made by his Department during the past three years to the most convenient date against debtors for failure to keep proper books of account and for any other misdemeanours arising out of the Bankruptcy Acts; and with what result?
Mr John Potter: 2. asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of prosecutions made by his Department or by the Public Prosecutor during the past three years to the most convenient date against directors and other officials for misfeasance and other offences arising out of the affairs of companies compulsorily wound up under the Companies Acts; and what was the result?
Mr John Potter: Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that there is considerable anxiety in the minds of those in- terested in this company, and will he take steps to see that a proper investigation is made into its affairs?
Mr John Potter: 58. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the mortality and morbidity in childbirth in the Borough of Stepney, he will call for reports from the medical officers of health as to the advisability of establishing a municipal birth-control clinic in that borough?
Mr John Potter: 24. asked the Attorney-General whether his attention has been called to the report of the Official Receiver in connection with the affairs of Waring and Gillow, Limited; and whether, having regard to the disclosures by the Official Receiver in respect thereof, he will consider directing the attention of the Public Prosecutor thereto?
Mr John Potter: 70. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the hardship caused to borrowing members of building societies by the present high rates of interest payable, he will introduce legislation fixing a maximum rate of interest payable by borrowers from building societies?
Mr John Potter: 37. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether for Income Tax purposes the 3½ per cent. War Loan conversion scheme will be treated as an entirely new issue, or will the holder of 5 per cent. War Loan converting into the 3½ per cent. War Loan be assessed for the year 1933–34 on £5 per cent. interest?
Mr John Potter: 11. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will state the total of the Admiralty clerical staff, as at a convenient date, during the first half of 1914 and the total on 1st July, 1932; will he state by how many persons the total has been, or will be, reduced as a result of the economy campaign in the accountant's and secretary's departments; and whether he is taking steps to reduce the...
Mr John Potter: 41. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education the average annual over-all cost per elementary pupil in schools under public control in England and Wales for the year 1913, and for the nearest available 12 months, 1930–31; and will he give the percentage increase of the three principal items of expenditure which have caused the rise in the annual charge on public funds for...
Mr John Potter: 44. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, seeing that the rearrangement of the accountant's and secretary's departments of the Admiralty will save no more than £8,000 a year, he will reconsider his decision and allow a committee of three Members of this House, to be nominated by the Economy Committees, to investigate the non-effective staff employed by the Admiralty?