Mr John Potter: 49. asked the Attorney-General whether, as a result of the disclosures in a recent case in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice, he will, in order to prevent fraud upon the public, take steps to make all persons proved to be party to the publication of fictitious markings of Stock Exchange transactions liable for a criminal offence within the scope of the Larceny Acts?
Mr John Potter: 35. asked the Minister of Labour the total amount expended to the most convenient date in respect of training centres set up in various parts of the country by his Department; and whether he can give separate figures relating to the Blackpool centre?
Mr John Potter: 36. asked the Minister of Labour the total amount of the grants made to local authorities, and to other public bodies, in respect of unemployment relief schemes to the most convenient date?
Mr John Potter: 44. asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of companies, both private and public, registered under the Companies Acts in this country, and the total amount of fees and stamp duties paid in respect thereof for the year 1931; and if he will also state the comparative figures for the years 1930 and 1929?
Mr John Potter: 68. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether public funds will defray the cost of the transfer and temporary housing of the Elgin Marbles pending their removal to the new room to be erected at the British Museum?
Mr John Potter: 3. asked the Secretary of State for Foregn Affairs if he will request His Majesty's Ambassador at Rio de Janeiro to ascertain the reasons why the documents representing the obligations of the Brazilian Government's third default have not yet been handed to the British finance houses responsible for the flotation of the loans for distribution among those who are entitled to the documents?
Mr John Potter: 47. asked the Minister of Transport the means by which he proposes to ensure that the proposed class of 120-horse-power express lorries to carry goods from Penzance to London in 13 hours' running time will conform to the weight limits of loading and the rules of speed at various points, as laid down by the Road Traffic Act?
Mr John Potter: 1. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will ascertain from the Spanish Government and state the reason why that Government has withheld payment to the British constructors of the railway now operating from Calatayud to Cidad, near Santander?
Mr John Potter: 40. asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the number of fatal accidents to users of motor-cycles, he will take steps to introduce legislation forbidding pillion-riding on these machines?
Mr John Potter: Will the hon. Gentleman be prepared to receive a deputation on the subject?
Mr John Potter: As this is my first speech in the House, I hope that I shall have the usual indulgence if I make a mistake and do not observe the traditions of this ancient Assembly. I rise to oppose the Amendment, because I do not think it would do justice in the trial of the measures that are now being considered by the House. I do not mind confessing that up to a few years ago I was a most ardent Free...
Mr John Potter: 110. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the estimated amount of tax received from co-operative societies in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in respect of Schedules A and B for the fiscal year 1931–32?
Mr John Potter: 68. asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the hardship caused to estates administered under the Deeds of Arrangement Act, 1914, by non-assenting creditors instituting bankruptcy proceedings in cases where the majority of creditors have assented to the deed, he will take steps to amend the Act so that the assenting majority in value of creditors shall bind the non-assenting...
Mr John Potter: 74. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that hardship is caused to the practising members of the accountancy profession by ex-officers of the Board of Inland Revenue acting as free Income Tax advisers to the public through certain daily newspapers; and if he will take steps with a view to such practices being discontinued by such persons in receipt of a Government pension?
Mr John Potter: 55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in view of the hardships caused by the additional Entertainments Duty imposed upon exhibitors in the cinema business by the supplementary Budget of September last, he will consider the question of exempting seats up to 6d. from such liability?
Mr John Potter: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a considerable revenue is being lost to the State having regard to the imposition of this extra tax on the cheaper seats?
Mr John Potter: 63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if in view of the difficulty in ascertaining from the national accounts the total expenditure and the total revenue of each Department of State, he will take steps to have these accounts so framed that such information can be more easily obtainable?
Mr John Potter: 85. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that foreign fishery-vessel owners landing fish in this country make no contribution to our national taxation in respect of the earnings arising out of the proceeds of sale of such fish; and whether he will take steps to have such earnings ascertained and assessed for Income Tax purposes?
Mr John Potter: 64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that there are complaints at the delay in settling claims for repayments of Income Tax; and whether he will give instructions to the Department concerned with a view to expediting the settlement of such claims?
Mr John Potter: 34. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the increasing amount of manufactured cotton goods and yarns coming into this country, he is prepared to consider the inclusion of these goods in the next list of imports upon which duties are to be levied, with a view to protecting the interests of the Lancashire cotton industry?