Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: 13. asked the Minister of Transport whether he has discussed with representatives of the Cyclists Touring Club and the National Cyclists Union the measures he has taken, or those which he has in mind, for ensuring greater safety on the roads to all road users?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: 14. asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consider increasing on the Transport Advisory Council the representation of recognised cyclists' associations?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that in many cases the sign does not exist at all?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: 3. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department who are the manufacturers of the speedometers fitted to police motor cars; and in what manner are the tests carried out to ensure that these speedometers are accurate?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the principal manufacturers of speedometers in this country have stated that it is impossible to test speedometers accurately in this way, and will he, therefore, give directions that in future no prosecutions for exceeding the speed limit shall be instituted unless further evidence is available?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: 3. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the importance of establishing the closest trade relationships with the State of Manchukuo, he will approach the League of Nations with the object of rescinding the resolution which debars this and other countries from giving official recognition to a State which, whatever may have been the conditions of its birth, is now...
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: I propose to detain the House only for a few moments, because although I do not represent what is known as a depressed area, I am associated with an industry which is of some importance to the known depressed area of South Wales. Before dealing with that particular area, I want to say a few words about the general question of the occupation—and I use that word advisedly—of our people....
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: I was addressing myself particularly to South Wales, and I have no hesitation in saying that the attitude of the trade union leaders in South Wales has not helped in regard to the question of finding employment for the people of that area, because it is a well-known fact that the trade union leaders in South Wales are the political leaders of that area. My advice to trade unionism has always...
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: I have always been an advocate for encouraging the worker in every shape and form to get right from the bottom to the top in the tinplate industry. I agree with the hon. Member. There are many able men in the industry who have risen from the ranks of the workers, indeed, the most able men have risen from the bottom. But they have stuck to business, not to politics. That is my point.
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: What are we faced with in the tinplate industry, one of the most important in South Wales and one in which the mining industry and the iron and steel industry are also interested? The only export markets which to all intents and purposes are left to us are our Dominion markets. The whole of the Australian market comes to South Wales; not a single tinplate is bought by Australia anywhere but...
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: You remember why we came in?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: The electors understood.
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in many cases it is impossible to know where the pedestrian crossings are, because one cannot see them?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: 45. asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the increasing congestion of London traffic, he will take steps to insti- tute one-way traffic in all London squares and prohibit the parking of vehicles on both sides of main thoroughfares?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: Is it not a fact that, where the one-way system has been instituted in squares, it has been very satisfactory; and that it takes months, if not years, to get these very necessary regulations laid down?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: 45. asked the Prime Minister whether he will approach the Dominions with the object of appointing an Imperial Committee to examine and report on the future economic planning of the Empire?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is grave danger of important decisions being taken in the Dominions and elsewhere with regard to the setting up of industrial enterprises without due consideration to the interests of the Empire as a whole?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: Is the Minister of Transport aware that many of his beacons have been erected in positions where they are quite invisible to approaching vehicles by day or night, and is it not a great mistake that his light should be hidden in any way under a bushel?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: 18. asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the successful establishment of one-way traffic in Berkeley Square, he will take steps to establish one-way traffic in other squares in Loudon where the traffic is equally heavy?
Mr Lionel Beaumont-Thomas: Is my hon. Friend aware that this body to which he has referred moves extraordinarily slowly?