Sir Louis Smith: May I respectfully submit that my Amendment is a most important one? I presume that it is only time which does not allow it to be called. Seeing that we are discussing the question of limiting the powers of the Minister, perhaps I might make a point on that ground. Some of the Amendments on the Order Paper would not be necessary were it not for the fact that the scheme goes far beyond a...
Sir Louis Smith: We are going through desperately difficult times. The growing costs of the social services are a very heavy load.
Sir Louis Smith: When I first read the wording of the Bill, it occurred to me that the words "at some time" must create a great deal of difficulty in the future. I am wondering what the Minister of Health would do in the case of a man who might have been, during this period years ago, a small contractor. He may have been doing work in a village as a master man in a small way, but, owing to slackness of trade...
Sir Louis Smith: 48. asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been called to the fact that an emergency committee has been appointed to deal with the crisis that has arisen in the potato industry; and whether his Department proposes to co-operate with this body especially with regard to the restriction or limitation of the importation of foreign potatoes?
Sir Louis Smith: May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman realises the difficulty of the motor trade in view of the McKenna Duties coming off?
Sir Louis Smith: 25 and 26. asked the Lord Privy; Seal (1) whether, in view of the national importance of the Channel Tunnel question and the need for providing as much work as possible during the winter months and stimulating trade, he will cause additional facilities and technical assistance to be placed at the disposal of the Channel Tunnel Committee with a view to expediting their Report; (2) when the...
Sir Louis Smith: 24. asked the Lord Privy Seal what action he proposes to take with regard to the Report of the Channel Tunnel Committee?
Sir Louis Smith: I am pleased to have an opportunity of saying how delighted I am to hear the expressions of satisfaction from the other side of the Committee at the success of the sugar beet industry. It is not often that some of us who are of an economical turn of mind are able so gladly and willingly to support one of these Votes, but in this case, bearing in mind the distressed condition of agriculture at...
Sir Louis Smith: 23. asked the Lord Privy Seal if he can now make any statement as to the date of publication of the Report of the Channel Tunnel Committee; and whether he can indicate the nature of the additional material which he has recently submitted to it for its consideration?
Sir Louis Smith: 12. asked the Minister of Labour if she has investigated the working of the special training centre for servants in Sheffield; if this has operated satisfactorily; and, if so, whether she will consider recommending to other local authorities in towns similarly situated the desirability of establishing similar centres?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the right hon. Lady satisfied that sufficient attention is being given to this matter, having regard to the frequent difficulties experienced in obtaining domestic help, even charladies being frequently unobtainable?
Sir Louis Smith: 62. asked the Minister of Health whether the National Radium Commission is providing funds for the establishment in the provinces of radium buildings for the treatment of patients suffering from cancer and other diseases; and, if so, what towns have been selected as suitable?
Sir Louis Smith: 73. asked the Minister of Transport what steps are being taken by his Department, in view of the approach of the road repairing season, to influence local authorities to place their requirements for road material so that the recommendations to use entirely British plant and material, contained in the circular letter 1,060 of the Ministry of Health, will be adopted in practice?
Sir Louis Smith: Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the exception to which he has referred will be brought to his notice?
Sir Louis Smith: I welcome the opportunity to discuss this important matter, and I congratulate the hon. Member who moved the Motion on his success in the Ballot. I cannot agree with his suggestions for a remedy in connection with rating and the cost of the roads. It is rather surprising to hear from the Liberal Benches again the suggestion of the taxation of land values, having in mind the lamentable failure...
Sir Louis Smith: I would like to refer to the difficulties that those who have been attempting to clear away slums have had in connection with the cost of rates and streets. I personally have had a good deal to do with the clearing of some very bad slums in the city in which I am living. It was with the greatest difficulty that we could build houses at rents which the poorest section of the population could...
Sir Louis Smith: Does not the right hon. Lady consider that these are matters which might preferably be left to each industry to arrange on behalf of the employés?
Sir Louis Smith: 19. asked the Lord Privy Seal if he can now state the terms of the Channel Tunnel Committee Report?
Sir Louis Smith: Is it not a fact that in the trades the hon. Member has mentioned employment has increased during that period?
Sir Louis Smith: 62. asked the Minister of Transport the nature of the means at his disposal by which he can ensure that local authorities shall in all specifications for road construction and road repair work specify that only British materials are permissible?