Sir Louis Smith: Is it necessary for the Employment Exchange to find out in every case whether a man is a member of a union or otherwise, in order to obtain a job?
Sir Louis Smith: 50. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the increasing number of unemployed workers in the iron and steel trade, he proposes to take any steps to expedite the Report of the Committee on the iron and steel industry; and by what date their Report is at present expected?
Sir Louis Smith: 21 asked the First Lord of the Admiralty (1) whether it is proposed to scrap the cruisers of the "Hawkins" class in view of the fact that they will be surplus to authorised tonnage under the London Naval Treaty by 1936, or whether it will be possible to convert these vessels so that they can be scheduled under Category (b) of Article 16 of that Treaty; (2) whether his attention has been drawn...
Sir Louis Smith: The hon. Member who spoke for the Government just before the Home Secretary referred to the industrial museum. I spent a very interesting two or three hours in that museum and found there a very great deal which I think would be of use in the factories of this country. I am wondering whether we are taking full advantage of that museum. A great deal of money has been spent in equipping it, and...
Sir Louis Smith: I was about to refer to the question of passports.
Sir Louis Smith: I had in mind the question of passports in regard to this labour, and I feel that at the present time when we have so many men wanting work, that everything should be done in the direction which I have indicated. When one comes across cases of German and other foreign workmen who remain doing work in this country for six or eight months at a time, I often wonder whether it is really necessary...
Sir Louis Smith: 75. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the evidence of the Agricultural Conference is to be published in full; and whether it is still the intention of His Majesty's Government to announce their agricultural policy during the lifetime of the present Parliament?
Sir Louis Smith: 26. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether his attention has been called to any contract awarded by local authorities or railway companies to foreign tenderers, in which there was reason to believe the economic standards of the workers in competing countries were not taken into account; and, if so, whether he will state the names of such bodies allotting these contracts?
Sir Louis Smith: Having regard to his declaration a few days ago, will the right hon. Gentleman give this matter his careful attention and investigate any such contract?
Sir Louis Smith: 2. asked the Minister of Labour the number of men and women, respectively, on the unemployment registers in the Sheffield area who have received written directions under the provisions of the Unemployment Insurance (No. 2) Act, 1930, from officers of the Employment Exchanges with a view to assisting them to find suitable employment; and what percentage of those receiving unemployment benefit...
Sir Louis Smith: Does not the right hon. Gentleman think, having regard to the widespread interest which employers all over the country take in the extension of the present work of the Home Office in this direction, that it would be a needless waste of public money?
Sir Louis Smith: Does not the hon. Gentleman realise that unless the terms are extended our traders will be unable to compete with traders in other countries where the terms are extended?
Sir Louis Smith: 46. asked the Prime Minister if he can now make any statement as to the decision of the Committee of Imperial Defence with regard to the Channel Tunnel scheme?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the right hon. Gentleman's promised statement on this important matter be much longer delayed?
Sir Louis Smith: 14. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the orders which will be placed in Sheffield as a result of the alteration of the naval construction programme?
Sir Louis Smith: 36. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether the delay in the departure of the R.100 to Canada is to any extent due to the mooring mast in Canada not being suitable for the purpose for which it was intended; and whether any alterations are being made to the nose of the airship in consequence?
Sir Louis Smith: 5. asked the Minister of Labour the wages at the present time of rolling-mill operatives in the steel industry in this country, and in France, Germany, Belgium and Czechoslovakia?
Sir Louis Smith: 58. asked the Minister of Health if he will consider, in connection with the Housing (No. 2) Bill, the desirability of suggesting to local authorities erecting tenement structures to accommodate slum dwellers who may be dispossessed the advantage of using steel frames for such buildings, both to their own benefit and the relief of unemployment in the steel industry?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the right hon. Gentleman have some investigation made in this direction, as I am told that an economy would be effected?
Sir Louis Smith: Are we never to learn in the future anything more than we have learned in the past?