Sir Louis Smith: Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider that the very small number of cases coming under his notice proves the efficiency of this Act?
Sir Louis Smith: It was astonishing to me to hear the Chancellor of the Exchequer say that this was quite a trifling matter. I wonder if he realises there is more work in connection with the obtaining of these entries than he imagines. There are not only all these various classes of shares which require the dates as well as the names, but in the case of sales the names of the transferror and transferee. From...
Sir Louis Smith: Has the right hon. Gentleman any idea when we may expect a report to the effect that these regulations are no longer necessary?
Sir Louis Smith: I should hesitate to take up the time of the Committee did I not think that we are now discussing a matter which is of great importance to us as custodians of the interests of the taxpayers, on whose behalf we desire to make an equitable arrangement. In this case the special commissioners are, as it were, to be the arbitrators between two men having a dispute, and one of the two parties is to...
Sir Louis Smith: The taxpayer has not the same opportunity as the Inland Revenue in arguing the matter with the special commissioners. That is where the lack of equity arises under this Clause. I fail to see why the Financial Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer cannot agree to the Amendment.
Sir Louis Smith: 68. asked the Minister of Labour the comparative cost of social services provided for the family of a steel worker, man, woman and three children, in Great Britain, France, Belgium and Germany, respectively?
Sir Louis Smith: Is it possible to obtain such statistics?
Sir Louis Smith: May we expect to have a report?
Sir Louis Smith: In resurfacing roads will the Minister of Transport consider the question of not tarring roads for miles on end without putting on pebbling to the great inconvenience of the travelling public?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the Minister taken an early opportunity of making the journey from Grimsby to Hull and personally investigate the most uncomfortable means of transport between there two leading centres, particularly in the winter, in foggy weather?
Sir Louis Smith: 19. asked the Minister of Labour whether her Department is giving assistance to the committee set up by the governing body of the International Labour Office to inquire into the relative cost of social services in the principal countries of the world; and by what date it is anticipated that the material collected by this committee will be published?
Sir Louis Smith: 49. asked the Minister of Health if he will state precisely what relaxation of the requirements of the London Building Acts the London County Council have recently offered, in connection with subsidised housing schemes, in respect of wall fillings and floor loads for the purpose of facilitating the submission of tenders for steel-frame buildings?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the right hon. Gentleman give wider publicity to these relaxations so that other authorities may take advantage of it?
Sir Louis Smith: 71. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the increase of municipal trading, he will consider the desirability of introducing legislation making it compulsory upon all local authorities to furnish to ratepayers such details of the methods employed and the business carried on and to give to them such information as may be demanded by shareholders in the case of transactions carried...
Sir Louis Smith: 73. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the fact that in the first half of the present year capital issues by financial, land, investment, and trust companies, miscellaneous, commercial, and industrial companies, amounted to only £25,500,000 as against £107,250,000 in the first six months of 1929; and whether, in view of the effect of this reaction...
Sir Louis Smith: 37. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can now state the policy of the Government with respect to the suggested renewal of the sugar-beet subsidy either in part or as a whole?
Sir Louis Smith: Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the future of this industry would be more assured and that considerably more acreage could be grown if the subsidy were continued further?
Sir Louis Smith: 38. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the Government has discussed on non-party lines with any section of the House its future policy with respect to assisting wheat growing; and whether he expects to be able to announce this policy before the autumn ploughings?
Sir Louis Smith: 1. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that the drop in arrivals of raw cotton and wool, measured by bulk as well as value, during the first six months of the present year much exceeds the drop in the inflow of goods manufactured from the same materials, he can state the countries which are thus increasing their import of the manufactured goods mentioned?
Sir Louis Smith: Do not these figures show that some form of Protection is absolutely necessary for these industries?