Sir Louis Smith: 10. asked the Minister of Labour the estimated percentage of vacancies filled by Employment Exchanges in the last 12 months for which figures are available; whether this percentage shows any signs of increase; and whether she can state the percentage of the entire cost of running the Employment Exchanges which can be credited to the filling of such vacancies?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that there is no overlapping of duties at the Admiralty; and can he say whether an incorporation of Departments might not be made?
Sir Louis Smith: 3. asked the Minister of Labour what is the percentage of unemployment in Leeds, Bradford, Hull, Sheffield, Halifax, and Middlesbrough, respectively, as compared with the average percentage for the whole country at the present time?
Sir Louis Smith: 8. asked the Minister of Labour whether her Department has any sort of costing system under which it is possible to allocate to the different branches of Employment Exchange activity the percentage of expenditure sanctioned by the House of Commons which may be incurred in carrying on such different branches; and, if no such costing system exists, whether she will consider the desirability of...
Sir Louis Smith: Having regard to the fact that the original function of the Employment Exchange was to introduce a man to employment, does not the right hon. Lady consider it advisable to find out the cost of such introductions?
Sir Louis Smith: Cannot the right hon. Lady define the expenditure of the Exchanges on what they were originally intended for and on what they are now doing?
Sir Louis Smith: 33. asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to the action of any municipalities in building shops on their new housing estates; whether his consent has been asked to this policy; if so, by what towns; and what has been his reply in every case?
Sir Louis Smith: 34. asked the Minister of Health if his [...]ention has been called to the system in [...]gue in some towns of councillors dealin[...] with public assistance cases in their [...]own neighbourhood; whether he is a[...]e that this practice leads to undesirab[...] results; and whether the Ministry of Health will consider the desirability of recommending to the different public authorities...
Sir Louis Smith: 73. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the need for extension of the movement for offering special facilities to unemployed workmen for taking and working allotment gardens; whether he has received any recommendations that the Government should be asked to undertake to defray any loss that may be incurred by local authorities in connection with any...
Sir Louis Smith: 14. asked the President of the Board of Trade how many countries adopt as an integral part of their tariff any proposals prohibiting or limiting the importation of so-called luxury articles; what those countries are; and what the articles are in each case?
Sir Louis Smith: 70. asked the Secretary for Mines the quantities and prices of coal, as well as the countries of origin from which these consignments have come, which have been imported into this country during each of the last six months for which figures are available?
Sir Louis Smith: 62. asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of his note to divisional road engineers in favour of the use of British kerb in road-making, he can state whether imports of Norwegian granite kerb are still coming into this country, and to what extent?
Sir Louis Smith: Seeing that there is apparently some difficulty in carrying out the request of the Minister of Transport, could not the hon. Gentleman, in future, lay down such regulations as would notify to local authorities that no further importations should take place?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman examine it?
Sir Louis Smith: Listening to the speaker who has just resumed his seat one would not imagine that we had two and a-quarter millions of unemployed in the industries of this country and one would not realise that nothing has been put before the country to help to get those millions of people to work with the exception of the scheme put forward by the Conservative party, namely, protection of our home...
Sir Louis Smith: It does not matter one little bit what percentage of capacity is being worked in any other country. We have to think of ourselves. The American standard of living is totally different to. ours, and American arrangements are totally different to ours. Their home market is much larger. I am sure the hon. Member will realise that a comparison between this country and America is quite unsuitable....
Sir Louis Smith: Is it not a fact that practically every worker in that particular industry signed a petition for the retention of the Safeguarding Duties for a further period?
Sir Louis Smith: Then the hon. Member cannot answer my question?
Sir Louis Smith: It was only during this summer.
Sir Louis Smith: Railway workers are fully protected now, surely.