Sir Louis Smith: 4. asked the Secretary of State for War the average cost per head of victualling the personnel of the Army in 1913–14 and 1930–31, respectively; whether any substantial changes have taken place with regard to the amount and quality of the food supplied; and whether the cost of victualling is found to coincide in general with the average increase in the cost of food as indicated by the...
Sir Louis Smith: 14. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what proportion of the pay of naval officers and ratings, respectively, is based upon the cost-of-living index; what percentage reduction of standard rates is now in force; and whether he is satisfied that the cost-of-living index is a fair criterion of living costs as applicable to the personnel of the Royal Navy?
Sir Louis Smith: 15. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the average cost per head of clothing the personnel of the Royal Navy in 1913–14 and 1930–31, respectively?
Sir Louis Smith: 16. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the average cost per head of victualling the personnel of the Royal Navy in 1913–14 and 1930–31, respectively; whether any substantial changes have taken place with regard to the amount and quality of the food supplied; and whether the cost of victualling is found to coincide in general with the average increase in the cost of food as indicated by...
Sir Louis Smith: Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that any money which his Department has available would be more wisely spent on new projects like the Humber Bridge?
Sir Louis Smith: 3. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that the cost-of-living index is calculated by taking budgets of working-class families, there will be any difficulty and, if so, of what nature in taking a similar number of budgets of non-industrial working-class families such as clerks; and whether her Department will consider the desirability of compiling two cost-of-living...
Sir Louis Smith: 62. asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities have built shops on the building estates they are developing; whether such shops receive the building subsidy; what are their aggregate numbers; whether the local authorities concerned have to obtain official sanction in all cases before erecting such shops; and whether the loss incurred by any shops not being let becomes a charge on...
Sir Louis Smith: 83. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to announce that all the 18 beet-sugar factories have accepted the Government's recent proposal; and if he can say what are the prospects with regard to the acreage to be grown during the coming season?
Sir Louis Smith: 10. asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the problem of industrial reorganisation which has to be faced in the near future, he can state the particular industries which, in the view of the Government, require industrial reorganization?
Sir Louis Smith: To what specific industries did the right hon. Gentleman refer when he recently made a statement that certain industries required reorganisation?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the hon. Member consider using the Cardington base for heavier-than-air craft?
Sir Louis Smith: 49. asked the Minister of Transport whether he intends, in view of the proposals contained in the Road Traffic Act, 1930, to facilitate the movement of traffic along the roads of the country, to bring to the notice of the different local authorities concerned the powers they possess for acquiring by negotiation and arbitration the different toll bridges and tolls in their areas?
Sir Louis Smith: Is it not a very surprising thing that there should be such glowing accounts as those which have been given by the hon. Member for Greenock (Sir G. Collins) when it is well known that the Minister of Agriculture has been negotiating for weeks with the factories in order to persuade them to make contracts with the farmers which they could accept?
Sir Louis Smith: We on this side of the House do not often support a suggestion from the other side, but this is an occasion where I think some of us will do so. I am very pleased that this Supplementary Vote is necessary, because it means so much additional employment on the land. I consider that the beet-sugar subsidy has been well-spent money. Very large numbers of men have been employed, not only in...
Sir Louis Smith: There has been a statement in the Debate this evening which might make the farmers hesitate to place contracts, fearing that they might not be able to get what has been promised to them in those contracts. Can the Minister assure the Committee that the arrangements come to with those 12 factories are such as will make sure that the farmer gets what is specified?
Sir Louis Smith: May I ask how many of these gentlemen are fully-qualified civil engineers?
Sir Louis Smith: 45. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the doubt that exists that the cost-of-living index as evolved by the Minister of Labour is a suitable criterion for adjusting the pay of officers in the Army and Navy and non-industrial workers in the Civil Service, he will consider the setting up of a committee to investigate the possibility of drawing up separate cost-of-living indexes for...
Sir Louis Smith: 78. asked the Secretary for Mines what was the expense, if any, that fell upon the Exchequer for the deputation, upon which the Secretary for Mines was included, which visited Scandinavian countries for the purpose of securing increased orders for British coal?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the reason why little or no success was obtained by this deputation?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the right hon. Gentleman take into consideration the fact that many modern mills in that district are closed for lack of work?