Sir Louis Smith: I am encouraged in rising to-day for the first time because I read in the Gracious Speech many paragraphs which in my opinion as a business man will benefit trade, and particularly find more employment for many of His Majesty's subjects among the working-men. I consider that the problem of unemployment, as we have heard several times during the last day or two, is by far the greatest problem...
Sir Louis Smith: 60. asked the Minister of Transport whether, having regard to the long continued severe depression in the forging trade, he will include that branch of the iron and steel industry among those to receive coal freight relief, as named in Part II. of the White Paper (Cmd. 3215) referring to the Railway Freight Rebates (Anticipation)?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that should forges not be included in the Clause of Part II. referred to, in addition to rolling mills, steel works which have a forge as a branch of their works will receive the rebate and those works that are mainly forges will not receive it, and will therefore be seriously handicapped?
Sir Louis Smith: 58. asked the Minister of Transport whether, having regard to the ever increasing number of motor accidents caused by inexperienced drivers, he will make it compulsory for a would-be driver of either a motor-car or motor-cycle to pass a suitable and thorough test before receiving a driving licence?
Sir Louis Smith: 14. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the placing abroad of the greater part of the order for the crushing machinery for the Singapore base, he will request the Government contractors to agree in future to meet the Admiralty officials in conference, together with representatives of the tendering firm quoting the most favourable terms, before an order exceeding £ 1,000...
Sir Louis Smith: 63. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the cases in which sub-contracts of Government contracts are being placed abroad, either in part or as a whole; and whether he will investigate the possibility of ensuring that all such work, financed by national resources, is placed at home for the encouragement of British employment?
Sir Louis Smith: Has consideration been given to the provision of fish meal concentrators at some of these ports where a glut occurs from time to time, and turn this unsaleable surplus into fish meal to be used as cattle food?
Sir Louis Smith: 55. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he has received any representations from commercial circles in this country with regard to the proposal of the South African Commonwealth to give Germany, in its new commercial treaty, the same preferences on goods imported into South Africa as are at present enjoyed in this country; whether he has any information as to the...
Sir Louis Smith: 9. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether it is now an accepted principle of the policy of his Department that no more subsidies should be granted to flying clubs; and, if not, whether he will consider the claims of Sheffield at an early date?
Sir Louis Smith: 10. asked the Secretary of State for Air the exact nature of the benefits that will accrue to flying clubs becoming affiliated to National Flying Services, Limited; and whether these benefits will be the same for clubs that already receive the Government subsidy and for those that do not?
Sir Louis Smith: 22. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government proposes to continue the functions of the Standing: Committee appointed under the Merchandise Marks Act?
Sir Louis Smith: 37. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give in dozens the export, import, and re-export figures for safety razors and safety razor blades, respectively, for the six months ending 31st December, 1925 and for the six months ending 30th June, 1929; and the comparative prices in each period of the two types of articles?
Sir Louis Smith: 55. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether His Majesty's Government proposes to increase the number of existing subsidies given to civilian flying clubs; and whether it will take into consideration the grant of financial assistance towards the establishment of aerodromes in the chief industrial and commercial centres of the country which do not possess them at the present time?
Sir Louis Smith: 58. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether in view of the fact that there are no nearer aerodromes to Sheffield than Cranwell, Manchester, Nottingham, and Leeds, he will consider the possibility of granting financial assistance towards the establishment of an aerodrome at Sheffield, especially in view of the constitution of a flying club in the city and of the value which such an...
Sir Louis Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman take into consideration that the only ingredient in artificial fertilisers likely to cause a rise in price is potash?
Sir Louis Smith: 21. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Depart- ment if he will obtain information from the police of the country of the number of accidents treated in local hospitals and resulting from the use of motors during the months from April to the middle of October, with the object of ascertaining the burden which is now placed on these institutions?
Sir Louis Smith: 23. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he can now make any further statement regarding additional assistance to be given to the chief commercial centres of the country for the establishment of aerodromes and the encouragement of flying clubs?
Sir Louis Smith: I desire to intervene only for a moment or two. We on this side of the House are not unmindful of the needs of the widow and fatherless child. The widow was first included in the Act of 1925, and we certainly had in mind during the last year or two the possibility and the desirability of removing any anomalies that might exist in that Act; but we do say that insurance should be on a...
Sir Louis Smith: 27. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, having regard to the fact that the resumption of diplomatic privilege has been urged principally in the interests of in creased trade with Russia, he will make an early appointment of a trade commissioner to Moscow?
Sir Louis Smith: I am sorry that the Amendment standing in my name is not to be called, and I would ask the Committee to allow me to refer to some of the financial points that would be covered by my Amendment.