Sir Louis Smith: Will my hon. and gallant Friend do all he can to encourage mineowners to adopt modern methods?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the estimated cost of making good the recent different acts of sabotage in the dockyards?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, so far as his records show, there have been recently any acts of sabotage in private dockyards carrying out Admiralty work?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the Minister, in giving this matter further consideration, bear in mind the fact that, although the City of Sheffield has very many fewer unemployed at the moment than it had a year or two ago, there are still over 30,000 people there who are unemployed?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the proposed Franco-Rumanian agreement under which Rumania's oil royalties, representing her remaining asset, have been mortgaged for purchases of armaments in France and for the benefit of French bondholders; and what steps he proposes to take to safeguard the interests of Rumania's British creditors?
Sir Louis Smith: Could the timber not be imported in a rough state and the oars be made by private firms in this country?
Sir Louis Smith: What about private firms?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that Cuba, which is by far the largest supplier of sugar to this country, takes a negligible quantity of British goods in exchange; and whether he will endeavour to conclude a trade agreement with the Cuban Government?
Sir Louis Smith: Will my right hon. Friend take into consideration the special claims of the hon. Member for Wolver-hampton to appointment on this staff?
Sir Louis Smith: This particular Estimate is not so important as the one which we were discussing earlier; but it is indeed one of considerable importance. I am in favour of avoiding overtime in any undertaking, and I wonder why, in connection with this work, there should be an item of £1,000 for temporary assistance and overtime. There may be good reasons for this owing to the fact that this clearing office...
Sir Louis Smith: May I ask whether during this Parliament the right hon. Gentleman proposes to take definite measures in the direction of increasing the amount of emigration?
Sir Louis Smith: Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that British tractors have a much longer life than foreign tractors?
Sir Louis Smith: I think the House has listened with great interest and, I may say, with a certain amount of patience, so far as my colleagues on this side are concerned, to the speech of the right hon. Member for the Hillsborough Division of Sheffield (Mr. Alexander). He told us that he has on many occasions appeared before the Import Duties Advisory Committee, no doubt to look after the interests of the...
Sir Louis Smith: Well, we will say the co-operative societies, should be so keenly interested to appear before the Advisory Committee to prevent certain duties which those interested in manufacturing goods in this country think advisable in the interests of industry. I think, too, that the right hon. Gentleman's criticism of the methods adopted at meetings of the Import Duties Advisory Committee is...
Sir Louis Smith: May I ask the hon. Member what grade, or what class or what type of fertiliser he has in mind when he states that the farmer is paying a higher price for fertilisers than last year, or the year before, or the year before that?
Sir Louis Smith: I had in mind compound fertilisers.
Sir Louis Smith: 17. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can now indicate what further progress has been made with reference to the establishment of a central airport for London?
Sir Louis Smith: Having regard to the fact that the time taken to travel to and from the present airports affects the popularity of the service, particularly at home, will my right hon. Friend do his best to accelerate progress in this connection.
Sir Louis Smith: Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman take into careful consideration the desirability, in some of the less populated districts, of adopting smaller units rather than these large stations, and adopting the oil engine as the unit in those cases?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it would be quite impossible in 1930 to forecast the very heavy depreciation in the value of sugar in this country and that the great majority of those interested in the industry are of opinion that it is better to protect the industry by way of duty rather than by subsidy?