Sir Louis Smith: I should like to put a question to my right hon. Friend on a similar subject in regard to industrial hereditaments. In connection with a factory there may be constructed under ground a long concrete tube, in preparation for any emergency that might arise. That tube might be in a position in a confined space where previously a cycle rack was arranged. The concrete tube would be specially built...
Sir Louis Smith: As the condition of a large portion of the population of Newfoundland is due to the depression in the fishing industry, will the Noble Lord consider sending someone from this country with an expert knowledge of the industry?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider the desirability of arranging that, after a certain date, it shall be a condition of remaining on the Government contract list that adequate arrangements shall be made to protect the employees in the factories concerned against the dangers of air raids?
Sir Louis Smith: Will my hon. Friend be able to give the House information from time to time?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in the negotiations for the Anglo-American treaty, he will consider the desirability of so framing the treaty that Japan will not be able under the Most-Favoured-Nation Clause to take advantage of all the concessions made to this country in respect of imports into the United States?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Secretary of State for War whether adequate arrangements have now been made to provide air-raid protection in War Office industrial establishments?
Sir Louis Smith: When any of these arrangements are proceeding will my right hon. Friend consider inviting representatives of industries in this country to see what is being done, so that they may learn something of the details?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the Minister aware that, in Sheffield, many of the smaller firms are anxious to tender for sub-contract work, in connection with the air service; and will he get in touch with the Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, who can place all the necessary information at his disposal?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the Minister aware that before Falmouth could be used for the purpose of landing food supplies additions would be required to the docks as well as equipment, cranes and so forth?
Sir Louis Smith: Is not my right hon. Friend becoming somewhat alarmed at this rapidly growing adverse balance of trade; and will he give the matter very careful consideration?
Sir Louis Smith: During the time that it may be necessary to give to the consideration of this report, and having regard to the large number of workers who receive holidays with pay by agreement with the employers, will the right hon. Gentleman or his Department get into touch with other industries and see whether an extension can be made?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Home Secretary whether he has now decided what action he can take to meet the views of all British newspapers that the Official Secrets Act, 1920, needs amendment to prevent police use of this Measure which was never contemplated by the Government of the day which sponsored the Act?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Home secretary the percentage of industrial workers in Great Britain for whom adequate air-raid protection has been provided by their employers or for whom such provision is now actually in hand?
Sir Louis Smith: Having regard to the apparently slow progress made in this matter, will my right hon. Friend consider calling a meeting of representative employers to see what can be done?
Sir Louis Smith: Will my right hon. Friend consider asking the Import Duties Advisory Committee to inquire into this particular difficulty?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, having regard to the slow progress which is being made with the provision of adequate air-raid protection for their employés by factory owners in this country, he will consider making arrangements whereby part of the cost of such protection shall be borne by the State and that the balance shall be permitted to be used as a charge against Income Tax?.
Sir Louis Smith: While realising that employers should do all they can in this direction, does not my right hon. Friend realise that it will be most difficult to obtain universal and prompt progress in this important matter unless some arrangement is made by the Government to cover that very heavy expenditure?
Sir Louis Smith: Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that in industrial circles there is a strong feeling that they must not, if they can help it, take too much Admiralty work because the profit is so meagre?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the Financial Secretary consider the need of the auditors and technical specialists having access to the men's rate tickets in order that there may be the most minute checking in places where there are Government contracts so as to eliminate a good deal of the suspicion which arises?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the recommendation of the Select Committee on Estimates has been put into operation, namely, to adopt the system of direct purchase and issue to contractors, on behalf of the State, of raw materials and of manufactured goods which are required on a large scale?