Sir Louis Smith: While thanking my hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask whether he will get into touch with the industrial association concerned, and see whether a greater tonnage of iron ore cannot be imported from Newfoundland during the next year or two?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Minister of Labour the terms of reference and the names of the members of the committee to inquire into the question of holidays with pay; and the date of the committee's first sitting?
Sir Louis Smith: While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask whether he expects to receive the report of the committee during the present Session?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the announcement that German manufacturers are granted a subsidy up to 35 per cent. on export goods; and whether this fact is taken into consideration in assessing any duty which may be imposed in this country on imports of German manufacture?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the continued rise in the price of tin and the increase which this will involve in the cost of re-armament, any steps will be taken to increase the tin production of the Colonies, and to remove all restriction now obtaining under the international restriction scheme?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the steps recently taken have not been effective; and will he consider taking further steps?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the further rise in the price of copper which has recently taken place and the resultant rise in the cost of rearmament, he proposes to take any steps to deal with the matter?
Sir Louis Smith: Having regard to the more effective control over the price of ferrous metals, will the Parliamentary Secretary consider taking further powers to control the prices of non-ferrous metals?
Sir Louis Smith: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, having regard to recent happenings on the Continent and the much increased need for defences in this country, there is a widespread feeling that this question is already dead?
Sir Louis Smith: Is it not the fact that, in spite of the pertinacity of the hon. Gentleman in asking these questions, the number of accidents in engineering works is decreasing?
Sir Louis Smith: Does the Minister propose to ask for the report of the committee during the present Session?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the public inquiry into the establishment of a beet sugar factory in West Wales, the Government will, before giving effect to it, consider its repercussions upon the beet sugar industry in England and Scotland; and whether, for that purpose, it will consult the different agricultural organisations in the country?
Sir Louis Smith: Should an additional factory be established, will the Minister consider increasing the total acreage in the country allowed for subsidy?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a large rivet works at Sunderland has recently been closed down in consequence of the large importation into this country of rivets at prices which cannot economically be equalled in Great Britain under the present policy regarding steel; and whether he will request the Iron and Steel Federation to make arrangements with...
Sir Louis Smith: While thanking the hon. Member for the reply, may I ask whether he will do anything to influence the federation to give the same sort of terms to the rivet industry, seeing that so large a proportion of ship-plates are of British make?
Sir Louis Smith: Having regard to the enormous increase in these figures, will the right hon. Gentleman consider requesting the Import Duties Advisory Committee to make special inquiry to find out what measures have been taken to decrease such importations?
Sir Louis Smith: Is my hon. Friend perfectly satisfied that there are no items of expenditure put forward by this Committee which are unnecessary, and is he satisfied the Committee is practising every possible economy, and, if he is not so satisfied, will he cause an inquiry to be made?
Sir Louis Smith: I beg to second the Amendment.
Sir Louis Smith: I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a Second time." When my supporters and I presented this Bill we were not aware of the Government's intentions with regard to Empire settlement. Since that date, a Financial Resolution has been carried, on Tuesday last, and during the last day or two we have received the Bill which the Government propose to bring before us next week. I was pleased...
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the approximate cost to the revenue of the Billingham hydrogenation plant since it was set up?