Sir Louis Smith: Will these matters be most carefully explored previous to the meeting of the Imperial Conference next summer?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs the amount spent under the Empire Settlement Act since it came into force, giving, in each case, the overseas Dominion where such money has been spent and the number of people who were settled under the provisions of the Act?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he possesses any records to show the number of people settled under the Empire Settlement Act, 1922, who have come home in recent years during the economic slump; and what is the net residue of such emigrants who have remained in the Dominions to which they went?
Sir Louis Smith: Is the Minister aware that in many industries at the present time employers are reluctantly compelled to have overtime because of the lack of a sufficient number of skilled men, and is he aware that the trade unions could help a good deal in this matter by relaxing their restrictions in regard to trainees?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the Secretary for Mines the extent to which foreign coke is being imported into this country; and whether he is aware that it is possible to obtain in this country supplies of coke which are required by industry?
Sir Louis Smith: Will my hon. and gallant Friend shortly consult in detail with the coal industry, and find out what is necessary to prevent this heavy import of fuel when so many are unemployed in the industry?
Sir Louis Smith: Does not my right hon. Friend consider that it would be desirable to appoint a thoroughly experienced business man on this Commission, to deal with economic matters?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade the countries with which, with the object of liquidating frozen British credits, we have concluded agreements undertaking that we shall temporarily buy more from them than they buy from us; and how long, in each case, these agreements are to continue in operation?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the import of Coronation book-marks of German manufacture without any indication of the source of origin; and whether he will instruct his officials to investigate this and all similar evasions of the law?
Sir Louis Smith: Will my right hon. Friend, on receipt of such evidence as I am able to give him in this instance, perhaps in the first place consult the appropriate industry or branch of industry and then consider whether it would be desirable to ask this House to give him additional powers restricting the flow of these unwelcome imports?
Sir Louis Smith: (by Private Notice) asked the Home Secretary whether in any action the Government may take to deal with rival political activities in the East End, it will take into consideration steps to prevent the breaking up of meetings of political parties in general by extremist agitators?
Sir Louis Smith: Having regard to the fact that the cost of dealing with such schemes by municipalities is generally very much more than by taking advantage of private enterprise, will the right hon. Gentleman take any steps that are possible to protect the interests of ratepayers?
Sir Louis Smith: The hon. Member has mentioned Sheffield, of which I have the honour to represent a part. May I tell him this: during the last fortnight, while these Regulations were well known in Sheffield, I and my colleagues on this side of the House have received no complaints and no serious criticism of these Regulations. Yet the hon. Member is saying that the people of Sheffield are teeming with...
Sir Louis Smith: The hon. Member started his speech by saying that on this side of the House there is great hypocrisy and humbug. I am saying that when it is a fact that in the industrial cities of this country during a period when these Regulations were well known, there has been no such complaint made as hon. Members on the other side are trying to show, then there is nothing but humbug and hypocrisy on...
Sir Louis Smith: It may be of interest to the House to have another point of view from that of those hon. Members on the other side best qualified to exaggerate.
Sir Louis Smith: Not only do we hear exaggerated criticisms, but there is a feeling of great disappointment which is entirely on that side of the House. We who have the discomfort of sitting up all night have the consolation of realising that these Regulations are so much better and more acceptable to the work- ing people of this country. Had it not been so this demonstration which we are experiencing from...
Sir Louis Smith: They will oppose men who are in full work receiving no more recompense for their labour than those who, unfortunately, at the present time have no work at all. The women are not going to stand for the test of need being done away with, when, as in many cases, they see money coming into a home—three and four times as much as is coming into the home of a man and his wife, the man being in...
Sir Louis Smith: Is the hon. and learned Member taking his text from the Regulations we have been discussing for three days, or a pamphlet of three or four years ago?
Sir Louis Smith: This point affects a large number of people. A man falls out of work; he is out of work for some time, and he comes under the Regulations, which say that he must not receive an allowance equal to the amount he would have received if he had been in normal work. Will the average be based on the last four weeks he was in work or on the amount he would have earned at that time?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, now that sanctions against Italy have been raised, he can state the aggregate estimated cost to this country in loss of trade?