Sir Louis Smith: Would it not be true to say that British traders have borne the greater burden due to sanctions than those of any other countries who are members of the League?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the assistance given by the State to shipping and the improved conditions generally in the shipping world, he will consider the desirability of taking action to restrict the facilities under which shipyards have hitherto been allowed to import their material free of duty?
Sir Louis Smith: Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that circumstances have materially altered since these facilities were granted?
Sir Louis Smith: Does the right hon. Gentleman not consider that the price level of cement compares very favourably with that of other building materials in this country, especially having regard to the increase in wages which has taken place?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider taking action to restrict the giving of most-favoured-nation treatment to those nations with whom satisfactory trade agreements with us already exist, and to arrange for the charging of higher duties on the imports of other nations?
Sir Louis Smith: Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that in granting this most-favoured-nation treatment he is materially adding to the rapid rise in the adverse balance of trade?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade in which cases action has been taken to impose special tariffs or quotas against the imports of those nations who have been guilty of discrimination with regard to the imports of British goods or exchange control limiting the funds available to pay for such imports; and whether any nations are continuing such action at the present time?
Sir Louis Smith: May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman proposes to take any action to check the growing practice of building ships abroad in order that the firms ordering these ships may obtain payment of goods already delivered from this country?
Sir Louis Smith: Though one would expect to hear such sentiments from the benches from which the hon. Gentleman the Member for South Bradford (Mr. Holdsworth) has spoken, I should have thought that with regard to individualism he would not have been looking through spectacles of 1926 in 1936. He and many others in this House must realise that, having regard to the great depression in the iron and steel...
Sir Louis Smith: I think I heard the hon. Lady in her speech say that the federation were out to make profit, and if it is true that this is by far the best place in this country for an iron and steel works it passes my comprehension why the Iron and Steel Federation have not at once acceded to the suggestion. The hon. Member said that certain conditions were laid down by the Iron and Steel Federation, and I...
Sir Louis Smith: forasked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he will request the Canadian Dominion Government to safeguard the interests of the United Kingdom holders of Canadian provincial and municipal securities against the effects of the defaults now threatened by the borrowers?
Sir Louis Smith: Are the same arrangements being made in other large industrial areas?
Sir Louis Smith: Has not the claim that if adequate protection were given to this industry prices in the home market would rapidly rise proved to be unfounded, and that the price level in the home market is almost static?
Sir Louis Smith: When the investigators are going further into this matter, will careful consideration be given to the provision in that area of more machine tool works, which are badly needed in this country?
Sir Louis Smith: Will my right hon. Friend cause a communication to be sent to our trading representatives in China to ask whether, in their opinion, any further steps could be taken to improve the trading relationships between this country and China?
Sir Louis Smith: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the financing of tramp-ship building by the State, he can state the estimated percentages of such sums represented by labour and material, respectively; and how much of the latter is imported from abroad?
Sir Louis Smith: Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to take any steps to avoid the expenditure of public moneys on foreign materials for these ships, as in the case of rivets, when factories in this country are not employed to full capacity?
Sir Louis Smith: The majority of hon. Members on this side of the House are absolutely in support of the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his proposal to deal with evasion of tax, and particularly with regard to one or two Resolutions that have been already passed, such as the transference of property abroad, and one-man companies. With regard to educational trusts, I listened to the Chancellor of the...
Sir Louis Smith: Has my right hon. Friend the skilled craftsmen available in the various areas where Admiralty work can be carried on?
Sir Louis Smith: Will the right hon. Gentleman take into careful consideration the advisability of storing as much wheat as possible in stacks rather than in granaries?