Mr Robert Richardson: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the fact that every local authority in the north of England has had trouble with these people, in getting land for any purpose?
Mr Robert Richardson: Including the borough of Sunderland?
Mr Robert Richardson: May I ask, Sir, whether you propose to call upon me to move the new Clause—[Reduction of club duty]—standing in my name.
Mr Robert Richardson: Would it be possible to have additional taxation without that being stated in the Preamble to this Bill?
Mr Robert Richardson: I listened with somewhat mixed feelings to the, shall I say, harrowing remarks of the Noble Lady, the Member for the Sutton Division of Plymouth (Viscountess Astor). She seems to know so much, but gives us very few facts indeed. She knows that I am connected with the working men's clubs of this country. I have the honour to be the President of that organisation, as I have been for some few...
Mr Robert Richardson: I want to combat that statement by telling the Noble Lady that the amount of alcohol consumed in clubs is very much below that consumed in public houses. May I inform her that in my own county the average expenditure per week per man is something between 2s. and 2s. 6d.? They have had to pay 6d. for a pint of beer in the past, and it will be 7d. in the future—[Interruption]. The Noble Lady...
Mr Robert Richardson: I am only trying to answer the arguments that have been put from the other side. I know I must not follow all that has been said, but I should like to point out to the Chancellor of the Exchequer that an extra 8d. or 10d. per dozen is being charged for half-pint bottles, which gives the bottlers something like 9s. a barrel. I told the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the last occasion that, if...
Mr Robert Richardson: I should like to make an explanation in reply to what was said by the right hon. and gallant Gentleman the Member for Burton (Colonel Gretton). The breweries I quoted have in the past always given a gravity of two degrees higher than the gravity of the ordinary brewery, and at the end of the half-year have returned 8s. dividend to those who purchased from them. I wonder whether the right hon....
Mr Robert Richardson: Will the hon. Gentleman answer the question put by the right hon. and gallant Member for the New Forest (Colonel Ashley), asking whether the repair of roads was to be cut?
Mr Robert Richardson: Will the hon. Gentleman give separately the numbers who reside outside the borough of South Shields and register there?
Mr Robert Richardson: Insurance is not a gift.
Mr Robert Richardson: Is there no division in the Tory party?
Mr Robert Richardson: Has the hon. Gentleman in his mind the question of compulsory orders for sufficient height and width of roadways for ponies and traffic to pass?
Mr Robert Richardson: On a point of Order. Is it in order for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education to answer on a point of Order? The right hon. Gentleman put the point of Order and answered it himself.
Mr Robert Richardson: I desire to offer a few remarks in regard to this vicious and immoral tax on beer. I use those words advisedly. Prior to 1913 or 1914 the tax on a barrel of beer of 1,055 gravity was 7s. 9d.; to-day it will be £6 14s., but there is a rebate which brings it down to £5 14s. The tax proposed to-day is 15 times greater than it was pre-War. There is no proposal in the Budget to put a further tax...
Mr Robert Richardson: May I ask why the Government do not seek to keep out all foreign beer?
Mr Robert Richardson: We cannot hear what my hon. Friend is saying for the voice of the hon. Member opposite.
Mr Robert Richardson: It is the poor man's drink.
Mr Robert Richardson: How much has the Board used in those past years?
Mr Robert Richardson: All schemes of the nature described are drafted in the office of the Charity Commissioners on the application of the trustees or other persons qualified by the Charitable Trusts Acts to make an application. No record is kept of the number of such, applications, but during the twelve months ending 30th June, 1931, the number of schemes established by the Commissioners upon such applications...