Mr Sidney Robinson: 62. asked the Home Secretary if the night guardianship of the Palace of Westminster is to be taken from the police and entrusted to a body of amateur constables; and, if so, whether, owing to the lack of intimate knowledge of these men that must prevail, he will say why this policy has been adopted?
Mr Sidney Robinson: In view of recent happenings, is not that a rather dangerous thing to do at the present time, when these buildings and the rooms of Ministers should be guarded by police the whole time?
Mr Sidney Robinson: 101. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the statement in the Press, based on actual prices, that the increase in the cost of living since 1914 is only 54 per cent., whilst the "Board of Trade Gazette" gives the increase as 128 per cent.; and whether, in view of the important bearing of the figures on economic questions, he will have an inquiry...
Mr Sidney Robinson: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture what money has been expended on the Pembrey farm colony and how many houses have been or are being erected on the estate and how many discharged soldiers have been settled in the colony or what prospect there is of any settlements being made?
Mr Sidney Robinson: When shall we have the report of this Committee?
Mr Sidney Robinson: I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a second time." Briefly, the Bill provides for local veto with regard to the control of the liquor trade in Wales and Monmouthshire, almost on the identical lines which this House granted a few years ago for Scotland. The principle is no new one here. The Bill has been passed on Second Heading twice for local veto for "Wales, and the question of...
Mr Sidney Robinson: Yes, but I want to be moderate; I do not want to overstate the case.
Mr Sidney Robinson: You cannot very well dissociate the two, but if the hon. Gentleman wants it so, we will say the drink, and that the Premier said it was a greater evil than Germany or Austria. Then we are agreed! The right hon. Gentleman said one other pregnant thing. He said: What we could afford before the War we certainly cannot afford after the War, and one of the things we cannot afford is a drink bill...
Mr Sidney Robinson: In New Zealand now.
Mr Sidney Robinson: rose in his place and claimed to move, "That the Question be now put."
Mr Sidney Robinson: 11. asked the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been called to cases of officers and men who have been abroad in Aden, India, &c, for 5½ years, but having been transferred to the Indian Army make fruitless efforts to secure release from the Army; and what steps he proposes to take to do justice to men in this position?
Mr Sidney Robinson: 87. asked the Minister of Transport what steps are being taken to remedy the great shortage of railway wagons which so seriously hampers the trade of the country?
Mr Sidney Robinson: This is about the fifth time this Act has been interfered with, though we were told at the time there was to be no interference with the main Instructions of the Act. This goes a great deal farther than appears on the surface. This is one parish. I do not know how many more border parishes there are mixed up in this way. I shall certainly feel it my duty to go into the Lobby against this...
Mr Sidney Robinson: (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he was aware that attempts were being made by irresponsible persons to bring about a complete stoppage of all work in Liverpool?
Mr Sidney Robinson: I do not think this matter can be dismissed in the few words of explanation that we have had. I do not want to stand in the way
Mr Sidney Robinson: I wish to say a few words in reference to the actual deficit with which we are faced. 1 do not know how many hon. Members can say what it is. I am certain very few people outside have the faintest idea what it is. When I say the deficit, apart from the sale of assets, amounts to £690,000,000, I think many hon. Members will be inclined to say the figure is overstated, but it is not, and we...
Mr Sidney Robinson: 15. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of E. Price, No. 1524, formerly a private in the 3rd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, now a conscientious objector in Wormwood Scrubs Prison; whether this man has been three times wounded, and is willing to do work of national importance; and whether, in view of these facts, he can be released from gaol?
Mr Sidney Robinson: 33. asked the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been called to the statement that, in connection with the Canadians and the Kinmel Park disturbance, the wet canteen was established in Canadian camps in direct opposition to Canadian wishes, and that had there been no liquor at Rhyl Camp there would have been no disturbance; and what steps he proposes to take to prevent a...
Mr Sidney Robinson: 4. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government is making diplomatic representations to the American State Department upon the question of compensation to British investors through the loss attendant on the spread of liquor prohibition in the States?
Mr Sidney Robinson: 33. asked the Secretary of State for War what steps are being taken to release those Territorial battalions, including the Brecknocks, which were sent to India and other Eastern stations over four years ago, and which consequently have been more hardly treated as regards home leave than any other units?