Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 64. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the increasing competition of foreign motor ships, principally Dutch, in the British coastal trade along the East Coast; whether he can give any statistics as to the extent of such trade; and whether, in these circumstances, he will consider extending the subsidy to British coastal shipping?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 65. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether foreign ships bringing cargo to British waters are allowed on disembarking such cargo to employ their own crew, or whether they must employ British labour; and whether the rule abroad is that cargoes on British vessels must be unloaded by employés of the port where they are discharged?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 35. asked the Minister of Health what progress has been made in the provision of playing fields in rural areas; and what use is being made of the increased provincial facilities now available?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 38. asked the Minister of Health how many town-planning authorities are making use of Section 12 of the Town and Country Planning Act, dealing with the external appearance of buildings; and what steps he proposes to take to bring this Section into more general use?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 40. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the rivers of the Yorkshire Ouse watershed are potentially salmon-producing, but contain numerous obstructions to the passage of salmon; and whether he will exercise powers under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act of 1923, or will confer with the conservators of the Yorkshire fishery district to use some of the £3,500 now...
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: Has the Minister any powers under Part II of the Act to watch these questions of salmon fisheries?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 28. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he has received since 25th May, 1934, any representations from shipping circles as to the proposed discontinuance of customs bills of entry; and whether any decision has been come to on the matter?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 19. asked the Minister of Transport how long work has been in progress upon the alterations and improvements of the Great North Road in the vicinity of Ferrybridge; whether work is stopped at the present time and, if so, for what reason; and when this section of the road will be finished?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 53. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the detention in a Leeds institution of Ina Draper, age 11, of Ferrybridge, Yorkshire; why it was thought necessary to take away the girl direct from the school where she was being instructed instead of from her home; and whether the cost of this special treatment is borne by the education...
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: While thanking the hon. Gentleman for his reply, may I ask him, is he aware that this case has caused considerable concern both locally and throughout the country; that it is known locally as the "Ferrybridge Kidnapping Case," and that the so-called kidnappers are persons—
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: In view of the widespread anxiety which the handling of this case by the local authority has caused to parents and guardians throughout the country, may I ask what steps the President of the Board of Education proposes to take in this matter?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 17. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education the extent to which the policy outlined in Circular 1,421, affecting the fees of secondary schools, has been carried into practice; whether the necessary changes have been made or are to be introduced in the different schools concerned; and whether he is satisfied that the amount of money realised from such alterations in fees...
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 18. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education with regard to the many representations he has received from local authorities in regard to the circulars affecting the staffing of elementary and secondary schools, what is the nature of such representations, more especially so far as Yorkshire is concerned?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: I was particularly glad to hear my hon. Friend the Secretary for Mines refer to certain Amendments which it is proposed, I understand, to make in the working of Part I of the Coal Mines Act, 1930. He referred to two probable Amendments: first, separate quotas for inland and ex- port trades, and second, inter-district coordination of minimum prices. I think that it is most encouraging to the...
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: Will the hon. Member give us the dates when those foreign countries instituted their restrictions?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 41. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications have been made to the Import Duties Advisory Board for drawback under Section 9 of the Finance Act, 1932; and how many such drawbacks have been granted?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 35. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if he can give the names of the trade delegation which is visiting Denmark; and whether any officials of the Board of Trade are members of the delegation or are accompanying it in an official capacity?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: 28. asked the Secretary for Mines whether in his communications with Denmark for the purpose of furthering the sale of British coal to Denmark, he will see that the interests of South Yorkshire are given equal consideration with those of Durham and Northumberland?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that statements have been made publicly in Yorkshire to the effect that at the instigation of his Department the delegation has been persuaded to further the interests of Northumberland and Durham coal at the expense of South Yorkshire coal?
Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt: Have the French Government taken any official action in this matter at all?