Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: Negotiations are going on, and, if we can get a settlement, we shall hope to bring the scheme into operation as soon as possible.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: No, I think the Scottish trade have their separate mark. We have a national mark for this country with a map of England on it; the national mark for Scotland has a map of Scotland on it.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: That is a matter for the Secretary of State for Scotland.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: The Order in question only requires the marking of rose trees on exposure for sale and on sale, not on importation. There is nothing in the Order to prevent the covering of the roots in the manner suggested.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: The number of unsatisfied applicants for small holdings and cottage holdings on the lists of county and county borough councils in England and Wales on 31st December, 1928, was approximately 5,500. Powers have been conferred on councils by the Small Holdings and Allotments Act, 1926, to enable them to provide further holdings, with the aid of contributions from the State in cases where an...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: The land is bought at a fair price, and I certainly do not recommend any steps for taking it over on terms which would involve serious injustice to the present owners.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: The minutes of evidence at the recent inquiry indicate that both the place and method of fixing the label were fully considered by the Standing Committee. The recommendations of the Committee undoubtedly follow in these respects the course of the evidence, which showed that the collar was the most suitable permanent part of the rose tree to which the label could be fixed, and that during the...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: All the experts in this country who gave evidence took an opposite view from that of the hon. Member. They did not think that any damage would be done to the trees. They said that this was the only place where the necessary attachment could be secured. The only evidence given to the contrary before the inquiry was that of the Dutch Agricultural Attaché, but that evidence did not convince the...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: There has never been any previous case under the Merchandise Marks Act.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: There is absolutely no evidence that it will hurt the plant. All my experts, the horticultural Commissioner of the Ministry among them, who have specially considered this matter, formed the view that there was no danger whatever to the rose trees?
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I would gladly reconsider the matter if experience shows that the fears expressed are well-founded.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I have received the representations referred to, which are now under consideration. My hon. Friend may be aware that the new proposals would involve a much larger measure of State assistance than was contemplated under the Bill of 1927.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I agree that the matter is very urgent and that is why we did our best to pass the Bill dealing with it two years ago. We are making a grant for certain smaller works within this area pending a settlement of the whole matter.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: Yes. In some cases these schemes are suitable for unemployment grants loans.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: It is impossible to say what are the typical or average rents charged by county councils for small holdings. Not only does the letting value of the land vary very greatly from one district to another according to its quality and situation, but the equipment also varies both in kind and quantity, many holdings being let as bare land while others are provided with a dwelling house and complete...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: As the reply is rather long and includes a number of figures, I propose, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I regret that I have been unable to obtain any information as to the cultivation of this crop in this country.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read a Second time." This Bill has been framed to carry out the recommendations of the Special Commission which was set up in 1926 to deal with the problem of mining subsidence and the injury which it threatened to the drainage system of this area. The area has a very long drainage history. It includes a very well-known tract of land, Hatfield Chase, and...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: No, Sir.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I will answer a few of the points which have been raised. The right hon. Member for Norfolk, North (Mr. Buxton) asked why we bring forward a Bill to deal with this small area, and why, if we can do that, we do not change the law for the whole country. The answer is that this area presents a special problem, as I tried to make clear in my original remarks. It is subject to a special danger...