Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: The period after which the various provisions of the draft Order in Council shall come into operation is shown, in respect of each class of articles, at the end of Parts I and IV of the Order. In the case of eggs in shell, the period is four months after the Order is made. It cannot, therefore, come into force until towards the end of April next, at the earliest, and by that time the...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I have no information beyond what has appeared in the public Press. The Company referred to is not receiving any financial assistance from the Government.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I can only get the information which the Company give me. I sent a representative down to make inquiries, and the Company made it clear that they do not need any assistance. They did not ask for any financial assistance from the Government.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I have no information. I cannot get information, if it is not given to me by the Company, beyond what is published in the newspapers.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I understand it is not cotton at all. It is a plant which promises to be a useful substitute for cotton.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I have no power of forcing information out of anybody who chooses to grow a crop. Our inspector has already visited these people, and it would be greatly resented if we forced our interference on them.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I have not been invested by Parliament with the powers of the Star Chamber.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: We have not this information. We have made all the inquiries in our power, and we have not been given any further details beyond what has appeared in the Press. I think a company which has recently been formed is perfectly entitled to say it does not wish to make any further disclosure.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I have been asked to reply. My hon. and gallant Friend is aware of the recent milk publicity campaign of the Empire Marketing Board, the position regarding which was fully explained by the Secretary of State for the Dominions in a reply to the hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Hurd) on 13th November. I would add that my Department makes every endeavour to keep the various brands of home-produced...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: This site has a frontage of only 37 feet to Regent Street and of 33 feet 6 inches to Glasshouse Street, and on account of the small amount of window space available and the heavy cost of building in accordance with the approved design for the Quadrant, it has been difficult to let. It has twice been put up to public tender, but no offer was received on either occasion. Arrangements have now...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: Because it has only been asked for by the farmers for that purpose. [Interruption.] was asked a question, and the reason why I made that statement was that the farmers made it perfectly clear that they did not want a larger market, which is the object of Safeguarding. They did not want an assured market, because their produce already finds a market, but what they wanted was a higher price,...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: The number of Devonshire ponies exported to the Continent during the past 12 months is 350. These include ponies from Exmoor as well as Dartmoor. The ponies were landed at Antwerp and Ghent, and, according to information obtained by inspectors of the Ministry, were disposed of for working purposes, chiefly for use in small farmers' carts, milk floats, etc. The answer to the last part of the...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: On several occasions our inspectors have travelled over in the ships with the consignments of ponies, and have traced them to their destination.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I think the average was somewhere about £10—£10 10s. as a matter of fact.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I would be glad to do anything which my hon. and gallant Friend could suggest in that direction, but, of course, as he is probably aware, the difficulty has been caused by the smaller demand for the ponies in the mining areas.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply I gave on Thursday last to the hon. Member for North Camberwell (Mr. Ammon), a copy of which I am sending to him.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I am aware that ponies from Dartmoor are being shipped to the Continent, but after thorough investigation I am satisfied that the export takes place strictly in accordance with the Acts relating to the exportation of horses, which require every animal to be passed by an inspector of the Ministry as fit to be conveyed and disembarked without cruelty and to be worked without suffering. I am...
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I have seen those statements, and have inquired into them, and find them to be entirely without foundation.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: I do not think it is at all likely, seeing that the cost of exporting them varies from£5 to£8 10s., the price received for them at auction is not less than£10, and the amount. which they are worth as meat is about£3. It would certainly pay nobody to export them for that purpose.
Lieut-Colonel Walter Guinness: Yes, indeed, I have. We have information that they are chiefly bought for use in small carts, milk floats, and for hawking round vegetables and so on.