Mr William Bridgeman: No. If the hon. Member wishes it I can find out, but I cannot say off-hand.
Mr William Bridgeman: I am obtaining these particulars and will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Mr William Bridgeman: It is rather difficult to give a definite answer. I will try to ascertain the information for the hon. Member. It is not very easy to say, as so much depends on the work that comes in.
Mr William Bridgeman: No useful purpose would be served by issuing such an instruction as that suggested by the hon. and gallant Member, as the Ministry of Labour do not require any more candidates.
Mr William Bridgeman: The complement for which accommodation is provided includes 17 engine-room artificer ratings. The ship left for China last month (not last November), carrying 26 engine-room artificer ratings. The total number of ratings carried on this occasion was less than the full complement and therefore no congestion of sleeping accommodation could arise; some congestion of bathing accommodation is...
Mr William Bridgeman: I have already answered that question. I am not aware of widespread dissatisfaction in the country.
Mr William Bridgeman: No, I cannot do that.
Mr William Bridgeman: This is a general question to which it is not possible for me to give a reply without some indication of the particular circumstances in which the officer is instructed to parade. If the hon. Member cares to write to me and let me know the circumstances he has in his mind, I will endeavour to give him a reply.
Mr William Bridgeman: I will certainly consider that. I was not aware that the instructions were not definite, but I will look into the question.
Mr William Bridgeman: The Governor informed Stutton that he would have to report the matter to the Commissioners, as it was impossible for him to find entirely light work. The medical recommendation was carried out thus: Before the 10th March Stutton had been employed on general store porter's work and evening patrol duty. After that date, he was employed as messenger on evening patrol duty, occasionally as...
Mr William Bridgeman: I shall be very glad to reconsider any further particulars which are not in my possession now.
Mr William Bridgeman: I have no doubt that in some cases the sentences passed on offenders of this class are more lenient than many of us would think right. The remedy, however, seems to me to lie in the development of a proper interest and a healthy public opinion on the subject: and to that end the various unofficial agencies interested, whose activities I welcome, can, I am sure, do much more than any...
Mr William Bridgeman: I have considered the question of a circular, but I think on the whole I prefer to leave it to public opinion. Every case differs in its conditions and circumstances, and I do not think it will be possible to draw up any circular which would be of any definite guidance to magistrates. I am sure the Debates we have had and the questions which have been asked and answered will have done a great...
Mr William Bridgeman: I have in the, first instance asked the Chief Inspector of Reformatory and Industrial Schools to investigate by personal visit the question of the disposal of girls from the Princess Louise Home and other representative voluntary institutions.
Mr William Bridgeman: I am sorry that I was not able to be present earlier in the Debate. I had no intimation that the question of Lord Cecil's letter was going to be raised.
Mr William Bridgeman: If the hon. Member had been in the House a little longer, he would realise that on the Report stage of Naval Estimates there is nothing very unusual in the Parliamentary Secretary replying.
Mr William Bridgeman: I do not think that is right.
Mr William Bridgeman: I am not called upon to answer hypothetical questions of that kind. I am trying to answer a question which the hon. Gentleman opposite raised about 6-inch gun cruisers. The present intention is not, certainly this year, to lay down a cruiser with 6-inch guns. If we had any reason to suppose that the numbers of those large 8-inch gun cruisers were going to be limited in future by other...
Mr William Bridgeman: I am very glad of that interruption, because I agree very much with what the Noble Lady has said. We had honourable differences at Geneva. We never had any violent animosity. We agreed on an immense number of points, which in themselves would afford the subject of a separate agreement. I tried to get an agreement signed on the other things, but was unable to do so. I think it would be far...
Mr William Bridgeman: indicated dissent.