Mr William Briggs: I beg to move, in page 45, line 37, after the first word "hereditaments," to insert the words: (other than hereditaments used for the purposes of a brewery, distillery, or tobacco factory). I would draw the attention of the Committee to the leading article in our leading newspaper this morning which refers to this Amendment. The "Times" this morning says that this Amendment is in fundamental...
Mr William Briggs: I would point out to my right hon. Friend that that point came somewhat late in my remarks. I started my remarks by explaining that I moved this Amendment because those three industries do not conform to the principles of the De-rating Bill.
Mr William Briggs: 36. asked the Minister of Health what was the amount of the grants given last year for maternity and child welfare?
Mr William Briggs: Would my right hon. Friend welcome the receipt of further money from the Treasury for these purposes?
Mr William Briggs: 54. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the estimated cost of de-rating each of the three classes of industry; breweries, whisky distilleries, and tobacco factories?
Mr William Briggs: Can the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of evading this cost—[HON. MEMBERS: "Avoiding."] — avoiding, or evading, which you will—so that he can thereby be able to meet the desires of the Minister of Health?
Mr William Briggs: 44. asked the Minister of Labour what was the number last year in the United Kingdom of persons employed by the brewing, whisky, distilling and tobacco manufacturers?
Mr William Briggs: 55. asked the President of the Board of Trade to what countries and of what value were the exports last year of beer, stout, whisky, and to-bacco?
Mr William Briggs: Can I have a copy of the volume to which the hon. Gentleman refers?
Mr William Briggs: Am I not entitled to ask for an exact reply to a question placed in proper form upon the Order Paper?
Mr William Briggs: I beg to move, in page 1, to leave oat from the word "therefor" in line 20 to the end of the Clause, and to insert instead thereof the words:
Mr William Briggs: 38. asked the Minister of Agriculture if, following upon the urgent case presented to him last November by the Conservative Parliamentary Agricultural Committee, he is now prepared to issue the Report of his Department's inquiry into the supply of Nauru and Ocean Islands phosphate rock to this country?
Mr William Briggs: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that financial control does not necessarily mean that these fertilsers will be brought to this country, and will he, therefore, see that that end is assured in any concession that may be granted?
Mr William Briggs: In making this concession, will the right hon. Gentleman make sure that the terms are such that the potash will come to this country, and not, as in the case of Nauru Island phosphates, where we find the money and other people get the phosphates?
Mr William Briggs: Is it the fact that when this grant of £5,000,000 is exhausted, it is the intention of the Government to discontinue it?
Mr William Briggs: I had better say right away that my support will be given to this Bill because I view it merely as an opportunity of assisting the coal industry at the moment, and not as bringing a permanent feature into our legislation. Having said that let me as an ordinary person stress the fact that there are certain classes of workers who are entitled to special sympathy, and amongst those special...
Mr William Briggs: I support this Bill on principle and not on purely local interests. In doing so, it seems to me that the opposition to two Clauses of this Bill to-night, as on other occasions, is based on two grounds: (1) the effect it will have on the local trader, the dealer in electrical fitments and electrical wiring, and, secondly, the fact that it means an extension of municipal trading. In regard to...
Mr William Briggs: I happen to be one of the Committee who dealt with that question. The Bill for Doncaster was passed in its entirety as a Bill, including those two Clauses. There was only one condition made, which was that in the case of wiring the corporation should employ the local contractors to do the work.
Mr William Briggs: I put a few questions to the Chancellor of the Exchequer the other day in regard to this matter, to which he was good enough to reply, at some length. I hope he will forgive me and not consider me discourteous if I use his replies to one of my questions as the basis of my arguments to-night. I would draw attention to the fact that I have an Amendment on the Paper. My point last week, and...
Mr William Briggs: 55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of the greater facilities that exist to-day for obtaining credit, he will consider the limiting of guarantees under the Trade Facilities Acts to capital, and discontinue entirely the giving of these guarantees to interest?