Mr William Stewart: Can my hon. and gallant Friend say if that is likely to be the only bargain made this year, or may we hope that another supplementary agreement may be made?
Mr William Stewart: Is it intended to publish the report in view of its importance to the sheep-farming industry of Scotland?
Mr William Stewart: 24. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is yet in a position to announce the outcome of the negotiations with the representatives of the herring industry; whether the contemplated agreement is calculated to increase the earnings of fishermen; and whether, failing agreement, the Government propose to take any steps to assist the industry in the present season?
Mr William Stewart: Other hon. Members have been explaining their reasons for supporting one or other of the two Amendments. I was trying to do the same, but I certainly bow to your ruling.
Mr William Stewart: So long as the returns of agriculture were as small as they were, and indeed so long as they are as small as they are to-day, sweated labour is almost inevitable. It is to avoid that, to make it possible for the farmer—who is just as generous in general as hon. Members opposite—to pay his workers a living wage, that these measures, unfortunate if you like, are essential. It is in that...
Mr William Stewart: In the altered circumstances.
Mr William Stewart: The hon. Member who moved this Amendment really raises a much bigger issue than that of a penny box of matches. He asks us to accept the full Protectionist policy. I claim for agriculture certain advantages, in view of the special circumstances of the time, but I am glad to take this opportunity of making it perfectly clear that the outlook which sees nothing but the home market is one with...
Mr William Stewart: My position with regard to this tax is perfectly clear. I am with the hon. Member with regard to valuation, but my complaint has been with regard to this method of taxing land values, which I contend is not and never has been a Liberal policy.
Mr William Stewart: Of the two purposes for which the £1,000,000 is to be used, one is publicity and the other is the use of milk in schools, and I submit that the Amendment does make a reference to that. The point I make is that in view of the importance of their task it is essential for the Board to devote a considerable part of this money to really scientific, well-thought-out, expertly managed publicity. I...
Mr William Stewart: I want to refer to the amount which has been set aside for the purposes of publicity. The right hon. Gentleman says that £50,000 per annum is to be set aside for advertising this immense industry. Speaking with some experience of advertising foodstuffs, I say deliberately that, if the amount is to be limited to that figure, it will be money completely wasted. I can give the right hon....
Mr William Stewart: I beg to move, in page 14, line 6, after "arrangements," to insert "by advertising or other means." I move this Amendment, not in the hope or indeed the desire that it will be accepted in this form, but for the purpose of raising what seems to me, an all-important consideration in connection with increasing the demand for milk. Up to now we have been considering methods of producing clean...
Mr William Stewart: Yes, Sir.
Mr William Stewart: I hope I may put the case in a minute or two—
Mr William Stewart: It is merely an allocation of the sum set aside in this Clause. I am not proposing to increase the sum, but merely suggesting a different allocation of it.
Mr William Stewart: That is the intention, Sir. I asked these quite expert people what they thought would be a reasonable sum, and they assured me that it would require at least £150,000, and not £50,000, to be of any real purpose whatsoever. It may be that the Milk Marketing Board has some other proposal up its sleeve which the Minister has not divulged to the House. It may be that they have other methods of...
Mr William Stewart: Will not my right hon. Friend meet the case I put, with a good deal of authority, and with the greatest good will and desire to make this Clause work?
Mr William Stewart: My right hon. Friend gave that figure himself.
Mr William Stewart: In view of this new statement and assurance by the Minister, I beg to ask leave to withdraw my Amendment.
Mr William Stewart: 9. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that chief constables in Scotland have recently instituted certain charges for the services of police officers who are asked to give evidence as witness to parties interested in civil disputes; upon what authority these charges are made; and upon what basis their level is fixed?
Mr William Stewart: Is not the Minister aware that neither the Kincardine bridge nor the ferry is looked upon in Scotland as making any contribution whatever towards this problem of the crossing at Queensferry, and in these circumstances will he not consider at least making an official survey, which cannot be carried out by the local authority?