Mr William Stewart: 43. asked the Postmaster-General whether he proposes to use any part of the increasing surplus of the Post Office to provide better pay and improved conditions of service to sub-postmasters, especially to those in rural areas?
Mr William Stewart: In addition to the pay, will my hon. Friend consider the conditions under which these men have to work, especially in view of their quite heavy responsibilities?
Mr William Stewart: That is not exactly what I said. I asked the right hon. Gentleman if he would not give producers in broad outline the total volume of production to which agriculture in this country should start.
Mr William Stewart: The hon. Member for Govan (Mr. Maclean) asked a question in regard to old boats and new boats, and I think it is easy to answer that question. It is in the Duncan Report.
Mr William Stewart: I was saying that the answer is in the Duncan Report. You cannot leave the herring industry to suffer from a process of cruel attrition. We have to help it by buying up some of the older boats and by buying new boats, because they can be worked at about half the cost of the old boats. If the whole fleet were equipped with new boats, there would not be nearly the distress that there is at the...
Mr William Stewart: 42. asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the attitude of the Government towards the establishment by the co-operative societies of beet-sugar factories; and if the new proposals of the Government for 1935 are in fact likely to raise the price of sugar to the consumer?
Mr William Stewart: Is my right hon. Friend aware that statements are being made in Scotland to the effect that the Government are deliberately preventing co-operative societies, because they are co-operative societies, from engaging in home beet-sugar production, and that it is the deliberate intention of the Government to raise the price of sugar? Can my right hon. Friend give a direct denial to both these charges?
Mr William Stewart: Can the Minister give an assurance on the question of currency payments, which, in my estimation and that of others, has been of extreme concern to the industry in recent months?
Mr William Stewart: Will the right hon. Gentleman convey to the Herring Board that British Industries House has offered to co-operate in this matter and has very special facilities to give to the herring trade if such a demonstration were organised?
Mr William Stewart: 50. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he can make a statement on the results of the inquiries made into the possibility of openings for British herring in overseas countries?
Mr William Stewart: Is the hon. and gallant Member also working in association with the Herring Industry Board?
Mr William Stewart: Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the Government are prepared to initiate useful discussion with local authorities who would carry out schemes if they knew that financial assistance would be provided?
Mr William Stewart: 39. asked the Minister of Transport the results to date of his invitation to local authorities to submit schemes of five-year transport development; to what extent the authorities in England and Wales and Scotland are responding; and what are the principal types of developments which they propose?
Mr William Stewart: Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied with the response to the invitation and with the character of the schemes suggested?
Mr William Stewart: Does the right hon. Gentleman propose, in case of a response which he does not regard as satisfactory, to urge the authorities to extend their proposals?
Mr William Stewart: 69. asked the Minister of Labour what is the Government's attitude to the proposal to pay to local authorities the equivalent of part of the transitional payment in respect of every unemployed man in receipt of such benefit who is given work by the local authorities on approved schemes and under approved conditions of employment?
Mr William Stewart: Is the hon. and gallant Member aware that there are many local authorities who, if given assistance of this kind, could carry out urgent and useful works which would employ numbers of idle men, and would not be open to the objection to which he has referred?
Mr William Stewart: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the fact that a number of these women workers are over middle age, and will he consider sending an official to Springfield once or twice a week to do what is necessary?
Mr William Stewart: 44. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that many local authorities in Scotland desire to carry out large and much needed schemes of development, such as arterial drainage, central water supplies, &c., and are only prevented from starting such works by the lack of financial support; and whether it is the Government's intention to encourage such progressive authorities in...
Mr William Stewart: 59. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has yet received a copy of resolutions passed by the selection committee appointed by registered producers under the Scottish milk marketing scheme at their annual meeting on 6th June; and whether he can make any statement on the Government's attitude to the suggestion that the Milk Act, 1934, should be amended so as to provide that the...