Mr William Stewart: Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman make a report upon the progress that has been made in providing call boxes in the rural areas, as he promised in an earlier statement?
Mr William Stewart: 73. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the position with regard to the functioning of juvenile courts in the county of Fife?
Mr William Stewart: I will put it this way that the right hon. Gentleman hates the industry in its present form. When I hear him speaking about this industry it always reminds me of a rhyme that I read a long time ago about Dr. Lettsom the Quaker. He is supposed to have said: If anybody comes to I,I physicks, bleeds and sweats 'em;If after that they like to die,Why, what care I? I lets 'em. The right hon....
Mr William Stewart: The Farm Workers' Union are not a very strong body, in the East of Scotland, but I would remind the hon. Member that at a recent meeting in Cupar the Labour candidate for the division was on the platform and spoke in favour of the subsidy. I was in the chair and I invited him to speak, and he was glad to do so. Moreover, Mr. George Dallas, a former Member of this House and a prominent Member...
Mr William Stewart: I know the general secretary of the Scottish Farm, Workers' Union—we meet occasionally—and he will be quite ready to admit that in many parts of Scotland, particularly in those parts most intimately concerned with sugar beet, his union does not exist. In the East Fife district there is no branch of the Farm Workers' Union. The right hon. Member for Darwen to-day was not quite so effective...
Mr William Stewart: I think the right hon. Gentleman will find, if he reads the OFFICIAL REPORT, that he referred to Cupar, but I am glad that he does not include it as an inefficient factory. I shall support the new policy of the Government on the definite understanding that there will be a tapering off of Government assistance, and that plans are made to enable the industry to become independent. I agree that...
Mr William Stewart: 15. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the recommendation of the special area commissioner to set up a central bureau of information to which industrialists could refer for advice and technical data relating to potential industrial districts, not only in the special areas but elsewhere; and whether he proposes to set up such a department to act as a permanent...
Mr William Stewart: Is the Minister not able to give the House a general idea whether a large increase has taken place?
Mr William Stewart: Are we to understand that it is the intention of the Commissioners to carry out the suggestion made in the question?
Mr William Stewart: 37. asked the Secretary of State for Air what parts of the sea round the Fife Coast are scheduled for bombing practice by the Air Force; and whether, before any extensions are made, he will consult the interests of the fishing and summer resort industries in the district?
Mr William Stewart: 38. asked the Secretary of State for Air what are the arrangements for giving contracts for the carrying of oil from Dundee to the flying boats stationed off Newport, Fife; and whether he will arrange in future contracts that Fife fishermen are employed to carry supplies to machines stationed in Fife waters?
Mr William Stewart: Will the House have an opportunity to discuss the Forestry Commission Report before the Adjournment?
Mr William Stewart: I did apply to that Council, and I have no doubt they could do more, but despite anything they can do I feel that the Board of Trade might have some kind of bureau to which, if necessary, foreign employers could apply. I think the artificial silk trade might be introduced in the place to which I have referred in Fife, but many artificial silk firms are foreign firms and they do not naturally...
Mr William Stewart: The Minister for League of Nations Affairs spoke some days afterwards and was referring to his own office and his own position. He said, "I am proud and pleased to serve under that one king." That left no doubt in my mind.
Mr William Stewart: That is not so.
Mr William Stewart: And quite right.
Mr William Stewart: My hon. Friend does not seem to realise that associations such as we support, boy scouts and boys' brigades, and so on, have nothing what-even to do with politics. Never in all the time I was in the Scouts, a matter of eight or nine years, was politics mentioned, but in the organisation of which the hon. Member speaks politics is always being mentioned.
Mr William Stewart: That may be, but that, association expresses constantly, repeatedly, political views, whereas the boy scouts and boys' brigades and so on never express any political views at all.
Mr William Stewart: What I said had nothing to do with any funds for these people. The hon. Member's methods may be good debating, but they are most unfair.
Mr William Stewart: Very sensible!