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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 43. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether an agreement has yet been reached for the purchase by the Soviet of Scottish herring in the present season?
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 the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the agricultural industry it is thought that the responsibility for blocking this Measure lies with the Scottish Office? Can be give some assurance on the point?
Mr William Stewart: 17. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why no sheep farmer has been appointed to the advisory committee on agriculture; and whether, in view of the importance of sheep farming in Scotland, he will consider appointing one or more representatives of this branch of agriculture at the earliest moment?
Mr William Stewart: I will not go that far. At any rate, is not being trained in the right way. That is a view which I have already expressed. I do not believe that the old agricultural tenure can be improved by this new method, but since our representations have not succeeded the greater duty, therefore, rests on the shoulders of the Scottish Office to see that this new form of tenure is applied in a way which...
Mr William Stewart: In view of the depression in the industry and the great anxiety with regard to this obstacle, can the President of the Board of Trade hold out hopes of an early and more favourable reply?
Mr William Stewart: 58. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the negotiations with Russia for the sale of herrings during the present year have reached a conclusion; and, if so, with what result?