Sir Charles Edwards: 28. asked the Secretary for Mines what countries have taken protective measures to restrict the import of coal exported from this country, whether by the licensing system or by tariffs?
Sir Charles Edwards: 5. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can make any statement as to the probability of the French embargo on British coal being removed as a result of the negotiations carried on by His Majesty's Government?
Sir Charles Edwards: 41. asked the Minister of Labour the number of miners in South Wales who have received notice to quit their employment since the French licensing scheme was brought into operation?
Sir Charles Edwards: Do not the Department receive at least monthly reports as to the number of men employed?
Sir Charles Edwards: Will those figures be sent to me or will it be necessary to put down another question?
Sir Charles Edwards: 47. asked the Prime Minister whether, seeing that there are many persons engaged in industry over 60 years of age and that it is estimated that even in normal times we shall have to make provision to maintain at least 800,000 out of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, he will introduce legislation to make it legal to apply this, together with the Old Age Pension Fund, to those over 60 years of...
Sir Charles Edwards: 33. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in certain districts officials under the Employment Exchanges are engaged to go round to the houses to ascertain whether the unemployed persons have left home to look for work; whether this is in accordance with his instructions; whether public money is being spent for this purpose; and will he take steps to put an end to this practice?
Sir Charles Edwards: 61. asked the Secretary for Mines whether he can give the financial position of the South Wales Permanent Fund and the number of dependants still on the books; whether these have been paid up to date or, if not, up to what date; and what are the future prospects for financing these dependants?
Sir Charles Edwards: Will these reports be available?
Sir Charles Edwards: 11. asked the Minister of Transport which railway companies used oil for running their locomotives during the general strike and the coal dispute of 1926; for how many engines was oil so used; and for how many engines they are continuing to use it at the present time?
Sir Charles Edwards: 86. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what percentage of the oil purchased for naval purposes in the last financial year was produced in this country and what percentage was imported from abroad; from what countries the latter amount was imported; and how much was imported from each of such countries?
Sir Charles Edwards: 30. asked the Secretary for Mines what is the average number of hours worked underground by coal miners in this country during the latest week for which figures are available; and what is the average number of hours worked underground by coal miners in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Upper Silesia, respectively?
Sir Charles Edwards: 37. asked the Secretary for Mines the amount of coal subvention paid to the Hook Anthracite Colliery Company, Pembrokeshire?
Sir Charles Edwards: 59. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Monmouthshire County Council were purchasing foreign cement for their Newport-Cardiff road improvement at 43s. per ton, whilst the lowest British tender obtainable was 64s. 9d.; that when he objected to the use of foreign cement the result was that British firms then quoted 74s. 9d. per ton, two of these firms having works within...
Sir Charles Edwards: I beg to second the Motion. Once again we are dealing with the question of necessitous areas. We have dealt with it on many occasions before, but we have not got very far with it yet. I suppose the term "necessitous areas" is one that was not heard before 1921, although since then it has become one of the common terms in daily use. Many reasons could be given for the present state of some...
Sir Charles Edwards: The Motion does not go as far as I would like it to go. It does not go as far as the proposal made from this side on the Scottish Poor Law (Emergency Provisions) Bill the other day. On that Bill the Minister agreed to a payment of 40 per cent. by the State, and, though that was something, it was not as much as I would have liked. I was delighted at the fight the Scotsmen made for the...
Sir Charles Edwards: I have told you something that has happened.
Sir Charles Edwards: I beg to move, in page 3, line 11, at the end, to insert the words (and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provision)— (i) will contain a bathroom with a fixed bath;(ii) will as respects the walls or other partitions of the rooms used or intended to he used as bedrooms comply with the requirements of decency." 5.0 P.M. I think this is a reasonable Amendment, and one which...
Sir Charles Edwards: If there is no water supply, the people cannot live there.
Sir Charles Edwards: There must be a water supply before they can live there. There may be water in a well, or the inhabitants may get their water from a brook. There are plenty of places where you may not have a hot water system, but you can have water at the top of the house, and if there is a well you can have water in the house. This Amendment, I repeat, is a simple request for the ordinary conveniences of...