Sir Charles Edwards: Is not this a queer way of doing the business?
Sir Charles Edwards: I beg to second the Amendment. I do so formally.
Sir Charles Edwards: May I ask whether the opponents of the Order have raised any objection to this—whether they think that the voting might have been different if the instructions had been carried out?
Sir Charles Edwards: I have not been told whether the opposition raised any objection.
Sir Charles Edwards: 24. (for Mr. DAVID GRENFELL) asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that an economy committee of the Plymouth local authority recommended a reduction in the staff of health visitors from 12 to 8; and that, although this recommendation has never been adopted, two vacancies arising in October and November last have not been filled; and whether, in view of the fact that for the week...
Sir Charles Edwards: 42. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that certain assurance companies issue industrial assurance policies without any provision therein or period of grace in respect of arrears before the issue of the statutory lapse notice; and whether he will introduce legislation to ensure in all policies the insertion of a provision for a period of 13 weeks' grace before...
Sir Charles Edwards: 12. asked the Minister of Labour the number of juveniles who have been found employment in the London area through the medium of Employment Exchanges from the depressed areas in the last 12 months; the number that are still in employment; and the number that have returned to their homes?
Sir Charles Edwards: 13. asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed persons transferred from the principal distressed areas to London since October, 1931, under schemes initiated by the Ministry of Labour?
Sir Charles Edwards: 14. asked the Minister of Labour if he can state the number of persons who have been transferred from distressed areas, for employment in other areas, who are now unemployed?
Sir Charles Edwards: 68. asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that, arising out of a stoppage at the Bedwas Colliery, Monmouthshire, in 1930 to 1931, an official of his Department negotiated a settlement under which work was to be resumed and the men formerly employed by the company were to be reinstated and no fresh employés taken on in the meantime; that from time to time difficulties have arisen...
Sir Charles Edwards: Seeing that the hon. Gentleman's Department has been in these negotiations and helped to effect a settlement, is it not up to him to see that the agreements 'are carried out; and, secondly, since he denies that his Department advised this colliery company how they could carry out the agreement and still get rid of men, is not the honour of his Department at stake until that state-men is...
Sir Charles Edwards: As the hon. Gentleman says his Department was a party to the settlement, is it not up to him to see that it is carried out?
Sir Charles Edwards: 19. asked the Secretary of State for India whether it is proposed to take any action on the resolution passed unanimously by the Burma Legislative Council urging the Government of India to prohibit rice imports into India and Burma except from Empire countries?
Sir Charles Edwards: 58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the Ebbw Vale Iron and Steel Company and its four subsidiary companies owed the Inland Revenue £650,000 in respect of Income Tax on past profits, but that £75,000, together with 259,195 paper shares, has been accepted in full settlement; what is the estimated loss to the Treasury; and what was the reason for not insisting on...
Sir Charles Edwards: May I ask whether the Treasury were consulted before the firm were forgiven this huge sum of £575,000; and, secondly, is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the very district where this company operates, working men owing a pound or two in Income Tax were sent to gaol? Why this difference of treatment?
Sir Charles Edwards: Not in Monmouthshire.
Sir Charles Edwards: An expensive job.
Sir Charles Edwards: 5. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that Mr. R. C. Bathway, Canal House, Ash-well Thorpe, Norfolk, received medical treatment when in France, and that he also applied for a pension and medical treatment in April, 1919, and that six months elapsed before a pension was given or medical treatment granted, and that during that time he was ordered into a home in Norwich by Dr. Day and...
Sir Charles Edwards: Why does the hon. Gentleman propose to send the list only to my hon. Friend. It would be interesting to many of us.
Sir Charles Edwards: As the right hon. Gentleman informed us the other day that 7s. out of the 9s. reduction had been granted by the colliery companies on the pit-head prices, can be tell us when these reduced contracts were entered into and with whom?