Major Donald Bruce: Before the war?
Major Donald Bruce: The burden of the case of the Opposition, as I have heard it, seems to be that my right hon. and learned Friend, in exercising his power under an Act which was already on the Statute Book when this Government came into office, has exercised unfair discrimination in permitting a sum to be sent abroad which was subscribed from private sources and was intended for specified sources at the other...
Major Donald Bruce: In this country the accounts of the trade union movement and the accounts of the Labour Party are made public. There is no secret at all about the transfer of any sums anywhere by the Labour Party and the trade union movement. What do we find about the Conservative Party? I am not suggesting that the Conservative Party itself would wish to send any funds abroad—it has other uses for them...
Major Donald Bruce: I have made my position quite clear to the House. I repeat again that if the Tory-sponsored Housewives' League wish to send a sum of money abroad to relieve genuine suffering and distress I, for my part, would be perfectly willing to support that effort. I see that hon. Gentlemen opposite merely regard that possibility as academic, and I can quite see why, because, of course, these matters...
Major Donald Bruce: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the attitude of his right hon. and learned Friend is more honourable and more candid than that of the ex-members of the Anglo-German Friendship League?
Major Donald Bruce: Can my right hon. Friend give comparable figures for the year 1933?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Minister of Labour how many working days have been lost through industrial disputes since the end of the last war; and how many were lost during the comparable period after the 1914–18 war.
Major Donald Bruce: Does not my right hon. Friend think that these figures reflect very great credit on the country as a whole, and will he see that copies of these figures are supplied to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Woodford (Mr. Churchill)?
Major Donald Bruce: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total amount of aid granted by Britain to other countries since the end of the war, distinguishing between amounts loaned and outright gifts or grants.
Major Donald Bruce: Will my right hon. and learned Friend give the very widest publicity to these figures, as there are quite a number of evilly-disposed people wishing it to be known that this country acts only as a beggar?
Major Donald Bruce: That is the good old Tory way.
Major Donald Bruce: No. it is the Iron and Steel Federation.
Major Donald Bruce: The hon. and learned Member all the way through his speech has been referring to "industry." Would he be a little more particular in defining what he means exactly by "industry"? Does he mean the 600 or 700 directors of iron and steel or the 35,000 workers in the industry, or both?
Major Donald Bruce: Major Brucerose—
Major Donald Bruce: And the freedom of the worker to say that he wants nationalisation.
Major Donald Bruce: A number of people in Portsmouth, in whose representation I share, will be extremely interested in this Bill on prize money and I think the principle which they will see behind the Bill, if I may be pardoned for concentrating entirely on the naval aspect, is that within a comparatively short time there will be some £4 million to be distributed amongst such naval personnel, and their...
Major Donald Bruce: He is never there
Major Donald Bruce: Does the hon. Member consider that the terms of trade would move in our favour if we began lowering the prices of our export goods?
Major Donald Bruce: It was only to be expected, after the magnificent speech yesterday of my right hon. and learned Friend, that the Opposition would endeavour to extract the greatest possible satisfaction out of all the adverse features affecting our situation which the Chancellor himself brought forward quite frankly. From time to time I observed the hon. Member for Bucklow (Mr. Shepherd) say how pleased he...
Major Donald Bruce: I shall have to make my own speech in my own way, and shall come to the position of the United States. The reaction of the Opposition is already noticeable. After giving these facts, of which the whole nation should be very proud indeed, the instinctive reaction of the Opposition is to say "Yes, but what about the United States?" Not one word of praise for the people of our own country.