Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time." I do not know whether the Attorney-General would like to shorten the proceedings by accepting this Clause. If he did so, it would simplify matters very much. As we have already discussed this matter, and in order to let this stage of the Bill be completed, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the new Clause.
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of an in crease in the number of samples of milk found to be deficient in fat; and whether, in view of the shortage of fats and the consequent necessity of keeping available supplies up to standard, he will urge upon the authorities concerned the necessity of vigilance to prevent the abstraction of butter fat from milk?
Mr Francis Douglas: This Bill has been introduced, as the Attorney-General said, at the instance of a private organisation, the Law Society. In order that it should be discussed in the House, the Government have given it facilities which would not otherwise have been afforded. I do not complain about that, because I think that out of discussion some improvements may come. The main purpose of the Bill, of course,...
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will take steps to have published in the Press and by broadcasting the prices at which market-garden produce, and other foodstuffs liable to rapid variation in price, are being sold in the markets, in order that housewives may have information enabling them to judge the fairness of the prices asked by retailers?
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in page 4, line 6, to leave out "of five pounds," and to insert not exceeding one per cent. of the net profits of the solicitor from carrying on the profession of solicitor for the last accounting period for which an accountant's certificate has to be delivered. This Clause relates to the fund which it is proposed to establish for the purpose of making restitution, in certain...
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in page 5, line 43, at the end, to add: (10) The provisions of this section shall not take effect until such time as solicitors shall become exempt from the obligation of paying stamp duty upon practising certificates. The object of the Amendment is to provide that the Clause shall not take effect until solicitors are exempt from the obligation of paying Stamp Duty upon...
Mr Francis Douglas: I am not very much mollified in my attitude by the suggestion that this is a wrecking Amendment, nor that it is brought forward from motives of self-interest. I would not put forward an argument for the benefit of some particular section of the community. I have tried, and I hope I have succeeded in pointing out that a section of the community is subject to an unfair and discriminating...
Mr Francis Douglas: I beg to move, in page 16, line 25, to leave out Subsection (1). This Clause does something which is obnoxious to the spirit of English law, that is, to place upon a person the obligation of proving that he is innocent of a criminal offence before placing the onus of proof upon the prosecutor. I think it is a great pity that such a Clause should be inserted in a Bill, above all in a Bill of...
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, whether his attention has been called to recent prosecutions of vendors of food substitutes; and whether he will consider the imposition upon vendors of such substitutes of an obligation to disclose on each packet sold the precise nature and composition of the article?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the. Minister of Food whether he is now able to make any statement regarding the proposal that vendors of food substitutes should be required to disclose on each package the precise composition of the article sold?
Mr Francis Douglas: Is it not as necessary that people should know the composition of food substitutes as of drugs and medicines?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what is the total cost, to the latest convenient date, of the Press advertising published at the instance of the Ministry of Food?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Labour whether he will publish a consolidated summary of the Unemployment Insurance Acts and Regulations for the guidance of the large number of persons concerned in the operation of this legislation?
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Health whether he will publish a consolidated summary of the Acts and Regulations relating to old age and widows' pensions, respectively, for the assistance of the many persons concerned?
Mr Francis Douglas: May I point out to the Minister that the form in which the Agreement is framed will be decisive on rating? Several times in the course of his remarks he has referred to the payment of £43,000,000 as being a rent. Will it be so expressed in the Agreement?
Mr Francis Douglas: It will produce the adverse results foretold.
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Home Secretary whether he has taken or proposes to take any action regarding a publication entitled "East Asia News Service" under Regulation 18D or other Defence Regulation?
Mr Francis Douglas: I understand that the proposal is to relieve the company of all obligations—
Mr Francis Douglas: It is proposed to relieve this Company of the obligation for all time to consolidate their Acts. I suggest that the proper course at the moment is to suspend the obligation for a period of years and to let it be considered again after the war. If this legislation is so complicated that, as the Chairman of Ways and Means has said, it is almost impossible for the Company to prepare a...
Mr Francis Douglas: asked the Minister of Information whether he has considered the effect of the broadcast of a so-called autobiography of Mark Twain on 14th December on the relations between this country and the United States of America; and whether he has taken any steps with the British Broadcasting Corporation on the matter?