Mr John Leslie: asked the Minister of Food what sum of money is paid per ton to the Wholesale Meat Supply Association for their services as agents between his Department and the retail buying groups; and if this tonnage payment has varied from year to year.
Mr John Leslie: asked the Minister of Food the amount of money paid each year to the Wholesale Meat Supply Association for their services as agents between his Department and the retail buying groups.
Mr John Leslie: Is there any time limit for the ending of these payments, which retailers consider a wicked waste of public money?
Mr John Leslie: There is only one union.
Mr John Leslie: I regret that the hon. and gallant Member for Ayr Burghs (Sir T. Moore) will not support us on this Bill because he took an active part in the Committee stage and I had hoped that he would carry that out here and see that the Bill was eventually put on the Statute Book. I regret very much that the hon. Member for Edgehill (Mr. Irvine) should have moved the rejection of this Bill. As he dealt...
Mr John Leslie: My right hon. Friend has referred to the case of Stroud and the question of one-man businesses. They are already represented through their associations and on all the trade boards and wages councils.
Mr John Leslie: I am glad of the opportunity of congratulating the hon. Member for Hillhead (Mr. Galbraith) upon his very eloquent maiden speech, although we cannot say that it has been non-controversial. However, he has given the Chancellor something to think about. The hon. and gallant Member for Pollok (Commander Galbraith) must feel very proud of his son's maiden effort. I hope that we shall hear the...
Mr John Leslie: That is not what I understand. The fact is that Purchase Tax was imposed upon this hand-loom Shetland tweed.
Mr John Leslie: I shall be glad to know that. Other men may have been working as wage-earners. They will certainly be out of employment and will have to claim unemployment benefit. I appeal to the Chancellor to give this matter his sympathetic consideration. I hope that my appeal will not be in vain.
Mr John Leslie: Belgium?
Mr John Leslie: I beg to second the Motion. I hope hon. Members will possess their souls in patience, because I shall be as brief as possible. I am very glad to have the opportunity of speaking in support of the Bill, which I have advocated for many years. When my hon. Friend gave us his historical review of the hairdressing trade, I was reminded that, when I first came to London in 1912, the first office...
Mr John Leslie: asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps those engaged in the handloom tweed industry in Shetland should take to establish craft centres, with a view to their product being freed from Purchase Tax.
Mr John Leslie: Is there any other way of safeguarding this Shetland industry from elimination? Is it not well known that this heavy Purchase Tax has meant idle looms?
Mr John Leslie: I am sure the whole House is indebted to my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (Mr. Grierson) for his very informed speech and the excellent outline of the success of the Carlisle scheme. The figures he quoted for drunkenness were truly remarkable. Imagine dropping from the high figure of 900 cases in 1916 to 20 last year. The right hon. and learned Member for West Derby (Sir D. Maxwell...
Mr John Leslie: The statement that people could get what beer they liked was subsequently confirmed by my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle. I understand that draught beer can be obtained if there if a sufficient demand for it. But take the position of the tied houses owned by the brewers. What choice of beer is there in a tied house? People have to accept the beer brewed by the owner of the tied house.
Mr John Leslie: Oh, yes, he can get what beer he wants in Carlisle. That has already been shown by the hon. Member for Carlisle. But apart from that, I am now talking of tied houses. In a tied house a man can get only the beer brewed by the owner of that tied house.
Mr John Leslie: I am prepared to accept the statement of my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle, who should know better than any other hon. Member. In my constituency it is proposed to create a new town, so naturally I am interested in this Bill. I want to see up-to-date, well planned refreshment houses for the comfort of customers, such as have been provided under the Carlisle scheme. Doubtless the brewers...
Mr John Leslie: Malaya.
Mr John Leslie: We had no troops there 18 months ago.
Mr John Leslie: That was one of the commitments.