Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I have been asked to reply. Almost all the horses rendered surplus by the impending mechanisation of British cavalry regiments in India will be absorbed into other units of the regular Army in India. Orders have been issued that the few not so absorbed are to be disposed of, like horses cast for age in the normal course, only to persons who can be trusted to treat them properly. It may be...
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Yes, Sir, I think I can give that assurance.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I have been asked to reply. The numbers of persons buried partly or wholly at the expense of the Glasgow Public Assistance Department during the years ended 31st May, 1935, and 31st May, 1936, were 1,116 and 1,228 respectively. I understand that in the majority of cases the funeral arrangements are made by the relatives of the deceased person.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: That is another question.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: The total number of births registered in Scotland was 86,546 in the year 1933, and 88,928 in the year 1936.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: My right hon. Friend is informed by the education authority that the number is 347.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I will certainly convey the hon. Member's remarks to my right hon. Friend.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Yes, Sir. The Secretary of State for Scotland is Minister in Attendance on His Majesty the King in Scotland, and the Under-Secretary, who is Hereditary Standard Bearer of Scotland, is also there. [An HON. MEMBER: "Where is the Scottish Whip?"] The Scottish Whip is also there.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As explained in the reply sent to the Association by my right hon. Friend on 4th June, of which a copy is being communicated to the hon. Member, it is not possible to indicate a prospect of legislation providing that local rates should be levied on income instead of upon lands and heritages.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: My right hon. Friend is not in a position to make any statement on this subject.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Perhaps the hon. Member will be good enough to put that question on the Paper again during next week?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Land settlement under the Small Landholders (Scotland) Acts with fixity of tenure and fair rents has continued without interruption since 1912, but in industrial areas the alternative tenure prescribed by the Agricultural Holdings Acts has of recent years been considered to be more appropriate. As regards the last part of the question, my right hon. Friend is not satisfied that any extensive...
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I will convey that to my right hon. Friend.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: This matter is primarily one for the local authorities concerned, and if the hon. Member will submit particulars of any cases which he has in mind my right hon. Friend will be glad to communicate them to the local authority.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Perhaps the hon. Member will speak to me afterwards on the point.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: My right hon. Friend is aware of the heavy landings at Lerwick on 1st and 2nd July, but he understands that nearly all the herring were disposed of for human consumption, and that the port was closed for Saturday in order to give time for their treatment and to prevent the arrival of additional herring which could not be treated before Sunday. In June, 1936, more herring were caught at the...
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I will, of course, convey the right hon. Gentleman's suggestion to my right hon. Friend.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: The official figure I was given was 12,000.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I have been asked to reply. The number of payments of unemployment assistance allowances, excluding allowances paid in supplementation of insurance benefit, at the Employment Exchanges named during the week ended 11th June, 1937, were as follow: Pontefract, 1,203; Castleford, 1,751; Normanton, 463; Goole, 321. In addition, supplementation allowances were paid in six eases.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I have been asked to reply. The position is still as stated in the answer which was given to my hon. and gallant Friend on 28th July last.