Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: 19. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when it is proposed to re-appoint a Minister to the Vatican?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Is it not a fact that the Charge d'Affaires took his leave of the Pope last week and that at the present moment there is only a very under-secretary in charge of the Mission there?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I hope it will relieve the feelings of the hon. Member for Leigh (Mr. Tinker) if I say that I had every intention of speaking this afternoon, and that it is not his words that have brought me to my feet. Ever since the means test was introduced 12 months or more ago it has seemed to me that the problem divided itself into two parts; first, whether there should be a means test at all, and,...
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Would not the simplest way be to put a tax on cider in the next Budget?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Is there any truth in the rumours that this Conference may be adjourned until the autumn?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Does not my right hon. Friend think that this is an example of private enterprise being better than a State Department?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I would like to congratulate the Financial Secretary on the presentation of these Estimates, but I would have been more pleased to have seen him present them as Minister of Defence, a position which I hope before long to see him occupy in his political career. I am certain that under a Ministry of Defence you would get more efficiency and more economy. That, however, is not a subject which we...
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: 20. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when it is proposed to reappoint a Minister to the Vatican?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Now that the circumstances in which the Minister was withdrawn are more or less closed, cannot the Foreign Secretary see his way to reappoint a Minister as soon as possible?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: 11. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the British forces in Palestine and Transjordan are paid by the British Government entirely or only partly; and if he will give the cost to the British Government in the past year?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Is there any prospect of the Palestine Government paying any more in the near future?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: 64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the last representations were, made to the United States Government with regard to the default of the State of. Mississippi and other States; what the reply was; and whether this matter will be pressed at any future financial conference between the two countries?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a very great and growing feeling in this country that this matter should be brought up in the near future, because we seem at the moment to be turning the other cheek on too many occasions. Is it not time to say that, if we have to pay America, they should pay us what they owe us?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: Is not this case very much the same as the case of New South Wales and the Commonwealth Government of Australia?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: 53. asked the Minister of Transport what developments are contemplated in the automatic traffic-signalling system in London, in view of its success in Oxford Street?
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I beg to second the Amendment. I do not by any means think that the Government have gone too far in taking the whole of private Members' time, for these are abnormal times; it is an abnormal Government, and we have to take abnormal measures. If the Amendment is carried, it is more than likely that a new Motion will have to be put forward after Easter to take private Members' time for the rest...
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: As the Seconder of the Amendment, I beg to ask leave, in the absence of the hon. and gallant Member who moved it, to withdraw the Amendment.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I beg to second the Amendment. Every hon. Member, I think, realises the seriousness of the step which the Government have taken. I do not wish to rake over the ashes of the past, and I am not one of those who disapproved of the original agreement which was made by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George) and the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Hillhead...
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I beg to give notice that, on this day fortnight, I will call attention to the Discrepancies between Wages in sheltered and unsheltered industries, and move a Resolution.
Captain Hon. Arthur Hope: I beg to move That, in the opinion of this House, the time has now arrived to appoint a Select Committee, with Treasury representation, to consider and report upon the best means of giving effect to the recommendations of the Ward Committee of 1906, who reported that, in the case of ex-service civil servants, previous non-pensionable service in the Navy or Army shall be included for the...