Mr George Griffiths: I feel that I have as much right to speak on this Bill to-night as any man in the House. I have a family history attached to compensation, but, before I deal with that, there are one or two other things I want to say about the Bill. I would like to say to the hon. Member for Wavertree (Mr. Raikes)—he went up North instead of stopping down South because he thought he would have a safer seat...
Mr George Griffiths: I refer to the profits and also the lawyers' charges. I believe the doctors are in it also. Those are the figures, so far as we are concerned, and we do not want the lawyers in the Bill. I ask the Minister to keep them out. Now I want to give a bit of the history of my own family in the matter of compensation. I have a brother who is 72 years of age. He has never had a penny compensation in...
Mr George Griffiths: Does not the Minister know that this cheaper price of coal to the miner is shown in the tonnage price list and he pays for it every week out of his wages?
Mr George Griffiths: What declaration did you lot not make?
Mr George Griffiths: I said "you lot."
Mr George Griffiths: The right hon. Gentleman's party were sitting on the fence then.
Mr George Griffiths: Can the Minister tell us how long this rationing has been going on? Was it not going on before we came into office?
Mr George Griffiths: We know where we are now.
Mr George Griffiths: May I put this to the hon. and gallant Gentleman? What miners' leaders have ever said that the miners must not produce more coal? We are on the job all the time and the hon. and gallant Gentleman's constituency is not mainly mining. I tell him this, that he will never come back to this House any more. I know.
Mr George Griffiths: It is a fact.
Mr George Griffiths: And the hon. and gallant Member was there all the time?
Mr George Griffiths: It will not be the hon. Member.
Mr George Griffiths: We are coming back again after this.
Mr George Griffiths: The hon. Member will not be returned.
Mr George Griffiths: That is what the right hon. Gentleman said in the General Election.
Mr George Griffiths: Say that again.
Mr George Griffiths: Will the hon. and gallant Member quote the person who spoke about not thinking about ourselves in foreign policy? Is the hon. and gallant Member quoting the Foreign Secretary?
Mr George Griffiths: Is not this subsidy which has been announced this afternoon, put out for vote-catching?
Mr George Griffiths: He is called the best First Lord since the right hon. Gentleman himself left the Admiralty and yet he has only been in the job ten minutes. Lord Beaverbrook said that last night.
Mr George Griffiths: Who started it?