Dr Thomas Watts: May I ask what these firms did when petrol was 2s. a gallon?
Dr Thomas Watts: Hear, hear!
Dr Thomas Watts: I wish to speak an this Bill from a totally different point of view from that which has been taken by any previous speaker. Most of the arguments in favour or against the Bill have come principally from the manufacturing point of view. Although I represent a constituency which has been referred to as the district whence the chief opposition to the Bill comes, I wish to say that I have no...
Dr Thomas Watts: I had a letter yesterday in which this particular matter was mentioned, and I was asked to voice these opinions this afternoon. An attempt has been made to draw an analogy between this levy and the cotton levy. There is no analogy in any shape or form between this levy in respect of rubber and the levy which is paid on every bale of cotton. On the one hand the cotton levy has to do with the...
Dr Thomas Watts: In view of the serious, effect on the working of the Stevenson Restriction Scheme of the existence of an unknown number of unused coupons, will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of limiting their availability for a definite period, of, say, three or six months only?
Dr Thomas Watts: 47. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware of the manner in which the benefits resulting from the Stevenson restriction scheme are being curtailed by the smuggling of native rubber for export; and if he will take steps to stop it?
Dr Thomas Watts: Is my hon. Friend aware that from the curative point of view sanatorium treatment is practically almost useless, and does he consider that the results of this form of treatment justify the millions that we spend annually on the upkeep of these institutions?
Dr Thomas Watts: I am exceedingly sorry to take up the time of the Committee at this stage, but I have strong feelings on this matter. I am not concerned with the on or the off-licence; I am only concerned with the comfort of the people. An hon. Member who spoke earlier in the Debate referred to the value of whisky or brandy in the treatment of disease. When I was in active practice some years ago, I met with...
Dr Thomas Watts: May I ask how much of this 100 per cent. increase in cost is due to the high price which Lancashire has had to pay for coal, owing to the coal dispute?
Dr Thomas Watts: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the types of cases in the last few months have been more virulent than any we have had for some time?
Dr Thomas Watts: Is it not a fact that the Stevenson restriction scheme has saved British rubber plantations from ruin and bankruptcy?
Dr Thomas Watts: I wish to say a few words in support of the Second Reading of this Bill, which I think is very necessary from the point of view of the protection of the public and for the improvement of the status and education of the architect's profession. There is no doubt that at the present time we live more or less in an age of quackery. There are many, people otherwise of average intelligence, who...
Dr Thomas Watts: Has the right hon. Gentleman any information as to the amount of the goods that were paid for, and the amounts owing when payment was repudiated by the Russians?
Dr Thomas Watts: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, if the Government were to arrange with the railway companies to supply Members with first-class season tickets instead of with vouchers chargeable at the full ordinary rate, they would save much money?
Dr Thomas Watts: 25. asked the Minister of Health the number of children who attained the age of 12 months during the year 1926; the number of those in respect of whom the parents furnished a certificate of successful vaccination or a certificate of conscientious objection; the number of those whose parents did neither; and the number of prosecutions?
Dr Thomas Watts: Will the hon. Member give particulars of the profits made in the cotton trade?
Dr Thomas Watts: 6. asked the President of the Board of Trade what action, if any, the Food Council intend to take in the case of those towns where they are satisfied from their investigations that excessive prices for meat are charged by the local butchers?
Dr Thomas Watts: The right hon. Gentleman ascribed this increase in travelling expenses to the extra sittings of the House in connection with the Emergency Regulations. If the Government, instead of issuing vouchers, which entail the payment of the full ordinary fare, purchased season tickets for Members—
Dr Thomas Watts: There would have been no need for a Supplementary Estimate, because in many cases a saving—
Dr Thomas Watts: I accept your ruling, and when the main Estimate comes up I shall raise the question again.