Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will my right hon. Friend consider the possibility of entering into a convention by which Great Britain would undertake to accept a definite quota of Bulgarian produce each year on a strictly reciprocal basis?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: When this subject was debated about 12 months ago the prevailing note on the Opposition benches was one of gloom. On that occasion things were certainly rather different from what they are to-day. We had just balanced the Budget, not with a very large margin, and our figures of unemployment were still large, and had not-begun to show the improvement that they have shown since. But, surely,...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I know those areas very well indeed. I was speaking about the cotton trade, which is depressed, and at the same time, I wished to draw attention, in order to counteract something that had been said, to the fact that there was some improvement throughout the country as a whole.
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, with regard to the re-registration of trade marks, he will state under what statutory authority the Income Tax authorities are now claiming that renewal charges should be written back for the computation of Income Tax; and whether he is aware of the burden which this procedure imposes on firms for the first time?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 8. asked the Minister of Labour whether any statistics are available showing the average annual amount of employés' contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Fund which can be regarded as untouched profit owing to the inability of the contributors to keep up contributions, either through passing the insurable limit of income or owing to their taking up business on their own account?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 47. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury as regards the amount represented by the restoration of half the cuts in remuneration, the average sum received by each of the civil servants benefiting and the average sum received by each of the teachers similarly benefiting?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: We have listened to yet another speech from a Member who represents the sunny South based largely on hypothetical fears of what may possibly happen in the future. Today we are dealing with realities, and we are only dealing with Lancashire, in fact only with a certain part of Lancashire—the weaving industry—and with conditions as they are at the moment. I rise to give my full support to...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: I beg to move, in page 3, line 38, after "revoked," to insert: either wholly or in nespect of any provision specified in the request. As the Clause stands, an Order must be unaltered and unamended until it is revoked. It can only be dealt with as a whole, and not in part. When it is revoked it remains so until further application has been made, and this may necessitate a further inquiry,...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Does my right hon. Friend propose to ask the watch committee for an explanation of the present unrest in the county police of Lancashire?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 33. asked the Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to state the result of his inquiries as regards the alleged confession by Walter Prince at the Nottinghamshire Assizes of the murder of Mr. Charles Armstrong, of Rusholme, Manchester?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 59. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether his attention has been called to the fact that dependents of some of the Rochdale Territorials who attended their annual training recently were compelled to apply for out relief during such period; and whether he will consider the advisability of making arrangements for covering such expenditure out of War Office funds?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 31. asked the hon. Member for Bosworth (Sir W. Edge) as representing the Charity Commissioners, whether the attention of the commissioners has been called to the grievance of the Littleborough District Council owing to the fact that their scheme for utilising War charity funds for the relief of local distress has been before the commissioners for over two years and no satisfactory settlement...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 59. asked the Postmaster-General how far the process of modernising the post offices and making them attractive to the public has been extended to Lancashire; and whether he can state the progress made in this direction during the last two years?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Can my right hon. Friend say how many have so far been dealt with?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 65. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Ceylon Government has reached any decision regarding the adoption of a quota in respect of Japanese imports; and, if so, whether it is regarded by the British Government as satisfactory?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 5. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in making a record of the depressed areas of the country, he has taken into consideration, or will take into consideration, the position of certain districts in Lancashire where, owing to the decline in the cotton industry and the consequent removal of machinery from mills, there is acute unemployment, and no form of employment seems possible except by...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that all possible measures are being taken to introduce other industries?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Whatever else can be said of this Debate, it cannot be said that the Government have not given very full time for the discussion of the regulations. We have just had a very gloomy picture depicted by the hon. Member for Aberdare (Mr. G. Hall), but I feel sure that he is wrong. The Unemployment Assistance Board do not intend by their action to grind down the poor and to beat people down to...
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: 54. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the desirability of setting up a special section of his Department to encourage the establishment of foreign industries in this country; and whether such duties could be carried out without material outlay?
Sir Harold Sutcliffe: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider taking more active steps to attract new industries to this country; and does he not consider that such action would be fully justified?