Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for the information he has given me, may I ask him whether he will allow this matter to be discussed by this House before a decision is made, and, if necessary, take additional time off the Whitsuntide Recess for the purpose?
Major Abraham Lyons: 5. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he will have examination made into the fresh facts that have emerged in the case of ex-Lieutenant Baillie-Stewart with a view to seeing if any grounds exist for further revision of the case?
Major Abraham Lyons: I suppose I may take it that every piece of information that has been supplied to the Department has been considered.
Major Abraham Lyons: This Debate on foreign affairs, ranging as it does over a very wide field, takes place at a time which may well be historic, and I think every one whose privilege it is to participate in this discussion will agree with me in the hope that the Conference which has begun this week, representing for the first time the whole of the nations of the world round the table to discuss matters for world...
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the hon. Member say whether any machinery exists for changing the required percentage in the content.
Major Abraham Lyons: 35. asked the Home Secretary whether he can now say if he proposes to introduce a Bill to deal with all forms of banditry and crimes of violence?
Major Abraham Lyons: Will the strengthening legislation which the right hon. Gentleman has indicated be introduced before the House rises for the Recess?
Major Abraham Lyons: I beg to move, "That it be an Instruction to the Committee to leave out Part VII." We offer no apology for intervening in this Debate, although it may be, on its title, a matter peculiar to the borough of Middlesbrough, because we believe that there are here involved matters of fundamental principle that far transcend the ordinary local aspect of the matter. We believe the questions involved...
Major Abraham Lyons: I am glad that the hon. Member has raised that point. This was not a matter for petition. It is not a matter dealing with a little local industry; it is a matter of fundamental national importance, and anybody who has any interests at all is entitled to leave it to this House, knowing that the House will not shirk its responsibility. The theatrical associations and the manufacturers of radio...
Major Abraham Lyons: My reference to Middlesbrough was not intended in a way of a sneer. It was put forward as a fact, but never intended as a sneer.
Major Abraham Lyons: Would not that put the right hon. Gentleman in the position of having to judge as to what he thought was a proper balance in the programmes for listeners I
Major Abraham Lyons: 42. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he will explain the machinery and regulations operating in Dominion countries to check and ascertain the Empire content in goods of foreign origin which claim preferential treatment upon entry into this country?
Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking my hon. Friend for what he has said, may I ask whether in order to prevent a repetition of foreign goods coming into this country on manipulated values and on preferential terms there is any Customs machinery operating here similar to what operates in the Dominions?
Major Abraham Lyons: Were these proceedings which are said to be pending in Sheffield instituted by the Home Office or by the local police authorities ?
Major Abraham Lyons: Will the Minister say how many industries are waiting for replies from that committee?
Major Abraham Lyons: 14. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the recent increase of imported foreign typewriters; and whether he proposes to take any steps in the matter?
Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking the hon. Gentleman for his reply, may I ask him whether it is not the fact that the great difference which has occurred in the rate of exchange between this country and America was not taken into account by the Committee in fixing the duty; and whether the devaluation of the American exchange does not wipe out the main material benefit which the typewriter trade had at its...
Major Abraham Lyons: Is not the fall in Canadian imports due to the fact that an end has been put to what was an obvious ramp?
Major Abraham Lyons: 48. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any and what proposals have been made for the introduction of an Empire currency or for the stabilisation of currencies in the Empire, respectively?
Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking my hon. Friend for the reply, can he give the House an assurance that, while the Empire Statesmen are here in conference, this matter of the stabilisation of Empire currency, or the maintenance of a, whole Empire currency in its place, will receive serious consideration, in view of the present large fluctuations of exchanges generally?