Major Abraham Lyons: I do not propose to attempt to reply, however sorely one might be tempted, to the provocative statements made by the hon. Member opposite, the latest recruit to the official Opposition—[Interruption]. I desire to make one or two statements upon the Ottawa Agreements. Many of us think it would have been a catastrophe if the Conference had ended without any such Agreements having been entered...
Major Abraham Lyons: 51. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in certain cases local authorities still purchase typewriters of foreign manufacture; and whether, in view of the national advan- tages in buying British goods, he will circularise all local authorities that preference should be given at the present time to British manufacturers?
Major Abraham Lyons: When cases are brought to the hon. Gentleman's notice, will he take steps to see that local authorities are put into possession of the remarks of commendation of British typewriters in the second report of the Estimates Committee?
Major Abraham Lyons: 52. asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of typewriters imported into this country from Canada for the years 1930 and 1931, respectively, and the numbers for the period January to May, inclusive, and for June, 1932?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the hon. Gentleman say how this gigantic increase is accounted for, and whether the views of the typewriter trade have received consideration?
Major Abraham Lyons: Has the deputation which made strong representations to the Board of Trade about this extraordinary matter ever been communicated with; and is it not a fact that this corridor through Canada is known to exist and is not merely a myth?
Major Abraham Lyons: 34. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the approximate amount of War Loan held by foreign investors?
Major Abraham Lyons: While thanking my right hon. and gallant Friend for that answer, I would ask whether he is satisfied that the response of these holders to the conversion scheme is wholly satisfactory?
Major Abraham Lyons: 40. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of typewriters upon which duty was paid on importation during May, 1932, and the countries from which they came, respectively?
Major Abraham Lyons: 54. asked the Postmaster-General the terms per word upon which the Post Office is paid for messages sent via the Imperial Cables and Communications route, and the difference, if any, upon transmission by any other system?
Major Abraham Lyons: May I ask the right hon. Gentleman what is the system on which this special arrangement is based?
Major Abraham Lyons: I should like first to touch upon one or two angles of the pressing matter of insurance, and to endorse what was said by my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Norwood (Sir W. Greaves-Lord) when he spoke of the need for immediate inquiry and, if necessary, reform. If the Home Office feels that it is powerless in the present state of affairs to probe into the mysterious way in which...
Major Abraham Lyons: 33. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he will state the amount of revenue received as Import Duty from the entry of typewriters into this country for the month of May, 1932?
Major Abraham Lyons: Can the right hon. Gentleman give me any idea of the percentage of Import Duties received in respect of machines entering from Canada?
Major Abraham Lyons: 51. asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs if he will now make a statement upon the recent trading agreement between Canada and Germany, and give its terms and its effect upon this country?
Major Abraham Lyons: In view of the seriousness of what that agreement might mean at the present time, will my right hon. Friend take steps to stop the circulation of any statement suggesting such an agreement before the Ottawa Conference?
Major Abraham Lyons: May we have an assurance from my right hon. Friend that the reports about this matter are entirely unfounded?
Major Abraham Lyons: I desire to associate myself with what has been said by the hon. and learned Member for Bridgewater (Mr. Croom-Johnson). I yield to none in my desire to protect young people in their employment. The possibility of the over-employment of young persons has aroused the interest of a good many people for many years, and those of us who desire to safeguard the conditions under which these young...
Major Abraham Lyons: 16. asked the Home Secretary the latest regulations of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police with reference to the issue of police reports upon road accidents?
Major Abraham Lyons: Is it a fact that these new regulations impose a premium of £ 1 — 10s. for a report, and 10s. for an interview—to be paid before the proposed litigant can approach the police officer; and, in suitable cases, will the right hon. Gentlemen recommend remission of these charges to poor people.