Cookies: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. By continuing to use the site you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
House of Commons Hansard
x
The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.
31 July 1918
Volume 109

Titles Deprivation Act

45.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether any, and, if so, what, steps have been taken under the provisions of the Titles Deprivation Act, 1917, which received the Royal Assent on 8th November, 1917, for the striking out of the Peerage Roll peers who have, during the present War, borne arms against His Majesty or who have adhered to His Majesty's enemies; and, if no steps for this purpose, as provided by Statute, have been taken, will he say what is the reason for the delay, having regard to the construction likely to be placed on the attitude of the Government in this matter?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The Committee of Council appointed to deal with this matter will meet to-morrow. I am informed that no greater delay than was necessary has occurred in the presentation of the material for their Report.

46.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that an announcement, dated 24th May, appeared in the "London Gazette" that the King, as Sovereign of the Order of the Bath, had been pleased to command and declare that a person therein named, a Commander of the said Order, should from that date be removed from said Order, he being unworthy any longer to remain a member thereof; on what grounds, having regard to the undertaking given on 20th June, 1917, by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on behalf of the Prime Minister that orders had been given that henceforward all alien enemies shall cease to be members of any British Order of Chivalry to which they belonged before the War, there has been no public announcement of removal of enemy aliens from these Orders; have any enemy aliens been removed in consonance with that undertaking, and, if so, how many and what is the number of alien enemies removed from each order of knighthood, respectively, and the dates of such removals; and, if such removals have taken place, on what ground is the expulsion of an unworthy member who is unconnected with Royal families made a subject of notoriety while the expulsion of enemy princes is effected in secrecy?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, and, as regards the second part, the reply which I gave to the hon. and learned Member on 20th June last year was a public announcement. The information asked for in the last part of the question will take some time to collate, but as soon as the list is compiled it will be published. As regards the last part of the question, the officer referred to was a British subject, a full as distinct from an honorary member of the Order of the Bath and within the jurisdiction. The Sovereign was, therefore, able to remove him in the usual way.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Why is not some public notification given of the names of the persons in the same way as in the case of British subjects? Why are German names sheltered at the expense of British subjects?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Apparently the hon. Member did not hear my answer. I am told that it is difficult to find out who they all arc, but as soon as the names are known they will be published.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Will the right hon. Gentleman answer the part of the question which asks if any enemy aliens have already been removed?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The hon. Member has evidently not followed this controversy like the hon. Member for Donegal (Mr. MacNeill). The public announcement is that they are automatically removed.

Review Of Naturalisation Certificates (Committee)

49.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister if the Committee recently appointed to review certificates of naturalisation is a purely Advisory Committee, or does he intend to give it executive power?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. This Committee has not yet been appointed, but will be appointed as soon as the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Bill becomes law. Its functions are defined by the Bill.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Will they be advisory only or will they have any executive power?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

My hon. Friend can judge of that as well as I can from the Bill. To some extent they will simply inquire and report, but to a great extent their report will be binding.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Have the Government taken into consideration the suggestion of Lord Beresford that Mr. Justice Sankey's Committee should be wiped out of existence as unworthy of confidence?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

No, there is no question of the kind.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Lord Beresford proposed it last night at the Albert Hall.

Prohibited Areas

50.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister if he will call for a Report from the Naval Intelligence Department on the state of prohibited areas and the reason why so many persons of enemy origin still reside therein?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I am informed that the competent naval and military authority has complete power under the Defence of the Realm Regulations to deal with any person residing in a prohibited area and that this power is fully used by him.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Would the right hon. Gentleman call for a confidential report for his own guidance, in order that he may understand why these authorities are unable properly to exercise the powers which they wish to exercise and may remedy the defect?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Why does the hon. Member say that they are unable to exercise them? I know, although I was not present, that, as a matter of fact, the Prime Minister discussed this question some time ago with the naval and military authorities, and I have every reason to believe that both he and they were satisfied with the powers.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

If I may, I will send to the right hon. Gentleman copies of confidential papers which will prove that there are people residing in prohibited areas whom the naval authorities would like to remove, and that so far they have not been able to do so.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I shall be very glad to receive them, but I am rather sceptical.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Is it not a fact that the naval and military authorities can only make recommendations to the Home Office, and that it is for the Home Office to accept or reject their recommendations?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I do not know what the technical powers may be, but I know that both the naval and military authorities always exercise the authority.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

They can only make recommendations; they have no authority.

Internment

53.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether the Committee recently set up to investigate the non-internment of enemy subjects contains no member acquainted with the East End of London, although there are more enemy subjects and aliens in that part of the Metropolis than in any other part of the United Kingdom; and will he add to the Committee a member with experience of the East End?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. I believe that the facts are as stated in the question, but I do not think it necessary to add to the Committee a member with experience of the East End of London. The Committee deals with alien enemies only and not with other aliens.

S Oppenheimer And Company, Limited

67.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make inquiries about S. Oppenheimer and Company, 47, St. John Street. Smith-field, a firm of alien enemy origin who largely control the ring of firms that were employed in the exporting to Germany from this country of goldbeaters' skins; can he ascertain if about the year 1901 Mr. Louis Oppenheimer, who has left this country, was discovered by the Inland Revenue authorities to have defrauded the Inland Revenue of a large sum by falsification of Income Tax returns over a series of years; is it intended to wind up this firm; and will Mr. Louis Oppenheimer be allowed to return to this country at the conclusion of hostilities?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Inquiry into the business of S. Oppenheimer and Company, Limited, showed that nearly all the shares were held by persons of enemy origin who are citizens of the United States. Mr. Louis Oppenheimer, the previous manager of the business in London, became a naturalised citizen of the United States more than thirty years ago. There is no ground on which the business can be wound up by the Board of Trade, and they have no information as to Mr. Oppenheimer's Income Tax returns.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Would the right hon. Gentleman make inquiries of the Inland Revenue authorities to find out the enormous sums this man did default for?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I do not know that any good purpose would be served by my making that sort of inquiry.

Town Leaseholders

47.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the cases of town leaseholders, both shopkeepers and householders, whose leases have come or are coming to an end during the war years, in which the freeholders are claiming the full measure of repairs from the leaseholders, and that in many cases, owing to the shortage of labour and material, it is impossible to carry out these repairs; and whether, under these special circumstances caused by the War, the Government will consider the advisability of taking some action to afford these leaseholders relief either by extending the period of the existing leases or holding over all repairs until a reasonable time after the conclusion of peace?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The Law Officers advise that legislation would be required and this could not be introduced before the Recess. I shall, however, carefully consider the possibility of bringing in a Bill to deal with the hardship referred to after the House reassembles.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to include Ireland in this measure?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I shall require notice of that question.

Temporary Civil Servants (Ex-Officers And Men)

48.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether anxiety exists among the ex-officers and men who are holding temporary positions as Civil servants in the various Government Departments as to their status upon demobilisation; and whether, in view of their general feeling of insecurity, he can offer an assurance that the claims of these ex-officers and men to subsequent permanent Government employment will be considered before those of other temporary Civil servants?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The whole question of recruitment for the Service after the War is now being examined, and my hon. and gallant Friend may be assured that the claims of those who have rendered service with the forces will receive the most sympathetic consideration.

Australia (Prime Minister's Speeches)

52.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia is the guest of His Majesty's Government?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The answer is in the affirmative.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

May I ask whether it is consonant with the position of a guest of His Majesty's Government to make offensive speeches relative to political matters?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The hon. Member must give notice of that question.

War Anniversary (Prime Minister's Message)

56.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether he will address, in the words of the announcement, an important message to the British people which is to be dispatched in a sealed envelope to the proprietor of every theatre, music hall, concert hall, and picture hall in the country, the idea being that at nine o'clock in the evening of 5th August the seal of the envelope be broken publicly on the stage and the message read to the assembled audience; why should the audiences in theatres and music halls have a precedence in being informed of this message, having regard to the fact that tens of thousands of people plunged in sorrow at the death in this War of near and beloved relatives have no inclination to frequent places of public amusement, and why should the contents of the message be in the possession of theatre and music hall audiences for hours before it will become known to the public in the morning newspapers; in music halls, where there are two performances nightly, will care be taken that the message be read, for the encouragement of early hours, to the audiences of the early as well as at the late performances; whether there is any and, if so, what precedent for this novel method of publishing an important announcement; and whether he will consider the propriety of describing this unique communication by some other term than message, that word being usually used in public documents for communications signed by a Secretary of State from the Sovereign to his people, for communications from one House of Parliament to the other, and for official communications from the President of the United States to Congress?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I have been asked to reply to this question, as Chairman of the War Aims Committee. I must apologise for the length of the reply, though it is no longer than the question to which it refers. The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The scheme was specially designed to reach those who normally frequent places of entertainment, and not to draw audiences. In response to many urgent requests, it has been arranged to communicate the message also to the chairman of all fêtes, sports, and other public gatherings, organised for public and patriotic purposes, which have an evening programme. The message will be conveyed to the Press at the same time, and an opportunity will be thereby afforded for its notice and comments on the following day. The message will be read at all evening entertainments. With regard to the latter part of the question, it is admitted that the method is novel, and it is hoped that a corresponding advantage will thereby be obtained. As regards the use of the English word "message," while realising that that expression is in use in the manner described in the question, the Committee could find no statutory or Parliamentary embargo on its adoption in this case, and were of opinion that its simplicity of meaning commended its use.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Is there any intention of the Prime Minister appearing at any of these music halls, either at the first or second performance?

Pottery Works, North Staffordshire (Coal Supply)

57.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the closing down of pottery works in North Staffordshire owing to lack of coal due to the combing out of miners for the Army; and will he take steps to secure an adequate labour force for the maintenance of this staple British industry in view of the fact that America has 20,000,000 men of military age anxious to make the world safe for democracy?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The Prime Minister has asked me to answer this question. The shortage of coal in the potteries in Staffordshire at the present time is not only due to the comb out of miners, but to the unfortunate influenza epidemic which has raged during the last month; and while it is hoped that an improvement in the output will now take place, it will still be necessary to ration the pottery industry, and the Controller of Coal Mines has agreed with the National Council of the pottery industry that this body should undertake the rationing on his behalf within the limits of the amount of coal which it is possible to allot to the industry. Every effort will be made to avoid unduly interfering with the industry.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Will my right hon. Friend see, in allotting a certain amount of coal to the Staffordshire industry, that they are given priority in the pits in the district?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

No; I could not undertake to give any such promise. We have to have regard to the needs of the country as a whole. We could not allot output of any particular mines to the area in which the mines are situated.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Does the right hon. Gentleman understand that it is important that we should get the coal and not be given a certain ration which it is impossible to supply to us?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I think it may be accepted that if the Coal Controller does give a particular ration for this industry, he will take steps to see that the coal is provided.

Income Tax (Allowance In Lieu Of Rations)

58.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can now make any statement as to the exemption from assessment to Income Tax of naval and military allowances in lieu of rations?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I have looked carefully into this matter and have come to the conclusion that the practice for the Navy and the Air Force may be assimilated to that which at present obtains for the Army. Broadly, the effect will be that where members of the naval, military or air forces receive pecuniary allowances in lieu of fuel and light, and rations to which they are entitled in kind, Income Tax will not be charged upon such pecuniary allowances. Lodging allowances will similarly be relieved except in the case of officers holding appointments for a fixed or practically fixed term.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Will it be necessary to have a Bill or can it be done by administrative means?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I have looked into it. It is doubtful whether legislation is needed. In the meantime we will do it, and, if necessary, it will be included in next year's Finance Bill?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

May we assume from the right hon. Gentle-man's reply that the Income Tax is not due on these allowances for the current Income Tax year?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Yes; that is my intention.

Liverpool Post Office

59.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to a petition from the retired postal and telegraph officials, formerly of the Liverpool Post Office; and, if so, can he see his way to take their representation into favourable consideration?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The answer to the first parts of the question is in the affirmative. I am afraid that I can add nothing to the answers given on several occasions to questions relating to proposals for increase of superannuation allowances to members of the Civil Service.

Old Age Pensions

60.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if pensioners who are not receiving more than £26 pension and are eligible for an old age pension are allowed to earn a further sum not exceeding 30s. per week and still receive an old age pension; and if he can see his way to grant an old age pension to all pensioners of seventy-five or eighty years of age who are unable to work in receipt of a pension not exceeding £52 per annum?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative. Under the Old Age Pension Acts the legal limit for a pension is an income of £31 10s. from all sources as estimated under those Acts, and nobody in receipt of an income above that figure is entitled to a pension.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Can my hon. Friend explain why the Treasury allow people in receipt of an old age pension to earn this further wage up to 30s. and refuse to give to people who may be in receipt of Army allowances the old age pension to which otherwise they would be entitled?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I have answered that question very often. In the case of men already in receipt of a pension it is possible, by straining the law, to let that allowance be given, but in the case of the payment of an old age pension it is impossible to give that consideration without breaking the law, and fresh legislation would be necessary.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Would it not be possible to introduce a small non-contentious measure to remedy this matter—there would be no dispute about it at all?

Civil Service (Joint Standing Councils)

61.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the recommendations contained in paragraph 25 of the Fourth Report of the Royal Commission on the Civil Service, 1914 [Cd. 7338], in reference to the right of Civil servants to join trade unions and associations, the recognition of such associations, and their affiliation to a political party; whether any action has been taken in regard to these recommendations; and whether they will be considered by the Interdepartmental Committee which is about to consider the applicability of the principle of establishing joint standing councils to the case of the Civil Service?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The Interdepartmental Committee will no doubt consider the recommendations referred to so far as they are strictly relevant to the inquiry.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that the questions raised in the Report of the Royal Commission on the Civil Service lie at the root of the problem of applying the principle of standing joint councils?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Yes; I do realise it, but, as my hon. Friend knows, this is a Committee composed entirely of Ministers, and they will naturally deal with the whole subject so far as it is necessary to do so.

Railway Packing Regulations

64.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that, notwithstanding the appeals to traders to dispense as far as possible with the use of timber for cases and containers for goods, complaints have been made to his Department that the railway companies are charging double rates on goods sent in packages instead of in cases as formerly, and, in addition, insisting on such traffic being consigned at owner's risk conditions; and whether, in view of the necessity for reducing the traffic on the railways by avoiding the return of empty cases and of the shortage of timber, he will make representations to the railway companies on the desirability of relaxing their requirements for packing goods in wooden cases, and that such goods if sent at owner's risk should be charged the same rates as when sent in cases?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The only general alteration made by the railway companies in their packing regulations in recent years is, I think, that made in 1916, when, having regard to the shortage of timber referred to in the question, they agreed to accept traffic consigned in reliable fibre-board packages. I am aware that, in accordance with the provisions of the classification, certain articles consigned unpacked or lightly packed are charged at higher rates than if they had been more substantially packed, but I cannot undertake to ask the railway companies to reduce the charges in such cases or to accept at company's risk articles which, owing to insufficient packing, cannot safely be conveyed by rail.

Patents (British Subjects In Germany)

65.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any, and, if so, how many, patents have been taken out by British subjects in Germany since the commencement of the War; if not, whether any application has been made to take out such patents; what attitude has been adopted by the German Government in the matter; whether all outstanding enemy patent rights in this country which were alive at the outbreak of hostilities have been voided; and whether, under the licences, if any, which have been issued to Germans since the War, patent fees will have to be paid for the use of patents in this country?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

According to the information available to the Board no patents have been taken out by British subjects in Germany since the commencement of the War, but numerous applications for patents have been made in Germany by British subjects under the licence issued by the Board which has recently been rescinded. There are no official statistics showing the exact number. The German Government followed the practice of the British Government in allowing applications for patent rights to be recorded, but refusing the grant of a patent on such applications. Enemy patent rights existing in this country on the outbreak of war were not voided as a whole, but the Board of Trade took powers to suspend or void any such patents or to grant licences to British subjects thereunder on the application of any person interested. No licences have been issued to Germans under these powers, but in the case of licences issued to British subjects royalties have been fixed in the majority of eases payable to the Public Trustee.

Railway Season Tickets

66.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware how many places are similarly situated to Romford that, although over 12 miles, only the 10 per cent. increase is charged on the railway season tickets; and can he state the places?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The arrangement that, where the distance travelled is only just over 12 miles, the 10 per cent. increase should not apply, is not confined to Romford, and is applicable to any other places similarly situated, but I cannot say how many places are so situated.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Can the right hon. Gentleman give some indication of the distance over 12 miles that is allowed in order to exempt the place from the 20 per cent. and put it under the 10 per cent. increase?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I do not think there is any arbitrary distance fixed. I think that considerations as to the local circumstances guide the Committee.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

In view of the anomaly that now exists, will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of extending the area in which the 10 per cent. applies to the residential portions?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I really think it would be a great mistake to reopen this question.

Post Office Pensioners (War Bonus)

81.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Postmaster-General whether, bearing in mind the increased cost of living and the principle accepted by Parliament in augmenting payments to old age pensioners, he can see his way to sanction a war bonus, at any rate, to the lower-pensioned officers of His Majesty's Post Office service?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

As I have previously stated, Post Office pensioners are in the same position as other retired Civil servants, and I am not in a position to take independent action in the matter.

Royal Dockyards (Soldiers)

82.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Minister of Munitions, if he is aware that many soldiers have been placed in Class W for the purpose of working in shipbuilding yards and such men have asked to be sent to yards near their homes; that there are several such who were formerly in Portsmouth Dockyard, but that their request to be employed near home has been refused; and if he can give any reason for this, and if he will have the men's requests favourably considered?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I have been asked to answer this question. The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, I may inform my hon. and gallant Friend that a considerable number of men nave resumed their employment in Portsmouth and in other dockyards, and naturally men who have left their employment for military service are taken back into their civil employment at the same dockyard if vacancies offer themselves. But it may happen that the need for the services of certain men is considered more pressing elsewhere, and in that case they would not be sent to the dockyard from which they came.

London Hospital Nurses

77.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the President of the Board of Education whether nurses trained in the London Hospital have been appointed to any posts under the jurisdiction of the Board?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Before asking this question, may I ask, on a point of Order, why the following words were deleted from the question: "Whether he is aware that nurses at the London Hospital are taken from their training in the wards and sent out to do private nursing at the end of their second year, receiving 13s. per week, while the hospital draws not less than 29s. per week profit from their earnings; and whether he will see that no nurses are appointed from hospitals that exploit their nurses in this way"—with those words deleted the question is meaningless?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The words were deleted because they were in the nature of giving, not asking, information to a Department which could not possibly have it, and was not responsible for it.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The point was whether, if they possessed that information in regard to the London Hospital nurses, would they not refuse to appoint nurses who were exploited in this way and who were taken from their training in the wards at the end of their second year, depriving them of the amount of training which they should get in their third year, but which was denied to them in order that they might earn money for the hospital.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The Board of Education has no control over the training of nurses at the London or any other hospital.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Is an hon. Member permitted to make statements in a question, and then repeat them, which are entirely inaccurate?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I was very anxious to satisfy the hon. Member. He was dissatisfied with the action I took. I was trying to show him the reason for the action I had taken.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

May I ask the question in this form—

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

In the form on the Paper.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

My right hon. Friend has no information which would enable him to answer this question.

Hanley (Rates)

80.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the recent rise in rates for the borough of Stoke-on-Trent, making the rates for the constituent borough of Hanley the highest in England; and, in view of the fact that the policy of the Government as regards production and distribution of coal is leading to the closing down of the pottery industry, will he consider the granting of a special subvention in relief of the rates for the borough of Hanley?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I do not find that my attention has been called to this matter. If any application were to be made for a subvention it would have to be made to the Treasury.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Will the right hon. Gentle-man, at any rate, point out to the Coal Controller that the rates in this borough have now reached close on 13s. in the £, and if this industry is further closed down it will be impossible to carry on municipal government?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The hon. Member is as capable of pointing that out to the Coal Controller as I am.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Does the Coal Controller know the conditions relating to local government which exist in the Potteries district and in the borough of Hanley?