Monmouth Assizes Sentences MR. DAGGAR asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the sentences passed on the persons charged at the comci of assizes at Monmouth last week; and whether, in view of the exceptional circumstances which prevail in the area, he is prepared to recommend clemency in each of the cases?
CAP FAIN WAT LACE: Seventeen persons were tried at this assize on charges of riotous assembly and unlawful assembly. Two were acquitted, four were hound over, and 11 were sentenced to terms of imprisonment varying from four to nine months. The decision as to the appropriate sentence for each defendant was taken by the court after a trial which lasted 10 days and there does not appear to be any reason for thinking that all relevant considerations were not before the court. If grounds can be shown for clemency in any particular case or cases, it will be the duty of my right hon. friend to consider them, but at present there is nothing before him to suggest that any action on his part is called for. Ma. Mem oet: Is the hon. and gallant gentleman aware that throughout the country these particular sentences are regarded as being excessive and as evidence of class prejudice on the part of the judge, and will the hon. and gallant gentleman, having regard to that fact, get his right hon. friend to consider— MR. SPEAKER: We cannot express views in this House on sentences passed by judges.
Mn. MAXTON: I am not trying to express views; I am merely saying that that is the view held by large sections of the working-classes throughout the country. I am not endorsing it or denying it myself. I want the 'son, and gallant gentleman, having regard to that feeling which is Widely held outside, to give special consideration to these long sentences with a view to their immediate reduction.
Military Service In Italy MR. DWKIE asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the conscription for military service in Africa of English youths born in Rome of English parents?
SIR SAMUEL HOARE: Under the terms of the relevant Italian legislation none but Italian subjects are liable to conscription for military service.
Ma. Dice's: In view of the fact that this report has been very widely circulated, has the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs any means of bringing to the notice of newspaper proprietors the great disservice that they do to international friendship by circulating such an unfounded report?
SIR S. HoARE: I certainly hope that my hon. friend's question and my answer will be given publicity in the press.
Training Centres MR. T. WILLIAMS asked the Minister of Labour how many trainees have passed through government training centres during the first half of the present year, men and women; and how many of each sex have been placed in employment.
MR. BROWN: 4,381 men were admitted to government training centres during the six months ended June 24, 1935; 3,466 completed a course, and of these 3,362 (or 97 per cent.) were placed in or found employment. At the domestic training centres conducted by the Central Committee on Women's Training and Employment, 2,154 women and girls were admitted during the period, 1,867 completed a course, and, of these, 1,734 (or 93 per cent.) were placed in or found work in domestic service and allied occupations.
MR. WILLIAMS: Is the minister satisfied with the numbers that are being trained?
MR. BROWN: I shall never be satisfied until we have done all we can to find every available man or woman work.
Disturbances In Lahore BRIG.-GEN. CLIFTON BROWN asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Sikh-Mohammedan troubles at Lahore are now subsiding; and whether any British troops are still employed or held in readiness to restore law and order there?
MR. BULLER: I regret to state that fresh trouble broke out at Lahore during the week-end. Large crowds of Muslims assembled with the object of proceeding to the Shahidganj Gurdwara. They assumed from the beginning a violent attitude towards the police and, despite charges by the police and mounted police, they refused to disperse except temporarily. Firing became necessary on two occasions on Saturday after all other efforts to disperse the crowds had failed, and after a warning had been issued by magistrates, again on three occasions on Sunday when the crowd had again become violent. In all eight rounds were fired on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. The number of persons killed is reported not to exceed 10. At 9 p.m. it was reported that the situation was under control, and responsible Muslims were doing their best to persuade their co-religionists to desist from defiance
of the law. Four companies of British troops have been on duty or in reserve during the week-end and will continue to be employed, together with other military forces which have been despatched to Lahore, until the situation returns to normal. . . .
Disarmament Mn. MANDER asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider the advisability, as a way out of the present disarmament deadlock, of proposing the establishment, in connection with the !PQM.. 'sr 1.61.nr;.m.".n -r member would achieve the desired object MR. MANDER : Have proposals of this kind been considered by his Majesty's government at any tune? MR. MACQUIS1EN: Were not these the proposals that were made by the late President Wilson, and which his nation turned down, and is that not the reason why the League of Nations is not so strong as it might be?
MR. MANDER: Do I understand from the silence of my right lion. friend that the government have given no consideration whatever to these proposals at any time?
SIR S. HOARE: We have naturally considered all the practical proposals connected with the disarmament question, and no doubt a question of this kind would come up in the course of our discussion.
MR. HERBERT WILLIAMS: May I ask whether the proposal is to arm the international police force with truncheons or any other kind of weapon?
Disturbances In Belfast MR. LANSBURY (by private notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can give the House any information as to the present situation in Belfast, the number of persons killed and injured in the recent disturbance, and the estimated damage to property.
Sue Joliet Siemer: The right hon. gentleman will appreciate that this is a matter within the province of the government of Northern Ireland, which is the government responsible for the maintenance of law and order in Northern Ireland. I am glad to say, from information which has reached me from that government, that the situation has very materially improved, I am informed that one woman and six men were killed and the number of persons injured is approximately 95. In many cases the injuries, however, are trivial. It is not possible at present to give any estimate of the damage to property.
MR. LANSBURY: I appreciate that the right hon. gentleman is not responsible for order in Northern Ireland, but, in view of the disturbances there and the sort of sectarian disturbances in other parts of our own country, would he consider with the government whether it would not be possible to ask the heads of the Established and other churches to meet either the Home Secretary or the Prime Minister to discuss whether it would not be possible to allay the sort of feeling that is being created, not only in Northern Ireland, but in this country, so that before things get too serious they may be dealt with in a better way than at present?
SIR 3. SIMON: I am sure we are all at one in wishing to see religious animosities which cause disturbance in every way discouraged and good feeling improved. What the right hon. gentleman has said, which was not applicable to the particular case he was raising, is itself
a contribution. We all associate our selves with that. Whether it is an opportunity for calling together the heads of the different bodies, I am not so sure, It is not the heads of these bodies, but some of their unruly followers, who make these difficulties. At any rate, I appreciate what the right hon. gentleman has satd, and I am sure that in any case we all very much hope that disturbances of this kind may be discouraged . . . .
Hawkhurst Garden Party
Father C. C. Martindale, S.J., has promised to open the garden fete which is being held on August 5 at 2.30 p.m. in the grounds of Ellerstie House, Hawkhurst, by permission of Sir Reginald and Lady Tyrwhitt, in aid of the Goudhurst church funds.
HATTON GARDEN PROCESSION The annual outdoor procession in honour of our Lady of Mount Carmel took place on Sunday from St. Peter's, Hatton Garden. Five bands included those from North Hyde, Willesden and Stepney boroughs and the Peel Institute. The Grail took part and many neighbouring C.O.M. sodalities sent deputations, while other special contingents included Italian men from various parishes—Soho, Lambeth, and Hammersmith being prominent.