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Hansard 1909, featuring 100 Briana Haws, moaning about the post and eggs

From 1909:

Mr. CHARLES DUNCAN (Lab) asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that over 100 members of the Women's Freedom League have during the last three weeks stood outside the gates of the House of Commons, an aggregate of over 3,000 hours, for the purpose of obtaining an interview with him; and whether he can now see his way clear to grant the interview thus sought?

Pretty hard to miss, I would think

The PRIME MINISTER I am extremely sorry, so far as the personal comfort of these ladies is concerned, that they should have exposed themselves to so much inconvenience...They were informed with all courtesy at the beginning of these proceedings that I did not see that any public interest could be served by my receiving at this juncture another deputation on the subject.

Mr. KEIR HARDIE May I ask whether, as the object of the deputation is to impart information, the Prime Minister would not be willing to receive this deputation to see whether any new facts have arisen?

The PRIME MINISTER No, Sir. If they can indicate any new facts I will consider whether they can be elucidated in a personal interview.
Not entirely unreasonable.

Tax farming. Literally:

Mr. COCHRANE (Con) asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether any of the officers or agents employed by the Inland Revenue receive as part of their emoluments a percentage on the amount of the taxes they individually collect; and, if so, what is 976W the total amount of such remuneration, and under what Vote does it appear in the Estimates?

Mr. HOBHOUSE As regards the first part of the question, I may refer the hon. Member to the reply of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 11th May last to a similar question by the Noble Lord, the Member for the Chorley Division of Lancashire. The reply to the second and third parts of the question is that, under the Vote for the Inland Revenue, sub-head E, provision is made for £12,000 as poundage to collectors in Ireland, and £51,500 as poundage to agents for foreign dividends, officials of railway companies, etc.

Waiting for a love letter was he?:

Captain DONELAN (Irish Nat) asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that of the 401 sacks of American mails carried by the "Lucania," which arrived at Queenstown Harbour at 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 13th instant, only the West of England and the Irish mails, consisting of 113 sacks, were landed at Queenstown, the I remainder being carried on to Liverpool, 833 although the whole mail could have been landed in time to have them despatched by train at 5 p.m., which would have enabled letters to have reached London and other English centres in time for early morning delivery on Wednesday, thus allowing the whole of that day for replies by the White Star mail from London that night, leaving Queenstown on Thursday (Etc etc at great length)

Showing great forbearance, the postmaster replied thus:

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Sydney Buxton) The mail brought by the "Lucania" on 13th July was only a small mail, supplementary to that brought to Plymouth by the "Oceanic" on the same date, and under the standing regulations governing the transmission of inward American mails, the special through service from Queenstown is not used for such small mails. The portion which would have benefited by a special through service to London consisted of only 65 bags, and the expense of a special service would not have been justified.

At this point, Buxton probably asked himself, 'And for this I went to Trinity?'

The egg and I:

Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN (Lib, Tony's dad) asked the President of the Local Government Board whether any mark is made on eggs which have been preserved by means of cold storage so that the buyer of them can distinguish them from fresh eggs; and, if not, whether he proposes to make regulations requiring such distinguishing marks to be affixed?

Mr. BURNS No marks are required to be placed on eggs which have been preserved by cold storage. I am not in possession of any information which shows that it is necessary in the interests of public health that the regulations referred to should be made.

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