HC Deb 27 November 1906 vol 165 cc1393-7
MR. HALPIN (Clare, W.)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the British Executive Commissioner to the Milan Exhibition will furnish a Report as to the results of this Government's participation, and if a detailed statement will be published dealing with the expenditure of the £10,000 appropriation given by the late Government, and what steps were taken by the British Commission to have Irish industries adequately represented; if any Irishman was a member of the Commission, or if Ireland was represented on the international jury of awards; if a Return will be given as to the number of Irish industries represented; if the nomination of jurors was made with a due regard to fitness; if those who acted as jurors were British subjects and connected with industrial enterprises; if it is the intention of the Government not to make further grants for exhibition purposes until after a Report is made by the Commission appointed to report on the subject of exhibitions; and if the Report will be laid upon the Table of the House.

(Answered by Mr. McKenna.) I am informed by the President of the British Commission for the Milan International Exhibition, Sir Albert Rollit, that a Report as to the results of the Government's participation and a detailed account and statement dealing with the expenditure of the £10,000 Grant-in-Aid has been kept and will be furnished to the Government by the Commission in due course. Measures were taken by the Commission to secure an adequate representation of Irish industries. The Commission communicated with the Department of Agriculture, etc., Ireland, and with all the leading Irish industrial houses, and approached a large number of firms through the personal good offices of the Italian Consul-General at Dublin and the Consul at Belfast; they also employed a leading firm of exhibition agents to endeavour to gather a representative Irish exhibit. The success achieved was only very moderate. The Commission paid all expenses connected with the Irish exhibits, with the exception of those of only one exhibitor. The following Irishmen (and possibly others) were members of the international jury:—Admiral C. P. Fitzgerald, A.I.N.A., Mr. J. Sebastian Barnett, teacher. But in the nomination of juries the principle of nationality as within the United Kingdom was not followed, and in most cases was not known. The Irish industries and business houses, etc., represented, included:— Carpet - making and rope-spinning — Benada Abbey Technical and Lace School, Tubbercurry, county Sligo; St. Louis Convent, Carrickmacross, county Monaghan; Youghal Lace Industry, Youghal, county Cork; Dun Emur Guild, Dundrum, county Dublin; the Belfast Ropework Company, Limited, Belfast. The nomination of jurors was, of course, made with full regard to fitness. Of the forty-two jurors for Great Britain thirty-eight are known to be British subjects; one (if not two) of the others is an Italian expert long

Admiral C. P. Fitzgerald, A.I.N.A.
T. E. Gatehouse, P.R.S.E., A.M.I.C.E., M.I.E.E. Editor, Electrical Review.
E. H. Godfrey Royal Agricultural Society of England.
F. D. Green Merchant and Shipowner.
D. Otto Hehner Consulting Chemist, Public Analyst.
A. E. Hight, A.M.I.C.E. Indian Public Works Department, (retired).
E. J. Hill, A.I.N.A. Consulting Engineer.
Sir Thomas Brooke Hitching Common Council City of London, Alderman L.C.C., etc.
Fred King Assistant Manager of Lombardy Light Railways.
J. Q. Le Pelley Merchant.
E. St. J. Mildmay Barrister.
H. R. Miller Assurance Agent at Lloyds, Director of United Kingdom Mutual Steamship Assurance Association.
A. Nathan Director of Ironworks.
Edward P. Nathan Mechanical Engineer.
G. R. Palmer Director of Palmers, Limited.
A. P. Parker Mechanical Engineer.
Charles Pavia Juryman Earl's Court, 1888, Edinburgh, 1890; President of the Italian Jury, Earl's Court, 1904.
M. H. Rafferty Egyptian Civil Service.
W. F. Reid, F.I.C., F.C.S. Consulting Chemist, Technical Adviser to the Aero Club.
Sir Albert K. Rollit, D.C.L., L.L.D.
B. J. Rose Civil Service, Commercial Intelligence Department, India Office.
C. de G. Sells, M.I.C.E., M.I.M.E., M.I.M.A. Consulting Engineer.
J. D. Stuart Sim Civil Service, Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies.
C. M. Stanley Merchant.
Captain A. S. Thomson, C.B. Trinity House.
C. E. Town Commercial Education Department, London Chamber of Commerce.
L. Harrison Townsend Architect.
J. H. Towsey British Consul, Milan.
J. B. Wimble Shipowner.
Dr. Yoshioka Japanese Commissioner, Technical Expert in Fisheries.

resident in England, who may have been naturalised (inquiry will be made on this point), and one a Japanese expert. Practically all the jurors were connected either directly or as experts or otherwise with industrial enterprises. At the present time I am not in a position either to say that no grant will be made for exhibitions pending the Committee's Report, or that, when the Report is received, it will be considered necessary to lay it upon the Table of the House.

A. M. Alexander, M.I.C.E. Managing Director of the Thames Iron Works.
Percy Bennett Commercial Attaché, Vienna and Rome.
J. Sebastian Barnett Teacher.
A. C. Campbell Vice-President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Italy.
H. Canziani Civil Engineer.
Rev. H. T. Cart Clerk in Holy Orders.
E. D. Carver Merchant.
T. Howard Colls Builder.
Conrad W. Cooke, M.I.E.E. Scientific Expert.
R. G. Corbet Press Correspondent.
Captain L. S. Denny, K.D.G. Underwriter at Lloyds.
George Davidson Merchant.