I.L.P. WELSH CONFERENCE. Speech by National Organiser. I Minnie Pallister Appointed Organiser. George Neighbour and the Task of the Future. The Annual Divisional Conference of the I.L.P. was held at the Ruskin Institute, Car- diff, on Saturday. Much of the business before .a long .session \'<lb routine work but one item was of very great importance to the movement. That was with reference to the appointment of female organiser, and Conference was happy in selecting such a capable, whole-hearted lady for this post. as Miss Minnie Pallister, whose work on behalf of C.O. and their dependents has proved her to lx. the possessor of admirable ■organising; qualities: to which she adds the virtue of a good platform style. Another fea- ture of the meeting was the presence of tlio new National Organiser—H. Brockhouse, who dwelt, upon the importance of organisation. CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. The chair was occupied at the outset by Comrade Geo. Neighbour, who in opening Con- ference welcomed the presence of two delegates from the newly-formed branch in Colwyn Bay. In a review of his year of office as chairman of the Divisional Conference he pointed out thai wo could congratulate ourselves upon the influx -of a very large number of men and women into the party, so that to-day the movement in Wales, as all over the nation, could congratu- late itself upon a numerical membership such ..38 it had never known in its previous history. He had learned tho lesson that it. was not the organisation with the greatest numerical mem- bership that wielded the grwitest- influence, but .the quality of tho men and women composing 'its ranks, and it. was in this last that the I.L.P.'s strength lay. That we did possess the qualities was proved by the attacks which had })et>U made upon us from every side of the re- actionary camp, attacks which had never harm- ed us, but which had been to us the greatest possible compliment* though not intended m that light. Those attacks had helped us roO I realise ourselves and had done us good. The strength of the I.L.P. lay in its stead- fast adherence to principle. We might desire .and work for success, but we all felt that there was sofntnhing greater than mere success, and that was to be true to our principles inces- santly. in season and out of season. Sometimes we had worked strenuously and hard for some -object, but. we did not always appear to have -succeeded, but if we had been true to ourselves we could leave rhe future to justify us. It was this fidelity to the principles of Socialism that contributed so much to the strength of t.he I.J1.P. MORE THAN PACIFISM. Whilst wo had put up a splendid fight against] war and all the abominations of war, yet we con- cerned ourselves with some-thing more than mere pacifism, and lie was not belittling the function of paciiism of which he was a firm adherent. Aftei- war was over we should still have to light the military spirit. Wo had been anti-militar- ists t-)efore tli(i di,ii-itig the war, and wo should have to continue- to be anti- militarists after the war was over. We were a political organisation, yet he would not like to think that wo were going to flow our energies oxclusively into the political field. Whilst we hould rejoice in moulding and shaping political opinion from the advanced point of view, whilst we should work for the augmenting and build- ing up of a. strong and thoroughly deiiioc-ratic labour Party in the House of Commons, as well 38 in tho country, still our I.L. P.-dam was greater than that. The greatest battle yet -awaited us. The day of re-construction was still ahead, and we were going to have a deciding voice on that day of reconstruction. He was .jjvoud that the 1.L.P. could undertake that task with a clear head and unstained hands. He was prouder of being a. member of the I.L.P. to-dav than he had ever been. In conclusion, Comrade Neighbour trusted that in the year thai was to be graced by the Chairmanship of ■ un: Comrade Griff Jones 'Swansea) we should see an end put to the war .and should welt-onic, hac-k to our movement th ose who were of IlS, but who had been re- moved to go to prison, to undertake work un- der the :ilternative service f chernes, wfio were fighting on the battle fronts; and welcome as new workers those larger numbera who were learning the truths 01 Into/nationalism and Socialism on the fields of Flanders to-day. ORGANISATION. Comrade H. Hrockhouse (our now -Natll()Ilzl.l I Organiser) then addressed us on organisation. Organisation, he reminded us,'was- not a substi- tute for ideals and enthusiasm; but, on the other 1 mud, ideals and enthusiasm were uncon- trolled elements that might work damage rather than good if not directed by organisation. Or- ganisation was alisohvtely necessary in order to get the best results fixim the leant expenditure .Yf energy, and the I.L.P. was still upon the fringe of the question of organising the vast, potential power tha.t. was inside tho movement, and which would be expressed once it was pro- perly organised. Organisation would yield to us more pleasure and less friction, for we felt then that something wa." being done. The only way to keep enthusiasm permanently going was to have organised effort: otherwise we had dif- fusion and disappointment and dropping out of tho ranks. THE FEDERATION. The organisation of the I.L.P. was particu- larly adapted to the purposes we had in view. Wo had all the framework necessary for the perfect organisa,tion of the Party. The weft k- est part in that framework in South Wales, as in other parts of the country was the Federa- tion, and after a .series of talks with Federation secretaries from all the areas he would suggest that the efficiency of the Federation in its three impor?nt tasks of rQ<;nsbi!ity to keep branches in a stat of eStdency; the responsibi- Ut.y for opening up new branches to corer the area., and for the organisation of efficient speak- ing oampAi?nn both in summer and winter, would be greatly increased by removing from the pur- view of the Federation the financial side of the work. Federation secretaries told him that quite half their time was occupied in this work, which could be just as easily negotiat4od directly between the Divisional Council and the branches as with the assistance of the Federation. If the three tasks which be had defined as the import- Ant tasks of the Federations were thoroghly lione, then the Federations would justify their existence. The..Federation was a nedessarv link in our organisation, and the branches would find great benefit by taking it more seriously than it wat; being taken at present. PECULIARLY FAVOURABLE SOil. There was also a little weakness 1Il the or- ganisation of speaking campaigns, which, after all, would always bo the most important part of our propaganda. He suggested that in the summer a complete programme should be drawn up for the. winter, and in the winter for the summer. But his great point was that thorough organisation for the securing of persons as members was not in existence to take advantage of our huge meetings, at which sympathisers were particularly ready to receive our message. The general impression he had gained from his South Wales visit was that South Wales was peculiarly favoura ble for the reception of the message of the l.L.P. The industry of South Wales, the efficiency of its organisation indus- trially, the national spirit of the Celt were all in favour 'of our securing a quicker response from our population than could be got from the stolider parts of England. He wanted a big membership of the Party, but having made members the problem was to keep them. That problem eould be- solyed in various ways, but a prime indispensability was the dis- play of a truly comradely spirit. A second way was to make them workers straight away. We should practice the policy of devolution down wards to the most minute detail and, thirdly, we should educate the members once they came into our ranks. The I.L.P.er w.,i, more educated than the man in the street, but the education of the 1.1..P. was never finished. Every branch ought t.o be a centre of intensive, culture un- limited in extent. We could not study too much and we could not. go too deeply. There was nothing outside the purview of the legitimate search for knowledge and truth, therefore, we had a. very wide field. We should also be stimu- lated to study by the fact that we had in South Wales n. number of men who were very serious students upon the lines of economics and indus- trial history, ft was good for us and them and for the country that we had such men, study- ing questions of such importance to the I.L.P. and tin. country in genei,. We-ivtr(, none of us efficient I.L.P.er.s until we had studied these subjects. He was only sorry that the official literature of the I.L.P. on those lines was not richere than it was; but demand would of a. surety create the supply. AN INDIVIDUAL CRITICISM. Speaking purely an an individual and not as a-n official of the Party he would like to say that ho thought that it would be a dangerous thing if we were to dcvotop th narrow pirit which was sometimes described a-, the materialist j basis, or the Marxian theory of Socialism. So-! nialiÇt economics were correct, but, economics did not and could not express nil chat we stood for in the I.L.P. If we adopted in the broadest possible spirit and in the proper sense, the really religious sense combined with the scientific knowledge we should best reach tho great bulk of the people in this country. 1'hen" were rnanv great tniths otitside the purview of the pure materialist philosophy, and wo were entitled to enlist all the powers seen and unseen, either in ourselves or outside of ourselves, of which we were capable in other words, we could link up in our Socialism a. religious fervour which would carry us through a.nd make us steadfast in times either of success or failure. The man who has a real vision is not upset by the dark outlook which was in front of us to-day. Let U8- have a broad and sympathetic spirit; not a. dogma, but a faith in the future and in ourselves. Let us look upon the individual as a much greater thing than he is on the surface. Let us wor- ship humanity. INDUSTRIAL ACTION. In conclusion Mr. Brockhouse dwelt upon the importance of organising the women of the country into the I.L.P. movement, and dealt, •wirh the iu tor-relationship of industrial and political action. Both siclvs of tho Democratic working-class movement should be closely allied, should be sympathetic the one to the other. Whatever happened in the one field ought to be known to those working in the other. The two things wore mutually supporting. The I.L.P. appealed to men in a broader sense than as railway men or as miners or dockers. At the same time, if through their feelings of injustice on the industrial field we -ould got them into Socialism, then we were justified :n following that line of actiou in increasing cur membership. He did not advocate that the I.L. P. should in- terfere in any way with the trades union side of industrialism.. CRITICISM. I questioned the wisdom of taking the finances from the Federation, Colwyn Raw despite its infancy as a branch, holding an idea that the present system gave the power of withholding money which the branches might! find it necessary to exercise under exceptional circumstances. Another delegate reminded Mr. Brockhouse that he had said that the study of economics was necessary, and that Marxian economics were narrow, a.nd asked what theory of economics was the corrpf/t theory for study by the I.T,.P. Mr. Brockhouse in reply said he had not the time to enter into a controversy that afternoon. Titf- Ilien you should rot have taken the opportunity of making the statement. Mr. Brockhouse: What I pleaded was that you should not limit your outlook purely to a narrow economic point of view. (Applause.) As Mr. Brockhouse had to leave early, a vote of thanks was moved from the chair and car- ried. THE MALE ORGANISER. Mr. Watts (the Divisional Secretary) prefaced the recommenda-tion to appoint Miss Minnie Pallister as woman organiser in the Division by a general statement on the question of or- ganisers. He reminded Conference that at, the January conference an undertaking was given by the Divisional Council that immediate steps would be taken for the appointment of a male organiser. An advert was consequently inserted in the Labour Leader," and the nineteen ap- plications received in answer were at a special meeting oi the Council reduced to a short list of six. Among the six was our Comrade Geo. Richards, of Aberdare, out he withdrew his rut me and left five, three of which were suooe. quenrly eliminated owing to the replies received from the references they had given. This left two strangers to the district in the list, and as the new Man-Power proposals raising the age- limit to ol were passed about this time, it was felt that the best, course to ollow wafs to drop the appointment of a permanent male organiser for the time being and ask Conference to ratify a resolution empowering the Council to temporar- ily appoint a male organiser should the need and opportunity present themselves. The matter had been dropped for the time being solely because of the difficult ties. The Divisional Council had then considered the report, of Ivor Thomas as N.A.C. representative that the National Coun- cil was prepared to contribute toward s the sup- port of two organisers in the district, one to be a female, and it was unanimously decided to ask Miss Pallister if she was prepared to under- take the work. MISS PAL LISTER'S APPOINTMENT. The motion to appoint. Miss Pallister was warmly moved by Comrade. Geo. Richards, seconded by a Briton Ferry delegate, and sup- ported in terms of eulogy by the Chairman, by Comrade Morgan Jones (Bargoed), and by Miss Pallfner's own home town delegate from Bryn- mawr. The appointment was equally enthu- siastic and unanimous, and Miss' Pallister. in thanking conference for this mark of its trust, said that the I.L.P. was the dearest thing on earth to her. Whatever she lacked in any other respect she did not lack in her love for the I.L.P. and for Socialism as a whole. Although she felt unfit red to grapple with the responsibi- lities of her new office, still it would not be for wa nt, of endeavour on her part that she would fail if fail s he did. ENCOURAGING REPORTS. Comrade J. E. Edmunds (Cardiff') presented an encouraging financial report for the year; and John Wans report as Secretory reported wonderful progress from the point, of view of or- ganisation. Thirteen new branches had n opened during the year, and the membership had increased almost oO per cent. Our new chairman was inducted to the chair by the- Rev. Geo. Neiirhbunr but business wa.s proceeding so slowly that our Comrade Griff. .Tonc, cut out his speech and pressed forwjyvl tho business when given the gavel. Ivor Thomas presented -i report as our N.A.C. representative, in which he quoted figures showing that. the numerical pro- gress of South Wales was pretty generally re- flected ali over the country. *The X.A.C. felt keenly the question of organisation that this greatly increasing membership demanded, and ii was seriously tackling the problem. Ho wel- comed the appointment of Mivs Pallister. and said that the securing of a woman organiser filled a. warn that had been keenly felt for some- time. He mentioned that official 'action had raised difficulties for the National Labour Press, a point whic-h a few delegates seized upon to counsel a defiance of the Government, but the majority vetoed any such suggestion. PIONEER BUSINESS. PIOtER business occupied some considerable timts. of conference., the attitude being encour- aging from every point. view, though the Briton Ferry resolution limiting the PJONW-'K representation on the Divisional Council to a. purely consultative character carried on a card vote; though it was officially opposed by the Council, and the arguments of the majority of delegates who rose were against, the resolution. The Merthyr notion that the same person should not be eligible as N.A.C. representative for the Welsh Division for more t.han two years consecutively, divided conference in debate, but on a. card vote was defeated by 02 rotes to 32. Bargoed withdrew its Home Rule for Wales resolution because conference felt rhat the movement for autonomy was a political red- herring, and on the Divisional Council pro- mising to issue a manifesto on the subject. The evening was now well advanced, and tho t.wo last, resolutions being of a non-ccntentious nature, was rushed through quickly, tht-y were: "That., having regard to the important powers that, are increasingly invested in the County Council, this Conference calls upon tbe. Labour forces in the Principality to organise for the, purpose of obtaining complete control of those bodies" (Bargoed); and, "That this Conference demands that the control of pllblw dfall's be re- stored to the people, by the removal of the re- striction on constitutional election of nil public bodies" (Newport).
I Manchester Trades Council & Peace I BALLOT TO BE TAKEN ON NEGOTIATIONS ISSUE, The Manchester and Salford Trades and La- bour Council last week decided to take a ballot of members on the question of bringing the war to a.n end by negotiation on the basis of no an- nexations and no indemnities. The resolution authorising the ballot was carried by 60 to 42. It was also agreed ro call a. conference of trade unionists in Manchester to consider the whole question of secret t:reati<?. Mr. M. Thompson, of the National Onion of Co-operative Employees, who moved both reso- lutions, said ho was encouraged in this course by the result of the Waiisbeck election, where the miners' candidate, who favoured peace by negotiation, was only narrowly defeated, and by the Ta,et that two months ago the Bradford Trades Council took a. ballot vote on the same question and decided in favour of peace by ne- gotia.tion by 19,000 votes against 1,900.. He said that since the revelations made recently as to the negotiations with which Mr. Lloyd George was concerned on behalf of Great Britain, dur- ing 1917, it could no louger be said that it was impossible to negotiate on the question. The Council decided t.o support the manifesto which had been presented to the Pi-t-micr- pro- testing against the sentence of six months' im- prisonment on Mr. Bertrand Russell, and the meeting instructed the Executive to go into the whole question of the treatment of political offenders and to report their conclusions to a later meeting.
I Ironworers Wages". The report of the Midland Iron and Steel Wages Board, which regulates ironworkers' wages in Lancashire and South Wales, in addi- tion to the Midland districts, a how, that the average net selling price of iron during March and April was £15 3s. 7d. per ton, an advance of Is. 4d. compared with January and February. In accordance with the sliding scale the total rate for puddling remains at 19s. 6d. per ton.
I Unofficial Strike at Ebbw Vale. DISMISSAL BRINGS OUT 3,500 MEN. MINISTRY OF MUNITIONS TO INSTITUTE ENQUIRY. The dismissal of a. man at the Ebbw Vale steelworks was the cause of an unofficial stop- page of the Iron and Steel Confederation workers there last week involving about 3,500 men. At a mass meeting held at the Parish Hall on Friday night a telegram was received from the Confederation headquarters which read: Advise men immediately to resume work. Inquiries will be instituted by the Minis- try of Munitions into cause of dispute on its merits. Continuation of strike entirely preju- dices men's position," and on the same text Mr. G. H. Morgan, the distinct organiser, appealed to the men to go back, informing the meeting that the Ministry was sending down Mr. Gavin to make inquiries into the dispute. Arising out of the last statement the meeting decided to meet on Saturday to receive a report- of this in- terview, and discussion then turned on the Cen- tral Office telegram. Pie spirit of the meeting was entirely antagonistic to resumption, :md it was decided to stick to rhe original resolution demanding the re-instotement of the dismissed man as a condition precedent, to the resumption of work. Mr. Gavin, the Ministry of Munitions repre- sentative. was present at Saturday's meeting, and advised the men to go back, giving an un- dertaking for his department that immediately this was done the Ministry would institute a full enquiry into the dispute. The ministry, he said, demanded that, the men should resume employ- ment as a necessary condition to the holding of an enquiry and no exception would be made in the case of Ebbw Vale. Mr. G. H. Morgan, the district organiser, again cast his weight on the ide of resumption, declaring that the position would remain a.t a dead-lock even though the men remained out a" month. At- the conclusion of the sitting it was decided to resume work on Monday. LOCOMEN STAND OUT. The loco men were not. satisfied witn this con- clusion. however, and they held a members' meeting at the close of the ma." meeting, a.t which they decided not to abide by the general decision, and to refrain from returning to work until the workman was reinstated. On Monday the locomen loyally abided by their decision t.o keep out, but durin; the day Tom Griffith's, of Xca.t.h, and G. H. Morgan appealed to them to resume, and eventually it was agreed to go in at n 8.m. on Tuesday.
S.W.M.F. Executive. COEOELYAPPUCATtON TO TENDER NOTICES FORWARD. Mr. J. Winstono presided over rue Executive meeting of the S.W.M.F. at Cai-ditf on Satur- day. Difficulty having arisen respecting the 1 payment. 01 the war wage 1.0 enginemen and i others who work substitution sh ifts, it. was re- solved that the Council join the Coalowners in making representations to th'e Coal Controller that, in eases where by mutual arrangements a. ivjrlnnaii wiw o&llod upon t-I) take the place of an engine-man or other workman and continue tho shift-, he should be paid the war wage for I fl I'?( 7 -af j that shift. WAGE RATE DEMAND. -If, George Daggar, Mr. Enoch Morrell. and Mr. Evan Pa\ies were appoiyteu to attend the conference of the M..F.G.B. in London on Juncki |oth to consider proposals for an application for -i. flirt-fier increase in the wage rate owing to the increase in the cost of living. I COED ELY RAILWAY INCREASES. An application was. received from the work- jmen of the Coe<t El\ Colliery for permission to tender notices owing to the delay in the settle- ment of a dispute over the retrospective pay- ment of war wage to nightme.n. It was resolved that full particulai. be sent to the secretary as to rhe practice at Corel Ely. Attention was called 10 the increase of 10 per cent, in the workmen's railway season, tickets, and it. was resolved that the Board of Tr-ade be approached. Mr. Tom Smith was appointed to inquire into an application for out-of-work pay by the work- men at, Maesmarchog Colliery. i EJECTMENT INVESTIGATION. It was resolved that tho officials and Mr. Frank Hodges be appointed to interview the Local Government Board officials respecting au order for ejectment granted by the Cowbridge j magistrates against workmen unable to get other houses in the locality.
Social Science Classes, j SCHEME OF ORGANISATION ADOPTED. I TEACHERS TO CO-OPERATE FOR TEXTS AND SYLLABUS. The first meeting or the recently appointed Management Committee of the Social Science Classes in South Wales was held in the Ruskin Institute on Saturday evening last when tho problem of organising the educational side of the coalfield was tackled in earnest. As a result of the deliberations it. was decided to regard each district as an unit. für the carrying on of the classes; to form a Central Executive Committee to co-ordinate organisation as a whole: and that dLstTK't committees should he set np to organise ?zlioiil(t 1)(, iip to orgi.liKkl which the classes under itf; care could state thour requirements as to teachers, etc.. which re- quirements will c-ome before the Executive Com- mittee who will allocate teachers, and generally assist the local bodies to efficiently carry oil the work. The question of the unified syllabus recom- mended by the Conference of last week but one was also up for discussion, and it, was decided to hold a further meeting three weeks from last Saturday, to which the whole of the Social Sciellce teachers will be invited. The proposal is that the syllabus and the subsequent text books shall be co-operatively produced by the teachers, each teacher or group of teachers taking in hand that branch of the work whicfc study and natural aptitude have made his forte. Of course to effectively carry out this work, an honorary editor, or board of editors will be necessary to plan the work and co-ordinate its parts, but there are few difficulties in this direc- tion since many of the teachers are well ac- quainted with the publicity of print; and those of them who have seen books through the presi have qualified for this work.
I Aberdare C.O. I MR. BRACES EXPLANATION OF THE CASE OF MR. PARKER. The easo or Mr. Parker, the Aberdare seientious objector, was raised in the House oi Commons on Thursday when Mr. Snowden (Lab., Blackburn) asked the rnder Secretary for th^ Home Department it Mr, Parker was recently released under the exceptional employment scheme, and permitted to take up employment with Parker and Company, motor repairers, of Cardiff-street, Aberdare; whether, after he had been in this employment for a. few days he Wh informed that he must find other oiiiployni-n.. within fourteen days; whether the advisory- committee had since insisted that he must find work more than 50 miles a,way from Aberdare and would he say whether the action of the com- mittee was due to representations made from Aberdare bv the political opponents of the man's I father. Mr. Brace: The answers to the fimt thy—? questions are in the affirmative. This consci<'r tious objector' was required to 1md fre?h W'OrL ?because it was discovered that his original ap- plication had not fully disclosed the 'act" an?, I further. that he was doing work other tha-? that which the committee had a.ut.hon?ed. I-. ?,,voiil(l not be accurate to say that the Ho:? Office took actiou, because of complaints of poli tic.al opponents of the lad's father. One of th< reasons why they took action was that the ap- plication. both of the lad and the company, was: of a disingenous character. ======—
I Workinen's Compensation. FAR-REACHING MERTHYR JUDGMENT. I A judgment affecting a vast number of com- pensation cases throughout the coalfields of the country was delivered at Merthyr County Court on Friday in respect, to a claim by Mrs. Nellie •T' oulkes, Merthyr Val, against tho Nixons- Navigarion Colliery Company for compensation regarding the death from an accident at work of her husband, David Foulkes. Atr. Leonard Porcher. Pontypridd, was for the claimant, and Mr. D. W. Jones. Merthyr, for the respondents. Claimant's contention was that the eolliery- company in assessing the balance of compensa- tion due to her were nor, entitled to deduce, ra addition to the ordinary weekly payments made her husband between the time of the accident and his death—inaceordance with the Work- men's Compensation Act, lfXKJ—trie 25 per cent, increase granted under the War Addition 1917.. Respondents claimed their right to make the deductions of the 25 per <*c-nt. inasmuch M, contended, the advance tinder the Act 01 HH7 should be regarded as part of the weekly pay- m('!lt;" made under rhe Workmen's Compers-H- tion Act. 1906. Judge Bryn Habeas, in his reserved judg- ment, held that the War Addition Act, 1917, excluded the 25 per cent, advane^ from being regarded as a portion of the ordinary weekly payments under the Act of 1906. Accordingly judgment was entered for claim- ant for £ 220 12s. 4d. (instead of L215 17s. 1(:. paid into court, by respondents) with costs on Scale C.
Persecution of Morgan Jones. HIS RESIGNATION FROM GELLIGAER WAR PENSIONS COMMITTEE DEMANDED. Gelligaer Council on Tuesdav oonskiired a letter from the secretary of rlio National Fedov- at.ion of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers protesting against Councillor Morgan Jones, a conscientious objecjor. being a member- of the local war pensions committee and de- manding his immediate removal. The (Terk (Mr. F. T. James) explained that- the council were the appointing authority, and they appointed Mr. Jon?. ?nJe? %fx. j»n«st became disqualified legally as a. co'unoiHw they had no pow?r M ?itorf?rp. Councillor Mw?-an Jones thought it wae T.m?c his persecution should c-ome to all end. He had had three years and a. half of it, had lost pros- pects, wages, ami his job. and almost his health. Mr. W. Hammond (Tirphil) said that if he were in Mr. Morgan p,»itk»n lie wotiid resign. The Council decided to take no action :A,r the matter.
Labour and Welsh Home Rule PARTY CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS ISSUE. The Executive Conuifittee of the South Wales Labour Party met at Cardiff on Saturday, Mr, J. A. Kelly presiding, to discuss the <ruesi.ior of Home Rule fos Wales. The following official report was supplied: -It was decided to take ne, part in the conference to be held at Lkindrindoe Wells oy a self-appointed bfxh, and tho execu- tive took definite steps to oafi a conference all the Labour parties. Trades Union, Socialis-i, and women's organisations in <1lrd¡jft on July 13th to consider a draft prograiiure* which is being recommended by the Executive Committee. Thev are of opmion tha.t no sohet; • of Federal Homt. Rule should postpone the im- mediate granting of self-government to Ireland. Further, any legislative bodv for a-urnlnist^ring Welsh affairs should be directly electod. and that I the franchise should be extended to all men and women over 21. It was decided not to accept the invitation to attend the Llandrindod Wells conference nor to join the executive body which is going 1.0 draft a scheme. Five representa.uiv<3h were offered, but the labour parties eonsid-^ I that that would not repres-ont the nation.
I Enginemen and Stokers and I the Comb-Out. I CONFERENCE TO DECIDE ASSOCIATION'S ATTITUDE TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK. The most-important feature of .Friday's meet- ing of the South Wales and Monmouthshire sociation of Colliery Enginemen, Stokers'" and Firemen's Executive meeting Cardiff on Fridn was the. report by Mr. Hopkins (general secre- tary) on the negotiations with the National vice representatives respecting the position of tLs- sociation member under the comb-out..Follov ing the report the Council met the representa- tives of the National Service at the TeohnicaT College and discussed point which had not boen settled, and eventually arrangement.? were made to oall a special conferenco of delegat e on the 13th of June, when the attitude of th Association will be decided.