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THE BOROUGH MEMBER AT MILFORD. The Future of the Dockyard. Mr. Owen Philipps, M.P., addressed a meet- ing of Liberals in the Masonic Hall, Milford Haven, on Friday evening. There was a fair attendance. Dr. Griffith presided, and was supported by the member, Mr. C. F. Egerton Allen, Mr. W. F. Roch, Mr. Hicks (Tenby), Mr. Isaiah Reynolds, (Haverfordwest), Mr. R. Cole, Mr, W. Hire; Mr. T. J, Trebrook, and Revs. J. Harris, and W. H. Proager, After a short address from the Chairman, Mr. Owen Philipps said he came there that night to give an account of his stewardship. There were two great industries in the Pem- broke BorDughs-the Dockyard at Pembroke, and the trawling industry at Milford. As mem- ber for the Boroughs he had felt that the mat- ter of the first importance was the welfare of the Dockyard, and as their representative he had considered rightly or wrongly, that it was his bounden duty in the first place to do his best to see that there was sufficient work to enable a Dockyard man to be fully employed. During the time of the late Government, as they all knew, there were a very large number of discharges, and from statements made by im- portant members of the late Government, they knew that had they remained in office there would have been still a larger number of discharges. But he was pleased to say that a change of Government had brought about a very distinct change in many things. One of these was a change in the policy of the Govern- ment to the Dockyards, and, although much remained to be done, it was an undisputed fact that up to the present they had succeeded in obtaining sufficient work to keep the men em- ployed, and he understood that the policy of the Government was to continue to fina suffi- cient work to keep the Pembroke Dockyard employed. (Applause). While sitting in the House of Commons he listened to a speech from a member of the late Government, in which the Government Dockyards were des- cribed as moribund. He hoped that member would live to see that the Pembroke Dockyard was 110I moribund, that ships could be built as fast at Pembroke as they had been in tho past. (Applause). They would all have been interested to see in the newspapers that the I.L.P. had passed a resolution in favour of the nationalisation of the means of production. No doubt that was a very big order, but he hoped the resolution would not be to the detri- ment of Pembrokeshire people, because if their friends of the I.L.P. realised, as he hoped they would, that they had already nationalised the means for producing big warships at Pembroke Dockyard, he hoped to have their support in his efforts to secure a man-of-war to be built at Pembroke, instead of these being given out to private yards. (Applause). This would be the first question before obtaining the nation- alisation of other means of production. The other great industry in the Boroughs was the trawling industry, but before referring to the flourishing condition of this industry, he should like to express his extreme grief, his heart-felt grief, at the fact that one of their large trawlers —the "Devon"—was so many days over-due. He hoped it would be found that some outward ocean bound steamer had the crew on board- (hear, hear and applause)—but if the worst news should be confirmed it was a poor satis- faction, he knew, but it would at least be some relief to Liberals to know that one of the re- sults of their two year's work in Parliament that if unfortunately there were, as the result of this steamer being overdue eight women made widows in Milford, that at least they would have the benefit of the Workmen's Com- pensation Act, extended by the Liberal Govern- ment to sea-faring men. (Applause). As a large shipowner himself he had always warmly supported the extension of the Compensation Act to seamen. He could never understand why they were excluded in the first instance, and it was greatly to the credit of this Govern- ment that this great defect in the former Act had been remedied. One of the drawbacks that trawler-owners in Milford had to contend with were the duties en fish imported into Portugal or Spain. Tariff Reformers would no doubt quote that as an instance of the de- sirability of retaliatory measures-that if other nations taxed our goods, we should tax the goods they sent into our markets. But if they looked a little further into the question, they would find that it was not quite so conclusive as it appeared at first sight. Portugal sent this country a large quantity of wine every year which, as they knew, was very heavily taxed. This, however, had not resulted in Portugal's taking any tax off our fish, and it was clear that if this country wanted the tax on British fish reduced, they must go about exact- ly in the same way under Free Trade as un- der Tariff Reform, and that was by friendly negotiations. He had taken up this matter with the Foreign Secretary, and he hoped when- ever a commercial treaty was being negotiated with Spain that this matter would receive favourable consideration of his Majesty's Government. (Applause). There was another matter which, although small, directly affected local industries. lie referred to the question of railway rates, between Milford and other towns. He had been asked by the Chairman of the Milford Docks Company to attend the London Law Courts to give evidence in a re- cent case in favour of the port of Milford. He had very great pleasure in complying with that request, but he was afterwards informed by the representative of the railway, that Dr. Griffith had given such excellent evidence that it was absolutely unnecessary for anyone else to appear. (Much applause). If we were to carry on an exclusive business from this coun- try, especially in the North Sea, it was obsolute- ly essential that we should have command of the sea. He was one of those who believed in the absolute necessity of having a strong navy. (Hear, hear, and applause),—and he would warmly support the Government in any steps they might consider necessary to take in the event of Germany or any other country carrying out a big naval programme. He felt, however, that in this matter they were abso- lutely safe in the hands of Lord Tweedmouth who, he felt sure, would insist on maintaing- the navy in its present position-that was more than equal to two other powers. He did not propose that night to take them in detail through the various Acts that had been passed during the last two years, but he did say that during that period no Government in the his- tory of the country had passed more useful legislation. (Applautse). And from the pro- gramme for the forthcoming season they could be absolutely satisfied that under the leader- ship of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman—(ap- plause)— whom all Liberals were pleased to see had returned to this country in good health- that he would steadily carry out the pro- gramme he placed before the country on being returned to power. The coming session would undoubtedly be a very busy one, and questions of social reform, he was pleased to say, would occupy a leading position. There was one question he had always felt very keenly about and that was the Old Age Pensions. (Applause.) He hoped that when the Government scheme was unfolded they would find that it was a scheme without discrimination, as personally, he felt strongly that no scheme would be ulti- mately satisfactory that attempted to discrimi- nate between different people. Another ques- tion that would undoubtedly occupy a place in the coming session was that of Temperance Reform. (Applause). He believed this would be the principal Bill of the Session. Undoubt- edly they in Wales were in advance of the people in England on this question, and he hoped that the Government measure would contain a provision for putting the control of the licensing of the public houses in the hands of the people of the locality, who were better able to judge of their requirements than jus- tices of the peace, however able. (Applause.) He hoped the Bill, when submitted, would prove satisfactory, but if it did not come up yto their expectations it would be the duty of himself and others to press the Government to bring in at a later stage a more drastic Bill for Wales. (Hear, hear.) The other great Bill to be introduced was that dealing with educa- tion. Mr. Birrell's Bill of 1906 was based on a compromise. Compromise was undoubtedly a very excellent thing in its place, yet when a Bill was based on compromise it did not sat- isfy. And as the Church party in the House of Lords did not accept the late Bill, he hoped that in the Bill to be introduced by Mr. Mc- Kenna—(applause)—it would be such that every Liberal could support keenly and thoroughly. He, for one, believed that the time for compro- mise was gone by. (Hear, hear.) At the last election the Liberal party received a mandate to deal with the education question in a straightforward and thorough bill based on a byoad spirit. (Applause.) They might ask if' such a measure as he had hinted at would get through the House of Lords. Their late leader, Mr. Gladstone—(applause)—in his last speech to the Liberal party in the House of Commons, told them that they would sooner or later have