House of Commons debates
Thursday, 2 November 1944

  • Preamble (0 speeches)
    The House met at Eleven o'Clock
  • Prayers (0 speeches)
    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]
  • Housewife's Income (Petition) (1 speech)
    I beg to present a Petition from 66,000 working house-wives and others, who feel that an injustice is suffered by those working housewives who, while serving the family and the country by...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort (0 speeches)
    • Itinerant Van Dwellers (3 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Labour what steps are taken, under the National Service Acts, to deal with gypsies and other itinerant van dwellers; and how many gypsies have been made to do war work of...
    • Young Persons (Working Hours) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make a statement as to the necessity or otherwise of continuing, after the expiration of the present year, Regulations authorising extra working hours...
    • Building Trade Apprentices (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Labour if building trade apprentices are being recalled from the Services.
    • Farmworkers (Transfer to Mines) (3 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Labour if it is still the policy of his Department to withdraw skilled farmworkers from agriculture for work in the mines.
    • One-man Businesses (10 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Labour whether owners of one-man businesses are still being called up; whether he is satisfied that it is still essential to call up men of 34 years of age whose retention...
    • Cement Works (Conditions of Employment) (5 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Labour if he is satisfied with the conditions of employment at the Cement Works, Bishops Itchington; and, if not, whether he will withdraw this undertaking from the list of...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Domestic Service (Post-War Recruitment) (4 speeches)
    asked the Minister of Labour if he is considering plans for the post-war recruitment of domestic servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Reconversion (0 speeches)
    • Redundant Workers (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Labour the number of men and women now redundant, but not yet released, owing to the cessation of war contracts.
    • Repair Materials (Manufacture) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Labour whether any special instructions have been issued to prevent any further withdrawal of labour from works making such items as wire nails, locks and latches, etc.,...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Disabled Students (Rehabilitation) (3 speeches)
    asked the Minister of Labour whether in making provision for the rehabilitation in civil life of wounded or injured members of the Services, he will consider making arrangements for disabled...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing (0 speeches)
    • Emergency Construction, Hove (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been drawn to the plans and proposals of the borough surveyor of Hove, whereby permanent ground floors for housing accommodation may be built...
    • Bombed-Out Families (Accommodation, Essex) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health how many houses in the county of Essex are now being kept empty to accommodate persons who may be bombed out.
    • Temporary Accommodation (14 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the small number of persons who can be accommodated in temporary houses erected on the sites of houses destroyed, he has any estimate of the total...
    • Bomb-Damaged Houses (Heating) (2 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether, in order to mitigate the hardships of cold and draughts to people occupying bomb-damaged houses, he will arrange for a sufficient supply of oil stoves and...
    • Demonstration and Experimental Houses (2 speeches)
      Miss Ward: asked the Minister of Health whether, to give equal opportunities to view to future housewives in all parts of the country, he will take steps to see that the houses erected at...
    • Building Trade Workers (Government Buildings) (4 speeches)
      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, how many men employed by his Department have been withdrawn from the maintenance of Government buildings to assist in the restoration...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service (4 speeches)
    asked the Minister of Health what progress is being made in his discussions with the medical profession about the establishment of a National Health Service; and by what date he anticipates that...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence (0 speeches)
    • London Ambulance Service (War Service Chevrons) (2 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if he will review the question of granting war service chevrons to members of the regular staff of the London Ambulance Service who were scheduled as whole-time Civil...
    • Fire-Guard Duties (Relaxation) (9 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is yet in a position to make further relaxation of fire-guard duties in London, South and East England.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and Grants (14 speeches)
    Lieut.-Colonel Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Pensions if a seriously disabled and unemployable soldier who has no wife may now be granted an allowance for one adult person who is...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — War Service Deafness (Rehabilitation) (2 speeches)
    asked the Minister of Pensions how many cases of Service and civilian casualties are suffering from deafness due to war service or war injury; and if any special steps are being taken for their...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Artificial Limbs (Appointment of Committee) (3 speeches)
    asked the Minister of Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that the present high standard in the design of artificial limbs is maintained and that all possible improvements are incorporated.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Women's Services, India (Tropical Kit) (4 speeches)
    Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for India if he is aware of the dissatisfaction of the personnel the women's services with the inadequate allowance for the purchase of tropical kit for...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Channel Islands (Food Supplies) (3 speeches)
    Mr. Arthur Duckworth: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has received of serious food shortage in the Channel Islands; and whether he has any statement to make...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prison Service (0 speeches)
    • Statistics (2 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the size of the prison population at a recent convenient date; the number of persons employed in the prison service; the number of prison...
    • Women Officers, Manchester and Durham (Accommodation) (6 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the staff of the prisons at Manchester and at Durham are still living in the prisons themselves; and whether he can...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Domestic Employment Agency (Fees) (8 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that a domestic employment agency, of the name of which he has been informed, recently demanded a fee of £11 from a...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — 18B (British) Aid Fund (5 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the reasons for granting a licence under the War Charities Act to the 18B (British) Aid Fund in Gray's Inn Road.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Travel Permits (Ireland) (4 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now consider granting permits to persons wishing to travel to Eire or Northern Ireland who have a house in either part of the...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Detainees (Release) (4 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if it is proposed to bring any charge against any of the persons of British birth and nationality who have now been kept in detention for...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wartime Ministries (Continuance) (6 speeches)
    asked the Prime Minister if he has given consideration to the abolition of certain Ministries on the termination of hostilities; what action is it proposed to take; has he considered merging the...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation Conference, Chicago (Russia) (4 speeches)
    asked the Prime Minister whether he has received any official information from the Soviet Government as to its intention to send delegates to the Civil Aviation Conference at Chicago.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture (0 speeches)
    • Blackcurrants and Vitamin Syrups (5 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Agriculture what encouragement is offered to growers of blackcurrants and manufacturers of vitamin fruit syrups to embark on long term post-war programmes of production for...
    • Smallholdings (5 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the value of smallholdings as a means of assisting the farmworker to become a farmer, he will take steps to ensure that more holdings are...
    • Foot and Mouth Disease (6 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many cases of foot and mouth disease have occurred in this country between 1st January, 1944, and 28th October, 1944, inclusive; and how many of these cases...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ceylon (Governor and Commander-in-Chief) (2 speeches)
    asked the Prime Minister whether, upon the new appointment of Governor of Ceylon, any change is contemplated or made in the position of the separated commander-in-chief.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education (0 speeches)
    • Emergency Training Centres (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Education in respect of how many emergency training centres have decisions been made to acquire premises; how many principals have been appointed; and how many centres will...
    • Teachers' Salaries (2 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Education when he expects to be able to announce the revised salary scales for teachers.
    • Teachers (Recruitment from Forces) (6 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Education what steps he has taken to put before men and women in the Services the needs and claims of the teaching profession; and how many prospective teachers are taking...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Social Insurance (6 speeches)
    Miss Rathbone: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the Lady Rhys-Williams' Scheme for Family Allowances and Social Security, of which he has received a copy; and if,...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce (0 speeches)
    • Electrical Industry (5 speeches)
      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what steps he has taken and what con- sultations he has held with a view to promoting British electrical exports after the war.
    • Motor-cars and Commercial Vehicles (6 speeches)
      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what steps he proposes to take to promote the export of British motor-cars and commercial vehicles after the war.
    • Cotton Industry (6 speeches)
      asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to restore the position of the cotton trade in the export market.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies (0 speeches)
    • Vitamin Fruit Syrups (2 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Food what encouragement is given to manufacturers of vitamin fruit syrups to extend their post-war exports.
    • Beet-Sugar Factory (Italian Prisoners of War) (6 speeches)
      Mr. Arthur Duckworth: asked the Minister of Food if he has any statement to make on the labour difficulties which delayed the start of the manufacturing campaign at Allscott beet-sugar factory;...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland (Housing, Govan) (6 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that a number of tenement houses in Govan, while structurally sound, are in a bad state of repair, so far as the roofs are concerned...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army (0 speeches)
    • Home Leave (Transport) (2 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for War whether, with a view to easing the transport position, he has arranged for continuous co-operation with the Admiralty in carrying on His Majesty's ships...
    • Demobilised Personnel (Blankets) (4 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for War if he will arrange that all ranks of the Army shall, on demobilisation, be permitted to retain at least one blanket each.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — German Factory Equipment (Confiscation) (4 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Allies will consider requisitioning all the modern equipment, mechanical and otherwise, of German factories.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy (0 speeches)
    • Operations, Far East (2 speeches)
      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any British battleships, cruisers or submarines were on active service when the Japanese Fleet was attacked by the Americans in the Philippines naval...
    • Parliamentary Franchise (Register) (4 speeches)
      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what arrangements are being made for the officers and men who are serving in the Royal Navy to have their names inserted on the electoral roll in the...
  • Business of the House (23 speeches)
    May I ask the Deputy Prime Minister to state the Business for next week?
  • National Expenditure (0 speeches)
    Eighth Report from the Select Committee, brought up, and read; to lie upon the Table, and to be printed [No. 114].
  • Business of the House (0 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Proceedings on Government Business be exempted, at this day's Sitting,
  • Social Insurance (146 speeches)
    rose—
  • Penicillin (Supplies) (21 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Mr. Beechman.]