House of Commons debates
Wednesday, 15 November 1944

  • Preamble (0 speeches)
    The House met at Eleven o'Clock
  • Prayers (0 speeches)
    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Peace Conference) (6 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give an assurance that neither General Franco nor any representative of his régime will be invited to take part in any discussions...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Persia (Oil Concessions) (6 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that British and American oil concerns have recently approached the Persian Government with a view to securing oil...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — German War Crimes (Evidence) (6 speeches)
    Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the disinclination of some people in this country to believe the extent of the atrocities committed by the Germans...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — China (War Situation) (2 speeches)
    Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, having regard to the general benefit the allied war effort has received through the Chinese resistance against Japan...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Czechoslovakia (British Supplies) (4 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, due to Czechoslovakia coming within the Russian sphere of influence of military affairs, we are precluded from sending to that country...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Archduke Otto (2 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the recent grant of facilities to Otto von Habsburg for his return to Europe have been widely interpreted as an...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force (0 speeches)
    • Food Regulations (Offences) (12 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for Air, with what rank one of the officers guilty of food offences and reproved by the commander-in-chief Training Command, R.A.F., is now employed in his...
    • Fish Supply Scheme (5 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether any enquiry has been made into the distribution of fish landed for the consumption of airmen by vessels based upon the Yorkshire and Devon coasts;...
    • Osteomyelitis. (6 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent men suffering from osteomyelitis are retained in the R.A.F.; and, as this disease is liable to recurrent outbreaks of a serious character, will...
    • Air Training Corps (5 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will make a statement on the future of the A.T.C.
    • Cycle Lamps (4 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps are taken to ensure that bicycles issued to personnel at R.A.F. stations are provided with lamps both front and rear.
    • W.A.A.F. (Silk Stockings) (2 speeches)
      Mr. Astor: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will allow members of the W.A.A.F. to wear silk stockings off duty as is allowed to members of the A.T.S. and W.R.N.S.
    • Teachers (Vocational Training) (2 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for Air how many teachers from primary, secondary and technical schools are now serving in the R.A.F.; and what proportion he proposes to retain for vocational...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation (Canberra Agreement) (5 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will place in the Vote Office copies of the discussions and decisions of the Canberra Conference, touching the future of civil aviation.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy (0 speeches)
    • Compassionate Leave (2 speeches)
      ask the First Lord of the Admiralty (1) what is the total number of officers and other ranks, separately and men only, who applied for compassionate leave during 1943 and the first six months of...
    • Prize Money and Prize Bounty (4 speeches)
      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how much prize money and prize bounty respectively, has so far been earned by naval personnel; and what arangements he will make for their distribution.
    • Royal Naval Reserve (War Service Increments) (6 speeches)
      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider the inclusion of officers at present serving in the R.N.R., who have more than three years' service in the Merchant Navy, as...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Walcheren Island Operations (15 speeches)
    asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, in view of the public interest in the result of the attack an Walcheren Island by British Marines and the reports of losses sustained in carrying this...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Malta (General Workers' Union) (2 speeches)
    asked the secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the demand of the General Workers' Union in Malta for representation on the National Assembly proportionate...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Bermuda (Income Tax and Labour Legislation) (8 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he proposes to take any action to further the desire expressed by the Governor of Bermuda in convening the Parliament of that island last...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mauritius (Jewish Internees) (12 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it has been found possible to include Jews interned in Mauritius amongst the 10,300 permitted entrants into Palestine; and, if so, what is...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine (Citrus Industry) (4 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the continued difficulties facing the Palestine citrus growers; whether any financial assistance is now being given to the...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Empire (0 speeches)
    • Demobilised Soldiers (Educational Grants) (8 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give details of the provision which is being made for educational grants to demobilised members of the Forces who need such assistance.
    • Economic and Political Developments (10 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he intends shortly to present to Parliament a comprehensive report dealing with the economic and political development of our Colonial...
    • Army Motor Lorries (2 speeches)
      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government will consider the desirability of making arrangements whereby, after the termination of the war in Europe, surplus Army motor...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (Constitution) (2 speeches)
    Captain Duncan: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what constitutional changes he proposes to introduce in Cyprus in the near future; and whether the House will be afforded an...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Kenya (0 speeches)
    • Skilled African Labour (Public Works) (4 speeches)
      Captain Duncan: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, with a view to assist East African natives, especially demobilised soldiers, to find employment in the local building...
    • Workmen's Compensation Ordinance (2 speeches)
      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress is being made in drafting a workmen's compensation ordinance in Kenya.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Jamaica (0 speeches)
    • Press Advertising (2 speeches)
      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the Jamaica Governor has given special privileges to the local "Daily Express" in matters of advertisement and publicity.
    • Workers (Recruitment for United States) (6 speeches)
      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that in September of this year upwards of 1,000 Jamaican workers were recruited in Jamaica by the United States Man Power...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Nigeria (Press Censorship) (2 speeches)
    asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the "Nigerian Worker" is being censored; whether any special censorship regulations have been applied to this organ of the Nigerian T.U.C.; and...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Severn Bridge (5 speeches)
    asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether the site for the proposed Severn Bridge has been definitely decided upon; whether the plan is prepared or in course of...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Railways (0 speeches)
    • London Tube Stations (Lighting) (3 speeches)
      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will concert, with the L.P.T.B., measures to improve the lighting at the principle tube stations.
    • Evacuated Children (Parents' Fares) (4 speeches)
      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he will consider granting to parents of evacuated children a more frequent reduction in fares to see their children than...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Roads (0 speeches)
    • Motorways (Construction) (4 speeches)
      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he can now give any further indication of the Government's intention to construct considerable lengths of motorways in...
    • Accidents (Statistics) (6 speeches)
      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will cause to be published a statement of the number of road casualties in each county or county borough area, giving...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces (Business Men, Release) (4 speeches)
    Captain Duncan: asked the Prime Minister whether he will instruct the Ministers concerned to relax the conditions under which applications for indefinite release from service by officers and men...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Reconversion (Ministerial Responsibility) (6 speeches)
    asked the Prime Minister what Minister is responsible for the organisation of the change-over in industry from war to peace-time occupation.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mineral Rights (Nationalisation) (6 speeches)
    asked the Prime Minister if he will introduce legislation in the forthcoming Session to nationalise the rights in minerals other than oil and coal and to provide appropriate compensation for the...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Campaign Stars (Burma, Operations) (6 speeches)
    asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the special privations and difficulties of the campaign in Burma, he will consider the recommendation of the issue of a campaign Star to those who...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing (0 speeches)
    • Building Materials, Northern Ireland (3 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Production whether he will give the quantities of essential building materials for the erection of houses supplied to Northern Ireland during the past 12 months; and whether...
    • Bomb Damage Repair (Wages and Conditions) (6 speeches)
      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, whether, in view of the short working hours during daylight throughout the winter months and the difficulty of paying bonuses on...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies (0 speeches)
    • Cheese (5 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Food what happens to cheese rejected by his Department as being too crumbly.
    • Blackcurrants (6 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Food whether he is satisfied that the requirements of this country need the entire output of blackcurrants, apart from domestic use, to be devoted to the manufacture of...
    • Ironstone Quarrymen (5 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the fact that the extra cheese ration available to agricultural workers is not made available to ironstone quarrymen, arrangements have now been...
    • Barley Crop (Allocation) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Food whether he will state the quantity of the 1944 barley crop grown in the United Kingdom which has been allocated to food, to the brewers, and to seed for next year's...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Metal Scrap (Control) (2 speeches)
    asked the Minister of Supply, in view of the large quantity of metal scrap of various descriptions now available, if he proposes to lift the control in order to facilitate home production of...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information (0 speeches)
    • British War Effort (Post-War Publicity) (7 speeches)
      Colonel Sir Arthur Evans: asked the Minister of Information if, in view of the decision of His Majesty's Government to wind up his Ministry on the termination of hostilities, he is now in a...
    • Censorship and Travel Regulations, Ireland (10 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Information how many personnel are needed to censor mails from Northern Ireland to Great Britain in addition to the staff required for other branches of censorship in...
    • Persia (British Correspondents) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of information whether there are any British news correspondents in Persia.
    • Telegrams in Welsh (7 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware that telegrams in Welsh to Welsh members of the Forces in India are prohibited by the censor, while telegrams in French are allowed; and...
    • Broadcasting Arrangements (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Information when it is proposed to abandon the war-time arrangements for the broadcasting of B.B.C. programmes and revert to the pre-war methods so that reception,...
    • General Franco's Speeches (Broadcast Quotations) (4 speeches)
      Miss Rathbone: asked the Minister of Information whether he will arrange for the B.B.C. to follow up its recent series of quotations from Hitler's annual speeches during the war by a similar set...
    • Lublin Committee (Newspaper) (4 speeches)
      Mr. Astor: asked the Minister of Information whether he will investigate the circumstances in which a newspaper has been started in London in support of the Lublin Committee in spite of the...
    • Members of Parliament (Broadcast Talks) (2 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Information whether he can state the result of his discussions with the Governors of the B.B.C. in regard to the suggestion of the hon. and gallant Member for Ayr Burghs...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (0 speeches)
    • Football Pools (Revenue) (4 speeches)
      asked the Postmaster-General the estimated revenue derived from various sources, directly or indirectly associated with football pools during 1943, including duty on postal orders and payments...
    • Switzerland (Air Mail) (2 speeches)
      asked the Postmaster-General if it is intended, in the near future, to restart an air mail with direct communication between this country and Switzerland.
    • Turkey (Postal Service) (4 speeches)
      Miss Ward: asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction with the postal communications between this country and Turkey; and in view of the increased co-operation...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Brewers' Wet Grains (Rationing) (2 speeches)
    asked the Minister of Agriculture why Derbyshire is the only county where the war agricultural committee enforces the rationing of brewers' wet grains, thereby causing considerable resentment...
  • Count of the House (5 speeches)
    It has been represented to me that, when a Count of the House is called in this present Chamber, the customary period of two minutes may be inadequate to enable all Members to reach the Chamber...
  • Message from the Lords (0 speeches)
    That they have agreed to,—
  • Man-Power (Release from Forces) (89 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Mr. James Stuart.]
  • Agriculture (Government Policy) (13 speeches)
    5.58 p.m.