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House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 26 March 1919

  • Preamble

    The House met at a Quarter before Three of the clock, Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.

  • Standing Orders.

    Ordered, That Sir Archibald Williamson be discharged from the Select Committee on Standing Orders.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Civil Service.

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 1. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has arrived at a decision which he can communicate to the House regarding filling the vacancies in the Indian Civil Service...

    • Cabul.

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 2. asked the Secretary for India whether he can make any further communication to the House regarding the position at Cabul?

      Mahomedans (Newspaper Comments).

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 3. asked whether the Governor-General in Council possesses powers to restrain newspapers conducted by Christian missionaries from publishing matter offensive to Mahomedans; and,...

      Rowlatt Commission Bills.

      4 speeches

      5. asked whether the Government of India, in view of the unreality of the opposition offered to the Rowlatt Commission Bills becoming law, have considered the advice tendered by the Hon. Mr....

      Steamship Accommodation.

      4 speeches

      6. asked the Secretary of State for India, considering that three out of the five mail steamers sailing from India in March and the beginning of April are cargo boats without any accommodation...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Long-Service Decoration.

      2 speeches

      7. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the recent Army Order 326, of 1918, with reference to the time for qualifying for the Territorial Force efficiency medal, it is the...

    • Mine Barrage.

      4 speeches

      8. asked whether it has as yet been found possible to sweep up any portion of the Northern mine barrage; and by what date it is expected to complete this work?

      Officers' Half-Pay.

      2 speeches

      9. asked if the Regulations governing the placing of officers of the Royal Navy on half-pay were suspended during the War; and, if so, whether this system can be continued permanently?

      Battle of Jutland (Official Report).

      2 speeches

      11. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he can indicate the names and rank of the officers who are inquiring into and compiling the official Report of the Battle of Jutland; will the...

      Electrical Engineering.

      2 speeches

      12. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that disabled men who have under gone the first period of their training in electrical engineering under Scheme 2, Report M5/xvii. of the...

      Acting Sick-Berth Stewards.

      6 speeches

      Mr. TYSON WILSON: 14. asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, seeing that acting sick-berth stewards do the same work and have the same responsibilities as active sick-berth stewards, he...

      War Service Gratuity.

      2 speeches

      17. asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if the temporary naval officers who signed the agreement known as T. 124 will get the same war service gratuity as other temporary naval officers?

      Letters to Admiralty.

      2 speeches

      19. asked why the letters written by engineer officers, Royal Navy, paymaster-captains, and other officers, through the proper channels, to the Admiralty remain unanswered?

      Ferro-Concrete Ships.

      2 speeches

      10. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the first ferro-concrete ship, built at a cost of £20,000 at Barnstaple under Admiralty orders, failed to be successfully launched,...

      Russian Sailors, Wallsend.

      7 speeches

      16. asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that some fifty Russian sailors are, and have been for some time past, living in a hotel at Wallsend at the expense of the Government, and...

      Women Workers (Admiralty).

      2 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is the fact that in demobilising women workers at the Admiralty widows and dependants of fallen sailors and soldiers have already been...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

    • Officers' Gratuities (Royal Navy).

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that the maximum gratuity granted to a Royal Navy officer whose whole service has been at sea or abroad is £148 in the case of a...

    • Voluntary Aid Detachments.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Secretary of State for War if he will consider the question of a war gratuity to V.A.D.'s who have given over two years' service abroad?

      London Separation Allowance.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office the reason for not dealing with the rule under which the wife of a soldier serving in India, and who was sent back to her home in London, is...

      Labour Market.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will set up two joint Committees for spreading the orders of the great spending Departments and the local authorities, with the view of steadying the...

      Welfare Clubs (Unemployed Women).

      2 speeches

      22. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has now organized any welfare clubs or associations for unemployed women on the lines recommended by the hon. Member for Chelsea?

      Out-of-Work Donation.

      34 speeches

      23. asked the Minister of Labour if he will state what are the latest figures for unemployed men, women, girls and boys, and the amount of the donation that is being paid them?

      Fertiliser Manufacturers (Hours of Work).

      6 speeches

      Mr. J. JONES: 24. asked the Minister pf Labour if he is aware that the Fertiliser Manufacturers' Association have refused to negotiate with the National Federation of General Workers on a...

      School Caretakers, Lancashire.

      2 speeches

      Colonel THORNE: 26. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to state the result of the correspondence with the Education Committee of the Lancashire County Council respecting...

      Soldiers' Graves.

      10 speeches

      28. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what arrangements have been made with the Belgian and French Governments for the preservation and upkeep of British soldiers' graves in both...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Armenia.

    • Food Shortage.

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can say to what extent shortness of food exists in Armenia; and what steps the Government are taking, or are about to' take, for...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Caucasus.

    • British Mission.

      4 speeches

      30. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the members of the British Mission to the Caucasus, under Major Goldsmith, were put under arrest by the Bolshevist...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Near and Middle East.

    • Special Sub-Commission.

      8 speeches

      31. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Peace Conference have recently appointed a special sub-commission of five representatives to visit Syria and other countries...

    • British East Africa (Civil Servants).

      9 speeches

      33. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the great financial hardships suffered by the Civil servants in British East Africa, he will authorise immediate temporary...

      Director of Lands (Roads Department).

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Roads Department under the Director of Lands has recently been re-organised with an increased staff under a brigadier-general as director;...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Demobilisation.

    • Remount Officers.

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been called to the fact that many remount officers who were civilians prior to the War are incurring great business losses by not...

    • Leave Pending Demobilisation.

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Secretary of State for War whether a soldier on twenty-eight days' leave pending demobilisation is considered for all purposes still to be on active service?

      Troops Outside Europe.

      2 speeches

      43. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the general discontent on the question of demobilisation; whether men who enlisted in 1916 are being retained in Mesopotamia and...

      Soldiers Enlisted in 1914.

      4 speeches

      65. asked the Secretary of State for War whether a number, approximating to seventy, of non-commissioned officers and men of the 1/5th Territorial Battalion of the Devon Regiment, quartered now...

      Employment of Troops (Ireland).

      4 speeches

      42. asked the Secretary of State for War whether certain troops in Ireland are being employed in building huts and block-houses; whether these buildings are shortly afterwards demolished by other...

      War Decorations.

      8 speeches

      44. asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state what recognition is to be given to the survivors of the garrison of Kut-el-Amara and to the relatives of those who died during the siege...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Conference.

    • Fiscal Autonomy (United Kingdom).

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an undertaking that no steps will be taken to impair the fiscal autonomy of the United Kingdom or to commit the United Kingdom to any fiscal...

    • Peace Celebrations.

      2 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister if he will say whether the Government propose to allow city, borough, and county local authorities to spend any of their income derived from rates on peace...

      Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill.

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister if he will state the nature of the recommendations or representations or amendments made by the three associations which represent all the local authorities on the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Court-Martial Procedure.

    • Appointment of Committee.

      4 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether he can now announce the names of the persons who will form the Committee to inquire into court-martial procedure; whether the Committee includes any soldier...

    • Industrial Unrest.

      2 speeches

      Mr. KENNEDY JONES: 48 asked the Prime Minister whether the Council investigating the causes of industrial unrest has agreed on a maximum number of hours per working week and the principle of a...

      Parliamentary Bills (Money Resolutions).

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government has considered, and whether, if so, he proposes to adopt, the following suggestions of the Select Committee on National Expenditure (Ninth...

      Workmen's Houses (Freeholds).

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister if he will introduce a Bill granting the freeholds of all workmen's houses and others up to a rental of £50 per annum in order to encourage workmen to build...

      Mines (Ownership).

      6 speeches

      54. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that Act 1592, c. 31 (temp. James VI. of Scotland), established the right of the Crown to ownership of mines of gold, copper, lead, tin, and other...

      Royal Engineers (Employment at Chepstow).

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been drawn to the employment of Royal Engineers in building operations at Chepstow; and if these men receive allowances to bring...

      Commandeered Premises (Re-Conditioning).

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the owners of premises which have been in military occupation during the War, and which are now being surrendered, are being compelled to accept a...

      Military Works (Disused).

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Secretary of State for War whether in districts which have been occupied by troops during the War, and which are now being evacuated, there are still a large number of trenches and...

      War Office (Women Workers).

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in demobilising women workers at the War Office, widows and dependants of fallen sailors and soldiers have already been discharged; whether...

      Army Huts.

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Secretary of State for War if there is any probability of parishes being able to obtain disused Army huts for reading and recreation rooms, as a war memorial, at a moderate price?

      Armoured Car Brigade.

      2 speeches

      70. asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he is proposing to take, or has taken, to inquire into the circumstances attending the return of the armoured car brigade to Belton Park camp...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Fish.

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to recent public statements that part of their catches of fish are being thrown overboard...

    • Beans.

      3 speeches

      73. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture if the British Government is supplying 50,000 tons of beans to Germany; if these beans are of foreign origin or home grown; and...

      Beef and Mutton.

      3 speeches

      91. asked the Food Controller whether he is aware that complaints have been made as to the condition of hard beef and mutton now being sent to the Settle and District Butchers' Association for...

      Agriculture (Government Policy).

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture if his attention has been drawn to resolutions passed by various agricultural bodies throughout the country expressing...

      Threshing (Losses).

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the difficulties experienced and loss sustained by farmers owing to the partial breakdown...

      Government Departments (Office Furniture).

      4 speeches

      76. asked the First Commissioner of Works what is the amount of outstanding contracts for office furniture for Government Departments; if any portion of surplus stock is being sold; and if,...

      Sub-Postmasters.

      3 speeches

      77. asked the Postmaster-General whether scale payment sub-postmasters are compelled to work twelve hours a day; whether they have received the same war bonus as the permanent postal staff;...

      Conscientious Objectors (Post Office Servants).

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Post master-General whether members of the established staff of the Post Office who appealed against military service on conscientious grounds have been reduced to the status of...

      Postal Facilities (Cinderford).

      2 speeches

      79. asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the in convenience caused to the residents of Cinderford, Gloucestershire, by the in adequate postal facilities given to the district; if he is...

      Censorship.

      4 speeches

      82. asked the Post master-General whether the time has arrived to cease the censorship of letters and cables between this country and the United States or, if not, how long the censorship is...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Railway Administration.

    • Truck Shortage.

      2 speeches

      88. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the serious shortage of railway trucks at Middleton Station, Great Eastern Railway, and Gayton Road Station, Midland and Great...

    • Easter Holidays.

      4 speeches

      89. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can arrange with the War Office that the movement of troops should be stopped or curtailed for a week at Easter so as to enable a number of...

      School Children (Northumberland).

      2 speeches

      90. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that young children in the Bedlington district of Northumberland have to leave their homes at 7.20 a.m. to get a train at Bedlington...

      Whisky (Prices).

      6 speeches

      92. asked the Food Controller what becomes of the difference between 9s., the present price, and 3s. 6d., the pre-war price, of a bottle of whisky; and whether he can arrange that some portion of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housin G.

    • Brixworth Rural District Council.

      2 speeches

      94. asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to a resolution, passed in February at a public meeting, condemning the Brixworth Rural District Council...

    • Housing and Town Planning Bill.

      4 speeches

      95. asked the President of the Local Government Board whether, for the convenience of Members interested in the Housing and Town Planning Bill, he will issue a White Paper containing a reprint of...

      Poor Law Officers.

      2 speeches

      96. asked the President of the Local Government Board if, considering the unrest existing among the officers of Poor Law unions, he will appoint a Committee to investigate the hours, rates of...

      Old Age Pensions.

      4 speeches

      97. asked the President of the Local Government Board if he has received a petition from the residents of Harlestone, Northants, relative to the position of Mr. Joseph Dunkley; if he is prepared...

      Venereal Disease.

      2 speeches

      98. asked the President of the Local Government Board whether standardised records are being kept of the results of the Government-aided treatment of venereal diseases by means of salvarsan...

      Ministry of Health Bill.

      2 speeches

      99. asked the President of the Local Government Board whether the Ministry of Health Bill, as amended in Committee, enables the powers and duties of the Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic) to...

      Standing Committees (Chairmen's Panel).

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Chairmen's Panel; That they had appointed Captain Albert Smith to act as Chairman of Standing Committee D (in respect of the Public Health (Medical Treatment...

      Private Bills (Group a).

      Sir HARRY SAMUEL reported from the Committee on Group A of Private Bills; That, owing to the withdrawal of opposition to certain Private Bills, the Committee had adjourned till Wednesday next, at...

      Standing Ordees.

      Resolutions reported from the Select Committee: 1. "That, in the case of the Rotherham Corporation, Petition for leave to deposit a Petition for Bill, the Standing Orders ought to be dispensed...

      Bills Presented.

      PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS (SOLDIERS) BILL,—"to repeal the Parliamentary Elections (Soldiers) Act, 1847," presented by Mr. CHURCHILL; to be read a second time To-morrow, and to be printed....

  • Orders of the Day — Business of the House.

  • Orders of the Day — Notices of Motion.

    • Demobilisation.

      To call attention, upon this day two weeks, to demobilisation on compassionate grounds, and to move a Resolution.—[Colonel Burn.]

    • Redress of Army Grievances.

      To call attention, upon this day two weeks, to the need for improved machinery for the redress of grievances in the Army, and to move a Resolution.—[Major Hurst.]

      Pensions, Gratuities, and Allowances.

      To call attention, upon this day two weeks, to the present scale of pensions, gratuities, and allowances for men who are or who have been in His Majesty's Forces and their dependants, and to move...

  • Naval, Military, and Air Force Service Bill.

    As amended (in the Standing Committee), further considered.

  • Clause 1. — (Power to Prolong Period of Naval, Military, or Air Force Service.)

    102 speeches

    (1) If the competent authority is of opinion that, as respects any men to whom this Section applies or any class of such men, they cannot consistently with the public interest be released from...

  • Agricultural Reconstruction.

  • Ministry of Ways and Communications [Money].

    10 speeches

    Considered in Committee.—(Progress, 24th March.)

  • Medical Treatment of Children (Ireland).

    5 speeches

    Resolution relating to expenses incurred under the Public Health (Medical Treatment of Children—Ireland) Bill.

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