House of Commons debates

Monday, 25 October 1920

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • German Leather, Imports.

      4 speeches

      1. asked the President of the Board of Trade how much German leather has been imported to this country during this year; and if any of this is by way of reparation or indemnity?

    • Enemy Debts (British Clearing House).

      4 speeches

      3. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received a letter from the Association of British Chambers of Commerce drawing his attention to the delays on the part of the Board of...

      Key Industries and Dumping.

      6 speeches

      6. asked the President of the Board of Trade if the Government is now prepared to introduce a Bill with the object of giving adequate protection to key industries and also to control dumping?

      Export Credit Scheme.

      4 speeches

      11. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the letter from the Federation of British Industries, of which extracts appeared in the Press on 19th October, with regard...

      Silk Goods.

      10 speeches

      13. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that several European countries, including Portugal, Roumania, Germany, Norway and Poland, have prohibited the importation of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Difficult Seams.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the statements made that owners are working narrow and more difficult seams until control is abolished, the Government will take...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Miners' Strike.

    • Tribunal Inquiry.

      2 speeches

      10. asked the President of the Board of Trade, having regard to the statement made that as a result of the Government not carrying out in toto the Majority Report of the Sankey Commission the...

    • Earl Haig's Appeal.

      5 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether the appeal by Earl Haig, in connection with the coal strike, has been issued at public expense; what is the expenditure involved in this and other publicity...

      Floods, Galston Area.

      4 speeches

      12. asked the President of the Board of Trade what measures are being taken to deal with mines in the Galston area rendered unworkable by the recent floods.

      Standard Profits.

      2 speeches

      19. asked whether the mine owners are guaranteed their standard profits without any deduction in respect of the loss incurred by the cessation of work in the mines during the present dispute?

      Coal Consumption (Restrictions).

      9 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister whether something can be done to reduce to the barest minimum necessary the consumption of coal for pumping and the production of electricity and gas?

      Output (Maximum).

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the importance of securing a larger output of coal, he will cause an impartial tribunal to be formed for the purpose of inquiring into and...

      Cost of Living.

      6 speeches

      9. asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the fact that the accuracy of the figures submitted by the Government in regard to the cost of living have not been accepted by a large...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Profiteering Act.

    • Cotton.

      2 speeches

      2. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has yet finished his inquiry into the profits made by the Bell Spinning Company, as promised on the 10th May last; and, if so, with what...

    • Central Committee.

      4 speeches

      14. asked how many Reports have been published as the result of investigations into prices, costs and profits by the Central Committee and sub-committees set up under the Profiteering Act; what...


      2 speeches

      4. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the shortage of cement which Is delaying the completion of many large road undertakings and throwing considerable numbers of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • Export Licences.

      10 speeches

      5. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether export licences are still being refused for goods destined for Soviet Russia; and, if so, on what legal grounds is this being done without a...

    • Bkitish Prisoners.

      7 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister what is the present position with reference to the British officers, men and civilians held prisoner in Russia by the Soviet Government; and whether it is proposed to...

      Wages (Temporary Regulation) Act.

      2 speeches

      15. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the lapsing of the provisions of the Wages (Temporary Regulation) Act on 30th September last, he proposes to. introduce...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Tea.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the recommendation of the Indian and Ceylon Tea Association that production be curtailed so that there may...

    • Accommodation for Government Department.

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN (by Private Notice): asked the Minister of Health whether the use of a room in public buildings, the property of the ratepayers, has been refused to representatives of Government...


      8 speeches

      25. asked the Prime Minister which department and/or departments of the Government are responsible for the British administration in Mesopotamia; and if His Majesty's Government have yet decided...

      Civil Service (Bonus).

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Prime Minister if he will state at what intervals the variable scales of pay of civil servants are revised in accordance with the cost of living index figures; when the last...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Turkey.

      4 speeches

      29. asked whether the British and Turkish Governments have exchanged ratifications of the Treaty of Peace with Turkey; whether a de facto Turkish Government, which does not recognise the...

    • Hungary and Turkey.

      4 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister when it is intended to lay the Hungarian and Turkish Treaties of Peace before Parliament?

      War Criminals (Trial).

      9 speeches

      Captain TUDOR-REES: 43. asked the Prime Minister whether the trial of enemy criminals has yet been commenced: and, if so, with what result?


      2 speeches

      30. asked the Prime Minister whether there is any British representative or liaison official at Beyrout and Damascus, respectively, whether he can give any information regarding the political and...

      Poland (Eastern Frontiers).

      3 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government intended, under Article X. of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to recognise and guarantee the eastern frontiers of Poland as...

      Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic).

      20 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister what are the measures proposed to replace the existing Liquor Control Board relating to the supply of intoxicants, which expires on 25th October; and whether he will...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Insurance (Civil Disturbances).

      5 speeches

      35. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that property to the value of many millions of pounds has been insured in Ireland against loss arising from riot, civil commotion, or action by...

    • Expanding Bullets.

      6 speeches

      39. asked the Prime Minister whether soft-nosed or other expanding bullets have been employed in Ireland in the attacks on police or military, or have been found on persons on being arrested;...

      Sinn Fein and Germany.

      5 speeches

      44. asked the Prime Minister whether he will now publish the documents found in the possession of the present leaders of Sinn Fein in 1918, which showed that there was an arrangement between...

      Outrages and Reprisals.

      24 speeches

      Major BARNES: 45. asked the Prime Minister if, following the precedents of the Hunter and Milner Commissions, a Commission will later proceed to Ireland to inquire into the nature, causes, and...

      Malicious Injury Claims.

      11 speeches

      Major BARNES: 46. asked the Prime Minister if the Government will consider claims for compensation for the destruction of property in Ireland by servants of the Crown?

      Royal Irish Constabulary.

      6 speeches

      Major BARNES: 47. asked the Prime Minister if he will say what are the terms of service and rates of pay under which the force in Ireland popularly known as the Black and Tans is recruited?

      Assistant Under-Secretaey for Ulster.

      6 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister if he will state when the Supplementary Estimate for the salary of the new Under-Secretary for Ulster will be presented, and when an opportunity will be given for its...

      Parcel Post.

      9 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Postmaster-General is he aware that during recent months Ireland has suffered very keenly through merchandise being held up by shipping disputes, and that the...

      Alderman Mcswiney (Death).

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the wife and sisters of the late Alderman McSwiney were refused permission to see him on Saturday and yesterday;...

      Industrial Life Assurance.

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the need of legislation to carry out the recommendations of Lord Parmoor's Select Committee on Industrial Life Assurance; and if he will...

      Local Rating.

      17 speeches

      38. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the burden imposed upon the community by the heavy and progressive increase of local rates, especially for national services; and what steps...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Scottish Railways and Roads.

      6 speeches

      58. asked the Minister of Transport whether any decision has yet been reached, by means of consultation with Scottish railway companies, concerning the future management and organisation of the...

    • Motor Driving Tests.

      4 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the constantly increasing number of accidents on the roads, he will consider the practicability of instituting a driving test for every...

      Railway Agreements.

      15 speeches

      61. asked the Minister of Transport if he is satisfied that his Ministry has a full and adequate check upon expenditure, upon economical operation, and proper accountancy of the railway companies...

      Railway Advisory Committee.

      4 speeches

      65. asked the Minister of Transport, who are the members of the Railway Advisory Committee; how many times it has met; and when was its last meeting?

      Motor Vehicles Duty.

      6 speeches

      Sir W. JOYNSON-HIGKS: 69. asked the Minister of Transport whether he is in a position to inform the House as to the Estimate of the road taxes for next year and the mode in which he proposes to...

      Carters (Trade Dispute).

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 71. asked the Minister of Transport whether he has any information to give the House relative to the dispute in the transport industry; what is the average weekly wage at present...

      Excursion Trains.

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Minister of Transport the number of excursion trains which have been run by the various railway companies since August to this month and the number of passengers carried by these...

  • Business of the House.

    10 speeches

    4.0 P.M.

  • Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers Bill.

    56 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Ireland.

  • Air Navigation [Contribution and Expenses].

    Resolution reported, That it is expedient to authorise the payment, out of moneys provided by Parliament— (a) of such sums as may be required for the contribution from the United Kingdom...


    14 speeches

    Resolution reported That it is expedient for the purpose of any Act of the present Session to provide for the better government of Ireland,— (1) To authorise the payment out of the...

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