House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 26 October 1920

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Pier and Harbour Provisional Order (No. 3) Bill (by Order),

  • Taxes and Imposts.

    Return ordered, "showing (1) the Rates of Duties, Taxes, or Imposts collected by Imperial officers; (2) the quantities or amounts taxed; (3) the gross receipts derived from each duty; and (4) the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — France and Hungary.

    6 speeches

    1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a Treaty has been concluded between the Hungarian Government and the Government of the French Republic; whether His Majesty's...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • All-Russian Co-Operative Society.

      6 speeches

      3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Russians who direct the All-Russian Co-operative Society came to this country together with the Russian Economic Mission; for...

    • Prisoners (Exchange).

      21 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the number of British prisoners still in Russia; what is the number of Russians interned in this...

      Trade Agreement (Soviet Government).

      10 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether any economic agreement which might be consummated with the Russian Soviet Government will be subject to a satisfactory guarantee by the Soviet Government as...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Overseas Trade Act.

      5 speeches

      Major BARNES: 7. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade-Department what amounts have been granted under the provisions of the Overseas Credits Act; and to what countries the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • General Sir Nevil Macready.

      8 speeches

      9. asked the Secretary of State for War whether His Majesty's Government recognises the practice whereby officers of His Majesty's forces contribute their views on questions of military...

    • Mental Cases.

      2 speeches

      10. asked how many soldiers remain unidentified in mental hospitals; and, if any, what steps are being taken to make the general public aware of the facts so as to secure identification?

      Brigadiers-General.

      2 speeches

      15. asked the Secretary of State for War whether officers who commanded brigades during the War, but have now reverted to their substantive rank, will be granted in future the honorary rank of...

      Army Inspection Department (Small Heath).

      2 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has received a petition from the employés of the Army Inspection Department, Allon Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, regarding the decision...

      Wounded Soldiers (Conveyance to Hospital).

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, as late as July last, he still retained the services of persons to carry wounded soldiers from railway stations to hospitals although there was...

      War Graves.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY: 22. asked the Secretary of State for War how many graves in France and Belgium have not yet been taken over by the War Graves Commission; if he is aware that in certain...

      Royal Army Medical Corps, Officers (Resignation).

      6 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY: 23. asked the Secretary of State for War whether officers in the Royal Army Medical Corps are refused permission to resign their commissions; and, if so, why are they...

      Woolwich Arsenal (Discharges).

      14 speeches

      27. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will reconsider the decision to discharge all workmen in Woolwich Arsenal who have attained the age of 60; and whether, having in mind the...

      Indian Army (Officers' Field Allowances).

      5 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, considering that he has already decided that officers of the Army and Royal Air Force interned during the War were entitled to continue to draw...

      Mesopotamia.

      4 speeches

      12. asked whether in the recent outrages in Mesopotamia any of the bands of Arabs were led by Syrian officers of the Sherifian army?

      Somaliland.

      2 speeches

      13. asked the Secretary of State for War when the despatches regarding the operations in Somaliland and the defeat of the Mullah will be published; and what medal will be granted to troops who...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Military Expenditure.

      16 speeches

      Major BARNES: 17. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the provision made for military operations in Ireland for the current year has been exceeded; and, if so, to what extent?

    • Troops on Leave (Fares).

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that men serving in Ireland are obliged to pay full fare, if called to this country by illness or death of wife or child; whether he...

      Soldiers' Uniforms (Allowance).

      3 speeches

      26. asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that the duties of soldiers in Ireland are now such as to make heavy calls on their uniforms; and if he is prepared to grant batta or...

      Royal Irish Constabulary (Auxiliary Force).

      4 speeches

      54. asked the Prime Minister upon which Vote the expenditure on the Auxiliary Force of the Irish police would be presented to the House, and when an opportunity would be given for discussion?

      Land Purchase.

      4 speeches

      56. asked the Prime Minister whether it is still the intention of the Government to pass, in connection with the Government of Ireland Bill, a Bill to provide for the completion of land purchase...

      Gun Licences.

      4 speeches

      64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the fact that in many cases residents in Ireland have been recently compelled by the police to hand over their...

      Civilians (Alleged Floggings).

      6 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland (1) if, having made inquiries, he is still without convincing evidence as to the flogging of several men in the West of Ireland, which...

      Attacks on Military.

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice asked the Chief Secretary if he will state whether the loss of life and injuries to officers and men of the Essex Regiment in Ireland on Friday last were largely due to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Railway Wagons Overseas.

      6 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 18. asked the Secretary of State for War how many British railway wagons were sent overseas during the period of the War; how many have been returned; and when the remainder, if...

    • Railway Agreements Committee.

      4 speeches

      (by, Private Notice) asked the Minister of Transport whether the sittings of Lord Colwyn's Committee on railway agreements will be held in public?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Stockley Camp, Middlesex.

      4 speeches

      Mr. FREDERICK HALL: 20. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has received a resolution passed by the ratepayers of Yiewsley, Middlesex, protesting against the delay in supplying the...

    • House Construction (Scotland).

      6 speeches

      40. asked the Secretary for Scotland what is the total sum so far raised in Scotland by housing bonds; how much of this has been already expended; what expectation is there of the remaining sums...

      State Liability.

      6 speeches

      61. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the liabilities, both capital and annual, that will be assumed by the State in connection with the Government housing scheme?

      Eastern Theatres of War (British Troops).

      8 speeches

      28. asked the Secretary of State for War the number of British and Indian troops, respectively, at present operating in Persia, Mesopotamia, Turkey, and other Eastern theatres; and what is the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.

    • Gratuity (W. E. Cool).

      8 speeches

      29. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office why W. E. Cool, No. 240,543, Royal Air Force, demobilised in February last, has not not received his gratuity; whether he was first informed by...

    • Aviation (Egypt).

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has received the resolution passed by the Air Conference urging on His Majesty's Government the importance of Egypt to the future of service...

      Feltwell Aerodrome, Norfolk.

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Secretary of State for Air what has been the total cost of the aerodrome in Felt-well, Norfolk; how long is it since it was last used; is it going to decay; and what is proposed to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Education Rates.

      12 speeches

      43. asked the Secretary for Scotland if his attention has been called to a meeting of representatives of 273 Scottish Parish Councils, held at Glasgow on 29th September last, at which a...

    • Parasitic Mange Order, 1911.

      4 speeches

      44. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that a horse affected with or suspected of parasitic mange was on 17th March, 1919, sold by Mr. James Halliday, farmer, Parks Farm,...

      Ex-Enemy Aliens.

      4 speeches

      32. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why Professor Schulze-Gaevernitz, Dr. Patzauer, Herr K. Schlesinger, ex-enemy aliens, were given permission to come to England to attend...

      Workmen's Compensation.

      4 speeches

      33. asked the Home Secretary if he is in a position to make any definite statement as to whether the Government intends to adopt the recommendations of the Departmental Committee on Workmen's...

      "bermondsey Labour News."

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Chief Inspector Edward Parker, of the special branch of the Criminal Investigation Department, called on Messrs. Frowde, of 244, Old Kent...

      Alleged Anti-Jewish Pamphlets.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the pamphlets of an anti-Jewish nature published by an organisation calling itself the Britons; and whether he proposes to...

      Ex-Policemen (Local Councils).

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Home Secretary whether the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Acts preclude pensioned police officers, other than those of the Metropolitan, from being candidates for city or...

      Motor Cars (Police Control).

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Home Secretary how many police controls were in operation in the Metropolitan police area for timing motor vehicles exceeding the speed limit between a.m. 23rd October and p.m. 25th...

      Franco-Belgian Military Treaty.

      5 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government has been officially informed of the terms of the recently concluded Franco - Belgian military treaty; and whether His Majesty's...

      Water Companies' Charges.

      4 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the difficulties in which many statutory water companies now find themselves owing to their inability to increase their revenue sufficiently...

      Pensions (Fishermen).

      6 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister if he will extend the terms of reference of the Select Committee on Pensions to allow the Committee to inquire into the position of fishermen and their dependants who...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Mechanical Engineering Draughtsmen.

      2 speeches

      49. asked the First Lord of the Treasury whether, seeing that there is at present only one clerk in a supervisory position in the engineer-in-chief's mechanical engineering drawing office,...

    • Local Rates.

      2 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the considerable rise in rates and the alarm at the further rise foreshadowed if the Education and other Acts recently passed are put into...

      Arabia (Emir Feisal).

      4 speeches

      55. asked the Prime Minister if he will state why, in view of the fact that King Hussein has appointed the Emir Feisal head of the deputation to thank His Majesty for his presents, His Majesty's...

      League of Nations (Agenda).

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Lord Privy Seal why the League of Nations has not been consulted on the subject of publishing the full agenda of the forthcoming meeting of the Assembly of the League of Nations as...

      Income Tax.

      8 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the number of orders that have recently been made in the courts for the recovery of Income Tax;...

      Three-Halfpenny Coin.

      2 speeches

      Captain TUDOR-REES: 62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that recent adjustments of railway and tramway fares involve the use of an increased number of...

      Government Offices (Economy Committees).

      2 speeches

      Captain TUDOR-REES: 63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Economy Committees appointed by him with a view to the reduction of public expenditure have yet presented their Reports;...

  • Business of the House.

    5 speeches

    Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT: I beg to give notice that on the Motion for the Adjournment to-night, I propose to raise the question of the increasing number of complaints in regard to the delays in paying

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee A: Major O'Neill; and had appointed in substitution: Mr. Greer.

    • Standing Committee B.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Members from Standing Committee B: Major Oscar Guest and Mr. John Williams; and had appointed in...

      Standing Committee C.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Members from Standing Committee C: Mr. John Jones, Mr. Henry McLaren, Lieut.-Colonel John Ward, and...

      Standing Committee D.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Members from Standing Committee D: Mr. Evelyn Cecil, Mr. Cathcart Wason, and Viscount Wolmer; and...

      Standing Committee E.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee E: Colonel Greig; and had appointed in substitution: Mr. Reginald...

  • Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers Bill.

    Considered in Committee.

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