House of Commons debates

Monday, 21 February 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    • Selection.

      Colonel Burn, Captain Craig, Colonel Sir Raymond Greene, Colonel Greig, Mr. Frederick Hall, Mr. Hinds, Mr. William Nicholson, Sir Albion Richardson, Sir Samuel Roberts, Mr. Thomas Shaw, and Mr....

    • Pilotage Provisional Orders Bill,

      "to confirm certain Pilotage Orders made by the Board of Trade under the Pilotage Act, 1913, relating to the Pilotage Outport Districts under the jurisdiction of the Trinity House of Deptford...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Wool.

      2 speeches

      4. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the main tenance by the Government of high reserve prices for controlled wool is likely to accentuate the existing trade de...

    • Middlemen.

      9 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY: 7. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether a departmental inquiry is to be held into the question of the economic value of the middle trader?

      Tin-Mining Industry, Cornwall.

      4 speeches

      12. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the tin-mining industry in Cornwall is at a complete standstill and that all those normally engaged in it are unemployed;...

      German Goods.

      12 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 10. asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of bicycles of German manufacture imported into Great Britain during 1920; the approximate original cost of the machine under...

      Dyestvffs Act.

      18 speeches

      Major BARNES: 15. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it has been decided to allow under the Dyestuffs Act only goods to be imported for which the applicant has a definite order; on...

      International Credits.

      7 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether, in the efforts of the Government to establish credits in various European countries to promote the revival of international trade, the foreign governments...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • East Coast Ports (Tonnage Laid-Up).

      10 speeches

      6. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can supply the House with any figures showing the amount of tonnage registered at East Coast ports which is now laid up, and also the similar...

    • S.S. "pas De Calais."

      7 speeches

      8. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can inform the House as to the age of the French packet boat "Pas de Calais," which carries passengers between Dover and Calais; and what...

      Motor Vehicle Tax.

      9 speeches

      19. asked the Minister of Transport whether authority has been given to the several authorities responsible for the collection of the motor-vehicle tax to repay the 25 per cent, allowance in...

      Railway Companies (Newspaper Articles).

      4 speeches

      20. asked the Minister of Transport whether any person has been employed on behalf of or assisted by the Ministry of Transport to write for publication in the press articles representing, the...

      Railway Stocks, Depreciation.

      9 speeches

      54. asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the anxiety and alarm prevailing among all those who have money invested in the great railway undertakings of the country consequent on...

      Railway Control.

      4 speeches

      55. asked the Minister of Transport the net revenue for 1913 and 1920, respectively, of the railways under the control of the Government; what is the amount of the subsidy for 1920; when it is...

      Bury ST. Edmunds-Thetford Kailway.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 56. asked the Minister of Transport whether Seven Hills siding, on the Bury St. Edmunds-Thetford line, which was closed during the War, will now be re-opened for goods...

      North British Railway.

      4 speeches

      58. asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the announcement of the directors of the North British Railway Company that, owing to the action of the Minister in...

      Gildersome Railway Station.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that public notice has been given to close on Sundays the railway station at Gildersome, on the Great Northern Railway, between Leeds and...

      Railway Grouping, East Yorkshire.

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the uneasiness felt in East Yorkshire by the threatened termination of competition between the railway systems in that...

      Railway Agreements.

      6 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 63. asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the fact that the Committee which has recently reported and advised on the agreements made by the Government with the...

      Thames Conservancy Bill.

      4 speeches

      Captain TERRELL: 65. asked the Minister of Transport whether the provisions of the Thames Conservancy Bill have received the approval of the Ministry; and whether he is aware that in the...

      Motor Chars-a-Banc.

      4 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Transport whether the Ministry of Transport propose to make any fresh regulation affecting the use or construction of motor- chars-à-banc before the commencement of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Government Assistance.

      2 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 11. asked the President of the Board of Trade if the financial assistance of the Government to the coalowners still remains in force, notwithstanding the recent decision to give full...

    • Reserves, Scotland.

      4 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that a circular has been issued to coal merchants in Scotland, and marked urgent and confidential, asking them to stock coal reserves until...

      Agriculture Act.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 27. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that, under the First Schedule of the Agriculture Bill of 1920, as it left this House after the Third Reading, the tenants'...

      Board of Trade (Permanent Establishment).

      2 speeches

      14. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the agreement, reached at the last meeting of the Board of Trade Whitley Council, that no post in the Board...

      Official Statistics.

      15 speeches

      25. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the uncertainty which exists in regard to many matters of financial, economic, industrial, and social importance as to which official...

      Census.

      6 speeches

      31. asked the Prime Minister if it is absolutely necessary to take a census of the people this year; if such might be put off for a couple of years with advantage and economy; and if he will...

      War Debt Remission.

      2 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that this country has remitted some £80,000,000 of debt due by the Belgian people for whom we fought; and if he can remit their debts to the great...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • Oilfields Concessions.

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister whether the Russian Supreme Economic Council has decided to open the Grozny and Baku oilfields to concessionaires; whether European oil companies have already put in...

    • Factories and Workshops (Bakehouses) Bill.

      3 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister if it is proposed to proceed with the Factories and Workshops (Bake-houses) Bill this Session.

      Channel Tunnel.

      4 speeches

      35. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the prevailing wave of unemployment, he can yet state whether any decision has as yet been reached with reference to the Channel Tunnel?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Mesopotamia and Palestine Mandates.

      19 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister whether any estimate can be given of the annual cost to this country of the Mandates for Mesopotamia and Palestine, respectively?

    • London Conference.

      8 speeches

      44. asked the Prime Minister whether Bulgaria has made any claim, direct or indirect, to be heard before the coming conference in London on Turkey?

      Occupation of Rhine Provinces.

      6 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 47. asked the Prime Minister what is the term placed by the Treaty of Versailles upon the occupation by the Allies of the Rhine provinces; whether this provision of the Treaty has...

      Women Jurors.

      4 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister if he will grant facilities for legislation to provide that no woman shall be liable to serve on a jury without her consent?

      Performing Animals.

      9 speeches

      38. asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the many proved cases of cruelty involved in the breaking and training of wild and domestic animals, other than horses, for performances on the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Construction Policy.

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Prime Minister whether the Sub-committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence set up to inquire into warship building policy for the Royal Navy has completed its sittings; whether...

    • Colonial Office.

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Prime Minister whether, if the Colonial Office is to continue to be the link between Great Britain and the British Dominions, he will consider an alteration in the name of that...

      Public Departments (Economy).

      2 speeches

      Captain TUDOR-REES: 41. asked the Prime Minister whether he has found it necessary to dispense with the services of any public servant in pursuance of the threat contained in his letter of...

      Minister without Portfolio.

      4 speeches

      Captain TUDOR-REES: 42. asked the Prime Minister whether, in the interests of economy, he will now abolish the vacant office of Minister without Portfolio?

      Civil Service (Women).

      6 speeches

      43. asked the Prime Minister whether women now temporarily employed in the Civil Service and desiring to remain at their posts are required to pass a qualifying examination in such elementary...

      Old Age Pensions.

      4 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether during the present Session the Government will amend the system of old age pension administration now in vogue, so that all pensioners who do not pay Income...

      Beitish Residence, Vienna.

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the Austrian Government threatens to appropriate for the use of ex-Finance Minister Bilinski the furnished flat...

      Passports and Visas.

      2 speeches

      70. asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can inform the House as to the number of continental nations which now issue a visa on passports holding good for 12 months?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Fish (Destruction by Oil Fuel).

      5 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the dependence of large numbers of the people of this country on an adequate supply of fish for food, he will appoint a special committee...

    • Swine (Movement from Ireland).

      2 speeches

      80. asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will issue immediate instructions to his Department to revert to the old order for the movement of swine from Ireland to Great Britain, whereby swine...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Land Settlement (Seascale).

      2 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that on the 8th January, 1920, Seascale Parish Council, unable to obtain small holdings and land for allotments by agreement, applied to...

    • Discharged Soldiers' Suits (Sale).

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions what were the conditions of purchase by a firm of wholesale clothiers of the surplus War Office stock of discharged soldiers'...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Mr. J. MCSWINEY (ARREST).

      13 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether John McSwiney, brother of the late Lord Mayor of Cork, when arrested on the 8th inst. was robbed of a new overcoat, a...

  • Business of the House.

    8 speeches

    (by Private Notice) asked the Leader of the House, with reference to the Unemployment Insurance Act (1920) Amendment Bill named on the Paper, when it is intended to proceed with the stages of...

  • Bill Presented.

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

    • Debate on the Address.

      [FIFTH DAY.]

    • Irish Administration.

      22 speeches

      I beg to move, at the end of the Question, to add the words, But we humbly represent to Your Majesty that the policy and practice pursued by the Executive in Ireland have failed to secure the...

      Excommunication.

      DECREE or THE BISHOP OF CORK IN REFERENCE TO AMBUSHES, KIDNAPPING AND MURDER.

      161 speeches

      Beside the guilt involved in these acts by reason of their opposition to the law of God, anyone who shall within this Diocese of Cork, organise to take part in an ambush or in kidnapping or...

      Supply.

      Resolved, "That this House will tomorrow resolve itself into a Committee to consider of the Supply to be granted to His Majesty."—[Lord Edmund Talbot.] Ordered, "That the several Estimates...

      Ways and Means.

      Resolved, "That this House will tomorrow resolve itself into a Committee to consider of the Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to His. Majesty."—[Lord E. Talbot,]

      Public Accounts Committee.

      Ordered, That the Committee do consist of Fifteen Members. Mr. Baldwin, Sir William Barton, Sir Reginald Blair, Sir Henry Craik, Sir David Davies, Mr. Forrest, Mr. Robinson Graham, Mr. Lonsdale,...

      Adjournment.

      RESOLVED, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Sir R. Sanders.]

What is this?

Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

February 1921
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28 

Did you find what you were looking for?