House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 22 February 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Turkish Prisoners of War.

    2 speeches

    1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many Turkish prisoners of war are still held captive in Palestine and Egypt respectively; why they have not been repatriated; and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Ex-Temporary Officers.

      2 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 5. asked the Secretary of State for War why, if an ex-temporary lieut.-colonel who, commanded a battalion in the field in France wishes to re-enter the Army, he can only do...

    • Mention in Despatches (Certificates).

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Secretary of State for War whether all the certificates for mentions in dispatches during the late War have now been issued?

      Victory Medals.

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Secretary of State for War whether last summer half a million Victory medals were scrapped owing to defective workman ship; whether some millions of the war medals are being held up...

      Officers (War Office).

      6 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 12 asked the-Secretary of State for War (1) how many officers were employed in the War Office on 1st July, 1914, and 31st January, 1921, respectively, and in which Departments the...

      Expeditionary Force Canteens.

      12 speeches

      15. asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to a statement by Sir Alexander Prince, late Controller of the Expeditionary Force canteens, that £7,000,000,...

      Territorial Army (Recruits).

      2 speeches

      Captain TUDOR-REES: 17. asked the Secretary of State for War the total number of recruits enrolled to date in the Territorial Army; and how many more are required to complete the establishment?

      Motor Lorries, Subsidy.

      9 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary of State for War whether there is a scheme in his Department for the subsidy of motor lorries in the event of their being required for purposes of war in the future?

      War Medal Clasps.

      6 speeches

      23. asked the Secretary of State for War if the list of clasps to the war medal has been completed; if so, whether he will state what clasps have been settled upon; and, if not completed, if he...

      Officers' Uniforms.

      4 speeches

      25. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that tailors are still charging officers more than 10 guineas for a khaki twillette tunic for Eastern service and £4...

      Austria (Relief of Distress).

      8 speeches

      2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can state the present position with regard to the relief of distress in Austria; what steps are being taken by His Majesty's...

      Peru (Immigration).

      2 speeches

      Major MALONE: 3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that numerous complaints have been made against the Peruvian Government by intending emigrants for non...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Foreign Competition.

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his latest information from any of the parts of the British Empire shows that, as a result of high prices, British...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • British Prisoners (Baku).

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that one of the British prisoners recently released from Baku has since died, chiefly owing to ill-treatment received whilst in captivity;...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Armoured Cars and Lorries.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Secretary of State for War why, in the official reports of ambushes of soldiers in Ireland, no mention is made of armoured protection for cars and lorries; and what percentage of...

    • Court-Martial.

      6 speeches

      21. asked the Secretary of State for War whether a court-martial in Ireland has been censured by a King's Bench judge; and, if so, whether it is proposed to take any action in the matter?

      Mail Service, Waterford and London.

      4 speeches

      72. asked the Postmaster-General what is the difference in time taken in the carriage of mails between London and Waterford, viâ Fishguard and Rosslare, at present compared to pro-War time;...

      Auxiliary Police (Court of Inquiry).

      24 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to a grave report circulated in this morning's Press, namely, that 30 cadets were recently caught red-handed in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mesopotamia.

    • British and Indian Troops.

      2 speeches

      22. asked the Secretary of State for War the strength of the British and Indian Forces at present employed in Mesopotamia; and what is the ration strength?

    • Officers Pay, Income Tax.

      4 speeches

      24. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office what steps have been taken to put a stop to the deduction of English Income Tax from the pay of officers serving in Mesopotamia who are paid in...

      Newspapee Articles (Police Action).

      7 speeches

      26. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that articles detrimental to the best interests of the State are appearing regularly in a certain newspaper; will he...

      Licences (Extinction).

      4 speeches

      27. asked the Home Secretary how many licences were suppressed with compensation under the Licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910, during the year 1920; and how many county licensing authorities...

      Juvenile Offenders.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Home Secretary what were the figures of entry of male and female juvenile offenders into the Borstal institutions in England and Wales in 1918, 1919, and 1920; and whether, seeing...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prisons.

    • Strict Separate Confinement.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Home Secretary on what principle the prison regulations were altered so as to abolish strict separate confinement during the first month for women sentenced to imprisonment with...

    • Officials (Military Service).

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Home Secretary how many of the governors, superior officers, and subordinate officers of His Majesty's prisons, respectively, have been members of the Regular Forces, military or...

      Worn-Out Horses.

      6 speeches

      33. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the Continental traffic in worn-out horses; and what steps he has taken to see that these horses are in a fit state to travel...

      Traffic Regulations.

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Home Secretary whether the police have any instructions with reference to vehicles waiting in the streets of the Metropolitan area, having regard to the convenience of the public,...

      Twenty-Four Hour Clock.

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Home Secretary whether any decision has been come to with reference to the general use of the 24-hour clock?

      Side-Car Taxicabs.

      4 speeches

      36. asked the Home Secretary whether applications for the licensing of side-car taxicabs will now be considered for the Metropolitan Police area?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Game and Heather Burning.

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Secretary for Scotland what is the cause of the delay in publishing the reports of the Game and Heather-Burning (Scotland) Committee; and when they may be expected?

    • Dangerous Drugs Act (Regulations).

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he has received letters from chemists in Scotland protesting against certain parts of the new Regulations under the Dangerous Drugs Act; and, if so,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Telephone Service.

      12 speeches

      41. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is in a position to state the round number of telephone calls which were sent through the exchanges of the United Kingdom during 1920; what proportion...

    • Missing Parcel.

      5 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 42. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a parcel, No. 4, posted at Middlesbrough General Post Office on 12th January, 1920, addressed to the Bureau of Standards,...

      Sub-Postmasters (Pay).

      4 speeches

      44. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the Drapers' Chamber of Trade approved and adopted a schedule of minimum rates of wages for shop assistants on 20th April, 1920; whether...

      Press Telegrams.

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Postmaster-General how much Press telegrams now cost the country over and above the rate paid for them by the newspapers; and whether in the interests of economy he intends to alter...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Teachers' Salaries.

      10 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether the Board of Education have any, and, if so, what power of compelling local education authorities to pay the teachers in their locality according to any...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Construction Policy.

      13 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether any policy has yet been decided on by the Cabinet with reference to the building of capital ships, in view of the fact that the United States are now building...

    • Officers' Income Tax.

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether naval officers and men stationed in India and China, who have received some compensation in exchange owing to the price of silver being...

      Corn Lands, Amesbury.

      2 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the cultivation sub-committee of the Wilts Argicultural Committee view with alarm the Order which has recently been served on certain War...

      Washington Labour Conference Conventions.

      2 speeches

      Mr. BARNES: 52. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware of the widespread concern at the Government failure to carry out the conventions of the Washington Labour Conference; and if he can...

      National Expenditure (Select Committee).

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether it is proposed to reappoint the Select Committee on National Expenditure; and, if so, whether it will be appointed at an early date in order that it may...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • London Conference.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 54. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the attention of the Government has been called to the terms of the note addressed by M T[...]hitcherin, on behalf of the Soviet...

    • Taxation (Revenue).

      3 speeches

      55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give the gross and net amounts received from, and in each case indicate the cost of collecting, the following taxes during the first nine months of...

      Income Tax.

      4 speeches

      56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that grave hardship is being caused owing to youths and young men whose total earnings are devoted to the support of the home being...

      Revenue Bill.

      6 speeches

      58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when it is proposed to introduce the Revenue Bill?

      United States (Loans to Allies).

      6 speeches

      60. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total amount of the loan from the United States of America to Great Britain; was any portion of such sum, and, if so, what portion, borrowed...

      Civil Service (Bonus).

      14 speeches

      67. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will explain why, when the cost of living has fallen 10 points, bonuses will be increased by £2,000 on 1st March under the Civil Service bonus...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Wheat Prices.

      3 speeches

      69. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what will be the amount which the Government will pay to the farmers for the difference between 95s. per quarter and the price per quarter already...

    • Flour.

      4 speeches

      78. asked the Minister of Food as to the quantity of flour stored at the Assembly Hall, Ferndale, in the month of September, 1919, what amount of it has been returned to the millers to be...

      Herrings.

      4 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Food the total quantity of herrings purchased last season by or on behalf of the Government and the total cost of same; what part thereof has been sold and what is the...

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

    • Dependant's Pension (MRS. E. Howman).

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Pensions if his attention has been drawn to the case of Mrs. E. Howman, the mother of the late Sergeant Joseph Chad Howman, No. 2,100, 21st London Rifles, who made...

    • Whisky (Export).

      3 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that all the best whiskies are leaving this country on account of whisky being able to be sold for export at 32s. per gallon and only at 16s. 8d. per...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Munitions.

    • Documents (Alleged Irregularities).

      10 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Leader of the House whether a large proportion of the outstanding accounts with contractors to the Ministry of Munitions have been and are now being dealt with by a...

  • Debates (Private Members').

    2 speeches

    I desire to ask you, Sir, whether it is not a fact that in any important Debate in this House the available time is largely monopolised by Members on the Front Benches, and whether you will...

  • New Member Sworn.

    Ernest Evans, Esq., for the County of Cardigan.

  • Notices of Motion.

    • Public Administration (Economy).

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the urgent need for economical administration and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. G. Locker-Lampson."]

    • London Parks.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Service Estimates, to call attention to the London Parks and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Lorden.]

      Army Council.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates, to call attention to the composition of the Army Council and to move a Resolution.—[Major Sir R. Blair.]

      Old Age Pensions.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Service Estimates, to call attention to the administration of Old Age Pensions and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Hogge.]

      Navy.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Navy Estimates, to call attention to the urgent necessity of increasing the strength of the Navy by laying down capital ships, and to move a...

      Armaments.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Navy Estimates, to call attention to the necessity for international agreement on armaments, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Neil Maclean.]

      Irish Administration.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Service Estimates, to call attention to the administration of Ireland and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Kiley.]

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Service Estimates, to call attention to the position of disabled e|-service men and of widows and dependants, and to move a Resolution.—[Major...

      Education.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Service Estimates, to call attention to the policy of the Government in arresting the development of education and to move a Resolution.—[Mr....

      Army Promotion.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates, to call attention to the methods of promotion in the Army and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. G. Edwards, Mr. T. Griffiths.]

      Air Service.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Air Estimates, to call attention to the present position of the Air Service in this country and to move a Resolution.— [Colonel Newman.]

  • Business of the House.

    49 speeches

    I beg to move, "That until the end of the financial year, Government business do have precedence at every sitting." I hope to convince the House that this Resolution is necessary. I know it may...

  • Ministry of Munitions.

    • Documents (Alleged Irregularities).

      26 speeches

      I beg to move, "That this House do now adjourn." I am fully aware of the gravity of the step that I have taken and of the allegations that I am going to make, and I ask the House to accept my...

    • Unemployment Insukance [Money].

      Committee to consider of authorising the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of contributions towards unemployment benefit and of sums necessary for defraying the cost of providing...

  • Ireland.

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