House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 23 February 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Batley Corporation Bill,

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Army Pay.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 3. asked the Secretary of State for India whether Indian Army Order No. 868, of October, 1919, gave the expectation that the pay of certain specified services serving in...

    • Army (Strength)

      22 speeches

      4. asked the Secretary of State for India how many Indian cavalry regiments have been disbanded; whether they were pre-War regiments; how many men have been disbanded; and what pensions are being...

      Elections (Voters).

      2 speeches

      5. asked the Secretary of State for India how many voters were entitled to vote in the recent elections in each province of India and how many actually voted?

      Army Service (Esher Report).

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Secretary of State for India what steps have been taken to carry into effect the recommendations in Part V of the Esher Report in regard to the improvements in the conditions of...

      Auxiliary Force.

      10 speeches

      9. asked the Secretary of State for India the number of voluntary enrolments in India up to date under the Auxiliary Force Bill, and how this number compares with the number that were enrolled...

      Legislative Councils (Ministers).

      22 speeches

      10. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that Mr. Har Kishan Lal, who was convicted on a charge of conspiracy to wage war and of abetting the waging of war against the King,...

      Stores (Purchase)

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has yet received the views of the Government of India on the Report of the Couchman Committee on the purchase of stores for the State; and...

      Government Reports.

      2 speeches

      12. asked the Secretary of State for India whether Reports, even of a trivial nature, from the Government of India to the Secretary of State are printed; and whether this costly method of...

      Disturbances, Haihati.

      2 speeches

      13. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can give any particulars as to the fatal riots reported at Naihati; whether they were directly due to the visit of Gandhi; and, if so,...

      Medical Service.

      2 speeches

      15. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the Indian Medical Service have received neither the benefits of the accelerated cadre promotion granted in the British Army...

      Shwe Dagon Pagoda.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for India whether, in the event of an attack by hostile ships on Ran- goon, the fortification of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda would lead to its bombardment and possible...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Contituning Service.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 19. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if a decision has yet been arrived at as to whether the five years served on a short service agreement in those...

    • Atlantic Fleet Cruise.

      7 speeches

      20. asked Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many battleships left England on the present cruise of the Atlantic Fleet and how many of these ships were flagships?

      Short-Time Scheme.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how much money is being saved weekly in wages under the short-time scheme in the Clarence Victualling Yard, Gosport, Priddy's Hard, Gosport,...

      Jack Cornwall, V.C., National Memorial.

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how the money which was collected by public subscription for the Jack Cornwall, V.C., National Memorial Fund was expended, and if a balance...

      Pension Suspension.

      2 speeches

      24. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if an Order in Council is necessary before the pension of a naval officer called up for service is suspended?

      Army Police.

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that recruits for the Military Police are being, and have been, enlisted on the promise of higher pay if they have two years' previous...

      Labour Disputes.

      3 speeches

      26. asked the Minister of Labour how many contracts have to his knowledge gone abroad during the past six months owing to labour disputes at home; what are the facts in each case; and what action...

      Industrial Insurance Dispute.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 27. asked the Minister of Labour whether he can see his way to exercise the powers conferred upon him by the Industrial Courts Act, 1919, with a view to settling the dispute which...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Clyde Works, Dismissals.

      12 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the employers on the Clyde are dismissing large numbers of men and marking their cards dismissed because of the joiners' strike; that, in...

    • Benefit (Administration).

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that trade unions are finding it practically impossible to administer the Government unemployment dole owing to the delay in...

      Domestic Service.

      10 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the fact that a female domestic servant was engaged by an inhabitant in Bournemouth a week ago at a salary of £62 a...

      Arterial Road, Dartford and Erith.

      7 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Labour whether the construction of an arterial road between Dartford and Erith, which the Kent County Council had undertaken for the relief of the unemployed, was being...

      Co-Operative Movement.

      10 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Labour if he can state what is the proportion of the registered number of unemployed who have been engaged in the cooperative movement?

      Municipal Enterprise.

      5 speeches

      42. asked the Minister of Labour what is the proportion of the registered number of unemployed who have been engaged in municipal enterprise?

      Trade Boards.

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, in spite of the fact that the cost of living is declining, some of the Trade Boards are proposing to increase the existing minimum...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Cabinet Makers (Training).

      2 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that there is a complaint among ex-service men now being trained for cabinet-making, particularly in Yorkshire, that their tuition holds out...

    • King's Roll of Honour.

      5 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Labour what steps are being taken to ensure that British firms on the King's Roll of Honour are given an effective preference over foreign firms in the matter of...

      Building Trade Dilution.

      12 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Labour when he expects to be in a position to put into employment in the building of urgently needed houses the 50,000 ex-service men on whose behalf he has been engaged...

      Training, Cambridgeshire.

      4 speeches

      Captain COOTE: 37. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, although 109 duly certificated applications for training were submitted by the Cambridgeshire Local War Pensions...

      Wages (Regulation).

      6 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 39. asked the Minister of Labour whether it is a desire for economy that prevents him from, with the help of statistical experts who are not themselves civil servants, undertaking...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Local Authorities, Financial Aid.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 44. asked the Minister of Health whether there has been any modification or limitation of the terms and conditions upon which financial aid is granted to local authorities under...

    • Exchange Stabilisation.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether any parts of the British Empire and, if so, how many, have regulated their own rates of exchange; and whether there is any general policy governing official...

      Mesopotamia (Mandate).

      18 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the British mandate in Mesopotamia has been published in America and a summary published in the Press in this country; whether he is prepared...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • German War Criminals.

      14 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether a date has yet been fixed for the trial at Leipzig of Germans charged with cruelty to British prisoners of war; if he can give the names of those Germans who...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Milling.

      8 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the possibility of taking steps to see that all imported grain is milled in Great Britain, thus giving greater employment to the British...

    • Cereals and Potatoes (Prices).

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that all cereals and potatoes are approximately being sold at the prices current when agricultural labourers' wages were fixed at 25s. per week...

      Arson (Manchester).

      7 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the crimes of arson committed in and around Manchester during the last fortnight; what is the extent of the loss incurred; if there is evidence...

      United Services Fund.

      9 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister what is the total amount in the Canteen Fund; what scheme, if any, is suggested for its use; if he will appoint a Committee of the House to consider and report as to...

      Members' Salaries and Allowances.

      4 speeches

      54. asked the Lord Privy Seal if the Government have yet considered the Report of the Select Committee on Members' Salaries and Allowances; and is he in a position to inform the House of Commons...

      Local Authorities, Finance.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will give facilities for the introduction of a Bill giving power to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ration moneys or the price of moneys used by local...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

  • Bill Presented.

    • Coroners (Remuneration) Bill,

      "to amend the Law relating to the remuneration of coroners," presented by Sir THOMAS BRAMSDON; supported by Major Barnes, Major Boyd-Carpenter, Mr. Grattan Doyle, Sir William Joynson-Hicks,...

    • Prevention of Unemployment.

      1 speech

      I beg to move, "That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the prevention of unemployment, to provide for the proper treatment of unemployed persons; and for other purposes...

      Prevention of Unemployment Bill,

      "to make provision for the prevention of unemployment; to provide for the proper treatment of unemployed persons; and for other purposes connected therewith," presented accordingly, and read the...

  • Orders of the Day — Unemployment Insurance Act (1920) Amendment Bill.

    124 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Unemployment Insurance [Money].

    1 speech

    Considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Adjournment.

    Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Lord Edmund Talbot.]

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