House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 1 March 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills (Standing Orders not previously inquired into complied with),—Mr. SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Anglo-Japanese Treaty.

    2 speeches

    Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, if the terms of the treaty arrangements between this country and Japan preclude the possibility of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Emigrant Traffic, Germany.

      6 speeches

      2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the German Government is evading Articles 323, 327, and 368 of the Treaty of Versailles by withholding an emigration licence from...

    • Rolling Stock.

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any progress has yet been made in dividing up the rolling stock, and particularly locomotives and goods wagons, between the...

      Mandates (Mesopotamia and Palestine).

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the terms of the Mandates for Mesopotamia and Palestine have been officially published; and whether any opportunity will be...

      German Steamers.

      7 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 13. asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that five German passenger and cargo steamers of over 1,600 tons gross register, trading in the...

      Plebiscite, Vilna.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any statement as to the situation in Vilna; and what progress the League of Nations is making with arrangements for the plebiscite in that area?

      German Indemnity.

      5 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 53. asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the proposal introduced into the American Senate that the United States should intervene to limit the German...

      Manchuria.

      7 speeches

      Mr. FREDERICK GREEN: 3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government has received from its representatives in Manchuria any reports relating to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt.

    • Press Censorship.

      4 speeches

      4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that newspapers in the English language published in Egypt are still being rigidly censored, and are frequently refused...

    • Milner Commission (Report).

      2 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister when the House will have an opportunity of discussing the Milner Report?

      Workers' Organisations.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Prime Minister whether a Proclamation has recently been issued by Lord Allenby prohibiting the payment of Egyptian workers and workers in Egypt of other nationalities of all...

      Bulgarian Prisoners of War.

      2 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that out of the 17,000 Bulgarian officers and men taken prisoners to the west of Scopie by the French in the late...

      Feeding of Children, Central Europe.

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs as to the number of children who are being fed daily in Central Europe by American and British institutions?

      Kassala Railway.

      4 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if any encouragement has been given to the issue by the Sudan Government of a loan for the building of the Kassala Railway, having regard...

      Costa Rica (Oil Concession).

      4 speeches

      Major C. LOWTHER: 10. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government of the United States of America has protested against the acquiring by a British company of an...

      Mexico.

      2 speeches

      Major LOWTHER: 11. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the reasons which prompt His Majesty's Government in delaying the recognition of the popularly and legally...

      Passports and Visas.

      8 speeches

      12. asked the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can hold out an early prospect for the abolition, or a substantial modification approximating to peace-time conditions, of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • Trade Agreement.

      4 speeches

      14. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether an answer has yet been despatched to the note sent by Commissary Tchitcherin on 4th February with regard to the Russian trade...

    • Overseas Trade.

      4 speeches

      15. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department, if many cases have been brought to his notice, more especially in British Colonies and Dominions, of the loss to British...

      Army Council (Lady Private Secretaries).

      7 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the duties of private secretary and assistant private secretary to a member of the Army Council are being carried out by ladies; and were these...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Indian Units.

      2 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary of State for War whether arrangements have now been completed for the relief of all Indian units who have been more than three years away from India on service overseas

    • Troops, North-West Persia.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Secretary of State for War if any measures have been taken to withdraw the isolated detachment in the neighbourhood of Kasvin, some 600 miles distant from its main body?

      Military AttachÉS.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Secretary of State for War why it is considered necessary since the War to have major-generals to carry out the duties of Military Attaché in foreign countries with...

      War Decorations.

      10 speeches

      23. asked the Secretary of State for War whether some medal will be given to those who volunteered for service in the early days of the War and served for long periods at home, their age or...

      PRK-War Pensioners.

      4 speeches

      26. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, under Army Order 325, of 1919, pre-War pensioners employed by the Crown, and who-were refused permission to join the Colours in the late War on...

      Army of Occupation (German Wives).

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can inform the House as to the number of British soldiers in the Army of Occupation who have married German wives?

      Purchase Discharge.

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Secretary of State for War whether any appeal is allowed against refusal to grant an application for the discharge of a soldier by purchase?

      Application for Discharge.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Private F. Hind, No. 37676, enlisted on 5th July, 1920, and was posted to the 3rd Dragoon Guards, his age being then 17 years and...

      Motor Lorries (Subsidy).

      15 speeches

      Mr. G. LOCKER LAMPSON: 37. asked the Secretary of State for War whether any estimate has been made of the total cost of the proposed subsidy of motor lorries in the event of their being required...

      Soldier's Account (Settlement).

      6 speeches

      41. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that Mr. A. T. White, of 60, Longstone Road, Eastbourne, late lance-corporal, No. WR/199068, Royal Engineers, has not...

      Military Police (Naval Ratings).

      4 speeches

      42. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the War Office if those naval ratings who enlisted in the military police before 23rd February of this year in the belief that they would receive the pay...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Territorial Army.

    • Director-General.

      2 speeches

      22. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the reconstitution of the Territorial Army, he will consider the advisability of making its Director-General a member of the Army Council?

    • Commissions.

      6 speeches

      35. asked the Secretary of State for War what is the number of officers holding Territorial Army commissions who are at present commanding Territorial Army divisions, Territorial Army Infantry...

      Navy and Army Canteen Board.

      6 speeches

      24. asked the Secretary of State for War when the complete accounts of the Canteen Board for the period ending 31st December, 1918, will be available; and what is the amount of the money in hand,...

      Wine Orders (Prepayment).

      8 speeches

      43. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the old war-time regulation that cash has to be paid to a wine merchant before delivery of the goods ordered is still maintained; and...

      Ex-Service Men (Civil Service).

      2 speeches

      44. asked the Home Secretary if there is any likelihood of the higher positions in the Civil Service being thrown open to competition, by which ex-service men could secure these appointments by...

      Business Premises.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister if the Government has considered the Report of the Select Committee on Business Premises; if he is aware that the matter is urgent; and if it is proposed to give...

      Wheat (Home Milling).

      4 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the desirability of introducing legislation which will have the effect of causing wheat to be milled in the United Kingdom instead of being...

      Exchange (Stabilisation).

      4 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether the Cabinet is considering any scheme, and, if so, what, for the stabilisation of exchange; whether there is any likelihood of an early decision; and whether,...

      International Transport Conference, Barcelona.

      4 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister to state who is to represent this country at the forthcoming International Transport Conference, which is to be hold at Barcelona on 10th March?

      Credits, Central Europe.

      6 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the provision of credits for Central European countries in order to facilitate the restoration of trade between them and this country and so...

      Ministry of Munitions.

      2 speeches

      Captain TUDOR-REES: 56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has now received the revised Report of the Economy Committee on the staffing, etc., at the Ministry of Munitions; and, if...

      Havana Cigars.

      2 speeches

      57 and 58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he will give particulars as to the value and amount of cigars of Havana manufacture cleared from bond since the imposition of the...

      Banks (Government Audit).

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the distress and loss caused to the public by the failure of certain banks, such as the Charing Cross and Farrow's Bank, the...

      Turnover Tax.

      4 speeches

      60. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what investigations he has made into the merits and demerits of the Turnover Tax; whether he will reconsider his decision re introducing a Turnover Tax...

      United States (Loans to Allies).

      8 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why France and Italy did not apply direct to the United States for such loans as they required after the entry of the United States into the War, instead...

      Income Tax.

      12 speeches

      63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether nearly 15,000 workmen, chiefly colliers, in South Wales were summoned for non-payment of Income Tax during last year; whether one defaulter...

      Unemployed Processions.

      7 speeches

      Lieut - Colonel GUINNESS: 65. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to allegations that men in full employment are taking part in unemployed processions with the object of...

      Unemployed Organiser Arrest).

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Home Secretary whether he can throw any light on the disappearance of Robert MacDonald, organiser of the Stepney unemployed, who was last seen on Sunday, 20th February, at about...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Summer Time.

      11 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 67. asked the Home Secretary whether, with regard to the introduction of summer time for this year, he has given full consideration to the views of the agricultural...

    • Education Rates.

      16 speeches

      70. asked the Secretary for Scotland if he has now devised any form of relief for the rural parishes and small towns in Scotland where the substitution of the county for the parish as the rating...

      Cowdenbeath (New School).

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Secretary for Scotland if the proposal to erect a new school at Cowdenbeath at an estimated cost of about £44,860 is being proceeded with, or is this in abeyance?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Sinn Fein Migration, Manchester.

      2 speeches

      69. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the recent destruction of plate-glass windows in Oxford Road, Manchester, by a Sein Feiner; what is the amount of damage; if there has been a...

    • Captain T. G. Macfie.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Commander KEN WORTHY: (by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether a warrant for the arrest of Captain T. G. Macfie, D.S.O., M.C., late Adjutant of the Auxiliary...

      Court-Martial (Patrick Moran).

      2 speeches

      Mr. WALSH: (by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Patrick Moran, who, on the 17th ult., was convicted by court-martial for...

      Administration.

      1 speech

      At the end of Questions,

      Telephone Rates, New York and London.

      7 speeches

      73. asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that there was an inquiry into the New York telephones at the end of last year; and whether the business men of New York offered to pay higher...

      Albania.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether information has been received by His Majesty's Government from the Albanian Government to the effect that Greek...

      Police Investigations, Woolwich.

      3 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Home Secretary if he will explain upon what grounds the houses of citizens in Woolwich were raided by armed forces of the Crown; whether he is aware that Councillor...

  • Indian Administration (Questions).

    15 speeches

    I desire with your permission, Mr. Speaker, to raise a point of Order arising out of certain rulings which you gave on Wednesday and Thursday last, which rulings have given rise to anxiety in...

  • Message from the Lords.

    INDIA:—That they communicate that they have come to the following Resolution, namely: That it is desirable that a Committee of Eleven Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of Eleven...

  • Public Accounts Committee.

    First Report brought up, and read; Report to lie upon the Table, and to be printed. [No. 36.]

  • Selection (Standing Com- Mittees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had nominated the following Members to serve OR Standing Committee A: Mr. Armitage, Lieut.-Commander Astbury, Mr. George...

    • Unopposed Bill Committees (Panel).

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had selected the following Eight Members to be the Panel to serve on Unopposed Bill Committees under Standing Order No. 109:...

      Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That, in pursuance of the provisions of The Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899, they had selected the following Twenty-four...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    • Air Estimates, 1921–22.

      Order for Committee read.

    • Mr. CHURCHILL'S STATEMENT.

      62 speeches

      I beg to move, "That MR. SPEAKER do now leave the Chair." 4.0 P.M. This is the third time that I have been responsible for presenting the Air Estimates to the House, and the Air Force for the...

      Number of Air Force.

      16 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a number of Air Forces, not exceeding 30,880, all ranks, be maintained for the service of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland at home and...

      Pay, etc., of the Air Force.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £4,794,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of the Pay, etc., of His Majesty's Air Force at home and abroad, which will come in course of...

  • Orders of the Day — Report. [28TH February.]

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