House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 2 March 1921

  • Preamble

    The House met at a Quarter before Three of the Clock.

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills,—Mr. DEPUTY-SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That in the case of the following Bill, introduced pursuant to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Government Officials (Cost of Passages).

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Secretary of State for India what has been the result of his communication with the Government of India with regard to the cheapening of the cost of passages for Government officials...

    • Legislative Councils (Elections).

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the number of bogus candidates who have been put forward at the recent elections in India, he will now consult the Government of...

      Rupee Exchange.

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Secretary of State for India if he can make any statement on the extent to which native traders are refusing to meet British liabilities at any rate of exchange except 10 rupees to...

      Government Motor Vehicles.

      9 speeches

      7. asked the Secretary of State for India whether an order for motor car chassis required by the Govern- ment of India has been placed in Italy; and, if so, will he state the number of the...

      Punjab Disturbances.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Secretary of State for India what steps have been taken by the Government of India to secure the safety and interests of the officials and non-officials in India who either prepared...

      Tea (Export Duty).

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 11. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the export duty on tea presses heavily upon an industry exposed at present to many adverse influences; and...

      Army (Eshee Report).

      4 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 12. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is in a position to give the House any information regarding action taken, or to be taken, upon the Esher Report?

      Burma Reform Bill.

      6 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 13. asked the Secretary of State for India what decision has been taken as regards the Burma Bill.

      Civil Service.

      4 speeches

      14. asked the Secretary of State for India whether the Report of the Joint Select Committee on the Government of India Bill Clause 36, expressed the definite opinion that in the case of members...

      Peovinoial and Legislative Councils.

      7 speeches

      17. asked the Secretary of State for India whether in the instructions issued to the governors of Indian provinces or presidencies they are directed to safeguard all members of His Majesty's...

      DR. a. D. Denning.

      8 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that Dr. A. D. Denning, of Stafford, entered into a contract with the Indian Government for five years' service in India; that at...

      Railway Officers (War Service).

      4 speeches

      20. asked the Secretary of State for India whether certain officers of the Indian State railways when the War broke out were given 20 months' work at Army Headquarters, Q Branch, India, then...

      Import Duties.

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for India is it a fact that increased duties on imports to India are imposed from to-day, following the new India Budget; and are any steps being...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Prize Money

      5 speeches

      21. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how much prize money has been paid to officers and men of the Royal Navy to date what is the total amount of the prize fund; how much of this fund will...

    • Motor Launches, Hamble.

      2 speeches

      Colonel BURN: 23. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware of the inconvenience caused to the inhabitants of Hamble on account of the continued occupation of the river by motor...

      New Construction.

      4 speeches

      24. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can say what will be the relative strength of America, Japan, and Great Britain in capital ships in 1924 and 1925 if the present building...

      Peterhead Labourers.

      4 speeches

      25. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why labourers at the Harbour of Refuge, Peterhead, Scotland, are the only men who have not participated in the award in accordance with the agreement of...

      Capital Ships.

      8 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether a decision has been come to as to the building of capital ships for the Navy in the next financial year; and, if so, will he say what that decision is?

      Trade Boards.

      17 speeches

      26. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that under the Trade Boards Acts it is not practicable to secure a reduction in a minimum rate fixed under a period of approximately nine...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Domestic Service.

      25 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Labour whether the records of women [...]n receipt of unemployment pay show the number who possess knowledge of domestic service work; if so, what that number is in each...

    • Outworkers.

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the strong feeling that exists among outworkers at their exclusion from the Unemployment Insurance Acts of 1920; and whether he will state...

      Gamekeepers.

      10 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that gamekeepers and the employers of gamekeepers are both strongly opposed to his decision of 23rd December, 1920, to the effect that...

      Women.

      4 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Labour what steps are being taken by the Government to relieve unemployment amongst women; whether the institution by local authorities of training classes for...

      Agricultural Workers.

      2 speeches

      Captain BROWN: 44. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any records to show the present number of unemployed agricultural workers; whether he is aware that there is a great quantity of...

      Comparative Statistics.

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Labour how the rates of unemployment pay per head per week in this country compare with the rates obtaining in the United States, France, Belgium, and Italy, respectively?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Building Trade (Dilution).

      8 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Labour, seeing that the Government are arranging for dilution in the building trade, if he is prepared to draft legislation to prevent unemployment in such industry;...

    • Co-Operative Movement (Employes).

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons employed in the co-operative movement in Great Britain at the Armistice, and the number employed now?

      Municipal Employes.

      3 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons employed by municipal authorities at the Armistice, and the number at present?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Destruction of Creameries (Unemployment).

      3 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Labour if he can state the number of persons in Ireland who are thrown out of work duo to the destruction of co-operative creameries and dairies?

    • Guerilla Forces.

      12 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 58. asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the reproduction in a French journal of a translation of an article in the "Daily News" by a Mr. Masterman, in which...

      Employment Exchange, East Ham.

      6 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that a number of adult workers reside at Barking who have to attend at the East Ham Employment Exchange to sign on and that at times the adults in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Migration of Securities (Germany).

      2 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether the Reparation Commission or any other body have stopped the migration of securities from Germany?

    • Reparation (Germany).

      4 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister the total amount received by Great Britain in money and goods from Germany up to date; what is the number of British troops in the Army of Occupation and the cost of...

      Indemnity.

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Prime Minister if the Government have in their possession any information which would indicate the amount of indemnity which the Germans hoped to extract from this country and the...

      Mandates.

      17 speeches

      59. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether consideration of the Mesopotamian Mandate has been delayed by the League of Nations at the request of the American Government; and, if so, whether he will...

      Switzerland (Passage of Troops).

      8 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: I had a private notice question addressed to the Leader of the House which was postponed from yesterday, whether he will inform the House what are the so-called international...

      Egypt (Milker Eeport).

      2 speeches

      48. Risked the Prime Minister whether the Milner Report is to be discussed this Session; and, if so, whether he can give a date for the discussion?

      "labour Gazette."

      4 speeches

      43. asked the Minister of Labour whether he will take steps to save a large amount of expenditure by sending copies of the "Labour Gazette" out in thin wrappers instead of in the large stout...

      Coffee Beans, Middlesbrough.

      4 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 45. asked the Prime Minister which Government Department is responsible for the 100 tons of coffee beans, part of a prize cargo, which have been lying in various stores in...

      Government Departments (Purchase of Premises).

      7 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the building of new Employment Exchanges was deferred in deference to Parliamentary opposition to the expenditure, and that since that date...

      Juvenile Employment Schemes.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister whether, in the interests of economy, he will consider the desirability of unifying the administration of juvenile employment schemes under either the Ministry of...

      Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic).

      13 speeches

      Major C. LOWTHER: 54. asked the Prime Minister whether the Liquor Control Board recently acquired a large house in Carlisle for the purpose of converting it into licensed premises; whether the...

      Farming Industry.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Prime Minister whether he will institute an inquiry, Departmental or otherwise, into the effect on farming generally produced by the operation, on the one hand, of the National...

      Ministry of Munitions (Com- Mittee of Inquiry).

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the Committee is to be appointed to investigate the charges made in connection with working papers of the Ministry of Munitions; whether the personnel has...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Building Guilds.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 64. asked the Minister of Health how the cost and workmanship of houses erected by building guilds compare with the cost and workmanship of similar houses erected by ordinary...

    • Building Materials and Supplies Department.

      3 speeches

      65. asked how many officials are employed in the Department of the Director of Building Materials and Supplies, and what is the monthly cost; and whether, with a view to accelerating the housing...

      Government Subsidy.

      4 speeches

      68 asked the Minister of Health (1) whether houses commenced by local authorities under approved schemes before the 31st July, 1922, but not completed by that date will nevertheless qualify for...

      Parliamentary Registers.

      7 speeches

      Colonel BURN: 66. asked the Minister of Health if he will consider the advisability, on the ground of economy, of having only one Parliamentary register yearly instead of two?

      National Health Insurance (Record Cards).

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Minister of Health whether he is still receiving any protests from panel doctors as to the work entailed by filling up the new forms of cards; and, seeing that the time so employed...

  • Bill Presented.

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    REPORT. [1ST MARCH.]

    • Air Estimates, 1921–22.

      4 speeches

      Resolutions reported, 1. "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 abroad,...

  • Civil Services and Revenue Departments Supplementary Estimates, 1920–21.

    • Class I.

    • Rates on Government Property.

      71 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £328,000 be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Public Works and Buildings, Ireland.

      57 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £108,260, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Cabinet Offices.

      Class 2.

      69 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £3,500, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Treasury Axd Subordinate Departments.

      36 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £5,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Colonial Office.

      32 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £250,625, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Civil Service Commission.

      2 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £3,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      National Debt Office.

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £10, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending...

      Royal Navy.

      Capital Ships.

      3 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Colonel Sir R. Sanders.]

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