House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 6 April 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Herts and Essex Water Bill,

  • FORTH CONSERVANCY ORDER CONFIRMATION BILL [Lords] (by Order).

    Considered (under Section 7 of Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899).

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Bolshevik Rouble Notes.

      5 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 4. asked the Secretary of State for India whether the possession of Bolshevik money has been made illegal in British India?

    • Army.

      8 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 5. asked the Secretary of State for India whether the main and fundamental recommendations of the Esher Committee have yet come before His Majesty's Government after consideration...

      Afghanistan Negotiations.

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Secretary of State for India if he can give any information regarding the negotiations with Afghanistan now being carried on at Kabul.

      Wireless Telegraphy.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Secretary of State for India who is the present Director of Wireless Telegraphy in India; whether the wireless expert to the Government of India, originally sent out from home, has...

      Burma (Custom of Shikho).

      6 speeches

      9. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will call for a Report on the habit of shikho as performed in Burma, finding out what is thought of this custom both by British officials and...

      Viceroy (Title).

      4 speeches

      10. asked the the Secretary of State for India whether, in deference to the demand from Burma, any steps are being taken to change the style and title of the Viceroy to Governor-General of India...

      Riots and Casualties.

      8 speeches

      12. asked the Secretary of State for India how many riots and disturbances have occurred in India since the 1st of March; what number of casualties have resulted to the civil population and to...

      Naval Armaments, Japan.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Commander KEN WORTHY: 13. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what information he has with regard to the warship building programme of Japan; how many capital ships are under...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Royal Dockyards (Pensions).

      4 speeches

      14. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that the various Superannuation Acts applicable to industrial servants appear to make no special provision for the...

    • Battleships (Dry-Docking).

      2 speeches

      16. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many battleships and battle-cruisers were detached from the Grand Fleet from time to time between 14th August, 1914, and the Armistice for the...

      Battle of Jutland (Torpedoes).

      4 speeches

      17. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any and, if so, how many torpedoes were fired from battleships at the battle of Jutland; whether the retention of torpedo tubes is considered...

      New Capital Ships.

      11 speeches

      18. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, as reported in the Press, the new battleships are to be armed with guns of 18-inch calibre and 75 feet length; whether such guns can be...

      Prize Fund.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty by what date will the accounts of the prize fund for the year ending 31st March, 1921, be completed; by what date the various prize court accounts will...

      Retirement on Pension.

      4 speeches

      23. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that there exists a desire on the part of some officers and men to retire on pension at the age of 55 or over, in particular...

      Hospital, Yokohama.

      4 speeches

      24. asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Admiralty can take steps to abolish the Royal Naval Hospital at Yokohama as a needless source of expense?

      Marriage Allowance (Officers).

      6 speeches

      25. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether any decision has yet been come to with regard to the granting of marriage allowances to officers of the Royal Navy on the same lines...

      Guns (Woolwich Plant).

      2 speeches

      19. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it is the policy of the Admiralty to set the pace in respect to increasing the size of naval guns; and, if so, whether he will, looking to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Prisoners (Conveyance by Sea).

      2 speeches

      15. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if Irish prisoners are conveyed from Ireland to Portland in destroyers and sloops; what accommodation is provided for these prisoners, especially in the...

    • Murders and Outrages.

      14 speeches

      40. asked the Chief Secretary whether he is now aware that John O'Connor, of Gloundaeagh, Tarranfore, County Kerry, was arrested on 15th December last whilst on his way to church and driven away...

      Police Pensions.

      7 speeches

      42. asked the Chief Secretary the number of Irish police pensioners under 60 years of age who retired prior to 1st April, 1919, and who are debarred from receiving any benefit under the Increase...

      Kerry Brigade (Command).

      4 speeches

      57. asked the Secretary of State for War why Colonel-Commandant R. O'H. Livesay, C. M. G., D. S. O., recently relinquished command of the Kerry brigade, and how he is now employed?

      Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. WILSON: 28. asked the Minister of Labour how many trade unions and how many friendly societies have made arrangements to administer the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920, as provided for in...

      Unemployment Statistics.

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Labour, if he can give figures showing how the extent of unemployment in this country compares with that of the principal European countries and the United States of America?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Treatment, Ireland.

      4 speeches

      30. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the treatment of ex-service men at the hands of rebels in Southern Ireland, resulting in the refusal of employment, and...

    • Small Holdings, Bedfordshire.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that Portobello Farm, near Potton, Bedfordshire, has been specially acquired through his Department for the provision of land for small...

      Customs and Excise.

      6 speeches

      56. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the sense of grievance felt by the 113 ex-service men who passed the qualifying examination for positions as officers of Customs and Excise in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Ridgmont, Bedfordshire.

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Health if he will cause inquiries to be made into the delay in the erection of cottages at Ridgmont, Bedfordshire; whether the plans have been passed for the same by the...

    • Contracts (Direct Labour).

      4 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Health whether he can give the average number of bricks laid per day by the bricklayers on the Gorton Mount estate, Manchester; whether houses built by direct labour on...

      Wooden Houses.

      6 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Health whether grants at the rate of £260 per house, the bonus payable by the Ministry for the erection of brick or concrete houses, have been paid or authorised...

      Bricklaying (Great Britain and Belgium).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Health whether he has yet ascertained any comparable figures as to the relative day's work in bricklaying in this country and in Belgium?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service.

    • Re-Grading (Women).

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Health whether women are to be allotted not more than 50 executive posts upon re-grading; and whether he will undertake that the 66 first-class women clerks and 210...

    • Efficiency Bars.

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Secretary to the Treasury how many of the 3,948 second division male clerks in the Civil Service on 1st October, 1919, had failed to pass the efficiency bars in their scale, and how...

      Lunacy Acts.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Health whether he will amend the wording of the Lunacy Acts in order to substitute the terms patients and mental hospital for pauper lunatic and pauper lunatic asylum?

      Approved Societies (Surpluses).

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Health whether he is taking any action, in accordance with the recommendations of the interim Report of Lord Cave's Committee, with reference to the disposal, in the...

      Tanganyika.

      2 speeches

      43. asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether at the forthcoming public sales of ex-enemy property in Tanganyika territory the provisions of Article 7 in the draft East Africa...

      Closed Ministries (Staffs).

      3 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister what is the number of the staffs of the Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Food, and Ministry of Munitions that have been transferred to other Departments owing to the...

      Ministerial Appointments.

      9 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister what is the salary, and what are the duties, of the late Minister of Health on his appointment as a Minister without portfolio?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • Soviet Propaganda.

      7 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether, under the recently signed trade agreement with the Russian Soviet Government the executive of the Third (Communist) International, of which Lenin is the...

    • Trade Representatives.

      10 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister how many trade representatives may be sent to this country by the Russian Soviet Government under the recently signed Trade Agreement; and whether all such...

      Trade Mission Propaganda.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether the Trade Mission propaganda, alleged to have been proclaimed by Lenin and issued to his agents with a view to promoting revolution in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Industrial Disputes.

      2 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister if he will arrange for the general publication of an official statement showing the menace to British export trade of the succession of industrial troubles in this...

    • Foreign Wage Movements.

      6 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister, for the purposes of comparison, if he will cause to be issued a statement showing wage movements in other countries whereby they are able successfully to compete...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Wages Dispute.

    • Mines (Flooding).

      1 speech

      55. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government will consider the advisability, with a view to

      Basic Slag.

      3 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Agriculture the selling price during the year 1920 and the present retail price of ground basic slag 30 per cent.; and whether this commodity is still under the control...

      Production (South Wales).

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Secretary for Mines the number of firms in South Wales which, in the months of January and February, 1921, produced coal at a loss of less than 6d. per ton, the number which...

      Pit Ponies.

      3 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has any further information to give as to the withdrawal of pit ponies and horses from the mines, and thereby saving them from...

      Proposed Conference.

      2 speeches

      May I ask the Leader of the House if he has any information as to any developments in connection with the industrial crisis?

      War Geaves.

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the graves of men who died in Great Britain as the result of wounds or illness caused by the Great War are under the control of the Graves...

      Victoria Embankment Gardens.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he can now state when the temporary buildings in the Victoria Embankment Gardens will be cleared away and these public gardens restored to the...

      Persia.

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 70. asked the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the position at Teheran has undergone any material change during the holidays?

      Local Taxation (Scotland).

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir J. HOPE: 73. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether, in view of the appointment of a Committee to inquire into the incidence of local rating in Scotland, he will furnish a...

      Cruelty to Dogs.

      6 speeches

      77. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the fact that a man was recently fined 40s. by the Willesden magistrate for kicking to death a Pomeranian puppy; whether...

      Pigeon-Shooting.

      6 speeches

      78. asked the Home Secretary, whether he is aware that some 30 dozen pigeons were killed or injured in a pigeon-shooting competition which took place on the ground of the Chatham Football Club on...

      Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Limited.

      4 speeches

      80. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount the British Government has invested in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Limited, and the percentage of the ordinary dividends since 1913?

      Prime Minister (Attendance in House).

      2 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister when he expects to resume his normal duties in the House; and when questions may be put down to him every day at No. 45?

      Armenian Refugees.

      4 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 71. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has anything new to communicate to the House regarding the continued maintenance at Bakonba of upwards of...

      Epileptic Children (Maintenance).

      2 speeches

      74. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Local Education Authority for Barrow-in-Furness, after having tried without success to obtain a place for an...

      Poplar (Police Precept).

      2 speeches

      79. asked the Home Secretary if the secretary to the Receiver of the Metropolitan Police district has received any satisfactory reply from the Poplar Borough Council concerning the latter's...

      Continuation Classes (Scotland).

      4 speeches

      72. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he has considered the resolution passed at a meeting at Edinburgh on 30th March by representatives of over 200 parish councils urging an amendment of...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    Mr. HENDERSON: May I ask the Leader of the House whether there is any change in the business of the House announced for to-day and to-morrow?

  • Notices of Motion:

    • Education (Scotland) Act, 1918

      On this day four weeks, to call attention to the working of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1918, and to move a Resolution.—[Colonel Sir A. Sprot.]

    • Foreign Exchanges.

      On this day four weeks, to call attention to the question of Foreign Exchanges and to move a Resolution.—[Lieut.-Colonel Pownall.]

      Naval Officers' Pay.

      On this day four weeks, to call attention to certain anomalies in the pay of naval officers and to move a Resolution.—[Major Sir B. Falle.]

  • Bill Presented.

    • Revenue Bill.

      "to amend the Law relating to Customs and Inland Revenue, including Excise, and the National Debt, and for other purposes connected with Finance," presented by Lieut.-Commander HILTON YOUNG;...

    • Indian Affairs (Select Committee).

      Ordered, "That Lieut.-Commander Hilton Young be discharged from the Select Committee on Indian' Affairs."

      Standing Orders.

      Resolution reported from the Select Committee— That, in the case of the Eastbourne Waterworks [Lords]—Petition for Bill, the Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with:—That the...

  • Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers Act, 1920 (Regulations).

  • Orders of the Day — Police Pensions [Rates and Conditions].

    2 speeches

    Considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Adjournment.

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

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