House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 13 April 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    • London County Council (Money) Bill,

      "to regulate the expenditure on capital account and lending of money by the London County Council during the financial period from the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred and...

    • MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROVISIONAL ORDERS (No. 3) BILL,

      "to confirm certain Provisional Orders of the Minister of Health relating to Chadderton, Glossop, Ilfracombe, Kettering, Padiham, and the North Staffordshire Joint Small-pox Hospital District,"...

      Divorce Law.

      1 speech

      I beg to present a number of petitions, signed by representatives of the Church of England in the Basingstoke Division of Hampshire, to the following effect: We, the undersigned, protest against...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • European Goods (Boycott).

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to a letter published by the Indo-British Association relating to an incident at Shajungi where the people with...

    • Officers' Pay and Pensions.

      8 speeches

      4. asked the Secretary of State for India if his attention has been called to the fact that officers of Indian regiments returning to India from overseas have had their pay held up for sometimes...

      Army Reductions.

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Secretary of State for India if he will give a list of the cavalry regiments and infantry battalions that were reduced prior to his undertaking that no further reductions should take...

      Reserved Departments, Bengal.

      10 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the action of the new Bengal Council in making a wholesale reduction in the grants for reserved Departments;...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Officers' Pay and Allowances.

      2 speeches

      14. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what are the rates of pay, with all allowances, of a captain, commander, lieutenant-commander, lieutenant, sub-lieutenant, mate, and commissioned warrant...

    • Rosyth Naval Base.

      6 speeches

      17. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the number of dismissals taking place at Rosyth naval base, it is possible to provide alternative employment there by the utilisation...

      Warships (Statistics).

      2 speeches

      15. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many battleships, battle cruisers, light cruisers, destroyers, and submarines, respectively, have been removed from the Navy list of the United...

      Boom-Defence Boats, Invebkeithing.

      8 speeches

      16. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of boom-defence boats lying at present in Inverkeithing harbour; what is the cost of maintenance; for how long a period they have been lying...

      Re-Settlement Committee.

      8 speeches

      20. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if there is a Committee visiting naval ports known as a Re-settlement Committee; if so, by whom has it been appointed; what is its purpose...

      Schoolmasters.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what is the object of giving naval schoolmasters at Devonport a course of technical training in engineering; how many are to be specially...

      Royal Naval Hospital, Hong Kong.

      2 speeches

      24. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what is the maximum number of patients that can be accommodated at the Hong Kong Royal Naval Hospital; what were the maximum and minimum...

      Warrant Officers, Promotion.

      4 speeches

      27. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he can now say when those commissioned warrant officers who have passed the requisite examinations will be promoted to lieutenant; and if...

      Officebs' Marriage Allowance.

      4 speeches

      28. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he can give any date, this year or next year, when the present consideration of the marriage allowance to officers of the Royal Navy is...

      Royal Dockyards (Employes).

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the numbers employed in the dockyards of the various trades and grades of skilled and semi-skilled labour during the month of April in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Health Stamps.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Minister of Labour whether the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920, requires workers to have at least 20 health stamps on their cards for last year; if he is aware that many through...

    • Enemy Aliens.

      6 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that statements are constantly being made that enemy aliens who have returned to this country are drawing unemployment pay; and whether it is...

      Trade Boards.

      13 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Labour how many Trade Boards there are established; what is their cost to the country; how much money is spent in covering the cost of representatives of employers and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Building Trade.

      14 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 34. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has been able to conclude the negotiations, which he has been carrying on since August of last year, to allow the employment of...

    • Settlement Overseas (MR. D. Cameron).

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Dugald Cameron, late of 4, Baird Street, Govan, Glasgow, was granted a free warrant to New Zealand; that he had a...

      Cost of Living.

      6 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 35. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that persons who have made investigations and are competent to give an opinion have formed the conclusion that, taking into...

      Caravan Settlement (Moreton).

      15 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Health whether he has replied favourably to the petition of the Moreton district council upon the subject of the caravan settlement in that and adjoining parishes;...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Subsidence, Bilston.

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Health whether he has re- ceived any report upon the proceedings against John Davies, of Bilston, under Section 6 of the Housing (Additional Powers) Act, 1919, inquiry...

    • Bricklaying, Tottenham.

      9 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the engineer and surveyor of the Tottenham Urban District Council reported to the Local Housing Committee, at its meeting on the 1st...

      Guild Contracts.

      12 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Health whether the policy of approving housing schemes under the guild system is still being pursued by the Ministry; whether the private employers' contract contains a...

      Beady Street, Bethnal Green.

      4 speeches

      51. asked the Minister of Health whether the London County Council has presented a scheme for dealing with the slum area of Brady Street, Bethnal Green; when such plan was sent to his Department;...

      Subsidies.

      2 speeches

      54. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the declared policy of the Government that the subsidising of an industry out of taxation is wrong in principle and indefensible, and of the...

      Housing Demand.

      6 speeches

      57 and 58. asked the Minister of Health (1) whether, assuming the existing schemes of housing are carried out, the general housing demand all over the country will be satisfied; how many new...

      Cost Oe Building.

      4 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Health whether the cost of building houses is being reduced; and, if so, to what extent?

      Ministry of Health (Medical Staff).

      5 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Health what is the total number of medical men on the permanent or temporary staff of his Department and the annual cost of such appointments; and what was the number...

      Encephalitis Lethargica.

      3 speeches

      43. asked the Minister of Health the number of cases of sleeping sickness which have been reported to his Department in this country during the last 12 months; how many cases have proved fatal;...

      Municipal Employes (Trade Unions).

      6 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 44. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that certain borough councils are insisting as a condition of employment that employes shall belong to a trade union; whether...

      Medical Officer, Islington (Superannuation).

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the Islington Borough Council propose to superannuate their medical officer of health after 39 years' efficient and energetic service (10...

      Dentists Act, 1878.

      6 speeches

      55. asked the Minister of Health whether it is still the intention of the Government to introduce a measure, during the present Session of Parliament, for the purpose of carrying out the...

      Great Britain and Prance.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the alleged existence of a secret agreement between France and Great Britain, offensive and defensive; and whether or no the House...

      Imperial Cabinet.

      2 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the Canadian Prime Minister has undertaken to submit to the Canadian House of Commons for discussion the Agenda of the forthcoming Conference...

      Key Industries Bill.

      10 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether he will state the considerations which governed the selection of the particular commodities set forth in Financial Resolution No. 1 of the Safeguarding of...

      Municipal Washing Schemes.

      4 speeches

      Mr. J. JONES: 56. asked the Minister of Health whether he has given personal consideration to the washing scheme installed by the Fulham borough council; whether he is aware that a request by the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Burnings, Macroom.

      4 speeches

      61. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he has any information as to the burning down by Crown forces of two labourers' cottages, occupied by Patrick Cronin and Elizabeth Twomey, the...

    • Shootings.

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Chief Secretary if he has received reports of the death of Louis Darcy, at Oranmore, County Galway, while a prisoner in the hands of the police on 24th March last; of the shooting...

      Street Lighting, Thurles.

      4 speeches

      Mr. J. JONES: 64. asked the Chief Secretary whether it is by order of the authorities that the street lamps of Thurles are kept lit all night; and, if so, will the Crown pay the lighting charges?

      Haji Mohamed Abdullah.

      5 speeches

      65. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received any confirmation of the reports of the death of Haji Mohamed Abdullah, popularly known as the Mad Mullah?

      Territorial Air Force.

      4 speeches

      71. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in order to encourage aviation, he will consider the advisability of enrolling volunteers in the Air Force to be administered by Territorial...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Height Standard (Reservists).

      4 speeches

      72. asked the Secretary of State for War whether in order to increase the number of Army reservists in Class D the standard of height will be reduced?

    • Reservists (Exemption).

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Secretary of State for War whether reservists who are owners of smallholdings and entirely dependent on their own exertions for the maintenance of. Their property can be granted...

      War Medals (Mesopotamia).

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Secretary of State for War for what military actions in Mesopotamia in the late War clasps are to be awarded?

      Religious Denominations.

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Secretary of State for War whether recently a new Army order has been issued dealing with the classification of religious denominations in the Army; whether soldiers are compelled...

      Basic Slag.

      13 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Agriculture why ground basic slag, which was sold during the period of January to May, 1920, at 84s. per ton, is now being retailed at 127s. 6d. per ton; why the...

      Unfit Horses (Export).

      4 speeches

      80. asked the Minister of Agriculture what provision is made to ensure that no horse or pony, after being passed by the veterinary in- spectors as fit to be exported, under the Protection of...

      Imported Potatoes (Wart Disease).

      4 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he proposes to deal with the importation of Continental potatoes where wart disease is not notified nor inspected, and when costly efforts by the Ministry...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Deer Forests.

      4 speeches

      85. asked the Secretary for Scotland when the Report on Deer Forests will be presented?

    • Heather Burning.

      4 speeches

      86. asked the Secretary for Scotland when the Report on Heather Burning will be published; and whether, owing to the wet season, it has not been possible to burn the usual proportion of heather?

      Business Premises (Rents).

      4 speeches

      87. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the rents of the secretary for the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Industrial Welfare Society, and numerous other kindred...

      Kensington Gardens Camp (Sale of Newspapers).

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can now state the result of his inquiry into the action of the officer commanding troops in Kensington Gardens in burning the "...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Wages Dispute.

      4 speeches

      May I ask the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of the Government, or do they think it expedient, to proceed with the first Order on the Paper—[Reserve Forces: Motion for an...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    May I ask the Leader of the House what business he proposes to take to-morrow, after the consideration of the Office of Works Vote?

  • Notices of Motion.

    • Old Age Pensions.

      Upon this day four weeks, to call attention to Old Age Pensions, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. A. Henderson.]

    • Questions and Speeches.

      Upon this day four weeks, to call attention to the redundancy of Questions in this House and the prolixity of speeches, and to move a Resolution.—[Commander Bell airs.]

      Industrial Unrest.

      Upon this day four weeks to call attention to the present position in the industrial world, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. J. Jones.]

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have passed a Bill, intituled, "An Act to confer further powers on the Falmouth Docks Company; to change the name of the company; and for other purposes." [Falmouth Docks Bill [Lords.]

  • Standing Committees (Chairmen's Panel).

    Mr. JOHN WILLIAM WILSON reported from the Chairmen's Panel: That they had appointed Sir Holford Mac kinder to act as Chairman of Standing Committee D (in respect of the Coroners (Remuneration)...

  • Orders of the Day — Public Health (Tuberculosis) Bill

    57 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Housing Bill

    1 speech

    Order for Second Reading Bill.

  • Matrimonial and Divorce Laws.

    1 speech

    The following notice of Motion stood on the Paper in the name of Mr. Rendall: To call attention to the Matrimonial and Divorce Laws; and to move, That this House, being of opinion that the...

  • Banks (Official Auditing) Bill.

    22 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • IMPORTATION OF PLUMAGE (PROHIBITION) (No. 3) BILL.

    57 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Housing Bill.

    Postponed Proceeding resumed on consideration of Order for Second Reading

  • Supply [12TH April].

    • Civil Services Estimates, 1921–22.

      Resolutions reported, (1) That a sum, not exceeding £28,014,665, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the...

  • Public Health (Tuberculosis) [Expenses].

    Committee to consider of authorising the payment in the first instance out of moneys provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Minister of Health in arranging for the treatment of...

  • Adjournment.

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

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