House of Commons debates

Monday, 18 April 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Corporation of London (Bridge) Bill [Lords],

  • New Writ.

    For the County of West Sussex (Chichester Division), in the room of the right hon. Lord EDMUND BERNARD TALBOT, G.C.VO., D.S.O. (Chiltern Hundreds).—[Colonel Leslie Wilson.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Control Office, Watford.

    4 speeches

    2. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the recent correspondence between the Food Department of the Board of Trade, London and Home Counties...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • French Exports.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any and, if so, what amount of coal has been exported from France during the months of January, February, and March; to what countries it has...

    • Wages Dispute.

      6 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary for Mines whether he was made aware of the terms of contract to be offered to the mineworkers lay the mineowners on the decontrol of the mining industry prior to the...

      Pit Ponies.

      5 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the public interest in the fate of two pit ponies left underground at the Leven Colliery, Fifeshire, and the allegations made reflecting on the action...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Bacon.

      2 speeches

      5. asked the President of the Board of Trade the cause of the continued high price of Danish and other bacon; if he is aware that an excess price of 15s. per cwt., after all possible charges have...

    • Government Stocks.

      8 speeches

      6. asked the President of the Board of Trade how many tons of foodstuffs, including bacon, still remain in possession of the Government; and whether traders are refusing to purchase at the price...

      Wool.

      2 speeches

      Major G. PALMER: 7. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government has now disposed of its stocks of raw wool; whether it has any interest in the British Australian Wool...

      Profiteering Acts.

      7 speeches

      8. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that the work of the Central Committee appointed under the Profiteering Acts of 1919 and 1920 will come to an end on 19th...

      Products Corporation, Limited.

      6 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 10. asked the President of the Board of Trade when the Products Corporation, Limited, of Buchanan Buildings, Holborn, was registered; what is the authorised capital of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Trade with France and Italy.

      1 speech

      11. asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) the value of imports and exports from Great Britain to France in the years 1913, 1919, and 1920; (2) The value of imports and exports from Great...

    • Key Industries Bill.

      2 speeches

      Major BARNES: 15. asked the President of the Board of Trade if the common course of publishing a memorandum on Financial Resolutions will be followed in the case of the Financial Resolution on...

      International Exchange.

      9 speeches

      43. asked the Prime Minister, seeing that no equitable settle-

      Commercial Travellers, Fees.

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state the names of the foreign countries in which British commercial travellers have to pay high fees for permission to...

      Industrial Output.

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Labour what is the present average output per industrial unit in the principal industries of this country; how does it contrast with our pre-War output; how does it...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • German Reparation.

      42 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 13. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether German exporters are refusing to deliver goods imported into this country until they are paid in full therefor; whether, as a...

    • Italy and Turkey.

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Prime Minister whether a treaty has been signed between the Italian Government and the Kemalist Government; if so, whether His Majesty's Government have any knowledge of its...

      Emigrant Licences (Shipping Companies).

      4 speeches

      59. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress His Majesty's representatives in Berlin have made in their efforts to induce the German Government to carry out their...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Roads (Motor Duties Allocation).

      6 speeches

      22. asked the Minister of Transport what amount of the £7,785,000 collected in motor taxes between the 1st January and the 31st March last, has in fact been voted or indicated as approved to...

    • Railwaymen's Contracts (Termination).

      7 speeches

      23. asked the Minister of Transport if there is any general agreement between the railway companies and their employçs as to what notice has to be given on either side terminating the...

      Easter Excursions.

      2 speeches

      24. asked the Minister of Transport the number of excursion trains run by the railway companies during the Easter holidays, and the number of passengers carried at excursion fares for the same period?

      Port of London Authority.

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Minister of Transport whether a distinguished general is about to be appointed as a member of the Port of London Authority to represent the Ministry of Transport; and, if so, will...

      Licensing Bill.

      4 speeches

      26. asked the Prime Minister when the promised Bill will be introduced to abolish the Liquor Control Board, and to regulate the hours during which alcoholic liquor can be sold in public-houses...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Government Policy.

      5 speeches

      28. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the great increase in the number of members of the Crown forces killed in Ireland, namely, from 29 in the quarter ended 30th June, 1920, to 65 in...

    • Murders, Limerick.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Prime Minister if he has received a further letter, dated 11th April, 1921, from Mrs. O'Callaghan, widow of the murdered ex-mayor of Limerick, denying that she is in any way...

      Parliamentary Elections.

      6 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 33. asked the Prime Minister whether the military advisers of the Government in Ireland have been consulted as to the advisability of holding an election for the...

      Sinn Fein Propaganda.

      11 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether a letter has come into the possession of the authorities, addressed by Michael Collins to the Irish republican director of propaganda, stating that questions...

      Murder Trial, Drumcondra.

      6 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether, in view of the acquittal of the cadets charged with the murder of Murphy and Kennedy in Drumcondra, the Government have any...

      DESTRUCTION or PROPERTY (CLAIMS).

      6 speeches

      Mr. O'CONNOR: (by Private Notice) asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether the notice given to Judges Bodkin and Cusack not to hear any charges against the forces of the Crown will be...

      Mallow and Tralee Railway.

      2 speeches

      Mr. O'CONNOR: (by Private Notice) asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether the railway between Mallow and Tralee is still closed. May I say that since giving notice of the question I...

      Lieut.-Commander Fry.

      8 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: (by Private Notice) asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether the prosecution of Captain King and Cadets Hinchcliffe and Welsh, of the Auxiliary Division, Royal...

      Canadian Cattle.

      9 speeches

      31. asked the Prime Minister if he will, having regard to the vital importance to Irish farmers of the importation of Canadian live stock in competition with home-bred cattle, include in the...

      Trade Disputes.

      10 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the threatened political strike of the National Union of Railwaymen and the Transport Workers' Federation, he will introduce a Bill to repeal the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — League of Nations.

    • Mandates.

      4 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 39. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the admission of the Secretary-General of the League of Nations that that international body, composed chiefly of small nations,...

    • National Expenditure.

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended to set up the Select Committee on National Expenditure; and, if so, when?

      Official Secrets Act.

      11 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether it is proposed to take any proceedings, either of a disciplinary character or under the Official Secrets Act, against the late Assistant Secretary of the...

      Greece (Operations Against Turks).

      5 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the modifications of the Treaty of Sevres recently suggested to Turkey and Greece by the London Conference and of the neutrality of the Straits,...

      Empire Land Settlement and Migration.

      5 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister whether, at the forthcoming conference of Empire statesmen in London, consideration will be given to the urgent need of transferring unremunerative and surplus labour...

      Armenia.

      3 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 61. asked the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Georgians have joined the Bolsheviks in opposing the Armenians in the Caucasus?

      British Wheat (Guaranteed Price).

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 66. asked the Minister for Agriculture whether he is aware that the price bid on Bury St. Edmund's market for British wheat of sound milling quality has for several weeks...

      Small Holdings.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 67. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether arrangements are being made to give self-contained holdings to applicants in the particular localities for which they ask;...

      Demobilised Officers' Passages (India).

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Secretary of State for India if he is aware that large numbers of demobilised officers have been kept waiting for some months in Bombay for their passage home; and what steps are...

      Naval Forces, Abertillery.

      4 speeches

      76. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that men of His Majesty's naval forces have been sent to Abertillery; that they are marching up and down the streets with fixed bayonets;...

      Army Bands.

      4 speeches

      83. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that posters, headed Finsbury Conservative and Unionist Association, have been issued announcing a concert, with the band of the 2nd...

      New Member Sworn.

      Captain Right Hon. FREDERIC EDWARD GUEST, for the County of Dorset (Eastern Division).

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee D.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee' of Selection; That they had discharged the following Members from Standing Committee D: Major Hennessy and Sir Samuel Hill-Wood; and had appointed...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [FIFTH ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Public Health (Tuberculosis) [Expenses].

    3 speeches

    Resolution reported, That it is expedient to make provision for the payment, in the first instance, out of moneys provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Minister of Health in...

  • Health Resorts and Watering Places Bill.

    Not amended (in the Standing Committee) considered; to be read the Third time upon Tuesday, 26th April.

    • Adjournment.

      Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Colonel Leslie Wilson.]

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