House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 19 April 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Private Bill Petitions [Lords] (Standing Orders not complied with),—Mr. SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the case of the...

  • Supreme Court (Prize, etc., Deposit Account, 1919–20).

    Account ordered, "of the Receipts and Payments of the Assistant Paymaster-General for Supreme Court business on behalf of the Admiralty Division in Prize for the year ended the 31st day of March,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Colonisation (British Subjects).

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Secretary of State for India whether there still exist any restrictions on the colonisation of British India by British subjects, other than natives of India, or in the purchase,...

    • Army Reductions.

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Secretary of State for India whether, in addition to the disbandment of the three cavalry regiments, four cavalry squadrons, and 52 battalions of infantry up to the 24th February...

      Established Church.

      4 speeches

      3. asked the Secretary of State for India what is the sum total annually paid out of Indian revenues, excepting for the British Army, for the salaries and upkeep of the Established Church in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Home Service Medal.

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Secretary of State for War, seeing that ribbons were issued before the recipients received their victory and other medals, whether he is prepared to consider the issue of a ribbon to...

    • Police and Labour Corps, Egypt.

      2 speeches

      7. asked the Secretary of State for War what is the cost per annum to the British taxpayer of keeping the Egyptian Military Police and Egyptian Labour Corps who are employed with the British Army...

      Baltic Provinces (Mission).

      4 speeches

      10. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the year 1919, the Secretary of State for War requested a British general and other British officers to proceed to the Baltic Provinces on a...

      Porton (Experimental Ground).

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether any definite decision has been arrived at as to the future of the experimental ground at Porton; whether he is aware that hardship and...

      Revolver Ammunition.

      4 speeches

      8. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the ammunition officially served out with Webley revolvers is a soft-nosed leaden bullet without nickel casing; and whether the ammunition...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Military Courts (Procedure).

      16 speeches

      5. asked the Secretary of State for War, in reference to military courts of inquiry and courts-martial in Ireland, what is the practice in reference to the following matters: is cross-examination...

    • Royal Irish Constabulary (Pensions).

      10 speeches

      40. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what scale of pensions is provided for men of the Royal Irish Constabulary who are disabled by ambushes or other attacks by Irish rebels, and who in...

      Disturbances, Ballymacelligot.

      3 speeches

      42. asked the Chief Secretary whether he can state the result of the trial by court-martial of the men charged with the Ballymacelligot incidents on 12th November, 1920?

      Fines, Dungaevan.

      7 speeches

      43. asked the Chief Secretary whether, subsequent to an ambush of police near Dungarvan, a levy of £100 each was made on 25th March on the following residents of the town: Mr. Fraher, Mrs....

      House Destruction, Skibbebeen.

      2 speeches

      44. asked the Chief Secretary whether he has received a Report on the destruction by Crown forces near Skibbereen on 9th March of four houses belonging to persons named Connolly, O'Sullivan,...

      Collective Fines.

      20 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether there is a policy of official reprisals by the Crown forces in Ireland; whether the system of collective fines on towns and areas in which crimes have been...

      Shootings, Castleconnell: Cadets Trial.

      18 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether he has any information concerning the shooting affray between two parties of police at the Shannon View Hotel, Castleconnell; what are the names of...

      Murder, Monaghan.

      8 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether he can give the House any particulars as to the dastardly murder, by a body of men stated to belong to the Irish Republican...

      2ND King's African Rifles.

      6 speeches

      9. asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that floggings of native soldiers in the 2nd King's African Rifles are frequent; that recently a bugler of 12 years of age was given 15...

      Street Collections.

      5 speeches

      13. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether cases have recently been brought to his notice where the Chief Commissioner of Metropolitan Police has granted permits for...

      Pigeon Shooting.

      5 speeches

      15. asked the Home Secretary whether he is able to give the House a rough estimate of the number of public centres in the United Kingdom where the shooting of trapped pigeons regularly takes...

      Shops.

      2 speeches

      16. asked the Home Secretary if it be the intention of the Government to introduce a Bill this Session regulating hours and other matters relating to shops?

      Police Pensions.

      2 speeches

      17. asked the Home Secretary whether the 156 police authorities who have approved the payment of pension increases at the full rates include the borough of Southport; and, if so, whether he is...

      Moray Firth (Foreign Trawlers).

      13 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware that 57 Scottish fishing boats suffered loss of nets through the illegal action of German, Dutch and Belgian vessels trawling in the Moray...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Telephone Service.

      16 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel W. GUINNESS: 20. asked the Postmaster-General whether, in the case of private telephone subscribers who wish to instal coin-collecting boxes at their instruments, they will have to...

    • Promotion (Telegraph Service).

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the efficiency of the telegraph service is detrimentally affected by the present policy of the Post Office with regard to promotion;...

      Cattle Testing Station, Pirbright.

      6 speeches

      23. asked the Minister of Agriculture what the Pirbright testing station cost; what is the annual expense of running it; how many animals are tested each year; whether cases of contagious...

      ST. James's Park.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he can give assurances that the already restricted turfed areas in St. James's Park...

      Teafalgar Square Hut.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he will state the terms on which the hut at present occupied by the Young Men's...

      Regent's Park Estate (Rate Assessment).

      4 speeches

      28. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he is aware that the Crown Estate Paving Commission, in levying a rate upon the tenants...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Staffs.

    • Jewish Festivals.

      4 speeches

      30. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what are the privileges granted to civil servants of the Jewish religion in respect of the important festivals of the Passover; and can...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Holiday Grants, London Schools.

      4 speeches

      31. asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that 14,169 children in the London area have been saving in expectation of a seaside holiday under the grants allowable by the...

    • University Grants, Scotland and Wales.

      9 speeches

      32. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the total increase in the annual grants to the Scottish Universities for the year 1920–21 amounts to £81,000...

      Pensions (Married Women).

      13 speeches

      33. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that women teachers who continue in their profession after marriage and resign when their children are born are liable to be...

      General Nursing Council.

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Health whether the important work of the General Nursing Council for England and Wales is in charge of a junior official of the Ministry of Health, who knows nothing of...

      Season Tickets (Ilford District).

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Transport if third-class season tickets are issued to Romford; and, if so, why is this privilege of third-class season tickets not extended to Ilford, Seven Kings,...

      Ex-Service Men (Training).

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has refused to give further training to ex-soldiers and ex-sailors who have received training and treatment in institutions maintained by the Ministry...

      Canadian Cattle.

      4 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether he can now announce the personnel and terms of reference of the Royal Commission on the Cattle Embargo?

      Secretary of State for Air.

      9 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister what remuneration is proposed for the Secretary of State for Air; and whether he will be a Member of the Cabinet?

      Agriculture Act, 1920.

      4 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the anxiety amongst agriculturists in reference to the Amendment of The Agriculture Act, 1920, and the danger of injustice and loss to tenant...

      Egypt.

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether he can say when the House will have an opportunity of discussing our policy with regard to Egypt?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Capital and Profits.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister what is the total capital employed in the coal industry, whether as ordinary or preference capital or debentures issued; what was the approximate amount of...

    • Emergency Measures (Weekly Cost).

      6 speeches

      51. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the estimated approximate total cost per week of the calling out of the Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserves, of the enrolment of a defence force, and of...

      Income Tax.

      2 speeches

      Major J. EDWARDS: 53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Income Tax with regard to allowances for expenses for...

      Entertainment Duty.

      4 speeches

      54. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that 3d. per member per annum is being charged as Entertainment Duty to all members of workmen's clubs where concerts are being held; that...

      Savings Certificates.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of War Savings Certificates that have been cashed since 31st March, 1921, to date?

      Persia.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a number of members of the late Persian Government have been arrested and are about to be tried for peculation; whether the...

      East African Territories (Administration).

      4 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 25. asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether Lord Milner's decisions regarding segregation of Indians are applicable to, and are being applied in, Uganda; and...

      German Reparation (Recoveey) Act.

      2 speeches

      Sir W. BARTON: 58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that confusion has arisen in the administration of the German Reparation (Recovery) Act, 1921; whether he knows that...

  • Business of the House.

    • Financial Statement.

      19 speeches

      Can the Leader of the House inform the House what will be the business for Thursday of this week, and also can he state the definite, or an approximate, date on which the Budget will be brought in?

  • Bills Presented.

    • Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act (1912) Amendment Bill,

      "to amend the Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act, 1912," presented by Lieut.-Colonel ARTHUR MURRAY; supported by Colonel Burn, Mr. William Graham, Colonel Greig, Mr. Murray Macdonald, Mr....

    • Temperance (England and Wales) Bill,

      "to promote temperance in England and Wales by conferring on the Parliamentary electors in prescribed areas control over the grant and renewal of licences for the sale of intoxicating liquors,...

      Trade Union Ballot Bill,

      "to provide that, when a ballot of trade union members is taken on questions relating to strikes, it shall be conducted by independent officials and under a system of secrecy," presented by Mr....

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee B.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had added the following Fifteen Members to Standing Committee B (in respect of the Public Health (Tuberculosis) Bill): Mr....

    • Water (Charges) Bills, Joint Committee.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee: That they had nominated the following Four Members to serve on the Joint Committee of Lords and Commons on Water (Charges) Bills: Mr....

      Gas and Water Bills, Joint Committee.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had nominated the following Four Members to serve on the Joint Committee of Lords and Commons on Gas and Water Bills:...

      Standing Committee D.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had adde5 the following Ten Members to Standing Committee D (in respect of the Captive Birds Shooting (Prohibition) Bill): Sir...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [SIXTH ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Protection of Animals Act (1911) Amendment Bill.

    Read a Second time, and committed to a Standing Committee.

    • Adjournment.

      Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."— [Lieut.-Colonel Sir J. Gilmour.]

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