House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 25 May 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Limerick Markets Bill,

  • New Writs.

    For the County of Lancaster (Heywood and Radcliffe Division), in the room of the Right Honourable ALBERT HOLDEN ILLINGWORTH (Manor of Northstead).—[Mr. McCurdy.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Capital Ships.

      6 speeches

      1. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what progress has been made with the building of the capital ships laid down or to be laid down this year; when it is anticipated that these ships will be...

    • Official War History.

      4 speeches

      3. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether Members of Parliament will be allowed to have access to all official documents relating to the War to which Sir Julian Corbett is...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men (Building Trade).

    4 speeches

    Viscount - CURZON: 4. asked the Minister of Labour how many ex-service men have now applied under the Government scheme for employment in the building trades; and how many are now employed?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Agricultural Districts.

      5 speeches

      Captain TERRELL: 8. asked the Minister of Labour the amount of unemployment in the agricultural districts of England and Wales and how it compares with the total for this time last year?

    • Scottish Herring Fishery.

      8 speeches

      10. asked the Minister of Labour the result of his inquiries into the position of the Scottish herring industry; and whether he is taking any steps to deal with unemployment in that industry?

      Quarry Dispute, West of Scotland.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been drawn to the lock-out of road-stone quarrymen in the West of Scotland; and if any action has been taken by his Department in this matter?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Military Operations.

      3 speeches

      12. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, following on the assassination of Sergeant Rew, Royal Scots Regiment, at Ennis, the Clare Hotel, the Old Ground Hotel, the house of Mr. Patrick...

    • Murders and Outrages.

      4 speeches

      13. asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that Denis Tuohy, aged 26, an ex-member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, was arrested at his father's residence at Gortalassa, near Kenmare, by...

      Women Prisoners.

      9 speeches

      14. asked the Chief Secretary the number of Irishwomen who have been imprisoned under the Restoration of Order in Ireland Act or martial law; and how many of them are detained without trial or...

      Hostages.

      9 speeches

      15. asked the Chief Secretary whether it is the intention of the Government to continue the practice of carrying hostages on police and military lorries; if so, will he give orders that a record...

      Prisoners (Treatment).

      2 speeches

      16. asked the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been called to allegations as to the treatment of prisoners in Irish prisons and detention camps; and whether he will set up an independent...

      Casualties.

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Chief Secretary whether he can state the number of casualties among civilians and forces of the Crown respectively from 1st January to 1st May?

      Restoration of Order Act.

      2 speeches

      19. asked the Chief Secretary whether he is prepared to make any statement as to the success or failure of the Restoration of Order in Ireland Act?

      Military Courts of Inquiry.

      15 speeches

      28. asked the Secretary of State for War on what authority, by Statute, Rule of Procedure, Regulation, or Order, legal representation is refused to persons interested in military Courts of...

      Archbishop Mannix.

      3 speeches

      43. asked the Prime Minister whether he can state the conditions upon which the Government offered to allow Archbishop Mannix to proceed to Ireland, and what good object has been attained by...

      House Destruction, Tipperary.

      11 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary whether it was a fact that on 15th May Cloncurry House, County Tipperary, the residence of Mrs. Tobin, an aged widow lady living alone with her...

      Northern Parliament Elections.

      13 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary whether his attention had been called to the extensive intimidation and terrorism which prevailed yesterday in connection with the election of the...

      British South Africa Company.

      11 speeches

      20 asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1), whether the British South Africa Company has, in addition to land sold for cash, and for considerations other than cash, disposed of...

      Mesopotamia (Roads).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state the amount which has been spent on road-making in Mesopotamia, and how much will be spent in the course of the present...

      Middle East.

      2 speeches

      24 asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) when he will make a statement with regard to his visit to the Middle East and its results; (2) whether he can make a statement with regard to...

      Thames Air Station.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether it is proposed to have an air station for aeroplanes upon the River Thames; if so, can he state what part of the river will be utilised for that...

      Army Cadets, Kit Allowance.

      6 speeches

      27. asked the Secretary of State for War what is the total value of the kit allowance given to successful cadets on leaving Sandhurst to take up commissions in His Majesty's Army?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • British-Owned Moneys, Germany.

      2 speeches

      31. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that British-owned money in the custody of German banks was, during the War, transferred by the latter to the German custodian...

    • Turkey.

      4 speeches

      44. asked the Prime Minister when the treaty with Turkey will be ratified?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Stores Department, London (Pensions).

      2 speeches

      32. asked the Secretary of State for India whether any further steps have been taken by his Department to place all the employés engaged at the Indian Stores, Belvedere Road, S.E., upon a...

    • Educational Service.

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Secretary of State for India what was the proportion of appointments in the Indian Educational Service which the Public Services Commission recommended should be reserved for men...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry Dispute.

    • Railway Guarantee.

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Transport what additional charge the coal dispute has thrown upon the State under the guarantee to the railways?

    • Entertainments (Railway Facilities).

      6 speeches

      had given notice of the following question: 35. To ask the Minister of Transport whether, in arranging for any further reduction of train services, he will represent to the railway companies the...

      New Conference Summoned.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Leader of the House whether he can now make any announcement with regard to the coal industry dispute?

      Silver Nickel Coinage.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the minting of the silver nickel coinage is continuing; and whether means have been found to prevent its discolouration?

      National Expenditure.

      11 speeches

      Captain TERRELL: 38. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Treasury is still carrying on investigations to ascertain whether any reductions are possible this year in the Estimates or...

      Budget Estimates (Industrial Unrest).

      4 speeches

      Captain TERRELL: 39. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can make any statement as to the effect of the industrial unrest on his Budget Estimates?

      Education Rates.

      11 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 41. asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the rates to be collected in the City of Westmister for 1921–22 show an increase of £541,650 over the figures for...

      Termination of the War (Date).

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether he can forecast the date of the termination of the War in terms of the Termination of the War Act, 1918?

      Greece and Turkey.

      6 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any statement as to the present military situation in Asia Minor, and say whether any negotiations have taken place between Greece and Turkey?

      Licensing Conference.

      11 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether he can state the terms and personnel of the round-table conference on liquor restrictions and licensing reform?

      Minister without Portfolio.

      8 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 49. asked the Lord Privy Seal when the Supplementary Estimate for the Minister Without Portfolio will be discussed?

      Questions to Ministers.

      13 speeches

      The following question stood on the paper in the name of 18. To ask the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been called to the arrest by the military at Ballybofey, County Donegal, on the...

      Home-Grown Wheat (Subsidy).

      4 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can state the amount which has been paid to millers in respect of the purchase of British wheat; and by what statutory authority these payments...

      Women Jurors.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Attorney-General whether he will take steps to amend the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, 1919, so as to exempt nuns and other congregations of women living in religious...

      Guards Memorial.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY: (by Private Notice) asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he has any information to give...

  • Business of the House.

    12 speeches

    I beg to ask the Leader of the House whether he has any announcement to make with regard to a variation of business as previously announced for this week; and whether, in the event of the Finance...

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,

  • Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

    48 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Supply.

  • Civil Services and Revenue Departments Estimates, 1921–22.

    • Class Ii.

      1. "That a sum, not exceeding £1,711,605, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

    • Class I.

      88 speeches

      2. "That a sum, not exceeding £178,346, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Report [24TH May].

      Resolutions reported,

      Navy Estimates, 1921–22.

      6 speeches

      1. "That a sum, not exceeding £5,836,600, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of Works, Buildings, and Repairs, at Home and Abroad, including the cost of Superintendence,...

      Consolidation Bills.

      Ordered, "That so much of the Lords, Message of 11th May as refers to Consolidation Bills be now considered."—[Colonel Gibbs.]

      Overseas Trade [Credits and Insurances].

      Committee to consider of authorising the extension of the Overseas Trade (Credits and Insurances) Act, 1920, to the giving of guarantees in connection with export transactions and to amend the...

      Finance [Consolidated Fund].

      Committee to consider of authorising the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of such sums as may become payable under any Act of the present Session dealing with Finance, and of authorising the...

      Housing (Scotland) [Grants].

      Committee to consider of authorising the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of grants under Section 1 of the Housing (Additional Powers) Act, 1919, in respect of houses in Scotland...

      Adjournment.

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

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