House of Commons debates

Thursday, 26 May 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Provisional Order Bills (Standing Orders applicable thereto complied with),—Mr. SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

    • Royal Munster Fusiliers (a. J. Sutton).

      4 speeches

      3. asked the Minister of Pensions why the recommendations of the Local War Pensions Committee at Horsham that Albert James Sutton, 10, Barttelot Road, Horsham, late private 9119, Royal Munster...

    • Royal Engineers (J. E. Simmons).

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Pensions if his attention has been drawn to the case of Mr. J. E. Simmons, late Sapper No.534,243, Royal Engineers; whether he is aware that this man has been certified...

      Parent's Pension.

      2 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will reconsider the pension of Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkinson, of Two Dales, near Matlock, whose son, Private J. W. Wilkinson, No. 29,166, East Lancashire...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Murders and Outrages.

      10 speeches

      6. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he will have inquiries made into the circumstances attending the death of Eugene O'Connell, late of 17, Broad Lane, Cork, on the night of...

    • Destruction of Property, Westport.

      2 speeches

      7. asked the Chief Secretary whether, in view of the fact that the destruction of property at Westport on 25th March was due to an error of judgment, the sufferers can claim compensation and from...

      Prison Treatment.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Chief Secretary whether a man named McNamara, of Limerick City, has been kept for more than four weeks in a cell 12 feet by seven feet by nine feet high, in the temporary barracks at...

      Military Operations.

      17 speeches

      9. asked the Chief Secretary whether, subsequent to the killing of an ex-soldier named Denis Loughlin at Tralee on 21st April, several shops were wrecked by the Crown forces, windows smashed,...

      Arrests and Deportation.

      17 speeches

      10. asked the Chief Secretary whether Mr. Emmet Fox, of 10, Chester Street, S.E., was arrested on Sunday, 15th May; if he has since been deported to Ireland; if in the search made of his home,...

      American Ammunition.

      8 speeches

      11. asked the Chief Secretary whether ammunition of American manufacture has been recently captured in the course of raids on Sinn Fein premises in Dublin; and, if so, whether he will state the...

      Shooting (Compensation Claim).

      2 speeches

      14. asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that a boy named Michael Considine, aged 12, was shot by military or police on 23rd December, at Cooraclare, County Clare, and severely wounded:...

      Recreation Huts.

      4 speeches

      16. asked the Chief Secretary whether the Government applied to the Young Men's Christian Association and the Church Army to provide recreation huts for the use of the auxiliaries in Ireland;...

      Labour Meeting, Belfast.

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Chief Secretary if his attention has been drawn to a meeting that was arranged on behalf of three Independent Labour candidates at Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Tuesday evening, the 17th...

      Sinn Fein and Russian Government.

      7 speeches

      23. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if representatives of the so-called Republican Government in Ireland have been received officially by the Russian Government at Moscow...

      Settlement Proposals.

      9 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister whether he has addressed any further invitation to the leaders of the Sinn Fein party in Ireland to negotiate a settlement with His Majesty's Government; and what...

      Ex-Service Men, Emigration (Peru).

      7 speeches

      21. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when the returned emigrants to Peru are going to receive relief and compensation; and is he aware that some have only received £2...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Upper Silesia.

      6 speeches

      Mr. ALFRED T. DAVIES: 22. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the composition and numbers of the British force to be sent to Upper Silesia has been decided upon; who...

    • German Reparation.

      9 speeches

      Sir W. BARTON: 28. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the unconditional acceptance by Germany of the Allied indemnity terms, he will now give Parliament an opportunity to repeal the...

      German War Criminals.

      10 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister whether the German Government is taking any steps to secure the extradition of the three alleged War criminals charged with some of the most serious of offences who...

      Yap Island.

      6 speeches

      48. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any further communications have passed between the British, American, and Japanese Governments regarding the island of Yap;...

      Petrol.

      7 speeches

      25. asked the Prime Minister whether, seeing that full knowledge of the petrol situation has now been acquired by the Government as a result of the investigations of the Sub-Committee under the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry Dispute.

    • Present Position.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any statement on the industrial situation?

    • Foreign Coal.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the statement in the Press that four firms are deputed by the Government to buy Belgian coal for the nation; and whether, if...

      Shareholders in Mines.

      2 speeches

      82. asked the Secretary for Mines what is the total number of shareholders in the mines of Great Britain, and what is the average amount of each holding?

      Pit Ponies.

      4 speeches

      83. asked the Secretary for Mines at how many collieries in Great Britain the pit ponies have not been brought to the surface during the present stoppage, and the number of ponies still...

      Safeguarding of Industries Bill.

      2 speeches

      Sir WILLIAM BARTON: 27. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to a manifesto signed by the leading bankers of the country, as bankers, condemning the policy indicated in...

      League of Nations (United States).

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Prime Minister if he will be prepared at an early date to make a statement as to what effect the decision of the American Government not to join the League of Nations will have on...

      Rents (Increase).

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider suspending the provisions of the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (Restrictions) Act, 1920, which enable landlords to increase the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt.

    • Riots, Alexandria.

      21 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister whether any inquiry is to be held into the origin or instigation of the racial riots at Alexandria; and what action His Majesty's Government proposes to take to...

    • Negotiations (Egyptian Delegation).

      4 speeches

      46. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any decision has yet been come to as to the method in which the negotiations with the Egyptian delegation will be conducted when...

      Private Letters (Police Seizure).

      7 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that a letter from Mr. Hunt, under-manager at the Haunchwood Colliery, Nuneaton, to a Socialist society at Glasgow, asking for copies of several...

      France and Britain (Military Agreement).

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Prime Minister whether the military agreement between France and Britain has yet been communicated to the League of Nations as provided in the covenant?

      Members of Parliament (Expenses and Income Tax).

      19 speeches

      40. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the House of Commons will have an opportunity to decide if free railway passes shall be granted to Members?

      Colonial Income Tax.

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is still the practice of the Inland Revenue to refund to preference shareholders in a Colonial company Colonial Income Tax at the rate of...

      Excess Profits Duty.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will state the amount returned to the engineering industry in respect of Excess Profits Duty?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • School Camps.

      4 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 50. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that, notwithstanding the recommendation of the chief medical officer to the Board that school camps...

    • Physical Training (Women Instructors).

      4 speeches

      51. asked the President of the Board of Education whether out of the 11 inspectors of physical education appointed by the Board of Education eight are women; and, if so, what steps he proposes to...

      Teachers' Salaries.

      2 speeches

      Mr. ALFRED T. DAVIES: 52. asked the President of the Board of Education what progress has been made regarding the settlement of the salaries of teachers in elementary schools; and on what date it...

      Continuation Schools, London.

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 53. asked the President of the Board of Education whether the London County Council has decided for the present to modify the scheme it was about to put into operation under the...

      Bolshevist Propaganda.

      4 speeches

      54. asked the Home Secretary whether he can make any further statement as to the propaganda of a Bolshevist nature in this country; and whether there is any indication that any portion of the...

      Police Rate, Poplar.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Home Secretary whether the Poplar Borough Council have refused to levy the police rate and were now only collecting rates for local administration; and, if so, what action has he...

      Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic).

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, as presenting the Central Liquor Control Board, whether he is now in a position to publish, in the form of a White Paper or...

      Imperial Cabinet.

      8 speeches

      Mr. A. T. DAVIES: 59. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the business of the forthcoming Imperial Cabinet in London has been arranged; what are the subjects for discussion; and...

      Cost of Living Index (Colonies).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider the compilation of a cost of living index in the various Crown Colonies for the guidance and information of the inhabitants?

      Civil Service (Women Clerks).

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why first-class women clerks doing supervisory work have been assimilated to the lower clerical grade, and if this is one of the duties laid down...

      Land Tax Commissioners.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the present system whereby Land Tax Commissioners are informed of meetings for the appointment of Income Tax...

      Entertainment Duty.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether informal concerts and entertainments in clubs at which the performers are members and are not paid come under the provisions of the...

      Business Premises (Rents).

      2 speeches

      68. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any reliable indications exist as to the trend of business rents demanded in the last three periods of three months each?

      Milk Prices.

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 70. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will ascertain the present price per gallon or quart at which the United Dairies Company is able to purchase milk from the...

      Industrial Insurance.

      4 speeches

      71. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that in consequence of the present industrial situation many working men and women are unable to pay the premiums on their...

      Unemployment Benefit.

      8 speeches

      72. asked the Minister of Labour the number of men and women, respectively, who have exhausted their unemployment benefit in the present industrial trouble?

      Laundry Workers, Wages.

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of his intention to confirm the rate of 8d. an hour for female workers over 18 years of age engaged in laundry work, he can state the increase...

      Railway Fares (Sunday School Outings).

      2 speeches

      85. asked the Minister of Transport whether reduced fare railway facilities will be granted this year to members of Sunday schools for their annual day excursion trip to the seaside?

      Universities (Scotland) Bill.

      2 speeches

      89. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether the text of the Universities (Scotland) Bill, 1921, has been supplied to education and other bodies in Scotland; whether the Bill has yet been...

      York Post Offioe (Promotion).

      2 speeches

      90. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a sorting clerk and telegraphist employed on postal duties in the general office at York has recently been promoted over 24 of his...

  • Business of the House (Supply).

    Ordered, "That the Proceedings on the Second Reading of the Railways Bill have precedence this day of the Business of Supply."—[Mr. Chamberlain.]

  • Bills Reported:

  • Orders of the Day — Railways Bill.

    83 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Egypt (Riots).

    5 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Colonel Leslie Wilson.]

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