House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 31 May 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

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

  • New Writ.

    For County of Hertford (Hertford Division) in the room of NOEL PEMBERTON BILLING, Esquire (Manor of Northstead).—[Major Christopher Lowther.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Auxiliary Force.

      6 speeches

      1. asked the Secretary of State for India if he can now state how many of the 32,000 men proposed for the Indian Auxiliary Force were voluntarily recruited up to 31st March last and, if the...

    • Cavalry (Reductions).

      4 speeches

      2. asked the Secretary of State for India whether, despite his assurance that no further reductions would be made in the Indian Army pending the inquiry into the military requirements of India by...

      Burma, Constitution.

      8 speeches

      4. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware of the Burmese opposition to the Local Self-Government Bill now before the Burma Legislative Council; and whether he will have this...

      Shwedagon Pagoda.

      4 speeches

      5. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has yet any news to give as to the restoration of the west stepway to the trustees of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which has been so long under the...

      Officers' Pay (Rupee Exchange).

      6 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 7. asked the Secretary of State for India when he will be able to state what steps are to be taken to remedy the present condition in India under which the rupee rates...

      Demobilised Officers.

      4 speeches

      10. had given notice of the following question: To ask the Secretary of State for India if he can state for what reason demobilised officers in India, who have been detained for so many weeks...

      Constantinople (British Requisitions).

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for War if he has now received a report from the military authorities in Constantinople regarding the alleged seizure of goods by the British military...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Brigadier-General Crozier.

      12 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 12. asked the Secretary of State for War if he will give the personal record of service in the Army of Brigadier-General Crozier, lately commanding the Auxiliary...

    • Outrages, London.

      15 speeches

      29. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when it is proposed to return the documents, pictures, etc., seized at the offices of the Irish Self-Determination League of Great Britain...

      Prisoners Beaten, Limerick.

      9 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the beating of prisoners was reprehended by the Judge Advocate in the Limerick trials, and what steps the Government has taken to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Mobilised Reserve Officers.

      9 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 13. asked the Secretary of State for War whether officers who, on being called up in the Army Reserve, merely registered without being given any military duty have been...

    • Retired Officers (Re-Employment).

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 14. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, seeing that Article 496 of the Royal Warrant for Pay provides, inter alia, that in the case of retired officers...

      Staff College.

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Secretary of State for War what was the number of staff officers of the instructional staff at the staff college, and the staff grading of each on 1st May, 1914, and on 1st May,...

      Home War Service (Medals).

      9 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary of State for War whether any decision has yet been come to as to the issue of a Home-service medal to all officers, noncommissioned officers, and men who came under...

      Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether the assistants at Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, are paid the dockyard town rates; and, if not, if he will see to it that such rates...

      War Office (Staff).

      7 speeches

      15. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will publish a White Paper showing in detail the military and civilian staff of the War Office, section by section and department by...

      Royal Gunpowder Factory, Waltham Abbey (Discharges).

      6 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary of State for War whether disabled ex-service men, now under notice of discharge from the Royal Gunpowder Factory, Waltham Abbey, will be absorbed in the vacancies caused...

      Gulf of ST. Lawrence.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any area of the estuary of the St. Lawrence or Gulf of St. Lawrence situated further than three miles from the nearest land is regarded...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mesopotamia.

    • Railwaymen's Wages.

      2 speeches

      22. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the High Commissioner of Baghdad has reconsidered the case of men that were recruited for the railways in Mesopotamia with regard to the...

    • Expenditure.

      5 speeches

      28. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will state what is the estimated total expenditure in Mesopotamia during the present year, exclusive of military expenditure, but including...

      Rubber Production (Subsidies).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether in any foreign rubber-producing countries the Government has granted a subsidy or made an allowance to rubber planters under its...

      Grenada.

      10 speeches

      24. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what reply he has made to the petition of the Colony of Grenada for the substitution for Crown colony government of some system based on popular...

      Letters (Police Seizure).

      5 speeches

      31. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Mr. W. H. Hunt, who on 22nd March was called into the general office of the Haunchwood Colliery Company whether he...

      Workmen's Compensation Act.

      4 speeches

      32. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the recent case in the Court of Appeal in which Edward Reid, a quay foreman, of Shadwell, employed by the British and Irish...

      Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic).

      13 speeches

      33. asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the increasing popular resentment against the continuance of the existence of the Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic), he will take steps to...

      Aliens (Communist Movement).

      10 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 36. asked the Home Secretary what is the number of aliens at present resident in this country who are suspected of being concerned in the numerous Communist plots which have recently...

      Ceylon (Franchise).

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in any revision of the Ceylon Constitution, he will give an undertaking that the advisability or inadvisability of extending the...

      Prince Christopher of Greece.

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether Prince Christopher of Greece is proposing to come to England; whether, as his brother King Constantine has not been recognised by His Majesty's Government,...

      Scottish Universities.

      6 speeches

      Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT: 43. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether the annual financial and statistical reports of the Scottish universities for the year ending 30th September, 1920, as required...

      League of Nations (British Expenditure).

      3 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister what is the cost to the country of the United Kingdom being one of the League of Nations; and if he will consider, with a view to economy, at a meeting of Prime...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • German Reparation.

      15 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of his statement in this House on 21st July, 1920, on the subject of reparations, that it would obviously make a very great difference to Germany's...

    • "workers' Dreadnought."

      5 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 37. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the appeal to the Moscow Soviet for funds published in the "Workers' Dreadnought," and to the statement in the...

      Juvenile Offenders.

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a sentence of 6 strokes with the birch, to be followed later by a further 6 strokes, imposed upon a boy of 9 years of age by a...

      Boy Scalers.

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that the work of boy scalers or scurfers on ships in port is not covered by the Factory and Workshop Acts, and that therefore no medical...

      Unemployment Benefit.

      4 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister in view of the fact, which is frequently coming to light during proceedings in the police courts, that the unemployment dole has the effect in many cases of...

      Conversion Loan.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the amount of stock exchanged into the Conversion Loan?

      Old Age Pensions.

      3 speeches

      54. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the hardship that falls on old age pensioners by reason of the fact that casual sources of income, such as gifts from friends,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Postal Rates (Increase).

      28 speeches

      44. asked the Postmaster-General if he can state the branches of his administration on which a profit is made and those on which there is a loss; and whether he will, in each case, give the...

    • Wages and Salaries.

      16 speeches

      62. asked the Postmaster-General what were the total net receipts, and the total sum spent on wages and salaries, of the Post Office in the financial years 1913–14 and 1920–21,...

      Mental Hospitals.

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that under the Local Government Act of 1888 an Exchequer grant is made of 4s. per patient in mental hospitals;...

      Entertainments Duty.

      13 speeches

      57. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is now in a position to make a statement as to the liability of clubs and societies to the Entertainments Duty if they have informal sing-songs...

      Members of Parliament (Expenses).

      6 speeches

      58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that, according to ancient practice, Members of Parliament were paid, but that their payment was limited to the period during which...

      War Pensions (Training Bonus).

      2 speeches

      72.(Clitheroe) asked the Minister of Pensions whether any definite decision or ruling has yet been given to war pensions committees with regard to the payment of bonus to trainees who have...

      Home-Grown Sugar Company.

      14 speeches

      73. asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the Value of the Kelham sugar factory what is the capital of the company; who holds the capital; and who holds the first debentures?

  • Privilege ("plain English Newspaper").

    9 speeches

    The following Notice of Motion appeared on the Order Paper in the name of Mr. Neil Maclean: That the editor and publisher of the 'Plain English Newspaper' do attend at the Bar of this House, at...

  • Central Control Board (Liquor Traffic).

    6 speeches

    I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House in order to discuss a matter of urgent public importance, namely, "the refusal of the Government to permit this House to discuss the...

  • Corn Sales Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee D.

  • Tithe Annuities Apportionment Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee D.

  • Cardiff Gas Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments Report to lie upon the Table, and to be printed.

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

    Reported, without Amendment, from the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills.

  • Indian Affairs.

    Second Report from the Standing Joint Committee brought up, and read;

  • Message from the Lords.

    Consolidation Bills: That they propose that the Joint Committee appointed to consider Consolidation Bills do meet in Committee Room C on Wednesday, 1st June, at Twelve o'clock.

  • 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 Dentists Bill): Mr. Acland, Mr. Bartley...

    • Standing Committee D.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had added the following Fifteen Members to Standing Committee D (in respect of the Guardianship, etc., of Infants Bill):...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means [11TH May]

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