House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 14 June 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Swansea Gas Bill,

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Demobilised Officers.

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Secretary of State for India for what reason demobilised officers in India, who have been detained for so many weeks past at Deolali pending transport to England, have been compelled...

    • SPEECHES (Mr. ANDREWS).

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 4. asked the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the seditious speeches which a Mr. Andrews is delivering in India; whether this...

      Army Reductions and Expenditure.

      5 speeches

      5. asked the Secretary of State for India whether the proposal for the establishment and the number of units of the Indian Army in each arm of the service to be maintained in India, namely, 21...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Staffs.

    • Publicity Branches.

      19 speeches

      7. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, seeing the extent of unemployment, it is still necessary to maintain a Publicity Branch of the War Office to promote recruiting?

    • Increased Establishments.

      10 speeches

      60. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that the Admiralty Office employs 7,000 clerks in excess of the 1913 establishment, although the fighting personnel of the Navy is reduced; that...

      Passport Offices.

      2 speeches

      91. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the staff and annual cost of the Passport Office in London, the Passport Department in Paris, and any officials, male, or...

      Bonus.

      7 speeches

      71. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the war bonus for civil servants was calculated on the average Board of Trade figure for the first of each month for every four months, and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Military Operations.

      16 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for War whether orders have been issued to the military governors in the martial-law areas in Ireland to avoid destroying the houses of widows or of ex-service...

    • Arrests and Deportations.

      9 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has taken the opinion of the Law Officers as to his power to arrest persons in England and deport them under the Restoration of...

      Legal Official (Post Office).

      4 speeches

      27. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that one of the legal advisers of the General Post Office in London and his wife have been in close touch with Michael Collins and other...

      Aircraft.

      2 speeches

      43. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether any lighter-than-air aircraft have been or are being used to assist military and police operations in Ireland; and, if not, before such aircraft...

      Revenue.

      4 speeches

      Captain BENN: 61. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can state what was the Budget Estimate of receipts from Ireland for the first five months of the year; and how much of the...

      Appointments.

      2 speeches

      89. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that a vacancy has existed for the past four or five months in the post of shipping inspector at the North Wall in Dublin, under the...

      Trade Boycott.

      4 speeches

      90. asked the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been called to a document now being circulated in Ireland, dated 14th April, 1921, and headed Importation and Sale of British Goods...

      Crown Forces, Belfast.

      10 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary whether he is prepared to make any report to the House as to the assassination of Alexander McBride, merchant, Cardigan Drive, Belfast, and William...

      Police Forces (Newspaper Article).

      18 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: (by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary whether Lieut.-General Jeudwine, the G.O.C. 5th Division at the Curragh, has reprinted in his Divisional Orders with his...

      West Indies (Representative Institutions).

      2 speeches

      Mr. G. MURRAY: 15. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that there is a strong desire for more representative constitutions in certain of the West Indian Colonies;...

      British Guiana (Rice Embargo).

      2 speeches

      16. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the governor of British Guiana has declined to remove the embargo on the export of rice from the Colony, which was...

      Colonial Service.

      6 speeches

      17. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any competitive examination is held for candidates for the Colonial service; and, if not, whether he will take steps to abolish the...

      East Africa (Official Salaries).

      2 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the differences in salary of officials in Kenya Colony, Uganda, and Nigeria; and whether he will inquire into these...

      Labour Organisations, Portsmouth.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that the Chief Constable of Portsmouth has addressed a communication to various branch secretaries of labour organisations, requesting to be supplied...

      Holloway Prison.

      6 speeches

      22. asked the Home Secretary if he is aware of the bad condition of the food frequently served to the prisoners in Holloway Prison and, in particular, the bad fish and sour milk offered to...

      Games of Chance.

      4 speeches

      23. asked the Home Secretary whether action is being taken by the Metropolitan Police against those individuals who play the game of poker; whether such action is being taken all over the country...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Administrative Services.

      4 speeches

      29. asked the Postmaster General whether the administrative work, such as payment of old age pensions, Army and Navy allowances, Inland Revenue documents, licences, savings certificates, National...

    • Telephone Service.

      11 speeches

      31. asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the Post Office in Glasgow cannot give a telephone connection, in the event of a change of address, in less than a month, although all that is...

      Savings Bank Department (Overtime).

      6 speeches

      33. asked the Postmaster-General the number of part-time officers employed and whom it is intended to employ, for the purpose of reducing the excessive overtime in the women's branches of the...

      Sunday Deliveries, Middlesbrough.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 35. asked the Postmaster General whether he is aware that considerable apprehension exists amongst the members of the outside staff at the Middlesbrough Post Office that the...

      Agriculture Act (Arbitrators' Panel).

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the panel of arbitrators under the Agriculture Act selected by the Lord Chief Justice has now been constituted; whether any disputes between landlord...

      Agricultural Labourers, Wages.

      7 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Agriculture the average wage of an adult agricultural labourer in Great Britain as fixed by the various agricultural wages boards throughout the country?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Washington Labour Conventions.

      10 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether he can yet state a date when the House can resume the Debate on the question of the Washington Conventions?

    • Court of International Justice.

      4 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that non-ratification of the Statute of the permanent Court of International Justice by the States whose representatives signed the...

      Upper Silesia.

      2 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 55. asked the Prime Minister whether the German Government has protested against the Allied ultimatum sent to General Hofer, the commander of the so-called self-defence forces in...

      German War Criminals (Trials).

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the unsatisfactory results of the trials of the minor War criminals at Leipzig, he will consider the desirability of making further efforts to...

      German Reparation.

      5 speeches

      72. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what is the amount received in respect of the German Reparation (Recovery) Act?

      Hague Court of Arbitration.

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the request addressed by the Secretary-General of the League of Nations to members of the Court of Arbitration at the Hague, His Majesty's...

      Greece and Turkey.

      2 speeches

      54. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the uncertainty arising from the situation in the Near East, the Allies intend to make further efforts to conclude the peace treaty with Turkey;...

      Trade Boards.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the critical economic condition of the country, he will consider the advisability of the immediate abolition of trade boards except in the few...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Unemployment Fund.

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether a Supplementary Estimate will be presented in connection with the insurance deficit; and, if so, when, and for what amount?

    • Benefit.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel ALLEN: 84. asked the Ministry of Labour whether by the new Unemployment Insurance Bill it is intended to reduce the benefit from 20s. to 15s. for men and from 16s. to 12s. for...

      Special Schemes.

      2 speeches

      85. asked the Minister of Labour how many special schemes have been approved under the provisions of Section 18 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920, and the industries covered by those schemes?

      Miners' Ballot (Poster).

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the poster on the hoardings urging the miners to take a ballot on the questions at issue in connection with the present stoppage, has been issued by the...

      Juvenile Employment.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether for some years the Board of Education and the Ministry of Labour have maintained overlapping and antagonistic committees dealing with juvenile employment;...

      Old Age Pensions.

      3 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to the position of the old age pensioners in regard to the allowance from outside sources; and whether he will consider...

      Income Tax.

      8 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that grave embarrassment is caused to those who depend on small fixed incomes by the delay in repayment of...

      Clubs (Taxation).

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the injustice of the present tax upon clubs resulting from the increased taxation of beer, wines, and spirits, and that, as a...

      Austria (Credit).

      6 speeches

      69. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the amount of the suggested credit the Government is going to lend to Austria, and what is the security; and whether the credit will be so...

      Revenue Buildings.

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can state the precise reasons for the increase in expenditure on Revenue buildings, which in 1913–14 amounted to £640,000,...

      Leeds and Bradford (Extension).

      4 speeches

      80. asked the Minister of Health whether he has yet received the report of his inspector on the proposed extension of the county boroughs of Leeds and Bradford; if so, whether he has yet had time...

      Election Registers.

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Health what was the total sum expended, in the last year for which returns are available, in preparing, etc., the register of electors in the counties and boroughs of...

      British Cellulose Company.

      5 speeches

      70. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount the Government has invested and lent to the British Cellulose and Chemical Company, Limited; and can he give any indication of the future...

      Printing and Stationery (Cost).

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will state the extent to which the increase in the cost of printing and stationery, which amounted in the financial year 1913–14...

      Government Property (Rates).

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can assign the exact causes of the increases of the rates on Government property from £789,000 in the financial year...

      Profiteering Acts (Inquiries).

      2 speeches

      87. asked the President of the Board of Trade when it is proposed to publish the findings of the various Subcommittees appointed by the Standing Committees on trusts and the investigation of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • Siberia.

      11 speeches

      92. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received a Note from the Russian Government protesting against the invasion by Japan of the Far-Eastern Republic; and...

    • Sinn Fein Representatives.

      4 speeches

      95. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is now in a position to refute the statements made regarding a Sinn Fein Embassy at Moscow; and can he state the whereabouts of...

      Riots, Alexandria.

      2 speeches

      94. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the bodies of all foreigners killed in the recent riots at Alexandria have been medically examined, and that...

      Rabies.

      2 speeches

      Captain Sir HAMILTON BENN: 42. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give the dates of the latest cases of rabies that have occurred in England, Scotland, and Wales, respectively; and...

      Letters (Police Action).

      4 speeches

      20. asked the Home Secretary whether, as the Chief Constable of Warwickshire exceeded his duty in showing Mr. Hunt's letter to his employer, he will see that Mr. Hunt is compensated for the...

      Licensing Reform Conference.

      11 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is in a position to state who are to be the members of the conference to be set up on licensing, and what are the terms of reference?

      Engineering Industry Dispute.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that a serious crisis is pending in the engineering industry owing to the refusal of the employers to suspend the notices in order...

  • Business of the House.

    3 speeches

    May I, in consequence of the Motion for the Adjournment of the House secured by the hon. Member for the Falls Division of Belfast (Mr. Devlin), ask the Leader of the House a question with regard...

  • Crown Forces, Belfast.

    7 speeches

    I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House in order to call attention to a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, "The want of proper control and discipline of the...

  • New Member Sworn.

    WALTER HALLS, Esquire, for County of Lancaster (Heywood and Radcliffe Division).

  • Greenwich Hospital Bill.

    Reported, without Amendment, from Standing Committee A.

  • Standing Committees (Chairmen's Panel).

    1 speech

    reported from the Chairmen's Panel: That they had appointed Mr. John William Wilson as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills (in respect of the Housing (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill);...

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      1 speech

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS: reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had added the following Ten Members to Standing Committee A (in respect of the-Overseas Trade (Credits and Insurance)...

    • Scottish Standing Committee.

      1 speech

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS: further reported from the Committee; That they had added the following Ten Members to the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills (in respect of the Housing (Scotland) (No. 2)...

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,

  • Orders of the Day — Middle East.

    Mr. CHURCHILL'S STATEMENT.

  • Orders of the Day — Civil Services Supplementary Estimate, 1921–22.

  • Orders of the Day — Class V.

    • Middle Eastern Services.

      72 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £27,197,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

  • Crown Forces, Belfast.

    146 speeches

    I beg to move "That this House do now adjourn." I do not think that I owe an apology to the House for taking advantage of the rule which permits us to discuss matters of most vital concern, not...

  • Supply.

    Again considered in Committee.

  • Civil Services Supplementary Estimate, 1921–22.

    • Class V.

    • Middle Eastern Services.

      Postponed Proceeding resumed on Question, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £27,197,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the...

      Adjournment.

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

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