House of Commons debates

Monday, 7 November 1921

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Bread Prices.

    6 speeches

    1. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the widespread public belief that the price of a loaf should not, under present conditions, exceed 9d.; and whether he has any...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act (Lactose).

    7 speeches

    4. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that one firm in this country uses from 25,000 to 30,000 gallons of milk per week in the preparation of infants' food and that pure...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Railways (Traders' Panel).

      4 speeches

      6. asked the President of the Board of Trade when the traders' panel to be set up by his Department under the Ministry of Transport Act will be appointed; and whether he will take the advice of...

    • Rates Advisory Council.

      2 speeches

      15. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport when the Rates Advisory Council will be set up?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Iron and Steel (Imports and Exports).

      2 speeches

      7. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give the value of our imports of iron and steel during the most recent month for which figures are available and the value of the home...

    • Overseas Trade (Representatives Abroad).

      4 speeches

      18. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department in what number of cities overseas his Department is represented; and whether the results of the work already carried out...

      Imports from Germany.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the President of the Board of Trade the total value of the imports from Germany for the first nine months of this year; and how the same compare with the imports for a like period in...

      Trade Combines.

      2 speeches

      Major BARNES: 32. asked the Prime Minister if there is any evidence in the possession of the Government showing that the action of rings, trusts, and combines is maintaining any prices above a...

      British Manufactures (Cost of Production).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Prime Minister if he will appoint a small Commission, open to the Press, to ascertain how far the price of coal, increased railway charges, alleged trade union restrictions on...

      West Indies (Imperial Preference).

      2 speeches

      Mr. G. MURRAY: 42. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the British West Indian Colonies have recently granted a substantial preference on British-manufactured goods for a definite...

      Private Firms (Salaries).

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of his statement in the House on 21st July, he is now able to publish the information he has collected showing the average rates...

      Ex-German Ships.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether all the German ships allotted to this country have now been sold; and if he will state the number of ships and tonnage which have been bought...

      Butter (Government Stocks).

      2 speeches

      10. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government still hold any stocks of butter; if so, approximately, what quantities, and if it is Colonial or from other countries; and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Cable Industry.

      4 speeches

      11. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that there are 100 ex-service cable-workers and 103 civilian workers in that industry registering as unemployed, in addition to many...

    • New Collieries.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Prime Minister whether the sinking of new collieries or the completion of sinkings interrupted during the War is among the works of public utility for which assistance may be given...

      Tube Railways, London.

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Prime Minister whether he will expedite the consideration by the Cabinet of Lord Ashfield's proposals for the extension of the system of transportation as outlined by him, in view...

      Banks (Credit Facilities).

      5 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government have made any recommendation to the banks to the effect that they should extend better credit facilities to merchants, manufacturers, and...

      Machine Tool Trade.

      8 speeches

      56. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the firm of James Archdale and Company, Limited, Birmingham, machine tool makers, who in normal times employ 500 men, are now only...

      Land Reclamation (Scotland).

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the unemployed in Scotland tend to remove to the cities and country towns, and whether, in connection with the proposals under...

      Mines (Subsidence).

      4 speeches

      12. asked the Secretary for Mines whether the Government have now decided on their proposed legislation with regard to compensation for subsidence in mining districts; and whether the Bill will...

      Mining Industry Act (Part Ii).

      4 speeches

      14. asked the Secretary for Mines the result of his negotiations with the mine owners in regard to Part II of the Mining Industry Act; and at what date is this part of the Act to become operative?

      Argentine Railways.

      10 speeches

      16 (1) asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has requested His Majesty's representative in the Argentine to make inquiries of the Argentine Government on the subject...

      Wheat and Oats (Subsidy).

      6 speeches

      22. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider the question of granting pay for corn cultivation of fractions of an acre this year in accordance with the pledge of the Agriculture...

      Nationality Law.

      4 speeches

      26. asked the Prime Minister what replies have now been received from the Dominion Governments with regard to the necessary amendment of the law to secure British nationality for the children of...

      British Decorations (Foreign Civilians).

      8 speeches

      27. asked the Prime Minister how many foreign civilians have the two British decorations of the G.C.B. and G.C.M.G., and for what services they have been awarded these decorations?

      Oversea Settlement.

      2 speeches

      Mr. G. MURRAY: 29. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the possible materialisation of large Empire settlement schemes in Australia and other Dominions, and with a view to giving Labour...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Conscientious Objectors.

      5 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 30. asked the Prime Minister whether any Bill is contemplated rendering conscientious objectors and others of military age who avoided military service during the country's peril...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Law and Order.

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the Notice of Motion relating to India standing in the names of the hon. Member for Twickenham and others—["That this...

    • Basante Kumar Boy.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will take steps to see that Basante Kumar Roy, described in the Press as de Valera's emissary to India, is not granted per- mission to return...

      Auxiliary Force.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Secretary of State for India what was the total number of men enlisted in the Indian Auxiliary Force up to the 30th September, 1921, at the end of the first year of the existence of...

      Prosecution (Bhagalpur).

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Secretary of State for India who were the local officials of Bhagalpur who were responsible for the prosecution of Mr. Grant in the case in which the court entirely exonerated Mr....

      Lithuania (Memel).

      4 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister when it is proposed to hand over the port of Memel to Lithuania, having regard to the fact that on the 16th June, 1919, the Allied and Associated Powers rejected the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Settlement Negotiations.

      8 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister whether he can assure the House that nothing will be done by the British Government to coerce or to bring pressure to bear upon the Government and people of Northern...

    • Sinn Fein Courts.

      10 speeches

      77. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that a Sinn Fein court was held at Kinsale on 1st September, 1921, at which a woman who kept a public-house was fined for refusing to...

      Workhouse, Ballyshannon.

      6 speeches

      78. asked the Chief Secretary whether the workhouse at Bally-shannon has been occupied by the Irish Republican Army; whether an armed sentry was posted at the gate; whether he can inform the...

      Coroner's Jury, Ennis.

      2 speeches

      79. asked the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been called to the proceedings of a coroner's inquiry into the death of Michael Brooks at Ennis on 26th October, where the jurors objected...

      Prisoner (Release).

      8 speeches

      Colonel BURN: 80. asked the Chief Secretary whether on 8th August, 1921, a man named Foley, one of a party of armed rebels, was captured in Bandon while seizing a motor car belonging to the...

      Attack on Constable.

      9 speeches

      81. asked the Chief Secretary whether Constable M'Carthy, Royal Irish Constabulary, was fired at and seriously wounded in the village of Baltinglass, County Wicklow, on Sunday, 30th October last;...

      Motor Cars (Seizure).

      8 speeches

      82. asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that during the truce the so-called Commandant John Hales, 1st Battalion, 3rd West Cork Brigade, of the Irish Republican Army, was using a Ford...

      Kidnapping, Belfast.

      7 speeches

      (by Private Notice)asked the Chief Secretary whether the police in Belfast last night raided a yard in Kent Street, where they found a loyalist citizen under sentence of death in charge of three...

      Albania.

      4 speeches

      38. asked the Prime Minister whether he can give any further information about Albania; and, in particular, whether any action has been taken under the Covenant of the League of Nations to...

      Old Age Pensions.

      13 speeches

      40. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that old age pensions have sometimes to be refused to persons residing in the United Kingdom if previously they resided in some other part of the...

      Sir Basil Thomson.

      15 speeches

      41. asked the Prime Minister whether it is yet possible to state the name of the successor in office to Sir Basil Thomson; and, if not, whether the appointment will be made before the House rises?

      Maritime International Law.

      4 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 44. asked the Lord President of the Council whether the International Court of Justice will have jurisdiction in cases of maritime international law; and whether in that event...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Office of Works.

      2 speeches

      48. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, if he is aware that a surveyor in the Directorate of Works, a Mr. C. V. Cable, Lic....

    • Diamond Cutting.

      4 speeches

      Mr. EVANS: 58. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the hardship which is being caused to certain disabled ex-service men, who were placed in training in...

      Ministry of Pensions.

      8 speeches

      72. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Major Osborne is employed at the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Denmark Hill, in the capacity of Controller, at a salary of £520...

      Hyde Park (Bathing Screen).

      2 speeches

      49. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, if he can state the intention of the First Commissioner in regard to the proposed...

      Ancient Monument (London Bridge).

      4 speeches

      50. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Com- missioner of Works, whether he proposes to take any steps, by scheduling under the Ancient Monuments...

      Cost of Living.

      2 speeches

      52. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what is the Board of Trade index accepted by his Department in formulating the Estimates for next year, 1922–23?

      Education (Stage Plays).

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 70. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to a decision in the Law Courts that a theatre is not a place of educational interest within the meaning of...

      Mental Deficiency Acts (Expenditure).

      5 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Health whether he has received the representation of the Staffordshire Association for the Care of the Mentally Defective regarding the effect of the recent Treasury...

      Civil Service, Zanzibar (Rupee Exchange).

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that by the revised conditions of service in East Africa civil servants have been promised since April, 1920, salaries on the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine.

    • Electric Power Concession.

      5 speeches

      75. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Palestine Government have given a contract for the erection of a large plant for electric power supply to Mr. Rutenberg, a Russian...

    • Arab Delegation.

      4 speeches

      76. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he proposes to submit any conclusions at which he may arrive with the Arab delegation from Palestine for the approval of Parliament; and...

      Military Titles.

      4 speeches

      83. asked the Secretary of State for War if, with a view to appreciating the value of military titles, he will restrict the use of such titles to persons who have served or are serving with the...

      Building Trade Wages (War Office).

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether consideration has been given to the memorial presented on behalf of all grades of building trade workmen employed at Enfield and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Near East.

    • France and Turkey.

      24 speeches

      (by Private Notice)asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reports have been received with regard to the recent executions of 67 Greek and Armenian notables of Samsoun and...

  • Business of the House.

    8 speeches

    (by Private Notice)asked the Leader of the House how far he proposes to proceed with the business of Supply to-night, and whether the House will have an opportunity of listening in the Debate to...

  • Question of Privilege.

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    Considered in Committee [Progress 3rd November.]

  • Civil Services Supplementary Estimates, 1921–22

    • Class Vii.

    • Ministry of Larour.

      47 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £2,192,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Relief of Unemployment.

      78 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £5,500,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Army Supplementary Estimate, 1921–22.

      32 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £6,720,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charges for Army Services which will come in course of...

      Navy Supplementary Estimate, 1921–22.

      Resolved, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £965,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of...

  • Civil Services Supplementary Estimates, 1921–22.

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