House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 14 December 1921

  • Preamble

    The Fourth Session of the Thirty-first Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, appointed by Royal Proclamation to meet 14th December, 1921, in the eleventh year in the...

  • Warrant for New Writ.

    Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had issued, during the Recess, a Warrant for a New Writ for the Borough of Southwark (South-East Division), in the room of JAMES ARTHUR DAWES, Esq., deceased.

  • New Member Sworn.

    Captain WILLIAM HUMBLE ERIC WARD, M.C., commonly called Viscount Ednam, for the Borough of Hornsey.

  • Sessional Orders.

    • Elections.

      Ordered, That all Members who are returned for two or more places in any part of the United Kingdom do make their Election for which of the places they will serve, within one week after it shall...

    • Witnesses.

      Resolved, That if it shall appear that any person hath been tampering with any Witness, in respect of his evidence to be given to this House, or any Committee thereof, or directly or indirectly...

      Metropolitan Police.

      Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Police of the Metropolis do take care that, during the Session of Parliament, the passages through the streets leading to this House be kept free and open,...

      Votes and Proceedings.

      Ordered, That the Votes and Proceedings of this House be printed, being first perused by Mr. Speaker; and that he do appoint the printing thereof; and that no person but such as he shall appoint...


      Ordered, That a Committee of Privileges be appointed.

      Outlawries Bill.

      "For the more effectual preventing Clandestine Outlawries," read the First time; to be read a Second time.


      Ordered, That the Journal of this House, from the end of the last Session to the end of the present Session, with an Index thereto, be printed.

  • King's Speech.

    • Irish Free State.

      1 speech

      I have to acquaint the House that this House has this day attended His Majesty in the House of Peers to hear His Majesty's Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, in pursuance of His...

  • Debate on the Address.

    9 speeches

    (in the uniform of Deputy-Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk): I beg to move "That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty as followeth: Most Gracious Sovereign, We, Your Majesty's most...

  • Universal Acceptance of Agreement.

    No agreement ever arrived at between two peoples has been received with so enthusiastic and so universal a welcome as the Articles of Agreement which were signed between the people of this...

  • Dominion Status.

    4 speeches

    The main operation of this scheme is the raising of Ireland to the status of a Dominion of the British Empire—that of a Free State within the Empire, with a common citizenship, and, by...

  • External Affairs.

    I come now to the question of external affairs. The position of the Dominions in reference to external affairs has been completely revolutionised in the course of the last four years. I tried to...

  • Foreign Policy.

    The machinery is the machinery of the British Government—the Foreign Office, the Ambassadors. The machinery must remain here. It is impossible that it could be otherwise, unless you had a...

  • Dominion Home Rule.

    2 speeches

    It is all very well to say "Dominion Home Rule" or "Dominion Self-government." The difficulties only begin there—difficulties formidable and peculiar to Ireland. There are multitudes of...

  • Difficulties of Solution.

    These are the things that make a settlement in Ireland difficult, and we found them very difficult of solution. I hope we have found the solution. I never like to be too confident or too sanguine...

  • Military and Naval Forces.

    10 speeches

    Now I will deal with them. First in regard to allegiance. If anyone challenges what I am saying—and I understand it is going to be challenged—I will defer what I intend to say until...

  • Tariffs.

    I now come to the question of tariffs. Here I confess that I was very reluctant to assent to any proposition which would involve Ireland having the right to impose tariffs upon British goods,...

  • Ulster.

    2 speeches

    I come now to the more vexed question of Ulster. Here we had all given a definitely clear pledge that, under no conditions, would we agree to any proposals that would involve the coercion of...

  • All-Ireland Parliament.

    2 speeches

    What is the decision we have come to in this Treaty? Ulster has her option either to join an All-Ireland Parliament, or to remain exactly as she is. No change from her present position will be...

  • Re-Adjustment of Boundaries.

    4 speeches

    What we propose I think is wise for Ulster, namely, that you should have a re-adjustment of boundaries, not for the six counties, but a re-adjustment of the boundaries of the North of Ireland...

  • Machinery of Agreement.

    I now come to the question of machinery, of how these provisions can be carried into effect. There are permanent and provisional arrangements to be made. With regard to the permanent arrangements...

  • Settlement with Rebels.

    7 speeches

    So far there have been but two criticisms, and I will deal very briefly with them. The first is that this is a surrender to rebellion, and is therefore a derogation from the dignity of the Crown...

  • Partnership of Empire.

    62 speeches

    6.0 P.M.

  • Adjournment.

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

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