House of Commons debates

Thursday, 9 February 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • New Writs,

    For the County of Down (West Down Division), in the room of THOMAS BROWN WALLACE, Esquire (Chief Clerk, High Court of Justice, Northern Ireland).

  • Private Business.

    • Pilotage Provisional Orders (No. 1) Bill,

      "to confirm certain Pilotage Orders made by the Board of Trade, under The Pilotage Act, 1913, relating to pilotage in the Pilotage Districts of the Humber, Boston and Spalding, King's Lynn and...

    • Pilotage Provisional Orders (No. 2) Bill,

      "to confirm certain Pilotage Orders made by the Board of Trade under The Pilotage Act, 1913, relating to pilotage in the Pilotage Districts of the Dee, Hartlepool, Sunderland, the Tees, and the...

      European States (Revenue and Expenditure).

      Return ordered "of the Revenues, Expenditures, and Deficits of the European States, where practicable, showing for the last and current fiscal years, especially the annual cost of land armaments...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Disablement Badge.

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Pensions if it would be possible for him to arrange that men who had lost one or both legs during the War should be given a badge which would entitle them to special...

    • Poor Law Relief.

      4 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Pensions if he has received a communication from the guardians of the Bedwelty union calling his attention to the large proportion of disabled ex-service men among the...

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      Pension Payments, Westhoughton.

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has received representations as to the hardship resulting to pensioners on the disbandment of the Westhoughton local war pensions sub-committee and...

      Notts and Derby Regiment (Ex-Lance-Corporal Botham).

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Pensions if he will reconsider the case of ex-Lance-Corporal S. Botham, No. 202561, Notts and Derby Regiment, of Bakewell, who had his pension reduced by 108. a week on...

      Ireland.

      Royal Irish Constabulary, Auxiliary Division.

      9 speeches

      7. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been called to the dissatisfaction expressed in the Press at the terms under which the ex-officer cadets in the Auxiliary...

      Military Operations (Damage Claims).

      7 speeches

      10. asked the Chief Secretary how it is proposed that damage committed by Crown forces in the burning of Cork, the sack of Balbriggan, etc., is now to be made good; what is the position of...

      Munitions and Stores.

      26 speeches

      9. asked the Chief Secretary what munitions, military transport, and stores have been handed over to the Irish Free State Army in Southern Ireland, and on what terms; and whether similar...

      British Troops (Southern Ireland).

      6 speeches

      8. asked the Chief Secretary by what date all British troops will be out of Southern Ireland?

      New Constitution.

      2 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether it, is intended that the new Irish Constitution should be submitted to Parliament as a Bill or, if not, in what form?

      Questions to Ministers.

      4 speeches

      42. asked the Prime Minister what duties are now exercised by the Chief Secretary for Ireland?

      Government Liabilities.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether the liabilities of the Imperial Government to investors, whether in War Bonds or otherwise, and depositors in the Post Office Savings Bank in Southern Ireland...

      Murders and Kidnappings.

      9 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister how many persons have been murdered or kidnapped in Southern Ireland since 1st January?

      Russia.

      MRS. S. Harding.

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what were the terms of the Note sent to the Soviet in the beginning of December on the subject of Mrs. Stan Harding's wrongful...

      Famine Relief.

      7 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister whether there has been any change in the policy of His Majesty's Government with regard to the relief of the famine-stricken areas of South Russia since it was last...

      Egypt.

      4 speeches

      19. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the present military and political situation in Asia Minor and, in particular, whether fighting is still continuing between the...

      School Barracks, Assiut.

      6 speeches

      12. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, shortly before Zaghloul Pasha was arrested, instructions were issued by the Ministry of the Interior at Cairo to Mr. Milton,...

      Journals (Suppression and Suspension).

      5 speeches

      13. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what journals, daily and weekly, have been suppressed or suspended since martial law was proclaimed in Egypt in 1914; why were they...

      Lord Allenby

      2 speeches

      Mr. ALFRED T. DAVIES: 15. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is proposed to put the dossier of the negotiations between Lord Allenby, High Commissioner in Egypt,...

      Arrests and Deportations.

      10 speeches

      17. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at whose instigation Zaghloul Pasha and his colleagues were deported; and what were the grounds given for this policy?

      Sudan.

      7 speeches

      14. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government have come to any conclusion regarding the financial position of the Government of the Sudan, with special...

      British Consulate, Bruges.

      15 speeches

      16. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the suspension of the consular service for Bruges can be reconsidered in view of the large number of British visitors to this...

      Dock Regulations.

      4 speeches

      22. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the case of Frederick Penkert, who was killed on 12th August, 1921, on board the ss. "Lyngurn,"...

      Golden Ballot.

      8 speeches

      Major C. LOWTHER: 24. asked the Home Secretary what is the approximate cost to the State of the prosecutions recently undertaken against the promoters of the Different Golden Ballot under the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Ex-ENEMY PROPERTY (ATTACHMENT).

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the observations of the German delegates at the Peace Conference concerning the permissive power to attach the movable...

    • Germany (Indemnity).

      3 speeches

      Captain BENN: 39. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government is under any obligation to employ military measures against Germany in the event of their default to pay the amounts demanded in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Relief Measures.

      7 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 29. asked the Prime Minister if he will state the total number of persons who have been found employment, and for how long, by the various schemes for providing work for...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Statistics.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 30. asked the Prime Minister if he will give the latest available figures as regards the progress made under the Government's various housing schemes, showing the total number of...

    • Subsidy.

      4 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government intend to go on with their housing scheme and if it is intended to extend the period during which the housing subsidy for new houses will be...

      Canadian Cattle Embargo.

      10 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government have considered the Report of the Royal Commission on the embargo on Canadian cattle; and whether they propose to make any alteration in the...

      Great Britain and Belgium.

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister whether a Treaty between Belgium and this country is in course of preparation, and will shortly be concluded, by which Great Britain binds herself, beyond the general...

      Austria (British Loan).

      7 speeches

      35. asked the Prime Minister whether the proposed loan of £2,500,000 to Austria is to be made by this country alone or jointly with other Powers; what security is offered; whether this loan...

      Near East (Policy).

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister whether the House of Commons is to be given a day to discuss the Near Eastern policy of the Government?

      Genoa Conference.

      11 speeches

      Captain BENN: 40. asked the Prime Minister whether a date has been fixed for the Genoa Conference?

      House of Lords Reform.

      3 speeches

      Captain BENN: 41. asked the Prime Minister, whether the Government propose to restore in any form the veto of the House of Lords?

      Estimates Committee.

      1 speech

      The, following question stood on the Order Paper in the name of Mr. MARRIOTT: 43. To ask the Prime Minister whether it is proposed to set up the Estimates Committee again this Session; and, if...

      Allied War Debts.

      2 speeches

      44. asked the Prime Minister whether steps, analogous to those taken in America to fund the debts due by the Allies, will now be taken to secure the funding of the debts due to Great Britain by...

      Iraq.

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 45. asked the Prime Minister whether a Treaty is being negotiated with the Emir Feisal; and, if so, whether it will be laid before the House of Commons before ratification?

      Great Powers (Submarine Tonnage).

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Lord President of the Council if he will state the submarine tonnage proposed to be allotted to the Great Powers by the Washington Conference; and the present strength of those...

      Postal Rates.

      4 speeches

      59. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in order to save certain branches of the printing trade from loss and to prevent the loss to this country of printing orders which are now being...

      Alcoholic Drinks (Clubs).

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is prepared to remove or reduce the club tax imposed in 1909 of 6d. in the £ on all purchases of alcoholic drink, which is a tax paid not...

      Beer Duties.

      2 speeches

      63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, owing to the altered conditions to-day, he can see his way to reduce the Beer Tax, which at present is £5 a barrel compared with 7s. 9d. in...

      Art Works (Export).

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, following the example of other countries, he can see his way to impose an export tax of at least 10 per cent. upon valuable British works of art...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Whitley Councils.

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any decision has yet been arrived at with regard to the reconstitution of the Whitley Councils dealing with Civil Service wages and salaries in...

    • Hotels, London.

      5 speeches

      73. asked the hon. Member for the Pullok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether the Government are still occupying any hotels or portions of hotels in...

      Huts, Regent's Park.

      3 speeches

      74. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether the huts in course of removal from the Embankment are being re-erected at...

      Entertainments Duty.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the recent decision in Mr. Attorney-General v. Swan; and whether he will in the year's financial measures...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Income Tax.

    • Gross Assessment.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can state the gross assessment for Income Tax for the years 1913 up to the present?

    • Arrears (Miners).

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the position of thousands of miners in the South Wales districts, who through strikes, unemployment, and at present...

      Workmen's Clubs (Taxation).

      5 speeches

      69. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware of the unrest and growing hostility to the Government for its continuance of the exorbitant tax on workmen's clubs both in licensing and...

      Chiltern Hundreds.

      2 speeches

      70. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is in accordance with precedent to appoint a bankrupt to the position of Steward to the Chiltern Hundreds?

      Sale of Food Order, 1921.

      4 speeches

      80. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether an order relative to food control (No. 1,305) was made by the Board of Trade on the 16th August, 1921; whether two of the principal clauses...

      Gibraltar and Malta (Governors).

      6 speeches

      75. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the total emoluments of the Governor of Gibraltar and the Governor of Malta, respectively; and what is the total population within their...

      Gibraltar (Expenditure).

      4 speeches

      76. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received a petition from the Chamber of Commerce at Gibraltar, addressed to him through the Colonial Secretary, Gibraltar, last...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Railway Season Tickets.

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, whether he is aware of the penalties inflicted upon season-ticket holders on various railways who are called upon to pay the...

    • Railway Goods Rates (South Wales).

      4 speeches

      78. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if he has received a communication from the County Council of Monmouthshire calling attention to the high rates charged by the...

      Amendments to the Address.

      6 speeches

      I desire to ask a question relating to Order, of which I have given private notice, namely, whether either or both of the Amendments standing in the names of the hon. and gallant Member for Bath...

  • Business of the House.

    11 speeches

    May I ask what business the Leader of the House proposes to take next week, and whether he is now in a position to state with certainty that the Geddes Report will be available in the Vote Office...

  • Friday Sittings.

    3 speeches

    Mr. CHAMBERLAIN: I beg to move, That during the present Session the House do meet on Fridays at Eleven o'clock, and that Four o'clock and half-past Four o'clock be substituted for Five o'clock...

  • Irish Free State (Agreement) Bill.

    "to give the force of Law to certain Articles of Agreement for a Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland, and to enable effect to be given thereto, and for other purposes incidental thereto or...

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

    • Debate on the Address.

      [THIRD DAY.]

    • Unemployment.

      109 speeches

      I beg to move, at the end of the Question, to add the words But regret dint, in view of the disaster to British trade and of the large number of persons unemployed, there is no indication that...

      Outrages, Ireland.

      4 speeches

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

      Huts, Regent's Park.

      2 speeches

      May I be permitted to allude to a matter to which I referred at Question time, the removal of the temporary buildings in Regent's Park. I accept with gratitude and relief the assurance of my hon....

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