House of Commons debates

Monday, 13 February 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    • PRIVATE BILLS [Lords],

      Mr. SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in respect of the Bills comprised in the List reported by the Chairman of Ways and Means as...

    • London County Council (Tramways, Trolley Vehicles, and Improvements) Bill,

      "to empower the London County Council to construct and work new tramways; to alter and reconstruct an existing tramway and to make street improvements and other works; to provide and work trolley...

      South Staffordshire Water Bill,

      "for authorising the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company to construct new works and to raise additional capital; for increasing the charges of the company; and for other purposes," presented,...

      Lanarkshire County Council Order Confirmation Bill,

      "to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899, relating to Lanarkshire County Council," presented by Mr. MUNRO; and ordered (under Section 7 of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Beer (Prices).

    7 speeches

    3. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the very high prices at present ruling for beer, especially in view of the fall in price of all the materials...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act.

    • Commodities (Prices).

      4 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 6. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any figures to show the prices of commodities subject to duty under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act...

    • Scientific Apparatus.

      2 speeches

      7. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any complaints that scientific apparatus essential for research work is difficult to obtain, owing to the operation of the Safeguarding of...

      Part Ii Orders.

      10 speeches

      3. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Board of Trade lays before the Committees dealing with Orders under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act statistics of the...

      Committees Under Part Ii of the Safeguarding of Industries Act.

      Fabric Gloves and Clove Materials.Sir R. Henry Rew, K.C.B. (Chairman),Sir James C. Calder, C.B.E.,Mr. G. A. Moore,Mr. Gilbert C. Vyle, andMr. A. B. Weir.

      German Safety-Razors.

      6 speeches

      Lieut. - Colonel GUINNESS: 19. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that pocket safety-razors made in Germany, and which are a copy of the Gillette safety-razor...

      Scheduled Articles (Objections).

      4 speeches

      22. asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the total number of objections lodged with his Department as to articles alleged by the complainants to have been either included or excluded...

      Santonine.

      2 speeches

      Dr. MURRAY: 23. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has fully considered the bearings of the judgment given by the Official Referee in the case of Santonine, which was held by...

      Gas Mantles.

      3 speeches

      76. asked the President of the Board of Trade the reason for the delay in putting into operation the decision of the Referee under the Safeguarding of Industries Act regarding the imposition of a...

      Building Materials.

      6 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 9. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that rings and combines have a virtual monopoly of materials for house construction; that this monopoly is a menace...

      Capital Issues.

      2 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 10. asked the President of the Board of Trade the amount of money publicly subscribed for capital issues, other than Government loans, during the 12 months ended December, 1921, and...

      Newcastle and Gateshead Gas Company.

      2 speeches

      Major BARNES: 11. asked the President of the Board of Trade if the Newcastle and Gateshead Gas Company have made an application under Section 1 of the Gas Regulations Act, 1920; if so, on what...

      Bread Prices (Swansea).

      2 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 12. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his atten- tion has been drawn to the so-called bread war in Swansea; whether he is aware that the firm of Messrs. Jones decided...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Exports.

      3 speeches

      21. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in order to illustrate the value of Empire and foreign markets respectively, he will state what the Germans and Russians spent on the...

    • Imports from Germany, 1913.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give the tonnage and value of German goods imported into this country during 1913 of the following goods: manufactured cotton goods,...

      Genoa Conference.

      11 speeches

      26. asked the Prime Minister the names of the British representatives who will attend the forthcoming economic conference at Genoa; whether representatives from the British Dominions have been...

      Anglo-French Pact.

      2 speeches

      Captain BENN: 29. asked the Prime Minister whether Parliament will have an opportunity of discussing the terms of the Anglo-French Pact before any obligations are incurred in connection with it?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Germany (Indemnity).

      15 speeches

      Captain BENN: 30. asked the Prime Minister whether any agreement has yet been arrived at with France as to the division of the £50,000,000 already paid by Germany?

    • German Shipping (Surrender).

      3 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister how many tons of shipping have been handed over by Germany between 11th November, 1918, and 20th May, 1921; whether those ships are credited to Germany toward the...

      War Criminals (Trial).

      6 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that, in order to divert attention from the crimes of German War criminals and to prevent the Allies from insisting on carrying out the provisions...

      Paris Conference, 1919.

      6 speeches

      54. asked the Prime Minister whether he will lay upon the Table the Memorandum which he circulated at the Paris Conference, dated 25th March, 1919, in view of the fact that part of that...

      Gas (Carbon Monoxide).

      12 speeches

      31. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the statement made by the Liverpool coroner on 3rd February at the conclusion of an inquest on the bodies of four members of...

      Public Companies (Bonus Shares).

      4 speeches

      Mr. N. MACLIEAN: 33. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that a large number of public companies have given during the past five years bonus shares to their shareholders; and whether it...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Chief Secretary.

      6 speeches

      27. asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended to abolish the political office of Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; if so, when will this be accomplished; what will be the...

    • Land Purchase.

      4 speeches

      28. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the new arrangements for the government of Ireland and the conditions now prevailing in that country, he will at the earliest possible opportunity...

      Naturalisation.

      4 speeches

      35. asked the Prime Minister whether the Irish Free State will be empowered to issue certificates of naturalisation to foreign applicants; whether such certificates, if issued, will apply to...

      Cattle Restrictions.

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether the embargo which applies to cattle from Canada will also apply to cattle from the Irish Free State?

      Boundaries.

      3 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 51. asked the Prime Minister whether any pledge was given by the Government in connection with the negotiations which led up to the Treaty with Ireland that no...

      Lives and Property (Protection).

      7 speeches

      58. asked the Prime Minister who is at present responsible for the protection of the lives and property of His Majesty's subjects in Southern Ireland; and what steps are being taken to secure...

      Munitions and Stores.

      7 speeches

      64. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government yet have any information as to whether any of the arms, munitions, or equipment turned over to the Provisional Government by the Army...

      Lord Lieutenant.

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Prime Minister whether the office of Lord Lieutenant is still in existence, and what are its functions?

      Public Trustee.

      4 speeches

      66. asked the Prime Minister whether beneficiaries having funds in the hands of the Public Trustee in Ireland will have an opportunity of transferring their property to the Public Trustee in...

      Outrages.

      23 speeches

      67. asked the Prime Minister whether he has seen the statement issued by Commandant-General O'Duffy, chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army, regarding the raid in Ulster last week; and what...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • Famine Relief.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government intend to make any grant or loan to alleviate the famine in Russia?

    • Trade Agreement.

      6 speeches

      61. asked the Prime Minister how many notes, and on what dates, have been exchanged between His Majesty's Government and the Russian Soviet Government since the British note published in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Conscientious Objectors.

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister whether he will now carry out the undertaking given last Session to have an inquiry whether or not it is desirable in the public interest to retain alleged...

    • Confidential Reports.

      7 speeches

      43. asked the Prime Minister whether it is the rule in the Civil Service for adverse confidential reports not to be communicated to the individual affected; and, if so, whether this procedure can...

      Retail Prices.

      3 speeches

      41. asked the Prime Minister whether he has received representations from boards of guardians, urban district councils, and other bodies in favour of re-establishing the Retail Prices Order so as...

      Rebellion (Death Penalty).

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the introduction of legislation to abolish the death penalty for armed rebellion and the substitution of some deterrent less likely to...

      Night Baking.

      6 speeches

      44. asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended to introduce during the present Session a Bill to abolish night baking on the lines of the Government Bill of 1920?

      House of Lords Reform.

      7 speeches

      Colonel BURN: 47. asked the Prime Minister when it is proposed to introduce the Bill for the reform of the House of Lords?

      Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the dangerous spread of foot-and-mouth disease amongst the cattle in this country having now reached London, he can assure the House...

      India (Constitution).

      2 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Indian Legislative Assembly recently placed on record its opinion that the present development of the...

      Tangier.

      4 speeches

      Major C. LOWTHER: 55. asked the Prime Minister whether the Spanish Government has addressed any representations to the British Government concerning French claims and policy with regard to...

      Franchise (Women).

      5 speeches

      56. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government intend to introduce a Bill during this Session of Parliament giving the vote to women on the same terms as it is now, or may be, granted to men?

      Greece (Loans).

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Prime Minister whether, before sanctioning the loans the Greek Government propose levying in this country, proper guarantees have been accepted with regard to the loan of...

      Performing Animals (Select Committee).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Prime Minister whether the Select Committee on Performing Animals, which took a large amount of important evidence at the end of the last Session, will be reappointed forthwith so...

      Foreign Affairs (Presentation of Papers).

      8 speeches

      63. The following question stood on the Order Paper in the name of Lord R. CECIL: To ask the Prime Minister when he proposes to restore the pre-War practice of presenting to Parliament papers on...

      Joint Parliamentary Secretaries to the Treasury.

      4 speeches

      69. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, in accordance with his promise given on the 23rd June last, the situation with regard to the salaries of the Joint Parliamentary Secretaries to the Treasury...

      Trade Facilities Act.

      2 speeches

      72 asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) the names of the firms or individuals to whom loans have been granted under the provisions of the Trade Facilities Act, and the nature of the...

      Mining Subsidence.

      5 speeches

      77. asked the Secretary for Mines whether, in view of the serious damage to public and private property caused by mining subsidence, he will without delay introduce the Bill that was under the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Royalty Rents (Durham).

      5 speeches

      78. asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that 250 men and boys at Washington Glebe Colliery, County Durham, received notice to terminate their employment in December last because the...

    • Exports (France).

      4 speeches

      79. asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to statements that the deliveries by Germany of reparation coal to France has led to a diminution in the exports of British...

      Miners' Wages.

      4 speeches

      81 and 82. asked the Secretary for Mines, (1) the total amount of wages reduction for the miners of Durham county for the quarter ending December, 1921, as compared with the previous quarter, and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Taff Vale Company.

      2 speeches

      83. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he has observed that the scheme for the amalgamation of the Taff Vale Railway Company with the Great Western Railway...

    • First and Third Class Passengers.

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether over the railways of the United Kingdom for the years 1919 and 1920 approximately 12 seats were provided for first-class...

      Nationality Law.

      4 speeches

      88. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information as to the present position of the descendants of British parents born in Japan; and whether the...

      Attacks on Europeans, Egypt.

      2 speeches

      93. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any Europeans were attacked during the rising following upon Zaghloul Pasha's arrest last December?

      Cameroons.

      2 speeches

      97. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the French Government has decreed that all forests in the Cameroons are the property of the French Government?

      Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries.

      2 speeches

      Mr. PERCY: 99. asked the Minister of Agriculture, whether, in view of the importance of immediate legislation regarding salmon and fresh water fisheries, the Government will give facilities for...

      Small Holdings, Norfolk.

      4 speeches

      101. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has been informed of a petition presented by a number of ex-service smallholders at Ten Mile Bank, Norfolk, to the small holdings committee of...

      National Expenditure (Admiralty Memorandum).

      7 speeches

      Sir T. POLSON (by Private Notice): asked the Prime Minister whether his attention had been drawn to the statement in the Press issued by the Board of Admiralty dealing with the section of the...

  • Bills Presented.

    • Child Murder (Trial) Bill,

      "to provide that a woman charged with the murder of her infant child may, under certain conditions, be convicted of manslaughter," presented by Mr. ARTHUR HENDERSON; supported by Mr. Clynes, Mr....

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

    • Debate on the Address.

      [FIFTH DAY.]

    • Taxation.

      70 speeches

      I beg to move, at the end of the Question, to add the words but humbly regret that the extravagance of Your Majesty's Ministers has imposed upon the country a crushing burden of taxation, and...

      Adjournment.

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

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