House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 15 February 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Birmingham Corporation Bill,

  • Committee of Selection.

    Colonel Burn, Captain Charles Craig, Colonel Sir Raymond Greene, Colonel Sir J. W. Greig, Mr. Frederick Hall, Mr. Hinds, Lieut.-Colonel William Nicholson, Sir Samuel Roberts, Mr. Walter Smith,...

  • Taxes and Imposts.

    Return ordered "showing (1) the rates of duties, taxes, or imports collected by Imperial officers; (2) the quantities or amounts taxed; (3) the gross receipts derived from each duty; and (4) the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Subsidies, Germany.

    5 speeches

    3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state in detail the amount of the subsidies paid in Germany to-day by the German Government towards bread, railways,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Refugees (British Expendi- Ture).

    5 speeches

    Sir J. D. REES: 4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many, if any, Armenian, Russian, Czecho-Slovakian or other refugees are at present being supported by the British...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Emigration (Women)

    2 speeches

    5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his Department make any special inquiries in the case of young women applying for passports for abroad; whether such inquiries...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Central American Govern- Ments.

    4 speeches

    Major C. LOWTHER: 6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government have recognised the Government of General Orellana in Guatemala; whether they have...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Schoolmasters.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, inasmuch as a considerable time has now elapsed since any definite statement on the subject has been made, and observing that many...

    • Age Compensation.

      5 speeches

      Lieut. - Colonel W. GUINNESS: 9. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether under the terms of the Order published about 1912 under which the Supplementary List of the Navy was...

      Pensioner Ratings, Rosyth (Leave).

      2 speeches

      10. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the pensioner ratings of the Rosyth reserve fleet working party who are serving under non-continuous service engagements have had...

      Paymaster-Lieutenants (Vacancies).

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that three vacancies exist for paymaster-lieutenants promoted from commissioned writer, and for one commissioned writer;...

      Surplus Officers (Retirement).

      2 speeches

      12. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what special scheme of retirement has been decided upon for officers surplus to requirements?

      Estimates, 1922-23.

      3 speeches

      15, 16, and 17. Rear-Admiral ADAIR asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (1) whether the Report of Admiral Jerram's (Grand Fleet) Committee was considered before the marriage...

      Admiralty Staff (Reductions).

      2 speeches

      13. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the numbers of the staff employed at the Admiralty in July, 1914, and at the latest available date?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Statistics.

      8 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 18. asked the Minister of Labour if he will give the latest available figures as regards unemployment, showing the total number registered as unemployed, the total number...

    • Relief Works, Thedwastre.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 22. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the Thedwastre District Council have spent £1,500 on a scheme of public utility on the strength of...

      Forestry Relief Works.

      3 speeches

      The following question, stood on the Order Paper in the name of Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY:

      Farm Servants (Insurance).

      4 speeches

      25. asked the Minister of Labour whether the question of bringing farm servants within the scope of the Unemployment Insurance Acts is within the terms of reference to the Inter - Departmental...

      Insurance Board.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Labour whether he will inquire into the constitution of the management of the Incorporated Industry Unemployment Insurance Board; and whether he will take steps to see...

      Women and Girls.

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Labour how many women's and girls' posts Were found through the Employment Exchanges in the year 1921; and what were the principal occupations?

      Health Insurance.

      4 speeches

      65. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that approximately 2,000,000 insured persons have been unemployed for 26 weeks since July, 1921, and will thereby be disentitled to...

      Milk (Impurities).

      2 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 31. asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to the repeated allegations that much of the milk served out to the public is dirty and impure and is a menace to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Local Authorities' Schemes.

      2 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 32. asked the Minister of Health what is the position of the Government in regard to the carrying out of the housing proposals of local authorities; how many schemes have been...

    • Conversions, Kensington.

      5 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Health what was the total amount of the estimates supplied by the Ministry to the council of the Royal borough of Kensington in connection with the acquisition of houses...

      Subsidy.

      4 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Health whether the Government have considered the desirability of extending until 1924 the period during which the housing subsidy for new houses will be given to local...

      State Intervention.

      4 speeches

      Mr. WILLIAMS: 37. asked the Minister of Health what proposals His Majesty's Government intend to bring forward in the early future for meeting the great and still continuing dearth of houses?

      Unoccupied Houses.

      6 speeches

      44. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that houses for which a subsidy has been paid are being kept empty for sale, he will introduce legislation to compel owners to let...

      Contracts.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Health the number of houses included in contracts approved by him and the average cost per house during the following periods: where the contracts were approved by him...

      Lee Watershed.

      4 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Health if it is intended to take any steps to carry out the recommendation made by Mr. P. M. Crossthwaite, in his Report to the Local Government Board, dated 30th June,...

      Lunatic Asylums (Administra- Tion).

      15 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Health, in connection with a Departmental Committee which was recently set up to inquire into and report upon the charges made against asylum administration by Dr....

      Gas Poisoning.

      2 speeches

      Mr. THOMSON: 33. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the numerous cases recently reported of gas poisoning; and whether it is possible for him to take steps to...

      Water Supplies.

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to introduce any legislation this year for the conservation of water supplies or to increase the powers of the water authorities?

      Canal Boats (Living-in).

      4 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the recommendations of the Departmental Committee on the practice of living-in on canal boats; and what action, if any, he proposes to...

      Local Authorities, Poplar (Employes).

      6 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the feeling of resentment in the general body of the population caused by the maintenance of the wages of its employés by the Poplar...

      Local Elections (Parish Relief).

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the position of an unemployed man whose wife and children have obtained parish relief, but who has abstained himself from...

      Mothers and Children (Food and Milk).

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Minister of Health whether he has yet come to a decision as to the policy to be pursued during the next financial year with reference to the supply by local authorities of food and...

      Income Tax, Germany.

      8 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister if the Income Tax has been reduced in Germany; and if so, to what extent?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Criminal Injuries (Awards).

      2 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister the total amount of unpaid claims due to private individuals in the South of Ireland for damage done by Sinn Feiners, for which Decrees have been granted by county...

    • Lord Lieutenant (Protection).

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he can inform the House whether the Lord Lieutenant's motor car, which was recently held up in broad daylight in Dublin by a gang of armed men and...

      Disturbances.

      15 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to a cable message alleged to have been sent on Monday last by Mr. Michael Collins to Mr....

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine.

    • Jewish Settlement.

      2 speeches

      49. asked if His Majesty's Government is pledged to assist the Zionists in establishing a Jewish State in Palestine?

    • Oil.

      4 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 71. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what developments are taking place with regard to oil in Palestine; which companies or groups have received concessions to bore for...

      Arms (Importation).

      6 speeches

      76. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, as stated in the Palestine Press, Messrs. Jabotinsky and David Yellin were implicated in the importation and smuggling of arms into...

      Apiaries and Incubators (Customs).

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the High Commissioner for Palestine has reversed his decision to exempt apiaries and incubators from paying Customs dues?

      Diphtheria, London.

      2 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Health whether there has recently been an increase in the number of cases of diphtheria in London; whether the number of such cases are abnormal; what steps his...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Iraq.

    • Arab Prisoners.

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 70. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of Arabs from Iraq now in prison or in internment in Ceylon or elsewhere?

    • Overseas Trade.

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to encourage British capital to be invested in the necessary development of British Crown Colonies and Protectorates...

      Opium Traffic, North Borneo.

      4 speeches

      Mr. J. W. WILSON: 77. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the government of North Borneo issues licences to private traders for the sale of opium to the labourers on the...

      Treatment of Children (Hong Kong).

      8 speeches

      80. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there are any legislative limits to the ages at which girls in Hong Kong may be transferred for a money payment from one person to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.

    • Aeroplanes and Engines.

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Secretary of State for Air what types of aeroplanes and engines are at present in use in the Royal Air Force; and how many of these types were designed before or during 1918?

    • Armoured Cars, Ireland.

      2 speeches

      82. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in place of spending £50,000 in the purchase of armoured cars for Trans-Jordania, he will arrange to use some of those which have been...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Irish Regiments (Disbandment).

      3 speeches

      83. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can arrange that the names of the famous Irish regiments about to be disbanded shall be perpetuated by incorporation with those of other famous...

    • War Graves.

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Secretary of State for War whether any contract has been entered into by the Graves Commission for the supply of tombstones or any material for British graveyards in France and...

      Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

      9 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 88. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether and, if so, what scientific tests have been applied to ascertain the cause and supply a remedy for foot-and-mouth disease; whether the...

      Unfit Horses (Export).

      17 speeches

      89. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the continued cruelty to, and suffering of, horses exported to Belgium for butchery; and whether he will take drastic measures to...

      Austria (Allied Assistance).

      12 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether an agreement has been come to by the Allied Powers to assist financially the Austrian Government; and, if so, to what extent this country is...

      Egypt (Zaghloul Pasha).

      3 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he has now any knowledge of the serious state of health of Zaghloul Pasha, the deported leader of the Egyptian Waft or national delegation;...

      Estimates Committee.

      3 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he has now considered the setting up at once of an Estimates Committee, without prejudice to the larger questions of the financial procedure...

  • Notices of Motion.

    • Royal Navy (Air Service).

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Navy Estimates, to call attention to the serious position of the Admiralty in not being in control of their own Air Service, and to move a...

    • Army Organisation.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates, to call attention to the necessity for a review of the administrative and directing organisation of the Defence Forces, and to move a...

      Eleemosynary Expenditure.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the alarming increase in the expenditure of an eleemosynary character, and to move a Resolution.—[Sir...

      Army Promotion.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates, to call attention to the method of promotion in the Army and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Grundy.]

      Bank Deposits.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the serious lack of facilities for the security of the deposits of poor persons in banks and to move a...

      Ex-SERVICE MEN, CIVIL SERVICE.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the need of employing ex-service men in the Civil Service and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. J. H. Edwards.]

      Strike Ballots.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the faulty manner in which ballots are taken on strikes and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Dennis Herbert.]

      Economy.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the necessity of economy and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Grant.]

      Lower Deck (Royal Navy).

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Navy Estimates, to call attention to the grievances of the lower deck and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Adamson.]

      Naval Officers, Marriage Allowance.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Navy Estimates, to call attention to the question of marriage allowances to naval officers and to move a Resolution.—[Sir B. Falle.]

      British Empire Exhibition.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the proposed expenditure of the Board of Trade on the British Empire Exhibition and to move a...

      Civil Aviation.

      On going into Committee of Supply on Air Estimates, to call attention to civil aviation and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. L. Malone.]

      Child Slavery, Hong Kong.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Colonial Office Estimates, to call attention to child slavery in Hong Kong and to move a Resolution.—[Lieut.- Colonel J. Ward.]

      Civil Servants (Civil Rights).

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the question of the civil rights of Government servants and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. A. Short.]

      Pensions Administration.

      On going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Services Estimates, to call attention to the administration of the Ministry of Pensions and to move a Resolution.—[Captain Bowyer.]

      Message from the Lords.

      INDIAN AFFAIRS: That they communicate that they have come to the following Resolution: "That it is desirable that a Committee of Eleven Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of Eleven...

      Diseases of Animals (Scot- Land) Bill,

      "to transfer the powers and duties of the Ministry of Agriculture under the Diseases of Animals Acts, 1894 to 1914, so far as they relate to Scotland, to the Board of Agriculture for Scotland,"...

  • Business of the House (Government Business).

    116 speeches

    Mr. CHAMBERLAIN (Leader of the House): I beg to move That, until the end of the financial year, Government Business do have precedence at every Sitting. I have not moved the Motion first on the...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    Considered in Committee.

  • Class Vi.

    • Superannuation and Retired Allowances.

      62 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £455,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

    • Publications and Debates' Reports.

      Ordered, "That a Select Committee be appointed to assist Mr. Speaker in the arrangements for the Official Report of Debates, and to inquire into the expenditure on Stationery and Printing for...

      Leith Docks.

      2 speeches

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

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