House of Commons debates

Thursday, 16 February 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • King's Speech.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

    • Officers' Maintenance Fee.

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Pensions whether the 4s. 6d. per day maintenance fee which is deducted from officers' pay whilst in hospital is to be refunded them for time spent on Christmas leave?

    • Life Pensioners (Appeal).

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Pensions why it is possible for the Ministry to call a pensioner awarded a life pension before an examining board at any time, while the life pensioner cannot appeal...

      Medical Appeal Boards.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the Minister of Pensions why local D.C.M.S. are used as members of appeal boards in view of the fact that it is contrary to the provisions of the Pensions Act which stipulates for the...

      Church Lane Hospital, Tooting (Male Orderlies).

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Pensions if his attention has been drawn to the case of the male orderlies employed at the military hospital, Church Lane, Tooting, who were engaged in 1920 at a wage of...

      Tribunals (Discretionary Powers).

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is prepared to grant discretionary powers to tribunals, under Article 11 of the Royal Warrant, in such a case as the following: Thomas McGowan, late...

      Deserted Dependants.

      4 speeches

      9. asked the Minister of Pensions whether it is a strict rule of the Pension Ministry not to disclose the addresses of individuals receiving pensions; if so, how can an officer's deserted wife...

      Orthopedic Hospital, Shepherd's Bush.

      5 speeches

      15. asked the Minister of Pensions what will be the cost of effecting the proposed removal of the hospital at Shepherd's Bush for orthopædic surgical treatment to Richmond hutment hospital;...

      Payments (Recovery).

      2 speeches

      17. asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of Hugh Quinlan, a soldier who was gassed and is in consequence suffering from tuberculosis, from whom his...

      Treatment and Dependants' Pensions.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will consult the views of ex-service men before any suggestions made by the Committee on National Expenditure regarding pensions are adopted; whether...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Poor Law Relief.

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Pensions if his attention has been drawn to the number of disabled ex-service men receiving relief from the guardians owing to their pensions being insufficient, and the...

    • Asylum Treatment.

      19 speeches

      11. asked the Minister of Pensions if ex-service men in county and borough lunatic asylums are treated as private patients; and what is the average payment per head per week made by the Ministry...

      Royal Air Force.

      4 speeches

      Colonel BURN: 70. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the personal assistant to the Director-General of Supply and Research is a non-service man and that the duties...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • War Pensioners.

      2 speeches

      14. asked the Minister of Pensions whether Article 5 of Articles of Agreement for a Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland in- volves any responsibility upon the part of the Irish Free State...

    • Disturbances.

      24 speeches

      23. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, on Sunday, 22nd January, a number of men armed with revolvers visited the houses of a number of ex-soldiers in the neighbourhood of Callan;...

      High Court of Appeal.

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Prime Minister whether the High Court of Appeal for Ireland, as constituted by Section 42 of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920, is now functioning; whether it is intended to be...

      Finance and Civil Service.

      6 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister, in view of the fact that the Parliament of Southern Ireland is not now intended to come into effective existence, if he will state how it is proposed to constitute...

      Officials (Compensation).

      12 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister whether the compensation provided by Article 10 of the Treaty includes compensation for officials employed in Southern Ireland in services which were renewed by the...

      Munitions and Stores.

      8 speeches

      41 and 42. asked the Prime Minister (1) what is the precise relation between the Provisional Government of Southern Ireland and the Irish republican army; whether arms, ammunition, motor...

      Indemnity Bill.

      6 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 43. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the fact that seven months have elapsed since the cessation of hostilities between the forces of the Crown and of the Irish...

      Air Force.

      8 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether under the terms of the Treaty the Irish Free State will be able to establish and maintain its own Air Force?

      Treaty.

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to a statement made by Mr. Michael Collins, in the course of his speech in the Dail Eireann on the 19th December, 1921, that in...

      Land Purchase.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that in many districts in Southern Ireland there are, and have for a considerable time been, organised strikes against the payment of rent, and...

      Kidnapping.

      2 speeches

      54. asked the Chief Secretary the number of persons kidnapped by Sinn Fein in Ireland between 1st August, 1920, and the date of the truce, showing whether military, police, or civilians, and...

      Auxiliary Police.

      6 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 55. asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that, owing to their being paid by cheque on the Bank of Ireland, demobilised members of the Auxiliary Division, Royal Irish...

      Sheffield War Pensions Committee (Staff Wages).

      4 speeches

      21. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that on the 9th instant the Sheffield War Pensions Committee received a circular from the Leeds regional office giving instructions that the...

      Lithuania.

      7 speeches

      27. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the Genoa Conference, to which both Russia and Poland are coming, His Majesty's Government will now recognise the Lithuanian Republic de jure, so...

      China (Board of Reference).

      2 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 29. asked the Prime Minister what is to be the constitution and functions of the Board of Reference created for the study of future concessions in China?

      Postal Charges.

      4 speeches

      26. asked the Prime Minister whether the pledge given on behalf of the Government by the Postmaster-General on 9th June, 1921, that any surplus on the working of the Post Office will go in...

      Genoa Conference.

      8 speeches

      Captain BENN: 28. asked the Prime Minister the date on which the Genoa Conference will actually meet; whether an agenda has been submitted to and accepted by the countries who will be...

      Nationality Law.

      8 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister if the interchange of views with the Dominions is now completed on the subject of British nationality; and whether he can promise that legislation will be proposed...

      Russia (Famine Relief).

      17 speeches

      35. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the statements recently made by Dr. Nansen as to the conditions obtaining among the Russion people owing to the famine, the Government have given...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure.

    • Departmental Memoranda.

      6 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister whether the Cabinet has issued instructions to the various Departments to send in their memoranda on the Geddes Report by a certain date?

    • Minister of Defence.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister, in view of the great economies effected by the fusion of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps into one air service, whether he will appoint...

      Admiralty Memorandum.

      15 speeches

      Captain BENN: 50. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government is pre- pared to accept responsibility for the proposals contained in the Admiralty memorandum on the Geddes Report?

      Law Charges.

      2 speeches

      63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Geddes Committee on National Expenditure has yet surveyed the expenditure of the Department of the Law Officers of the Crown on litigation with a...

      Navy and Army and Air Force Institutes.

      6 speeches

      69. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Geddes Committee have been asked to inquire into the operations of the Navy and Army and Air Force institutes; and, if so, whether the...

      Brigadier-General Sir Byrne.

      4 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to criticisms reflecting upon the personal character of Brigadier-General Sir Joseph Byrne; and whether, if in their opinion...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • German Reparation.

      5 speeches

      44. asked the Prime Minister whether the British Delegation at the Paris Conference included any members of the committee which reported to him that Germany would pay £24,000,000,000;...

    • Capital Migration (Germany and Austria).

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Reparation Commission has stopped what is called the migration of capital from Germany and Austria?

      National Savings Certificates.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the fact that, while war savings certificates, issued at 15s. 6d., become 20s. at the end of the first 5 years...

      Corporation Profits Tax.

      5 speeches

      61. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it, is with his sanction that the local Inland Revenue authorities at Oxford are making demands for payments under the Corporation Profits Tax...

      Home-Grown Sugar (Excise Duty).

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the State has derived from the Excise Duty on home-grown sugar for the current financial year; and the rate per ton at which duty is levied?

      Land Values Duties.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will insert a Clause in the Finance Act, 1922, giving an extended period of six months for persons unaware of the Finance Act, 1920, to make...

      Increment Value Duty.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount of increment value duty was actually received by the Commissioners while the law respecting it was in force; and how much of that amount has...

      Royal Air Force (Technical Equipment).

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the Ministry still propose to ask for authority to spend an additional £500,000 on machines, stores, etc., over and above the amount provided...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Shipping Dues, Portugal.

      10 speeches

      80 asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) whether he has received re-presentations from British shipowners against the recent action of the Portuguese Government, who has...

    • Cotton Import Duties (French Possessions

      2 speeches

      82. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the injury caused to Lancashire trade by the greatly-increased import duties placed upon cotton goods in French...

      Deportations, Egypt.

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the reason for the deportation of Saad Zaghloul?

      British Empire Exhibition.

      8 speeches

      86. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether the building contract for the British Empire Exhibition has been given to a firm called McAlpine; whether tenders were invited and...

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Leader of the House what the course of business will be during next week, and may I take this opportunity, in the name of all the Members of the House, of saying how delighted we...

  • Orders of the Day — Irish Free State (Agreement) Bill.

    123 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — House of Commons (Kitchen and Refreshment Rooms).

    Ordered, "That a Select Committee be appointed to control the arrangements for the Kitchen and Refreshment Rooms in the department of the Serjeant-at-Arms attending this House."

  • Orders of the Day — Public Petitions.

    Ordered, "That a Select Committee be appointed, to whom shall be referred all Petitions presented to the House, with the exception of such as relate to Private Bills; and that such Committee do...

  • Orders of the Day — Ex-Service Men (Mental Cases).

    7 speeches

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

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