House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 21 February 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills (Standing Orders not previously inquired into complied with),—Mr. SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Budget.

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 1. asked the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the intention of the Legislature, to which Clause 3 of Section 67A of the Government of India Act of 1919 gives, or...

    • Army Family Pension Fund Rules.

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Secretary of State for India what had been the decision of the Esher Committee on the question asked by the hon. Member for Gloucester (Thornbury Division) on 7th June last; and...

      Moplah Train Disaster.

      8 speeches

      3. asked the Secretary of State for India whether proceedings have been instituted against any person or persons arising out of the death by suffocation of the 64 Moplah prisoners on 19th...

      Moplah Rebellion.

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 4. asked the Secretary of State for India what measures are being taken to preserve law and order in the affected portions of the Malabar district in view of the fact that martial...

      Civil Servants (Pensions).

      4 speeches

      5. asked the Secretary of State for India whether the pensions of uncovenanted civil servants, e.g., Indian forest officials, heads of colleges, etc., who have an agreement with the Secretary of...

      Civil Service (Retirement).

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 8. asked the Secretary of State for India what is the number of applications for premature retirement which have up to the present been received from members of the...

      Bolshevist Agents.

      7 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 9. asked the Secretary of State for India what is the number of unsuccessful Bolshevist agents who are known to have been recalled from India by the Moscow Government; why these...

      Greece (Trade Credits).

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 7. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has any evidence to show that the proposal to grant credits to Greece under the Trade Facilities Act with British guarantees,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • War Medals.

      2 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 10. asked the Secretary of State for War how many men of the fighting services are under present regulations nut entitled to any war medals; and whether, in view of the...

    • Ordnance Factories (EmployÉS).

      9 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the method of recruitment of labour in Woolwich Arsenal operates through the employ- ment exchanges of the district; and what proportion of...

      Irish Regiments (Disbandments).

      5 speeches

      14. asked the Secretary of State for War if he has examined the records of the famous Irish regiments now about to be disbanded; and will he, in proof of the gratitude of Great Britain for their...

      Sandhurst College (Staff).

      8 speeches

      16. asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is proposed to make any reduction in the staff at Sandhurst for the training of cadets?

      Troops, Middle East.

      8 speeches

      17. asked the Secretary of State for War the numbers of the British and Indian forces in Mesopotamia and Palestine, respectively, and what is the approximate monthly cost of each force; and...

      Portsmouth Command (Buildings).

      8 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary of State for War if the old headquarters house of the Portsmouth command in High Street. has been vacated and at what date; if it has been let, and for what amount; if...

      Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes.

      9 speeches

      15. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will set up a special committee to investigate and report upon the trading of the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes, with an independent...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure.

    • War Office.

      8 speeches

      20. asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is his intention to issue any memorandum commenting on the findings of the Geddes Committee?

    • Salaries (Reduction).

      4 speeches

      51. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the event of a percentage reduction on salaries being agreed upon in the case of certain sections of the community, as suggested in the Report of the...

      Navy Estimates and Military Garrisons.

      2 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in connection with the issue of their final Report, the Committee on National Expenditure have asked for information as regards the...

      Ministry of Pensions.

      6 speeches

      74. asked the Minister of Pensions whether it is his intention to issue any memorandum commenting on the findings of the Geddes Committee?

      Iraq.

      4 speeches

      24. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any steps have yet been taken to call a constituent assembly together in Iraq; and what is the Government's present policy on this subject?

      Tanganyika (Land Tenure).

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has yet decided to appoint a Committee to inquire into the system of land tenure desirable in Tanganyika?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine.

    • Francaise.

      7 speeches

      26. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in connection with the new Palestinian constitution, whether he will give an estimate of the number of persons likely to be enfranchised as...

    • MR. Costaki Saba.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Mr. Costaki Saba, late public prosecutor in Palestine, has been ordered to leave the country; and why he was refused a written order of...

      Emigration.

      4 speeches

      28. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what control the proposed Legislative Assembly in Palestine will exercise on emigration?

      Smuggled Arms.

      4 speeches

      29. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if Mr. Rosenberg, to whom the arms recently smuggled into Palestine through Haifa were consigned, has been released on £2,500 bail; and what...

      Treatment of Children, Hong Kong.

      3 speeches

      The following question stood on the Paper in the name of Mr. CHARLES EDWARDS:

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Kenya.

    • Compulsory Labour.

      2 speeches

      32. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the amending Ordinance upon compulsory labour in Kenya Colony has yet received his approval; and, if so, whether a copy will be placed...

    • Loan.

      4 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that Kenya Colony has recently borrowed largely in London on the security of the colonial revenues of that Colony; that it is freely suggested...

      Native Reserves, Rhodesia.

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many of the 35,000 Rhodesian natives referred to in White Book (Cmd. 547) have been removed from their reserves; and whether any compensation...

      Whist Drives, Portsmouth.

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the attitude of the Portsmouth police towards whist drives; why should they be banned in...

      Hyde Park (Misbehaviour).

      7 speeches

      35. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the action of the police in taking proceedings against certain persons for annoying or insulting behaviour in Hyde Park;...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Income Tax Arrears, South Wales.

      5 speeches

      36. asked the Home Secretary, in view of the present acute poverty arising from low wages and unemployment, especially in South Wales and Monmouthshire, if he will take steps to prevent the...

    • Relief Works.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 78. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what balances remain unexpended of the various funds to provide work for the unemployed; and what further financial provision the...

      Casual Labourers.

      2 speeches

      92. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the deep-rooted discontent in the minds of a very large number of casual labourers in all parts of the country on account of the waiting period...

      Petition for Release (F. Benton).

      4 speeches

      Major C. LOWTHER: 38. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of Frederick Benton, now serving a sentence of imprisonment; whether he has received a petition...

      Legal Proceedings (Duplication).

      4 speeches

      Major C. LOWTHER: 39. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the remarks made by the learned judge on Saturday, when charging the grand jury at Hereford, as to the...

      Mormon Propaganda.

      2 speeches

      40 asked the Home Secretary whether he has completed his investigations into the activities, etc., of the Mormon missionaries in this country; and whether he is yet in a position to make any...

      Police Evidence (O. G. Wyatt).

      2 speeches

      Major C. LOWTHER: asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the remarks made by the Chairman of the London Sessions on 15th February, when allowing the appeal of Oliver...

      Taxicabs.

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Home Secretary whether, in consultation with the Metropolitan Police authorities, he will consider in what way a better class of motor taxi-cab hackney carriages can be encouraged...

      Aliens (Naturalisation).

      6 speeches

      43. asked the Home Secretary the number of applications for naturalisation which have been in his Department for more than 12 months: and is he prepared to consider the advisability of increasing...

      Police Women.

      4 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 44. asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of his statement made in the House on 25th October concerning the great value of police women, he can give an assurance that he will...

      Matches (Tax).

      2 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 47. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the tax on matches is being largely used by dealers as a desire to further profiteering; and whether, in preparing the...

      Crown Colonies and Protectorates (Development).

      4 speeches

      48. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, since all questions concerning the development of Crown Colonies and Protectorates by private enterprise are passed, on the advice of the...

      Excess Profits Ditty and War Assets.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been realised to the latest available date of the £120,000,000 estimated for Excess Profits Duty and £158,500,000 estimated for...

      War Loans (Interest).

      5 speeches

      52. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that in 1844 the Chancellor of the Exchequer reduced the rate of interest of Consols from 3½1 per cent. to 3 per cent.; that in...

      German Reparation.

      8 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give the estimate of the total amount in sterling or gold marks which this country will have received from Germany by way...

      Sugar Beet (Excise Duty).

      4 speeches

      57. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that, in consequence of the abnormal losses of the last two seasons, the continuance of the two experimental sugar-beet factories is...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Education Department.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he can state the total yearly cost of the Scottish Education Department in London and in Edinburgh, including all officials that are under its direct...

    • Steamer Freights.

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware of the handicap to agriculture in the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland owing to the high steamer freights; and whether he will...

      Smallholders.

      4 speeches

      63. asked the Secretary for Scotland how many smallholders were settled by the Scottish Board of Agriculture in the years 1919, 1920, and 1921, respectively, and also during any period of this...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Telegraph Wires (New Romney).

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Postmaster-General whether it is proposed to lay telegraph and telephone wires from New Romney Post Office to St. Mary's, a distance of about 2½ smiles, for private use only;...

    • Dismissals (Girls).

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that, contrary to the recommendations of the Lytton Committee, a lady with private means is being retained in the Money Order Department,...

      Wireless Stations (Leafield and Cairo).

      4 speeches

      67. asked the Postmaster-General whether the Leafield and Cairo wireless stations, work on which was begun in the autumn of 1919, are now conducting a service; what has been the public...

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Public Trustee's Department.

      6 speeches

      75. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many non-service men and how many women are employed in the office of the Public Trustee's Department in a temporary capacity; and what steps...

    • Stationery Office.

      6 speeches

      76. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many non-service men and how many women are employed in the Stationery Office Department in a tem- porary capacity; and what steps he is...

      Industrial Training.

      2 speeches

      91. asked the Minister of Labour the number of disabled ex-service men trained in various trades under schemes for training such men; how many have been able to secure employment after completion...

      Life Annuities.

      4 speeches

      77. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what is the profit or loss arising from the sale of life annuities through the National Debt Commissioners and the Post Office Savings Bank for...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act.

    • Chemicals.

      4 speeches

      79. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that a parcel containing chemicals for research work was despatched from Berlin on 17th December addressed to Mr. Garfield...

    • Drawing Sets.

      3 speeches

      80. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that a duty of 33⅓ per cent. is being imposed on boys' drawing sets costing 5s. on the grounds that they are scientific...

      Spectacles.

      2 speeches

      82. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why duty is collected under the Safeguarding of Industries Act on some kinds of spectacles and not on others; if this is on the ground of...

      Coal Industry.

      7 speeches

      84 and 85. asked the Secretary for Mines (1) the difference in price of pit timber, iron rails, wagons, tubs, and pulleys, and the general plant connected with the proper working of coal mines in...

      Housing Subsidy.

      2 speeches

      87. asked the Minister of Health whether he has been urged by housing committees to extend until 1924 the period during which the subsidy for new houses will be given to local authorities,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Auxiliary Police (Debts).

      4 speeches

      Mr. J. JONES: 94. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he has any information as to the payment or nonpayment of debts incurred by the auxiliary division of the Royal Irish Constabulary...

    • Murders, Dublin.

      8 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can give the House any information as to how it was that Lieutenant Meade, R.A.S.C., and Quarter Master Sergeant...

      Imported Cattle (Slaughter).

      2 speeches

      Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT: (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries whether he has issued an Order amending the Foreign Animals Order of 1910 by extending the time for the...

      New Member Sworn.

      CHARLES GEORGE AMMON, Esquire, for Borough of Camberwell (North Division).

  • Business of the House.

    1 speech

    Mr. CHAMBERLAIN (The Leader of the House): I beg to move, That the Proceedings of the Committee of Ways and Means be exempted at this day's Sitting from the provisions of the Standing Order...

  • Selection (Chairmen's Panel).

    • Chairmen's Panel.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had selected the following Eleven Members to be the Chairmen's Panel, and to serve as Chairmen of the Six Standing...

    • Chairmen's Panel (Appointment of Members Under Parliament Act, 1911).

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That, in pursuance of Section 1, Sub-section (3), of the Parliament Act, 1911, they had appointed Mr. John William Wilson and Mr. Turton...

      Unopposed Bill Committees (Panel).

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had selected the following Eight Members to be the Panel to serve on Unopposed Bill Committees under Standing Order No. 109;...

      Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That, in pursuance of the provisions of the Private. Legisla- Hon Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899, they had selected the following...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

  • Orders of the Day — Civil Services and Revenue Departments Supplementary Estimate, 1921–22.

    • Class Vi.

      82 speeches

      "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 ending on the 31st day of March, 1922,...

    • REPORT [20th February].

      Resolutions reported.

  • Civil Services and Revenue Departments Supplementary Estimate, 1921–22.

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