House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 22 February 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • New Writ,

    For the Borough of Wolverhampton (West Division), in the room of Sir ALFRED FREDERICK BIRD, Baronet, deceased.—[Colonel Leslie Wilson.]

  • Private Business.

    Jarrow Extension and Improvement Bill (by Order),

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Kaiser (Property in Prussia).

    2 speeches

    2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the German Government is considering a payment of £5,000,000 sterling in gold to the ex-Kaiser for the purchase of his...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping, Portugal.

    6 speeches

    4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the Portuguese Minister of Commerce is endeavouring to negotiate the sale of ex-German steamers, directly or...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Army of Occupation (French Colonial Troops).

      2 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state how many coloured troops the French have in their army of occupation in Germany; whether such coloured troops have...

    • Army of Occupation, Rhine.

      6 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether M. Clemenceau presented memoranda in favour of permanent occupation of the left bank of the Rhine at the Peace Conference at Paris on 26th February, 1919; and...

      Reparation Commission.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether the British representatives to the Commission on Reparations, appointed at a plenary meeting of the Peace Conference on 25th January, included any members of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt.

    • Mohammed Said Pasha (Interview).

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that Mohammed Said Pasha, a former Prime Minister of Egypt, recently had an interview with the Sultan and gave the...

    • National Debt.

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what was the amount of Egypt's national debt at the commencement of the British occupation in 1882; and what is the amount of that debt...

      Military Court, Alexandria.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that on the third day on which the military court in Alexandria sat last month to try those accused of taking part in the...

      Officials (Newspaper Correspondents).

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why, since Egypt is now administered by the British authorities, there being no Egyptian ministry responsible, the "Times" Cairo...

      Sir R. Wingate (Correspondence).

      7 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 51. asked the Prime Minister whether he will arrange for the publication of the correspondence which passed in 1918–19 between Sir Reginald Wingate and His...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • H.M. S. "enchantress."

      10 speeches

      11. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty when the Admiralty yacht "Enchantress" was last used by their Lordships, and for what purpose and for what length of time; when it is...

    • His Majesty's Ship "assistance" (Laundry).

      2 speeches

      12. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that in the minutes of the meeting of the canteen representatives, held on 22nd July last, in connection with the...

      Officiers' Marriage Allowance.

      6 speeches

      13. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty on what grounds it has been decided that no provision for marriage allowance for officers of the Royal Navy shall be made in the forthcoming...

      Lieut.-Commanders (Promotion).

      5 speeches

      15. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is yet in a position to make any statement with reference to the promotion of lieut.-commanders to commanders, and with reference...

      Dartmouth College (Canteen).

      6 speeches

      Colonel BURN: 16. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that the canteen at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, deals with others than the cadets and employés at...

      Supply Branch.

      5 speeches

      17. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether a new branch, to be called the Supply Branch, is about to be created in the Royal Navy; if so, whether, in view of the rapidity of...

      Lower Deck (Promotion).

      4 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 18. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will assure the House that reductions in the personnel (officers) of the Royal Navy, which it may, on account of...

      New Construction.

      4 speeches

      19. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can state the date at which one or more of the capital ships provided for in the Naval Estimates of the current financial year...

      Officers' Servants.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is proposed to abolish the officers' servants class in accordance with the recommendation of the Geddes Committee?

      Water Police.

      2 speeches

      Mr. LOCKER-LAMPSON: 21. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is proposed to save the present high cost of water police by employing active service ratings in accordance...

      New Works.

      2 speeches

      Mr. LOCKER-LAMPSON: 22. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is still proposed to spend £340,000 on new works in the coming financial year?

      Senior Officers (Retired Pay).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what is the increased charge to the State for retired pay which results from the practice of allowing a senior naval officer to take the...

      Prize Money (Final Distribution).

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the distress prevailing at the different naval ports, he can make any further statement with regard to the distribution...

      Commanders-in-Chief (Home Stations).

      6 speeches

      27. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many stations for commanders-in-chief on shore at home were in existence prior to the War; are ships, and, if so, how many, located in...

      Portsmouth Dockyard.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he can make any statement as to the Marlborough Gate, Portsmouth Dockyard?

      H.M.S. "victory."

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he can make any statement as to H.M.S. "Victory"?

      Writers.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of chief and first writers who have passed both professionally and educationally for warrant rank and are recommended for...

      Washington Conference (Submarines).

      10 speeches

      14. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he has any explanation to offer with regard to the disputed version of a translation which attributed to French naval officers sympathy...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Building Trade.

      4 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 31. asked the Minister of Labour the total number of those engaged in the various branches of the building trade who are registered as unemployed at the Employment...

    • Statistics.

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give the latest figures for persons drawing unemployment benefit, showing, respectively, the numbers of unemployed persons drawing benefit for...

      Lapsed Insurance Policies.

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 33. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the serious position caused to unemployed persons who, owing to unemployment, are unable to meet their insurance premiums...

      Women Cleaners.

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been called to the hardship inflicted on the women cleaners who have been recently discharged from Government offices by reason of the...

      Relief Works (Government Grants).

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Labour whether the Government are proposing to place further funds at the disposal of the Unemployed Grants Committee in order that local authorities may obtain...

      Juveniles.

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Labour whether his Department has made any fresh arrangements as regards the helping of juveniles at Employment Exchanges; whether an officer is now attached to schools...

      School Caretakers.

      6 speeches

      43. asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been called to the case of A. W. Punshon, of 165, Duke Street, St. Helens, who, as caretaker of an elementary school, was informed that he...

      Relief, West Ham.

      6 speeches

      63. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the West Ham Board of Guardians are relieving about 10,000 cases each week at a cost of about £15,000; that, this time last year they...

      Health Insurance (Payments).

      4 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Health if he can now make any statement as to the position with respect to health insurance this year of insured persons who through unemployment have been able to...

      Relief Work (Travelling Expenses).

      5 speeches

      70. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in many districts where relief work schemes are in operation the workmen have to travel a considerable distance to and from their work,...

      Trade Boards Inquiry.

      2 speeches

      Mr. ALFRED DAVIES (Clitheroe): 40. asked the Minister of Labour the terms of reference of the Committee appointed under the chairmanship of Lord Cave to consider the operation of the Trade Boards...

      Grocery Trade Board.

      2 speeches

      Mr. ALFRED DAVIES: 41. asked the Minister of Labour the date on which the grocery Trade Board was constituted; the date on which it first fixed minimum rates and forwarded these to the Minister...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Naval Ratings.

      4 speeches

      44. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that his Department issued, in September, 1920, an official document M5/XIV (2nd Revision), entitled, "Reports upon Openings in Industries...

    • Overseas Settlement.

      2 speeches

      80. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the Gracious Speech from the Throne and the resolution passed at the Imperial Conference, the Government intend shortly to...

      Air Ministry.

      2 speeches

      83. asked the Secretary of State for Air why girls are retained in his Department in the photographic section of the Directorate of Research; and why ex-service men should not be employed on this...

      Turkey (British Claims).

      4 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that His Majesty's Government have decided to make a loan of £2,000,000 to Austria on the security of Gobelin tapestries, His...

      Russia (Famine Relief).

      1 speech

      The following question stood on the Order Paper in the name of Mr. G. BARNES:46. To ask the Prime Minister if he has received the resolutions, among others, unanimously adopted by the Glasgow...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Catholic Workers, Belfast.

      7 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister what steps have been taken to restore the expelled Catholic workers to their employment in Belfast; and what effective effort has been made to mitigate the lot of...

    • Cattle Embargo Inquiry.

      6 speeches

      76. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether any expense was incurred by the Department of Agriculture in Ireland in briefing counsel and leading evidence before the Commission on the...

      League of Nations (Expenditure).

      5 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that, while Great Britain is called upon to pay 10 per cent. of the total expenditure of the League of Nations, this country has no representative...

      Genoa Conference.

      4 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether he can yet give the House the names of the British delegates to the proposed Conference at Genoa; whether there has been any alteration in the date for the...

      British Museum (Art Collection).

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that the Trustees of the National Gallery of British Art are about to hold a loan exhibition of the works of John Sell Cotman and some related...

      Parliamentary Registers.

      6 speeches

      57. asked the Minister of Health whether the Government will take the necessary steps to provide that the parliamentary registers prepared under The Representation of the People Act, 1918, shall...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Empty Houses.

      6 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 58. asked the Minister of Health whether he has received representations from a large number of local authorities protesting against the withholding from use of many empty houses,...

    • Rent Restriction Act.

      2 speeches

      Colonel BURN: 61. asked the Minister of Health how long it is intended that the Rent Restriction Act shall remain in operation?

      Completion (Extension of Time).

      4 speeches

      Mr. THOMSON: 65. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, owing to the action of his Ministry in delaying assent to the carrying out of schemes already approved by them, it will be...

      Building Cost.

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Minister of Health whether the cost per house given by him for the periods prior to the 30th June, between 30th June and 31st December, 1921, and during the current years were for...

      Local Authorities (Expendi- Ture).

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the appointment of some body similar in constitution and functions to the Geddes Committee to overhaul the expenditure of local bodies...

      Asylums (Maintenance Allowance).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Health what reply he is making to representations from ratepayers' associations and meetings, as for instance from the Frome Division, protesting against the inadequacy...

      County Boroughs.

      8 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Health, in view of the fact that he received on the 7th December last a deputation form the County Councils' Association, who waited upon his to urge the appointment of...

      Milk Supply.

      8 speeches

      64. asked the Minister of Health whether it is the experience of his Department that fresh milk forms the principal part of the diet in the successful treatment of tuberculosis; and whether he...

      Starvation (Deaths).

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Minister of Health if he will issue a return showing the number of deaths from starvation during the past year?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure.

    • Ministry of Health.

      4 speeches

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

    • Business Committee's Reports.

      8 speeches

      I wish to ask the Leader of the House whether on the Consolidated Fund Bill, which I understand will be taken to-morrow, the opportunity will be taken by His Majesty's Government to make any...

      Lee Valley (Administration).

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Minister of Health whether, in order to secure a more equitable distribution of the burden of maintaining the waterways in the Lee Valley, which now falls on one section only, he...

      Tuberculosis (Spahlinger Treatment).

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that many people in all parts of the country are interested in Mr. H. Spahlinger's professed cure for tuberculosis; if he will now give the result...

      Palestine (Greek Church Debts.)

      4 speeches

      77. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what amount has actually been paid in cash by the Zionist organisation for the Greek Orthodox Church land and buildings recently bought by them...

      Maintenance Orders (Canada).

      3 speeches

      77. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether reciprocal arrangements have been made with the Dominion of Canada for the enforcement of maintenance orders under the Maintenance Orders...

      Iraq (Air Operations).

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 82. asked the Secretary of State for Air the amount of bombs dropped in Iraq during the past 12 months, the number of bombing operations in which either smoke or shell bombs have...

      Thames Air Station.

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether it has now been definitely decided to use the Thames as an air station; for what air services it is proposed to use the station; whether it is...

      Locomotives, Woolwich Arsenal.

      6 speeches

      85. asked the Secretary of State for War whether any, and, if so, how many locomotives are being built at Woolwich Arsenal, and to whose order; what was the estimated cost of such locomotives;...

      Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

      4 speeches

      86. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is prepared to grant a full and searching inquiry into all the circumstances connected with the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, with special...

      Crown Lands, Forest of Dean.

      4 speeches

      87. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the practice of using barbed wire for the protection of Crown land in the Forest of Dean is still carried on notwithstanding the promise...

      Civil Service Arbitration Board.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government contemplate any alteration of the functions at present discharged by the Civil Service Arbitration Board?

      New Member Sworn.

      JOHN EDWARD SUTTON, esquire, for Borough of Manchester (Clayton Division).

      Ecclesiastical Tithe Rent- Charges (Rates) Bill,

      "to amend The Ecclesiastical Tithe Rent-charge (Rates) Act, 1920, in respect of the relief or abatement to an owner of tithe rentcharge who holds more than one benefice," presented by Mr...

  • Standing Orders.

    Resolutions reported from the Select Committee: "1. That, in the case of the Blackburn Corporation, Petition for Bill, the Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with: That the parties be...

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have passed a Bill, intituled, "An Act to continue temporarily the Coroners (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1917, and Section seven of the Juries Act, 1918." [Coroners (Emergency Provisions...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    REPORT [15th February].

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

    • Class Vi.

      72 speeches

      Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Amendment proposed [21st February] to Resolution That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £455,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge...

  • REPORT [20th February].

  • Civil Services and Revenue Depart- Ments Supplementary Estimate, 1921–22.

    • Class Ii.

      55 speeches

      1. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £10, 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,...

    • Ways and Means.

      [21ST FEBRUARY.]

      CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 1) BILL,

      "to apply a sum out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on the thirty-first day of March, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-two," presented accordingly and read the...

      Supply.

      Considered in Committee.

  • Civil Services and Revenue Depart- Ments Supplementary Estimate, 1921–22.

  • Class Iii.

    • Law Charges and Criminal

    • Prosecutions, Ireland,

      81 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £13,900, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Performing Animals.

      Ordered, "That a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into the conditions under which performing animals are trained and exhibited, and to consider whether legislation is desirable to...

      Adjournment.

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

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