House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 1 March 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills (Standing Orders applicable thereto complied with),—Mr. SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That in the case of the...

  • Civil Contingencies Fund, 1920–21.

    Copy ordered "of Accounts of the Civil Contingencies Fund, 1920–21, showing (1) the receipts and payments in connection with the Fund in the year ended the 31st day of March, 1921; (2) the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Commercial Treaty).

    4 speeches

    Major C. LOWTHER: 2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether negotiations are being carried on for the purpose of concluding a commercial treaty with Spain?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Slave Trading, Abyssinia.

    4 speeches

    3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government has received during the last 10 years reports which confirm the existence of widespread and growing...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Home Service, Rosyth.

      3 speeches

      6. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that service at Rosyth is classified as home service, steps will be taken to limit the period of service at that...

    • Warrant Writes, Portsmouth.

      2 speeches

      7. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the vacancy which existed in Division II pay office of the Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, for a commissioned or warrant writer has...

      Promotion and Retirement.

      5 speeches

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

      H.M.S. "surprise" and "alacrity."

      5 speeches

      10. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Commander-in-Chiefs yachts "Surprise" and "Alacrity" are still in commission; if not, when they were paid off; what is the...

      Executive Officers.

      4 speeches

      12. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is proposed, in accordance with the recommendation of the Geddes Committee, to reduce the surplus of executive officers over...

      Prize Money.

      6 speeches

      14. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if the distribution of prize money in April next will follow precedent and be given in the first place to active ratings and given on...

      Wreck, Harwich Harbour.

      5 speeches

      16. asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the "Marsa," an Admiralty minesweeper, was sunk at Harwich Harbour in November, 1917, by collision with another of His Majesty's...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Admiralty.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many ex-service men employed in a temporary capacity competed at the recent examinations for the clerical class; how many passed,...

    • Resettlement (Naval Ratings).

      2 speeches

      13. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Committee appointed under the presidency of Captain E. Martin Bennett, C.B.E., R.N., to consider the question of resettlement of...

      Ex-Sergeant G. Parsonage, Lancaster.

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to the case of ex-Sergeant G. Parsonage, of 18, Dundee Street, Lancaster; whether he is aware that this man was employed as...

      Ministry of Health.

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Health how many ex-service men are under notice of dismissal; and whether the Lytton Report recommenda- tions have been carried out as regards these discharges,...

      Mechanical Transport Depot, Deptford.

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that disabled men have received notice to leave the Mechanical Transport Depots Royal Army Service Corps, Deptford, while home service...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure.

    • Navy Estimates.

      4 speeches

      11. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Estimates for 1922–23 have been formed in accordance with the Cabinet Instruction of 1919 on the assumption that no great...

    • Electoral Registers.

      6 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Health what is the estimated cost to the national and local authorities of making two electoral registers per annum; whether one was considered necessary before the War;...

      Foreign Office (Publicity Department).

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY: 49. asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to dispense with all publicity activities abroad, as proposed by the Geddes...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Admiralty (Civil Posts).

      2 speeches

      15. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether a large increase has been made in the number of the civil posts in the Admiralty; why there are three private assistant secretaries...

    • Trade Boards Staff.

      6 speeches

      27. asked the Minister of Labour whether any persons engaged on the work of the Trade Board Section are under notice, and, if so, whether he will state the number of such persons and the reasons...

      Overseas Trabe Department.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the still large number of unemployed, he will make careful inquiries before altering the constitution of the Department of Overseas Trade, and...

      Non-Service Men.

      4 speeches

      61. asked the Prime Minister whether he will give instructions that those men who made personal application for permission to join the Army during the War, but who were refused permission by the...

      Office of Works.

      4 speeches

      82. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, the number of officials in the Office of Works in 1913 and 1921 respectively, and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment

    • Benefit (Marriage).

      5 speeches

      17. asked the Minister of Labour whether a man receiving unemployment benefit and who marries while in receipt of it is entitled to the 5s. for his wife; and, if so, whether payment for any...

    • Married Women (Part-Time Work).

      2 speeches

      18. asked the Minister of Labour whether a married woman doing part-time domestic work and earning 10s. per week thereat will receive the 5s. unemployment benefit if and because her husband is...

      Nurses.

      6 speeches

      21. asked the Minister of Labour if the priniple has been definitely established that a nurse, unemployed because she is waiting for a case, is not automatically entitled, although a regular...

      Caretakers.

      4 speeches

      23. asked the Minister of Labour if he can inform the House whether the case decided by the High Court which excluded caretakers from benefit under the Unemployment Insurance Act, to which they...

      Mining Industry (Continuity Rule).

      2 speeches

      24. asked the Minister of Labour if he has received representations, supported both by miners and mine-owners in the Somerset and other coalfields, urging that the continuity rule under the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Subsidy.

      8 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Health whether it is possible to arrange for the housing subsidy for new houses which is given to local authorities to be extended to 1924, so as to place England and...

    • Roofing Slates, Edinburgh.

      4 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Health how many tons of roofing slates have yet to be taken delivery of by the Department of Building Material Supplies, Edinburgh, and of this tonnage how much has...

      Housing Commissioner, Wales.

      4 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Health if it is proposed to close down at the end of March next the office of the Housing Commissioner for Wales and Monmouthshire which, since its establishment, has...

      Furnished Houses (Letting).

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the increased profiteering caused by the buying up of cottages and the letting of them furnished at exorbitant rents,...

      Building Operatives.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 43. asked the Minister of Health the total numbers of building operatives employed on the various local authorities' housing schemes on the following dates: 1st October, 1st...

      Sales (Local Authorities).

      2 speeches

      Mr. PERCY: 63. asked the Minister of Health whether the Government have decided to take prompt measures to sell, where possible, at under cost, the houses recently erected under the Housing Acts...

      Premiums.

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 65. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the evasion of the Rent Restriction Act, whereby landlords or lessors of flats charge a premium for...

      Local Rating.

      5 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 30. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the present system of local rating is inequitable both in form and incidence; and when he proposes to introduce the...

      District Auditors (Inspectors).

      4 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Health whether certain officials have recently been appointed to inspect and supervise the work of district auditors; what is the reason for their appointment; and...

      Borough Extensions.

      6 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Health how many persons are engaged on schemes of borough extensions in the Ministry of Health; how many have been so engaged and what has been the cost to the taxpayers...

      Salt (Imports from Germany).

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the bad German salt which has recently been arriving in both England and Ireland in large quantities, and to the fact that...

      Union Assessment.

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Health if he will review for the purposes of alteration the Union Assessment Committee Acts to allow applicants to the Assessment Committee the opportunities which the...

      Defective Children, Royton.

      4 speeches

      42. asked the Minister of Health what action he proposes to take in conjunction and co-operation with the Minister of Education in respect to the care, general education, and training for...

      Milk Supply.

      8 speeches

      44. asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the advisabiliy of at once setting up, in consultation with the Minister of Agriculture, a small Committee to consider, in the light of...

      Industrial Insurance.

      4 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Health if full opportunities have been given to the agents' unions in respect of consultation as to the proposed legislation on industrial insurance; and if he will...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Turkey.

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether he has seen the suggestion of M. Franklin Bouillon that a suitable solution of the Anglo-French detente over Turkey could be arrived at by the cession of...

    • Principle of Nationality.

      2 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the rejection of the principle of nationality at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the concept thereof, as applicable to Eastern and Western...

      Aviation (Control).

      4 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister what other countries maintain an Air Force and Air Ministry as a distinct department of government on similar lines as that existing in this country; whether he is...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — League of Nations.

    • Albania.

      2 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister if the attention of His Majesty's Government has been called to a recent speech of M. Pasic, made during the investigation of the Commission of the League of Nations...

    • Cabinet Secretariat.

      5 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 54. asked the Prime Minister if he will specify the duties in connection with the League of Nations which are entrusted to the Cabinet Secretariat?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Government Property (Transfer).

      26 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether the agents of the Provisional Government, to whom the British Government are turning over stores and property ostensibly for safe custody, belong to the Irish...

    • Dail Eireann.

      4 speeches

      57. asked the Prime Minister whether Dail Eircann is, during the next three months, to continue to meet and to function in all its departments as before the signing of the Articles of Agreement;...

      Rebuilding, Cork.

      6 speeches

      58. asked the Prime Minister whether the British Government have informed the Provisional Government for Southern Ireland that the British Government held itself responsible for the burning of...

      Diplomatic Service.

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Prime Minister whether British Consular and Diplomatic representatives abroad are to be at the service of citizens of the Irish Free State; and whether any contribution will be made...

      Venereal Disease

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the details of the ravages in certain families wholly caused by venereal disease; whether any steps, other than voluntary...

      Voluntary Hospitals (Grants).

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Health if the Hospitals Commission have now distributed the £500,000 voted to assist the voluntary hospitals; the amounts allocated to each of the London hospitals...

      Labour Ordinance, Kenya.

      4 speeches

      67. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the amendments to the forced Labour Ordinance in Kenya Colony have been approved; and if he will lay them upon the Table of the House?

      Riots, Palestine.

      4 speeches

      69. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, as the Zionist Executive has published a report regarding the riots which took place during Easter, 1920, he will lay upon the Table of...

      Crown Colonies (Orders for Materials).

      2 speeches

      70. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can arrange that British industrial areas which are suffering through the suspension of British naval construction shall receive a...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Iraq Operations (Medal).

      5 speeches

      71. asked the Secretary of State for War when the issue will be made of medals to the troops engaged in suppressing the rebellion in Iraq in 1920?

    • Ranker Officers (Pensions and Gratuities).

      4 speeches

      75. asked the Secretary of State for War whether a ranker officer with a total service of 25 years and qualifying service of 16 years, and commissioned service of six years, during which he held...

      Royal Arsenal, Woolwich (Discharge Gratuities).

      8 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that the workmen who took their discharge on 25th February from the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, were advised by the...

      British Farina Mills, Limited.

      7 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the Government holding of £350,000 debentures in the British Farina Mills, Limited, has been redeemed; if so, at what date and by what means; if...

      Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

      2 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 78. asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress is being made in the scientific inquiry into the sporadic outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease; and whether such inquiry will cover...

      Allotments Bill.

      4 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will state in general terms the purpose of the Allotments Bill mentioned in the Gracious Speech at the opening of the present Session, and when the...

      Ruskin Park, Camberwell.

      2 speeches

      83. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he has received any protest from the London County Council against the...

      Foreign Tariffs.

      2 speeches

      84. asked the President of the Board of Trade the number and names of countries which raised their tariffs against Great Britain in the period 1908 to 1916, and from 1916 to the present day?

      Questions to Ministers.

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: May I ask how one obtains an oral answer from the President of the Board of Education. If one is told to put a question on the Paper it is never reached?

  • Industries Unemployment Insurance.

    5 speeches

    Lieut.-Colonel J. WARD: I beg to move, That leave be given to introduce a Bill to provide for insurance against unemployment. On 22nd February the Ministry of Labour issued a circular letter to...

    • Industries Unemployment Insurance Bill,

      "to provide for insurance against Unemployment," presented accordingly, and read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Thursday, 30th March, and to be printed. [Bill 44.]

  • Capital Punishment Abolition.

    2 speeches

    I beg to move That leave be given to bring in a Bill to abolish in Great Britain the award of capital punishment for any crime or offence whatsoever. I feel too deeply in this matter to indulge...

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,

  • Indian Affairs.

    So much of the Lords Message this day as relates to the place and time of meeting of the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs considered.

  • New Member Sworn.

    ISAAC FOOT, Esquire, for the County of Cornwall (Bodmin Division).

  • Agriculture Amendment Bill,

    "to amend the First Schedule to the Agriculture Act, 1920," presented by Lieut.-Colonel ARTHUR MURRAY; supported by Mr. Gardiner, Major Howard, Mr. Royce, Sir Robert Thomas, and Major Mackenzie...

  • National Expenditure.

    • Government Proposals.

    • Sir R. Horne's Statement.

      1 speech

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

      Education.

      7 speeches

      I propose to deal, in the first place, with the subject of education. The recommendation is for a reduction of £18,000,000 in the expenditure of the Education Departments. Part of that,...

      Navy.

      6 speeches

      Now I turn to the question of the Navy. The Geddes Committee recommend a reduction of £21,000,000 in the Provisional Estimates which the Admiralty presented, and that without any regard to...

      Army.

      2 speeches

      On the question of the Army, the Geddes Committee recommend a reduction of £20,000,000 on the provisional Estimate, or £22,500,000 if we include the Middle East. But again I have this...

      Royal Air Force.

      I will turn now briefly to the question of the Air Force. There the cut recommended was £5,500,000, but, as before, £1,000,000 of that was unspecified. The Air Minister proposed a...

      Ministry of Defence.

      It was suggested by the Geddes Committee that there should be set up a Ministry of Defence. That would not, at least immediately, have the result of bringing about great economies in the public...

      Ministries of Labour and Health.

      There are three other Departments dealt with in the First Report of the Committee. Those are the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Health and the Department of War Pensions. With regard to the...

      War Pensions.

      I come to the subject of war pensions. The war pensions administration themselves put forward suggestions for a reduction in their expenditure of £6,000,000 and these have been adopted both...

      Trade and Agriculture.

      I turn now to the Second Report which deals for the most part with trade and agriculture, and I shall survey the proposals of the Committee and the Government recommendations as rapidly as I can....

      Ministry of Transport.

      The first item with which I deal is the Ministry of Transport. There are no recommendations made for a further reduction of the expenses in connection with the Ministry of Transport. In the...

      Department of Overseas Trade.

      2 speeches

      I turn to the Department of Overseas Trade. The Committee recommended that it should be abolished. The whole saving by its abolition would be £94,000 in the year, because they do not...

      Department of Mines.

      Somebody asked me a question upon the Department of Mines. The Geddes Committee recommended that it should be dissolved into all the original elements from which it was composed, and go back to...

      Forestry Department.

      I turn now to the subject of forestry. The Committee on National Expenditure recommended that the Forestry Department be abolished. The Department itself has not been very long in existence, and...

      Agricultural Groups.

      As to the agricultural groups which fall in the Second Report, the reductions recommended there were £855,000, and we have accepted reductions to the amount of £642,000. I shall tell...

      Police and Prisons.

      9 speeches

      On the question of police and prisons, the reduction recommended was £1,599,000, and the reduction agreed is £1,253,000. These reductions are got, however, in a different way from that...

      Percentage and Block Grants

      There is one matter of general interest which the Geddes Committee dealt with, and which I will only mention in passing. They have taken very particular notice of the system of percentage grants...

      Summary of Reductions.

      2 speeches

      I may, I think, sum up the result of this somewhat discursive survey. The Committee on National Expenditure recommended a reduction in Votes of £86,000,000, and that is exclusive of what...

      Savings Already Effected.

      89 speeches

      Now I should like the House to know what we actually have in anticipation in the way of savings between the Estimates of the present financial year and the Estimates of the next financial year. I...

  • Gas Regulation Act, 1920.

    Resolved, That the draft of a Special Order proposed to be made by the Board of Trade under Section 10 of the Gas Regulation Act, 1920, on the application of the Dursley Gas Light and Coke...

  • Anglo-Persian Oil Company [Payment of Calls].

    Committee to consider of authorising the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of such sums, not exceeding in the whole nine hundred and fifty thousand pounds, as are required for the payment of...

  • Adjournment.

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

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