House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 22 March 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Hong Kong Council.

    1 speech

    Lieut.-Colonel J. WARD: I beg to present a petition from the British inhabitants of the Crown Colony of Hong Kong, numbering 1,500, praying for the abolition, so far as non-Chinese unofficial...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia

    • Territorial Waters.

      11 speeches

      1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the 12-mile limit for territorial waters was claimed by the Russian Government before the War; whether attempts were made then to...

    • Trade with Germany.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the President of the Board of Trade the value of the total exports from Russia into Germany and from Germany into Russia in the year 1913?

      Bulgaria.

      6 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received any representations to the effect that Greece is not carrying out the spirit of Article 48,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Cadets.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many naval cadets are now under training at the naval colleges at Dartmouth and Keyham and in the training cruisers; whether it is...

    • Fishery Protection Vessels.

      6 speeches

      4. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many gunboats or other war vessels are employed in fishery protection duties; where they are employed; whether the waters of Iceland and...

      Petty Officers (Clerical Employment).

      2 speeches

      5. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether any alteration has been made in the home dockyard Regulations concerning the employment of pensioner chief petty officers of the...

      Naval Depots (Licensed Bars).

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether a decision has yet been arrived at with regard to the giant of a fully licensed bar to chief and petty officers' messes in shore...

      S.S. "o. B. Jennings" (Salvage Award).

      2 speeches

      7. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty when it is expected that the award made on the 17th May, 1920, for salvage of the s.s. "O. B. Jennings," Hull, between the 24th March and the...

      Officers' Reduction (Compensation).

      4 speeches

      8. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if any scheme of compensation for those officers who are to be put out of the Service, voluntarily or compulsorily, has been evolved; and...

      1914–15 Star.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that the 1914–15 star has been refused to men who served during the War in His Majesty's repair ships; and, in view...

      Railway Facilities.

      2 speeches

      10. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the statement that the railway companies have under consideration the question of the...

      Birchings and Canings.

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 11. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will state the number of birchings inflicted during 1921 in the Royal Navy, the number of canings, and the maximum...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Rosyth District.

      4 speeches

      13. asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what number of houses has been erected at Rosyth and district since the Armistice; whether any land has been feued during the past few months for...

    • Subsidised Houses.

      8 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 23. asked the Minister of Health the total cost of houses finished to date erected by local authorities under the Government's housing scheme and eligible for State...

      Local Loans.

      1 speech

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 25. asked the Minister of Health the separate total amounts of money raised for housing purposes by local authorities by means of housing bonds, local loans stock, mortgage deeds,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Domestic Servants (Insurance).

      2 speeches

      14. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has received any suggestions that domestic servants should be placed under the operation of the Unemployment Insurance Act; and whether, since there is...

    • Foundry Labourers.

      5 speeches

      18. asked the Minister of Labour whether labourers in foundries who have lost their employment by reason of the engineering lock-out are not to receive unemployment benefit; if so, whether he is...

      Employment Exchange, Blaina.

      4 speeches

      19. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the dissatisfaction that exists among the unemployed of Nantyglo and Blaina at the way they are dealt with at the Employment Exchange; that on...

      Women, London.

      6 speeches

      21. asked the Minister of Labour the total number of women on the unemployment register for London at the present time, and what are the principal trades in which such women are registered; is he...

      Poor Law Relief.

      3 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Health whether he is prepared to grant a return showing the amounts spent by boards of guardians in relieving unemployed persons; and whether he is aware that boards of...

      Building Trade (Wages and Hours).

      2 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 20. asked the Minister of Labour, seeing that there is a dispute in progress in the building industry, that wages in this industry are already regulated under a sliding scale which...

      Health Insurance Acts.

      4 speeches

      22. asked the Minister of Health whether any statistics exist showing the percentage of persons who, making payments under the Health Insurance Acts and registering with a panel doctor, yet never...

      Milk.

      10 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 24. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the pressing urgency of making better provision for securing a pure supply of milk for human consumption; and how soon will...

      Electoral Reform.

      4 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 29. asked the Minister of Health what is the substance of the Report on electoral reform he has prepared for submission to the Government?

      Lunacy Act (Certification).

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that Section 49 of the Lunacy Act constitutes (in default of action by the commissioners or the medical superintendent) the sole...

      Rates, Willesden (Nonpayment).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to the case of a man summoned at Willesden for non-payment of rates who pleaded inability, but who, it transpired, was buying his...

      Deaths from Privation (Returns).

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the request to the coroners from the Local Government Board always contained a caution that the Return should include only cases where the...

      Married Women (Presumption of Coercion).

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Attorney-General whether it is now proposed to take steps to repeal the law by which wives charged jointly with their husbands with certain criminal offences are presumed to have...

      Friendly Societies' Returns (Fees).

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Health whether any representation has been made to him in respect of the recommendation of the Geddes Committee relating to a suggested charge being made for registering...

      Contagious Diseases Acts, Uganda.

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if his attention has been drawn to the Contagious Diseases Acts now operating in Uganda, which compel chiefs, none of whom has had a medical...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Prisoners' Belease, Great Britain.

      4 speeches

      40. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the order issued by him for the release of the prisoners convicted of shooting, arson, and other offences committed in Great Britain, and...

    • Reprisals (Compensation Claims).

      7 speeches

      42. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that many Sinn Feiners in the South of Ireland, their houses having been destroyed as reprisals, received charitable...

      Derby Prisoners (Release).

      6 speeches

      43. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, as representing the Crown, has no Constitutional right to release before trial prisoners...

      Constabulary Barracks, Maryborough (Thefts).

      2 speeches

      44. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the officials of the Provisional Government who looted the boxes and kit-bags containing the personal property of a convoy of the Royal...

      Border Raids.

      20 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the. Colonies whether he is in a position to give any further information to the House as to the situation on the...

      British South Africa Company (Land Grants).

      4 speeches

      41. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the British South Africa Company has disposed of 2,298,000 acres of land in Southern Rhodesia, for which no payment has yet been...

      German Irish Society.

      2 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to recent reports in the Press as to the activities in Berlin of the German Irish Society, and the openly expressed policy of...

      River Mersey Banks.

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the question of the repairs to the Mersey banks was taken up with his predecessor and with the Minister of Health as long ago as...

      Pacific Treaty (Sir a. Geddes' Speech).

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to a speech delivered by His Majesty's Ambassador in America in California, which has given rise to a charge of interference in...

      MR. Montagu's Resignation.

      4 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether the rule or usage still holds good which requires a Minister of the Crown on resigning office to obtain the sanction of the Sovereign before making any...

      Army, Navy and Air Force Institutes.

      11 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the desirability of setting up a special Committee, or Commission, to investigate into and report upon the State trading monopoly carried on...

      Genoa Conference.

      26 speeches

      Sir W. JOYNSON HICKS: 50. asked the Lord Privy Seal upon what grounds the International Labour Conference has offered to attend the Economic Conference at Genoa; and whether it is open to any...

      East Africa (Pro-Indian Agitators).

      8 speeches

      58. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Mr. C. F. Andrews, one of the pro-Indian agitators in East Africa, is reported to have been recently consulting Mr....

      Bovine Tuberculosis.

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the alleged discovery by the Pasteur. Institute, of Lille, of a vaccine for conferring immunity from tuberculosis on bovine animals; and,...

      Agricultural Labourers (Wages and Hours).

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Agriculture how many agreements have been arrived at concerning wages and hours of agricultural labourers under the new scheme of conciliation; and in how many cases the...

      Broomhill Colliery.

      8 speeches

      63. asked the Secretary for Mines if he is aware that the Broom-hill Colliery owners, after having made an arrangement with the owner of the land on one side of the river Coquet to pump water for...

      Letters (Sunday Collection).

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Postmaster-General whether, in the interests of the business community and the public as a whole, it would be possible to shortly re-establish a Sunday collection of letters?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Exports, United Kingdom.

      2 speeches

      65. asked the President of the Board of Trade the value of the United Kingdom exports of manufactured goods to Russia, Germany, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Union of South Africa, and...

    • Foreign Eggs.

      5 speeches

      67. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, owing to eggs from foreign countries being allowed into Great Britain without being marked, large proportions of these eggs...

      Education (Second Class Degrees).

      2 speeches

      71. asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in respect of paragraph 3 of Circular 1,253 recently issued to local authorities upon the question of the recognition of second-class...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Deserters.

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Secretary of State for War whether there are still cases of desertion from the Army of men who were serving on duration-of-war attestations; and, if so, how such men are dealt with...

    • Bacon (Purchases).

      5 speeches

      75. asked the Secretary of State for War if, seeing that as from the 1st September, 1921, down to the present date every man is compelled to purchase ¾ lb. of bacon weekly out of his ration...

      Government Departments (Dismissals).

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many ex-service men, how many non-service men, and how many women have been discharged from Government Departments during the month of February?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Clerical Class Appointments.

      4 speeches

      77. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he will waive the proposed examination in July next for the clerical class (male) and make appointments by a central board under the Order in...

    • Tube Railways, London (Treasury Guarantee).

      4 speeches

      78. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can now state what are the terms of the agreement entered into with the London Underground Railway Company for the extension and...

      Public Trustee.

      4 speeches

      79. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware of the remarks recently made by Mr. Justice McCardie on the tardy and extravagant administration of an estate by the Public...

      Indian Press Acts.

      7 speeches

      80. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, before the Bill for the repeal of the Indian Press Acts, the assent to the introduction of which has already been given, is finally...

      Tramway Traction, Edinburgh.

      5 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir J. HOPE: 81. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether, in the event of the Edinburgh Town Council deciding to erect span wires for electric...

      Vehicles (Rear Lights).

      3 speeches

      82. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in the interests of the public and the greater safety of all users of the roads, he can see his way to promote legislation to...

      West Ham Rate Levy.

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the West Ham Board of Guardians have postponed the declaration of their rate for the six months ending September next on two...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That on this day, notwithstanding anything in Standing Order No. 15, the Army Excess Vote, 1920–21, and Army (Ordnance Factories) Excess Vote,...

  • Notices of Motion.

    • Government Position.

      On this day two weeks, to call attention to the position of the Government, and to move a Resolution.—[Sir W. Joynson-Hicks.]

    • Workmen's Compensation.

      On this day two weeks, to call attention to the question of Workmen's Compensation, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. S. Walsh.]

      Retail Milk Price.

      On this day two weeks, to call attention to the question of the retail price of milk, and to move a Resolution.—[Sir W. Lane Mitchell.]

      Agricultural Research.

      On this day two weeks, to call attention to the importance of research to agriculture, and to move a Resolution.—[Commander Bellairs.]

      Staffordshire Potteries Water Bill.

      Reported, with Amendments; Report to lie upon the Table.

      Leicester Freemen Bill.

      Reported, with Amendments; Report to lie upon the Table, and to be printed.

      Message from the Lords.

      That they have passed a Bill, intituled, "An Act to provide for the time in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man being in advance of Greenwich mean time...

      SUMMER TIME BILL [Lords].

      Read the First time; to be read a Second time To-morrow, and to be printed. [Bill 59.]

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [THIRD ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Orders of the Day — Army Estimates, 1922–23.

    • Number of Land Forces.

      62 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a number of Land Forces, not exceeding 215,000, all ranks, be maintained for the Service of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland at Home and...

    • Vote on Account.

      57 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £28,000,000, be granted to His Majesty, on account, for defraying the Charges for Army Services which will come in course of...

  • General Nursing Council for England and Wales (Rules).

    34 speeches

    I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty praying that the Rules of the General Nursing Council for England and Wales, laid before Parliament on the 6th day of March,...

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