House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 29 March 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Ministry of Health Provisional Orders (Leeds and Bradford Extension) Bill,

  • Paris Conference, 1922.

    Address for Report of Conference of Ministers of the Allied Powers held at Paris on the Near Eastern problem, from the 22nd day of March to the 27th day of March, 1922.—[Sir Donald Maclean.)

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Genoa Conference.

    • Vote of Confidence.

    • MR. Chamberlain's Statement.

      26 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether the questions of the reduction of armaments or of the payment of reparation by Germany or of Allied debts are to be considered at Genoa; and whether any...

      Foreign Office (News Department).

      6 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the general character of the subjects covered by the three wireless messages scattered over the globe daily by the News...

      Korea.

      2 speeches

      Mr. F. GREEN: 6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Washington Conference on the reduction of armaments at any of its sittings had the case of Korea under...

      French Army of Occupation.

      5 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to leaflets being distributed in this country dealing with alleged outrages by black French troops...

      Anatolia (Railways).

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what companies or what financiers control the Anatolian railways?

      Egypt.

      British Protectorate (Abolition).

      2 speeches

      12. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government have formally notified the Powers of the abolition of the British protectorate over Egypt and that...

      Zaghloul Pasha.

      6 speeches

      13. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Zaghloul Pasha was asked by Lord Milner in 1920 whether he would accept the Premiership of Egypt; and, if so, what was Zaghloul...

      Greece.

      Requisitions, Salonika.

      7 speeches

      15. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether ho is aware that the Greek Government is confiscating merchandise at the port of Salonika, although the goods were destined for...

      Loan.

      7 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 10. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether proposals for a Greek loan are again to be put before the Trade Facilities Committee; and whether, directly or...

      British Shipping Dues (Portugal).

      4 speeches

      16. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his Department has yet received any reply from the Portuguese Government as regards the increased charges made on British ships...

      Royal Navy.

      Flag Officers.

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many flag officers there were on the Active List in March, 1914; how many there were in March of this year; and now many of these flag...

      Welfare Scheme.

      3 speeches

      18. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can now give the date when the first meeting of the representatives under the modified welfare machinery will be held?

      Officers (Income Tax).

      4 speeches

      19. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty under what particular rule, applicable to Schedule E, Income Tax is charged on lodging allowance of naval officers; and whether such lodging...

      Drifters (Disposal).

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that the drifter "Colonel," which the Admiralty purchased for £4,800, and reconditioned and repaired at a further...

      New Construction.

      4 speeches

      21. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what vessels of war and auxiliaries are at present under construction for His Majesty's Fleet; and what will have been their total cost when...

      Subsidies (Armament Firms).

      2 speeches

      22. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether any subsidies are being paid to armament firms this year; if so, to what amount; for what purpose; to which firms; and how much...

      Pontoon, Devonport.

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that, some three months ago, an Admiralty vessel collided with the pontoon at North Corner, Devonport, putting the...

      Shore Messes (Canteens).

      2 speeches

      24. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the bars for the sale of malt liquors, which have been recently approved for the chief and petty officers' messes in shore...

      Leave (Travelling Arrangements).

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the withdrawal of the Government subsidy to the railway companies and the refusal of the Railway Clearing House to...

      Dockyards (Established Men).

      4 speeches

      26. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether established men from other dockyards who were sent to Rosyth, and who wore 50 years of age, were promised employment until they...

      British Consuls (Aliens).

      2 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many men of German and alien birth have been appointed British Consuls and Vice-Consuls during the last 12 months; how...

      Unemployment.

      Contributions and Benefit.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that doubt exists in the minds of some employers and aged workpeople as to the age at which State unemployment contributions cease to operate...

      Miners, Cornwall.

      3 speeches

      Mr. FOOT: 29. asked the Minister of Labour the number of miners who are at present unemployed consequent upon the closing down of the Cornish mines?

      Share Fishermen.

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Labour if the share fishermen who are not included in the national insurance scheme can be included in the scheme by an Order in Council; and, if this cannot be done...

      Poplar.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed registered for the Borough of Poplar, South Division, for January and February of this year, giving the figures for males and females;...

      Benefit and Grants (Total Payments).

      4 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Labour what has been the total amount paid by his Department for unemployment pay in the years 1920 and 1921, and what is the estimated amount for the first three months...

      Rent (Arrears).

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 55. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in some areas where unemployment is very acute, unemployed persons are appearing in the small debt court almost daily...

      Watling Street Improvement Scheme.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if his attention has been called to the state of affairs on the Watling Street scheme for the relief of the...

      Catering Trade.

      2 speeches

      Sir HERBERT CORY: 30. asked the Minister of Labour whether he proposes to set up a trade board in the catering trade; and, if so, when?

      Works Committees.

      4 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that many of the factories and workshops under the control of the employers of labour, who are parties of the various Whitley Joint Industrial...

      Lochleven Linen Company.

      2 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the failure of the Lochleven Linen Company to post the notices of the decisions of the Flax and Hemp, and Linen and...

      Dunfermline Powerloom Manufacturers.

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the failure of the Dunfermline Powerloom Manufacturers to pay the rates fixed by the Linen and Cotton Trades Board;...

      Housing.

      Government Programme.

      6 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 30. asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities have forwarded to the Ministry of Health resolutions calling upon the Government to show steadfastness in fulfilling...

      Plasterers.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 40. asked the Minister of Health how many plasterers were employed on the housing schemes of local authorities on 1st October and 1st March, respectively?

      Estimated Shortage.

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Minister of Health if he will circularise the principal local authorities in the country with a view to ascertaining what is their estimated shortage of houses at the present time?

      Middlesbrough.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 43. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Middlesbrough Housing Committee has received 3,952 applications for houses; that it has so far only supplied 597...

      Ware Street, Hoxton.

      8 speeches

      44. asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to a report in the newspapers about the bad housing conditions in the Ware Street region, in Hoxton; if he is aware that for many...

      Labourers' Rents, Norfolk.

      4 speeches

      58. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, in connection with new houses built in Norfolk, sanction was given for the rents to be fixed at one-sixth of the wages of the tenants;...

      Education.

      Local Authorities (Accounts).

      4 speeches

      41 and 45. asked (1) the Minister of Health whether, in the new form of accounts for education authorities, the receipts have to be submitted under approximately 67 different headings, and the...

      Teachers' Superannuation.

      6 speeches

      102. asked the President of the Board of Education how many teachers who refused the terms of the 1898 Act are now enjoying the greatly improved benefits of the 1918 Act?

      Southlands Grammar School, New Rohney.

      2 speeches

      103 and 104. asked the President of the Board of Education (1) whether he will consider the postponement of the alterations contemplated for Southlands Grammar School. New Romney, at a total cost...

      Day Continuation Schools.

      9 speeches

      105. asked the President of the Board of Education whether any other education authorities have adopted the same position in regard to day continuation schools as the West Ham local authority in...

      Sir Basil Zaharoff.

      4 speeches

      The following question stood on the Order Paper in the name of Mr. A. HERBERT: 48. To ask the Prime Minister whether the advice of Sir Basil Zaharoff was considered when the Greek landing at...

      Guardians (Refreshments).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Health the policy of his Department with regard to the suggestion of boards of guardians that they should be allowed a small sum for refreshments; and, if such is...

      Ministry of Health (Insurance Department).

      2 speeches

      61 asked the Minister of Health (1) by what method or principle are the salaries, wages, and allowances of the administrative staff, the general clerical staff, and the Insurance Department staff...

      London Boards of Guardians (Loans).

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Minister of Health the numbers and names of the boards of guardians in the County of London who have applied to his Department for loans owing to the great increase of relief in...

      Russia.

      Private Property (Expropriation).

      4 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to a recent decision of the German Court at Leipzig refusing the application of a Danish company for an order stopping a, sale of...

      Exports from United Kingdom.

      2 speeches

      95. asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the total value of the exports of manufactured goods from the United Kingdom to Russia, exclusive of Finland, for the years...

      Summer Time Bill.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 54. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the Summer Time Bill will be taken on Friday?

      Ireland.

      Auxiliary Police (Debts).

      7 speeches

      66. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what approximately was the amount of debt left due in Ireland by the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary; if he is aware that, owing to...

      Royal Irish Constabulary.

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will lay a Paper showing the rate of pension to be paid to officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the Royal Irish Constabulary...

      Outrages.

      11 speeches

      74. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the total number of outrages to person or property which have been committed in Southern Ireland since the signing of the Articles of...

      Oversea Settlement (Ex-Army Officers).

      6 speeches

      68. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has been approached by any of the Dominions or the Colonies with reference to the settlement of retiring Army officers in the...

      Kenya,

      Disturbances.

      4 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 67. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has any reason to believe that the recent rioting and disturbances in Kenya were owing to local conditions or were the work of...

      Labour Ordinance.

      6 speeches

      69. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the draft Ordinance to revise the Kenya labour legislation has yet been drafted; has it yet been considered by himself; and, in view of...

      Land (Native Titles).

      4 speeches

      78 asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the natives of Kenya Colony possess, either tribally or individually, any indigenous titles to land which give them security against...

      Natal Provincial Ordinance.

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 70. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information to give to the House regarding the refusal of assent to the Natal Provincial Ordinance by the...

      Royal Air Force.

      Establishment (Halton).

      4 speeches

      79. asked the Secretary of State for Air the total number of persons of all descriptions, male and female, now connected with Halton; how many boys are now in training there; how many instructors...

      Pilots (Fleet Work).

      2 speeches

      80. asked the Secretary of State for Air how many pilpts working with the Fleet can fly on and off aircraft carriers; and how many flights have taken place off the turrets of capital ships since...

      London United Dairies Company.

      4 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Agriculture what companies are included in the London United Dairies Company (milk combine); and how much of London's milk supply is directly controlled by it?

      Canadian Cattle Embargo.

      5 speeches

      82. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that our homebred animals are rapidly deteriorating and becoming affected with tuberculosis, that is, cattle, sheep, and pigs; and, if that is...

      Army Veterinary Staff.

      4 speeches

      84. asked the Secretary of State for War if he can say of the veterinary staff borne on the Army Votes for 922–23 and 1914–15, how-many were on the home and how many on the foreign...

      United Services Fund.

      2 speeches

      85. asked the Secretary of State for War what has been done to carry out the promises of Army Council Instruction No. 1374, of December, 1918, which referred to the disposal of money accumulated...

      Ministry of Pensions (Women Auditors).

      2 speeches

      88. asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of the difficulty of obtaining properly-qualified men auditors in the audit of Awards Department, Ministry of Pensions, Chelsea, he will retain...

      Palestine (Emigration).

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any, and, if so, what restrictions are imposed upon emigration from this country to Palestine, and upon emigration from Palestine to...

      Native Lands (Alienation).

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has yet received information as to the area of lands in native occupation alienated to white men since 1914?

      Post Office.

      Temporary Staff, Stoke-on-Trent.

      2 speeches

      90. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the temporary staff employed at Stoke-on-Trent during the last Christmas season were paid at rates which were 25 per cent. below the...

      Postage Stamps (Advertising).

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 92. asked the Post master-General whether he intends to let any portions of the surface of postage stamps for advertising purposes?

      Traffic Superintendents, Dublin.

      4 speeches

      93. asked the Post master-General whether he is aware that Messrs. R. Morgan and L. G. Allen, traffic superintendent, Dublin, and assistant traffic superintendent, Dublin, respectively, have made...

      German-Russian Transport Company.

      2 speeches

      96. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give any detailed information regarding the formation of the German-Russian Transport Company, which it is understood has been formed...

      Consular Reports.

      2 speeches

      97. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade whether the Report of the Executive Council of the Association of Chambers of Commerce for the year ending 28th February, 1922, has...

      Rand Disturbances (Commission of Inquiry).

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the South African Government have decided to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the recent outbreak on the Rand, and, if...

  • Business of the House.

    • Easter Recess.

      2 speeches

      I desire to ask the Leader of the House three questions in regard to the business of the House—in the first place, whether the Lords Amendments to the Irish Free State (Agreement) Bill will...

    • Unemployment Insurance [Money].

      Committee to consider of authorising the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of increased contributions towards unemployment benefit, and any other payment to be made out of the...

  • Notices of Motion.

    • Industrial Disputes.

      On this day two weeks, to call attention to the question of industrial disputes, and to move a Resolution.—[Captain Bagley.]

    • Agricultural Rates.

      3 speeches

      On this day two weeks, to call attention to the burdens on agriculture involved in our rating system, and to move a Resolution.—[Captain E. Evans.]

  • Bills Presented.

    • Moneylenders Bill,

      "further to amend the Law with respect to persons carrying on business as Moneylenders," presented by Lieut.-Colonel POWNALL; supported by Sir Ian Hamilton Benn, Mr. Holmes, Mr. Neil Maclean, and...

    • National Health Insurance Bill,

      "to make further provision with respect to the cost of medical benefit and to the expenses of the administration of benefits under the Acts relating to National Health Insurance, to repeal...

      Oxford and ST. Albans Wine Privileges (Abolition) Bill.

      Ordered, "That the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills do examine the Oxford and St. Albans Wine Privileges (Abolition) Bill with respect to compliance with the Standing Orders relative to...

      Bills Reported.

      Metropolitan Railway Bill,

      Standing Orders.

      Resolutions reported from the Select Committee; 1. "That, in the case of the Croydon Gas [Lords], Petition for Bill, the Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with:—That the parties be...

      Message from the Lords.

      That they have agreed to,

  • Orders of the Day — Unemployment Insurance Bill.

    40 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Royal Assent

    Message to attend the Lords Commissioners.

  • Unemployment Insurance Bill.

    72 speeches

    Question again proposed, "That the word 'now' stand part of the Question."

  • East India Loans [Railways and Irrigation].

    37 speeches

    Considered in Committee.

  • The Diseases of Animals Bill.

    22 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

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