House of Commons debates

Monday, 10 April 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Milford Docks Bill [Lords],

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Stuffs (Government Stocks).

    2 speeches

    Mr. DOYLE: 1. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is in a position to give the quantity and value of the food stuffs still held by the Government, and when he is prepared to release...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Beer (Prices).

    6 speeches

    Major BARNES: 2. asked the President of the Board of Trade who are the persons appointed by him to investigate the prices of, and profits on, the manufacture and sale of beer; when they will...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Brazil (Tariffs).

      2 speeches

      3 and 4. asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether preferential tariffs are extended by the Government of Brazil to any countries other than Belgium and the United States of America;...

    • Flour (Imports).

      2 speeches

      7. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the desirability of prohibiting the importation into this country of flour, in preference to wheat, thereby increasing and...

      Printing, Germany.

      2 speeches

      10. asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Berlin printing firm of Otto Elsner, when canvassing for business in this country, base their...

      Milk and Fabric Gloves (Imports).

      5 speeches

      11. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the latest available figures of the imports of fresh milk and preserved milk in various forms, showing countries of origin?

      Meat.

      2 speeches

      22. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the report in the Press that all the importers of meat from South America have now joined the meat trust...

      Tariffs, Spain.

      3 speeches

      63. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Department whether, under the New Spanish tariff, the Spanish Government has the right to grant inferior duties on particular items in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act.

    • Agricultural Produce.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the exclusion of agricultural produce from the scope of Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act?

    • Hollow and Glass Waee.

      3 speeches

      14. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is yet in possession of the Report of the Committee established by him under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act to inquire into...

      Dolls' Eyes.

      5 speeches

      17. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the evidence given before the Safeguarding of Industries Committee of Inquiry by one of the principal...

      Bronze Powders.

      2 speeches

      18. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has yet received the Report of the Committee set up under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, Part II, in respect of bronze powders; and,...

      Duty (Manufactured Commodities).

      6 speeches

      21. asked the President of the Board of Trade how many of the 2,000 commodities liable to duty under Part I of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, which were not manufactured in the United...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — S.S. "hornsee" (Naval Court).

    5 speeches

    9. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the finding and order of a Naval Court held at the British Consulate-General, Alexandria, on the 21st...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Reparation Dyes.

      2 speeches

      13. asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the total value of reparation dyes received from the Germans during the year 1920–21 and the value realised; whether all these dyes...

    • Turkey.

      15 speeches

      30. asked the Prime Minister whether he has any official information to the effect that the Turkish Nationalist Government at Angora have agreed to the terms agreed by the recent conference of...

      Reparation Coal.

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to statements that British coal exports to France and Belgium have to compete upon extremely disadvantageous terms with...

      Gallipoli.

      2 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 54. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the proposal to give the peninsula of Gallipoli to the Greeks will come under reconsideration; and whether this...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Universities (State Scholarships).

      1 speech

      24. asked the President of the Board of Education what would be the cost in 1922 of awarding the same number of State scholarships tenable at the universities as were awarded in

    • Teachers (Pensions).

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 43. asked the President of the Board of Education whether it is intended to apply to those areas only which have adopted the Burnham scales the proposal of the Geddes...

      Teachers (Illness).

      3 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS: 42. asked the President of the Board of Education the number per 1,000 of teachers employed in State schools who break down annually from nerve, heart, and lung diseases,...

      Teachers' Salaries.

      2 speeches

      44. asked the President of the Board of Education whether the Burnham standard scale for teachers as agreed to by both panels was reduced, after agreement had been arrived at and before...

      Infants' School, Hunwick.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the report of the sanitary surveyor of the Auckland Eural Council as to the condition of the infants'...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — City of London Recorder.

    3 speeches

    The following question stood on the Order Paper in the name of Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS: 25. To ask the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the statement by the Lord High...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Battleships (Bomb Attacks).

      4 speeches

      26. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the substantial divergence of opinion between the Air Ministry and the Admiralty regarding the proved potentialities of...

    • Leave (Railway Facilities).

      7 speeches

      88 and 89. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (1) whether, in view of the fact that the railway companies can put on special trains at excursion fares for the public for race...

      Lodging Allowance (Officers).

      2 speeches

      90. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in the case of officers employed at the Admiralty and who are borne on the books of H.M.S. "President," the lodging allowance made...

      Nationality Law.

      8 speeches

      27 and 107. asked the Prime Minister (1) if he is aware that a unanimous resolution was adopted by the British chambers of commerce abroad, at their meeting in London on the 20th April, 1921,...

      Georgia.

      6 speeches

      28. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government have any information as to the state of affairs in Georgia; whether that country is still occupied by Russian troops, who are taking from the...

      Russia (Famine).

      6 speeches

      29. asked the Prime Minister whether he can give any further information with regard to the Russian famine; whether the Norwegian Government have officially brought this question before the...

      League of Nations.

      Religious Minorities (Safeguards).

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Prime Minister, whether the British Government will urge the immediate summoning of a special meeting of the Council of the League of Nations in order to prepare the necessary steps...

      Mandates.

      4 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister whether any steps have been made to give effect provisionally to the A Mandates in the same way as was done in the case of the B Mandates; and whether any further...

      Expenses (Audit).

      10 speeches

      Major C. LOWTHER: 50. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will state why the expenditure of money provided by British taxpayers towards the expenses of the League of...

      Contribution (Great Britain).

      9 speeches

      Major LOWTHER: 51. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the United Kingdom's share of expenditure for the expenses of the League of Nations is to be increased from 4.84 per...

      Voting Power.

      5 speeches

      56. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the proportion of the money contributions of the different members of the League of Nations is altered, is the voting power of the...

      Ireland.

      Republican Party.

      8 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister if he will take such steps as may be necessary, before the Adjournment on Wednesday, to secure that, in the event of a republic being proclaimed in the 29 counties of...

      Belfast Goods (Boycott).

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the boycott is being intensified against Belfast in spite of the nominal agreement said to have been reached between the Northern and...

      Hop Growing.

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has received a copy of a resolution passed at a meeting of those concerned in the hop-growing industry; and whether he will, when adjusting...

      Royal Irish Constabulary (Disband Ment).

      4 speeches

      98. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many ex-Royal Irish Constabulary have been disbanded; how many have left for their homes; how many wish to come to this country; how many...

      Mexico.

      5 speeches

      Major LOWTHER: 35. asked the Prime Minister whether the Cannes Resolutions will be brought official to the notice of the Mexican Government; whether, in the event of that Government's acceptance,...

      Genoa Conference.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister whether any persons other than the British Delegation to Genoa have taken advantage of the travelling facilities provided; and, if so, how the cost will be met?

      Finance (House of Commons Control).

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he has yet come to any decision with regard to the setting up of a Committee to investigate the present system of financial control exercised by the House of...

      Ex-Service Men (Training).

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is aware that there are at present 34,500 disabled men awaiting training; and whether the Government will state definitely what is their exact intention with...

      Summer Time Bill.

      3 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY: 41. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, having regard to the introduction of summer time this year by Order in Council, it is considered necessary to proceed with the...

      Transport.

      Underground Trains (over-Crowding).

      6 speeches

      46. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he is aware that the crowding on the Underground train services of London is as bad as ever: and whether, seeing that...

      Omnibuses (over-Crowding).

      4 speeches

      47. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether standing in public omnibuses is to be continued; if so, whether he will state the reason why it is not possible to put...

      Tramway Traction, Edinburgh.

      4 speeches

      43. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he has received the Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the tramway problem in Princes Street,...

      Motor Vehicles (Taxation).

      6 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 49. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he proposes to make recommendations that taxes on petrol shall be substituted for the present...

      Agricultural Produce (Rates).

      3 speeches

      68. asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the average rate per mile for railway carriage of a ton of wheat in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States respectively; and...

      Siberia (Japanese Troops).

      6 speeches

      52. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the Memorandum, dated 18th December, issued by M. Kushnariov, envoy plenipotentiary of the Far Eastern Republic at...

      Fiume.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government of Yugoslavia has appealed to this country for assistance in the preservation of order in Fiume; and whether the...

      Treaty of London, 1839.

      5 speeches

      55. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when and how the Treaty of London of 1839 has been anulled so far as it relates to the Powers which guaranteed Belgium and which have...

      Turkey and Greece.

      19 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 57. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received any Report, or whether his attention has been called to any Report, to the effect that the...

      Butter (Prices).

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the rise in the price of butter and the announcement by the merchants that there is little improvement likely for some weeks: and...

      Agricultural Land (Taxation).

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can furnish information as to how the average rate of taxation on agricultural land in Great Britain compares with similar taxation in the British...

      Unemployment.

      Land Reclamation.

      4 speeches

      67. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is prepared to recommend the carrying out of works of land reclamation where suitable men who are now unemployed could be given the opportunity of...

      Drainage Schemes.

      2 speeches

      69. asked the Minister of Agriculture how much of the £600,000 voted for providing work for the unemployed on drainage schemes has been used; how many schemes have been approved; and, if the...

      Cleaners.

      10 speeches

      Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT: 87. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is advised that cleaners employed by a municipal authority to clean lodging houses carried on by the authority are not employed in...

      Home-Grown Sugar.

      6 speeches

      70. asked the Minister of Agriculture how many men were employed during the winter season at the beet-sugar factories at Kelham and Cantley; and how many labourers were employed by the farmers...

      Milk.

      13 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 73. asked the Minister of Agriculture what are the average wholesale and retail prices paid for milk per quart in England and Wales; and what are the average prices, wholesale and...

      Housing.

      Furnished Cottages.

      2 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Health whether he is prepared to make an inquiry into the alleged profiteering in furnished cottages, with the object of promoting legislation should such be deemed...

      Durham.

      2 speeches

      80. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the annual report of Dr. J. Eustace Hill, county medical officer of health for Durham, in which it is stated that in one...

      Service Flats.

      2 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 81. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the recent decision in the High Court in the case of Nye v. Davis; whether he is aware that this decision...

      Egypt.

      6 speeches

      61. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, seeing that nine princes of the family of Mohammed Ali have addressed a petition to the King of Egypt asking for the release of...

      Training Centre, Catterick.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the allegation that the management of the Voluntary Training Centre at Catterick High Camp is unsatisfactory, and that the land, which...

      Downing Street (Barricades).

      2 speeches

      75. asked the hon. and gallant Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, when it is intended to remove the barricades from the approach to...

      Pensions (Re-Married Widows).

      2 speeches

      Mr. ALFRED DAVIES (Clitheroe): 82. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will reconsider the decision not to make a compassionate grant to Mrs. Mercer, formerly the widow of Private W. F....

      National War Bonds.

      2 speeches

      91. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that Clause 10 of the prospectus circulated through the General Post Office relating to 5 per cent. National War Bonds...

      London-Paris Air Service (Accident).

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will make a statement regarding the lamentable accident to the London-Paris passenger aeroplanes on Friday last, and, further,...

      Civil Service (Employment of Conscientious Objectors).

      Report from the Select Committee, with Minutes of Evidence and Appendices, brought up, and read;

      Registration of Theatrical Employers Bill,

      "to provide for the registration of employers of theatrical performers; and for purposes incidental thereto, "presented by Mr. BOWERMAN; supported by Mr. Clynes, Mr. Arthur Henderson, Mr. John...

  • Estimates.

    First Report from the Select Committee, with Minutes of Evidence and Appendices, brought up, and read;

  • Bills Reported.

    Babington's Divorce Bill [Lords],

  • CROFT'S DIVORCE BILL [Lords] AND MORTON'S DIVORCE BILL [Lords].

    Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords to request that their Lordships will be pleased to communicate to this House Copies of the Minutes of Evidence and Proceedings, together with the...

  • BABINGTON'S DIVORCE BILL [Lords] AND MAGUIRE'S DIVORCE BILL [Lords],

    Ordered, That the Minutes of Evidence and Proceedings in the House of Lords on the Second Heading of Babington's Divorce Bill [Lords] and Maguire's Divorce Bill [Lords], together with the...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [4TH ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Civil Services and Revenue Depar Tments Estimates and Supplementary Estimates, 1922–23.

    • Class Vii.

    • Ministry of Labour.

      77 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £12,010,604 (including a Supplementary sum of £3,562,844), be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to...

  • Private Business.

  • Supply.

    Again considered in Committee.

  • Consolidation Bills.

    Ordered, That so much of the Lords Message [7th April] as refers to Consolidation Bills be now considered."—[Colonel Gibbs.]

  • 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 Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of...

  • Corn Production Acts (Repeal) Act, 1921.

    Resolved, That the draft Order in Council, presented the 10th day of February, 1922, directing, in pursuance of the Corn Production Acts (Repeal) Act, 1921, that the powers and duties...

  • Royal Irish Constabulary Pension Order, 1922.

    3 speeches

    I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty praying that the Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions Order, 1922, laid before Parliament on the 27th day of March, 1922, in...

  • Haydock Collieries, Lancashire.

    1 speech

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

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