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House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 16 May 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Provisional Order 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...

    • PILOTAGE PROVISIONAL ORDERS (No. 4) BILL,

      "to confirm certain Pilotage Orders made by the Board of Trade under the Pilotage Act, 1913, relating to pilotage in the Pilotage Districts of the Forth (Trinity House of Leith), Barrowstounness,...

    • New Writ.

      For County of Londonderry (North Derry), in the room of the right hon. HUGR THOM BARRIE, deceased.—[Colonel Leslie Wilson.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Racial Distinctions Committee.

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India who are the members of the Indian Racial Distinctions Committee; whether the Committee has yet reported; if so, with what result; and what steps...

    • Members of Committee.

      The Honourable Dr. Tej Bahadur Sapru, LL.D., Law Member of the Governor-General's Council, President.The Honourable Sir William Vincent, Kt., K.C.S.I., Home Member of the Governor-General's...

      Police Forces.

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, considering the great increases to the military charges necessitated by the frequent calls upon the troops in India for military aid to...

      Prisoners.

      6 speeches

      3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the names of those Englishmen who are now in prison in India by reason of their trades union or political activities; what sentences they are...

      MR. Miller (Imprisonment).

      4 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that Mr. Miller, the general secretary of the North Western Railway Workers' Union, and organising Secretary of the All India...

      Civil Servants (Free Passages).

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, considering that officers in the Indian Civil Service of less than five years' service, allowed to retire owing to the changed conditions...

      North-West Frontier.

      4 speeches

      Sir J. D. REES: 7. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what is the policy now being pursued in respect of the North-West Frontier problem; and whether he can give the House any...

      British Army.

      War Medals (Home Service).

      4 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 8. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the Government's inability to grant War medals to all who did home service only, he will recommend the issue of...

      Army of Occupation (Constantinople).

      6 speeches

      10. asked the Secretary of State for War if he can state the monthly cost of the British Army of Occupation in Constantinople; and whether he hopes to recover this money from the Turks?

      Palestine (Anglo-American Agreement).

      2 speeches

      Mr. L'ESTRANGE MALONE: 13. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether an agreement has been reached between His Majesty's Government and the Government of the United States of...

      Native Lands (Alienation).

      4 speeches

      14. 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?

      Ireland.

      British Troops (Southern Ireland).

      6 speeches

      15. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether all British troops in Southern Ireland are now concentrated in either Dublin or the Curragh; whether there are any small detachments of...

      Kidnapped British Officers.

      14 speeches

      16. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there is as yet any news of the three officers and one private captured at Macroom?

      Constabulary Funds.

      6 speeches

      75. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland who are the persons beneficially interested in the benefit branch of the Constabulary Force Fund and the Queen's Jubilee Fund, respectively, under the...

      Cattle.

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is proposed to treat the Irish Free State as a Dominion on the same footing as Canada for the purpose of the importation of live cattle; arid, if...

      Probation Officers.

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will adopt the suggestion to which reference is made by the Departmental Committee on the training, appointment, and payment of...

      Ex-Service Men.

      Police Constables.

      5 speeches

      22. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Police-constable Kenzie, who rejoined the West Sussex police in 1919 after three years' service with His Majesty's forces in France during...

      Land Settlement, Scotland.

      2 speeches

      Sir MALCOLM SMITH: 29. asked the Secretary for Scotland (1) whether the land settlement schemes at Queensgarth and at Skaw, Shetland, which the Scottish Board of Agriculture stated they expected...

      Liquor Traffic (State Management).

      6 speeches

      23. asked the Home Secretary what is the State Management District Council referred to in the Civil Services Estimates (Class II, 30), page 205; and, there being no provision for this council in...

      Scotland.

      Oil Borings, Midlothian.

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Home Secretary whether he can make any statement relating to the reported discovery of oil in Scotland; and whether he can state what is the estimated yield, if any?

      Deer Forests.

      8 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY: 27. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the statement in the Report of the Deer Forests Committee that they have reason to believe...

      Women Police Patrols.

      4 speeches

      26. asked the. Home Secretary how many of the women Metropolitan patrols disbanded on the. recommendation of the Geddes Committee are now in receipt of unemployment benefit; and the total amount...

      Post Office.

      Telephone Service.

      9 speeches

      31. asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the decision to spend £9,500,000 this year upon telephone developments in this country, he will consult authoritative agricultural...

      Twopenny Stamps.

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 32. asked the Postmaster-General if he will make such arrangements as will enable those persons who have in their possession 2d. stamps on the date on which 1½d....

      Telephones (Listening-in).

      4 speeches

      33. asked the Post master-General whether he is aware that, on any switchboard in the Norwich Telephone Exchange, notices have been placed directing the operators to listen to any calls from a...

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      Soldiers' Dependants (Medical Examinations).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that the dependants of soldiers who lost their lives in the late War are often summoned to towns at a distance from their homes for medical...

      Medical Boards, Scotland.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Pensions the number of doctors engaged on the various medical boards in the West of Scotland; whether they are permanently employed; what are the salaries paid to them;...

      Calves (Slaughter).

      4 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Agriculture what number of young calves are slaughtered annually in Great Britain; whether any restriction on the slaughter of young immature calves was imposed during...

      Canadian Cattle Embargo.

      6 speeches

      Sir DOUGLAS NEWTON: 39. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the definite pledge given by Lord Ernie respecting the removal of the embargo upon the importation of Canadian...

      Aircraft (Petrol Tanks).

      4 speeches

      41. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the fact that in the recent Government competition for designs of petrol tanks for use in aircraft, the first and second prizes were...

      Trade Facilities Act.

      4 speeches

      43. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what is the present position in relation to the sum of £25,000,000 voted by this House in October, 1921, in order to stimulate trade and...

      National Debt.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 44. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the conflicting statements that are being made as to the amount of the National Debt on 31st December, 1918,...

      Genoa Conference.

      25 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister which Members 'f His Majesty's Government have visited Genoa in an official capacity since the commencement of the Conference there; and whether the Colonial...

      Royal Navy (New Construction).

      2 speeches

      48. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that originally our representatives at Washington agreed not to lay down any new capital ship and this was altered to laying down two capital...

      Hoffmann Manufacturing Company.

      2 speeches

      52. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will state the number of shares now held by the Government in the Hoffmann Manufacturing Company; what is their estimated realisable value;...

      United States (British Debt).

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether interest is being paid to the United States Government on the unpaid interest, amounting to 598,373,000 dollars, which has accrued during the...

      Pensions.

      2 speeches

      54. asked the Chancellor' of the Exchequer whether he can state' the total sum provided for in this year's. Estimates for pensions of all kinds, including war pensions, old age pensions, Civil...

      Old Age Pensions.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people who have applied for the old age pension have been refused on the following grounds, having been in receipt of Poor Law relief, and not...

      Grampian Electricity Supply Bill.

      8 speeches

      56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that when the Grampian Electricity Supply Bill was before the Select Committee it was definitely stated in evidence that if the promoters...

      Excess Profits Duty.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 57. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total amount of Excess Profits Duty outstanding on 31st March, 1922; how much of it was due on 31st March, 1921; and how...

      Works of Art (Sale).

      5 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the large sums that are being realised by the sale of historic pictures and works of art either at the hammer or...

      Parliamentary Debates (Official Report).

      15 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 59. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the reasons for increasing the cost of the OFFICIAL REPORT of the proceedings of this House from 3d. to 1s.; whether he is aware...

      Land Tax.

      2 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total net produce of the Land Tax in Great Britain for the financial year 1921–22; what was the aggregate of the quotas of Land Tax...

      Inhabited House Duty.

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the aggregates of the annual values of houses as assessed for Inhabited House Duty; and what was the total net produce of that duty in England,...

      Income Tax.

      2 speeches

      63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the aggregates of the incomes brought under the review of the Department for Income Tax under Schedule A; and what was the total net produce of...

      Government Publications (Cost).

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the weight of a copy of last year's Navy Estimates was 2 1bs. ½ oz. and the price 4s. 6d. nett, and the weight of...

      Government Staffs (Grading).

      8 speeches

      65. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether there are any departmental classes where the classification is different for men and women; and, if so, when the Treasury intends to...

      Arterial Roads, London.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if he will exhibit in the tearoom a map or maps showing the arterial roads which are being constructed in connection with the...

      Coal Industry.

      Prices.

      6 speeches

      68. asked the Secretary for Mines if he is aware that the average declared f.o.b. value of coal exported in March was 22s. 3d. per ton, while the general price charged to cottage customers during...

      Safety Appliances.

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Secretary for Mines what action his Department is taking to introduce into coal mines and other mines, in order to reduce accidents, appliances such as overwinding inventions at...

      Subsidised Houses (Rentals).

      2 speeches

      70. asked the Minister of Health whether there is within his knowledge any case of a house built with a State subsidy for which an economic rent is being charged; whether he is satisfied with the...

      Egypt (Prohibited Meeting)

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Elwy El Gazzar Bey, a member of the Legislative Assembly, issued 1,500 invitations to princes and...

      Marriage Regulations (Aliens).

      4 speeches

      20. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, seeing that the Registration of Foreigners Act of 1906 provides that, when satisfactory arrangements have been made with any...

      Small Arms and Cartridge Factory (Fire).

      3 speeches

      21. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that an extensive fire occurred early on the morning of the 6th instant in a small-arms and cartridge factory situated in Gillingham Street, near...

      Asia Minor (Turks and Christian Minorities).

      2 speeches

      May I ask the Leader of the House if any reply has been received to the despatch of Lord Curzon in reference to the Committee investigating the butcheries in Asia Minor?

  • Railway Fires Act (1905) Amendment Bill.

    Reported, without Amendment, from Standing Committee A.

  • Empire Settlement Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee B.

  • Standing Committees (Chair-Men's Panel).

    Mr. JOHN WILLIAM WILSON reported from the Chairmen's Panel: That they had appointed Mr. Turton to act as Chairman of Standing Committee A (in respect of the Chartered Associations (Protection of...

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Scottish Standing Committee.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That the following Members representing Scottish Constituencies are appointed to serve on the Standing Committee for the consideration...

    • Standing Committee B.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Members from Standing Committee B: Sir Burton Chadwick, Sir Newton Moore, Lieut.-Colonel Sir John...

      Standing Committee C.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had nominated the following Members to serve on Standing Committee C: Rear-Admiral Adair, Captain Ainsworth, Mr Armstrong, Mr....

  • School Teachers (Superannuation) Bill.

    122 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Adjournment.

    Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Mr. Chamberlain.]

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