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House of Commons debates

Monday, 29 May 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills [Lords] (Standing Orders not previously inquired into complied with),—Mr. SPEAKER laid upon the Table Report from one of the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, That, in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Gold (Importation).

    3 speeches

    1. asked the President of the Board of Trade the reason for the notice displayed on British ships forbidding travellers, British or otherwise, from importing gold into this country?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Merton Board Mill Company, Limited.

      2 speeches

      2. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether a sum of £100,000, or some other amount, has been granted to the Merton Board Mill Company, Limited, under the Trade Facilities Act, to...

    • Cotton

      4 speeches

      10. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that statistical estimates show that the supplies of American raw cotton are likely to fall below the world's demand by the end...

      Dyestuffs.

      10 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 24. asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the report made by the Chairman of the British Cotton and Wool Dyers' Association complaining of...

      Trade Catalogues.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the President of the Board of Trade what countries or dominions, other than Australia, levy duties upon British trade catalogues; and, if there are such, will he state the amount of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Compensation Awards (British Nationals).

      2 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 3. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the prolonged delay in the payment of compensation awards granted by the Mixed Arbitral Tribunal to British nationals...

    • German Nationals (Private Property).

      4 speeches

      4. asked the President of the Board of Trade approximately the estimated sterling value of the private property of German nationals held outside German territory which has been liquidated under...

      Enemy Action (Claims Commission).

      7 speeches

      46. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the members of the Commission on reparations to sufferers from enemy action in this country are being paid for their services; and, if so, whether he will...

      Loss of S.S. "egypt."

      17 speeches

      5. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is intended to set up a special inquiry to inquire into the circumstances attending the loss of the Peninsular and Oriental liner "Egypt";...

      Oil (Navigable Waters).

      5 speeches

      8. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the heavy mortality among sea birds around our coasts caused by the presense of large quantities of heavy oil...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act.

    • Vacuum Flasks.

      2 speeches

      13. asked the President of the Board of Trade why laboratory vacuum flasks are liable for duty under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, whilst ordinary vacuum flasks are exempt as not being...

    • Referee (Fees).

      2 speeches

      14. asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the total amount of fees payable to the Referee appointed under the Safeguarding of Industries Act for the period ending 31st March?

      Glass Containers.

      2 speeches

      15. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the scope of the glass bottle Inquiry, at present being conducted under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, extends to glass...

      Acetic Acid.

      2 speeches

      16. asked the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of the £42,353 worth of acetic acid imported into this country during the six months ended 31st March last represented grades...

      Optical and Scientific Instruments.

      3 speeches

      Dr. MURRAY: 20 asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether under the Committee appointed by him to consider the application for the imposing of an additional 33⅓ per cent. duty...

      Imitation Pearl Necklets.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 23. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that children's imitation pearl necklets made of glass, imported from Japan, are being held up by the Customs...

      Government Policy.

      2 speeches

      49. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he can now announce the Government's decision as to the enforcement of the Safeguarding of Industries Act?

      Reports (Publication).

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 51. asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in the case of complaints made under Part II of the Safeguarding of Industries Act which are dismissed by him without reference...

      Scheduled Articles.

      2 speeches

      52. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give, for the period 1st October to the 31st March last, the quantities imported (and the values) of the commodities listed by the Board of...

      Appeals.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can arrange, in reference to the appeals before the referee under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, that the decisions of the referee shall...

      Dutch Goods.

      3 speeches

      58. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether a commercial treaty exists between this country and Holland, the terms of which would prevent the making of an Order under Tart II of the...

      Cameras.

      2 speeches

      Captain BENN: 60. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether out of 347,000 cameras imported during the year 1921 only 13,000 came from Germany; and whether, in these circumstances, he can...

      Glass Bottles.

      6 speeches

      Captain BENN: 66. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Committee of Inquiry which is investigating the complaint of the Associated Glass Bottle Manufacturers' Association under...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • MRS. S. Harding.

      6 speeches

      25. asked the Prime Minister what was the result of the representations which were made by the British delegates at Genoa to the representatives of the Russian Soviet Government with regard to...

    • British Trawlers (Protection).

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether instructions have been given for the withdrawal on the 28th instant, of His Majesty's Ship "Harebell" from the...

      Beer (Prices).

      8 speeches

      28. asked the Prime Minister whether, with a view of allaying the widespread dissatisfaction at present existing in the manufacturing and mining districts of the country owing to the high price...

      Retired Naval Officers (Deputation).

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Prime Minister if he can now name a date on which it will be convenient for him to receive the deputation of retired naval officers asked by the petition of 228 Members of this House?

      Egypt (Murder of British Subjects).

      9 speeches

      31 and 80. asked the Prime Minister (1) whether any representations have been made to the Egyptian Government to the effect that the repeated murders of British subjects cannot be tolerated and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Disbandment (Irish Regiments).

      10 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister whether any provision is being made to meet the case of loyal Irishmen disbanded from the Irish regiments being unable to return to their homes in Ireland in...

    • Free State Constitution.

      14 speeches

      26. asked the Prime Minister whether the General Election shortly to be held in Ireland will be held in accordance with the understanding that the constitution of the Treaty will be submitted by...

      Refugees (Assistance).

      5 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 36. asked the Prime Minister whether, as was done in the case of the Belgian refugees in the European War, Government assistance can be made available for organisation of relief...

      Troops, Dublin

      5 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for War if it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to withdraw all troops from Dublin; and if any orders have been issued?

      Londonderry (Sinn Fein Troops).

      20 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has any information of the alleged massing of Sinn Fein forces and many motor vehicles on the Donegal border of...

      Attacks on Police, Ulster.

      2 speeches

      Has the right hon. Gentleman any information to give to the House with regard to the position in Belfast and Ulster?

      International Loans and Credits.

      4 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 34. asked the Prime Minister whether the Bank of England has yet called a meeting of the central banks and banks regulating credit policy in the several countries, as recommended by...

      Germany and Russia.

      7 speeches

      38. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government have any reason to believe that a military agreement has been reached between the German and Soviet Governments?

      Research Work (Admiralty and Air Ministry).

      3 speeches

      41. asked the Prime Minister what amount has been spent on research by the Admiralty during the last 12 months, as compared with that spent by the Air Ministry; and what sum each of these...

      Palestine (Mandate).

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Prime Minister whether he will lay a Paper, giving a full and correct report of the speech of the Lord President of the Council at Geneva on 17th May on the subject of the Palestine...

      Hong Kong (Lieut.-Commander Haslewood).

      3 speeches

      44. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that the Governor of Hong Kong requested the Naval Authorities at Hong Kong to restrain the wife of Lieut.-Commander Haslewood, then...

      Asia Minor (Atrocities).

      4 speeches

      Sir.J. D. REES: 45. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that the an- nouncement of the intention to appoint a committee of investigation into charges of cruelty towards their Greek...

      Canadian Cattle Embargo.

      5 speeches

      48. asked the Lord Privy Seal if he can now announce the date fixed for the discussion of the Canadian cattle embargo question.

      Czecho-Slovakia (Commercial Treaty).

      6 speeches

      57. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his Department have offered certain objections, on account of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, to a commercial treaty or understanding...

      Mercantile Marine (Losses by Enemy Action).

      5 speeches

      61. asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of merchant ships of this country which were lost during the War by enemy action and the value of such ships and the value of their...

      Genoa Conference.

      7 speeches

      62. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state what steps His Majesty's Government intend to take to carry out the recommendations of the Third Commission (Economic) at the Genoa...

      British Dyestuffs Corporation.

      11 speeches

      64. asked the President of the Board of Trade why Mr. Levinstein has resigned from the management of the British Dyestuffs Corporation; whether dissatisfaction has been expressed regarding the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Physical Training, Colchester.

      4 speeches

      71. asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the report of Mrs. Alderton, a magistrate of Colchester, as made to the Women's National Liberal...

    • Isleworth County School (MR. H. Moore).

      2 speeches

      Mr. GIDEON MURRAY: 72. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has completed his inquiry into the case of Mr. H. Moore, the county school teacher of Isleworth; and, if so, with...

      Bulgarian Prisoners.

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any Bulgarian prisoners are still in the hands of the Greeks; and, if so, how many, and where?

      Passports and Visas.

      2 speeches

      82. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what other countries, in addition to Great Britain, are now carrying out the suggestions put forward at the Genoa Conference for the...

      Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

      4 speeches

      85. asked the Minister of Agriculture the total number of animals slaughtered since the present outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease; and what proportion they bear to the total of the herds of the...

      Coal (Prices).

      2 speeches

      67 and 68. asked the Secretary for Mines (1) whether, in view of his statement that it is important that the House should realise that there are many other factors in the cost of household coal...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Arterial Roads.

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 73. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he has any figures as to the cost involved to the ratepayers and taxpayers in the construction of the...

    • Char-À-Banc Traffic, Essex.

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if his attention has been called to the inquiry now being held at the Shire Hall, Chelmsford, with a view to the closing of a...

      Motor Vehicle Licences (Issue).

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport on what basis has the Ministry estimated the sums it considers right and proper to be paid by local authorities to certain...

      Light Railways.

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport what work has been undertaken respecting light railways by the Ministry; and whether he can state the number of men who have...

      Unemployment Relief Works (Land Drainage).

      3 speeches

      87. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that an order has been issued to stop the relief work on the land drainage scheme in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, on the 31st of this...

      Cattle (Imports).

      2 speeches

      90. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he can state the number of cattle landed at the ports of the United Kingdom for slaughter during the year ending 30th April, 1922; and the numbers...

      Rent Restrictions Act.

      2 speeches

      97. asked the Minister of Health if he will have inquiry made from County Court judges and other persons who have been administering the Rent Restrictions Act as to how that Act is working...

      Deaths from Starvation.

      2 speeches

      99. asked the Minister of Health whether he will resume the annual publication of a return of the deaths of persons found by verdict of an inquest to be from starvation or accelerated by privation?

      Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

      3 speeches

      Sir CHARLES SYKES: 101. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the delays which occur in the Registrar-General's Department in supplying certificates of birth,...

      Poor Law Administration (Poplar).

      5 speeches

      102. asked the Minister of Health, in view of the fact that the ratepayers of Poplar have a redress at the next election, if he is aware that some 14,000 persons in receipt of outdoor relief are...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Parcels.

      4 speeches

      94. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the great hindrance to business men and loss of revenue to the Post Office by reason of the continuance of the parcel post rate of 9d. for...

    • Temporary Sorters (Discharge).

      2 speeches

      96. asked the Postmaster-General whether temporary sorters are now being discharged after a period of 7½ years' service; whether, at the elimination of the present excessive overtime being...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    Can the Leader of the House say whether he intends to move the second Motion, standing in his name to-day, with respect to the sitting of the House tomorrow, and, if not, can he say what are the...

  • Personal Explanation (Sir E. Wild).

    1 speech

    I desire to claim the indulgence of the House while I make a short statement which I think it proper to make owing to the duty which I owe to this House, to my brethren of the Court of Aldermen...

  • Indian Affairs.

    First Report from the Select Committee brought up, and read.

  • Estimates.

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

  • River Cam Conservancy Bill.

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

  • Imprisonment of a Member.

    Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had received the following letter from Mr. Justice A. C. Salter, relating to the imprisonment of Mr. Horatio Bottomley, a Member of this House:

  • Orders of the Day — Finance Bill.

    110 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — LAW OF PROPERTY [STAMP DUTY, Etc.].

    35 speeches

    Considered in Committee. [Progress, 25th May.]

  • Orders of the Day — National Health Insurance [Expenses].

    41 speeches

    Considered in Committee, under Standing Order No. 71A.

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