House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 18 July 1922

  • Preamble

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

    • Revolutionary Doctrines.

      4 speeches

      1. asked the Under- Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the report in the Indian Press regarding the meeting of bodies of men from time to time for the purpose...

    • Political Prisoners.

      12 speeches

      2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he can say how the Government of India define the political offenders of whom they tell the Press that they have only 5,000 odd in gaol:...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Lieutenants (Compulsory Retirements).

      2 speeches

      3. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give further consideration to the case of lieutenants who have served during the War, whose services have been satisfactory throughout, and...

    • Medals (Battle Clasps).

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Secretary of State for War whether a decision has been arrived at with regard to battle clasps for medals awarded for service in the late War; and has his attention been drawn to the...

      Wimbledon Common.

      6 speeches

      5. asked the Secretary of State for War how many acres of land in the centre of Wimbledon Common are still in the occupation of the military authorities, and how many soldiers are now quartered there?

      Civilian EmployeÉS.

      8 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 6 and 7. asked the Secretary of State for War (1) whether he is aware that some time after the commencement of the war it was decided that the conditions of employment...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Refugees.

      37 speeches

      10. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the total number of refugees from Southern Ireland who have applied for assistance to the British Government; what is the nature of the...

    • Kidnapping, Belcoo.

      6 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the 11 Ulster Special Constabulary who were kidnapped at Belcoo have yet been released; whether it is known where these men are being...

      Attack on British Vessel, Waterford.

      8 speeches

      16. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that a report has reached this country to the effect that during the last few days armed men forcibly removed from a British...

      Murders, Altnaveigh.

      3 speeches

      17. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he received from the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland an account of the massacre of Protestant families at Altnaveigh in...

      Boundaries.

      6 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the Government's present policy in the matter of the boundary between Northern and Southern Ireland?

      Malicious Injuries (Decrees).

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 54. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, having regard to the low bank rate and to the sums of money now seeking employment, he will consider the possibility of making...

      African Dependencies (Export Duties).

      19 speeches

      12. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether His Majesty's Government ceased to provide further subsidies towards cotton growing in Uganda and East Africa in 1914; at what date His...

      Naval Establishments (Police).

      4 speeches

      22. asked the Home Secretary if it is proposed to withdraw the police from His Majesty's dockyards and magazines and substitute inexperienced men; if so, what date has been fixed for this; and...

      Deer Forests, Scotland.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 30. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is now in a position to say whether legislation will be introduced at an early date to carry out the suggestions for...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Wireless Broadcasting.

      10 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 32. asked the Postmaster-General whether any decision has been reached as to the terms and conditions under which licences for wireless broadcasting are to be issued; and...

    • Rural Telephones.

      4 speeches

      Mr. FOOT: 32. asked the Postmaster-General what progress has been made in respect to the installation of rural telephones since the Post Office Estimates were introduced; and whether he will...

      Halfpenny Post.

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Post master-General whether he is aware that for such familiar communications as orders for goods, invoices and statements the advantage of the halfpenny postal rate is largely...

      Newcastle-Under-Lyme Office (Status).

      4 speeches

      35. asked the Postmaster-General whether, with reference to the representations he has received from the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme in favour of securing that Newcastle may be in future...

      High-Power: Wireless Station.

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Postmaster-General whether the site for the proposed high-power wireless station has been selected; and by what date it is hoped to have the installation completed?

      Salaried Sues-Postmasters (Pay).

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Postmaster-General whether the Treasury sanction was given on the l5th September, 1921, for the revised rates of pay for salaried sub-postmasters; if so, in how many instances has...

      Licensed Premises, London (Sunday Hours).

      8 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 20. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that great dissatisfaction has been expressed by members of the public at the decision of the licensing...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Traffic Regulations, London.

      6 speeches

      23. asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the great congestion of traffic at some hours of the day within the Metropolitan police district of London, and the consequent grave loss of time...

    • Road Fund Grants.

      2 speeches

      Sir DOUGLAS NEWTON: 53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the Ministry of Transport have, at the instance of the Treasury, refused to pay grants out of the Road Fund...

      Arterial Roads (Essex).

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that in the work of constructing the new arterial roads at Eastwood and Rayleigh, Essex, over 500 men resident in the London area are employed:...

      Munitions (Breaking-Up).

      7 speeches

      Mr. L. MALONE: 24. asked the Home Secretary whether, as reported in the trial arising out of the Tipton explosion, the Disposal Board are under no obligation to inform purchasers of munitions for...

      Drunkenness (Statistics).

      4 speeches

      27. asked the Home Secretary if he has statistical or other informa- tion which enables him to say whether the substantial decrease in drunkenness, as evidenced by convictions in the year 1920 as...

      Cinema Exhibitions.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Home Secretary whether following upon the representations of the Somerset County Council and other bodies, he will invite their opinion as to the mental, moral, and physical harm...

      Women Police.

      6 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 29. asked the Home Secretary whether the statement of nspector Wyles contained in the Paper which he recently laid upon the Table of the House was made direct to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

    • Royal Marine Light Infantry (Private's Pension).

      5 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of Private A. G. D., Royal Marine Light Infantry, who was discharged from the Navy in November last suffering...

    • Officers (Disability Retired Pay).

      4 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Pensions whether the officers' wound pensions and disability retired pay are likely to be reduced in 1923, or whether those at present in receipt of them canrely on no...

      Final Awards.

      2 speeches

      Sir D. NEWTON: 39. asked the Minister of Pensions what action has been taken to carry into effect the provisions of the War Pensions Act, 1921, for the making of final awards; and whether he has...

      Areas (Reorganisation).

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Pensions what progress has been made in carrying out the reorganisation of war pension areas in conformity with the provisions of the War Pnsions Act, 1921: and what...

      Widow's Claim (MRS. F. Alsopp).

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Pensions whether the widow of the late Mr. F. Alsopp, No. 477120, sapper, Royal Engineers, has not yet received any pension or allowance as the result of the death of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.

    • Directorate of Research.

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether it is proposed to move the directorate of research from London to Farnborough; what is the total number of personnel involved; whether the...

    • Sites and Buildings (Expenditure).

      6 speeches

      43. asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the total sum which has been authorised by the Ministry for expenditure on sites and buildings; and what is the total sum which has been...

      Observer-Officer Harold Smith.

      6 speeches

      44. asked the Secretary of State for Air if his attention has been drawn to the circumstances in which Observer-Officer Harold Smith has been retired from the Air Force; whether it is considered...

      Naval Wing.

      5 speeches

      58. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether any of the machines working from, or with, H.M.S. "Argus" have recently crashed, and how many aeroplanes were available for service, working with...

      Torpedoes.

      4 speeches

      60. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the Air Ministry are satisfied with the torpedo supplied by the Admiralty; and, if not, what steps are being taken to obtain a satisfactory torpedo?

      Squadron Leaders.

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been drawn to statements in the Press that there are 200 squadron leaders in the Royal Air Force for 31½ squadrons; and...

      Peace Treaties (Reparation Duty).

      8 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY: 45. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the fact that, although when the reparation duty imposed upon German goods was sanctioned by Parliament it was...

      Rent Restrictions Act.

      2 speeches

      Mr. FOOT: 46. asked the Prime Minister whether the Committee to deal with questions arising under the Rent Restrictions Act has yet been constituted; and, if so, whether he will state the names...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Necessitous Areas.

      5 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 47. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that, notwithstanding a slight decrease in the amount of unemployment in most districts, there are certain areas...

    • Public Works.

      2 speeches

      63. asked the Minister of Labour if he will consider the possibility of further reducing the number of unemployed by tree planting or road making, and by undertaking other public works?

      Greece and Turkey.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether he can report any further progress in the negotiations for bringing about peace in Asia Minor: whether a meeting has been arranged in principle between the...

      National Expenditure (Education).

      4 speeches

      51. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the fact that the administration of the Ministry of Education cost's the taxpayer nearly twice as much as in 1913, while much...

      Old Age Pensions.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 52. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that, under the present administration of the Old Age Pensions Act, where an old couple have both been receiving pensions,...

      Currency Notes (Metallic Reserve).

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the metallic reserve against the currency note issue has recently been largely reduced; and whether it is his intention to replace the whole of the...

      Foreign Exchange.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the differences and variations in the rates of exchange in foreign countries and the revolutions thereby occasioned in trade,...

      Safeguarding of Industries Act.

      4 speeches

      Captain BENN: 60. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the forthcoming Debate on the proposed orders under the Safeguarding of Industries Act, he will lay upon the Table...

      War Risks Compensation Scheme,

      4 speeches

      70. asked the President of the Board of Trade the total number of applications to the Board of Trade under the War Risks Compensation Scheme, the number sent on to the Advisory Committee, the...

      Legitimation by Marriage.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Home Secretary when it is proposed to introduce the Bill dealing with the legitimation of children by the subsequent marriage of their parents?

      Currency Deflation.

      2 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to resolutions adopted by the National Council of the Pottery Industry, calling attention to the effects on industry caused by...

      War Service Canteens (Disposal of Surplus) Bill.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the Government intend to take the War Services Canteens (Disposal of Surplus) Bill for Second Reading to-morrow. Whether he is aware that the...

      League of Nations.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the unfortunate failure of the British delegate to attend at the meeting of the Council of the League of...

  • Honours Lists.

  • Administration of Justice.

    4 speeches

    I beg to move That leave be given to bring in a Bill to repeal Sections two and three of the Administration of Justice Act, 1920. By that Act the citizens were deprived of their right to have, as...

  • Standing Committees (Chairmen's Panel).

    Mr. JOHN WILLIAM WILSON reported from the Chairmen's Panel: That they had appointed Sir Samuel Roberts to act as Chairman of Standing Committee B (in respect of the British Nationality and Status...

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee B.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had added the following Members to Standing Committee B (in respect of the Celluloid and Cinematograph Film Bill [Lords] and...

    • Standing Committee C.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had added the following Ten Members to Standing Committee C (in respect of the Railway and Canal Commission (Consents) Bill): Sir...

      Standing Committee D

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee D: Mr. Albert Green.

      Ecclesiastical Tithe Rent-Charge (Rates) Bill.

      Lords Amendments to be considered upon Monday next, and to be printed.[Bill 203.]

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to—

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [18TH ALLOTTED DAY.]

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

    • Non-Effective Services (Naval and Marine), Men

      16 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £4,499,600, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expenses of Non-Effective Services (Naval and Marine), Men, which will come...

    • Admiralty Office.

      70 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £1,157,800, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of the Admiralty Office, which will come in course of payment...

      Victualling and Clothing for the Navy.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £14,650,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of Victualling and Clothing for the Navy, including the cost of Victualling Establishments...

      Naval Armaments.

      13 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £4,126,500, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of Naval Armaments, which will come in course of payment during the...

  • Sale of Tea Bill

    Order for consideration of Lords Amendment read.

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