House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 26 July 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    North Metropolitan Electric Power Supply Bill [Lords],

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Passports.

    6 speeches

    1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs under what Statute he refuses passports to British subjects, against whom no criminal proceedings are pending, who may desire to leave...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transcaucasian Republic.

    4 speeches

    Mr. L'ESTRANGE MALONE: 2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether agreements have been signed with the Transcaucasian Republic regarding postal, telegraph, railway and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — King Constantine (Recognition).

    7 speeches

    Colonel NEWMAN: 3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the Kingdom of Greece is still without full official recognition at the Court of St. James?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Tangier.

    2 speeches

    4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a date has yet been fixed for the meeting of the British, Spanish and French plenipotentiaries to discuss the status of Tangier;...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Aircraft.

      12 speeches

      5. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many aeroplanes, seaplanes, and pilots are at present with the China, East Indies and North American squadrons, respectively, or...

    • Ships' Boats.

      5 speeches

      7. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if the Government will be willing to hand over a proportion of the ships' boats which are surplus to likely requirements to approved units,...

      Prize Money.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that many men were invalided from the Royal Navy during the War from accidents or from physical breakdown; if such will...

      War Medals (Clasps).

      6 speeches

      11. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that it has been stated that the Government are unable to resume the issue of clasps to the fighting services at...

      New Battleships.

      7 speeches

      Sir S. ROBERTS: 45. asked the Prime Minister whether he is able to announce the decision of the Government as to the advancement of the date. for the commencement of the two new battleships?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Rotherham (Wages Dispute).

      2 speeches

      18. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that there has been for now six months a dispute as to the rate of wages to be paid at the Cauklow Pit, Rotherham; that this is a very serious...

    • East Plean Colliery.

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Secretary for Mines whether any special action is being taken in respect of the disaster at East Plean Colliery?

      Exports (United States).

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Secretary for Mines what total tonnage of British coal has been ordered for the United States; what is the average price for this coal at the British port; and what are the...

      Coal Prices.

      5 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 77. asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been called to the rise in price of certain classes of coal following upon the increased demand for supplies from America...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Contributions and Benefits.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 12. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the large amount of uncertainty existing as to the benefits payable under the Unemployment Insurance Acts on account of six...

    • Women and Girls.

      2 speeches

      15. asked the Minister of Labour how many of the 22,540 women and girls drawing benefit or on the gap in the Greater London area, upon the latest computation, have themselves Contributed their...

      Explosives, Breaking-Up (Wages).

      7 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 19. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to the evidence given in the trial arising out of the Tipton explosion, to the effect that workers received only...

      Printing Trade Dispute.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make any statement on the strike of compositors and whether in future proceedings by an industrial court both parties to a dispute will be asked to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Official Organ of Ministry.

      7 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 22. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in the publication "Housing," the official organ of the Ministry of Health's Housing Department, issued on 10th...

    • Government Policy.

      5 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 29. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, notwithstanding the promise to the House by the Prime Minister on 21st July, 1921, that not a single house less would be...

      Milk (Adulteration).

      2 speeches

      24. asked the Minister of Health the number of prosecutions instituted in England and Wales in respect of the sale of milk for the last complete year for which figures are available, with the...

      Public Utility Undertakings (Valuation and Rating).

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Minister of Health whether a Committee of the Cabinet has been appointed upon the question of the valuation and rating of public utility undertakings; whether evidence is being...

      Cocaine

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Minister of Health if he will now supply the House with the answers received in reply to his inquiries forwarded to the medical and dental profession concerning the necessity or...

      Arsenic.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Minister of Health if, in view of the fact that large quantities of arsenic can be obtained from chemists by individuals merely signing a poison hook, he will take steps to...

      Old Age Pensions.

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 30. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the pension officers in several districts are recommending for total discontinuance or for drastic reduction the old age...

      Unoccupied Property (Bating).

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 31. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the heavy additional burdens which have been thrown on the ratepayer, he has considered whether unoccupied property should be...

      Mental Institutions (Voluntary Boarders).

      4 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Health how many voluntary hoarders entered licensed houses and registered hospitals, respectively, in England and Wales during the year 1921; how many left of their own...

      Asylums (Departmental Committee).

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Health if the Departmental Committee set up to inquire into the charges made by Dr. Montagu Lomax, in his book, "Experiences of an Asylum Doctor," has finished its work...

      Poor Law Schools (Inspection).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Health whether any women inspectors of his Department are employed in visiting private schools in various parts of the country; if so, will he state what are the duties...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Royal Irish Constabulary.

      4 speeches

      36. asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that the pension of William Brown, ex-Royal Irish Constabulary, which was due on the let of July, has not yet been paid; and whether...

    • Motor Car (Seizure in Sligo.

      7 speeches

      38. asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that on 31st January, 1922, a Ford motor car, belonging to Mr. J. Betts Horrell, late district inspector, Royal Irish Constabulary, was taken by...

      Compensation.

      4 speeches

      Mr. G. MURRAY: 43. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to lay upon the Table of the House his communication to the Provisional Government of Southern...

      Free State (Citizenship).

      7 speeches

      Mr. G. MURRAY: 44. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has consulted the Law Officers of the Crown as to whether Article 3 of the Draft Constitution of the Irish Free State...

      Trade Spirits.

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any agreed definition has been reached by the Powers signatory to the convention of St. Germain as to what constitutes trade spirits for...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine.

    • Murder of Miss Lomax.

      4 speeches

      40. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the murderers of Miss Lomax, who was murdered at her residence near the Garden Tomb, Jerusalem, on the 29th May, 1921, were sentenced to...

    • Imprisonment (James Northrop, at Acre).

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that James Northrop, a British subject and an ex-sergeant major in the Royal Army Service Corps, against whom a charge of...

      Soldiers' Homes and Hospitals (Malta).

      4 speeches

      42. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to give security to those responsible for soldiers' homes, hospitals, seamen's rests, and such buildings as have been...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Turkey.

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether the question of a new Turkish Peace Treaty will be discussed by him with M. Poincaré in London next week?

    • International Conference.

      4 speeches

      Mr. MALONE: 47. asked the Prime Minister where the next International Conference will be held; who will be invited; and what will be the agenda?

      Royal Air Force.

      4 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether either of the two Committees at present investigating the relations of the three fighting Services has under its terms of reference any power to make...

      Chief Secretary for Ireland.

      4 speeches

      Captain BENN: 49. asked the Prime Minister what staff is at present solely under the control of the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and how much of the staff of the Irish...

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

    • Disability Pensions.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether he has received a resolution from the Kettering Board of Guardians relative to disability pension of ex-service men still unfit for work, and the complaint...

    • London Neurological Clinic.

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Minister of Pensions whether any representations have been made to the Ministry with regard to the inadequacy of the provision for speech specialist cases at the London Neurological...

      Soviet Propaganda.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 53. asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, seeing that the Soviet Commissariat for Foreign Affairs has addressed a communication to its representatives abroad as to the...

      Kenya (Native Lands).

      2 speeches

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Air Ministry.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will state the number of officials, respectively, in the Secretariat of the Air Ministry, and the technical Departments in receipt of total...

    • Ministry of Pensions (Clerkship).

      4 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that a Mr. Bolas, as a result of a recent examination, was appointed to a permanent position in his Department at a salary of £100 per annum...

      Canadian Cattle Embargo.

      6 speeches

      Captain BENN: 57. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he proposes to take any action in consequence of the decision of the House to remove the Canadian cattle embargo?

      Westminster Hall Roof.

      2 speeches

      58. asked the hon. Member for the Pollock Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether an hour has been fixed when Members will be enabled to inspect the roof of...

      Museums (Admission Charges).

      8 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 59. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he will consider the possibility of making a small charge on...

      Cenotaph (Wreaths).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, what are the Regulations as regards laying wreaths on the Cenotaph; is there any...

      Sunday Games in Royal Parks.

      2 speeches

      61. asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether any Sunday games are allowed in any of the Royal parks in London and...

      Canada (Exchanges and Dumping).

      2 speeches

      62. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any official information that the Canadian Government has brought forward proposals for the abolition of its legislation regarding...

      British Dyestuffs Corporation.

      4 speeches

      64. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to an article by Professor Henry G. Armstrong on the dyestuff situation, published in the Press on Monday the...

      Patriotic Steamship Company.

      5 speeches

      Vice-Admiral Sir R. HALL: 65. asked the President of the Board of Trade if, he will state by what authority the ships of the Patriotic Steamship Company's fleet fly the red ensign; what is the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Telephones.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider the advisability of finding a substitute word for either five or nine for use in the telephone system, so as to avoid the confusion of...

    • Wireless Broadcasting.

      6 speeches

      68. asked the Postmaster-General whether an undertaking has been given to the manufacturers intending to establish wireless broadcasting stations in this country that no imported wireless sets...

      Zaghloul Pasha.

      2 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the order for the deportation of Zaghloul Pasha was made before the declaration of independence of Egypt state under what authority the order...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Practice Firing, Penally.

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that the recent firing of big guns for practice near the village of Penally, in Pembrokeshire, caused great inconvenience and distress to...

    • Catterick Camp.

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that the land occupied by the Catterick High Camp was part of the best agricultural land in Yorkshire, the War Office...

      Day Continuation Schools, Birmingham.

      2 speeches

      80. asked the President of the Board of Education whether the Birmingham day continuation schools have been abandoned by administrative action; and, if so, why Parliament is being asked to...

      Ex-Service Men (Customs and Excise).

      6 speeches

      82. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that in September, 1921, 212 ex-service men qualified in the examination for the posts of officers of Customs and Excise; that 100...

      Remand Prisoners, Sheffield.

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is in a position to state the result of his inquiries into the case of persons who are brought before the Sheffield Bench and...

      Questions to Ministers.

      3 speeches

      The following question stood on the Order Paper in the name of Sir WILLIAM DAVISON:

  • Business of the House.

    7 speeches

    May I ask the Leader of the House what Orders on the Paper he proposes to take in the event of the Supply Votes and the Divisions thereon being concluded by about half-past eleven?

  • Hague Conference.

    61 speeches

    Probably it will meet the convenience of the Committee if at the outset of this Debate I attempt to give hon. Members a general review of the work of The Hague Conference and an appreciation of...

    • Civil Services and Revenue Departments Estimates, 1922–23.

    • Class 1.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £1,953,624, he granted to His Majesty. to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Class Ii.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £4,730,009, be granted to His Majesty to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Class Iii.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £6,825,152, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Class Iv

      "That a sum, not exceeding £32,545,207, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Class V.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £1,298,596, he granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Class Vi.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £71,194,498, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Class Vii

      "That a sum, not exceeding £25,831,796, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Road Grants (Unemployment Relief).

      "That a sum, not exceeding £1,040,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 314...

      Unemployment Grants.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £10,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day...

      Relief of Unemployment.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £900,000 (including a Supplementary sum of £500,000), be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course...

      Export Credits.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £300,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day...

      Property Losses (Ireland) Compensation.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £27,010, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day...

      Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Compensation.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £1,300,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Northern Ireland Grant in Aid.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £3,750,000 (including a Supplementary sum of £2,750,000), be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Disposal and Liquidation Commission.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £2,000,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Shipping Liquidation.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £2,085,900, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Railway and Canal (War) Agreements Liquidation.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £31,485,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Treasury Securities Deposit Scheme.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £600, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of...

      Coal Mines Deficiency.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £2,000,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Prize Claims.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £20,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day...

      Coal Mining Industry Subvention.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £3,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day...

      Grants for Compensation for Damage by Enemy Action.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £4,400,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Refugees (Ireland) Grants.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £10,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1923, for grants to...

      Revenue Departments Estimates, 1922–23.

      "That a sum not exceeding £6,674,781, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Navy Estimates, 1922–23.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £19,102,200, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1923, for...

      Army Estimates, 1922–23.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £34,300,100, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charges for Army Services, including Army (Ordnance Factories), which will come...

      Air Estimates, 1922–23.

      "That a sum, not exceeding £2,463,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st (1.4y of March, 1923, for...

      Ways and Means

      Considered in Committee.

  • Bills Presented.

    • Temperance (England) Bill,

      "to promote Temperance in England by conferring on the Parliamentary electors in prescribed areas control over the grant and renewal of licences for the sale of intoxicating liquors, and to amend...

    • Expiring Laws Bill,

      "to deal with certain Expiring Laws by making some of them permanent, repealing others, and continuing the remainder for a limited period," presented by Mr. HILTON YOUNG; supported by Sir Robert...

  • Bills Reported.

    Clare College, Cambridge (Blythe's Benefaction), Bill [Lords],

  • Post Office (Parcels) Bill.

    Reported, without Amendment, from Standing Committee B.

  • MILK AND DAIRIES (AMENDMENT) BILL [Lords].

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee B.

  • Railway and Canal Commission (Consents) Bill.

    Reported, with an Amendment, from Standing Committee D.

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee C.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee C: Captain Rankin; and had appointed in substitution (during the...

  • ALLOTMENTS (SCOTLAND) BILL [Lords].

    Reported, with Amendments, from the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills.

  • Education (Scotland) Superannuation Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills.

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to—

  • MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROVISIONAL ORDERS (No. 10) BILL.

    Lords Amendments to be considered To-morrow.

  • National Health Insurance Bill.

    Order for consideration of Lords Amendments read.

  • Revised Tables of Lessons Measure, 1922.

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act, 1919, this House do direct that the Revised Tables of Lessons Measure, 1922, be presented to His Majesty for...

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