House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 29 November 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Passports and Visas.

    6 speeches

    1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can state which countries now reciprocate with Great Britain in regard to the mutual abolition of the visa on passports for their...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Naval Armaments (Washington Treaty).

    20 speeches

    2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what countries have as yet ratified the decisions as to the reduction of naval armaments taken at the Washington Conference over a year...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — South Manchur1an Railway Company (British Claim).

    4 speeches

    3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that P. Heath and Company have been kept out of a large sum of money due to them from the South Manchurian Railway...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Montenegro.

    8 speeches

    5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the continued occupation of Montenegro by Serbian troops and the administration of that country by Serbian officers has the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Germany (Taxes on British Visitors).

      2 speeches

      Commander BELLA IRS: 6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that, although Germany agreed under the Treaty of Versailles to treat, our citizens on an equal...

    • International Labour Conventions.

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that the time allowed under the Treaty of Versailles for the discussion and consideration of the Draft Conventions adopted at Geneva...

      France and Germany.

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he has any information to give to the House regarding the action which the French Government contemplates in the event of a failure to come to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • MRS. Stan Harding.

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government is in possession of information to the effect that Mrs. Marguerite Harrison was arrested by the Soviet...

    • Soviet Government (Recognition).

      5 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister the terms on which His Majesty's Government is prepared to recognise the Soviet Government of Russia?

      Austria (Loans).

      9 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many and which European countries have advanced loans to Austria during the past 12 months, and in what amounts, respectively; and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Private Dockyards (Reconditioning).

      2 speeches

      9. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any public moneys have been advanced for the purpose of reconditioning the slips in any private yards for the purpose of enabling war ships to be...

    • Prize Money.

      6 speeches

      10. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when the remaining instalment of naval prize money will be paid?

      Cornwall Memorial Tablet.

      4 speeches

      11. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the memorial tablet to Cornwall, V.C., erected in H.M.S. "Chester," was sold with the ship when she was sent to be broken up;...

      Old Warships (Breaking Up).

      8 speeches

      15. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can state the financial results of the attempt to break up old warships in the State-owned dockyards?

      Plymouth Dockyard (Wages).

      2 speeches

      Viscountess ASTOR: 17. asked the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty what rates of weekly wrage have been paid to the lowest grade of adult labour in the Royal Dockyard at Plymouth since...

      Royal Dockyards (Paid Holiday).

      2 speeches

      18. asked the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that the afternoon of 15th November was given as a paid holiday to the workers of His Majesty's dockyards, and that all men...

      Pension Payments.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that naval and marine ratings invalided with a disability pension are kept waiting lengthy periods before the first payment of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Isle of Wight.

      3 speeches

      Sir EDGAR CLARKE: 14. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the amount of unemployment in Cowes and East Cowes, Isle of Wight, he can send an immediate order for naval...

    • Casual Labourers.

      8 speeches

      21. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the hardship and inconvenience caused to dock and other casual labourers by the present method of administrating the Unemployment Insurance...

      Hull (Benefit Payments).

      3 speeches

      22. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the long periods spent by unemployed workmen in Hull and other centres in waiting in queues for the unemployed insurance payments on Fridays;...

      Building Trades.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 23. asked the Minister of Labour the numbers in the various branches of the building trade who were unemployed in October and the total amount of unemployment benefit paid to them?

      Tin Miners, Cornwall.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Minister of Labour the number of tin miners who are at present unemployed in Cornwall; and the average weekly amount which is being paid to such unemployed miners by way of...

      Employment Exchanges.

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Labour if he will state the estimated cost of the maintenance of the Employment Exchanges at the present date, the number of registered unemployed, the number of...

      Insurance.

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Labour the number of industrial workers insured for sickness and for unemployment, respectively; how many are exempt from payment of contributions for the latter, and...

      Nantyglo, Monmouthshire.

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that there is no Employment Exchange at Nantyglo, Monmouthshire; that there are over 1,000 unemployed in this area; that it is a very scattered...

      Public Health.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether his medical returns show any increase in public sickness due to unemployment and reduced wages; and, if so, where...

      Relief Expenditure.

      8 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Labour the amount of assistance already afforded schemes of relief through the agency of the Unemployment Grants Committee this winter; and whether any available funds...

      Insurance by Industries.

      2 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government intends to consider in the Session of 1923 the introduction of insurance by industries; and whether, in that case, it intends first to...

      Leicester.

      4 speeches

      Captain ARTHUR EVANS: 54. asked the Minister of Labour why the six schemes prepared by the Leicester local authorities which would have provided work for a thousand men at present out of...

      Sheffield.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he can state for the end of October in 1920, 1921, and 1922 the number of persons per 1,000 of the population who...

      Young Persons.

      9 speeches

      55. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in the cases of youths over school age and between the ages of 15 and 21 years who are unable to obtain work, the general policy of the Ministry is to...

      Greater London Area.

      6 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed men and women in the county of London registered during the last four weeks; and whether the numbers show an increase or decrease...

      Christmas Week.

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the state of destitution to which many families have been brought by prolonged unemployment, he will arrange for the allowances to the...

      Goods (Production and Distribution).

      4 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Labour if he will take steps to ascertain whether there is a shortage in this country of any of the goods required to satisfy the needs and comforts of the entire...

      Relief Work, Birmingham (Wages).

      4 speeches

      68. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether his Department has refused to allow payment of the full trade union rate of wages to the unemployed engaged on...

      Insurance Fund.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Labour what is the present amount of indebtedness of the Unemployment Insurance Fund; and whether he can present a statement showing the weekly receipts of the fund and...

      Uninsured Persons.

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Minister of Labour whether he can furnish an estimate of the number of unemployed persons in Great Britain who are not insured against unemployment?

      Lace Trade.

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Minister of Labour how many men, women, and girls formerly employed in the lace trade and allied industries in the Nottingham and Long Eaton areas are out of employment?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Building Programme.

      3 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 24. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, the total number of houses completed under the various housing schemes of the last Parliament, the number...

    • Subsidies.

      4 speeches

      25. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, how many municipal authorities have put forward applications for housing subsidies since the House adjourned in August;...

      Sites.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether ho can see his way to hand over to local authorities sites required for housing purposes in order to stimulate...

      Privte Exterprise.

      3 speeches

      63. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he intends to take any steps, either through the local authorities, building societies, or otherwise, to...

      Local Authorities' Schemes.

      3 speeches

      64. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he intends to adopt proposals for the further provision of houses by local authorities, with a fixed annual grant...

      Poor Law Authorities (Bank Overdrafts).

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, if there are any boards of guardians who have since the adjournment of this House in August been refused overdrafts by...

      Fogs, London.

      2 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether any computation has been made as to the financial loss suffered by the Metropolis, in addition to the effect on...

      National Health Insurance Acts.

      4 speeches

      33 and 36. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, (1) whether, having regard to the present system of administering the Health Insurance Acts, he will now cause a...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • King's Roll of Honour.

      9 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the fact that less than half the municipal authorities in the country are members of the Roll of Honour; and what steps...

    • Ministry of Labour.

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Labour if he has any intention of replacing the temporary ex-service men now being dismissed from his Department by young men and women who will be on the permanent staff?

      Unemployment, Nottingham.

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of married and single ex-service men, respectively, in Nottingham who are out of employment; and for how many of the single ex-service men will...

      Extension of Boroughs.

      6 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he is aware of the decision of his predecessor in office to appoint, after the conclusion of the proceedings of...

      Census Figures.

      4 speeches

      42. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he is aware that, although the figures for last year's Census are in the hands of the local registrars, the...

      Absent Voters.

      7 speeches

      Viscountess ASTOR: 43. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, what is the total number of absent voters on the existing register; and what was the number of absent...

      Estimates Committee.

      4 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of the Government to reappoint the Committee on Estimates?

      British Debt (United States).

      2 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government has framed any instructions for the Chancellor of the Exchequer in connection with his forthcoming mission to the United States of America; and...

      International Conference (Brussels).

      2 speeches

      Captain BENN: 50. asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended to hold an International Conference at Brussels?

      Near East.

      2 speeches

      Captain BENN: 61. asked the Prime Minister when an opportunity will occur for a discussion of the situation in the Near East?

      Indian States (Protection Against Disaffection) Act.

      4 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether he will allow an opportunity to discuss the Indian States (Protection against Disaffection) Act which was passed over the heads of the Indian Assembly, and is...

      Small-Pox.

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he can make any statement as to the present epidemic of small-pox; whether it has been confined to London; how...

      Jute Trade Board.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that there has been a vacancy on the side of the workers' representatives of the Jute Trade Board (Great Britain) since April, 1922; if so,...

      Road Construction.

      12 speeches

      67. asked the Minister of Labour what is the total amount of money out of national funds he estimates will be spent on the construction of new roads and widening and improving existing roads...

      Vaccination.

      2 speeches

      70. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether any instruction or advice has been issued by the Ministry of Health in favour of pressure being brought to bear...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Greece.

  • Orders of the Day — Irish Free State Constitution Bill.

    25 speeches

    Order for Third Reading read.

  • Trish Free State (Consequential Provisions) Bill.

    Bead the Third time, and passed.

  • King's Speech.

    • Debate on the Address.

      Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Question [23rd November], That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, as followeth:—MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN,We, Your Majesty's most...

  • Housing (Unemployment).

    74 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Captain Hacking.]

  • Ex-Sbevice Men (Mental Cases).

    6 speeches

    Mr. LAVVSON: I am sorry that I feel called upon to intervene in this Debate, which has been extremely interesting as well as informing, and has been, perhaps, one of the most valuable Debates...

    • Adjournment.

      Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Colonel Gibbs.]

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