House of Commons debates

Thursday, 30 November 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Mental Cases.

      12 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will reconsider the position of the 700 mental cases who were turned out of the Government mental hospitals and sent to the common asylums at the...

    • Training and Employment.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the Minister of Pensions the number of disabled or partially disabled men who have received training; the number who are now self-supporting; and whether, in view of the fact that...

      Tuberculosis Patients (Diet)

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he can state the grounds on which it was decided to stop allowances for special diet for ex-service men while under treatment for tuberculosis; how many...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Women Supervisors.

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that many supervisory women officers in his Department receive less than those supervised, and that general dissatisfaction exists among the...

    • Women (Temporary Officers).

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Prime Minister whether he IB aware that before the Dissolution of the last Parliament petitions with several thousand signatures, including numbers from taxpayers not directly...

      Reduction.

      4 speeches

      44. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the desirability of appointing a Select Committee to report on the Government Departments which could be abolished or merged, with a view to...

      Temporary Staffs.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received a communication from representatives of the temporary staff employed in His Majesty's Departments of State requesting an...

      Retired Civil Servants (Re-Employment).

      4 speeches

      64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there is any rule in the Government service which permits persons retired on pension for service in one Department from taking whole-time posts...

      Conscientious Objectors.

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many conscientious objectors to military service have been given employment by the Government since the Armistice; how many still remain in...

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

    • Durham Light Infantry (Arthur Jones).

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Pensions, concerning the case of Mr. Arthur Jones, ex-private, No. 71,420, 2nd battalion Durham Light Infantry, who enlisted in September, 1914, when he was classified Al...

    • Disability Pension (William Smith).

      8 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that William Smith, Case 6/MS/7064, residing at 71, Meeting Street, Wednesbury, made application for a disability pension due to pulmonary...

      South Staffordshire Regiment (Thomas Bowdler).

      3 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that John Thomas Bowdler, No. 18,145, South Staffordshire Regiment, now residing at 18, Pagett's Passage, Wednesbury, recently applied for a...

      Widow's Pension (MRS. E. Sharkey).

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Mrs. Sharkey, widow of Edward Sharkey, No. 363,761, Labour Corps, has been allowed a pension of 5s. 6d. per week for herself and four...

      Prosecution, Glasgow.

      6 speeches

      9. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Mrs. Marion M'Donald, 62, Eaglesham Street, Plantation, Glasgow, was charged at the instance of the Ministry of Pensions with defrauding...

      Mother's Pension (MRS. Julia Gray).

      8 speeches

      10. asked the Minister of Pensions whether an investigator from the Pensions Office called upon Mrs. Julia, Gray, 53, Reid Street, Govan, whose son was killed in the War and who is at present in...

      Applications (Time Limit).

      4 speeches

      14. asked the Minister of Pensions how many new applications for pensions were received during the 12 months ended 30th September, 1922; how many of these were granted; and whether it is proposed...

      Leyton and Walthamstow Pensions Committee.

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that the time of meeting of the Leyton and Walthamstow Area Pensions Committee has been fixed for 3 p.m. against the expressed wish of the...

      Statistics.

      2 speeches

      18. asked the Minister of Pensions the total number of persons in the various categories who are in receipt of war pensions, and the expenditure involved, including administrative ex-penses; and...

      Stabilisation.

      2 speeches

      19. asked the Minister of Pensions if he will consider at an early date the desirability of stabilising for life all pensions to ex-service men and the abolition of medical boards, thus re-moving...

      Payment (Delays).

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware of the hard- ship caused to ex-service men by delay in forwarding pension draft books from London to local post offices; whether he can...

      Black Watch Highlanders (Corporal T. Wardrop).

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that Corporal T. Wardrop, No. 13,241, Black Watch Highlanders, now residing at 11, Anderson Street, Bonnybridge, voluntarily joined the Army in...

      Defendants' Pensions.

      2 speeches

      22. asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in the case of a soldier reported wounded and missing and later reported missing and dead as from the date of being reported wounded and missing, the...

      Final Awards Boards (Derbyshire).

      8 speeches

      Mr. C. WHITEL: 23. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that the final awards boards; which have been set up to deal with Notts and Derbyshire cases sit only at Nottingham, thus...

      Derbyshire Yeomanry (C. Elliott).

      4 speeches

      24. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he can now make permanent the pension of ex-Private C. Elliott, late Derbyshire Yeomanry, regimental No. 1,507, who is suffering from tubercular disease...

      Widow's Pension (MRS. F. Bradwell).

      10 speeches

      69. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will reconsider the case of Mrs. F. Bradwell, of Bradwell, Derbyshire, widow of Private Charles R. Bradwell, No. 28,234, Manchester Regiment, whose...

      League of Nations.

      7 speeches

      25. asked the Prime Minister what Minister is to be in charge of the League of Nations questions; and who will attend meetings of the council on behalf of this country?

      Secretary of State for the Colonies.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the fact that the self-governing Dominions have long passed from the status of colonies, ho will consider the alteration of the title of the...

      Imperial Conference.

      4 speeches

      28. asked the Prime Minister whether the invitations have been issued for the Imperial Conference; what subjects have been notified for discussion by any of the parties to the Conference; and...

      Roads (Maintenance).

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Prime Minister whether, in any investigation of the pressure of rates on agricultural land, he will cause the investigation to extend to the severe pressure on the rates of the...

      Assizes.

      4 speeches

      30. asked the Prime Minister whether steps are to be taken to alter the system relating to the holding of the Assizes at the present county towns; and whether this House will be given the...

      Industrial Conferences.

      4 speeches

      31. asked the Prime Minister whether, in the interests of peaceful co-operation in industry, he will take steps to invite representatives of the employers and the employed to meet in a joint...

      Imperial Airship Service.

      6 speeches

      32. asked the Prime Minister whether he can inform the House of the result of the investigation on the proposed Imperial airship service by the Committee presided over by the First Lord of the...

      Assistant Postmaster-General.

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Prime Minister whether he proposes to fill the office of Assistant Postmaster-General or whether the abolition of the post is under consideration?

      Railway Facilities, Bradford.

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Prime Minister if he will receive a deputation from the local authority of the City of Bradford for the purpose of showing the city's need for fresh railway facilities, how the city...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Feeb State (Executions).

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Govern- ment made any representations to the Irish Free State Government to prevent the execution of Erskine Childers and his four colleagues;...

    • Civil Servants (Pensions).

      6 speeches

      63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the payment of pensions of Irish civil servants who retire or may be discharged in consequence of the change of Government, or who have retired...

      Execution of Ex-Ministers, Greece.

      6 speeches

      36. asked the Prime Minister what action was taken by the representative of His Majesty's Government at Athens to prevent the execution of former Greek Ministers who are being tried for high...

      Local Authorities (Financial Provisions) Act, 1921.

      8 speeches

      37. asked the Prime Minister if he is now in a position to state whether the Government will bring in legislation extending the life of Section 1 of the Local Authorities (Financial Provisions)...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Germany (Rhineland Peovinces).

      5 speeches

      40. asked the Prime Minister whether, in the event of any attempt to separate what are known as the Rhineland provinces from Germany by our ally France, such attempt will be opposed by His...

    • Germany (Aemies of Occupation).

      4 speeches

      48. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the aggregate cost of the Armies of Occupation in Germany since the Armistice; and what has been the average cost per man per day,...

      Enemy Action (British Claims).

      5 speeches

      58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the unsatisfactory rate of progress in dealing with the compensation of British nationals in respect of damage suffered from enemy...

      Reparation Commission, Bulgaria (British Staff).

      5 speeches

      72. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give the names of the British staff of the Reparations Commission resident in Bulgaria, the total annual cost of the...

      Coal Mining Industry.

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the severe depression in the coal-mining industry and the serious drop in miners' wages, he is prepared to institute an inquiry into the...

      Cabinet Secretariat.

      8 speeches

      43. asked the Prime Minister whether the Secretary of the Cabinet keeps a record only of its proceedings; and whether he will consider the desirability of such record being kept by the Prime...

      Excess Profits Duty.

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the gross receipts from arrears of Excess Profits Duty between 1st April and 1st November, 1922; and what were the repayments during the same...

      Taxation (Arrears).

      3 speeches

      47. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the amount of unpaid arrears of Income Tax, Supertax, Corporation Profits Tax, and Excess Profits Duty on 30th September in 1922 and 1921,...

      Parliamentary Debates (Official Report).

      7 speeches

      51. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider a reduction in the present high price of the daily OFFICIAL REPORT of Parliamentary Debates?

      British Debt (United States).

      4 speeches

      52. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the amount of the debt to the United States of America; and how much it has been reduced since 1st April, 1922?

      Income Tax (Collection).

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the percentage of net Income Tax collected which is absorbed by the expense of collecting all Income Tax and repayment of Income Tax collected at the...

      Perpetual Pensions.

      2 speeches

      54. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the names of the persons, at present in receipt of perpetual pensions from the State, and the respective amounts paid in each case?

      Austria (British Loan).

      8 speeches

      56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer where the Gobelin tapestries, given in security against the last British loan to Austria, now are: and what is their approximate value?

      Anglo-Peksian Oil Company.

      6 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel SPENDER CLAY: 59. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the advisability of soiling all shares in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company now held by His Majesty's...

      Government Printing (Harrow Works).

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel SPENDER CLAY: 60. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what class of Government printing is carried out at the Harrow printing works which results in a profit?

      Alien Immigrants.

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer as to the desirability of imposing a head tax on alien immigrants with a view to restricting the influx into this country of undesirable pauper...

      Rating Anomalies.

      2 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to deal with the anomalies of levying rates which are to-day in equitable in respect to their application in different parts of...

      Disposal Board (Sales).

      6 speeches

      67. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the charges made by the firm of Rownson, Drew, and Clydesdale, of 225, Upper Thames Street, E.G., against the...

      Royal Air Force Depot, Harlescott.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the policy of His Majesty's Government as to the vacant buildings in possession of the Royal Air Force depot at Harlescott, Salop; when they and...

      Export Credits Scheme (Livestock).

      5 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he has received representations from British agricultural interests asking that livestock for...

      Rent Restrictions Act.

      11 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister what decision the Government have come to in regard to the House of Lords decision on the Rent Restrictions Act?

  • Business of the House.

    8 speeches

    Will the Prime Minister tell us what business he proposes to take next week?

  • Personal Explanation.

    1 speech

    I wish to raise a personal matter and ask the indulgence of the House while I explain it. I have, received a letter from the hon. and gallant Member for Altrincham (Major Sir George Hamilton) and...

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

    • Debate on the Address.

      [THIRD DAY.]

    • Unemployment.

      13 speeches

      I beg to move, at the end of the Question, to add the words But regret that, in face of unexampled unemployment, largely the result of four years of mistaken policy, for which the Government as...

      Relief Schemes (Government Assistance).

      64 speeches

      I hope that the House will bear with me for a few minutes while I explain how we propose to develop that effort. The late Government had schemes in contemplation for the coming winter, and the...

      Electricity (Supply) Acts, 1882 to 1922.

      Resolved, That the Special Order made by the Electricity Commissioners under the Electricity (Supply) Acts, 1882 to 1922, and confirmed by the Minister of Transport under the Electricity (Supply)...

      Marconi Company (MR. Kellaway).

      5 speeches

      I am very much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman the Postmaster-General for being present when I said that I wished to ask a question of him. It is with reference to the announcement which...

      Pensions

      13 speeches

      In the course of the afternoon I put questions to the Minister of Pensions in connection with two applications for disability pensions. There are two principles involved in the consideration of...

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