House of Commons debates

Monday, 4 December 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Membek Sworn.

    Thomas James Stanislaus Harbison, esquire, County of Fermanagh and Tyrone, took the Oath and signed the Roll.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Maritime Board.

    4 speeches

    1. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the National Maritime Board has any official connection with his Department; if he is aware that this body is supplying seamen for employment...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act.

    • Cotton Yarn Exports.

      6 speeches

      2. asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the total weight of cotton yarn exported to Germany in the month ending 31st July, 1922; and what was the corresponding figure for the month...

    • Official Information.

      6 speeches

      4. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will publish the official information in his possession purporting to show the benefits of the Safeguarding of Industries Act and the...

      Sodium Hyposulphite.

      4 speeches

      16. asked the President of the Board of Trade the minimum degree of purity of imported sodium hyposulphite above which the chemical is liable, to duty under Part I of the Safeguarding of...

      Potassium Permanganate.

      11 speeches

      17. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that 80 drums of permanganate of potash, which arrived at the Salford Docks, Manchester, ex steamship "Stad Utrecht," on the 2nd...

      Sulphocyanide.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, though on the 6th of April last aluminium sulphocyanide, barium sulphocyanide, and copper sulphocyanide were stated to be...

      Dumping.

      8 speeches

      22. asked the President of the Board of Trade how many allegations of dumping have been received by his Department in support of applications for Orders under Part II of the Safeguarding of...

      Oil Production.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the oil production of Great Britain, Trinidad, Egypt and Mexico, and cost per ton of production in each case, for the year 1921?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Imports and Exports.

      2 speeches

      5. asked the President of the Board of Trade the total volume of imports received from foreign countries during the last 12 months and also the total volume of exports to such foreign countries;...

    • Australian Preserved Fruit.

      2 speeches

      11. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether His Majesty's Government has received repre- sentations from the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia on the subject of preferential...

      Dyestuffp.

      7 speeches

      18. asked the President of the Board of Trade for what reason the Central Import Agency, which had acted as Government agents for the disposal of dyes received from Germany under reparations,...

      Export Credits Scheme.

      2 speeches

      19. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in reference to the export credits scheme, he cansay in respect of what classes and amounts of goods exported to what countries assistance...

      Russian Timber.

      7 speeches

      24. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that large consignments of timber of Russian origin have, for some time past, been landed and exposed for sale in the porta of...

      Trusts and Combines.

      7 speeches

      26. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government intends to carry out the promise given by its predecessor to re-enact those clauses of the repealed Profiteering Act which...

      Commercial Travellers (Foreign Tax).

      4 speeches

      37. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is able to state which foreign countries impose a tax upon visiting British commercial travellers; and whether he will...

      Business Openings Abroad (Notification).

      6 speeches

      38. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether arrangements have been made by his Department to ensure that British manufacturers axe aware at the very earliest...

      German Subjects (Sequestrated Property).

      2 speeches

      Mr. MORBL: 7. asked the President of the Board of Trade the total amount in sterling of private and personal property belonging to German subjects in this country which has been sequestrated, and...

      Hungary (British Claims).

      2 speeches

      8. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Hungarian Government and the municipality of Budapest have not yet admitted to the British administrator of Hungarian...

      Government Contracts (Imperial Preference).

      2 speeches

      12. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the desirability of a percentage preference being given to all persons who tender for Government contracts, and who...

      Russian and German Shipping (British Ports).

      2 speeches

      13 and 14. asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) if any Russian vessels, either owned by the Russian Government or by Russian subjects, have entered British home ports during the present...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Local Rates.

      6 speeches

      28. asked the Secretary for Mines whether it is usual to measure the local rates levied upon mining companies according to the amount of coal or minerals produced, thus acting as a tax on output...

    • Accidents (Haulage Roads).

      6 speeches

      29. asked the Secretary for Mines if his attention has been called to the increased number of fatal and non-fatal accidents in recent years on the haulage roads of the mines; and whether he...

      Explosions, Cumberland.

      10 speeches

      32. asked the Secretary for Mines if he is aware that there have been several colliery explosions in the Cumberland coalfields during recent years, and that the loss of life has been considerable...

      Welfare Fund (Banking Accounts).

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that the inquiry addressed by his Department to five big banks concerning facilities for the banking accounts in connection with the Miners'...

      German Reparation (Recovery) Act.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Customs Department are demanding payment of duty, under the German Reparation (Recovery) Act, on packages of no...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Potatoes (Freights).

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that a temporary reduction of rates for the carriage of potatoes from Scotland to England is again to be granted by the railway companies...

    • Derwent Valley Railway.

      4 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether, in the arrangements he is making with the railway companies to forward the construction and extension of railways, steps can be taken to push forward the...

      Motor Taxation.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY: 52. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the inequitable nature of the present system of motor taxation and to the heavy increase of ouside motor...

      North British Railway Company.

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Prime Minister whether, in his endeavour to find work for the unemployed, he will make representations to the North British Railway Company to double the line from Bo'ness to the...

      Railway Carriages.

      3 speeches

      66. asked the Prime Minister whether, with the view of providing for skilled labour in the schemes of reproductive work provided and also with the object of increasing the safety of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Greece.

    • British Minister (Withdrawal).

      19 speeches

      35. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any other country besides Great Britain has withdrawn the representative Minister from Athens; and, if so, will he specify the...

    • British Policy.

      22 speeches

      59. asked the Prime Minister whether any influence, direct or indirect, has been brought to bear by His Majesty's Government upon the Government, Provisional Government, or Revolutionary...

      Salmon and Fresh Water Fisheries.

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Agriculture when it is the intention of the Government to re-introduce the Salmon and Fresh Water Fisheries Bill?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Agricultural Workers.

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give any figures showing the amount of unemployment among agricultural workers at the present time, and distinguishing between the several...

    • Tube Extensions (North London).

      4 speeches

      76. asked the Prime Minister whether the Cabinet Committee on Unemployment has considered the suggested extension northwards of the Tube from Finsbury Park as a means of finding useful employment...

      Workhouse Inmates, London (Notice to Leave).

      23 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to the fact that certain Metropolitan Boards of Guardians have given a number of unemployed men resident in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Development Fund.

      4 speeches

      42. asked the Minister of Agriculture how the sum of £850,000, placed in the hands of the Development Commissioners under the Corn Production Acts (Repeal) Act, 1921, for the purpose of...

    • Rural Industries Intelligence Bureau.

      4 speeches

      43. asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made in regard to the revival of rural industries; and what further steps are being taken in connection therewith?

      Rural Industries Intelligence Bureau.

      The Treasury, on the recommendation of the Development Commissioners, have made a grant towards the establishment of a Rural Industries Intelligence Bureau, whose object it is to provide skilled...

      Counciliation Committees.

      6 speeches

      44. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the general dissatisfaction expressed in reference to the working of the Con- ciliation Committees, he will reintroduce the Wages Boards...

      Naval Armaments (Washington Treaty).

      6 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the two new capital ships authorised by Parliament must be laid down under the Washington Agreement by the 31st December, 1922; whether the...

      Lausanne Conference.

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister whether the Allied invitation to the Russian Government to send representatives to Lausanne envisages their participation in a consultative capacity; and whether the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Ruhr Valley.

      8 speeches

      54. asked the Prime Minister whether he now has any information regarding the plans of the French Government for the occupation of a portion of the Ruhr Valley and the setting up of a French...

    • German Reparation.

      6 speeches

      60. asked the Prime Minister whether the Cabinet has considered any policy which it can place before the meeting of the Allied Premiers to take place in London relative to German indemnities; and...

      Iraq.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Prime Minister whether he is able to announce a change of policy which will lead to an early termination of our commitments and consequent expenditure in Iraq?

      Channel Tunnel.

      7 speeches

      61. asked the Prime Minister whether, from the point of view of relieving unemployment, as well as increasing transport facilities between this country and the Continent, he will take up with...

      Old Age Pensions.

      5 speeches

      63 and 64. asked the Prime Minister (1) what action, if any, the Government propose taking to remove the penalty on thrift imposed on old age pensioners under the present Old Age Pensions Acts;...

      Royalty Rights.

      4 speeches

      65. asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the Bedwellty Poor Law Guardians passed a resolution at a meeting last March, recommending that the Government should take over the rights of...

      Scottish Office.

      6 speeches

      67. asked the Prime Minister whether he is yet in a position to make any statement relative to the appointment of a member of the Government responsible to this House for the administration of...

      National Resources.

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the advisability of appointing a Royal Commission to inquire into the national resources of the country, the productive capacity of the...

      Germany and Russia.

      5 speeches

      69. asked the Prime Minister whether he is able to make any statement with regard to the suggestion that a secret military agreement has been entered into between the German Government and the...

      Marconi Company (MR. Kellaway).

      8 speeches

      71. asked the Prime Minister whether, up to the time of his resignation as Postmaster-General six weeks ago, Mr. Kellaway, on behalf of the Government, was in negotiation with the Marconi Company...

      Rent Restrictions Act.

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 74. asked the Prime Minister whether the committee to consider and make recommendations for the continuance of the Rent Restrictions Act will be re-appointed before the...

      Worn-Out Horses (Export).

      2 speeches

      80. asked the Minister of Agriculture the total number of old horses shipped from this country to Belgium and other continental ports during the present year; and what is the total declared value...

      Insanitaky Cottages, Banstead.

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether be is aware that on the 23rd February, 1922, the medical officer of health for the Rural District of Epsom reported to the county medical officer of...

  • Business of the House.

    Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings in Committee on Trade Facilities and Loan Guarantee [Money] be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing Order...

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have passed a Bill, intituled, "An Act to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899, relating to the Scottish Widows' Fund and Life...

  • Irish Free State (Consequential Provisions) Bill.

    Lords Amendments to be considered To-morrow, and to be printed.[Bill 4.]

  • Standing Orders.

    Ordered, That the Standing Orders, as amended, be printed.

  • Importation of Animals Bill,

    "to amend the law with respect to the landing of imported animals in Great Britain and matters connected therewith," presented by Sir ROBERT SANDERS; supported byMr. Ormsby-Gore; to be read a...

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

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