House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 5 December 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Unemployment

    1 speech

    I wish to present to the House the following petition: We, the elected representatives of the 2,000 unemployed workers who have marched to London from all the principal towns and districts in...

  • Private Business

    Dundee High School Order Confirmation Bill [Lords],

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Civil Service (Appeals).

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether a memorial to his address from an officer of the posts and telegraphs of India, which originated in an appeal to the Viceroy in October,...

    • Army Officers (Pensions).

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will take into consideration the case of officers of the Indian Army who complete the term of the command of their regiment a short time...

      British Magistrates.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the Under Secretary of State for India whether, in reviewing the question of the Indianisation of the Indian Civil Service, consideration will be given to the resolution passed at a...

      Oath of Allegiance,

      6 speeches

      4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Secretary of State will consider the question of making the taking of an oath of allegiance to His Majesty the King-Emperor a condition...

      McGRIGOR'S BANK.

      6 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what was the underlying principle on which was based the decision to refuse to pay the full losses of those officers,who left their moneys in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • War Office (Officers Employed).

      6 speeches

      6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the number of officers now employed at the War Office exceeds the number employed before the War; if so, will he state the additional number...

    • War Deserters.

      6 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware that it is now usual to arrest and bring to trial by court-martial men who deserted from the Army during the War; and if he will take...

      Clothinc (Transport).

      2 speeches

      12. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that steps are being taken to alter the present method of employing a cartage contractor to deal with the transport of Army...

      Arab Rebellion, 1920 (Medals).

      2 speeches

      13. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether any decision has been made as to the issue of medals to the troops engaged in suppressing the Arab rebellion in Iraq in 1920; and is he...

      War Graves.

      4 speeches

      14. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a number of widows of ex-officers and men who died whilst serving His Majesty's forces during the War erected on war graves...

      Locomotives, Woolwich.

      5 speeches

      16. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office what is the total amount of money spent, respectively, on completed and uncompleted locomotives at Woolwich; when the 50 completed locomotives...

      Empiee Settlement.

      26 speeches

      17. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can give any information as to the present number of schemes agreed upon with the Dominion Governments or private organisations under...

      Ceylon (Official Salaries).

      4 speeches

      18. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the 11 territorially elected members of the Ceylon Legislative Council have resigned in a body as a protest...

      Kenya and Uganda (Indians).

      2 speeches

      19. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can yet make a statement as to the franchise question in Kenya Colony? Or as to segregation of Indians in both Kenya and Uganda?

      Treatment of Children, Hong Kong.

      4 speeches

      20. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Proclamation has yet been issued in Hong Kong emancipating the mui tsai; and by what date it is anticipated that this system...

      British West Indies (Representative Government).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can announce the decision of the Government in regard to enlarged representative government in the British West Indies following...

      Chinese Labouk, Nauru.

      16 speeches

      24 and 25. asked the Under-Secretary of Stale for the Colonies (1) what number of Chinese indentured labourers are already on the island of Nauru; what is the period of indenture; and how many...

      Residency, Bagdad.

      7 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY: 26. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies under what Vote and heading or sub-heading was the sum of £167,000 for the new residency for the High...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Soldiers' Pay.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any money raised from British taxpayers is being used to pay the soldiers of the Provisional Government in Ireland either directly...

    • Commission of Inquiry, Cushendall.

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Report has yet been given to the Government of the Commission of Inquiry into the events at Cushendall some months ago; and, if...

      Malicious Injuries Commission.

      26 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 34. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a Chairman of the Shaw Commission has yet been appointed; and is he aware of the feeling that the new Chairman...

      Constabulary Force Fund (Relief Branch).

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the actuarial Report on the Constabulary Force Fund (Relief Branch), which was promised and ordered by the late Chief Secretary for...

      Manchester Regiment (Band Boy Shot).

      5 speeches

      40. asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information as to Band-boy J. Cooper, of the 1st battalion of the Manchester Regiment, who was kidnapped in Southern...

      Public Servants (Pensions and Compensation).

      5 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will, at the earliest convenient opportunity, embody in a Statute the verbal guarantee given by the former Leader of the House on 19th...

      Slavery, Tanganyika (Abolition Ordinance).

      2 speeches

      32. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there have been any claims for compensation made as a result of the recent ordinance abolishing slavery in Tanganyika; and has he...

      Police Pensions.

      6 speeches

      44. asked the Secretary of State for the Homo Department if he is aware that there is grave dissatisfaction amongst the retired police constables in this country owing to the inadequate...

      Members of Parliament (Swearing-in).

      2 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 45. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the expenditure of Parliamentary time involved in the swearing-in of Members after a General Election, he will consider, in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Necessitous Aeeas.

      5 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 46. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the burden of rates thrown on certain industrial areas owing to the prolonged period of abnormal unemployment, he will consent-to...

    • Brynmawr Collieries.

      2 speeches

      Mr. W. A. JENKINS: 71. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that through the closing down of collieries in the neighbourhood of Brynmawr (South Wales) hundreds of men have been...

      Workhouse Inmates, London (Notice to Leave).

      19 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Minister of Health, if his attention has been called to the fact that certain Metropolitan boards of guardians have given a...

      March to London (Benefit).

      8 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that unemployment benefit has been refused the unemployed marchers; that all these men register each day at the Employment...

      War Pensions (Funding).

      4 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister if, having regard to the desirability of equalising national liabilities, he will reconsider the advisability of funding the war pensions obligations of the nation;...

      Local Authorities (Financial Provisions) Act, 1921.

      7 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government will bring in legislation extending the life of Secton 1 of the Local Authorities (Financial Provisions) Act, 1921?

      Ex-Ministers (Directorships).

      5 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether he will make it a condition to Ministers on accepting office in his Government that they will not, after ceasing to hold office, permit themselves to be...

      Forty-Eight Hours Week.

      8 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister if it is the intention of the Government, at an early date, to present a Bill to this House to legalise the 49-hours working week on the lines of the Washington...

      Naval History of the War.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister, in view of the death of Sir Julian Corbett, whether the issue of the official Naval History of the War under the auspices of tbe Committee of Imperial Defence will...

      Food Subsidies, Germany.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the German Republic is giving any subsidies on bread, potatoes, coal, etc., at the present time?

      Entektainments Duty.

      6 speeches

      57. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the present distress in the cinema industry and the fact that the Entertainments Duty as at present imposed bears comparatively more...

      Income Tax.

      11 speeches

      58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the large variety and complexity of the Income Tax forms now issued to the public and the consequent expense to the national...

      Housing (Grants).

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 60. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can see his way to remove the restriction placed by the last Government on the making of grants by the Unemployed Grants...

      Excess Profits Duty (Arrears).

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of Excess Profits Duty arrears outstanding at the end of the last quarter, and what proportion he regards as collectable; and whether he can...

      Public Salaries (Payments Through Private Banks).

      6 speeches

      64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any servants of the Crown, apart from naval and military officers, are paid their salaries through private banks; and, if so, whether such...

      Old Age Pensions.

      5 speeches

      65. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can see his way to introduce legislation to amend the Old Age Pensions Act by conferring upon local authorities, or other wise granting...

      Indirect Taxation.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state, under the various heads, the total amounts received annually from indirect taxation?

      National Debt Interest).

      7 speeches

      68. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total amount of interest paid annually on the National Debt?

      Road Maintenance (Local Rates).

      4 speeches

      Mr. W. A. JENKINS: 69. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received representations from local authorities in regard to the ever-increasing through traffic on district highways;...

      Ex-Lord Chancellors (Pensions).

      15 speeches

      70. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the names of the ex-Lord Chancellors who are now in receipt of £5,000 per annum; and what are the shortest and longest spans of service as Lord...

      Bulgaria (Reparation).

      3 speeches

      73. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the value of the reparation in kind received from Bulgaria up to date?

      Silver (War Supplies, United States).

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of the debt incurred for the sale of silver during the War from the United States of America: and if it has been reduced since 1st April, 1922?

      War Stores (Government Surplus).

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the serious unemployment and the fact that every sale by the Disposal Board deprives many firms, of orders, he will consider the...

      Mothers' Pensions.

      3 speeches

      80. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, seeing that he estimates the cost of a practicable scheme of mothers pensions at £50,000,000 a year, he can state what the present cost is...

      Paeliamentary Debates (Official Report).

      15 speeches

      81. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether arrangements can be made at an early date for the exhibition of the OFFICIAL REPORT of Debates at every public library?

      Zinc Concentrates.

      2 speeches

      83. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can state the loss to date on our contract for zinc concentrates from Australia?

  • Business of the House.

    16 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister the business he proposes to take on Thursday and Friday?

  • Orders of the Day — Irish Free State (Consequential Provisions) Bill.

    Order for Consideration of Lords Amendments read.

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