House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 6 December 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • King's Speech.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Lausanne Conference.

    8 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is intended that an official delegation from Egypt be invited to the Lausanne Conference; if so, who will appoint this...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Greece.

    • British Correspondence.

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, after the arrest of M. Gounaris, a representative of the British Legation at Athens demanded of the Greek authorities the return...

    • Prince Andrew (British Cruiser).

      7 speeches

      22. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether a British cruiser was sent to Greece to give a passage to Prince Andrew of Greece after his trial; by whose orders and for what reason was a...

      Germany and Russia.

      4 speeches

      3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can give his assurance that there is not a secret naval treaty between the German Government and the Russian-Soviet Government?

      Ellis Island (British Emigrants).

      5 speeches

      4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been directed to the treatment of British emigrants at Ellis Island; and whether he proposes to take action in the...

      Montenegro.

      2 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government has appointed a consul or consular agent at Cetinje, in order that the Foreign Office may be fully...

      Maltese, Morocco and Tunis.

      4 speeches

      6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the French authorities in Morocco and Tunis refuse to recognise Maltese settled in those countries as British subjects; and...

      Passports and Visas.

      6 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the highest sum payable for a visa on a European passport and what is the amount of the lowest?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • General Election (Ballot Papers).

      11 speeches

      10. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that a number of naval men were prevented from voting at the recent General Election owing to the returning officers for their...

    • New Capital Ships.

      12 speeches

      13. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when the orders are given to build the two new capital ships what trades will benefit; how many men will be employed; how much will be spent in wages;...

      Jutland Battle (Official Account).

      4 speeches

      14. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when the official account of the battle of Jutland is to be issued; and whether Lord Jellicoe has agreed to its issue, without alteration, as it was sent...

      Prize Money.

      6 speeches

      15. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty upon what principles the prize bounty salvage awards in connection with the Battle of Jutland have been fixed; and if he is aware that in some cases some...

      Warrant Writfrs.

      2 speeches

      18. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why warrant writers have been withdrawn from the complements of capital ships; who have taken their places; and whether the withdrawal is a permanent or...

      Messes (Licensed Bars).

      2 speeches

      19. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when it is expected that approval will be given to the repeated request of the chief and petty officers of the Royal Navy to be granted a fully licensed...

      Devonport Dockyard (Labourers' Wages).

      3 speeches

      25. asked the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that the wage paid to adult labourers in the Royal Dockyard at Plymouth, including all bonuses, is 41s. per week; and, seeing...

      Dominion Assistance.

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Prime Minister what, if any, decisions have been arrived at with regard to the assistance to be given by the Dominions to the Royal Navy?

      Naval Armaments (Washington Treaty).

      13 speeches

      11. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the relative strength of the navies of the United States of America, Japan, and Great Britain, in capital ships, when the Washington Treaty is ratified,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Admiralty (Accountant-General's Branch).

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that disabled ex-service men employed in the Accountant-General's branch of the Admiralty are being dismissed on the 30th of...

    • Unemployment.

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Labour what is the total number of ex-service men drawing unemployment benefit; and what percentage of that number are disabled?

      Mental Cases.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the obstacles placed by the Pensions and Health Ministries in the way of the discharge of ex-service men and other inmates of asylums in instances...

      Training.

      2 speeches

      80. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in any unemployment relief schemes which he may bring forward, there will be adequate provision for giving training to ex-service men who, by reason of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Industrial Disputes (Benefit).

      4 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 28. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has received any Report from the Committee appointed by his predecessor to consider what steps could be taken to remove the...

    • Exchanges.

      6 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Labour if he has, or can procure, any records to show the percentage of those registered on the Employment Exchanges in the last two years or 18 months who have been...

      Farm Labourers.

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Labour the number of farm labourers at present unemployed in this country; and, in view of these labourers being ineligible for unemployment benefits, what steps are...

      Necessitous Areas.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 36. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, if he is aware that where local rates are between 20s. and 30s. in the £ the granting of temporary...

      Domestic Service.

      6 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Labour whether able-bodied spinsters are allowed to draw unemployment benefit whilst vacancies in domestic service are available; and what steps are taken to prevent...

      Benefit Disallowed, Glasgow.

      9 speeches

      42 and 44. asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether he is aware that hundreds of men in Glasgow who are unemployed are having their claims to unemployment benefit under the fourth special period...

      Joint Industrial Council.

      2 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the Joint Industrial Conference of 1919 having been able to produce an unanimous Report on wages and hours, he will, with a view to convincing the...

      Zinc and Lead Miners.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the whole of the workers who were engaged in the zinc and lead mines of this country are still unemployed; whether he is aware that this...

      Juventiles, South Wales.

      6 speeches

      73. asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of juveniles in Glamorganshire, Carmarthenshire, and Monmouthshire who are registered at local Employment Exchanges as unemployed?

      Test Work.

      2 speeches

      75. asked whether, when a board of guardians, by arrangement with the local authority and under a scheme submitted to the Ministry of Health, employs men on test work, which requires unskilled...

      Building Trades.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel DALRYMPLE WHITE: 76. asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of skilled men in the building trades now registered as unemployed; and if he will state, allowing for the...

      Edmonton Board of Guardians.

      4 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he is aware that the maintenance of 160 unemployed marchers has cost the Edmonton Board of Guardians up to the...

      Oughtibridge and Wokrall.

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the fact that at Oughtibridge and Worrall there are 150 unemployed who have twice a week to attend the Labour Exchange...

      Old Age Pensions.

      4 speeches

      30. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, the total number of persons in receipt of old age pensions, the number and respective value of such pensions, and the...

      Maternity and Child Welfare.

      4 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, how many mothers and expectant mothers and babies under one year old were supplied with milk or milk foods from local...

      National Health Insurance (Medical Service).

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he has at any time received complaints from any quarter that the medical service provided under the State Health...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Overcrowding.

      5 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 37. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, what action the Government is prepared to take to remedy the present evils of overcrowding, in view of...

    • Lever Brothers, Port Sunlight.

      5 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Labour as representing the Ministry of Health whether he is aware that Messrs. Lever Brothers, soap manufacturers, have provided house accommodation for one-fourth of...

      Peabody Buildings, Buckingham Gate.

      2 speeches

      Brigadier-General NICHOLSON: 62. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he is aware that large blocks of tenements, known as the Peabody Buildings,...

      Building Material (Chalk).

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in France during the War many persons were engaged in the opening up of chalk quarries and preparing the chalk by specially mixing with...

      Ministries of Health and Laboue.

      4 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, what is the annual cost of his public information Department; how many officials, including supervisory, part-time, and...

      Census.

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, when the Census Returns will be completed and published?

      Elementary Education (Infants).

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether it is proposed to proceed this Session with the Economy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill; and, if so, whether provisions will be made in the Bill for an...

      Assize Circuits.

      2 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether he proposes to permit this House to discuss the proposed changes in holding the assizes in the provinces before any definite action is taken thereon: and...

      Master in Lunacy.

      2 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the importance of thoroughly reliable investigation into the welfare of the certified insane, whose pecuniary interests are committed to the care...

      Supflkmentaey Estimates.

      5 speeches

      Captain ARTHUR EVANS: 51. asked the, Prime Minister, in view of the present unsatisfactory procedure of requesting this House to approve of Supplementary Estimates after the-money has been spent,...

      River Lee (Pollution).

      6 speeches

      52 asked the Prime Minister (1) whether, in arranging for relief works during the winter to give employment, he will consider the importance of improving the arrangements for sewage disposal in...

      Rating.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that it was officially stated that a Cabinet Committee in 1922 had devoted a large amount of time and thought to the question of improving the...

      Turkey (Refugees).

      6 speeches

      54. asked the Prime Minister whether, with a view to finding a temporary asylum and also a permanent settlement for the non-Turkish refugees from Asia Minor and Constantinople, His Majesty's...

      Local Authorities (Percentage Grants).

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 56. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the large sum of public money which is being spent under the percentage grant system to local authorities, he will say if a...

      Coal Industry.

      6 speeches

      59. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of his reply to the executive committee of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, it is his intention to give an opportunity for a discussion at an...

      Public Mental Hospitals.

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he is aware that the Cobb Committee on the Administration of Public Mental Hospitals recommended in their Report...

      Small-Pox Epidemic.

      16 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, if, in view of the serious epidemic of small-pox, he will take steps to enforce the provisions of the Vaccination Acts;...

      Government Officials (Political Work).

      6 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Labour whether the Mr. Parks who was a sub-agent at Seahouses, Northumberland, for the National Liberal candidate during the recent Election is the same Mr. Parks who is...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    May I draw the attention of the Prime Minister to the order of business on the Order Paper to-day. In replying to the usual question I put to him regarding the order of business, he gave as the...

  • Orders of the Day — Trade Facilities and Loans Guarantee Bill.

    40 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Safeguarding of Industries Act, 1921.

    107 speeches

    I beg to move, That the Order which was made by the Board of Trade on the 9th day of October, 1922, under the Safeguarding of Industries Act. 1921, and published, and which was laid before this...

  • 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)...

  • Adjournment.

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

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