House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 12 December 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Retired Officers (War SF.Rvice).

      4 speeches

      1. asked the Under Secretary of State for India whether, considering that the final recommendations of the Government of India have now been received, and that more than two years have elapsed...

    • Non-Co-Opkkationmovement.

      6 speeches

      3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the All-India Congress Committee is about equally divided now as to the propriety of so far modifying the non-co-operation...

      McGRIGOR'S BANK.

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether any steps were taken between 6th October, when McGrigor's intimated to the War Office they were in difficulties, and 13th October, when the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Britisharmy.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Governmentdepartments.

    • War Office.

      4 speeches

      12. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War the precise nature of the work at the War Office which now necessitates the employment of an increased number of officers from 174 to 325, and which...

    • Cabinet Secretariat.

      8 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister what were the respective positions in the Cabinet Secretariat staff held by the 19 members thereof who have been transferred to other Departments, and what were their...

      Civil Service Commission.

      2 speeches

      52. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost of the Civil Service Commission?

      Disputes (Conciliatiom Machinery).

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reconsider his attitude towards the Temporary Staff Confederation and adopt towards them what the Government always advise in other trade...

      Admikalty.

      4 speeches

      66. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that according to Cd. 1,665 the pre-War naval personnel was 145,600, with an Admiralty staff of 4,400, while on the 1st April last the...

      Military ManœUvres, Poland.

      3 speeches

      18. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he has any information as to the military manœuvres which have recently taken place in Posen under the supervision of French generals...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Govan.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Govan parish council are finding it very difficult to meet...

    • Pooe Relief, Scotland.

      8 speeches

      22. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, what is the total sum paid by parish councils in Scotland to unemployed; and what is the increase in the...

      Mid-Scotland Ship Canal.

      2 speeches

      23. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, whether, in view of the urgent need of employment in Scotland, and of the post-War evidence of the strategic...

      Road Work (Grants).

      4 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that in normal times the Treasury sanctioned a grant of 50 per cent. of the cost of approved road...

      Insurance Funds (Treasury Payments).

      5 speeches

      69. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total sums paid during the last three years by the Treasury into the Unemployment Insurance Funds; and whether such payments are grants or loans?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Students' Grants (Scotland).

      2 speeches

      24. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, whether grants under the Grants Committee of the Scottish Education Department for courses of study by...

    • Land Settlement (Scotland).

      11 speeches

      25. asked how many schemes for the settlement of ex-service men initiated prior to 1922 were abandoned by the Board of Agriculture for Scotland in 1922; how many continued schemes have been...

      Training(Committee's Report).

      4 speeches

      59. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can explain why the Report of the Select Committee on the Training and Employment of Disabled Ex-Service Men, printed on poor paper and with only a...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Workmen's Compensation Acts.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, if he will inquire into the actions of the Scottish Mineowners' Defence and Mutual Insurance Association re...

    • Tuberculous Meat (Glasgow).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, whether he is aware that attempts are being made to expose for sale in Glasgow portions of cattle infected...

      Necessitous Children (Meals).

      6 speeches

      29. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, whether he proposes to withdraw Circular 51 of the Scottish Education Department, in view of the unfortunate...

      Home Rule.

      7 speeches

      30. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, whether the Government proposes to introduce a Measure of Home Rule for Scotland at an early date?

      Unemployed Boys and Girls.

      2 speeches

      32. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, if he will make arrangements for the continued education and training of unemployed boys and girls of 14 to...

      Prisons.

      4 speeches

      33. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, if he will give consideration to the establishment of a first division in Scottish prisons, in which...

      Deputations to London.

      5 speeches

      34. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, whether, in view of the expenditure involved in sending deputations from Scottish local authorities to...

      Housing.

      9 speeches

      35. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, if he is aware that the city of Glasgow requires 57,000 new houses, and in that city the number of houses...

      Infantile Mortality, Gorbals Division.

      5 speeches

      36. asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, if his attention has been drawn to the high death rate among children below the age of 12 months in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Kenyacolony.

    • Labour Ordinance.

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the ordinance amending the forced labour ordinance of Kenya Colony has yet been passed through the legislative council of Kenya;...

    • Kilindini Harbour.

      4 speeches

      43. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonics on what grounds the question of suspending operations on the deep-water pier in Kilindini Harbour has been raised locally; and whether the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Dublin Metropolitan Police (Superannuation).

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how soon it will be possible for the 500 members of the Dublin Metropolitan Police Force who have applied for superannuation or retirement...

    • Public Servants (Pensions and Compensation).

      7 speeches

      54. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can assure the House that the verbal guarantee given by the former Leader of the House on 19th December, 1921, and repeated by the former...

      Firearms.

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 78. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies to whom British subjects, whose firearms were, given up to the late Royal Irish Constabulary, should now make application,...

      Malicious Injltries.

      8 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 79. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will say of the compensation already paid by the British Government in respect of pre-truce awards how much has...

      Tanganyika (Railways and Public Works).

      4 speeches

      41. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies the total amount expended since the Armistice upon the repair and improvement of railway and public works in the Tanganyika Territory; and...

      Trinidad(Income Tax).

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if His Majesty's Government will make representations to the Legislature of Trinidad, drawing its attention to the inequitable effect on...

      Northern Rhodesia (Land Titles).

      3 speeches

      44. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, during the consideration of the Chartered Company's claim to the commercial ownership of the lands of Northern Rhodesia before...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Inter-Allied Debts.

    • Prime Minister's Statement.

      6 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended that any statement should be made by the Government on the subject of German reparations or of the application of sanctions to Germany by the...

    • Infants (Guardianship).

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint a committee to continue the deliberations commenced by the late Government on the subject of equal guardianship of infants, with a view to...

      Directors (Public Companies).

      3 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of recent disclosures, the Government will consider the desirability of strengthening the law as regards the responsibility of directors of public...

      Parliamentary Debates (Official Report).

      2 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the grave constitutional issues involved and the necessity, in the public interest, of increasing the general interest in, and knowledge of, the...

      Russian Propaganda (Great Britain).

      6 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government has any present complaint against the Russian Government on the ground of subsidies paid by that Government to persons in this...

      Treasury Notes.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, now that the Irish Free State Constitution Act has been passed, he proposes to continue issuing Treasury notes headed the United Kingdom of...

      National Debt.

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can state, in regard to the National Debt, the total amount borrowed by the State since the commencement of the debt, the total amount repaid...

      Zinc Concentrates (Australia).

      5 speeches

      58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether we have sustained a loss through our Australian contracts of zinc concentrates; and, if so, what amount was shown in the trading results of the...

      Tithes.

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of tithes paid by occupiers of agricultural land for the latest period for which figures are available, and what charge per acre of...

      Motor Licence Duty.

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that owner-drivers of motor lorries competing with firms owning fleets of lorries are heavily penalised in the payment of licence...

      British Capital (Foreign Investments).

      2 speeches

      63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can state the total amount of British capital invested abroad during the year 1921, and for the year 1922 up to date?

      Income Tax.

      5 speeches

      67. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he contemplates the reintroduction of the Revenue Bill, 1921, in time for its provisions to be operative for the financial year commencing 6th...

      Excessprofitsduty (Repayments).

      4 speeches

      68. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the various total sums paid by the Treasury up to the present as repayments of Excess Profits Duty, coal awards, or similar repayments of moneys...

      Petroleum (Imperial Preference).

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies in what parts of the British Empire, in-eluding mandated and other territories, which, in the case of? dutiable commodities, enjoy Imperial...

      ST. Lucia (Annual Report).

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what results there have been from the special steps which were promised by the then Secretary of State, in reply to questions on 6th July,...

      League of Nations (Mandates Commission).

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the British representative on the Mandates Commission of the League of Nations has recently resigned; whether the new...

      British Empire Exhibition.

      4 speeches

      74. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether Fiji and any other Crown Colonies have declared their inability to participate in the British Empire Exhibition upon the grounds of...

      Fiji (Legislative Council).

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider measures for the purpose of extending the system of representative government in the Colony of Fiji by giving the...

      Iraq (Local Levies).

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in the raising of local levies in Iraq; from what districts they have principally been recruited; how many...

      Straits Settlements (Rubber Production).

      4 speeches

      82. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if the Ordinance recently passed in the Legislative Council of the Straits Settle- ments to restrict the production of rubber has been...

      Westindies (Steamer Communications).

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any steps are contemplated to improve the communication between this country and the West Indies in view of the great benefits that...

      Birth Control (Circular).

      2 speeches

      85. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the issue of a circular letter through the post by a person or persons at Castleford, under the...

      Sentence (MRS. Maud Hibbert).

      5 speeches

      86. asked the Home Secretary if, in the case of Mrs. Maud Hibbert, recently sentenced to nine months' hard labour for attempted suicide, after a charge against her of murder made because she had...

      Irish Cattle.

      12 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Agriculture what were the terms of the express arrangement with the Canadians referred to by the Attorney-General in last night's Debate, whereby...

  • Business of the House.

    Motion made, and Question put, "That the Proceedings on Government Business be exempted at this day's Sitting from the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the House)."—[The Prime...

  • Orders of the Day — Importation of Animals Bill.

    As amended, considered.

  • Orders of the Day — Civil Services Supplementary Estimates, 1922–23.

    • Class Ii.

      1. "That A Supplementary sum, not exceeding £750,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

    • Unclassified Services.

      2. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £5,866,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Class Iii.

      3. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £933,841, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Class Ii.

      4. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £1,360, he granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Class Vi.

      5. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £282,876, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Unclassified Services.

      6. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £10,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Army Supplementary Estimate, 1922–23.

      282 speeches

      7. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £340,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charges for Army Services which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

  • Orders of the Day — Civil Services Supplementary Estimates, 1922–23.

    • Unclassified Services.

      27 speeches

      Resolution reported: That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £1,070,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

    • WAYS AND MEANS [8th December].

      5 speeches

      Resolution reported, That, towards making good the Supply-granted to His Majesty for the service of the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1923, the sum of £9,254,076 be granted out of...

      Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill,

      "to apply a sum out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on the thirty-first day of March, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-three, and to appropriate the Supplies...

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