House of Commons debates

Thursday, 14 December 1922

  • Preamble

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

  • Internal Debt.

    Return ordered showing, approximately, the composition of the Internal Debt, other than Treasury Bills and Ways and Means Advances, as at the 1st day of October, 1922.—[Mr. Hannon.]

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

    • Warrants and Regulations.

      4 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that the request that copies of the regulations governing pensions should be issued to local secretaries of the British Legion has been refused;...

    • Over-Payments.

      8 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 3. asked the Minister of Pensions if, in those cases where over-payments have been made to pensioners through errors, clerical or otherwise, on the part of the Ministry of...

      Dependants' Pensions.

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that large numbers of relatives and dependants of deceased sailors and soldiers have recently applied for pensions; that they have been...

      Doctors (Fees).

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 7. asked the Minister of Pensions whether medical men when visiting patients of the Pensions Department, whether in hydropathic or other institutions, receive as their fee the sum...

      Lancashire Fusiliers (Captain J. H. Rogers)

      5 speeches

      10. asked the Minister of Pensions if he will make inquiries into the case of Captain John H. Rogers, D.C.M., late Lancashire Fusiliers, of 19, Swaby Road, Karlsfield, Wandsworth, who has been...

      Royal Field Artillery (Driver G. Jenkins).

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will facilitate a decision being arrived at in the case of Driver George Jenkins, No. 8169, late Royal Field Artillery, of 3, Lyddon Grove,...

      Cancellation of Allowances.

      8 speeches

      13. asked the Minister of Pensions if he has received a resolution passed by the Dewsbury County Borough Council protesting against the callous treatment meted out by the Ministry of Pensions to...

      Officers (Total Disablement).

      2 speeches

      14. asked the Minister of Pensions if he will state the number of young officers who were trained at Sandhurst, and in like military colleges, from 1912 onwards, and who undertook active service...

      Approximate Number of Pensioners.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Minister of Pensions the present approximate number of pensioners, men, women and children, in charge of his Department; and whether there has been any reduction in numbers since...

      Lancashire Fusiliers (J. W. Tomkinson).

      4 speeches

      22. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that J. W. Tomkinson, No. 5747, 10th Lancashire Fusiliers, residing at 2A, Union Street, Wednesbury, is in receipt of a pension of 12s. per...

      Pension Claims Rejected.

      6 speeches

      23. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that William Smith, case 6/MS/7064, late of 71, Meeting Street, Wednesbury, recently died from pulmonary tuberculosis in the Moxley...

      Assessment (J. Mckechnie).

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that Private James McKechnie, 28, Anderson Terrace, Longcroft, Bonnybridge, has had his pension reduced from 34s. 6d. to 9s. 6d. per week; that...

      Royal Irish Fusiliers (James Reilly).

      5 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware of the case of the widow of Sergeant James Reilly, No. 14636, late 23, Bridge Street, Lurgan, who enlisted in September, 1914, in the 9th...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Ministry Oe Pensions.

      8 speeches

      9. asked the Minister of Pensions the names of the salaries paid to, and the duties performed by, all senior officers of the Navy and Army who are in receipt of Service pensions now employed in...

    • Stationery Office (Printing Works).

      4 speeches

      82 and 96. asked (1) the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of the criticisms of the Auditor-General on the new method adopted in placing work with the Stationery Office printing works...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men

    • Training Centre, Saltash.

      7 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Pensions, if he will reconsider the decision to close the training centre at Saltash, Cornwall, which was formed for the instruction of disabled service men, in view of...

    • Mental Cases.

      7 speeches

      12. asked the Minister of Pensions how many of the 700 mental cases his Department proposed to transfer to the pauper class under the Poor Law authorities were passed as fit for service when...

      Funeral Expenses (Hailsham).

      2 speeches

      16. asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of an ex-service man who, whilst suffering from neurasthenia due to War service, committed suicide at...

      Eviction (Hitchin).

      4 speeches

      19. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that a pensioned ex-service man now in the employ of the Post Office has been compelled to live in a four-roomed house in Hitchin which has...

      Land Settlement.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government proposes to carry out the late Government's pledges to ex-service men under Sections 1 and 2 of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Land Settlement Act...

      Civil Service (Pay).

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that in certain Departments, of which the Ministry of Health is one, it has been found necessary to make a monetary advance to ex-service, Lytton,...

      Air Ministry, Section R.D. 3.

      2 speeches

      73 and 74. asked the Secretary of State for Air (1) the number of ex-service men and the number of non-service men employed in Section R.D. 3 of the Air Ministry; (2) whether non-service men are...

      Civil Service.

      4 speeches

      80. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Civil Service Commissioners to hold any further examinations for ex-service men on the lines of that held...

      Notice to Quit (Eastvillb, Lincolnshire).

      2 speeches

      101. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that several smallholders on the Eastville estate, Lincolnshire, have received notice to quit; whether he is aware that they are...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Physically Defective Children.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the President of the Board of Education the number of schools now provided for the education of physically-defective children; and what increase has taken place since 1914?

    • Administration.

      6 speeches

      30. asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to a memorandum issued by the Incorporated Association of Headmasters of Secondary Schools, calling the...

      Teachees' Salaries.

      3 speeches

      31. asked the President of the Board of Education what would be the year's saving to the rates and taxes if teachers' salaries in London were reduced to the next term scale; and what would be the...

      Technical Schools.

      2 speeches

      32. asked the President of the Board of Education the number of boys who attended the technical schools in England and Wales in 1914 and 1922, respectively; and the number of technical teachers...

      Provision of Meals.

      6 speeches

      33. asked the President of the Board of Education what local authorities besides those of Hull, Portsmouth, and Sunderland exceeded between April and August of this year the limit of expenditure...

      Schools (Accommodation).

      1 speech

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 35. asked the President of the Board of Education the total number of elementary and secondary

      Welsh Language.

      3 speeches

      36. asked the President to the Board of Education whether he will consider the advisability of setting up a Committee to inquire into and report upon the question of teaching Welsh in elementary...

      Teachers (Waiting Lists).

      10 speeches

      38. asked the President of the Board of Education what is the total number of male and of female teachers who have completed their educational training as qualified teachers in England and Wales,...

      Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall.

      2 speeches

      Mr. W. M. ADAMSON: 39. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the action of the governors of the Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall, who have notified the parents...

      Local Authorities (Grants).

      6 speeches

      44. asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that the Abertillery education committee on the 20th November passed a resolution against the power exercised by the Board to...

      Estimates Committee

      4 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister what decision has been arrived at with regard to the setting up of an Estimates Committee in the next Session; and whether, if one is to be set up, it can be given...

      Rio De Janeiro Centenary Exhibition.

      2 speeches

      Major Sir GEORGE HAMILTON: 47. asked the Prime Minister when he anticipates the British pavilion at the Rio de Janeiro Centenary Exhibition will be handed over to the Brazilian Government; and...

      Russia (British Trade).

      5 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government has received any representations from business men, merchants, or manufacturers to the effect that trade between this country and...

      Street Trading.

      8 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the inconvenience and loss which is being occasioned to shopkeepers in various districts in London, who have to pay heavy rates, taxes, and...

      Wales (Home Rule Bill).

      3 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether he will introduce and pass into law in the next Session of Parliament a Welsh Home Rule Bill similar in scope and character to the Irish Free State...

      Ministry of Defence.

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint a representative committee to inquire into the question of setting up a Board or Ministry of Defence, with executive powers, for the more...

      Armistice Day.

      5 speeches

      54. asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to inaugurate the 11th November as a national holiday?

      Eastern Galicia.

      4 speeches

      56. asked the Prime Minister whether any protest has been made by His Majesty's Government to the Polish Government regarding the compulsion exercised on the people of Eastern Galicia to force...

      France and Great Britain (Proposed Pact).

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 57. asked the Prime Minister whether he will arrange for the papers relating to the offer of a pact of alliance submitted to M. Briand at Cannes in January last by the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • German Reparation.

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Prime Minister the total amount already paid up to date by Germany, either in cash or in kind, towards reparations; and the total paid by Germany to the Allies in respect of the...

    • France and Germany.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Prime Minister if he will undertake not to commit this country to diplomatic support of any military action against Germany by France before this House has had an opportunity of...

      Russian Saghalien (Japanese Troops).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government will approach the other Powers represented at the Washington Limitation of Armaments Conference with a view to joining in friendly...

      League of Nations (Registration of Conventions).

      9 speeches

      61. asked the Prime Minister whether the Franco-Belgian Military Convention and the Franco-Polish Military Convention have both been registered with the Secretariat of the League of Nations;...

      Naval Armaments (Washington Treaty).

      2 speeches

      62. asked the Prime Minister if he has any knowledge as to the intention of the French and Italian Governments to ratify, or not to ratify, the Treaty on the Limitation of Armaments signed at...

      Lausanne Conference.

      6 speeches

      63. asked the Prime Minister whether this House will be afforded an opportunity of expressing an opinion on the Treaty which may issue from the Lausanne Conference before that Treaty is ratified?

      Agriculture.

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Prime Minister whether, seeing that at the economic conference of the Allies, held at Paris, 1916, a definite undertaking was given by our representatives that agriculture should be...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Necessitous Areas.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 66. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the statement recently submitted to the Cabinet Committee on unemployment on behalf of necessitous local...

    • Agricultubal Workerb.

      2 speeches

      102. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can make any statement, however inexact it may necessarily be, of the amount of unemployment in agriculture in the Eastern counties generally, in...

      Anglo-Japanese Alliance.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Prime Minister whether, if the Washington limitation of armament treaty is not ratified, the Anglo-Japanese Alliance is ipso facto revived, or if it will be renewed; and, in the...

      Non-Aggression Pact, Genoa.

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Prime Minister by what British plenipotentiaries the so-called pact of non-aggression at Genoa was signed; how many States have ratified the pact; and where the authentic copy of...

      Royal Air Force (Aircraft Orders).

      11 speeches

      69. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the considerable orders which the late Prime Minister stated, on the 3rd August, 1922, would be placed with aircraft firms in the...

      Air Power.

      9 speeches

      72. asked the Secretary of State for Air the relative strength of the Air Force stationed in Europe of Great Britain, the French Republic, and the kingdom of Belgium; the relative numbers of...

      Thames Air Station.

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Secretary of State for Air which is the length of notice which must be given to enable machines to alight on the Thames at Westminster; and whether it is the intention of the...

      Import Duties (French Goods).

      2 speeches

      91. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there is in existence at the present time any commercial treaty or understanding between this country and France which precludes the imposition...

      National Debt.

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state approximately how much of the interest on the National Debt returns to the Exchequer in the form of Income Tax, Super-tax, and...

      War Loan (Interest).

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the possibility of spreading the payment of War Loan interest more evenly over the year with a view to avoiding the abnormally...

      Old Age Pensions.

      9 speeches

      79. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider an amendment of the present Regulations as to old age pensions by a provision that the benefit payments to members of friendly...

      Military Dumps (France).

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as representing the Disposal Board, if he can state the present ownership of the still existing military dumps in France, and give the facts relating to...

      Income Tax and Excess Profits Duty (Fraud).

      2 speeches

      86. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of cases of fraud discovered by the Inland Revenue authorities during the past 10 years against Income Tax and Excess Profits Duty; what were...

      Police Pensioners (Income Tax).

      2 speeches

      87. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the amounts deducted from the pay of the police for their superannuation fund is included as income for Income Tax assessment; whether police...

      Fish Supply (Prices).

      3 speeches

      99. asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been called to the gross disparity existing between the prices obtained by fishermen for their fish and the prices paid by the consumer;...

      Boyal Dockyards (Repair Work).

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when the acceleration on reconditioning work on vessels and repair of dockyard machinery in His Majesty's Dockyards will be started; will...

      American Consulate, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

      2 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: (by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the great hardship and inconvenience to the citizens of Newcastle-on-Tyne caused by...

      Western Thrace.

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information as to a revolution in Thrace; whether a Provisional Government has been formed under Nuri...

      Liquor Trade (Income Tax Deductions).

      2 speeches

      93. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any persons engaged in the trade in alcoholic liquors are allowed to deduct from their Income Tax assessment contributions to associations or...

      Companies (Registration).

      2 speeches

      94. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies were registered under the Companies (Consolidation) Act, 1908, and the amount received in capital duties in respect of the same during...

      Hampstead Tube Extension.

      4 speeches

      95. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the Foundation Company, Limited, to which a contract has been given for a portion of the Hampstead tube extension under the...

      Bankrupt Farmers' Estates.

      2 speeches

      100. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will consider the advisability of introducing legislation to prevent the wasting of available assets, to the detriment of all other creditors who...

      Questions to Ministers.

      6 speeches

      May I ask, Mr. Speaker, if some arrangement could be made on the last day of the Session for there to be some small extension of time in respect to ordinary questions on the Order Paper, so that...

  • Parliament (Date of Reassembling).

    10 speeches

    Can the Prime Minister inform the House when he proposes to call us together again?

  • New Member Sworn.

    Lieut.-Colonel LESLIE ORME WILSON, for the Borough of Portsmouth (South Division).

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to—

  • Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.

    Considered in Committee, and reported, without Amendment.

  • Reparations and Inter-Allied Debts.

    • Prime Minister's Statement.

      2 speeches

      On the Third Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill and on the eve of the Prorogation, I desire to invite the attention of the House to a subject which profoundly affects the future life of this...

    • French Position.

      3 speeches

      The best way to deal with it is to consider the position as it presents itself to France and to ourselves. What is the position? The French, and, indeed, we did also at one time, had great hopes...

      Inflation, Germany.

      What was that action? There is nobody in the House who will doubt the fact that the German Government have allowed a tremendous inflation to take place, which has had the effect in itseif of...

      British View.

      I think I can answer these questions in a way that will do the least harm by treating them in this general way by putting against the French view what is in my opinion the British view. Take,...

      Deut to United) States.

      72 speeches

      First, as regards the justice of it. Do not let the House imagine that I am saying anything in criticism of the United States of America. I was one of those who always believed, and believe...

  • 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)...

  • Milk (Special Designations) Order, 1922.

    4 speeches

    I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty praying that the Milk (Special Designations) Order, 1922, made by the Minister of Health under Section 3 of the Milk and Dairies...

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