House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 13 March 1923

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills (Standing Orders not previously inquired into complied with),

  • Proletarian Schools.

    4 speeches

    I beg to present a petition signed by a large number of women voters in the city of Manchester protesting against the seditious and blasphemous teaching of proletarian Sunday schools and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Pitch.

      9 speeches

      1. asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the total quantity of pitch manufactured in Great Britain in 1922; what was the quantity of pitch exported from Great Britain in 1922; what...

    • Internal and External Trade.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the total value of internal trade and external trade, respectively, in goods produced in Great Britain for the year ended 31st...

      British Capital (Investment Abroad).

      5 speeches

      9. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will arrange for the publication by his Department, either monthly or quarterly, of statistics showing the investment of British capital in...

      Coke Exports.

      6 speeches

      10. asked the President of the Board of Trade, if the s.s. "Agene" sailed during the week ending 2nd March, 1923, from Maryport Dock, Cumberland, carrying 600 tons of coke; if the s.s. "Avigot,"...

      Trade Ships.

      2 speeches

      11. asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the trade ship project; and, in view of the serious state of unemployment in the port of Hull and the fact that...

      Registration of Business Names Act.

      2 speeches

      13. asked the President of the Board of Trade what, was the amount of the loss to the Treasury in the working of the Registration of Business Names Act during the year 1922; and what was the...

      Cement.

      7 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 14. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the British combine of cement-makers makes it a condition that in order to secure the most favourable...

      Knitting Machines (Export).

      2 speeches

      16. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the number and value of knitting machines exported from the United Kingdom in the years 1913 and 1922, respectively?

      Flour (Imports and Exports).

      2 speeches

      22. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the quantity of flour exported from this country for the last period for which figures are available, and the quantity of flour...

      Coast Erosions, Millom.

      8 speeches

      4. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has received representations from the Millom Urban District Council on the question of coast erosion; and whether, having regard to the fact...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Enemy Debts Clearing Office.

      4 speeches

      5. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will investigate the circumstances attending the discharge of Mr. S. W. Cameron, previously engaged under the Board of Trade in the Enemy...

    • Civil Service.

      8 speeches

      58. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been drawn to the discharge of numerous ex-service men from the Civil Service at a time when the Joint Substitution Board...

      Land Settlement (Scotland).

      4 speeches

      81. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health how many ex-service men obtained entry during the year ended Whitsunday, 1922, to small holdings constituted by the Board of...

      Mechanical Transport (War Surplus).

      11 speeches

      7. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Government handed over to the Slough Trading Company for disposal, as part of the War surplus under the agreement with the company, dated...

      German Capital (Great Britain).

      5 speeches

      8. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give particulars as to the amount of German capital lodged in this country with banks and other financial houses under British...

      Industrial Assurance.

      3 speeches

      12. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to a statement that during the year 1922 10,000,000 industrial assurance policies were lapsed, upon which not...

      Life-Saving Appliances.

      4 speeches

      15. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Report of the advisory committee on life-saving appliances is completed; and whether it is proposed to lay the same before the House?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act.

    • Aluminium Hollow-Ware.

      5 speeches

      17. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the value of the imports of aluminium hollow-ware, during the six months ending 31st December, 1922, from Poland and Germany,...

    • Table Glassware.

      5 speeches

      Mr. SIMPSON: 18. further asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the value of the imports of table glassware, during the six months ending 31st December, 1922, from Belgium and...

      Lace Industry, Nottingham.

      5 speeches

      19. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he still refuses to acknowledge the claim of the Nottingham lace industry to be included in the Safeguarding of Industries Act; and, if so,...

      British Museum (Fees).

      5 speeches

      23. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that under present conditions parties of elementary school children, accompanied by their teachers,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Ex-Officers (Employment in Ruhr District).

      4 speeches

      25. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether persons temporarily employed in the Army during the War, and who have received their discharge without pension, require the permission of...

    • Army Pay Corps.

      7 speeches

      27. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will explain why M. Meaney, Army Pay Corps, a life pensioner (6th December, 1919, Chelsea Commissioners), ceased to he entitled to his life...

      Dependants' Allowances.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the, continued high cost of living, he will consider the postponing to a later date than 1st April next of the reduction of 1s....

      Royal Army Medical Corps (Officers'uniform).

      4 speeches

      29. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps stationed at Woolwich have recently received special orders from the...

      Swimming Instruction.

      3 speeches

      31 and 32. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War (1) if his attention has been called to the boating accident at Dundrum, County Down, on 4th February, when eight soldiers were drowned; if...

      Stobbs Estate, Roxburghshire.

      2 speeches

      Sir THOMAS HENDERSON: 33. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what was the original cost of the estate of Stobbs, Roxburghshire, which was acquired for military purposes: what is the most...

      Ranker Officers (Pensions).

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, whether he is aware that there are such anomalies as that of a lieutenant-colonel who was awarded the D.S.O., who commanded a unit at the front for...

      Staff in Egypt.

      6 speeches

      36. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War the number of officers on, or attached to, the staff in Egypt on the 1st February, 1913, the 1st November, 1922 and the 1st February, 1923?

      Drill Hall, Newport (Mon.)

      5 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the women's section of the Newport Labour party made an application to the officer in command of the 1st Monmouthshire Regiment...

      British and French Military Missions.

      6 speeches

      Captain ARTHUR EVANS: 38. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War the number and rank of the officers composing the British Military Mission in Paris, and the number and rank of the officers...

      Staff (Constantinople),

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what were the number of staff officers, and the rank of these officers, employed on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief in Constantinople, and...

      Military Mission (Poland).

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what is the personnel of the British military mission in Poland at the present time: and for how long this mission will be continued?

      War Office Registry.

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what are the duties of the Department of the War Office Registry and the total personnel of each grade, and the cost of this Department, now and in 1913?

      Air Service (Brevet Rank).

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the grant of appropriate brevet rank to those regular officers of the Army who were seconded for service with the Royal Air...

      Lieut.-Paymasters (Pay and Allowances).

      6 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel J. HODGE: 65. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office what is the total amount per annum of the pay and allowances received by a lieutenant-paymaster holding a regular...

      United Services Fund.

      4 speeches

      26. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if, in view of the fact that the United Services Fund have no copies of their charter available for distribution, he will cause a copy to be laid...

      France and Ruhr District.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will give the House all information in his Department with regard to the progress of the French occupation of the Ruhr?

      Women Franchise.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister if it is his intention to introduce a Bill giving to women the franchise on the same conditions as it applies to men, both as to age and otherwise?

      Real Property Law.

      5 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister when he proposes to introduce the Bill to consolidate the law relating to real property?

      Fish (Destruction).

      2 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the repeated statements that large quantities of fish are destroyed at various fishing ports and harbours owing to the lack of transport facilities and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Heritable Property Law.

      4 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister if he has received a copy of a resolution from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce requesting the Government to pass legislation with a view to simplifying the transfer...

    • Whaling (Shetland).

      4 speeches

      68. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether the Secretary for Scotland is aware that the prosecution of the whaling industry in Shetland has resulted in the closing down...

      Port Seton Harbour.

      8 speeches

      69. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether he is aware that the absence of adequate harbour accommodation at Port Seton adversely affects the coal industry as well as...

      Land Court.

      7 speeches

      72. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether, seeing that the Member recently appointed by him to the Scottish Land Court is proprietor of a landed estate in the North of...

      Deer Forest, Kintail (Arbitration).

      1 speech

      73. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether he is aware of recent arbitration proceedings to determine a claim by a landlord from Kintail, Ross-shire, against the nation...

      Illegal Trawling.

      7 speeches

      71. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health which cruisers were concerned in the detection of illegal fishing in February last, and in which waters; into which ports were the...

      Development Fund.

      2 speeches

      70. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health the amount of money now standing to the credit of the Development Commissioners?

      Rent Arrears, Glasgow.

      5 speeches

      74. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health if he is aware that a large number of tenants are being brought before the Glasgow Sheriff Court for arrears of rent and that they...

      Historical Buildings.

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Under-Secretary for the Scottish Board of Health what are the historical buildings in Scotland whose maintenance is under the supervision of the Government; what is the total cost...

      Land Settlement.

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health if he will state the number of applications for small holdings at present on the waiting list of the Board of Agriculture for...

      Crown Fishing Rights.

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health if he is aware that many Crown fishing rights in the south-west of Scotland are, let privately at a nominal rent to the proprietors...

      Agricultural Workers (Wages).

      2 speeches

      79. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health if he can state the number of conciliation committees which have been constituted in Scotland under the provisions of Section 4 (1)...

      Potatoes (Wart Disease).

      4 speeches

      80. further asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health if he can state the new arrangements arrived at for the prevention of the spread of wart disease among potatoes, and the...

      National Health Insurance.

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any investigation has been made into the possibility of so developing and extending the existing system of insurance as to make adequate...

      Dyestuffs Act.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that German dyes imported into the Irish Free State are re-exported into this country; and whether he will take steps to prevent this...

      Development Fund (Grants and Loans).

      3 speeches

      55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total amount of grants and loans made out of the Development Fund since the establishment of the Development Commission in 1969; and how much...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Budget.

    • Entertainments Duty.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the exemption of agricultural and horticultural shows from the Entertainments Duty, in view of the educational purpose served by such...

    • Food Taxes.

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if ho is able to relieve the people of this country of any or all of the taxes on tea, sugar, and other necessaries of life?

      Motor-Car Import Duty.

      2 speeches

      63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the gross amount of £1,403,697 collected as motor-car import duty in the year ended 31st March, 1923, was reduced by repayments to a net...

      British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Co.

      4 speeches

      Mr. GRAHAM WHITE: 57. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the exact nature of the services for which the Government directors of the British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Company,...

      Land Values (Rating and Taxation).

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister how many municipal authorities have passed resolutions in favour of the rating and taxation of land values; and whether he will introduce legislation to give effect...

      Tobacco-Dealers' Licences.

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether licences for the sale of tobacco and cigarettes are granted to holders of coffee stalls; and, if so, whether he will state on what grounds a...

      Navy, Army, and Air Force Institute.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that the manager of the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institute is to receive a salary of £7,500 per annum; if he can give the...

      Iraq Railways.

      7 speeches

      82. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the name and character of the syndicate from whom the Government has recently received an offer to purchase the Iraq railways from...

      Jute Industry Dispute, Dundee.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister for Labour if his attention has been drawn to the serious state of affairs in the jute industry in Dundee, where a lock-out of the whole industry is...

      Milk (Special Designation) Order, 1922.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the provisions of the Milk (Special Designations) Order, 1922, and whether he is in a position to make any statement on...

      Private Members' Motion.

      12 speeches

      I wish to ask your advice, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday the hon. Member for Silvertown (Mr. J. Jones) obtained the Adjournment of the House on a Motion which was accepted by you, and which obtained the...

  • Notices of Motions.

    • Civil Service (Entrants' Pay).

      On this day fortnight, to call attention to the rates of pay of certain entrants into the established Civil Service, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Robert Young.]

    • Co-Operative Societies (Exemption from Taxation).

      On this day fortnight, to call attention to the privileged position of co-operative societies, and their exemption from certain forms of taxation, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. A. M. Samuel.]

      Entertainments Duty.

      On this day fortnight, to call attention to the tax on entertainments, and to move a Resolution.—[Major Burnie.]

      Sugar Duty.

      On this day fortnight, to call attention to the burden and incidence of the Sugar Tax, and to move a Resolution.—[Captain Wedgwood Benn.]

      Leasehold (Enfranchisement).

      1 speech

      I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable leaseholders of houses whose original leases were granted for a period or term of not less than thirty years to purchase the...

      Leasehold (Enfranchisement) Bill,

      " to enable leaseholders of houses whose original leases were granted for a period or term of not less, than 30 years to purchase the freehold estate, and such other outstanding interests...

      Local Authorities (Emergency Provisions) Bill,

      " to extend the duration of, and amend certain provisions of, the Local Authorities (Financial Provisions) Act, 1921, and the Poor Law Emergency Provisions (Scotland) Act, 1921," presented by Mr....

      Message from the Lords.

      That they have passed a Bill, intituled, "An Act to consolidate and amend the Law relating to industrial assurance, and to make provision with respect to war bond policies and policies to which...

      INDUSTRIAL ASSURANCE BILL [Lords].

      Read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Monday next, and to be printed. [Bill 49.]

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee.C

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee of selection; That they had added the following Fifteen Members to Standing Committee C (in respect of the Intoxicating Liquor (Sale to...

    • Standing Committee B

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had added the following Fifteen Members to Standing Committee B (in respect. of the Fees (Increase) Bill): Major Boyd-Carpenter,...

      Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899..

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That, in pursuance of the provisions of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1899, they had selected the following Twenty-four...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    REPORT [8TH MARCH].

  • Orders of the Day — Occupation of Ruhr District.

    42 speeches

    I beg to move to leave out. "£126,600,000," and to insert instead thereof "£126,599,900." I am glad to see, from the condition of the front Government Bench, that there is not likely to...

  • Orders of the Day — Private Business.

    19 speeches

    WARRINGTON CORPORATION WATER BILL (by Order).

  • Orders of the Day — War Pensions Acts.

    153 speeches

    I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty praying that the Regulations, dated the 23rd day of January, 1923, made by the Minister of Pensions under The War Pensions Act,...

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