House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 21 March 1923

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Pier and Harbour Provisional Order (No. 1) Bill,

  • New Writ

    for the County of Anglesey, in the room of Brigadier-General Sir OWEN THOMAS, deceased.—[Mr. Griffiths.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — France and Ruhr District.

    • Postal Delays.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that letters from the Ruhr district in Germany now take sometimes as much as a week or nine days to reach this country; if...

    • Collection of Debts (Hague Convention).

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that the second Peace Conference at the Hague agreed to a Resolution forbidding the use of force by one State against...

      Commission of Control.

      3 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether the French Government has asked His Majesty's Government if Great Britain is disposed to associate herself with measures designed to enforce the terms of the...

      Military Guarantee.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Prime Minister whether the question of the pact of military guarantee of France has been raised unofficially or officially since tie occupation of the Ruhr between His Majesty's...

      French Troops.

      2 speeches

      102. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if there are any black troops in the British-occupied zone?

      British Trade.

      17 speeches

      On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker. I asked your leave to put a question to the Prime Minister by private notice. I am afraid in sending you the question I failed to make it clear to you that it...

      Mexico.

      4 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reasons there are, other than our wish to fall in with the views of the United States Government, against recognition of the present...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Eastern Galicia.

      6 speeches

      7. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Ambassadors' Conference, before coming to a decision with regard to Eastern Galicia, had any consultation with...

    • Poland.

      2 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's representative in Paris raised no objec- tions at the Ambassadors' Conference to the inclusion in Poland of Vilna and of Eastern Galicia; and...

      Reparations (League of Nations).

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Prime Minister if the representative of this country on the Council of the League of Nations can be instructed to raise and support in the Council of the League a recommendation...

      Slave Traffic, Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

      7 speeches

      13. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty on how many occasions British warships have shelled native villages along the Iraq coasts in British occupation?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Gun Construction, Woolwich Arsenal.

      2 speeches

      16. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that out of the money allocated to Woolwich Arsenal for the production of five 16-inch guns the major portion will be expended on...

    • Commerce Protection.

      2 speeches

      18. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have recently considered the prospective diminution in the output of home-produced foodstuffs and the...

      Air Arm.

      10 speeches

      19. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the fact that seaplanes of a new type have been built and commissioned by the Air Ministry for service with the...

      Dress Regulations, Portsmouth.

      4 speeches

      21. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that an order has been issued in the Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, forbidding men dressed as seamen from carrying handbags; and...

      Mechanicians (Reduction).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that there are several mechanicians who are anxious to leave His Majesty's Service under the reductions scheme and that there are...

      Lloyds' Signalling Stations.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL: 24. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware than an agreement was entered into between the Corporation of Lloyds and the Admiralty, for a period of...

      Unestablished Writers.

      4 speeches

      25. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that unestablished writers, that is, ex-boy writers and boy writers, employed in His Majesty's dockyards and naval establishments who...

      Coast Watching Force.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that, under the new change in the Coastguard Service, the engagement is only a monthly one and that a portion of the bonus has to be...

      Parliamentary Franchise.

      2 speeches

      22. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether residence in a Royal Naval Barracks, in the case of a naval rating who has no shore address, is to be considered a residential qualification for...

      War Material (Continental Shipments).

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government have any information that considerable quantities of war material are being shipped to and from this...

      Empire Settlement.

      5 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Labour whether boys going to Australia under the Migration Scheme are compelled to take military training; and what term of service is required, and between what ages is...

      Building Trades Dispute.

      6 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 31. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the national agreement entered into on 9th April, 1921, between the National Federation of Building Trade...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Employment Exchange, Nantyglo.

      7 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Labour if the Nantyglo Employment Exchange is authorised to tell unemployed men in that area that they must go to Doncaster, 150 miles away, to look for work; and, if...

    • Arterial Roads, London.

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Labour what main roads are being constructed, with the aid of the London County Council and the Unemployment Grants Committee, on which London men are being employed;...

      Engineering Industry.

      6 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Labour the number of men out of employment in the branch of the engineering industry dependent on the manufacture of commercial motor vehicles; what are the present...

      Domestic Training Centres.

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 37. asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give an estimate of the cost to the taxpayer in the running of domestic training centres for the ensuing financial year; will he...

      Domestic Service (Committee Appointed).

      9 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 40. asked the Minister of Labour whether, having regard to the amount of female labour which is at present registered as unemployed, his attention has been called to the...

      Registration, Hanwell.

      3 speeches

      43. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that no Employment Exchange exists in Hanwell and that unemployed persons are obliged to walk to either Southall or Acton in order to...

      Glasgow.

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the social conditions now prevalent in the City of Glasgow; that thousands of working people are living in dread of being evicted owing to inability...

      Grocery Trade Wages, Scotland.

      10 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Labour why the Grocery and Provision Trade Board (Scotland) wage rates have not been confirmed, seeing that they were unanimously agreed by both employés and...

      Trade Union Dispute, South Wales.

      2 speeches

      Mr. HARPER PARKER: 36. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is informed in relation to the disturbances which have been taking place in the South Wales coalfield, whereby much damage has been...

      Electrical Engineers Dispute.

      2 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 38. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to a threatened stoppage of work by the Union of National Electrical Engineers; and whether, seeing that such...

      Ex-Service Men (King's Roll).

      3 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now inform the House as to the names of the local authorities in Great Britain who arc not on the King's Roll?

      Naval Armaments (Inter National Conference).

      4 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether it has been decided to summon a Naval Conference to consider the extension of the Washington Naval Agreements to all States that have not signed those...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Rent Restrictions (Continuance) Bill.

      5 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether the Second Reading of the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest Restrictions (Continuance and Amendment) Bill will be taken before the Easter Recess; and, if...

    • Single-House Owners.

      2 speeches

      Mr. BENNETT: 54. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the extension of the Rent Restriction Act, the Government propose to consider the position of small single-house owners wishful to...

      Workmen's Houses.

      7 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 70. asked the Minister of Health whether he is giving his consent in all cases where local authorities apply for permission to erect workmen's houses on the understanding that...

      Separate Tenements.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Health what number of houses, designated in single tenements under Section 27 of the Housing and Town Planning Act, 1919, were converted into two or more tenements,...

      Small Dwellings (Purchases).

      4 speeches

      72. asked the Minister of Health how many county councils, borough councils, and urban and rural district councils, respectively, under the powers conferred on them by the Small Dwellings Act,...

      Statistics.

      4 speeches

      73. asked the Minister of Health whether he can state the number of houses which have been erected by private enterprise or for which the plans have been approved by the local authorities during...

      London.

      2 speeches

      80. asked the Minister of Health what are the estimated needs of London for houses to meet the present shortage and do away with both overcrowding and slums; how many houses have been completed...

      Rate Relief and Loans.

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Health whether, in future housing legislation, he will, in preference to the encouragement of building by public authorities, give facilities to private builders and...

      Rent Reductions (Cost).

      2 speeches

      83. asked the Minister of Health if any statement can be supplied to the House showing the extra cost to the taxpayer of the reductions of rent which have, since the beginning of 1922, been...

      Government Proposals.

      6 speeches

      85. asked the Minister of Health whether he is now able to inform the House what are the Government proposals with regard to housing; whether he will ask the opinions of the local authorities of...

      Building Materials (Prices).

      11 speeches

      86. asked the Minister of Health whether he intends to take any steps to control the prices of building materials, with a view to preventing rings and combines from charging increased prices?

      Grants (Retrospection).

      2 speeches

      89. asked the Minister of Health if he can give the assurance that any grant or concession which may be granted in the next Housing Act to local authorities or private builders will be made...

      Building Guilds.

      2 speeches

      91. asked the Minister of Health whether he is prepared to give representatives of the building guilds the opportunity of consulting him before bringing in the Housing Bill, seeing that such...

      Rents, Acton.

      2 speeches

      92. asked the Minister of Health whether he has received a copy of a resolution from the Acton Borough Council urging a reduction of rents on the East Acton estate of 3s. per week, parlour type,...

      Canada and United States (Fisheries Treaty).

      2 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister if he can make any statement as to the discrepancy which has been revealed between the instructions given by the Foreign Office to the British Ambassador at...

      War Bonus (Post Office Servants).

      2 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the decision of the House of Lords in the case of Sutton v. Attorney-General dealing with the inclusion of War bonuses as...

      Local Rates (Expenditure).

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister if he will consider the practicability of the presentation to the House of a statement showing the projected expenditure for the year from the rates at the time the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons.

    • Sittings.

      3 speeches

      Sir EDGAR CHATFIELD-CLARKE: 55. asked the Prime Minister whether he can state, in view of the late sittings impairing the health of the Members of the House, if he is prepared to summon...

    • Speeches (Limitation).

      3 speeches

      59. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the threatened congestion of public business, the general objection to very late sittings, and the inability of ensuring under the present...

      Potatoes.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the fact that there is a surplus of potatoes in England and Scotland; and if the Government will consider the advisability of...

      Public Property (Gifts).

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Prime Minister whether he proposes to give effect to the recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee that the concurrence of Parliament should be obtained before gifts of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Artists and Foreign Bands.

    • Sir M. Barlow's Scheme.

      6 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the unemployment in the country, he can state the circumstances in which foreign troupes of artistes and foreign bands are allowed into the...

    • River Mersey (Bank Breach).

      2 speeches

      Major Sir GEORGE HAMILTON: 64. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the Report of the medical officer of health to the Sale District Council, Cheshire, that the...

      Don Valley (Floods).

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the recurrence of floods in the urban and mining areas of the Don Valley; whether any concerted action has been proposed...

      Tuberculosis (Spahlinger Treatment).

      8 speeches

      69. asked the Minister of Health if any investigations have been made by his Department as to the value of the Spahlinger treatment for tuber culosis; if so, what is the nature of the reports...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Insurance.

    • Doctors.

      5 speeches

      74. asked the Minister of Health whether he can yet make any statement as to his proposals for a new arrangement with the doctors under the National Health Insurance Act to take the place of the...

    • Additional Benefits.

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Minister of Health whether he has settled the conditions which will determine the title of members of approved societies to participate in schemes for additional National Health...

      Institute for Blind, Stockport.

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Minister of Health whether he has received any protest against the intention to dismiss the blind home teacher employed in the institute for the blind at St. Petersgate, Stockport:...

      Re-Constituted Milk.

      6 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to an advertisement appearing in a magazine called the "Milk Industry," published by the National Federation of Dairymen's...

      Sewerage, South Wales (Rating).

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, owing to the physical formation of the valleys in which the large mining population of the South Wales and Monmouthshire coalfield...

      London Government (Royal Commission).

      2 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Health whether he has yet received the Report of the Royal Commission on London Government; and, if so, when it will be presented to the House of Commons?

      Ambulance Service, London.

      2 speeches

      87. asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to the frequent delay in the removal of persons by ambulance after street accidents in London to hospitals, etc., where they can...

      Statues, London.

      3 speeches

      95. asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, owing to the grave state of neglect of certain statues in London, owing to divided authority and responsibility for them, he will consider the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Horse Guards (Helmets).

      2 speeches

      97. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, if he is aware that the present metal helmets worn by the Horse Guards cause the men to have acute headache whilst wearing them; and if he will...

    • Life Guards (Transfer).

      2 speeches

      98. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, if it is proposed to transfer the Life Guards from London to Windsor and to replace them by the Royal Horse Guards now stationed at Windsor; if so,...

      Ex-Army Schoolmasters.

      6 speeches

      100. asked the Under-Secretary of Stat for War how many instructors in the Army Educational Corps are ex-Army schoolmasters; how many are non-commissioned officers who have been transferred from...

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    Mr. J. RAMSAY MacDONALD: I should like to ask the Prime Minister how far he proposes to go to-night, in the event of the Eleven o'Clock Rule being suspended.

  • Notices of Motion.

    LIQUOR TRADE (STATE MANAGEMENT).

  • Capital Punishment.

    On this day three weeks, to call attention to the question of the abolition of capital punishment, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Dunnico.]

  • Housing.

    On this day three weeks, to call attention to the housing conditions of the working classes, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. Stephen.]

  • War Pensions Acts (Amendment).

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the War Pensions Acts, 1915 to 1921. The Bill is to provide that, for the purposes of the War Pensions Acts, 1915 to 1921, where an...

  • War Pensions Acts (Amendment) Bill,

    " to amend the War Pensions Acts, 1915 to 1921," presented accordingly, and read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Wednesday next, and to be printed. [Bill 65.]

  • Message Prom the Lords.

    That they have passed a Bill, intituled, "An Act to amend the Law with respect to the administration of criminal justice in England; and otherwise to amend the criminal law." [Criminal Justice...

  • MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROVISIONAL ORDERS CONFIRMATION (No. 1) BILL [Lords].

    Read the First time; and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills, and to be printed. [Bill 61.]

  • SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE WATER AND GAS BILL [Lords].

    Read the First time; and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.

  • Rating Returns Bill,

    " to enable overseers and assessment committees outside the Metropolis to obtain Returns," presented by Mr. RAWLINSON; supported by Mr. George Roberts, Sir Cyril Cobb, Mr. Bruford, Mr. Evan...

  • Rent Restrictions (Notices of Increase) Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee A.

  • Standing Orders.

    Resolution reported from the Select Committee:

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee A: Mr. Wise.

    • Standing Committee B.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee B: Brigadier-General Cockerill; and had appointed in substitution:...

      CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL [Lords].

      Read the First time; to be read a second time upon Monday next, and to be printed. [Bill 62.]

      EXPLOSIVES BILL [Lords].

      Read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Monday next, and to be printed. [Bill 63.]

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    39 speeches

    [REPORT, 14th March.]

  • Orders of the Day — Select Committee on Standing Orders.

    Ordered, That Mr. Betterton be discharged from the Committee:

  • Orders of the Day — Select Committee on Public Petitions.

    Ordered, That Rear-Admiral Sir Guy Gaunt be added to the Committee— [Colonel Gibbs.]

  • Orders of the Day — Kitchen and Refreshment Rooms Committee.

    1 speech

    Ordered, That Mr. Rupert Gwynne be discharged from the Committee:

  • Workmen's Compensation.

    17 speeches

    At Eight fifteen—

  • Roads (Construction and Maintenance).

    16 speeches

    I beg to move, That steps should be taken to remedy the state of unemployment existing in the granite quarrying industry, seeing that during 1922 156,800 tons of broken granite, of a value of...

  • Adjournment.

    Motion made, and Question, "That this House do now adjourn," put, and agreed to.—[Colonel Leslie Wilson.]

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