House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 18 April 1923

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Ministry of Health Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Bill [Lords],

  • MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROVISIONAL ORDERS (No. 5) BILL,

    "to confirm certain Provisional Orders of the Minister of Health relating to Denbigh, Gosport, Keighley, Leicester, Rochester and Chatham Joint Sewerage District, and Rotherham," presented by Mr....

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Turkey.

    • Constantinople (Russian Ships).

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Allies at any time prohibited Soviet shipping from entering the port of Constantinople, and, if so, for what reason?

    • Chester Concession.

      6 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has had information that the Chester Railway and Mining Concession has been ratified by the Turkish Nationalist Assembly; and...

      Orthodox Cathedral, Warsaw.

      6 speeches

      2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has now ascertained whether the Polish Government intends to demolish the Orthodox Cathedral at Warsaw?

      Eastern Galicia (Vice Consuls).

      4 speeches

      3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether there is a British Vice-Consul at. Boryslaw, Eastern Galicia; whether a Vice-Consul was appointed there in January, 1921; and, if...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia

    • Treatment of Christians.

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any knowledge as to the arrest in August last of Cembrosious, the Catholicos of Georgia, by the Soviet Government; whether...

    • Trade Agreement.

      2 speeches

      7. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Cabinet is considering the denunciation of the trade agreement with Russia: and whether, before any such action is taken, the...

      Corn Exports.

      4 speeches

      9. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information which he can give the House as to the export abroad by the Russian Soviet Government of largo quantities...

      British Trawler "james Johnson" (Seizure).

      7 speeches

      10. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how long it is now since His Majesty's Government started to make representations to the Soviet Government with reference to the Hull...

      British Agent. Moscow.

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether this country is at present represented in Soviet Russia and, if so, what is the official designation of the British...

      Agent in Great Britain.

      2 speeches

      12. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Soviet Government of Russia is at present represented in this country; if so, will he give the name of the representative...

      Lausanne Conference.

      8 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what nations are being invited to attend the resumed peace conference, at Lausanne; whether the Government of the United States of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Royal Marines (Amalgamation).

      5 speeches

      16. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it is proposed to give any compensation for disturbance to members of the Royal Marines who may be affected by the proposals of the Admiralty to...

    • Battleship Construction (Tyne).

      6 speeches

      17. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the work on the new battleships on the Tyne has yet been started: if not, what progress is being made in this direction; if he is aware that...

      Promotion.

      2 speeches

      19. asked the First, Lord of the Admiralty the number of years able seamen are now serving before advancement to leading seamen the number of years served by leading seamen before advancement to...

      Engine-Room Artificers (Discharge).

      2 speeches

      20. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will explain the reason for the variation in treatment of engine-room artificers of H.M.S. "Fisgard" who recently applied for discharge; whether he...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Admiralty.

      2 speeches

      18. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what was the highest figure reached in his Department for the employment of women prior to 1920 in the following civilian grades temporary typists and....

    • Ministry of Health (Inspectors' Salaries).

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Health what are the salaries paid to inspectors of the Ministry of Health; and whether these salaries include travelling expenses and office accommodation?

      Ministry of Agriculture (Coal Porters).

      2 speeches

      92. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the officials of his Department have refused to discuss with the union representatives of the coal porters a complaint concerning...

      Export Credits Department.

      2 speeches

      99. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he proposes to extend the term of the operation of the Export Credits Department, which is due to terminate in September, in view of the...

      Ministry of Pensions (Women).

      2 speeches

      102. asked the Minister of Pensions the highest figure reached in his Department for the employment of women in the following grades: temporary typists and shorthand-typists, temporary clerks...

      War Office (Women).

      2 speeches

      106. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will state what was the highest figures reached in his Department for the employment of women prior to 1920 in the following civilian grades:...

      Legal Process.

      5 speeches

      84. asked the Attorney-General whether his attention has been drawn to the comments made by members of the Court of Appeal on the unsatisfactory state of the law in regard to proceedings taken by...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Uncovrnanted Benefit.

      6 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 22. asked the Minister of Labour whether he will favourably consider a modification of the Regulations governing the issue of uncovenanted benefit, whereby single men who...

    • Statistics.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed persons drawing unemployment benefit for the week ending 31st March; and the approximate amount paid by way of unemployment benefit?

      Necessitous Areas

      3 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that some of the urban authorities adjacent to the large towns which have been deemed necessitous have made efforts to provide work for the...

      Employment Exchanges.

      10 speeches

      30. asked the Minister of Labour what would be the saving in establishments, salaries, and cost of buildings if all Employment Exchanges were done away with and the payment of unemployment...

      Committee, Richmond (Women Members).

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that on both the women's sub-committees and the main committee attached to the Richmond Employment Exchange there are only two women members,...

      Barrow.

      5 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the grave condition of unemployment in Barrow and the fact that the conditioning of a few warships has only given very restricted employment,...

      Relief Work, Sheffield and Ecclesall.

      11 speeches

      43. asked the Minister of Health if he will state, as regards the Sheffield and Ecclesall Unions, respectively, what is the average weekly number of persons who have received unemployment relief...

      Relief (Recovery).

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that certain Poor Law guardians are suggesting employing professional rent and debt collectors to recover relief granted on loan to people...

      Ex-SERVICE WOMEN.

      4 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Labour how many ex-service women registered as clerical workers at London Employment Exchanges between October, 1019 and October, 1920, and since that date, respectively?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing

    • National Building Guild, LTD.

      4 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Health how many houses have been built by the National Building Guild, Limited, of Manchester, now in liquidation; the average price of such houses; and whether any part...

    • Shortage, Hathenage.

      4 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the shortage of houses in the Bakewell rural district area, especially in the Hathenage district; whether he has inquired...

      Houses per Acre.

      6 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 41. asked the Minister of Health the additional sum required in rent each week to cover the extra cost of land required if 12 houses instead of 20 houses are planned per acre in...

      Building Materials (Prices).

      10 speeches

      42. asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the desirability of printing and circulating, for the benefit of those building houses under the new Government proposals, a complete...

      Subsidy.

      5 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the many representations already made since the publication of the text of the Housing Bill, the Government will extend the subsidy to other...

      Government Scheme.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Minister of Health whether, since all houses subsidised under the Government scheme have to he completed by 1st January, 1926, he can give any idea of the number which he...

      Totnes.

      4 speeches

      61. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that, when the Ministry approved the plans of the 24 houses erected at Totnes under the assisted housing scheme, the advice of local...

      Plasterers.

      4 speeches

      65. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that there is still a shortage of plasterers in the building trade; whether there is any difficulty placed in the way of men becoming...

      Parlour Houses (Cost).

      2 speeches

      75. asked the Minister of Health the estimated annual liability to the State under the proposals set forth in his Housing, etc. (No. 2) Bill; whether his Department considered the extra liability...

      Floor Space (Measurements).

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Health whether the rules for calculating the measurements of the floor space in houses proposed to be subsidised under the housing scheme have been drafted; and when...

      National Health Insurance (Medical System).

      10 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 39. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that the public generally are primaliy affected by any rearrangement of the panel system under the National Health...

      Eggs (Preservatives).

      9 speeches

      44. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the import of liquid yolk of egg into the United States of America is absolutely prohibited on the ground of the excessive amount of...

      Imperial Conference.

      4 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the setting up of a Special Joint Committee, with a view to the preparation of the many details connected with the forthcoming Imperial...

      Cotton Industry Bill.

      3 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the general acceptance by the House of Commons of the principle of the Cotton Industry Bill, he will give facilities for its passage through the House?

      Inter-Allied Debts.

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the present unsatisfactory position of this country with regard to Inter-Allied debts, he will be prepared to invite the nations concerned to a...

      Rumania (Religious Orders).

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether the British representative of Great Britain on the Council of the League of Nations has been instructed to bring before the Council the action of the Rumanian...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Position

      5 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister, in view of the grave position of agriculture and the dispute in Norfolk, when he will be able to give a day to debate the position?

    • Potash

      2 speeches

      95. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give an estimate of the amount of potash that would be used by farmers for manurial purposes if large quantities could be secured from Germany...

      Rating Bill.

      2 speeches

      96. asked the Minister of Agriculture when the Government's Rating Bill will he introduced?

      Small-Pox.

      4 speeches

      54. asked the Minister of Health whether his medical advisers have made any report in regard to the higher fatality rate which occurred amongst vaccinated, as compared with unvaccinated, cases of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Tubercular. Cases (Village Settlement).

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Minister of Health whether he can give the House any further information as to the village settlement scheme for tubercular ex-service men, as recommended by the Barlow Report of 1918?

    • Trade Facilities Act.

      4 speeches

      98. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether preference in employment is given to ex-service men on all schemes guaranteed under the Trade Facilities Act?

      Open Spaces, London.

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the fact that the open spaces in Endsleigh Gardens and Mornington Crescent are advertised for sale; and whether the...

      Workhouse Regulations (Families).

      5 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Health whether he will con- sider the revision of workhouse Regulations affecting able-bodied men whose children are accompanying them in the institution; and is he...

      Ambulance Service, London.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Minister of Health if he will nominate a committee to inquire into the adequacy and organisation of the ambulance system for London?

      Industrial Colony, Darenth.

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Minister of Health how many inmates of the Darenth industrial colony for the feeble-minded under the direction of the Metropolitan Asylums Board were enlisted during the War; and...

      Voluntary Hospitals (Grant).

      4 speeches

      74. asked the Minister of Health whether the whole of the £500,000 Parliamentary grant in aid of the voluntary hospitals has now been distributed; whether the grant will be repeated; and...

      Road Construction (Pitch and Tar).

      5 speeches

      76. asked the Minister of Health what effect, if any, the invasion of the Ruhr by the French has had upon the prices of pitch and tar in this country; whether he is aware that local authorities...

      Poor Law Relief, Edmonton.

      4 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Edmonton Board of Guardians has recently reduced its scale of relief to such an extent that a maximum of 40s. per week only is...

      House of Commons (Constables).

      2 speeches

      88. asked the First Commissioner of Works if he will provide seating accommodation in various parts of the House and about the House for constables on duty when the House sits.after 11 o'clock at...

      France and Ruhr District (British Trade).

      2 speeches

      97. asked the President of the Board of Trade how many complaints he has received from British firms whose business is seriously affected by the delays in transport and delivery due to the...

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

    • Claim (J. Henderson).

      2 speeches

      Mr. DOYLE: 101. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that ex-Private J. Henderson, 13, Honister Avenue, Newcastle-on-Tyne, has been examined by two doctors who certified that he was...

    • Life Certificates (Attestation).

      2 speeches

      103. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware of the difficulties arising through the regulations as to life certificates; and will he facilitate the procedure thereon in respect to...

      Troops (Russian Allowance).

      2 speeches

      109. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that certain Scottish and other soldiers who have fulfilled the necessary conditions have been denied Russian colonial...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Teachers (Reductions),

      2 speeches

      110. asked the President of the Board of Education whether the House of Commons will have an opportunity of discussing Circular 1297, addressed to local education authorities and managers of...

    • School, Atlow (Closing).

      4 speeches

      111. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the great inconvenience and detriment to the education of the children caused by the closing of the school at Atlow, near...

      Sanitary Inspectors.

      4 speeches

      79. asked the Minister of Health whether, in sanctioning the appointment of a sanitary inspector in cases where, as a condition of the appointment, the officer has to defray his travelling and...

      Smoke Abatement.

      5 speeches

      80. asked the Minister of Health if he will give special research and scientific assistance to individual industrial firms who, desiring to limit to the very smallest limit the output of black...

      Municipal Motor Omnibuses.

      4 speeches

      89. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport seeing that all motor omnibuses, whether owned privately, or by companies, or by municipal authorities, are under the Finance...

      Indian Army (Officers Pensions).

      2 speeches

      112. asked the Under- Secretary of State for India whether Indian officers of the Indian Army who have been granted King's commissions for distinguished service are to count their full previous...

      Metallurgical Coke (Exports).

      4 speeches

      113. asked the Secretary for Mines if he can inform the House what quantities of metallurgical coke have been exported from this country since 1st January, 1923; whether such exports show an...

      Telephone Exchange (Belfast).

      2 speeches

      118. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the assistant traffic superintendent at the Belfast Telephone Exchange made a private call on a subscriber's line on the 11th January...

      Wandsworth Gaol (Attack on Prison Warder).

      6 speeches

      119. asked the Home Secretary whether he will inquire into the case of E. A. Taylor, late prison warder at Wandsworth Gaol, who it is alleged was the subject of a murderous attack by a convict...

      Shipbuilding Industry (Injuries).

      4 speeches

      120 and 121. asked the Home Secretary (1) if he is aware that 1,475 fatalities have occurred in the last 10 years in the shipbuilding trade of this country, and that the number of men injured...

      Decrees Nisi.

      4 speeches

      86. asked the Attorney-General whether he can inform the House the number of decrees nisi granted during the year 1922 in which the failure to comply with an order for restitution of conjugal...

      Justices of the Peace (Chairmen of Guardians).

      2 speeches

      87. asked the Attorney-General whether he is now in a position to state the decision of the Lord Chancellor upon the proposal that, the chairmen of boards of guardians shall be appointed to act...

  • Business of the House.

    21 speeches

    Captain BENN: May I ask a question about the Business of the House. It has already been announced that on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House to-morrow night the Postmaster-General will...

  • Notices of Motions.

    • Pre-War Pensioners.

      On this day four weeks, to call attention to the position of Pre-War Pensioners, and to move a Resolution—[Mr. J. Robertson.]

    • Miners.

      On this day four weeks, to call attention to the condition of the Miners, and to move a Resolution.—[Mr. John.]

      Pensions Appeal Tribunals.

      On this day four weeks, to call attention to the working of the Appeal Tribunals under the Ministry of Pensions, and to move a Resolution.— [Mr. P. Martin.]

  • Ministers (Facilities) Bill.

    4 speeches

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to facilitate the discharge of the duties of His Majesty's Secretaries of State or other Ministers. If I may, I will read the short Clause...

  • Bastardy Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee C.

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee C.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had added the following Member to Standing Committee C (during the consideration of the Merchandise Marks Bill): Mr....

    • Standing Committee B.

      Sir SAMUEL ROBERTS further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee B (added in respect of the Special Constables Bill): Mr. Edward...

      Standing Orders.

      Resolutions reported from the Select Committee; 1. "That, in the case of the River Weir Watch Bill [Lords], Petition for additional Provision, the Standing Orders ought to be dispensed...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means.

    40 speeches

    Considered in Committee. [Progress, 17th April.]

  • Orders of the Day — Position of Professional Workers.

    25 speeches

    I beg to move, That, in view of the worsening conditions of middle-class professional workers. and of time advantages resulting from the recognition of the organisations of manual workers and...

  • Orders of the Day — Catholic Schools.

    11 speeches

    I beg to move: That the present system of imposing upon the Catholics of England the burden of building their own schools is contrary to religious and economic equality, and that the system of...

  • Orders of the Day — Fishing Industry, Scotland.

    16 speeches

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

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