House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 25 April 1923

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Metropolitan Railway (Various Powers) Bill,

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt (the Khedivah Mother).

    2 speeches

    1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government have refused to Her Highness the Khedivah Mother permission to return to Egypt; and, if not, why she is...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — China (Boxer Indemnity).

    2 speeches

    2. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if it is the intention of the Government to appoint a special Committee to consider the procedure to be adopted in relation to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Outrages on British Subjects, Russia.

    17 speeches

    3. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that a telegram has now been received from the skipper of the Hull trawler "James Johnson," recently seized by...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Turkey (Chester Concession).

    8 speeches

    4. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the speech of Admiral Chester, at a dinner of the Federated American Chambers of Commerce in New...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Dockyard Workers (War Service).

      4 speeches

      9. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the fact that under Admiralty Order dockyard workers who volunteered for naval service during the War are placed...

    • Fleet Reserve (Retainer).

      2 speeches

      10. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the fact that the War Office has been asking for single men to enrol in Class II of the Army Reserve at a...

      Cordite Factory, Halton Heath.

      4 speeches

      12. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether an assistant superintendent has been appointed to the Royal Naval Cordite Factory, Halton Heath, Dorset; will he state the number of workers...

      Blockship "lorne."

      6 speeches

      14. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty when it is intended that the removal of the block-ship "Lorne," in Water Sound, Scapa Flow, shall be undertaken; and whether it will be possible to...

      Battleship Construction, Tyne.

      7 speeches

      19. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that workmen are being dismissed in large numbers from the firm who have undertaken the work of building the new battleship on the Tyne;...

      Naval Base, Singapore.

      2 speeches

      22. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if any work other than the preliminary survey has been commenced at Singapore; and, if not, will it be delayed until the House has approved the project?

      Engine-Room Artificer's Death (T. P. Mitchell).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he has received a letter from Mrs. Laura Mitchell, of Alderney, Channel Islands, arising out of the death of her son, Thomas P. Mitchell, engine-room...

      Contracts (Imperial Preference).

      8 speeches

      25. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what the Admiralty have done to comply with the resolution passed by the Imperial Conference in 1918 to the effect that preference should be...

      MR. Winston Churchill's Book.

      12 speeches

      11. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the right hon. Winston S. Churchill was given access to official documents at the Admiralty during the preparation of his book, "The World...

      Naval Armaments (Washington Treaty).

      8 speeches

      15. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, in the case of the United States of America, the number of ships of the "Indiana," "Maryland," and "Constellation," or any later class, actually built...

      Government Departments.

      Women Clerks, Admiralty.

      4 speeches

      18. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what arrangements, if any, were made for the absorption into civilian clerical employment of a temporary nature, in his Department, of women demobilised...

      Ex-Service Women.

      3 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Labour what arrangements were made through his Department, if any, for the absorption of unemployed ex-service women clerks into the temporary Civil Service since...

      Board of Control.

      4 speeches

      58. asked the Minister of Health whether he will furnish a Return of the cost of the Board of Control for the year 1922, including salaries, expenditure of office staff, and travelling expenses?

      Insurance Department (Inspectors' Salaries).

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Minister of Health what were the respective salaries of the men and women inspectors of all grades of the Insurance Department when they were appointed in 1912; what are their...

      Ex-Service Men.

      Temporary Clerks, Admiralty.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what proportion of the ex-service temporary civil servants employed in his Department on clerical duties are home service and overseas, respectively; and...

      University Grants.

      4 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of ex-service men who have received a Government grant to enable them to finish their education at a university; how many of these...

      Training.

      2 speeches

      Mr. FREDERICK HALL: 41. asked the Minister of Labour what is the total amount of public expenditure which has been incurred up to date on the training of ex-service and civilian women,...

      Civil Service.

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Minister of Labour what arrangements, if any, were made through his Department for the absorption of ex-service men, overseas and home service, respectively, demobilised from the...

      Poor Law Relief.

      4 speeches

      75. asked the Minister of Health if he will inquire from the different boards of guardians throughout, the country how many disabled men they have afforded shelter and relief to during the last...

      Ministry of Health.

      2 speeches

      82. asked the Minister of Health what proportion of the ex-service temporary civil servants employed in his Department on clerical duties are home-service and overseas, respectively; and how many...

      Tailoring Trade Board.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Minister of Labour the amount of money that has been expended on the Time Equation Committee of the Retail Bespoke Tailoring Trade Board; the number of tests made; the results of...

      Empire Settlement.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the formation of the West of England Empire Settlement Scheme for collective migration to the Dominion of Australia; if...

      Unemployment.

      Juvenile Centres.

      4 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Labour what number of juveniles is in attendance at the centres for unemployed juveniles; and whether it is the intention of the Government to renew the grant for their...

      Relief Works.

      4 speeches

      35. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that unemployment still continues on a large scale, his Department is in possession of sufficient funds to promote whatever relief...

      Necessitous Areas.

      4 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in the week ending 7th April, 1923, the Sheffield and Ecclesall guardians granted £8,216 in unemployment relief, and that in the...

      Benefit.

      4 speeches

      37. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that some Unemployment Exchanges are declining to grant out-of-work pay to young men over the age of 21 years and compelling parents of 60 years of...

      Newcastle-on-Tyne.

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of unemployed persons in the Newcastleon-Tyne area at present; how this number compares with the last three, six, and 12 months, respectively;...

      Government Departments (Discharged Women).

      4 speeches

      42. asked the Minister of Labour what amount of unemployment benefit was paid to women discharged from Government Departments in 1917 and 1918; and what, if any, facilities were available for...

      King's Roll.

      5 speeches

      54. asked the Minister of Labour whether he can inform the House as to the results of the special appeal which has been made to those local authorities who have hitherto failed to place...

      Suspension of Benefit (L. R. Briggs).

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the uncovenanted benefit of L. R. Briggs, of 9, South Street, Egremont, Cumberland, has been suspended by the manager of the Cleator Moor...

      Women Clerks, Richmond.

      2 speeches

      56. asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that amongst unemployed women clerks resident in Richmond there is a feeling that they cannot expect fair treatment in future through the...

      Industrial Wages.

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Labour if he will give details of wages paid to employés in the nine principal industries of the country in 1913, and to date; and if he will state what action he...

      Health and Public Welfare Services.

      4 speeches

      Mr. THOMSON: 45. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the serious overlapping occurring in the provision of the various health and public welfare services, he will appoint a Committee of...

      Farm Labourers (Wages).

      6 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government will, when submitting their proposals for the relief of agriculture, provide that the farm labourer shall in no case be paid a rate of wages...

      British Munitions, France.

      5 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister if an import duty was charged by the French Government during the War on munitions sent from Great Britain to France for the use of British troops in France; if so,...

      Inter-Allied Debts.

      3 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister if any offer was made by British Ministers to cancel Allied debts; whether such cancellation was contingent on reparations being received by Great Britain from...

      German Reparation.

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister if any responsible offer has been made to pay reasonable War reparation by the German Government; if so, what sum was offered; and what is the sum His Majesty's...

      Emigration from Western Highlands.

      6 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that large numbers of people from the Western Highlands of Scotland have recently emigrated; whether the Government have received a memorial from...

      Anglican and Eastern Churches (Re-Union).

      7 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the visit of an English bishop to Bucharest in January for the purpose of promoting the suggested union between the Anglican and Eastern...

      National Health Insurance (Women Practitioners).

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Minister of Health how many women physicians are at present acting as panel doctors?

      Housing.

      Rentals (Bradford).

      4 speeches

      59. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that 2, Lonsdale Street, Bradford, rateable value £13 5s., is let by the owner as follows: living-room 32s. per week, two bedrooms 22s. per...

      House Shortage.

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Minister of Health the number of houses required in England and Scotland in 1919, according to the Return made by local authorities, the estimated annual requirements thereafter...

      State-Assisted Houses (Allocation).

      4 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Health whether he exercises any supervision over the methods adopted by local authorities in the letting of State-assisted houses so as to ensure that the houses are let...

      Subsidy (South Wales).

      2 speeches

      Mr. JONES: 67. also asked the Minister of Health whether he has received resolutions of protest from local authorities in South Wales against the inadequacy of the proposed grant of £6 per...

      Parlour Houses.

      4 speeches

      Mr. JONES: 68. further asked the Minister of Health whether he has received any representations from local authorities, from housing associations, and from other bodies interested in the...

      Dartmouth (Housing Conditions).

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Minister of Health whether, seeing that in 1911 the Dartmouth Cadet. College authorities complained of the bad housing conditions prevailing in the town, that the Ministry's...

      Garden Plots and Afforestation.

      2 speeches

      78. asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to help local authorities, both as to suggestion of types and upkeep, where new housing schemes are being completed, to proper garden-plot...

      Sanitary Officers (Qualification).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that the Sanitary Officers Order, 1922, contains no Regulations securing the training of those officers, he will state how the...

      Local Rates.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 62. asked the Minister of Health the average amount of local rates paid in rural and urban areas in England and Wales for the latest periods for which the figures are available?

      Condensed Milk.

      5 speeches

      65. asked the Minister of Health why the confirmation and signature of the Order for the standards of condensed milk are still being delayed; whether he is aware that the importation of skimmed...

      Poor Law Relief (England and Wales).

      2 speeches

      69. asked the Minister of Health the number of persons in England and Wales in receipt of Poor Law relief on the 31st March, 1923?

      Earl Shilton, Leicestershire (Sewerage).

      2 speeches

      70. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that Earl Shilton, in Leicestershire, has no sewerage nor sewage disposal system; that quite recently it has been discovered that, in many cases,...

      Nurses Registration.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Health whether the General Nursing Council for England and Wales has submitted for his consideration a rule, framed in accordance with the provisions of Section 3(2, a)...

      Lunacy Act (MRS. Emily Deacon, Barnsbury).

      2 speeches

      Mr. RICHARDSON: 72. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that Mrs. Emily Deacon, of 53, Richmond Road. Barnsbury, was taken in March, 1922, to the Islington workhouse infirmary; that after...

      Widows' Pensions.

      4 speeches

      73. asked the Minister of Health whether he is now prepared to publish for the information of hon. Members the Report prepared for the Ministry of Health on the cost of widows' pensions; and, if...

      Smokeless Coal.

      6 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that coal can be treated and left smokeless, and weight for weight gives the same heat as raw coal, also that the smoke is condensed into...

      Milk (Bacteriological Examination).

      4 speeches

      80. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to representations by the Society of Medical Officers of Health, the British Medical Association, and others, to the effect...

  • British Broadcasting Company.

    2 speeches

    In pursuance of the notice given yesterday, I beg to ask a ruling as to whether the licence granted by the Postmaster-General to the British Broadcasting Company comes within the terms of...

  • New Member Sworn".

    Lieutenant-Colonel GEORGE WINDSOR-CLIVE, C.M.G., for the County of Salop (Ludlow Division).

  • Women's Enfranchisement.

    4 speeches

    I beg to move, That leave be given to introduce a Bill to extend the suffrage to women on the same terms as men. The Bill which I have the honour to submit is one of six Clauses. Four of the...

  • Women's Enfranchisement Bill,

    "to extend the suffrage to women on the same terms as men," presented accordingly, and read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Monday next, and to be printed. [Bill 102]

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    I beg to Move That the proceedings on the Second Reading of the Housing etc. (No. 2) Bill have precedence during this day's sitting. This Motion is one which, if carried, will enable the Members...

  • Standing Orders.

    Resolution reported from the Select Committee.

  • Bills Reported.

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

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to—

  • Orders of the Day — HOUSING, Etc. (No. 2) BILL.

    101 speeches

    Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Amendment to Question [24th April], "That the Bill be now read a Second time."

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