House of Commons debates

Monday, 30 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,

  • Ministry of Health Provisional Order (Calne Water) Bill,

    "to confirm a Provisional Order of the Minister of Health relating to the Caine Waterworks Company, Limited," presented by Mr. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN; read the First time; and referred to the...

  • MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROVISIONAL ORDERS (No. 6) BILL,

    "to confirm certain Provisional Orders of the Minister of Health relating to Blackpool, Chiswick, Crayford, Halifax, Margate, Swindon, and Wigan," presented by Mr. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN; read the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Cost of Living.

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the index figure of the cost of living in India on 1st April, 1923, compared with the pre-War cost of living?

    • Trade Unions.

      2 speeches

      Mr. SIMPSON: 2. also asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of trade unions registered in India on 1st January and 1st April, 1923, respectively, and the total number of those...

      Civil Service (Seniority).

      2 speeches

      5. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that certain junior members of the Indian Civil Service appointed under the reconstruction scheme in the years 1919 and 1920 to...

      Police Officers (Retirement).

      4 speeches

      6. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of European gazetted police officers in Bengal, the United Provinces, and the Punjab, respectively, who have retired in accordance with...

      Cantonment Magistrates Department.

      2 speeches

      8. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India, whether the Cantonment Magistrates Department will be included in the terms of reference to the Royal Commission now being appointed to consider...

      Salt Duty.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Under-Secertary of State for India, whether the Government of India has decided that it is necessary to lay before both Houses of Parliament the Act of the Governor-General of India...

      Forest Administration (Central Provinces).

      2 speeches

      10. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the statement in the Report of the Forest Administration in the Central Provinces for the past year...

      Iraq.

      4 speeches

      11. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made with the sale of the Iraq railways, and when it is proposed to ask Parliament to ratify the proposed treaty...

      Ceylon (Constitution).

      6 speeches

      12. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received a Report of the recent debate in the Ceylon Legislative Council on the subject of constitutional reforms; whether...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Irish Free State.

    • Cinematograph Films (Duties).

      6 speeches

      13. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the action of the Free State Government in imposing a duty of 5d. per foot upon negative...

    • Malicious Injuries (Compensation).

      4 speeches

      Colonel NEWMAN: 18. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the British Government has agreed with the Irish Free State Government to have a branch of the Compensation...

      Murder of Officers (Macroom).

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can secure a safe conduct for the parents of any of the three British officers who were murdered at Macroom, County Cork, in...

      Northern Rhodesia (Education).

      2 speeches

      14. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has yet received information as to the amount spent upon education per head of the population in Northern Rhodesia?

      Hong Kong (Military Property).

      2 speeches

      15. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any progress has been made in the negotiations between the military authorities and the civil authorities at Hong Kong in regard to...

      Royal Irish Constabulary Fund.

      5 speeches

      16. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if it is intended to accede to the almost unanimous desire of the members of the Royal Irish Constabulary Force fund to have this fund...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Empire Development.

    • Fiji Islands.

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any representations have been made to him with reference to the further development of the Fiji Islands; if so, what action he has...

    • Ascension Islands.

      2 speeches

      19. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any representations have been made to him with reference to the further development of the Ascension Islands; if so, what action he...

      Seychelles.

      2 speeches

      Lieut. - Colonel Sir PHILIP RICHARDSON: 20. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any representations have been made to him with reference to the further development of the...

      Dominica.

      3 speeches

      21. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any representations have been made to him with reference to the further development of the Island of Dominica; if so, what action...

      Dominion Trade (British Preference).

      6 speeches

      22. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the amount of preferential tariff given by the Dominion of Australia on British-manufactured goods imported into that Dominion;...

      British Empire Exhibition.

      10 speeches

      26. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the total outlay contemplated by the Governments of the Dominions, India, and the Colonies on participation in the British Empire...

      Colonial Medical Service.

      10 speeches

      28. asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Secretary of State for the Colonies has under consideration any proposals for ameliorating the conditions of medical service in...

      Turkey (Chester Concession).

      3 speeches

      32. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any further information about the Chester concession in Turkey; and whether the concession affects British interests in...

      Diplomatic Service.

      3 speeches

      33 asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) whether, seeing that the personnel of the British embassies and legations abroad has increased since 1913 by 70 per cent., he will...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties.

    • Memel (Allied Occupation).

      2 speeches

      36. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now inform the House the amount of the expenses of the Allies' occupation of the Memel territory; and the reason there...

    • Succession States (Citizenship).

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether citizens of Poland, Ozecho-Slovakia, Yugo - Slavia, and Rumania, who were formerly subjects of the German or Austria-Hungarian...

      German Reparation.

      4 speeches

      41. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if His Majesty's Government has received any proposals from the German Government for settlement of the reparations question?

      Rumanian Loan.

      4 speeches

      38. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the Rumanian Government is about to ask the British public to subscribe to a loan; that the Rumanian Government...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • Outrages on British Subjects.

      18 speeches

      40. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will lay upon the Table the despatch which has been sent to the Russian Soviet Government with regard to the series of...

    • Territorial Waters.

      7 speeches

      56. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, having regard to the fact that a dispute between the Russian and Norwegian Governments respecting the width of territorial...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — France and Ruhr District.

    • British Goods in Transit.

      2 speeches

      43. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the Regulations relating to transit goods for the occupied areas of Germany; what evidence is required, for example, for goods...

    • Rhine Navigation.

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British representatives on the Central Commission on Rhine Navigation have taken any and, if so, what steps to remove the...

      German Subjects (Passports).

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on what ground visas have just been refused to some German ladies who had been invited to come to England from the Ruhr to give...

      Mexico.

      2 speeches

      Mr. ERSKINE: 44 and 50. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) whether he can now state the position with regard to recognition of the Mexican Government; (2) whether he can...

      German Submarines (Atrocities by Commanders).

      8 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been drawn to a speech by Admiral Sims, of the United States Navy, delivered at Los Angeles City Club on 3rd April, to the effect that there is...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Trawling (Moray Firth).

      10 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the spawning grounds in the Moray Firth are among the largest and most important round our coast; that they are being destroyed by trawlers,...

    • Housing Grants.

      2 speeches

      91. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health the actual total expenditure by way of grants on housing schemes under the 1919 Housing Acts for the three financial years,...

      Overcrowding, Motherwell.

      2 speeches

      92. asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether he has any information regarding the property at Craigneuk, Motherwell, known as McConnell's Buildings; whether he is aware...

      League of Nations (Saar District).

      8 speeches

      52. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, at the recent meeting of the Council of the League of Nations, the British representative protested against or made any...

      United States (Seizure of British Vessel).

      4 speeches

      54. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that a seizure of British ships was made by the United States last year outside the three-mile limit; and whether...

      Chinese Diplomatic Missions (Expenses).

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government has now received any information regarding the request made by Dr. Wellington Koo, the Chinese Foreign Minister,...

      Empire Settlement (Training Camps).

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether any portion of the annual Parliamentary grant for overseas settlement can be allocated towards the expenses of...

      Sugar Imports.

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what total quantity of sugar was imported into the United Kingdom in the year 1913; and what proportions came from foreign...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wembley Stadium.

    • Football Cup-Tie.

      32 speeches

      65. asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether steps are being taken to ensure that the communications with Wembley exhibition grounds and stadium will be of a...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Rates.

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Agriculture from what date the proposed reduction in the assessments on agricultural land is to take place; whether the basis of the new Exchequer contributions will be...

    • Seasalter and Ham Fishery Order.

      4 speeches

      67. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the recent Seasalter and Ham Fishery Order confers monopoly rights, over a large area in the estuary of the Thames off the...

      Malting Barley.

      10 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Agriculture when he proposes to introduce legislation for levying an Excise duty on foreign malting barley; and what steps will be taken to prevent such duty raising the...

      Government Bills.

      6 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is in a position to indicate when the Bill or Bills dealing with credit facilities to farmers, rating adjustments, duty on imported malting barley, and...

      Common Pasture.

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the county councils have in any cases created commons in connection with the provision of small holdings; and, if so, whether he will give figures...

      Arable Cultivation.

      6 speeches

      82. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is yet able to state, having regard to the fact that between 1919 and 1922 over 1,000,000 acres of land in England and Wales went out of arable...

      Stratton Park Estate, Biggleswade.

      4 speeches

      69. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will consider the case of the three tenants on the Stratton Park Estate, Biggleswade, who, after a tenancy of over 20 years, were given notice to quit...

      Ordnance Survey, Southampton.

      6 speeches

      70. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any machinery at the Ordnance Survey at Southampton has been recently disposed of; what is the amount received for the same, and to whom the sale was...

      Merchandise Marks Bill.

      3 speeches

      78. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the Chamber of Horticulture, which he consulted with reference to the Merchandise Marks Bill now before the House, consists chiefly...

      Barking Education Committee.

      2 speeches

      Captain MARTIN: 95. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Board have refused to make any grant towards the expenditure incurred by the Barking Education...

      Naval Cordite Factory, Holton Heath.

      2 speeches

      87. asked the Financial Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Board of Admiralty will reconsider the application of the employés at Holton Heath cordite factory for a renewal of the railway...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Office Accommodation, Tottenham.

      5 speeches

      88. asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of representations made to him by the Tottenham District Council as to the need for proper Post Office accommodation in that district, he is...

    • Picture Postcards.

      2 speeches

      89. asked the Postmaster-General whether he will now withdraw the Regulation under which only five words may be written on picture postcards posted at the half-penny rate; and whether he is aware...

      Indian Frontier Operations (Medals).

      4 speeches

      96. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War when the Indian general service medal will be issued to troops engaged in the Kuki Chin operations on the North-East Indian Frontier in 1918?

      Gretna (Houses).

      2 speeches

      97. asked the Under-Secretary of State for War how many houses are vacant in Gretna, including the houses that would be available if those originally intended to be subdivided were converted into...

      Houses of Parliament (Star Court).

      2 speeches

      84. asked the First Commissioner of Works when the clearance of the Star Court will be completed?

      Wandsworth Prison.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Ernest Taylor, who was discharged from the prison service as the result of injuries received in the execution of his duty at...

  • Business of the House.

    Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings in Committee on Housing, etc. (No. 2), [Money] be exempted, at this day's sitting, front the provisions of the Standing Order (Sittings of the...

  • Tees Valley Water Board Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments; Report to lie upon the Table, and to be printed.

  • Special Constables Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee B.

  • Orders of the Day — Local Authorities (Emergency Provisions) Bill.

    17 speeches

    As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

  • Orders of the Day — HOUSING, Etc. (No. 2) [MONEY].

    174 speeches

    Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 71A.

  • Orders of the Day — Nationality of Married Women.

    Ordered, "That the Lords Message [15th March] relating to the appointment of a Joint Committee on Nationality of Married Women be now considered."—[Colonel Gibbs.]

  • Orders of the Day — Indian Affairs.

    Ordered, "That so much of the Lords Message [24th April] as communicates the Resolution, That it is desirable that a Standing Joint Committee on Indian Affairs of both Houses of Parliament be...

  • Orders of the Day — Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill.

    Read a Second time, and committed to a Standing Committee.

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