House of Commons debates

Thursday, 26 July 1923

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Stoke-on-Trent Corporation Bill [Lords] (by Order),

  • National Debt.

    Return Ordered "showing for each financial year, commencing the 1st day of April, from 1875 to 1923, inclusive: (1) The total amount of dead-weight Debt outstanding on the 1st day of April; the...

  • Persons in Receipt of Poor Law Relief (England and Wales).

    Copy ordered of Statement "of the number of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief in England and Wales on the night of the 1st day of January, 1923 (in continuation of Parliamentary Paper, No....

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Death (Christopher Sands).

      8 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been drawn to the inquest held at Walthamstow on the 18th instant, on the body of Christopher Sands, an ex-service man, and to the...

    • Mental Cases.

      16 speeches

      8. asked the Minister of Pensions how many cases of insane ex-service in-patients have, within the last six months, been transferred to the pauper class; and how many such cases are under...

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

    • Advance Payments.

      6 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 2. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware of the great hardship caused to many pensioners by the discontinuance of the practice of making advances when delays...

    • Assessment Appeals.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in the case of a man's successful appeal to the assessment appeal tribunal against an assessment of less than a year awarded more than 12 months before...

      Royal Engineers (a. Wells, Wednesbury).

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that A. Wells, No. 341074, Royal Engineers, residing at 71, Bridge Street, Wednesbury, is in receipt of a pension of 13s. 11d. per week; that...

      Wound Pension (C. J. Choldcroft).

      4 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that C. J. Choldcroft, 11 M, 314096, was wounded and discharged in 1914, and a pension granted to him; that, in addition to the wound for...

      Dependants' Pensions.

      8 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that a pension was granted to Charles William Isles, of Ellison Street, Thorne, for the loss of his son, Robert Isles, on active service; that...

      Final Awards.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that in the Yorkshire region a stereotyped form of letter is used in cases where the assessment appeal tribunal sets aside the final award,...

      Attendance Allowance (G. F. Gamble).

      8 speeches

      Captain ARTHUREVANS: 10. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that Mr. G. F. Gamble, of 199, Syston Street, Leicester, lost both his legs in the late War, and that he is consequently...

      Disablement Claims.

      4 speeches

      13. asked the Minister of Pensions what is the number of officers and men who have made claims in respect of disablement by War service, and the number who have succeeded in establishing their claims?

      Medical and Surgical Treatment.

      2 speeches

      17. asked the Minister of Pensions how many officers and men disabled in the Great War have received medical or surgical treatment at the cost of his Department?

      Tuberculosis (M. R. Moss).

      12 speeches

      18. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Mr. M. R. Moss, 18, Fryatt Road, Tottenham, has been in receipt of a pension for tuberculosis of the lungs attributed since 1915, and...

      Aneurism.

      2 speeches

      19. asked the Minister of Pensions whether there is any time limit fixed at the end of which an ex-service man cannot sustain a claim for aneurism: and whether he is aware of cases in which this...

      Need Pensioners.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has yet issued any instructions limiting the frequent re-investigation of the circumstances of need pensioners; if so, whether new awards of need...

      Entitlement (Special Scrutiny).

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Minister of Pensions whether it has been decided to apply the special scrutiny of entitlement on appeal to the tribunal, provided for in paragraphs 5 and 6 of M.P.I. No. 225, only...

      Special Payments.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 22. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that the Pension Issue Office is now withdrawing special payments previously sanctioned to cover necessary expenses, such as...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Pensions Issue Office.

      2 speeches

      24. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is entirely satisfied with the site chosen for the Pensions Issue Office; and whether the health of the staff has benefited under the new conditions?

    • Contracts (Home and Imperial Preference).

      8 speeches

      49. asked the Prime Minister whether it is the policy of any Department of His Majesty's Government to give a preference to goods manufactured in this country as against those manufactured...

      State Printing Works, Harrow.

      3 speeches

      74. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, seeing the financial success of the State printing works at Harrow, he will recommend to His Majesty's Government that they buy a paper...

      Aliens Awaiting Deportation.

      16 speeches

      25. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons other than Irish citizens were imprisoned without previously being charged before magistrates or other Courts of Justice...

      Arrest on Suspicion (MR. Manning).

      12 speeches

      26. asked the Home Secretary by whose authority Mr. Manning was arrested and detained in prison on Thursday, 12th July, at Poplar; what was the nature of this man's offence; what evidence was...

      Members of Parliament, 1919–22 (Return).

      5 speeches

      27. asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that a Return has just been issued of the names, addresses, and constituencies of every Member who was elected to the Parliament of 1919–22; if...

      Covent Garden Theatre (Exit Facilities).

      4 speeches

      28. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the reports of the architect and chief officer of the fire brigade of the London County Council stating that the exit...

      Electoral Register.

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that no local elections are fought on the spring register and General Elections have lately been fought on the autumn register, he will...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Motorists (Insurance Against Accidents).

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the suggestion made by Judge Mellor in a Manchester Court last week that motorists should be compelled to insure against...

    • Taxi-Cabs (Efficiency Test).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Home Secretary if he can give an estimate of the annual cost involved by the Commissioner of Police's new efficiency test for taxi-cabs; the number of additional inspectors required...

      Motor Car Accidents.

      10 speeches

      39. asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that during last year there were 13,475 accidents in the Metropolitan area in which private motor cars were concerned, which means that private motor...

      Taximeter Cabs, London.

      6 speeches

      41. asked the Home Secretary the number of two-cylinder taximeter cabs licensed in the London area; and what arrangements, if any, are being made to substitute a more effective form of cab in the...

      Probation Orders.

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider making special representations to those Courts which show a particularly low percentage of probation orders to cases, in order to impress...

      Lead Poisoning.

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been drawn to the statement made by the Lambeth coroner in connection with the death of John Man Lockerby, painter, at West Norwood, who died...

      Prison Officers (Pensions).

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that many subordinate prison officers are being compulsorily retired at the age of 55 years before the pay question is settled; whether he will...

      Police Service Committee.

      6 speeches

      42. asked the Home Secretary the names of the Members and the terms of reference of the Committee to review the conditions of service in the police of England, Scotland, and Wales?

      Chief Constable, Canterbury.

      3 speeches

      43. asked the Home Secretary whether his approval has been given to the appointment of an ex-Royal Irish Constabulary officer to the chief constableship of Canterbury; and whether he is aware...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Certificated Teachers.

      6 speeches

      44. asked the President of the Board of Education how many teachers will have completed their college training this month; how many fully-certificated teachers will now be unemployed; and will he...

    • Teachers' Registration Council.

      2 speeches

      58. asked the President of the Board of Education if he is prepared to advise his Department to grant official recognition to the Teachers' Registration Council?

      Necessitous School Children, Barrow.

      2 speeches

      Mr. GRAHAM WHITE: 60. asked the President of the Board of Education if his attention has been drawn to a decision of the] Barrow Education Committee not to provide meals for necessitous school...

      Secondary Schools (Staffing).

      2 speeches

      Mr. G. WHITE: 61. asked the President of the Board of Education if it is the policy of the Board to reduce the staffs of grant-aided secondary schools?

      Teachers (War Service).

      4 speeches

      62. asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that Circular 1,244, giving the Board's rulings on the subject of the recognition of War service for the purpose of calculating...

      Greece and Turkey.

      10 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY: 45. asked the Prime Minister if he will lay before Parliament the papers relative to the events leading up to the Greek defeat in Asia Minor and the fall of Smyrna last...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Airship Development.

    • Commercial Services.

      7 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether he can now make a statement as to the Imperial Airship Scheme; and can he state by which Department the scheme will be controlled?

    • Establishments (Committee's Report).

      7 speeches

      52. asked the Prime Minister whether, when the Army Council has fully considered the Report of Lord Weir's Committee on Establishments, he will consider publishing those portions of the Report...

      Cost of Living (Index Figure).

      8 speeches

      56. asked the Prime Minister, considering the widespread feeling that the index figure does not truly represent the present cost of living, if he will take into consideration the setting up of a...

      Turkey (Iraq Frontier).

      6 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether the peace terms with Turkey include a settlement of the frontiers of Iraq; and what steps are being taken to settle these frontiers?

      House of Commons (Duration of Speeches).

      2 speeches

      51. asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider setting up a committee to consider provisions for limiting the duration of speeches of private Members, as is done in the London County...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland.

    • Boundary Commission.

      8 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister if he can now make a statement as to the position of the controversy with regard to the delimitation of the boundary between Northern and Southern Ireland; and what...

    • Free State (Financial Position).

      4 speeches

      72. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the White Paper setting out the financial position as between the British Government and the Free State Government will be presented before the House...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.

    • Helicopter.

      4 speeches

      63. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can report any further progress with the helicopter design of flying machine?

    • Italy.

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has information indicating that the Italian Government has decided to set up a separate Air Service?

      Gothenburg Exhibition (Aviation Section).

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can inform the House as to the result of the aviation section of the Go then burg Exhibition; and whether he proposes to make a flying visit to...

      Argentine Debt.

      2 speeches

      67. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can state the amount due to the Treasury from the Republic of Argentina on account of the exchange difference between the sum of 50 million...

      House Property (Income Tax Assessments).

      7 speeches

      69. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that certain inspectors of taxes are charging Income Tax upon theoretical rentals that are substantially higher than the actual...

      Bank Rate.

      4 speeches

      71. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether bank rate changes in this country are made by the Governors of the Bank of England; if so, whether a special meeting of the governors has to be...

      Public Works Loan (Epsom).

      6 speeches

      76. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that the Epsom urban district council borrowed £6,750 from the Public Works Loans Commissioners in September, 1919, at...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    Mr. J. RAMSAY MacDONALD: Can the Home Secretary inform the House what business the Government propose to take next week?

  • Performing Animals Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee C.

  • Summary Jurisdiction (Separation and Maintenance) Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee D.

  • Bills Reported.

    Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Bill [Lords],

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,— Public Works Loans Bill, without Amendment.Barnsley Corporation Bill, with Amendments.

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [20th ALLOTTED DAY.]

    • Civil Services and Revenue Departments Estimates, 1923–24.

    • Class Ii.

      114 speeches

      "That a sum, not exceeding £262,548, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day...

      Civil Services Estimates and Supplementary Estimates, 1923–24.

      Class I.

      Question,

      Class Ii.

      Question put,

      Class Iii.

      Question. That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class III of the Civil Services Estimates.

      Class Iv.

      Question put. That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class IV of the Civil Services Estimates.

      Class V.

      Question put. That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class V of the Civil Services Estimates.

      Class Vi

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class VII of the Civil Services Estimate.

      Class Vii

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions

      Navy Estimates, 1922–23.

      Question put, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of the Navy Estimates.

      Army Estimates, 1922–23

      Question put, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution

      Air Force Estimates, 1921–22.

      Question put, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions

      Revenue Departments Estimates, 1922–23.

      Question put, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions

      Unemployment Grants.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for Unemployment Grants,

      Relief of Unemployment.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for the Relief of Unemployment.

      Export Credits.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution

      Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Compensation.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Compensation.

      Northern Ireland (Grants-in-Aid).

      Question put, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for Northern Ireland (Grants-in-Aid).

      Disposal and Liquidation Commission.

      Question put, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution

      Shipping Liquidation

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for Shipping Liquidation.

      Railway and Canal (War) Agreements Liquidation.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for Railway and Canal (War) Agreements Liquidation.

      Coal Mines Deficiency.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for the Coal Mines Deficiency.

      Prize Claims.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for Prize Claims.

      Coal Mining Industry Subvention.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Estimate for Coal Mining Industry Subvention.

      Grants for Compensation for Damage by Enemy Action.

      Question. That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of Grants for Compensation for Damage by Enemy Action.

      Trinity College, Dublin, Grant-in-Aid.

      Question put, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of Trinity College, Dublin, Grant-in-Aid.

      Agricultural Credits.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of Agricultural Credits.

      Ways and Means [25TH July].

      Resolution reported, That, towards making good the Supply granted to His Majesty for the service of year ending on the 31st day of March, 1924, the sum of£269,381,292 be granted out of the...

      Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill,

      "to apply a sum out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on the thirty-first day of March, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-four, and to appropriate the Supplies granted...

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