House of Commons debates

Thursday, 12 March 1925

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Glasgow Boundaries Bill (by Order),

  • Isle of Wight Highways Bill,

    Ordered, That, in the case of the Isle of Wight Highways Bill, Standing Order 243 be suspended, and that the Bill be now read the Third time.—[The Chairman of Ways and Means.]

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

    • MR. T. W. Moon, HEREFORD.

      4 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that Mr. T. W. Moor, of Colva, Withington, Hereford, was awarded a final weekly allowance of 7s. 6d. a week for 104 weeks, plus a terminal...

    • Convalescent Treatment and Training Centres.

      2 speeches

      4 asked the Minister of Pensions what convalescent treatment and training centres have been closed in the past 12 months, and where they were situated; whether it is proposed to close the...

      Disability Pensions.

      6 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Pensions whether, having regard to the relative stability of the cost of living during the past three years, he will consider the desirability of fixing the rates for...

      Institution for Neurasthenics, Saltash.

      4 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Pensions the total cost per head, including establishment, medical attendance, and food, of the patients in the institution for neurasthenics at Saltash, Cornwall; and...

      Regional Headquarters, Birmingham.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has under con- sideration the closing of the regional headquarters in Birmingham; if so, about what date is it proposed to close; and will provision...

      Constant Attendance Allowance.

      2 speeches

      12. asked the Minister of Pensions, in view of the fact that the amount of constant attendance allowance paid to a man who has lost both legs as a result of war service depends upon the extent of...

      Appeals.

      4 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 13. asked the Minister of Pensions if he will take steps, in those cases where pensioners through their disability are incapable of adequately presenting their cases before...

      Partial Disablement (Training).

      2 speeches

      17. asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that there are a considerable number of partially disabled men whose actual physical disability only entitles them to a small pension, yet is of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Ministry of Pensions.

      11 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Pensions what was the amount spent by the Ministry in the year 1919–20; what was the number of employs in the finance branch in that year; and whether he can...

    • Superannuation.

      5 speeches

      102. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what arrangements are in existence for dealing with or discussing superannuation questions affecting civil servants and ex-civil servants not...

      Moneylenders.

      2 speeches

      10. asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been drawn to the observations of the Registrar at Liverpool Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday, 3rd March, complaining that the practice of...

      Toy Pistols.

      6 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the death of a boy through the accidental firing of a toy pistol which had the barrel stopped up...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Secondary Schools.

      4 speeches

      39. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has yet considered the resolution of the Durham County Council passed a month ago establishing free secondary education by 1926; and...

    • Teachers (University Degrees).

      6 speeches

      41. asked the President of the Board of Education what is the number of men and women teachers, respectively, in elementary schools who are in possession of a University degree; and what...

      Voluntary Day Continuation Schools.

      2 speeches

      42. asked the President of the Board of Education what is the number of voluntary day continuation schools working in accordance with the Board's Regulations in London, in county boroughs, in...

      State Scholarships.

      2 speeches

      43. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that considerable hardship is sometimes caused to recipients of State scholarships by the payment of the terminal instalment...

      Village College, Cambridge.

      2 speeches

      44. asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been drawn to a memorandum drawn up by the secretary to the Cambridgeshire education authority on the subject of the...

      School Accommodation (Armthorpe).

      5 speeches

      53. asked the President of the Board of Education what number of places there are in the elementary school at Armthorpe, near Doncaster; and the number of children of school age resident in the...

      Foreign Languages.

      6 speeches

      54. asked the President of the Board of Education whether a viva voce examination in French, or whatever other modern foreign language be taken, is included in the regular pass for the first...

      Unemployment (Boys and Girls).

      4 speeches

      40. asked the President of the Board of Education whether the Board has any information as to the rate of unemployment amongst boys and girls leaving the elementary schools at 14 years of age?

      Workmen's Compensation.

      10 speeches

      21. asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that hardship is caused in many instances under the Workmen's Compensation Act when the full amount in total dependency cases, fatal, has been paid...

      Burial Ground (Penmachno).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Home Secretary what is the cause of the delay in the transfer by the Welsh Church Commissioners of the local burial ground at Penmachno to the parish council, as requested by that body?

      Factories Bill.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the Home Secretary whether he can now state when the Factories Bill will be introduced?

      Night Clubs.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Home Secretary whether he can now state when the Bill for the regulation of so-called night clubs will be brought in; and whether it is proposed to make it applicable to the whole...

      Metropolitan Police (Winter Gloves).

      6 speeches

      28. asked the Home Secretary when the black winter gloves are likely to be issued to the Metropolitan police; and the reasons for the delay

      Lunacy Law.

      4 speeches

      20. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the recent remarks of Judge in the High Court reprobating the tendency of medical experts to set up arbitrary standards of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Omnibuses (Used Tickets).

      7 speeches

      Mr. ERSKINE: 30. asked the Home Secretary whether, in order to keep the streets in a cleaner condition, he will consider the desirability of enforcing on motor omnibus proprietors the necessity...

    • London Traffic (Restricted Streets) Order.

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Home Secretary whether, prior to the issue of Regulations regarding restricted streets, made under the Traffic Act, 1924, his Department made any representations or gave any, and,...

      Roads (White Dividing Line).

      2 speeches

      109. asked the Minister of Transport to extent the white dividing line in the centre of roads for the purpose of guiding motor and other traffic is being made use of; how many local authorities...

      Rural Roads (Maintenance).

      6 speeches

      111. asked the Minister of Transport what sum has, during the last two years, been contributed by the Road Fund towards the maintenance, as distinguished from the improvement, of rural roads not...

      Motor Vehicles (Taxation).

      2 speeches

      112. asked the Minister of Transport the total amount received during the last financial year from the taxation of all kinds of motor transport; the amount contributed from the Road Fund to the...

      Motor Accidents (Third-Party Insurance).

      2 speeches

      24. asked the Home Secretary if he is aware of the number of people injured by motor traffic who are unable to secure any compensation from the car-owner responsible: and whether he will consider...

      Ex-Inspector Syme.

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Home Secretary whether the facts upon which ex-Inspector Syme has been declared by medical experts to be insane are substantially the same facts as those upon which he was recently...

      Hospitals (Employes' Contributions).

      2 speeches

      Marquess of HARTINGTON: 32. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the fact that the management of a company in the hands of the Receiver is unable to hand over to a...

      Shipwrecked Seamen (Wages).

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister when he proposes to intro- duce legislation to secure payment of wages to shipwrecked seamen?

      Imperial Economic Committee.

      7 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether the terms of reference to the Imperial Economic Committee exclude from its purview the consideration of improved methods of marketing British home produce in...

      Great Britain and Russia.

      4 speeches

      Captain BENN: 47. asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government still recognise the Soviet Government; and whether the Government's policy is to cultivate peaceful relations with that...

      Trade Unions (Control of Funds).

      2 speeches

      Captain BENN: 48. asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of the Government to introduce legislation dealing with the management of trade unions and their control of their funds?

      Contracts Placed Abroad.

      3 speeches

      Mr. ERSKINE: 49. asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the number of contracts placed abroad recently owing to the inability of home firms to compete in countries...

      Food Prices.

      6 speeches

      50. asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the sustained rise in many food prices, he will represent to the Royal Commission on Food Prices the desirability of expediting their first Report?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Direct Labour.

      2 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 59. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the Middlesbrough Corporation, under their direct labour scheme for house building, secured an output of over 1,000 bricks...

    • Decontrolled Houses.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 60. asked the Minister of Health if ho is aware of the high rents being charged in some cases for houses decontrolled under the Mortgage and Rent Restrictions Act, 1923; and will...

      Steel Houses.

      8 speeches

      Viscountess ASTOR: 61. asked the Minister of Health if he can state how many steel houses made by Messrs. J. and G. Weir, Messrs. Braithwaite and Company, and Messrs. James Wild have been...

      Public Utility Societies.

      2 speeches

      Viscountess ASTOR: 62. asked the Minister of Health the total amount of the loans granted up to the present date to assist the development of the Welwyn garden city; under which Acts loans are...

      Non-Brick Houses.

      2 speeches

      Viscountess ASTOR: 63. asked the Minister of Health if he will give the names of all the promoters of alternative methods of house construction, approved by his Department as eligible for...

      Spare Time Building.

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Minister of Health whether he can arrange, for a moderate charge. to place at the disposal of individuals desirous of building houses in their spare time plans of suitable houses,...

      Stamped Metal Ceilings (Gateshead).

      7 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the disadvantage or otherwise of stamped metal ceilings; whether he is aware that these ceilings permit water to ooze through from one floor...

      Bricks.

      7 speeches

      75. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the Report of the Auditor-General for New South Wales for the year ending 30th June last, showing that the State...

      Rotherham and Doncaster.

      2 speeches

      85. asked the Minister of Health how many houses have been erected since 1913 under the various Housing Acts by the Rotherham Rural District Council and by the Doncaster Rural District Council;...

      Alnwick Urban Council.

      2 speeches

      86. asked the Minister of Health why the Ministry has not sanctioned the request of the Ainwick Urban Council for sanction for 16 subsidies under the 1923 Act?

      Building Profits.

      4 speeches

      67. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that there are cases in which, under the 1923 Act, plans for houses and bungalows have been put forward in which, on the figures submitted by...

      Broadcasting (Food Lecture).

      2 speeches

      69. asked the Minister of Health whether the proposed Ministry of Health broadcast talk by Dr. McFadden, a permanent paid official of the Crown, on questions relating to food is to be free of...

      Insanitary Conditions (Wednesbury).

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the report of the inspectors of his Department recently submitted to the West Bromwich Board of Guardians as to the insanitary...

      County Council Elections (Polling Hours).

      2 speeches

      74. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the low percentage of electors voting at county council elections; and whether, in view of the fact that large numbers of...

      Able-Bodied Parents (Maintenance).

      2 speeches

      77. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many boards of guardians require children who are at work but living at home to contribute towards the cost of maintaining able-bodied...

      Gale Damage, Westward Ho.

      2 speeches

      Mr. PETO: 78. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the damage that has been done by recent gales to the foreshore at Westward Ho and the quay at Appledore; and...

      Animals (Humane Killer).

      2 speeches

      Mr. ROY WILSON: 79. asked the Minister of Health whether he will introduce a Bill to provide for the use in every slaughter-house in the country of the mechanically-operated humane killer, and to...

      Poor Rate, Middlesbrough.

      4 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 80. asked the Minister of Health the average amount of the poor rate levied in the Middlesbrough Poor Law Union for the three years ending 30th September, 1914, and for the three...

      Rating of Machinery.

      5 speeches

      82. asked the Minister of Health the number of authorities in Great Britain which levy rates upon machinery and the number which do not levy rates upon machinery?

      Widows' Pensions.

      2 speeches

      87. asked the Minister of Health whether he will state the number of widows with dependent children in England, Scotland, and Wales, and the number in receipt of Poor Law relief; and whether,...

      Mental Hospitals.

      3 speeches

      88. asked the Minister of Health how many persons are at present confined in mental hospitals; and how many of these are maintained solely at the public expense?

      Coinage (Designs)

      5 speeches

      94. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Standing Committee, appointed to act in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor of the Exchequer with regard to the artistic side of the...

      Inter-Allied Debts.

      6 speeches

      96. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amounts have been received in payment of debts incurred during the War, to date, from Allied and Dominion Governments, respectively; and whether any...

      Surplus War Stores (Sales).

      4 speeches

      97. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of firms who purchased surplus war stores from the Disposal Board and who have not yet settled their accounts; the amount due to the...

      Bank Rate.

      4 speeches

      98. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give any estimate of the amount of American money in this country, the retention of which was one of the reasons for the recent rise in...

      French Air Force.

      7 speeches

      Captain BENN: 99. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in conversations with the French Government relative to debts, he has raised the question of the expenditure on the French Air Force?

      Motor Vehicles (Licences).

      2 speeches

      100. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of licences which were granted for motor vehicles in January of this year; as compared with January of last year; and what percentage of...

      Licensed Hotels, Scotland (Decontrol).

      2 speeches

      101. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if any steps have been taken, or are to be taken, to decontrol the licensed hotels in Scotland, particularly in the neighbourhood of the Moray Firth?

      Fishing Vessels, South Devon (Lost Gear).

      2 speeches

      106. asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of vessels which have lost their gear off the South Coast of Devon; and the estimated loss to these men?

      Agricultural Drainage Schemes.

      2 speeches

      107. asked the Minister of Agriculture the amount of financial assistance contributed by the State to agricultural drainage schemes in Great Britain: the amount contributed by the owners of land...

      Export of Horses.

      8 speeches

      108. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, seeing that some 8,000 horses per annum are being shipped from this country for butchery abroad, he will consider the suggestion of discontinuing...

      Motor Industry.

      3 speeches

      314. asked the Minister of Labour if he will supply the numbers of workpeople employed in the manufacture of motor cars, motor commercial vehicles, motor cycles, and parts thereof, respectively...

      Police Strikers (Deductions from Pay).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Home Secretary whether he can now state the Government's intentions as to making cash payments to the police strikers, following on the Report of the Committee presided over by Sir...

      Geneva Protocol.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the House any information in regard to the statement to be made at Geneva by the Secretary of State...

      Kenya (Land Sales).

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that some 62,000 acres of land in Kenya are advertised for sale by auction by the Government on 23rd March;...

  • Business of the House.

    9 speeches

    Mr. J. RAMSAY MacDONALD: Can the Chancellor of the Exchequer indicate what will he the business for next week?

  • British Sugar (Subsidy) Bill.

    Reported, with an Amendment, from Standing Committee B.

  • Agricultural Returns Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee B.

  • Importation of Pedigree Animals Bill.

    Reported, with an Amendment, from Standing Committee B.

  • Local Authorities (Contracts) Bill,

    "to provide for the insertion in certain contracts and sub-contracts of a fair-wage Clause; and for purposes connected therewith," presented by Mr. WALLREAD; supported by Mr. John Jones, Mr....

  • CONSOLIDATION BILLS (TOWN PLANNING (SCOTLAND) BILL [Lords]).

    Report from the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills, in respect of the Town Planning (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (pending in the Lords), brought. up, and read;

  • CONSOLIDATION BILLS (HOUSING (SCOTLAND) BILL [Lords]).

    Report from the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills, in respect of the Housing (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (pending in the Lords), brought up, and read;

  • CONSOLIDATION BILLS (TOWN PLANNING BILL [Lords]).

    Report from the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills, in respect of the Town Planning Bill [Lords] (pending in the Lords), brought up, and read;

  • CONSOLIDATION BILLS (HOUSING BILL [Lords]).

    Report from the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills, in respect of the Housing Bill [Lords] (pending in the Lords), brought up, and read;

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,—

  • MERCHANT SHIPPING (INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTIONS) BILL [Lords].

    Read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Monday next, and to, be printed. [Bill 104.]

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [3RD ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Orders of the Day — Air Estimates, 1925–26.

    124 speeches

    1. "That a number of Air Forces, not exceeding 36,000, all ranks, be maintained for the Service of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland at home and abroad, exclusive of those serving...

  • Orders of the Day — Electricity (Supply) Acts.

    Resolved, That the Special Order made by the Electricity Commissioners under the Electricity (Supply) Acts, 1882 to 1922, and confirmed by the Minister of Transport under The Electricity (Supply)...

  • Orders of the Day — London Traffic (Restricted Streets) Regulations, 1925.

    29 speeches

    I beg to move That a humble Address be presented to His Majesty praying that the London Traffic (Restricted Streets) Order, dated the 18th day of February, 1925, be annulled. I do not think I...

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