House of Commons debates

Thursday, 19 March 1925

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Paisley Burgh Extension Bill (by Order),

  • Street Accidents Caused by Vehicles.

    Address for Return "showing the number of accidents resulting in death or personal injury known by the police to have been caused by vehicles in streets, roads, or public places in Great Britain...

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

    • Accumulated Credits.

      7 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Pensions if interest is paid on the accumulated credits of an ex-service man and pensioner while in hospital; and, if so, at what rate?

    • Appeals (Assistance).

      14 speeches

      Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON: 3. asked the Minister of Pensions if, by arrangesment with the Lord Chancellor, he will issue regulations to permit local pension committees to authorise the payment of the...

      Orphans.

      7 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Pensions how many orphans of soldiers, sailors and airmen killed in the late. War are in orphanages and similar institutions, and how many are in the Poor Law schools;...

      Final Awards.

      8 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will consider the possibility of allowing men who are granted a final award for a disability assessed as under 20 per cent. to appeal within 12 months...

      Police (Pre-War Widows).

      2 speeches

      Captain ARTHUR EVANS: 7. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the financial position in which many widows of pre-War constables are situated owing to the...

      Broadmoor Asylum (Food Contracts).

      3 speeches

      8. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the tender forms issued by the Broad moor criminal lunatic asylum specify that the cheese is to be American or Canadian and the bacon to be...

      Places of Entertainment (Licences).

      8 speeches

      9. asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the difficulties arising from the licensing laws controlling stage plays and singing and dancing licences at theatres, variety theatres, and...

      Liquor Traffic (Carlisle).

      8 speeches

      10. asked the Home Secretary whether he has given his approval for the expenditure of any sums of public money in rebuilding and making alterations to public-houses in Carlisle; what is the total...

      Tombola, Hungerford.

      4 speeches

      12. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the loss of funds to local hospitals at Hungerford, owing to the action of the police authorities in forbidding a...

      MR. Harry Pollitt (Kidnapping).

      2 speeches

      13. asked the Home Secretary whether he has made further inquiries into the alleged kidnapping of Mr. Harry Pollitt, at Edgehill Station, on Saturday last; and with what result?

      Motor Licences.

      4 speeches

      14. asked the Home Secretary the number of licences to drive motor vehicles issued during the year 1924?

      Motorists (Fines).

      5 speeches

      15. asked the Home Secretary whether he can state the amount of money received from fines inflicted on motorists for exceeding the speed limit in the United Kingdom, during each quarter of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Secondary Schools.

      4 speeches

      19. asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the different fees charged by secondary schools in various parts of England and Wales, varying from £ 8 and more in some...

    • School Accommodation (Doncaster Area).

      4 speeches

      20. asked the President of the Board of Education what elementary school accommodation there is at Dunscroft and Stainforth, near Don-caster; how many children are being taught in temporary...

      Apprenticeships.

      2 speeches

      22. asked the President of the Board of Education if he is prepared to consider the encouragement of private firms in an extension of the apprenticeship system based upon lines which meet with...

      Juvenile Employment.

      9 speeches

      23. asked the President of the Board of Education what machinery exists at present to assist pupils leaving public elementary schools to obtain suitable employment,i.e.,employment not of a...

      Uncertificated Teachers.

      1 speech

      24. asked the President of the Board of Education what is the present proportion of uncertificated

      Religious Instruction.

      5 speeches

      85. asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of the requirements of the Education Acts as to religious instruction in a State-provided elementary school, he will say whether...

      Teachers' Scholarships.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the President of the Board of Education whether the Board will proceed to determine for the recipients of its teachers' scholarships a fixed grant, payable at dates also fixed,...

      University Tutorial Classes.

      2 speeches

      29. asked the President of the Board of Education what is the number of university tutorial classes which have been provisionally recognised for grant this Session under the new regulations: how...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Building Societies.

      6 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Health if it is the intention of the Government to advance money to approved building societies at a low rate of interest and for a fixed period of years, to enable such...

    • Wednesbury.

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Minister of Health the date when the last Wednesbury municipal housing scheme was completed; and whether any new municipal housing scheme has been adopted, and the number of houses...

      Building Trade Operatives.

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Health if he will have Returns made to show the number of building trade operatives employed from time to time on work under the Housing Acts, 1923 and 1924?

      Leicester.

      5 speeches

      42. asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that men employed on the Leicester Corporation housing contract are forced to use pieces of wood or slate to lay the cement bedding for concrete...

      Liverpool.

      6 speeches

      51. asked the Minister of Health whether plans have been submitted for the erection of houses in Liverpool during 1925; if so, how many houses were involved, the type of house to be erected, and...

      Unoccupied Houses (Sheffield).

      2 speeches

      57. asked the Minister of Health whether he has received a copy of the resolution passed by the Sheffield City Council at its meeting on the 11th instant, urging that legislation be promoted in...

      Poor Law Relief.

      11 speeches

      36. asked the Minister of Health whether the Year ending March. Total Expenditure in England and Wales on the relief of the poor and purposes connected therewith. Amount (included in Column 2)...

      Necessitous Areas (Government Assistance).

      9 speeches

      Mr. T. THOMSON: 37. asked the Minister of Health in what way local authorities whose poor rate is excessive on account of abnormal unemployment are receiving special assistance from the...

      Smoke Abatement.

      7 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that about 70 per cent. of air pollution is the result of smoke from industrial chimneys; whether his Department has taken any steps to...

      Casual Wards (Stone-Pounding).

      6 speeches

      43. asked the Minister of Health in what unions stone-pounding is now employed as a task; and whether he will abolish it when he. makes new regulations for the casual wards?

      Cologne (Evacuation).

      6 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether he can give the House any information as to the present position of the question of Cologne; and whether the evacuation is now connected in any way with the...

      Naval Construction.

      8 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister if he can give a date when the decision of the Cabinet as to new naval construction will be made known to the House; and if in view of the impossibility of the House...

      National Defence.

      8 speeches

      48. asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government will set up a committee to investigate the possibilities of combining the Air Ministry and the Admiralty into one department for the...

      Goveenment Contracts (Foreign Manufactures).

      3 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir FREDERICK HALL: 49. asked the Prime Minister whether any arrangements are in force in the various spending Departments whereby no goods of foreign manufacture are to be...

      Old Age Pensions.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Minister of Health in how many cases in the Liverpool district the old age pensions have been found to be insufficient and have been supplemented by the Poor Law guardians, and the...

      Bridport Poor Law Institution.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Minister of Health for how many years bedsteads and bedding have been provided for the women casuals at the Bridport Poor Law Institution; and whether night-clothes are always provided?

      Local Authorities' Contracts (British Goods).

      2 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 58. asked the Minister of Health whether steps can be taken to impress upon local authorities who have to obtain the sanction of his Department to borrowings for capital expenditure...

      Inter-Allied Debts.

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has made any approaches to the Italian Government in reference to the Italian War debt to this country?

      German Reparation.

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amount on German reparation account he is estimating for in the forthcoming year?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men.

    • Civil Service.

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can give an estimate as to the amount it would cost to allow civil servants, including postmen, to reckon service with the Army and Navy towards...

    • Training (Manchester).

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that 10 men training in the Watch and Clock Department, G.I.F., Ayres Road, Old Trafford, Manchester, were given four weeks' notice in writing on...

      Commissioners of Prisons (Report).

      2 speeches

      Captain A. EVANS: 68. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that the members of the visiting committee of His Majesty's prison at Cardiff have been refused free copies of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Small Holdings.

      6 speeches

      70. asked the Minister of Agriculture the total number of ex-service men and others who have been settled on small holdings under the land settlement scheme and the cost of such settlement; and...

    • Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

      4 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he proposes to take any action on the Report of the Departmental Committee on Foot-and-Mouth Disease in 1923 in cases where the Report shows...

      Unemployment (Transfer of Workmen).

      13 speeches

      Mr. BECKETT: 72. asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that over 30 miners have had their benefit stopped at the Gateshead Employment Exchange for refusing work at Doncaster, and that these...

      Unsweetened Table Waters Duty.

      4 speeches

      63. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of revenue produced during the last 13 months by the duty on unsweetened table waters and the approximate cost of collecting that revenue?

      National Debt.

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the reasons which have led this year to an increase in the charge for interest, etc., on the National Debt, over that estimated at the time of the...

      Revenue and Expenditure Return.

      2 speeches

      Mr. WILLIAMS: 65. also asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can arrange in the weekly revenue and expenditure return for the expenditure on supply services to be analysed under the...

      Anglo-Irish Treaty (Article 5).

      2 speeches

      66. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the Treasury is preparing any financial statement in connection with Article 5 of the Anglo-Irish Treaty?

      Singapore Base (Air Defences).

      6 speeches

      74. asked the Secretary of State for Air what air defences will be necessary for the protection of the proposed new Singapore base; what will be their cost; and when the necessary work will be...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Irish Prisoners.

      6 speeches

      75. asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that Sean Flood, a prisoner held in this country on behalf of the Northern Government of Ireland, is now lying in the Royal Edinburgh...

    • Sheriff-Substitutes.

      4 speeches

      76. asked the Secretary for Scotland if, in making the appointment of any new salaried sheriff-substitute in Scotland, he will keep in mind Section 12 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act, 1907,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Telephones, Rural Areas.

      2 speeches

      Lieut-Colonel ACLAIMD-TROYTE: 77. asked the Postmaster-General whether he is prepared to assist the agricultural interests by an extension of the telephone system in rural areas and by making a...

    • Wireless Licences (Fees).

      4 speeches

      78. asked the Postmaster-General if, considering that in the year 1923-2-1 his Department made a profit of £ 20,000 odd in the administration of broadcast licences, and at the same time...

      Mercantile Marine (Deaths).

      2 speeches

      79. asked the President of the Board of Trade the crude death rates in the merchant marine of British, of foreign, and of Lascar seamen from pneumonia, from phthisis, from all other diseases, and...

      Frozen Beef (Re-Exports).

      5 speeches

      80. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will verify the quantity and value of frozen beef re-exported during February, as given in the monthly statement of trade, which shows the...

  • Business of the House.

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Mr. FREDERICK HALL reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee A: Lieut.-Colonel Henderson; and had appointed in substitution:...

    • Message from the Lords.

      That they have passed a Bill, intituled, "An Act to provide for the regulation of the manufacture, sale, and importation of vaccines, sera, and other therapeutic substances." [Therapeutic...

      Local Legislation Committee.

      Special Report from the Local Legislation Committee, with Minutes of Proceeding of Session 1924, brought up, and read.

      Chairmen's Panel.

      Mr. TURTON reported from the Chairmen's Panel: That they had appointed Mr. Short to act as Chairman of Standing Committee A (in respect of the Guardianship of Infants Bill); Sir Robert Hamilton...

      Private Bills (Group a).

      Mr. HOPKINS reported from the Committee on Group A of Private Bills; That, for the convenience of parties, the Committee had adjourned till Tuesday next, at Two of the Clock.

      Private Bills (Group B).

      Sir ARTHUR SHIRLEY BENN reported from the Committee on Group B of Private Bilk; That, for the convenience of parties, the Committee had adjourned till Tuesday next, at Eleven of the Clock.

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    • Navy Estimates, 1925-26.

      1 speech

      Order for Committee read.

    • Increased Expenditure.

      2 speeches

      It may appear at first sight that an increase in the Vote of £ 4,700,000 is rather alarming, but I hope to be able to convince the House that in arriving at this figure we have had regard,...

      Personnel.

      I come now to Vote A, in which we have an increase of 2,175 men. That, again, is a very good instance of what I inherited from the hon. Gentleman opposite. When he spoke in the House on this...

      Construction.

      With regard to construction, I think the House would like to know what has been done. In the last year, that is, the year that ends this month, 1924-25, one cruiser, "Frobisher," has been...

      Washington Convention (Tonnage Scrapped).

      I think I ought to tell the House what has been done to fulfil our obligations under the Washington Convention, under which we had to scrap a large amount of tonnage. All the obligations under...

      Vocational Training.

      2 speeches

      It is very difficult, with all the different subjects which come under this Vote, to select those which seem most likely to be of interest to the House, but I think the House will be interested...

      Special Service Squadron.

      With regard to Fleet exercises, no manoeuvres on any large scale have taken place, or are going to take place this year, beyond the ordinary short sea exercises. I think I ought to say a word...

      Dockyards.

      As to the Dockyards, I have not yet had time to explore the situation very fully. My time has been largely taken up with polite conversations with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the...

      Fleet Air Arm.

      8 speeches

      I come to the Fleet Air Arm. This expenditure is the same as last year. I think it was in October last year that the Government, in the last days of its existence, decided that the cost of this...

      Officers' Marriage Allowances.

      5 speeches

      With regard to marriage allowance for officers, this is a subject which has been before the House for a considerable time, and great sympathy has been shown for the proposal that marriage...

      Singapore Base.

      5 speeches

      I am afraid I am not at liberty to divulge the personnel. There is one other subject to which I wish to refer—the Singapore base. As announced in the King's Speech, we have decided to...

      Dominion Contributions.

      40 speeches

      I should like to say how grateful we are, and I am sure the whole House is, for the public-spirited way in which Hong Kong has come forward and made the gift she has made for this purpose and...

      Lower Deck Grievances.

      69 speeches

      I beg to move, to leave out from the word "That" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof the words in the interests of efficiency in the Navy and a contented personnel on the Lower...

      Wages, &C, of Officers and Men of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and Civilians Employed on Fleet Services.

      Resolved, That a sura, not exceeding £ 15,040,300, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of Wages, &c. of Officers and Men of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and Civilians...

      Works, Buildings, and Repairs at Home and Abroad.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £ 2,588,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of Works, Buildings, and Repairs, at Home and Abroad, including the cost of Superintendence,...

      Victualling and Clothing for the Navy.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £ 4,509,900, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Expense of Victualling and Clothing for the Navy, including the cost of Victualling Establishments...

      Ways and Means.

      Considered in Committee.

      Trade Facilities Bill.

      Read the Third time, and passed.

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Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

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