House of Commons debates

Thursday, 31 October 1929

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Borough Exchange.

      2 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Labour whether she is aware that the administration at the Walworth Road (Borough) Employment Exchange is gradually becoming more severe and unjust; whether any...

    • Statistics.

      8 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons who made application for unemployment pay for the last week in September, 1929; and will she give comparable figures for 1928 and particulars...

      Foreign Musicians.

      9 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Labour whether she is aware that her undertaking of the 13th September to seek the advice of the Musicians' Union before giving foreign bands permission to enter England...

      Transfer of Workers.

      27 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Labour the number of men, boys and girls who have been transferred from distressed areas to work in the London area during the last four months?

      Benefit.

      8 speeches

      11. asked the Minister of Labour what administrative changes she proposes to introduce to mitigate hardships caused in the working of the Unemployment Insurance Acts by the words "not genuinely...

      Appeals.

      6 speeches

      Mr. MACLEAN: 14. asked the Minister of Labour whether she is aware that J. M'Guire, 80, Hamilton Street, Govan, when a court of referees recommended that unemployment benefit should not be paid...

      Glasgow.

      10 speeches

      15. asked the Minister of Labour if she can state the number of cases submitted to the board of assessors at the Bridgeton, Springburn, Maryhill, Parkhead and South Side Exchanges, Glasgow,...

      Relief Schemes.

      4 speeches

      19. asked the Minister of Labour the number of schemes for relief of unemployment which have been submitted by local authorities in the Eastern Division of Fifeshire, specifying the works...

      Waiting Period (Umpire's Decision).

      15 speeches

      23. asked the Minister of Labour if any new instruction has been issued from her Department cancelling or altering in any way the decision of the Umpire, as outlined in the decision by him dated...

      Juveniles (School-Leaving Age).

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Minister of Labour whether she can give any estimate of the reduction likely to be made in the number of unemployed as a result of raising the school age in 1931?

      Leith Dock Extension Schemes.

      5 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Labour if her Department has received an application from the Leith Dock Commission with regard to two accelerated schemes for dock extension; and, if so, whether the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade Boards Act.

    • Midland Drop Forgings Industry.

      4 speeches

      7. asked the Minister of Labour whether the Government is pre pared to consider the setting up of a trade board in the Midland drop forgings industry?

    • Catering Trade.

      2 speeches

      21. asked the Minister of Labour whether she proposes to take steps to establish a trade board in the catering trade?

      Joint Industrial Councils.

      4 speeches

      8. asked the Minister of Labour whether she has received a communication from the joint Indus trial council of the lock, latch, and key industry of Willenhall, stating that it is in accord with...

      Washington Hours Convention.

      6 speeches

      9. asked the Minister of Labour whether she is now in a position to state the intentions of the Government with regard to the in- tended ratification of the Washington Convention?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Ministry of Labour.

      2 speeches

      18. asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of the personnel employed by the Ministry of Labour on 1st June, 1929; what are the numbers at present employed; and what is the in crease or...

    • Secret Service.

      6 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether it is under consideration to abolish the Secret Service; and whether any decision has yet been reached?

      Employment Statistics.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Labour if she will state how many persons were employed in industry in May, 1929, and in May, 1914, respectively?

      Aliens.

      12 speeches

      Sir G. HAMILTON: 31. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many aliens are supported in mental institutions in this country; and to what countries they really belong?

      Licensing Commission (Welsh Representation).

      10 speeches

      33. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that there are no special representatives of Welsh interests on the recently appointed Royal Commission on Licensing; and whether he will consider...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Motor Cars (Thefts).

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Home Secretary how many cases of motor cars being stolen have been reported to the Metropolitan Police during the last 12 months; how many persons have been convicted of car...

    • Taximeter Cabs.

      4 speeches

      39. asked the Home Secretary the number of taximeter cab owner drivers who have surrendered their licences during the period of office of the present Commissioner of Police?

      Chemical Workers (Protective Clothing).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Home Secretary whether Reports have been made by the factory inspectors showing the necessity for the better provision of protective clothing and boots for men employed in the...

      Newspaper Football Competitions.

      5 speeches

      36. asked the Home Secretary if he proposes to introduce legislation to make newspaper football competitions legal?

      Industrial Diseases (Pottery Industry).

      6 speeches

      37. asked the Home Secretary the date when he proposes to make an order to extend the present Various Industries (Silicosis) Order so as to make provision for the payment of compensation in the...

      Burns (Tannic Acid Treatment).

      2 speeches

      Dr. VERNON DAVIES: 41. asked the Home Secretary if he proposes to issue any instructions to factories and workshops in reference to the tannic acid treatment for burns?

      Juvenile Employment, South Shields.

      2 speeches

      42. asked the Home Secretary if he will state the date on which the by-laws for the regulation of the hours and conditions of employment of children in the county borough of South Shields were...

      Street Trading (Girls).

      2 speeches

      43. asked the Home Secretary how many local authorities have applied for by-laws to prohibit absolutely the carrying on of street trading by girls under the age of 16 years; and in how many cases...

      Liquor Traffic (State Control).

      5 speeches

      44. asked the Home Secretary when it is proposed to publish the annual statement of accounts of the State management area (liquor trade) for the year ended 31st March last, as required by the...

      Forest of Dean.

      2 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister whether the Government will now favour the establishment of a national park in the Royal Forest of Dean following the inquiries which he promised?

      Prisons (Women Commissioners and Inspectors).

      3 speeches

      47 and 48. asked the Home Secretary (1) whether, as there are no women on the Prison Commission, he will appoint an adequate quota of women commissioners; (2) if there are any women inspectors of...

      Russian Films.

      4 speeches

      49. asked the Home Secretary whether any films, and, if so, which, produced under Soviet auspices in Russia have been prohibited from exhibition in this country by Government action in the last...

      Vivisection.

      2 speeches

      50. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the further increase in the number of experiments on living animals, especially without anæsthetics, being 300,915...

      Armistice Service.

      13 speeches

      51. asked the Home Secretary whether the usual arrangements will be made for 11th November and the Armistice Service at the Cenotaph; and, if not, what are the reasons for any alterations?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Fire Extinguishers.

      4 speeches

      52. asked the President of the Board of Education whether his Department has considered the advisability of having fire extinguishers installed in the elementary schools in England and Wales; and...

    • School Leaving Age.

      12 speeches

      53. asked the President of the Board of Education the number of additional school places and the number of additional teachers required by the raising of the school leaving age to 15?

      Nursery Schools.

      8 speeches

      55. asked the President of the Board of Education the number of nursery schools in operation; and whether proposals are made for the opening of nursery schools in other areas?

      Non-Provided Schools.

      26 speeches

      Mr. OLD FIELD: 56. asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has taken any steps to consult the owners of non-provided schools in regard to making provision for the raising of the...

      Secondary Schools (Free Places).

      2 speeches

      57. asked the President of the Board of Education if he can state the policy of His Majesty's Government as to whether it is intended in the near future to increase the percentage of free places...

      Maintenance Allowances.

      6 speeches

      58. asked the President of the Board of Education the extent to which additional bursaries or maintenance grants have been given by those education authorities which have already raised the...

      School Inspections.

      3 speeches

      61. asked the President of the Board of Education how many schools, other than those in receipt of State and /or rate aid, have expressed their willingness to be inspected by the Board of...

      Insurance Schemes (Co-Ordination).

      4 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Health whether he can now make any statement in relation to the co-ordination of insurance schemes foreshadowed in the King's Speech?

      Rent Restrictions Acts.

      10 speeches

      63. asked the Minister of Health whether he can now make any statement in relation to the continuation and amendment of the Rent and Mortgage Interest Restrictions Act?

      India (Viceroy's Statement).

      4 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for India whether it is the intention of the Government to make any public statement regarding Indian affairs?

      Ebbw Vale Steel Works.

      7 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he can say what steps he is taking to deal with the situation arising from the threatened closing down of the Ebbw Vale Steel Works?

  • Business of the House.

    10 speeches

    May I ask the Leader of the House what business it is proposed to put down next week?

  • Reservoirs (Safety Provisions) Bill,

    "to impose, in the interests of safety, precautions to be observed in the construction, alteration, and use of reservoirs, and to amend the Law with respect to liability for damage and injury...

  • Message from the Lords.

    Consolidation Bills: That they propose that the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills do meet in the Chairman of Committees' Committee Room, House of Lords, on Wednesday next, at Twelve o'clock.

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Mr. Frederick Hall reported from the Committee of Selection: that they had nominated the following Members to serve on Standing Committee A: Mr. Angell, Mr. Arnott, Rear-Admiral Beamish, Captain...

  • Orders of the Day — Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Bill.

    77 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Expiring Laws Continuance Bill.

    Bead a Second time.

  • Adjournment.

    Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Mr. T. Kennedy.]

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