House of Commons debates

Monday, 2 June 1930

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Newport Corporation (No. 2) Bill,

  • Finance Bill.

    Copy ordered of Memorandum explanatory of Clauses 10 and 12 of the Finance Bill."—[Mr. Pethick-Lawrence.]

  • Motoring Offences.

    Address for Return showing the number of persons dealt with in England and Wales for motoring offences, together with the number of the various offences and the results of proceedings in courts...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Sinkiang.

      4 speeches

      1. asked the Secretary of State for India whether any special steps are being taken to encourage British trade with Chinese Turkestan; and whether he will consider the opening of the Gilgit route...

    • Boot and Shoe Trade (Russian Order).

      10 speeches

      34. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether the order for three and-a half millions of pairs of boots and shoes offered by the Soviet Delegation to Northampton firms has yet...

      Cotton Industry.

      6 speeches

      36. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if the Government proposes to send a cotton trade mission to the Far East; who will select representatives; and from what funds will the...

      Trade Exhibitions.

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he has yet received a report from the Chelmsford Committee in connection with the future policy regarding trade exhibitions?

      British Industries Fair.

      4 speeches

      41. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what number of persons were employed on salary by the Department of Overseas Trade, and engaged in the organisation or conduct of the...

      Motor Cycles (Import Duties, Cyprus).

      6 speeches

      43. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his attention has been called to the contemplated increase of the annual licence fee on motor cycles imported into Cyprus from...

      Inter-Imperial Trade.

      4 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister what steps, if any, he intends taking to forward the development of inter-Imperial trade?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Situation.

      10 speeches

      2. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will give the House the latest information he has as to the conditions in India?

    • Air Force.

      6 speeches

      3. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can give any details about the proposed new Indian Air Force which is to be constituted; whether this is to be an Indianised Force; and how...

      Army and Air Force Native Officers (Training).

      2 speeches

      4. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is in a position to make an announcement with regard to the future arrangements for training young Indian gentlemen in India for commissions...

      Disturbances.

      8 speeches

      Captain PETER MACOONALD: 5. asked the Secretary of State for India how many persons were killed and injured as the result of the recent outbreak in Bombay; and whether the conditions there are...

      Press Ordinance.

      2 speeches

      6. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will give information showing the number of English printed and vernacular printed newspapers in India against which action has been taken by...

      Legislative Assembly and Council of State (Resignations).

      2 speeches

      7. asked the Secretary of State for India if he will state the number of members of the Indian Legislative Assembly and the Council of State who have resigned their seats in the course of the...

      Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill.

      4 speeches

      13. asked the Secretary of State for India whether it is the intention of the Government of India to proceed with the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill; and whether its terms have yet been made...

      Russian Agents.

      4 speeches

      10. asked the Secretary of State for India what steps, if any, are taken to prevent Russian agents from entering India, especially along the North-West frontier; and whether any information has...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Russia.

    • Religious Situation.

      4 speeches

      14. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has any information whether the decree forbidding the teaching of religion to children in Soviet Russia is still in force; and whether...

    • Fisheries Agreement.

      10 speeches

      15. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has been able to secure any arrangement with the Russian Government whereby British fishermen will be able to fish nearer to the...

      Propaganda.

      10 speeches

      20. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to a report of the Sixth Congress of the Communist International, which has recently been published by...

      Anglo-Russian Treaty, 1874.

      5 speeches

      26. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the hardship inflicted in certain cases, he will reconsider his decision with regard to the abrogation of the...

      Statutes and Legal Decisions.

      4 speeches

      27. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Foreign Office has access to the Statutes in force in the Soviet Union and to the reported decisions of their Courts?

      Forced Labour.

      2 speeches

      28. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has yet made inquiries of the Soviet Ambassador, or from other sources, as to the forced labour in the Soviet Union?

      Lena Goldfields.

      6 speeches

      29. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any representations have been made by His Majesty's Government to the Soviet Government with regard to the abortive arbitration...

      British Consular Representatives.

      6 speeches

      37. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department how many British Consular appointments have been made within the area of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics?

      British Tanks.

      5 speeches

      39. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether any insurance has been effected under the exports credits guarantee scheme in connection with the export of 20 12-ton tanks, 20...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — China.

    • British Missionaries.

      6 speeches

      16. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the number of British missionaries that have been killed or kidnapped in China during the 12 months ended to the last convenient date; can be...

    • Peace (British Influence).

      2 speeches

      25. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in the interests of world peace and trade, he can make to the Chinese Government any offer of good services in terminating the civil...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Italy (British Firm's Claim).

    2 speeches

    17. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn by the Bradford Chamber of Commerce to a lawsuit entered by a Bradford firm against a firm in Monza, Italy, in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — League of Nations Covenant (Amendments).

    16 speeches

    19. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what amendments, if any, the Government intend to put forward to the proposals for the amendment of the Covenant of the League embodied in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Anglo-Egyptian Relations.

    3 speeches

    22. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether there has been any development in the Anglo-Egyptian situation since the conclusion of the recent conference?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Abyssinia (Lake Tsana Dam).

    4 speeches

    30. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make any statement on the projected construction by the Government of Abyssinia of a dam across the outlet of Lake Tsana; if he...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Questions to Ministers.

    2 speeches

    The following question stood upon the Order Paper in the name of Lieut.-Colonel FREMANTLE:

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

    • Voluntary Fund Grants.

      4 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Pensions the amount of grants from the general voluntary fund paid to beneficiaries for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date; and the amount of grant...

    • Appeals (MR. G. W. Charlton).

      6 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Pensions if he will give the reason why Mr. G. W. Charlton, of Woodburn Terrace, Prudhoe, Case No. 11/M/444,378, men's awards branch, is not permitted to appeal against...

      COSHAM HOSPITAL (MR. W. E. Fox).

      5 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Pensions if, in view of the circumstances under which Mr. W. E. Fox was recently discharged from the staff of the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth, he...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Botanical Gardens.

    4 speeches

    44. asked the Minister of Agriculture the revenue derived from admission to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Official Secrets Act.

    2 speeches

    45. asked the Prime Minister whether he has received a memorandum from the Newspaper Proprietors' Association respecting the application of the provisions of the Official Secrets Act; and whether...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons (Sittings).

    3 speeches

    46. asked the Prime Minister whether he has yet given consideration to the report of the Select Committee on the Hours of Meeting and Rising of the House; and, if so, will he indicate what steps,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Channel Tunnel.

    6 speeches

    50. asked the Prime Minister whether the economic advantages of a Channel Tunnel have been, or will be, considered by the Economic Advisory Council?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — London Naval Conference.

    3 speeches

    51. asked the Prime Minister if there is any understanding or undertaking between the Government and the representatives of any other Power or Powers who were present at the Naval Conference...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    52. asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended to introduce a Factories Bill, a Bill enforcing the Washington Eight Hours' Convention, or a Bill repealing the Trade Unions Act, 1927?

  • Agriculture.

    • Arable Cultivation (Lincolnshire).

      2 speeches

      53. asked the Minister of Agriculture the total acreage for Lincolnshire under barley, wheat, potatoes, and sugar beet for the latest available year compared with 10 years previously?

    • National Mark Scheme.

      10 speeches

      54. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider the issuing of a special and distinctive sign for use by all shops, hotels and restaurants where National Mark produce may be obtained?

      Government Policy.

      3 speeches

      55. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the delay in announcing the Government's agricultural policy is holding up the plans and destroying the enterprise of British...

      Cereals (Subsidised Imports).

      3 speeches

      71. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will issue a statement setting forth the nature of the representations made by the Government during the past 12 months at Geneva and elsewhere...

  • Hadrian's Wall.

    3 speeches

    57. asked the First Commissioner of Works what arrangements have, been made to preserve the land between Hadrian's Wall and the vallum from destruction by quarrying?

  • Hyde Park (Mixed Bathing).

    5 speeches

    58. asked the First Commissioner of Works on what date mixed bathing will be permitted for the first time in the Serpentine; and what precautions will be taken to avoid risk to life in respect of...

  • Magistrates' Panfl (Dartford Division).

    3 speeches

    60. asked the Attorney-General whether, in view of the fact that the volume of magisterial work in Bexley, Crayford, Belvedere, Abbey Wood, Erith, Slades Green, Dartford, Swanscombe, and Welling...

  • Unemployment.

    • Insurance Fund.

      14 speeches

      61. asked the Minister of Labour if her attention has been called to the fact that the Unemployment Insurance Fund will, if the unemployment figure remains as at present, exhaust its borrowing...

    • Alien Musicians.

      6 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Labour the conditions under which alien musicians are permitted to remain in this country; whether he has received any recent protests against their employment; whether...

      Statistics.

      2 speeches

      63. asked the Minister of Labour if she has information showing to what extent the figures for unemployment have been increased by recent legislative changes or an actual lessened demand for labour?

      Benefit.

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Minister of Labour if she can give any estimate of how many additional persons are drawing unemployment benefit as a result of the abolition of the genuinely seeking work...

  • Wool Textile Industry (Dispute).

    2 speeches

    66. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that the Macmillan award relating to the wool textile trade dispute has been disregarded, she will introduce legislation in the...

  • Rates, Ashton-upon-Mersey.

    3 speeches

    67. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to a statement by the Ashton-upon-Mersey Urban District Council to the effect that an increase in the rates of over 5d. in...

  • Old Age Pensions (H. M. Foord).

    3 speeches

    69. asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that Mr. H. M. Foord, of 5, Stapylton Road, Barnet, Herts, who is 87 years of age and who served for over 24 years in the King's Royal Rifle...

  • Subversive Propaganda.

    4 speeches

    75. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now come to any decision in relation to various subversive and seditious publications by the Communist party of Great...

  • Narcotics (Manufacture).

    4 speeches

    76. asked the Home Secretary if he is taking steps to summon a preliminary conference of countries manufacturing narcotics with a view to limitation of their output, as suggested on behalf of...

  • Finance Acts (Drafting).

    4 speeches

    77. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the admitted impossibility of the general public understanding the provisions of the various Finance Acts and rules affecting Income...

  • Safeguarding Duties (Lace Industry).

    9 speeches

    78. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in view of the serious concern which is prevalent in the lace industry at the proposed withdrawal of the Safeguarding Duty on lace, he is...

  • Housing (Police Officers).

    2 speeches

    70. asked the Minister of Health how many watch committees in Great Britain have erected or purchased houses for the use of police officers since 1919; and the average cost of houses erected or...

  • Portsmouth Dockyard (Employes).

    3 speeches

    72. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the total number of employés in the dockyard at Portsmouth and the number engaged in productive work and in on-cost work?

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee D.

      Mr. Frederick Hall reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had discharged the following Members from Standing Committee D (added in respect of the Consumers' Council Bill): Mr. Albery...

  • Public Accounts.

    Second Report from the Select Committee, with Minutes of Evidence and Appendices, brought up, and read;

  • Stoke-on-Trent Extension Bill.

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

  • Naval Treaty.

    133 speeches

    I beg to move, That a Select Committee of Eleven Members be appointed to examine and report upon the proposals contained in the International Treaty for the Limitation and Reduction of Naval...

  • Orders of the Day — Education [Money].

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session (hereinafter referred to 'the said Act') to raise to fifteen years the age up to which parents are required to cause...

  • Orders of the Day — India (Communist Propaganda).

    8 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Mr. T. Kennedy.]

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