House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 17 February 1931

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills [Lords] (Substituted Bill),

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Allotments, ST. Budeaux (Rents).

    8 speeches

    Brigadier-General WRIGHT: 1. asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the dissatisfaction that has been expressed by those concerned locally at the rent...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Holyrood Palace (Military Guard).

      3 speeches

      2. asked the Secretary of State for War why the sentries have been withdrawn from the Royal Palace of Holyrood House; and, in view of the fact that, with the exception of a brief period there has...

    • Clothing.

      2 speeches

      3. asked the Secretary of State for War the average cost per head of clothing the personnel of the Army in 1913–14 and 1930–31, respectively?

      Victualling.

      4 speeches

      4. asked the Secretary of State for War the average cost per head of victualling the personnel of the Army in 1913–14 and 1930–31, respectively; whether any substantial changes have...

      League of Nations' Year Book (Foreign Armies).

      5 speeches

      5. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that the general staff of the Army no longer obtains information from military attachés, in foreign countries regarding...

      Royal Army Medical Corps.

      7 speeches

      6. asked the Secretary of State for War whether, as it is necessary to employ 57 temporary and retired officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps and there is a deficiency of 124 of the authorised...

      Ordnance Corps, Catterick.

      2 speeches

      7. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that ex-Service civilian employés of the Ordnance Corps, Catterick, are discharged and their places taken by discharged or about...

      Officers' Pay.

      2 speeches

      9. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he can give the estimated saving to be effected by the reduction of pay, half-pay, and retired pay of Army officers by 1 per cent. as...

      Russia (Soviet Defence League).

      4 speeches

      8. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has any information as to the present numbers of the registered members of the Osoaviakhin or Soviet defence league, formed in 1927, with a view...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Housing.

      17 speeches

      Miss LEE: 10. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what restrictions, if any, were imposed by his Department upon the rentals that may be charged for Weir steel houses?

    • Illegal Trawling.

      3 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has given further consideration to the prevalence of illegal trawling in the Minch and sea lochs on the West Coast of Scotland; and what steps...

      Pier, Nigg.

      3 speeches

      12. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that it is proposed to demolish the pier at Nigg, in the Cromarty Firth; and, if so, what steps he proposes to take to preserve a...

      Agricultural Credits.

      8 speeches

      13. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now in a position to say what arrangements have been made to put into force the provisions of the Agricultural Credits (Scotland) Act, 1929?

      Clinic, Kirkintilloch.

      2 speeches

      16. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the reasons that are holding up the building of the new clinic at Kirkintilloch; and whether, in view of the number of children awaiting treatment as...

      Drainage Scheme, Kelvin Valley.

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now in a position to say whether he has reached agreement amongst the interests affected by his proposals for the better drainage of the...

      Cattle Industry (Scrub Bulls).

      9 speeches

      18. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he proposes to introduce legislation this Session to deal with the scrub bull, in order to put our cattle industry in a better position in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Export Trade (Scandinavia).

      6 speeches

      19. asked the Secretary for Mines the amount of coal thus far sold to Scandinavia as a direct result of the recent visit of the British commercial delegation to Scandinavia?

    • Quota System.

      16 speeches

      20. asked the Secretary for Mines if he will make inquiries for the purpose of ascertaining how many miners in Scotland have been suspended from employment owing to the operation of the quota...

      Explosions.

      4 speeches

      22. asked the Secretary for Mines if the number of explosions in coal mines, and loss of life through them, was greater or less in 1930 than in the years 1927, 1928 and 1929?

      Statistics.

      10 speeches

      23. asked the Secretary for Mines the average weekly wage of the workers in the coal-mining industry of Great Britain in 1920 and also in 1930, giving separate figures for Lancashire and Cheshire?

      Closed Pits.

      2 speeches

      Mr. LEE: 26. asked the Secretary for Mines how many collieries were closed down between December, 1924, and June, 1929; and how many have been closed since the quota arrangements of the Coal...

      Employment.

      6 speeches

      27. asked the Secretary for Mines the number of persons representing the normal capacity for employment of the coal-mining industry; and by how many the number of persons nominally registered as...

      Safety (Conferences).

      2 speeches

      29. asked the Secretary of Mines whether he proposes to hold further conferences in the coalfields in connection with the question of safety in mines?

      Cinematograph Films (Dominions).

      4 speeches

      30. asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs in which of the Dominions legislation has been passed on similar lines to that of the Cinematograph Films Act of 1927?

      South Africa (Non-Europeans).

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what reply he has made to the communication sent to him from South Africa with reference to a request to receive a deputation of...

      Irish Lighthouse Service.

      4 speeches

      32. asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether any satisfactory agreement has been arrived at for the transfer of the Irish lighthouse service from the British Government to the...

      Canada (Governor-General).

      2 speeches

      33. asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has any information as to when the new Governor-General of Canada is likely to take up his appointment?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Russia.

      4 speeches

      34. asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has received any report about the negotiations between the Prime Minister of Canada and the American Government at Washington,...

    • Timber Imports.

      14 speeches

      39. asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantity and value of soft wood, hewed and sawn, respectively, imported from Russia during January?

      Foreign Tariffs.

      4 speeches

      78. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can make any statement on the recent proposals made by His Majesty's Government to certain foreign countries for a reduction of import duties...

      Manufactured Goods.

      2 speeches

      80. asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the volume of exports of manufactures from Great Britain and the United States, respectively, in 1930, as expressed as percentages of the...

      Coal (Statistics).

      4 speeches

      79. asked the President of the Board of Trade what were the imports of coal in each of the years 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930 into Canada, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, respectively, distinguishing...

      Board of Trade Advisory Council.

      5 speeches

      82. asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the composition and what are the functions of the Board of Trade Advisory Committee?

      Cunard Insurance (Agreement) Act.

      6 speeches

      36. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can now state what proportion of the Cunard insurance construction risk has been placed in the insurance market?

      Consumers' Council Bill.

      6 speeches

      37. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he proposes to ask the House to consider further the Consumers' Council Bill?

      British Merchant Ships (Oil Fuel).

      2 speeches

      43. asked the President of the Board of Trade what percentage of the ships of the Royal Merchant Navy are now oil-burning?

      Grand Opera (Government Grant).

      7 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister when he proposes to ask the House to consider the proposed Government grant to grand opera?

      Arbitration, Conciliation and Judicial Settlement.

      4 speeches

      46. asked the Prime Minister whether he has now found it possible to arrange to take the Motion for accession to the General Act of Arbitration, Conciliation and Judicial Settlement at an early date?

      Fighting Services (Expenditure).

      7 speeches

      47. asked the Prime Minister whether the Committee of Inquiry into Government Expenditure will examine into the expenditure on the fighting services; whether it will have the assistance of expert...

      Australia (War Debt).

      9 speeches

      49. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what negotiations are now taking place with the Australian Government regarding the Australian War Debt, and the present position?

      Gold Delegation Report.

      3 speeches

      50. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has considered the passage in the second interim report of the Gold Delegation of the Financial Committee of the League of Nations in which it is...

      Germany (Loan).

      2 speeches

      51. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer with regard to the £6,000,000 short-term international loan or credit to be made to Germany, what is the object of this loan; and whether His...

      Great Britain and America (Exchange Account).

      9 speeches

      52. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in addition to the sum of £26,000,000 left over as a result of wartime financial operations and included under miscellaneous revenue, there...

      Great Britain and France (War Loans and Payments).

      4 speeches

      53. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total value of orders placed by the French Government with British industry and commerce during the late War, and in what manner these...

      Members of Parliament (Allowances).

      4 speeches

      55. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in regard to payment of Members of this House, he will introduce a means test similar to that proposed for working-class people in the Education...

      Co-Operative Societies (Taxation).

      6 speeches

      56. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the deficit that he anticipates, he will consider the advisability of bringing the £300,000,000 of annual trade of the...

      Silver.

      10 speeches

      57. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the recommendation of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate of the United States of America for restoring the price of...

      Government Buildings.

      4 speeches

      59. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any buildings at present occupied by Government Departments will be surrendered, and/or whether there will be any redistribution of Government...

      Unemployment Relief.

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the nature of the new financial proposals which will be required to give effect to the decision of the House on unemployment relief?

      War Loan.

      6 speeches

      62. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the gross amount of interest on 5 per Cent. War Loan, 1929–47, paid daring 1930 or any other recent convenient period of 12...

      German Reparations and Inter-Allied Debts.

      12 speeches

      64. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state, for the financial year, 1931–32, what are expected to be the total receipts of the United Kingdom on account of reparations and...

      Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.

      16 speeches

      67. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether in view of the fact that irregularities have been disclosed in the conduct of the affairs of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company during the years...

      Taxation.

      2 speeches

      68. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the condition of the nation's finance, he will assure the House that no further facilities will be granted for schemes which will...

      Income Tax Receipts.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that whenever an owner of property pays his Schedule A Income Tax, covering a number of houses, with one cheque, receipts are sent...

      Land Purchase, Ireland.

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how much money has been advanced by the British Government under the Land Purchase Acts since 1885 to tenant farmers in Ireland to enable them to...

      Questions to Ministers (Russia).

      3 speeches

      74. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the total number of questions submitted concerning Russia during this Parliament and the approximate cost of preparing replies thereto?

      Income Tax (Foreign Artists).

      4 speeches

      Sir F. HALL: 75 and 76. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1) what was the financial loss to the Treasury incurred in the two years ended 31st December, 1930, owing to the default of...

      India (Negotiations).

      6 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the contradictory reports from Delhi and in London of the alleged intention of His Majesty's Government to...

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister a question about business? Since the announcement of business was made, the Chairman of Ways and Means has put down an important Private Bill for 7.30; and, in view...

  • Colonial Naval Defence Bill [Lords].

    Reported, without Amendment, from standing Committee B.

  • Selection (Standing Com- Mittees).

    • Standing Committee B.

      Mr. Frederick Hall reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had discharged the following Members from Standing Committee B: Major Sir Herbert Cayzer, Mr. Herbert Gibson, Sir Alfred...

    • Standing Committee B.

      Mr. Frederick Hall further reported from the Committee; That they had added the following Thirty Members to Standing Committee B (in respect of the Agricultural Marketing Bill): Dr. Addison, the...

  • Agricultural Marketing [Money].

    55 speeches

    Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 71A.

  • Orders of the Day — Mining Industry (Welfare Fund) Bill.

    3 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Surrey County Council Bill.

    17 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Mining Industry (Welfare Fund) Bill.

    67 speeches

    Postponed Proceeding on Question, "That the Bill be now read a Second time," resumed.

  • Orders of the Day — UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE [MONEY] (No. 2).

    Resolution reported: That it is expedient— (a) to raise to ninety million pounds the limit on the amount of the advances to be made by the Treasury to the Unemployment Fund under Section...

  • Orders of the Day — UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (No. 2) BILL,

    "to raise to ninety million pounds the limit on the amount of the advances by the Treasury to the Unemployment Fund which may be outstanding during the deficiency period; to amend Sub-section (2)...

  • Orders of the Day — Sentence of Death (Expectant Mothers) Bill.

    Read a Second time, and committed to a Standing Committee.

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