House of Commons debates

Thursday, 1 March 1934

  • Preamble

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

  • Unemployment Bill.

    1 speech

    I beg to present a petition signed by 6,360 persons in my constituency protesting against the compulsory clauses in the Unemployment Bill.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Working Hours.

    4 speeches

    3. asked the Minister of Labour the present position of his correspondence with the representatives of employers and employed on the subject of the introduction of the 40-hour week in industry in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Austria (Trade Unions).

    4 speeches

    4. asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been called to the action of the Austrian Government in suppressing trade unionism in Austria; and whether, in view of the references in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Assistance Scheme.

      4 speeches

      6. asked the Minister of Labour if he can now make a statement for the guidance of local authorities in the preparation of their estimates as to the date of coming into operation of the...

    • Lanarkshire.

      11 speeches

      8. asked the Minister of Labour the number of men, women, boys, and girls, respectively, who have been placed in employment by the various Employment Exchanges in the county of Lanark during each...

      Training Courses.

      6 speeches

      5. asked the Minister of Labour whether, after the passing of the Unemployment Insurance Bill, training centres and transfer instructional centres at present controlled by the Ministry of Labour...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Motor Insurance.

      2 speeches

      52. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he proposes to take steps to ensure that insurance companies accepting motoring risks are capable of meeting claims made upon them as...

    • Motoring Offences (Mobile Police).

      2 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of dangerous or careless driving have been reported by the mobile police, under the control of his Department, in each of...

      Telephone Poles.

      6 speeches

      66. asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the proximity of telephone poles to the metalled road is the main reason why loaded lorries and other vehicles, especially in foggy...

      Political Parties (Uniforms).

      3 speeches

      Mr. VYVYAN ADAMS: 12. asked the Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to say what action it is proposed to take with regard to the organisation called the British Fascists and other...

      Celanese Factory (Spondon Death).

      2 speeches

      13. asked the Home Secretary whether he has any information regarding the cause of the death of John Thomas Taylor, of South Street, Eastwood, who was employed at the celanese factory at Spondon,...

      Football Spectator's Death, Sheffield.

      2 speeches

      Captain CROOKSHANK: 14. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the death of Mr. G. F. Hill, of Gainsborough, who was crushed to death in the crowd at the football match...

      Precious Metals (Dealers' Registration).

      3 speeches

      15. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the recommendation of one of His Majesty's inspectors of constabulary in favour of the registration of dealers in gold and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Leeds (Tenants' Means).

      4 speeches

      17. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the proposals of the Leeds City Corporation to establish a means test for tenants of municipally-owned houses and flats,...

    • Baths.

      3 speeches

      18. asked the Minister of Health whether he has now received further information with regard to the increase in the price of baths, referred to by the inter-Departmental committee on the cost of...

      Labour Supply, Manchester.

      4 speeches

      22. asked the Minister of Health if he is satisfied that the large amount of building required by re-housing for scheduled slum areas in Manchester can be adequately met by local labour?

      Town Planning, Sevenoaks.

      5 speeches

      26. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to efforts by private builders to defeat the purpose of the town-planning scheme in the area of the Sevenoaks Rural District...

      Financial Provisions Act.

      2 speeches

      27. asked the Minister of Health how many houses erected under the provisions of the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1933, are completed and in occupation or available for occupation by tenants?

      Rural Workers Act.

      4 speeches

      28. asked the Minister of Health the number of houses reconditioned under the provisions of the Housing (Rural Workers) Act during the years 1933 and 1932; respectively?

      Statistics.

      8 speeches

      20. asked the Minister of Health if he will call for a return from all local authorities as to the number of houses that have been built to be let by private enterprise during 1933, giving...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.

    • Licensed Houses (Duty).

      2 speeches

      30. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will, in his coming Budget, reduce the duty on licensed houses in view of the hardship suffered by the licence-holders owing to reduction in the...

    • Co-Operative Societies (Taxation).

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the proposed incursion of the Co-operative Wholesale Society into the retail field, he will consider steps to ensure the Exchequer a...

      Exchange Equalisation Account.

      8 speeches

      33. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will give to this House information regarding the operation and objective of the Exchange Equalisation Account similar to that given recently...

      Local Loans (Interest Rates).

      2 speeches

      34. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the rates of interest at which the outstanding local loans set out in the Local Loans Fund Accounts, 1932, have been granted?

      Terminable Annuities (Income Tax).

      4 speeches

      36. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can see his way to reconsider the rules as to the chargeability to Income Tax of terminable annuities purchased?

      National Savings.

      2 speeches

      37. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will furnish an estimate of the aggregate savings of the inhabitants of the United Kingdom in national savings certificates, in all savings banks,...

      Oils Duty.

      2 speeches

      40. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the total quantities of oil imported into this country, now subject to the tax of 1d. per gallon imposed by the Finance Act of last year, during...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • British Barley (Malting).

      2 speeches

      35. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the evidence now available as to the possibility of using for malting purposes a more substantial proportion of British barley, he...

    • Poultry Industry.

      6 speeches

      45. asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the large increase in the quantity of both eggs and poultry imported into this country during the first seven weeks of 1934 as compared...

      Wages and Hours.

      5 speeches

      50. asked the Minister of Agriculture the cases in which the wages of agricultural labourers have been increased within the last six months and the summer working hours reduced?

      Potatoes.

      6 speeches

      47. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the glut of last season's potatoes and the very low price at which they can be bought, he will consider the advisability of temporarily...

      Pig Industry.

      2 speeches

      48. asked the Minister of Agriculture when it is proposed to set up the Pig Industry Development Board?

      Musk Rats.

      2 speeches

      49. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can now make any statement as to whether the musk-rat menace has been brought under control?

      Milk Policy.

      4 speeches

      43. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether the funds to be provided to ensure a purer milk supply will be available for the assistance of dairy farmers who are willing to instal pasteurisation...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Import Duties (Glass Ware).

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether any Report has yet been received from the Import Duties Advisory Committee respecting the application for increased duties on glass...

    • Denmark (Import Licences).

      4 speeches

      53. asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has received any reply from the Danish Government in answer to the representations he has recently made regarding the reduction of import...

      Russia.

      8 speeches

      54. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any arrangement has been come to under the new Russian trade agreement whereby the goods purchased by Russia in the United Kingdom will not...

      Export Credits.

      4 speeches

      68. asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department the extent of the losses of the Export Credits Guarantee Department since its inception and the proportion of these losses which are due...

      Industrial Insurance.

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the Government now intends to introduce any legislation dealing with the Report of the Departmental Committee on Industrial Insurance?

      Horses (Export).

      4 speeches

      44. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can state how many aged horses were exported from this country during the year 1933 for the purpose of slaughter abroad; where the same were...

      Brewster Sessions.

      5 speeches

      Captain CROOKSHANK: 57. asked the Attorney-General how many magistrates only attend in court once a year and that on the occasion of the brewster sessions; and whether consideration will be given...

      Air Services (Bermuda and United States).

      4 speeches

      61. asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what is the position of airways projects as affecting transit between Bermuda and the United States; and if the Bermuda Government is taking...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Miners' Diseases.

      2 speeches

      58. asked the Secretary for Mines the total number of persons disabled in the coal mines of this country for the years 1932 and 1933 resulting respectively from nystagmus, silicosis, beat hand,...

    • Accidents (Roof Falls).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Secretary for Mines the number of fatal and non-fatal accidents resulting from falls of roof at the road-heads of the coal mines of this country for the years 1932 and 1933, giving...

      Inspection.

      2 speeches

      59. asked the Secretary for Mines the number of separate pits or slants in each of the inspectorate divisions at work in the coal mines of this country during the years 1932 and 1933, giving the...

      Post Office (Air Mail Charges).

      7 speeches

      Captain CAZALET: 62. asked the Postmaster-General what is the cost for postage of one copy of the daily "Times" from London to Calcutta by air mail?

      Palestine.

      2 speeches

      63. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the "Brown Book of the Hitler Terror" is prohibited in Palestine, while Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is permitted to be sold?

      Scotland (National Health Insurance).

      2 speeches

      65. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of persons in the county of Lanark who are likely to be deprived of medical and other benefits as a consequence of the coming into...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

    • Ministry of Labour.

      2 speeches

      Mr. RUTHERFORD: 1. asked the Minister of Labour whether he will assure the House that it is the policy of his Department to employ male clerks rather than female where possible?

    • Ministry of Agriculture.

      2 speeches

      46. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can now state the number of posts outside his Department carrying salaries of over £500 a year which have been created as a result of the...

      Cotton Industry (Agreements).

      4 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Labour whether His Majesty's Government proposes to give statutory effect to the more-looms-per-weaver agreements?

      Trade Unions (Membership).

      2 speeches

      10. asked the Minister of Labour if he can furnish an estimate as to the percentage of the total number of employed persons who are members of trade unions and, for comparison, an estimate of the...

      Publicity Schemes (Rural Authorities).

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the in- troduction of legislation to allow rural districts to contribute towards publicity schemes?

      Regent's Park (ST. John's Lodge).

      2 speeches

      Mr. PALMER: 69. asked the First Commissioner of Works if he will state the uses to which the main building at St. John's Lodge, Regent's Park, has been put within the last 12 months and the...

      Royal Navy (Contracts).

      4 speeches

      Captain CROOKSHANK: 71. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the total value of Admiralty contracts placed on the Clyde during the last 12 months?

  • Business of the House.

    12 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister what will be the business for next week?

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

  • Orders of the Day — Indian Constitutional Reform (Government Proposals).

    16 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Captain Margesson.]

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