House of Commons debates

Thursday, 1 August 1935

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Assistance.

      25 speeches

      1. asked the Minister of Labour the number of allowances under the Unemployment Assistance Board which were in force when the standstill arrangement was made, and the number which have since been...

    • Bricklayers and Plasterers (Training).

      2 speeches

      2. asked the Minister of Labour what steps he has taken to encourage the provision of an adequate number of skilled bricklayers and plasterers to overcome the present shortage of such workers;...

      Insurance (Chauffeurs).

      2 speeches

      10. asked the Minister of Labour, whether he will take immediate steps to introduce legislation with a view to securing that chauffeurs engaged by private employers shall be insurable under the...

      Statistics.

      6 speeches

      Miss CAZALET: 3. asked the Minister of Labour whether, in addition to analysing the unemployment figures in respect of length of unemployment, he will also consider making and issuing a further...

      Special Areas (Site Clearance).

      4 speeches

      4. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has taken any steps to facilitate the clearance of sites in special areas through the Commissioner; and whether he is now in a position to state that...

      Factory Inspection, Merseyside.

      4 speeches

      11. asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many factory inspectors are responsible for the dock area on Merseyside.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Cross Roads, Gants Hill Cross.

      5 speeches

      12. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the Ilford Council have frequently called the attention of his Department to the danger at Sants Hill Cross, at which seven roads converge,...

    • Horse-Drawn Traffic.

      10 speeches

      56. asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that if his policy of discouraging and eliminating horse traction is carried out 4,000 to 5,000 carters in Liverpool will lose their...

      Road Traffic Act (Inquiries).

      4 speeches

      57. asked the Minister of Transport whether he is satisfied that adequate public notice is given by his Department of proposed local inquiries under Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act, 1934?

      Travel Facilities, Tottenham.

      4 speeches

      58. asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the London Passenger Transport Board has initiated a policy of scaling up workmen's and cheap travel facilities between the trains as...

      Mechanically-Operated Reflectors.

      3 speeches

      62. asked the Minister of Transport whether in view of the impossibility of enforcing the use of a mechanically-operated reflector to deflect the beam, as laid down in the new lighting...

      Motor Driving Tests (London).

      2 speeches

      60. asked the Minister of Transport the number of examiners and the places of examination for drivers residing in the Metropolitan police district who wish to obtain driving licences; whether any...

      Pedestrians (Traffic Signals).

      2 speeches

      61. asked the Minister of Transport whether he proposes to carry out any further experiments with a view to ensuring greater safety for pedestrians as junctions controlled by traffic lights?

      Trunk Roads Improvements (Grants).

      10 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the national importance of the trunk roads and of the Government's expressed desire for the adoption of an improved lay-out...

      Workmen's Compensation (Miners).

      8 speeches

      13. asked the Home Secretary the terms of reference and the name of the chairman of the committee which he proposes to appoint to inquire into the operation of the Workmen's Compensation Act in...

      Terms of Reference to Workmen's Compensation Committee.

      The Committee will be asked: (i) The inquire into the operation of the Workmen's Compensation Acts (including any Orders or Regulations made there-under) in relation to workmen affected by...

      Summary Courts (Social Services).

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir ARNOLD WILSON: 14. asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information as to the progress of the inquiry being made by the Summary Courts (Social Services) Committee?

      Air Raid Precautions.

      10 speeches

      15. asked the Home Secretary which county councils, county borough councils, Metropolitan and municipal borough councils, and urban and rural district councils in England and Wales have already...

      Fatal Accident, Barking.

      2 speeches

      19. asked the Home Secretary whether he has received a report from his factory inspector in connection with the fatal accident to a carman at the yard of Messrs. I. Leftley, transport...

      Education.

      Supplementary Teachers (Superannuation).

      2 speeches

      24. asked the President of the Board of Education what steps it is proposed to take in connection with granting pensions or superannuation allowances to supplementary teachers on reaching the age...

      Elementary School Children, London (Holidays).

      2 speeches

      Miss CAZALET: 25. asked the President of the Board of Education the estimated number of elementary school children in London who go away annually for a holiday, whether assisted through the...

      Elementary Schools, Liverpool.

      2 speeches

      26. asked the President of the Board of Education what action he is taking as a result of his inquiries into the matter of elementary schools in the Childwall ward of Liverpool, with a view to...

      Public Health.

      Hop Pickers (Accommodation).

      9 speeches

      29. asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking in regard to the inspection of accommodation for hop pickers in Worcestershire and Herefordshire prior to the arrival of the pickers in...

      Lunacy Administration.

      5 speeches

      30. asked the Minister of Health whether, with a view to reducing the very heavy cost of the present lunacy administration based on a system of universal detention, he will introduce a short...

      Paratyphoid, Grays.

      2 speeches

      31. asked the Minister of Health whether he can give any information in regard to the outbreak of paratyphoid at Grays, Essex, and neighbouring towns; what action is being taken to prevent the...

      Contributory Old Age. Pensions.

      2 speeches

      32. asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the hardship inflicted on an insured man who is compulsorily retired from his employment at 65 and whose wife has not yet...

      Housing Scheme (Hackney Marshes).

      9 speeches

      33. asked the Minister of Health whether his assent has been given to the London County Council's scheme to appropriate 30 acres of playing fields on Hackney Marshes for the purpose of a new...

      Surtax.

      4 speeches

      36. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of persons liable to pay Surtax in each of the years 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, and the percentage of such...

      Agriculture.

      Smallholders (Financial Position).

      2 speeches

      38. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his latest statistics indicate an improvement in the financial position of smallholders, and how the number of bankruptcies of such men in 1934...

      Potatoes (Wholesale Prices).

      2 speeches

      41. asked the Minister of Agriculture the average wholesale price of potatoes in the years 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935, to the nearest date available?

      Germany (British Bondholders).

      7 speeches

      37. asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he proposes to take with a view to securing payment of interest to British holders of German bonds and shares in German companies and the...

      Fishing Industry.

      Supplies (Distribution).

      2 speeches

      39. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that large quantities of fish for distribution in important cities in the Midlands are delivered in wooden boxes bound with steel bands;...

      Prices.

      4 speeches

      40. asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has yet gained sufficient experience as to the effect of the Sea Fishing Industry (Restriction of Fishing in Northern Waters) Order, 1933, to...

      Afforestation.

      Spring Frosts.

      2 speeches

      43. asked the hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether any records are being compiled of the effect on various kinds of trees of the severe May frosts;...

      Mature Timber (Fellings).

      2 speeches

      44. asked the hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether he has any statistics showing the extent to which mature timber is still being cut down for sale...

      House of Commons (Adjournment Motions).

      4 speeches

      45. asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to the difficulty of obtaining permission to move under Standing Order No. 8 for an adjournment on matters of public importance,...

      Industrial and Agricultural Research.

      3 speeches

      46. asked the Lord President of the Council whether he can give a table showing the comparable sums allocated by the Privy Council to the work of industrial and agricultural research, respectively?

      Trade and Commerce.

      Anglo-Turkish Trade Agreement.

      4 speeches

      47. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction in the British commercial community at Istanbul with the terms of the recently concluded Anglo-Turkish...

      Aircraft (Export).

      6 speeches

      48. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the difficulty of distinguishing between aircraft destined for civil purposes and those destined for military purposes, he will...

      Shipping Industry (Assistance).

      7 speeches

      51. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make representations to shipowners whose applications under Part II of the British Shipping (Assistance) Act are approved to so...

      Japanese Cotton Cloth (Import).

      4 speeches

      52. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to state what steps he has taken to prevent Japanese cotton cloth imported into Great Britain for printing purposes...

      Post Office.

      Telegraph Acts (Test Case).

      4 speeches

      54. asked the Postmaster-General whether he can give any information in regard to the claim of £916 against the Birmingham Corporation relative to the moving of telegraph lines; what action...

      Telephone Operators.

      2 speeches

      55. asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the profit made on the evening telephone rates, he will arrange that more operators should be available at trunk exchanges in the Midland...

      Coal Industry.

      Exports.

      14 speeches

      63. asked the Secretary for Mines the quantity of coal exported from South Wales to France, Italy, Germany and Spain for each of the last four years and for the first six months of 1935?

      New London Colliery, Nottinghamshire.

      2 speeches

      64. asked the Secretary for Mines whether any investigation has been made into the complaints which have been received regarding the keeping of the overtime register and the winding times at New...

      Selling Pools.

      4 speeches

      68. asked the Secretary for Mines whether he proposes to take active steps to encourage other districts to follow the example of Lancashire in forming a selling pool?

      Hours of Work (International Convention).

      4 speeches

      69. asked the Secretary for Mines the present position with regard to the ratification of the international convention on the hours of work in mines; and when is it expected that this will be...

      Mines, Durham (Capital).

      2 speeches

      53. asked the President of the Board of Trade the amount of capital invested in coal mines in Durham?

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      2 speeches

      71. asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will reconsider the case of Mr. George P. Evans, of 130, Abercynon Road, Abercynon, Glamorganshire, who claims that his disability from War service...

      Scotland.

      Cinema Exhibitors Regulations.

      2 speeches

      72. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has received the reports from the licensing authorities in answer to the questionnaire submitted to them by the Scottish Office as to the...

      Juvenile Courts (Fifeshire).

      2 speeches

      73. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the position with regard to the functioning of juvenile courts in the county of Fife?

      School-Leaving Age.

      6 speeches

      Duchess of ATHOLL: 75. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of additional class and specialist teachers needed for the raising of the school age to 15 and for the complete...

      Justices Advisory Committees, Lincolnshire.

      2 speeches

      76. asked the Attorney-General the names of members of the county justices advisory committee of Lindsey, Kesteven, and Holland, respectively, and the date of their appointment; and the name of...

      Incitement to Disaffection Act.

      6 speeches

      77. asked the Attorney-General how many prosecutions have so far taken place under the Incitement to Disaffection Act?

      British Army (Pensions, Payment).

      2 speeches

      81. asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he will now consider favourably the payment of reservists' and other military pensions weekly through the Post Office, in the same way...

      India (Ex-Maharajah of Nabha).

      4 speeches

      83. asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the ex-Maharajah of Nabha has been interned in Kodai Kanal for over seven years without any charges being brought against...

      Manchuria (British Subject's Detention).

      2 speeches

      84. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received a report regarding the detention of Mr. Mason, a British subject and an employee of the British-American Tobacco...

      Rumania (German Aeroplane).

      4 speeches

      85. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make a statement about the aeroplane which was forced to descend by the Rumanian authorities when flying over their territory;...

      Italy and Abyssinia.

      8 speeches

      86. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the Italian-Abyssinian dispute, he will take steps to reinforce the British Mediterranean Fleet?

      Housebreaking Charge, Leeds.

      2 speeches

      18. asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a charge of housebreaking against William Davies, aged 22, of Leopold Street, Leeds, was dismissed by the Mansfield magistrates last week...

      Estreated Recognisance, Birmingham.

      2 speeches

      20. asked the Home Secretary whether he has received a full report concerning the case of Arthur Shaw, of Back-of-Aston Road, Birmingham, who was committed to prison for 51 days owing to the...

      Metropolitan Police.

      2 speeches

      23. asked the Home Secretary the number of vacancies which have arisen in the higher positions of the Metropolitan Police during the last six months; and the number which have been filled by men...

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to— British Sugar (Subsidy) Bill,Ayr Burgh Extension, etc., Order Confirmation Bill,Kilmarnock Burgh Extension, etc., Order Confirmation Bill,Troon Burgh Extension,...

  • Government of India Bill.

    That they have agreed to the Commons Amendments to certain of the Lords Amendments to the Government of India Bill, and to the Commons consequential Amendment thereto, without Amendment.

  • Public Petitions.

    Special Report and Third Report from the Committee on Public Petitions brought up, and read.

  • Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill.

    Considered in Committee, and reported, without Amendment.

  • Orders of the Day — International Situation.

    20 speeches

    3.50 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Gas Undertakings Acts, 1920 to 1934.

    Resolved, That the draft of a Special Order proposed to be made by the Board of Trade under the Gas Undertakings Acts, 1920 to 1934, on the application of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens...

  • Orders of the Day — Unemployment Assistance (School Children's Meals).

    15 speeches

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

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