House of Commons debates

Thursday, 27 February 1936

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Assistance.

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the total number of applicants to the Unemployment Assistance Board who have not received any money payment because they have found full-time employment before the...

    • Wales.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider the advisability of constituting Wales as a separate region of the Unemployment. Assistance Board?

      Unemployment Assistance Board.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether any special instructions have been issued to area officials of the Unemployment Assistance Board; and, if so, whether copies of such instructions can be...

      Junior Instruction Centres (Meals).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that an examination by the school medical officers reveals that 57 per cent. of the trainees at four junior instruction centres in the County of...

      Service Pensions.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether service pensions are taken into calculation in assessing the allowances due to unemployed persons under the application of the means test; and, if so, whether...

      Sunderland.

      1 speech

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will make a statement on the age distribution of the unemployed registered at the Sunderland, Pallion, and Southwick-on-Wear employment exchange and the...

      Aliens.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he has now considered the possibility of including in the future returns relating to the number of unemployed persons, the number of aliens included in such...

      Darlington.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the amount of unemployment in the Darling-

      Transference (Coal Mines, Kent).

      8 speeches

      Mr. ANDERSON: asked the Minister of Labour how many men were medically examined before transfer from White-haven to the Kent coal mines during the three months ended 31st January, 1936; how many...

      Castleford and Pontefract.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of applications for unemployment insurance benefit dealt with by the court of referees at Castle-ford and Pontefract, respectively, during 1935; the number...

      Mine-Workers.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed mine-workers registered as such; and whether the Government have any plan for their absorption into employment?

      Insurance Contributions (Reduction).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he has received a report from the Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee on the state of the finance of the Unemployment Fund; and whether he can make a...

      Special Areas (Housing Grants).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is prepared to' promote a short Bill to amend the Special Areas Improvement Development Act, 1934, to give the Commissioner power to make grants for...

      Forty-Hour Week Convention.

      18 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether it is the intention of the Government at the 1936 Geneva International Labour Conference to support the 1935 convention of a 40-hour week?

      International Labour Conference.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will attend the 1936 International Labour Conference?

      Police Cars (Accidents).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of people killed or injured to date by motor cars driven by any police officials while on duty or in uniform, and the amount of...

      Silicosis.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider introducing further legislation to ensure prompter and easier certification of cases of silicosis in the mining and quarrying industry, and to...

      Air Raid Precautions.

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the statement contained in Air Raid Precautions, Handbook No. 2, that respirators alone are insufficient to give adequate protection against...

      Prison Regulations (Concerts).

      7 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether it is in accordance with prison regulations that permission to a prisoner to attend a concert in the prison is made contingent upon his attending church service;...

      Prisoners (Treatment).

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has made inquiry into the case of Frederick Minall, aged 22, who hanged himself in Lewes Prison shortly before Christmas, 1935, following punishment; whether...

      Young Persons (Arrests).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the number of young persons between the ages of 14 and 18, and the number between the ages of 18 and 25, arrested and tried for criminal offences during 1935; and what...

      Stag-Hunting (Somerset).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the stag-hunting incident at North Petherton, Somerset, on 21st February; and whether he is prepared to consider introducing...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Traffic Signs (London).

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether the tripods with blinking lights forbidding traffic temporarily in one direction in some roads in the Metropolis are placed in position after consultation with...

    • Police Prosecutions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary to what extent it is the practice for the police to conduct prosecutions in courts of summary jurisdiction; and whether he can give the figures for the last completed...

      Licensing Hours (Variations, London).

      9 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that closing time in Kensington is now 10 p.m. and at Knightsbridge 11 p.m., in Hammersmith 10 p.m. and in Chiswick 10.30 p.m., at Lambeth 10 p.m. and...

      Jewish Shopkeepers (Fascists.)

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the methods of annoyance and persecution employed by Fascist organisations towards Jewish shopkeepers in the borough of Bethnal Green; and whether...

      Remanded Prisoners (Cardiff).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the Governor of Cardiff Prison has circulated to the parents of certain persons a lengthy questionnaire inquiring into the antecedents of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Modern Languages.

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will consider affording means in our educational system for an improvement in the teaching of modern languages, so that our trades will...

    • Pensions (Supplementary Teachers).

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education in how many places the local education authorities have undertaken to grant pensions to supplementary teachers; what is the weekly amount of such...

      Religious Instruction (Dominions).

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education which of the British Dominions the system of education in the public schools does not provide for religious instruction?

      School Accommodation (Leeds).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the inadequate school accommodation at Halton, in the city of Leeds; that the present school is old and unsuitable for the...

      Doncaster Grammar School.

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education what attitude he is adopting towards the proposal of the governors of the Doncaster Grammar School to throw the planning of the proposed new school...

      Grant Formula.

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will consider the simplification of the present grant formula for grants to local education authorities for primary, secondary, and...

      Armaments Industry (Profits).

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the rising prices of shares of firms that may benefit from rearmament; and whether he will reassure public opinion by indicating...

      Air Defence.

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister, in view of his pledge to make the British Air Force equal in strength to that of any other country within striking distance of our shores, which great Powers he...

      Chloroform Poisoning.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of the deaths attributable to chloroform poisoning for the years 1933, 1934 and 1935?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

    • Vaccination.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health how many of the deaths associated with vaccination on certificates of deaths in the years 1933, 1934 and 1935, respectively, were or will be classified by the...

    • Scarlet Fever (Pinxton, Derbyshire).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of persons in the parish of Pinxton, Derbyshire, who were affected with scarlet fever during the months of November and December, 1935, and January, 1936;...

      Burning Pit-Heaps.

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a burning pit-tip at the Harworth colliery, in the Bassetlaw division of Nottinghamshire, is causing a nuisance and is injurious to the...

      National Parks (Cannock Chase).

      2 speeches

      asked the. Minister of Health what progress has been made toward a portion of Cannock Chase being preserved for a national park; and whether the adjacent authorities are supporting the proposal?

      National Health Insurance and Contributory Pensions.

      25 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of widows who were refused pensions under the Widows', Orphans', and Old Age Contributory Pensions Acts during the years 1932 to 1935, inclusive, by...

      Small Dwellings Acquisition Act.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Kingston Town Council is making advances on mortgage, under the provisions of the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, in respect of property...

      Housing Acts (Special Areas).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is prepared to promote a short Bill to amend the Housing Act, 1930, and the Housing Act, 1935, to provide that rate contribution by local authorities in...

      Public Assistance (E. Wall Bank, Castleford).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that Ernest Wallbank, 75, Wheldon Road, Castle-ford, an unemployed ex-service man, has been refused any relief except an order for admission to the...

      Block Grant (Durham).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the number of unemployed persons in the county of Durham is greater now than in 1927, when the basis of the block grant was agreed upon, and...

      Food Supplies (Unemployed).

      2 speeches

      Mr. DAVID ADAMS: asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that the consumption by families of the unemployed of meat, including beef, mutton, bacon, etc., and of eggs, is, like...

      Sewage Scheme (Mid-Glamorgan).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is prepared to approve of the Mid-Glamorgan sewage scheme and recommend a grant-in-aid up to 100 per cent. of the proposed expenditure, in order to remove...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.

    • War Loans (Interest).

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will state to the last available date the aggregate sum which has been paid as interest upon loans contracted for the purposes of the Great War?

    • Spirit Duties (Evasion).

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that cheap spirits from Hamburg, Rotterdam and Spain are being added by importers to so-called Empire wines and wine cocktails, so that...

      Income Tax Arrears.

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to a recent bankruptcy case in which some £16,000 arrears of Income Tax had accumulated over a period of years;...

      Public Works Loans.

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will take steps to assist the conversion of interest charges on loans upon public works constructed by local authorities as a means of reducing...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Defence Services (Co-Ordination).

  • Business of the House.

    20 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister three questions on business? Can he now state when the White Paper on Defence will be available to Members?

  • Employment of Women and Young Persons Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee A.

  • Message from the Lords.

    • Refreshment Rooms and Lavatories.

      That they propose that the Joint Committee appointed to report upon the accommodation for Refreshment Rooms and Lavatories in the Palace of Westminster, do meet in the Chairman of Committee's...

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Sir Henry Cautley reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had discharged the following Members from Standing Committee A: Sir Reginald Blair, Mr. Haslam, and Mr. Maitland; and had...

    • Standing Committee B.

      Sir Henry Cautley further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee B: Mr. Holmes; and had appointed in substitution: Mr. Richard Russell.

  • Public Refreshment Bill.

    Order for Second Reading To-morrow read, and discharged. Bill withdrawn.

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    Considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    10 speeches

    Again considered in Committee.

    • Class Ii.

    • Colonial and Middle Eastern Services.

      51 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £131,360, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Class V.

      Ministry of Labour.

      92 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £300,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Post Office.

      87 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £2,150,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Class 1.

      CIVIL SERVICE REMUNERATION, &c.

      107 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £50,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Miscellaneous Expenses.

      114 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £88,180, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Funeral of His Late Majesty.

      Motion made, and Question proposed: That a sum, not exceeding £25,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Class Vi.

      Clearing Offices.

      137 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed: That a sum, not exceeding £10, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day...

      Board of Trade.

      49 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £5,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

      16 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £101,500, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year...

      CIVIL (Excess), 1934.

      5 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £1,249 17s. 8d., be granted to His Majesty, to make good an Excess on the Grant for Public Buildings Overseas for the year ended...

      Adjournment.

      Resolved, "That this House, at its rising this day, do adjourn until Monday next"—[Captain Margesson..]

      CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 1) BILL.

      Bill read a Second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House, for Monday next.

      Electricity (Supply) Acts.

      Resolved, That the Special Order made by the Electricity Commissioners under the Electricity (Supply) Acts, 1882 to 1935, and the Leicestershire and Warwickshire Electric Power Act, 1926, and...

      VOLUNTARY HOSPITALS (PAYINGPATIENTS) BILL. [Lords.]

      Bill read a Second time, and committed to a Standing Committee.

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