House of Commons debates

Monday, 9 March 1936

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Iron and Steel Imports.

      6 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the total amount of iron and steel imported into India for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date from the United Kingdom and from all other...

    • Incident (Calcutta).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will direct an inquiry into the action of the Calcutta police who, on 12th January last, arrested Jyotish Chandra Chakravarti while getting...

      Prisoners.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will make a statement as to the general treatment of political prisoners in India; whether he is aware of the strong feeling that political...

      State Railways.

      5 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what has been the profit or loss to the Indian revenues of running the State railways in India for the five years ended 31st March, 1934?

      Press Act (Allahabad Newspaper).

      8 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that a heavy security has been demanded, under the Indian Press Act, from "Abhyudaya," an Allahabad newspaper, for publishing the...

      Trade Unions (Police Action).

      5 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the offices of the Labour trade union and the railway union and houses of the officials of these bodies in Cawnpore were...

      Criminal Law Amendment Act.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the resolution passed by the Legislative Assembly demanding the repeal of the Criminal Law Amendment Act; and...

      China (British Subjects).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reports he has had of the number of British subjects that have been captured and held for ransom or murdered during the past three years in...

      Libya (British Subjects).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the consular arrangements for the protection of the interests of British subjects in Libya; and whether any augmentation of these...

      Tripoli (Arrests).

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has now received a report from the British Ambassador in Rome concerning the imprisonment without trial in Tripoli of Carmelo Psaila...

      Confidential Document (Italian Publication).

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the copies of the secret paper recently published in the Italian Press were numbered; if so, can all the copies distributed be accounted...

      Outer Mongolia (British Representative).

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in what manner His Majesty's Government are represented, diplomatically, in Outer Mongolia?

      Rumania (Oil).

      4 speeches

      Lieut. - Colonel Sir ARNOLD WILSON: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether discussions are proceeding with the Governments of Egypt, France, Spain, Holland and Greece with a...

      Ethiopia (Internal Conditions).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider laying before Parliament a comprehensive collection of reports by British Consular officers in Ethiopia, and of reports...

      Rhineland (Demilitarised Zone).

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has had any communication with the French and German Governments regarding the demilitarised zone of the Rhineland; and whether he can...

      British Red Cross (Italian Bombing).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the House any information regarding the bombing of the British Red Cross hospital at Korem; and whether His Majesty's...

      Italy and Abyssinia (Oil Sanctions).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information as to the attitude of the Italian Government towards its membership of the League, the Locarno treaty, and the...

      Passports (Fees).

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider favourably a reduction in the fees charged to persons to whom passports for travelling abroad are issued?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Latvia (British Diesel Oil Engines).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he is aware that the importation into Latvia of Diesel oil engines of British manufacture has been prohibited; and whether, in view of...

    • Denmark.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in any revised trade agreement with Denmark, it is his intention again to grant to that country a guaranteed minimum in the quantity of butter...

      Argentina and Brazil (Motor Car Imports).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department the number and value of British motor cars and those of other countries, respectively, imported into Argentina and Brazil during the last 12...

      Motor Vessels (German and Italian Construction).

      3 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) the reasons why the United Africa Company, Limited, of London, had the motor vessel "Eketian" constructed in Germany during 1935; (2) The reasons...

      Herring Industry.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the order issued 6th January, 1936, by the Herring Industry Board, that no person shall kipper or process herring of any class...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Pig Marketing, Yorkshire.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the Yorkshire producers are greatly concerned at the proposal of the Bacon Marketing Board that in future pigs should be prevented from...

    • Butter Supplies (Royal Air Force).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has consulted the Secretary of State for Air on the question of supplying the Royal Air Force with English or Empire-produced butter; and, if so, can...

      Potato Supplies.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture why, during the last month, the Potato Marketing Board has given advice to producers to hold their supplies of potatoes for better prices?

      Milk.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many times the Milk Marketing Board have summoned farmers for the recovery of the milk levies; and whether the three cows sold by auction at Chester on...

      Tithe Rentcharge.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is his intention to recommend to county court bailiffs to refrain from taking action against tithe-payers in arrears or who refuse to pay their tithe...

      Lea Valley Watershed (Drainage).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the cause of delay in compiling a scheme for the draining of the Lea Valley watershed between Roydon and Walthamstow; and whether he can state the nature...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Lotteries and Sweepstakes.

      7 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he can give the approximate number of communications relating to lotteries and sweepstakes which have arrived through the post in this country from...

    • Temporary Postmen (Liverpool).

      6 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that ex-soldiers in Liverpool and district, over 40 years of age, sent from Employment Exchanges to post offices for jobs as temporary postment,...

      Sunday Postal Deliveries.

      5 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General how long it is since Sunday delivery of letters was abolished; why it has been re-introduced in certain large cities; what firms applied for Sunday deliveries; and...

      Telephone Kiosks (Railway Stations, Manchester).

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General how many telephone kiosks are provided at London Road Station, Manchester; and whether he can arrange for telephone kiosks to be provided on each of the main line...

      Telephone Service (London-Scotland).

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General (1) the average delay to the public in obtaining telephone connection from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. between London and Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, respectively;...

      Telephone Trunk Rates.

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster General whether he is now in a position to modify the telephone trunk rates?

      Postal Sales, Hendon.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General the proportion of postal sales done at Central Hendon sub-office for the month of January last in comparison with that of the Crown office, Brent Street, Hendon, and...

      Stamp Machines.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether it would be practicable, in the case of any new stamp machines that are supplied for public use, to arrange that they can be operated with a shilling or a...

      Defence.

      10 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the established right of this House to be in formed on the financial aspect of proposals involving heavy commitments before a Motion for approval is...

      Broadcasting (Ullswater Committee's Report).

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is yet in a position to make any statement with regard to the report of the Ullswater Committee on Broadcasting?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation.

    • "city of Khartoum."

      6 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air in what depth of water the hull of the "City of Khartoum" lies; on how many occasions have divers made attempts to examine the hull; and on what date...

    • Unsubsidised Air-Transport Companies.

      7 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he has protested to the French Government against its threat to withdraw the permits to fly to France from unsubsidised British air-transport...

      Empire Marketing Board.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what was the average total annual cost of the Empire Marketing Board; what was the average annual contribution of the United Kingdom; and what...

      Royal Navy (Anti-Submarine Exercises).

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can give any information regarding the recent antisubmarine exercises carried out by the British Fleet off Malta; whether any...

      Small Dwellings Acquisition Acts.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether an early reduction of mortgage rates may be expected for those who borrowed money under the terms of the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, 1899, when rates...

      His Late Majesty King George (Memorial).

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the making of Dovedale and Worsley national parks as a memorial to the late King?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Special and Depressed Areas (Definition).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what is the qualification required to enter the category, special or distressed area?

    • Casual Workers, Holyhead.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the hardships imposed on day-to-day men employed by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company at Holyhead and who are covered by the...

      Juvenile Instruction Centres.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour how many juvenile unemployment instruction centres are now in operation; how many of these are housed in schools specially built for this purpose and how many in...

      British Army (Strength).

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the number of men required to bring all existing battalions up to full strength?

      Bail (Refusal).

      2 speeches

      Mr. CREECH JONES: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the attention of all benches of magistrates and of all police forces has within recent years been called to the...

      Cotopa Mills, Guiseley.

      2 speeches

      Mr. CREECH JONES: asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the conditions of work at the Cotopa Mills, Guiseley; whether he is aware of the bad physical effects of such...

      Poison Gas (Medical Practitioners, Training).

      5 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary what percentage of medical practitioners in the United Kingdom have gone through a course of study in the treatment of the various types of poison gas cases?

      Accident, London.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has received a report in connection with the death of Frederick Peskett, a pile driver, employed by Messrs. Shelbourne, of London; and what was the cause of...

      Estate Duty (Appeals).

      4 speeches

      Major HILLS: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, seeing that there is no appeal against assessments for Death Duty made by the Inland Revenue except to the High Court, and that such a...

      Fighting Services (Rations).

      6 speeches

      Mr. ANDERSON: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now give instructions to the chiefs of His Majesty's Navy, Army, and Air Forces to discontinue the use of margarine for all...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Railway Freights.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he is now in a position to state what will be the effect upon railway freights for agricultural produce in this country as a result of the recent decision...

    • Footpaths.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what steps are taken by his Department to encourage the erection of signposts indicating the presence and direction of bridle-paths and footpaths; and, in view of...

      Wemyss Coal Company, Fifeshire (Rebates).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether, and to what extent, and over what periods, the Wemyss Coal Company, Fifeshire, has benefited by rebates granted by the Berating commission to competitive...

      Forth and Tay Bridges Scheme.

      2 speeches

      Captain SHAW: asked the Minister of Transport whether the question of constructing road-bridges over the Firths of Forth and Tay has been considered by the Cabinet in connection with the...

      Sugar Industry (Reorganisa Tion) Bill.

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to state the terms upon which the British Sugar Corporation, Limited, will acquire the existing beet-sugar factories; whether...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Germany.

  • Business of the House.

    Motion made, and Question put, That the Proceedings in Committee on the Unemployment (Northern Ireland Agreement) Bill be exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the Standing...

  • Defence.

    48 speeches

    4.18 p.m.

  • Unemployment (Northern Ireland Agreement) Bill.

    Considered in Committee, and reported, without Amendment; to be read the Third time To-morrow.

  • Water Resources and Supplies.

    Ordered, "That Colonel Sir Edward Ruggles-Brise be discharged from the Select Committee appointed to join with a Select Committee appointed by the Lords on Water Resources and Supplies, and that...

  • Adjournment.

    Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Captain Margesson.]

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Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

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