House of Commons debates

Monday, 16 March 1936

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Brighton Marine Palace and Pier Bill,

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Government Aeroplanes.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of pilots and mechanics that have been recruited and are at present in the employ of the Indian State Air Service, and particulars of the...

    • United Provinces (Education).

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India how many educational establishments in the United Provinces have been closed down; and for what reasons and for what period?

      "india in 1933–34."

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the publication entitled "India in 1933–34," authorised by the Secretary of State for India, contains attacks on the...

      Criminal Law Amendment Act.

      7 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the local Governments of India, before submitting their opinion on the Criminal Law Amendment Bill to the Government of India, consulted...

      Newspapers.

      6 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the amount of subsidies granted to any journals published in India and the circulation of the journals in each case?

      Meerut Conspiracy.

      6 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India how many of the men accused in the late Meerut conspiracy case have recently been arrested; and on what charge and upon whose information?

      "communism."

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether copies of the book entitled "Communism," by Professor H. J. Laski, Professor of Political Science, London University, are banned throughout...

      Labour Conditions (Women Supervisors).

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what steps have been taken to carry out the recommendations made by the Royal Commission on Labour in India with regard to women's labour, and...

      North-West Frontier Province.

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will bring to the attention of the Viceroy the schemes which have from time to time been draw up as regards economic development in the...

      Outer Mongolia.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to whom a British subject should apply for a passport visa for the purpose of visiting Outer Mongolia?

      Germany and Locarno Treaty.

      24 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what sanctions concerning Germany were asked for by the French Government; and did they include the withdrawal of ambassadors from Berlin?

      Italy and Abyssinia.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what has now been done concerning the bombing of the British ambulance by Italian airmen?

      Foreign Policy (Far Eastern Affairs).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he proposes to make a general statement, such as was made by his predecessor, on British foreign policy; and, if so, will he devote...

      Brazil (Deportations).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why Lady Hastings, Lady Keith Cameron, and Mr. R. G. Freeman have been deported from Brazil?

      Foreign Office Documents.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is the practice in the Foreign Office to number each copy of secret or confidential documents printed for circulation?

      Treaty Obligations.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give a list of all treaties and undertakings with foreign Powers under which Great Britain is bound to supply armed assistance in...

      Egypt.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make regarding the progress of the negotiations with the Egyptian Government?

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions the total number of blind and insane persons on pension in Great Britain from the result of the War of 1914–18?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Palestine (Levant Fair).

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether, in view of the recent increase in the value of trade with Palestine, he will consider the desirability of giving official support to...

    • France (Salmon Imports).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he has any information regarding an alteration in the application by the French Government of the quota on imported salmon; and...

      Greece (Diesel Oil Engines).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the import into Greece of British Diesel oil engines is prohibited; and whether he will take the necessary steps to have this...

      Latvia.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that in the case of goods duly licensed for import into Latvia the necessary permit for sterling exchange to pay for these goods is...

      Trade Agreements.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in concluding any trade agreements with foreign countries in future, he will insert a clause providing that the sterling exchange made available...

      Bacon.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what pubic bodies, if any, have made representations to him in respect of the refusal of the Bacon Development Board to permit a bacon factory to be established...

      Telephone Service (Automatic System, London).

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General the total cost of installing the automatic system in the telephone exchanges in the London telephone area to the latest convenient date, including exchange...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting.

    • Ullswater Committee's Report.

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he can now make any statement on the Ullswater Broadcasting Report and the policy of the Government in relation to its recommendations?

    • Wireless Licence Charge.

      8 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether in view of the large increase in the number of persons holding wireless licences and of the consequent increase in revenue, he will give favourable...

      Government Departments (Smokeless Fuel).

      9 speeches

      Mr. DAVID ADAMS: asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware that the Department of Industrial and Scientific Research and the leading municipalities of the United Kingdom agree...

      Exeter Assizes.

      4 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General whether he proposes to take steps by legislation or otherwise to effect the removal of the assize from the city of Exeter?

      Defence.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government have obtained the views of the Royal Commission on the Private Manufacture of Arms with regard to proposals set out in paragraphs 53 and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Mediterranean Fleet.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the present international situation, His Majesty's Government will recall the Fleet from the Mediterranean?

    • Capital Ships (Repairs and Reconstruction).

      1 speech

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the names of the capital ships of His Majesty's Navy which have undergone large repairs and reconstruction during

      Fleet Exercises.

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of days spent at sea and in carrying out exercises, respectively, by each of the capital ships of His Majesty's Navy during each of...

      Recruits.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of recruits accepted for service in the Royal Navy in each of the years 1924 to 1935, inclusive; and will he state in each case the...

      Food Supply.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the report prepared by Sir John Boyd Orr, and take steps to set up a ministry for food supply and organise a national distribution of food?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Benefit and Allowances.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will take steps to ascertain what is the present approximate amount paid out per annum in unemployment insurance payments and unemployment assistance to...

    • Administration (Costs).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the percentage costs of administration in respect of unemployment insurance and unemployment assistance?

      Manby Aerodrome.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the discharge of 50 local labourers from work on the construction of the Manby, Lincs., aerodrome and their immediate...

      SPECIAL AREAS (New INDUSTRIES).

      7 speeches

      Mr. W. JOSEPH STEWART: asked the Minister of Labour what steps are being taken to induce firms to commence new industries in the Special Areas, since the Board of Trade survey of industrial...

      Aberdeen and Dundee.

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that bordering on many Scottish burghs scheduled for preference in the allocation of Government contract, there are other burghs in which...

      Means Test.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour how many reports have been received by him from the Unemployment Assistance Board regarding the modification of the means test; and whether he proposes to submit such...

      Grain and Oil Supplies (Storage).

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in order to reduce the magnitude of essential imports in time of war, His Majesty's Government are taking steps to provide facilities for...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

    • Nurses (Regulations).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will give the British Hospitals Association an opportunity of expressing their opinion upon the new regulations drafted by the General Nursing Council...

    • Maternal Mortality.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of deaths in childbirth for 1935; and the number of deaths arising out of childbirth for 1935?

      Infectious Disease (Stanley, County Durham).

      2 speeches

      Mr. DAVID ADAMS: asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the high incidence of infectious disease in the Stanley, county Durham, area, and that this is declared by members of the...

      Overcrowding (Surveys).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health how many reports on the state of overcrowding in England and Wales he has now received; what percentage of the total number is still to come; and whether he will...

      Milk.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will reconsider the proposal to lower the cleanliness standard of tuberculin-tested milk by substituting the methylene blue test for the plate count for...

      Newfoundland.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs when he proposes to ask this House to restore parliamentary government to Newfoundland?

      House of Commons (Refreshment Department).

      5 speeches

      asked the hon. Member for Ipswich, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, whether, in view of the fact that matches manufactured in foreign countries are sold in the bars of the House of Commons,...

      Imperial Airways, Limited,

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what was the total amount paid in subsidies to Imperial Airways for each year since the payment of the first subsidy, and the grand total?

      Royal Air Force.

      3 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air when it is anticipated that Great Britain will enjoy air parity with France, Germany, and Russia, respectively?

      Orders in Council (Colonies).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is prepared to adopt, with regard to Orders in Council covering major policy affecting the Colonies, that provision of the India Act,...

      Kenya (Defence Force).

      5 speeches

      Captain GUEST: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) why he has disbanded the settlers defence force in Kenya Colony;

      Shale-Oil Companies.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines what was the amount of the relief given to shale-oil companies during the last year for which information is available through the exemption from Excise Duty of...

      Education (Scotland) Bill.

      2 speeches

      asked the hon. and gallant Member for Buteshire and North Ayrshire division of Ayr and Bute, as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills, whether he can give any reason for the delay...

      Technical Education (Tyneside).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether the committee representative of the Tyneside local education authorities, the shipbuilding industry, and Armstrong College, appointed in...

      Juvenile Offenders (Approved Schools).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a large number of children and young persons who have been committed to approved schools under the Juvenile Delinquency Acts cannot he found...

      Cunard-White Star Steamer.

      2 speeches

      Miss WARD: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has yet any information to give the House as to firms being asked to tender for a sister ship to the "Queen Mary"?

      Contributory Old Age Pensions.

      7 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether steps can now be taken to amend the Widows', Orphans', and Old Age Pensions Act, 1925, so that when a man receives the old age pension at 65 years of...

      Secret Service (Expenditure).

      2 speeches

      Mr. CREECH JONES: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the amount spent each year in the last 10 years on the secret service; whether this amount is distributed among different...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Safety Regulations (Motor Vehicles).

      4 speeches

      Mr. CREECH JONES: asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consider, with a view to reducing the number of road accidents, regulations governing the construction of motor vehicles in...

    • Carmarthen Bridge.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport the result of the inquiry held at Carmarthen recently concerning the bridge; and when work will be commenced on the construction of the bridge?

      Goods Vehicles (Speed Limit).

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he can now consider the issue of a regulation placing goods vehicles, at present subject to a lower speed limit, on the same basis as passenger vehicles,...

      Motor Cycles (Licence).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he will extend to motor cyclists the privilege conceded to motor-car owners by which they may be permitted to obtain on 29th May next a licence which will...

      Motor Bath-Chairs (Tax).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport the amount of annual tax levied on a petrol or other power driven bath-chair, as used by cripples or invalids, including ex-service disabled men; what is the total...

      Mr. G. H. FREEMAN'S ESTATE.

      2 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General the causes of delay in winding up the estate of Mr. G. H. Freeman?

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister what business he proposes to take to-night in the event of the Motion suspending the 11 o'Clock Rule being carried?

  • INHERITANCE (FAMILY PROVISION) (No. 1) BILL.

    Order for Second Reading upon Friday read, and discharged. Bill withdrawn.

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

  • Supply [27TH February].

    Resolutions reported:

  • Civil Estimates and Estimates for Revenue Departments, Supplementary Estimates, 1935.

    • Class Vii.

      1. "That a. Supplementary sum, not exceeding £27,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

    • Class Iii.

      3. "That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £21,500, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payent during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Class Ii.

      4. "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 ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Class V.

      5. "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 ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Revenue Departments.

      6. "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 ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Class I.

      7. "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 day of March, 1936, to meet...

      Class Vi.

      10. "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 of March, 1936, for the...

      Civin (Excess), 1934.

      13. "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 the 31st day of March, 1935:—

      Class VII

      Amount to be Voted. £ s. d. Vote 8. Public Buildings Overseas 1,249 17 8 "

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