House of Commons debates

Thursday, 5 November 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 Board.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that a member of the Unemployment Assistance Board, Professor Hallsworth, attended a week-end school of the Junior Imperial League last month; and...

    • Commissioner for Special Areas.

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any statement to make on the resignation of the Commissioner for Special Areas; whether he has submitted a final report of his work; and, if so, when...

      Coal Allowances.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is prepared to advise the Unemployment Assistance Board to make weekly allowances of coal to the unemployed this winter?

      Unemployment Fund.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what is the present surplus in the Unemployment Insurance Fund?

      Grants.

      2 speeches

      Mr. JENKINS: asked the Minister of Labour the total amount of the grants made to the most recent date by the Special Areas Commissioner to South Wales and Monmouthshire; and whether he can...

      Insurance (Private Gardeners).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he proposes to extend the Unemployment Insurance (Agriculture) Act to private gardeners?

      Allowances.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what steps the Unemployment Assistance Board takes to ensure that the needs of applicants for allowances are met in cases in which their means are assessed as nil or...

      Special Areas.

      16 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications have been made, up to date, for financial assistance from the Special Areas Reconstruction Association, Limited, at the office of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — The Coronation.

    • Carnival Novelties.

      6 speeches

      Mr. WILSON: asked the Minister of Labour what action is being taken by the Toy Manufacturing Trade Board with regard to the production for the Coronation of carnival novelties, both in factories...

    • Procession (Seats).

      9 speeches

      Mr. ACLAND: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will take any and, if so, what steps to secure that those who have paid high prices for seats from which to view the...

      Workers' Holiday with Pay.

      3 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider issuing an appeal to all employers of labour to give, wherever possible, a day's holiday with pay to all their employés on the occasion of...

      Industrial Court.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what provision has been made for the work of the Industrial Court to continue during the absence of the president of the Industrial Court in Palestine?

      Leather Goods Trade, Walsall (Workers).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether an inquiry has now been held into the wages and conditions of female workers in the leather goods trade of Walsall; and, if so, what is the result of the...

      Disturbances, Thurloe Square.

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he intends to hold any inquiry into the disturbances which occurred in Thurloe Square on the 22nd March last?

      Licensing Statistics.

      2 speeches

      Mr. WILSON: asked the Home Secretary when the licensing statistics for last year will be published?

      Jurors (Travelling Expenses).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider introducing legislation for the purpose of providing payment of travelling expenses to jurymen and jurywomen summoned to serve at the various...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Road Accidents, London.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the number of fatal and non-fatal street accidents that have taken place in the Metropolitan police area at the several places where roundabouts or the one-way traffic...

    • Speed Limit.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case tried at Warwick police court on 15th August, 1936, against the driver of a mail van for exceeding the speed limit and...

      Milling Works Explosion, Bristol.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he can give the House any information in connection with the explosion at the milling works of Messrs. Bodey, Jerrim and Denning, of Queen Street, Bristol; and...

      Textile Workers (Dust, Cardrooms).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether it is the intention to set up a committee to inquire and report on bronchial troubles among textile workers consequent upon the prevalence of dust in card rooms,...

      Cinematograph Act (Charities).

      5 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has noted the observations of the Committee of Public Accounts calling attention to the absence of any statutory provision for uniformity in the determination...

      Fire Protection (Manual).

      3 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether any action is being taken to revise the Manual for Fire Protection particularly as it affects schools, hospitals, and cinemas; and whether periodic inspection...

      Industrial Diseases (Compensation Claims).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that in cases of poisoning resultant on industrial occupation the claimant for compensation is required, before undergoing official medical...

      Nursery Schools.

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether he proposes to introduce legislation at an early date for the more general extension of nursery schools; and will he consider seeking powers...

      Blind Persons (Pensions).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he intends, in legislating for improvements in respect of pensions payable to blind persons, to remedy the hardship which is involved in the discontinuance of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Slum Clearance (Sheffield).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health what number of houses in Sheffield have now been dealt with under clearance orders, how many still remain to be dealt with, and within what period it is estimated...

    • Overcrowding (Subsidies).

      4 speeches

      Mr. DAVID ADAMS: asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities in England and Wales have made application for Exchequer grants-in-aid of accommodation to be provided, otherwise than in...

      Re-Development Schemes.

      4 speeches

      Mr. DAVID ADAMS: asked the Minister of Health the names of any local authorities in England and Wales which have passed resolutions declaring areas to be proposed re-development areas under the...

      Management Commissions.

      2 speeches

      Mr. DAVID ADAMS: asked the Minister of Health the names of any local authorities which have submitted schemes for the establishment of housing management commissions under the terms of Section...

      Statistics.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he can furnish an estimate of the number of houses in England and Wales on the 31st March each year since the date of the last census?

      Blackburn.

      2 speeches

      Mr. ROSTRON DUCKWORTH: asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the co-operation at Blackburn between the Blackburn Corporation and the Blackburn Property Owners'...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

    • Nursing Homes.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is, in collaboration with the London County Council or with the Metropolitan Borough Councils, taking suitable steps to insure that the furnishings of...

    • Maternal Mortality.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he has received the report of the Committee on Areas of High Maternal Mortality; and whether he intends to publish it?

      Atmospheric Pollution, King's Lynn.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the conditions at the West Norfolk Farmers' Chemical Company's works at Saddlebow Road, King's Lynn, which result in injury...

      Measles.

      2 speeches

      Mr. ROSTRON DUCKWORTH: asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the spread of measles, he can state what research work is now carried on to check the prevalence of this malady; and how...

      Sanitary Inspector, Louth Rural District.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the rural district of Louth (Lines), comprising an area of approximately 145,000 acres, has been without the services of a properly qualified...

      Railways (Rating).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is now in a position to state whether the Government intend to settle the financial adjustments in connection with the valuation of railway hereditaments...

      Public Assistance.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of totally disabled workmen in each of the counties of Carmarthen, Brecon, Glamorgan, and Monmouth whose compensation under the provisions of the Workmen's...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.

    • Income Tax.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is now in a position to consider so amending the Income Tax allowance as to remove the anomaly at present existing, whereby a wife brings to her...

    • Post Office Savings Bank Fund.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the amounts of the assets of the Post Office Savings Bank Fund advanced to the Exchequer under the Unemployment Insurance Acts and outstanding on...

      Holland (Income Taxation Agreement).

      2 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the recent agreement concluded with Holland with regard to double taxation will extend to Dutch colonial possessions; and, if not, whether...

      Jarrow and Blind Marchers.

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister on what grounds the Government have decided to refuse to meet representatives of the unemployed, Jarrow, and blind marchers now on their way to London with a view to...

      British Union of Fascists.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will allot a day of Parliamentary time to discuss the refusal of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to ban the recent attempted march of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Justices of the Peace.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is prepared favourably to consider the transferring of the power to create justices of the peace in Scotland from the Lord Chancellor to the Lord Advocate?

    • Passenger Steamers (Motor Cars on Decks).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to prevent the decks of passenger steamers from West Loch Tarbert to Islay, Gigha and Jura being crowded with motor cars,...

      Overcrowding.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the recently published report of the deputy medical officer of health for the county of Fife and the statements...

      Housing (Statistics).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can furnish an estimate of the number of houses in Scotland on 31st March each year since the date of the last census?

      Foreign Loans (Defaults).

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in order to prevent the continued maltreatment of British savings and the loss of revenue to the Treasury, he will request a Treasury official to...

      Import Duties.

      8 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that 11 Import Duties Orders were made by the Treasury during the Recess based upon the recommendations of the Import Duties...

      Leage of Nations (Loans).

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that out of £41,000,000 of outstanding League of Nations loans £37,000,000 are now in default; will he state the reasons why...

      Old Age Pensions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware of the hardship imposed upon persons of small means, and especially upon blind persons, under Section 4 of the Old Age Pensions...

      Liquor Smuggling.

      5 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can make any statement with regard to the liquor smuggling which is at present taking place at sheltered spots on the South Coast?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Telephone Engineers, London (Overtime).

      6 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General the number of hours worked in overtime by the telephone engineers in London during 1934 and 1935, and to the end of September, 1936, also the number of men affected;...

    • Telephone Installations.

      8 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General (1) the average period of time which must elapse before a telephone is installed after the order has been received by his Department; (2) the number of letters...

      Electrical Work (Specifications).

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that in their specifications for electrical work his Department places third-party obligations upon electrical contractors, although it is...

      British Broadcasting Corporation.

      2 speeches

      Mr. CREECH JONES: asked the Postmaster-General whether he is now able to present the new charter of the British Broadcasting Corporation and to inform the House of the names of the seven members...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mer Antile Marine.

    • Loading Regulations.

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade, whether his attention has been drawn to the judgment of Mr. Justice Greaves-Lord given on 18th September, 1936, in the "La Crescenta" case; and whether,...

    • British Ships in Russian Ports.

      4 speeches

      Captain CAZALET: asker the President of the Board of Trade, how many British ships called at the port of Leningrad and other ports in the Union, of Soviet Socialist Republics during the periods,...

      Gas Undertakings (Charges).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can make any statement with regard to the institution of an inquiry arising out of the revised methods of charge recently proposed to be made...

      Outside Stock and Share Brokers.

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the renewed activity of outside brokers; and whether he will consider the introduction of legislation in the...

      Air Armaments Programme.

      11 speeches

      Mr. ACLAND: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what steps, if any, have been taken to ensure that if any one of the firms participating in the shadow scheme were in any way incapacitated...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine.

    • Damage to Property.

      4 speeches

      Captain CAZALET: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can estimate the damage done to Governmental and private property in Palestine during the recent riots and strike?

    • Jewish Immigration.

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make any statement regarding immigration into Palestine during the sittings of the Royal Commission?

      Colonies and Protectorates (Native Labour).

      2 speeches

      Mr. CREECH JONES: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when the Government will take the necessary steps to ratify the Convention arrived at by the International Labour Office this year...

      Questions to Ministers.

      2 speeches

      May I ask you, Mr. Speaker, in view of the fact that statements of Government policy may obviously extend beyond the period of time allowed for Questions, whether you will allow the Minister of...

      Unemployment Procession, London.

      7 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the Metropolitan Police have issued instructions that the national procession of unemployed and employed workers to Hyde Park...

      Argentina (Trade Agreement).

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can make any statement regarding the negotiations for a trade agreement with Argentina to take the place of the existing...

  • Business of the House.

    21 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister to state the business to be taken next week?

  • Ballot for Notices of Motions.

    • Location of Industry.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that on Wednesday, 18th November, I shall call attention to the Location of Industry, and move a Resolution.

    • Hours of Labour.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that on Wednesday, 11th November, I shall call attention to the need for shorter Hours of Labour, and move a Resolution.

      Natives of East Africa.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that on Wednesday, 11th November, I shall call attention to the condition of the Natives in East Africa, and move a Resolution.

      Town-Planning.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that on Wednesday, 18th November, I shall call attention to the need for establishing an appointed day by which all Town-Planning authorities shall have prepared and...

      Air Raid Precautions.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that on Wednesday, 18th November, I shall call attention to the organisation and protection of the Civil Population against Air Raids, and move a Resolution.

      Traffic Congestion, London.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that on Wednesday, 18th November, I shall call attention to the Congestion in the London streets, and move a Resolution.

      Manufactured Imports.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that on Wednesday, 11th November, I shall call attention to the increasing Imports of Manufactured Goods and the adverse balance of trade, and move a Resolution.

      Defence Forces (Recruiting).

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that on Wednesday, 11th November, I shall call attention to the Recruiting for the Defence Forces, and move a Resolution.

      Member's Speech.

      7 speeches

      May I be permitted, Mr. Speaker, to raise a personal matter? I want to draw your attention to the fact that the Foreign Secretary has made an apology to the representative of a foreign country...

      Expiring Laws Continuance Bill,

      "to continue certain expiring laws," presented by Lieut.-Colonel Colville; to be read a Second time upon Monday next, and to be printed. [Bill 3.]

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

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