House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 11 November 1936

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Oversea Tourists (Passport Regulations).

    2 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the recognition and financial assistance which the Government have extended to the Travel Association of Great Britain and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Great Britain and Russia.

    3 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the policy expressed in the joint communiqué issued in Moscow on 31st March, 1935, on the occasion of his visit, that friendly...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Spain

    21 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the nature of the guarantee to the Portuguese Government on the question of assistance in the event of an attack from Spain, given during the last...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Great Britain and Germany.

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government have now received official proposals from the German Government that Great Britain and Germany should work closely together...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Lake Tsana.

    2 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Italian Government still recognise the validity of British and Egyptian interests in Lake Tsana as set out in the 1906 treaty and the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal. Navy.

    • Refugees, Spain.

      2 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of voyages which have been made by British warships to take off refugees from Spain during the civil war in that country; the number of such...

    • Tuberculosis (Regulations).

      8 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that under existing Admiralty Regulations naval officers who are accepted for the Navy after a searching medical examination as Al lives,...

      Cyprus.

      2 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, as a result of his recent visit to Cyprus, it is proposed to take any steps to improve the existing harbours for the purposes of the British Navy?

      Time-Expired Men.

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel C. KERR: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the numbers of sailors who complete their terms of service each year and become available for other employment?

      Poland (Ukrainian Minority).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will take the opportunity of the occasion of the visit to London of the Polish Foreign Minister, Colonel Beck, to discuss the position...

      Palestine.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the approximate additional military expenditure incurred in Palestine as a result of the strike called by the Arab Higher Committee; what part of...

      East and West Africa (German Nationals).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the fact that during the past few months German nationals halze been arriving in British and Portuguese...

      East African Currency Board.

      4 speeches

      Captain MACDONALD: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will state the colonies or territories among which the loss of same £2,500,000 sterling was distributed,...

      Egypt and Palestine (Commercial Agreement).

      4 speeches

      Mr. DAVID ADAMS: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a commercial agreement has yet been entered into between the Egyptian and Palestine Governments; and, if so, what is the...

      Coloured People, Great Britain.

      9 speeches

      Captain ARTHUR EVANS: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that numbers of coloured people in the ports of this country are anxious to return to their homes in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Avitation.

    • Gliding.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he will give particulars of the experiments that have recently been made in Great Britain with engineless gliding planes; whether any results...

    • Maybury Committee (Report).

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air when the Report of the Maybury Committee will be published?

      Services, China.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been called to the agreement for the operation of a Japanese air service between Japan and North China; and whether the...

      Jersey Airways (Accident).

      3 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air when the inquiry on the accident happening to a machine belonging to Jersey Airways, on 31st July, will be presented?

      Aerial Advertisement Streamers.

      6 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been drawn to the danger and nuisance caused by aeroplanes with advertisement streamers flying over the crowds assembled to...

      Trans-Canada Service.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether British or American air-liners will be used on the projected trans-Canada air line; and when this line is expected to start operations?

      Atlantic Services.

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what progress has been made in 1936 towards starting a British air service over the North and South Atlantic; and when it is hoped to start these services?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.

    • Relative Strength.

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air for the latest figures showing the present ratio of aeroplane and seaplane strength of Great Britain as compared with that of France, Germany, and Italy?

    • Engine Manufacturers.

      2 speeches

      Mr. ACLAND: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether the Ministry still maintains an approved and an unapproved list of engine manufacturers; has any manufacturer been promoted from...

      Pilots (Training).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how many civil flying training schools are in existence; and whether it is proposed to increase the number, in view of the required increase of pilots...

      Personnel (Employment).

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel KERR: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the numbers of men serving in the Air Force who complete their term of service each year and become available for other employment.

      Recruiting.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under Secretary of State for Air whether he will make a statement regarding the present position as regards recruiting for the Royal Air Force?

      Lord Weir.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what duties are performed by Lord Weir in connection with the Government's Royal Air Force expansion programme; whether Lord Weir holds any official...

      Age Limits.

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that young men who have, at their own expense, qualified for an A licence have been rejected upon their application to the Royal Air...

      New Aerodromes.

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the total number of new military aerodromes on which work has actually started since 1st January, 1936; and whether it is proposed to build any...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Road Materials (Cotton-Cloth)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he is in a position to report on the results of the experiments in the use of cotton-cloth for road making; and, in view of the importance to Lancashire...

    • Tramways (Replacement).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport the policy of his Department with regard to the supersession of tramcars by trolleybuses; and whether he can make a statement for the guidance of municipalities?

      Organisation, War-Time.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether his Department has been in consultation with the representatives or organisations of those engaged in the road transport industry with a view to the...

      Live Elegiric Rails (Protection).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the danger to human and animal life, he will take steps to ensure that all live electric rails are adequately protected upon railway systems...

      Ports (Control).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the steps that are being taken to establish a monopoly control throughout the ports of this country in like manner to that which the railway...

      Trunk Roads Bill.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he will arrange to have placed in the Tea Room of the House of Commons a large scale map showing the roads to be transferred under the Trunk Roads Bill?

      Proposed Forth Road-Bridge.

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport in what way the Government consider that the national defence programme prevents the provision of a road-bridge over the estuary of the Forth near Queensferry...

      By-Pass Roads, Medway Towns.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he can make any statement as to the present position of the scheme for a road by-passing the Medway towns, and the attitude of his Department in relation to it?

      Motor Roads.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he has under consideration the planning of broad one-way motor roads from London to Scotland, London to Lancashire, and London to the West of England?

      Unemployed Marchers' Petition.

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he proposes to give facilities for the discussion of the Motion which appears on the Order Paper in the name of the hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan) and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Defence.

    • Contracts.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether, in view of the importance and despite the amount of labour that may be involved in separating out the figures, he will give the total...

    • Food Supplies.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that it is more than five months since the Government appointed a committee to advise and...

      Armaments (Manufacture).

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether he will now consider the advisability of taking steps for the State to take over the manufacture and control of all armaments?

      Aero-Engines.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence the reasons why the Government have placed any aero-engine orders with redundant factories within the United Kingdom?

      Government Departments (Office of Works, Super Annuation).

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether it is his intention, and if so, when, to establish a proper scheme of...

      Electricity Distribution.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport, whether, having regard to the new proposals contained in the report of the Committee on Electricity Distribution, dated the 8th May, 1936, he is now prepared to...

      Palace of Westminster (Scaffolding).

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether the refacing of the Palace of Westminster will be completed by the date of...

      India (Cotton Mill Strike, Pondicherry).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he can give the House information regarding the stay-in strike which took place in a British-owned cotton mill in Pondicherry at the end of...

      Afforestation.

      14 speeches

      asked the hon. and gallant Member for Barkston Ash, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, how many acres of the property already acquired in the North Tyne Valley have been or will be...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Milk Marketing Scheme.

      3 speeches

      Mr. McKIE: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can now make a statement as to the date when the report of the Reorganisation Commission in connection with the milk marketing...

    • Housing (Glasgow).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of houses built in Glasgow each year since 1925 under the various Acts; the number under each Act; the number at present under construction;...

      Fighting Forces (Foreign Postage).

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he will make provision by which senders of letters or parcels to members of His Majesty's Forces serving in countries outside the Empire, for example, Iraq,...

      Tramp Shipping Subsidy.

      5 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel SANDEMAN ALLEN: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether in view of the fact that the present tramp-shipping subsidy is for the year 1936 only, he can inform the House of...

      Steel Supplies.

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade in view of the increasing demand for steel of all kinds, whether he is satisfied with the proposals of the British Iron and Steel Federation that imports...

  • Unemployed Marchers' Petition.

    1 speech

    At the end of Questions:

  • Ballot for Notices of Motions.

    • Electricity Supply Industry.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on this day fortnight, I shall call attention to the need for reorganisation of the electricity supply industry, and move a Resolution.

    • British Shipping.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on this day fortnight, I shall call attention to the condition of British shipping and the menace of foreign subsidies, and move a Resolution.

      Imperial Policy.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on this day fortnight, I shall call attention to recent European events and the need of a more comprehensive Imperial policy, and move a Resolution.

      Condition of the People.

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on this day fortnight, I shall call attention to the impotence of the Government in face of the hardships and privations of large numbers of citizens, and move a Resolution.

  • Message from the Lords.

    • Consolidation Bills.

      That they communicate that they have come to the following Resolution, namely: That it is desirable that all Consolidation Bills in the present Session be referred to a Joint Committee of both...

  • Shorter Hours of Labour.

    43 speeches

    3.48 p.m.

  • Unemployed Marchers' Petition.

    35 speeches

    7.47 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Medicine Stamp Duties.

    Ordered, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider the duties of excise chargeable under the Medicines Stamp Act, 1802, the Stamp Act, 1804, and the Medicines Stamp Act, 1812, and any...

  • Orders of the Day — Gas Prices.

    Resolved, That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to enquire into the powers of regulating charges possessed by the South Metropolitan Gas Company and other...

  • Adjournment.

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

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