House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 17 November 1936

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Airdrie Burgh Extension, Etc., Order Confirmation Bill,

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Foreign Coke (Import).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines the extent to which foreign coke is being imported into this country; and whether he is aware that it is possible to obtain in this country supplies of coke which...

    • Closed Collieries, Durham.

      3 speeches

      Mr. W. JOSEPH STEWART: asked the Secretary for Mines the number of collieries closed in Durham since 1930; the names of the collieries and where situated; and the number of men directly affected?

      Midland (Amalgamated) District Scheme.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is satisfied that the central coal-selling scheme is being carried out by the Midland (Amalgamated) District in accordance both with the spirit and the...

      Exports to Italy.

      2 speeches

      Mr. JENKINS: asked the Secretary for Mines the proportion of Italy's coal consumption which was supplied by Great Britain during the years 1930 to 1935; and the estimated proportion of Italy's...

      Flooded Mines, Durham.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will consider the question of giving a grant towards the pumping of water from the disused mines in the western part of the Durham coalfields, which is a...

      Empire Settlement.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what action the Government propose to take in view of the fact that the Empire Settlement Act, 1922, is due to expire on 31st May next?

      Dominions Office Staff (Women).

      2 speeches

      Miss CAZALET: asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he proposes to reserve all appointments in the administrative and executive classes of the Dominions Office to men only;...

      Irish Free State.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has any further statement to make as to the relations between His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and the Irish Free State;...

      Newfoundland.

      23 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he can give particulars of the increase, if any, in the revenues of Newfoundland; and of the increase or decrease in expenditure?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mercantile Marine.

    • Coloured Seamen.

      11 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether his attention has been drawn to the distressing conditions among the coloured seamen population in the ports of this country; whether there...

    • Pacific Trade.

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade when the report from the Imperial Shipping Committee upon the technical aspects of the problem of British shipping services in the Pacific will be...

      Ships' Provisions.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is the practice of his Department to inspect the supplies of food taken on board ship for the use of the crew, for the purpose of ensuring...

      Shipping Industry (Assistance).

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the present position of British shipping, the Government have any remedial proposals; and whether he would Appoint a committee to...

      Steering Gears.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the steamships "Afghanistan" and "Alma Dawson" have had trouble with their steering gears in recent gales, and that such...

      Seamen's Hours and Manning.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can make any statement on the discussions at the Maritime Conference at Geneva on the draft convention on seamen's hours of work and manning;...

      Lifeboats, Loch Tarbert Steamers.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can now give the reasons for the lifeboats of the steamers from West Loch Tarbert and the islands, being obstructed with motor-cars?

      Radio Beacon, Shetland.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade when it is proposed to provide radio directional facilities for shipping in Shetland?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Coke (Moisture Content).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that coke is mostly sold by weight only, he will consider the introduction of legislation giving him powers to prescribe a...

    • Trade Agreements (Tourist Traffic).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, before any further agreements with foreign countries are negotiated or renewed, he will acquaint himself with the system adopted by Austria,...

      Frozen Credits.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the countries with which, with the object of liquidating frozen British credits, we have concluded agreements undertaking that we shall temporarily buy...

      Oil Tankers.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the percentage of new shipping under construction in Great Britain represented by oil tankers; and whether he can give any estimate as to the amount of...

      International Trade.

      16 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the willingness of the United States Government to enter into negotiations for a bilateral treaty for the mutual reduction of...

      Factories (Foreign Firms).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade how many licences have been granted to foreign firms during the last five years for the establishment of factories and workshops in this country?

      Spain (Munition).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any special steps have been taken to ensure that the prohibition of the export of munitions to Spain is being observed?

      Census of Distribution.

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the growing interest in the distributive problem both in the House and in the country; whether he is aware that...

      Furniture (Import Duties, Canada and South Africa).

      3 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps it is possible for furniture exporters from this country to take to procure the reduction of the Canadian import duty of 18 per cent. ad...

      Cinematograph Films (Import).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the total imports of positive and negative cinematograph films imported into Great Britain and Northern Ireland registered as consigned from the United...

      Imported Books and Printed Literature (Scrutiny).

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether there is any special scrutiny of books and printed literature imported from other countries; and whether he can state the quantities and value,...

      Tin Supplies.

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the rise in the price of block tin; and whether, having regard to the considerable additional cost involved to...

      Companies Act, 1929.

      11 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will set up at an early date a Departmental Committee to consider amendments to deal with the defects and flaws in the Companies Act, 1929?

      Share-Pushing.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the constitution and terms of reference of the Departmental Committee which is to consider the question of fraudulent share-pushing?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Palestine.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether the expeditionary force which was sent to Palestine because of the situation created by the general strike of the Arabs will be now withdrawn, seeing...

    • Recruiting.

      24 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether the numbers of recruits required to bring the Regular and Territorial Armies up to strength in officers and men; and the numbers obtained to date for...

      Contracts (Sunderland).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the value of the orders placed by his Department in the County Borough of Sunderland during the past 12 months; and what proportion of such orders was due to...

      Indian Units (Rations).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is pointed out to recruits on joining that the majority of units in India require them to pay 1½ annas a day or more out of their own pockets...

      Territorial Units (Equipment).

      3 speeches

      Captain BALFOUR: asked the Secretary of State for War how many Territorial units intended for anti-aircraft coast defence have their full searchlight equipment?

      Pay.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether, seeing that there is no apparent reason for supposing that service in the non-commissioned ranks of the Army is less arduous or requires less skill...

      Whitsun Bank Holiday.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will cause inquiry to be made as to the desirability of arranging for the annual bank holiday at Whitsuntide to be held in future on the second Monday in June...

      Armistice Commemoration.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the advisability of arranging that the Armistice commemoration shall, in future, under present international conditions, take the form of an...

      Peace Pledge Union.

      9 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister what action he proposes to take with reference to the activities of the Peace Pledge Union, of 96, Regent Street, London, an organisation sponsored by the right hon....

      Ex-Service Men (Private Charities).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether there are any balances remaining in the following funds: the Absent-minded Beggars Fund, the Lloyd Patriotic Fund, the Lord Methuen Fund, the Lord...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Physical Training.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that in England and Wales, before deciding on the details of the proposed plans for the promotion of physical fitness, it is proposed...

    • Agricultural Workers' Wages.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the statement in the Report of the Committee on Farm Workers in Scotland that since 1930 the weekly cash wages of...

      Taylors' Hall, Edinburgh.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can make any statement about the preservation of Taylors' Hall, one of the chief historic monuments of Edinburgh?

      Prison Service.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, as the pay and conditions of service of the prison staff were generally assimilated with those obtaining in England, he will say why the...

      Police Force (Pensions).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the minimum age at which an officer in the police force in Scotland is entitled to retire on ordinary pension without medical certificate; and the age at...

      Approved Schools.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children have been committed to approved schools in the Glasgow area during the last 12 months; and how many of these children are under 10...

      Secondary Education.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what changes have taken place in the organisation and curricula of secondary education in Scotland since the passing of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1936?

      Poultry Diseases.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what diseases are affecting the poultry in Scotland; and whether the general standard at poultry farms is considered satisfactory by the Department in...

      Lion Rampant Flag.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in order to remove doubts on the subject, he will say whether there is any objection to the flying of the lion rampant flag by His Majesty's...

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will reconsider the claim for a military pension by Mrs. M. A. Harris, 139, Fifth Avenue, Heworth, Yorks, case No. 11/W/68,969, in respect of the wounds...

  • Business of the House.

    15 speeches

    May I ask whether the Government propose to give an early opportunity for discussion of the report of Mr. Malcolm Stewart on the distressed areas?

  • Selection (Committee on Unopposed Bills) (Panel).

    Colonel Gretton reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had selected the following Twelve Members to be the Panel appointed to serve on the Committee on Unopposed Bills under...

  • Selection (Standing Orders Committee) (Panel).

    Colonel Gretton reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had selected the following Eight Members to be the Panel appointed to serve on Standing Orders Committees under Standing Order...

  • Selection (Chairmen's Panel) (Parliament Act, 1911).

    Colonel Gretton reported from the Committee of Selection; That, in pursuance of Section 1, Sub-section (3), of the Parliament Act, 1911, they had appointed Sir Hugh O'Neill and Sir Robert Young...

  • Selection (Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1936) (Panel).

    Colonel Gretton reported from the Committee of Selection; That, in pursuance of the provisions of the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1936, they had selected the following...

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Colonel Gretton reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had appointed the following Members to serve on Standing Committee A: Lieut.-Colonel Acland-Troyte, Viscountess Astor, Sir...

    • Standing Committee B.

      Colonel Gretton further reported from the Committee; That they had appointed the following Members to serve on Standing Committee B: Mr. David Adams, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Michael Beaumont, Captain...

      Scottish Standing Committee.

      Colonel Gretton further reported from the Committee; That the Standing Committee for the consideration of all Public Bills relating exclusively to Scotland and committed to a Standing Committee...

      Standing Committee a.

      Colonel Gretton further reported from the Committee; That they had nominated Standing Committee A as the Committee on which Government Bills shall not have precedence.

  • Government of India Act, 1935, and Government of Burma Act, 1935.

    27 speeches

    4.2 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Expiring Laws Continuance Bill.

    178 speeches

    Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Question [10th November],

  • Expiring Laws Continuance [Money].

    Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 69.

  • Consolidation Bills.

    Ordered, That the Lords Message [11th November] communicating the Resolution: That it is desirable that all Consolidation Bills in the present Session be referred to a Joint Committee of both...

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