House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 24 November 1936

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Arrest, Glasgow.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that at midnight, on Saturday, 29th August, William Brown, 177, Sandyfaulds Street, and Alex Grassie, 135, Sandyfaulds Street,...

    • Public Assistance (Glasgow).

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the average cost of a suit of clothes and coat supplied to men by the Public Assistance Committee of Glasgow Corporation; and whether he is aware that...

      Housing (Glasgow).

      18 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that on 16th June his predecessor stated in reply to a question that the Glasgow Corporation were aware of the insanitary condition...

      Oats.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the oats question is still being examined by the Government; and, if so, when he expects to be in a position to make an announcement of policy?

      Lion Rampant Flag.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the doubt which still exists as to the right of citizens to fly, as well as to display, the lion rampant flag, owing to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Mining Subsidence.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether in the course of preparing the Bill for dealing with the mining royalties, he will inquire from the local authorities where mining operations are in progress...

    • Firedamp Detector Regulations.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has appointed the committee to examine the working of the 1935 lighting regulations in coal mines; and, if so, will he supply the names of the members of...

      Employment (Statistics).

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines the number of juveniles who are at present employed in the mining industry and the average number of hours they work per week?

      Accidents, Yorkshire.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines how many miners have lost their lives through accidents in Yorkshire, collieries during each of the last three years?

      Flooding, Westhoughton.

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines, whether he is aware that Stotts Pit, Westhoughton, is again threatened with flooding; and will he take steps to initiate a co-operative pumping scheme for this area?

      Safety in Mines Research Board.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that the post of mining engineer to the Safety in Mines Research Board is now vacant; and whether steps are being taken to fill it to the best...

      Firemen and Deputies.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will take steps to satisfy the growing feeling among mineworkers that it would lead to greater safety if the firemen and deputies were under direct...

      Silicosis and Anthracosis.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines the number of deaths among coal miners that were attributed to silicosis or anthracosis by the verdicts of coroners' inquests in each of the respective inspectorate...

      Mining Royalties.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether there are any negotiations now proceeding between his Department and the royalty owners in regard to the proposed legislation to unify the ownership of...

      Foreign Exports.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines the names of European countries which give financial or other assistance to coal exported from those countries, and the value per ton of such assistance given in...

      Export Trade.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines what action, if any, is proposed by the Government to bring about an improvement in the coal export trade of this country?

      Alberta (Finance).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether any new type currency has been issued by the present Provincial Government in Alberta; and to what extent it is in circulation?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Ottawa Agreements.

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs the number of occasions this year on which the Tariff Board in Canada has considered applications for tariff reduction by manufacturers of this...

    • Russia.

      10 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the balance of payments still due from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on 31st December, 1935, for goods supplied from Great Britain?

      Denmark.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the amount of Denmark's purchases of British goods, apart from the re-export trade to that country, completely fulfils her obligations under the...

      Import Duties Orders.

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancell of the Exchequer how many orders have been issued to date by the Import Duties Advisory Board; and how many in all have been refused Treasury consent?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Bechuanaland (Native Labour).

    2 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what steps are being taken in Bechuanaland to bring the position as regards the system of labour by order of the chiefs, referred to in Sir Alan...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Southern Rhodesia (Medical Examination, Natives).

    2 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs in view of the compulsory medical examination of natives in Southern Rhodesia, mainly for venereal disease, what are the provisions for...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Empire Settlement.

    14 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State of Dominion Affairs whether any Dominions are ready to resume adult emigration; if so, on what lines; and how many of such Dominions are taking boys for training purposes?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mercantile Marine.

    • Foreign Vessels (Coastwise Trading).

      12 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether foreign vessels trading on the British coast are manned in accordance with British standards and the crews paid at Maritime Board rates; and, if...

    • Coloured Seamen.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the large number of coloured seamen recruited by shipping companies abroad and left stranded in home ports, he will seek powers to...

      Neutral Tonnage.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade how much neutral tonnage was employed by the British Government during the War and immediate post-war period until the Government had redelivered all...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Independent Order of Foresters, Toronto, Canada.

    13 speeches

    asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the default of the Independent Order of Foresters, Toronto, Canada, Insurance Society; and what steps have been taken to secure...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministers' Salaries.

    2 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether the Government propose to introduce legislation this Session to put Ministerial salaries upon a more equitable basis?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Water Supplies.

    6 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether time will be provided for the House to discuss the report of the Joint Committee on Water Resources and Supplies?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Special Areas Reconstruction Association.

      9 speeches

      Mr. DAVID ADAMS: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the number of applications made to the Special Areas Reconstruction Association, Limited, together with the total amount of the loans...

    • Casual Workers (Glasgow Docks).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour, when the test case, as affecting casual workers' claim for benefit and refused because of a dispute between the dockers' union and the stevedores and employers at...

      Durham.

      2 speeches

      Mr. W. JOSEPH STEWART: asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed in the following age groups: 18 to 21, 21 to 24, 24 to 30, and 30 to 35, in the administrative county of Durham, the...

      Reservists.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the estimated cost to the Exchequer if the Regulation by which the Public Assistance Board reckons 50 per cent. of a reservist's pay were abolished?

      Old Age Pensioners (Christmas Grant).

      8 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will consider making a special grant at Christmas week to all old age and widow pensioners?

      Income Tax (Women Inspectors).

      4 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of women employed by his Department at present in the cadet class of assistant inspectors of Income Tax, and the numbers employed as...

      British Army.

      1ST Anti-Aircraft Division (Drill Halls)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of state for war how many new drill halls it has been decided to provide under the scheme for reorganising the Territorial Army in the London area; how many have actually been...

      London Territorial Association.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what is the strength of the staff at the headquarters of the County of London Territorial Association; and whether he is satisfied that this is sufficient to...

      "laurentic" (Disembarkation Arrangements).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, when the liner "Laurentic" arrived at Southampton in the early hours of 16th November with Army reservists returning from Palestine,...

      Surplus Horses and Mules.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the pitiable state of the survivors of the British Army horses and mules which were sold in Belgium in 1919; and...

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that ex-service officers and men drawing pensions are being invited to save a portion of their pensions; that anxiety is felt by many recipients...

      Afforestation.

      10 speeches

      asked the hon. and gallant Member for Barkston Ash, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, what is the standard weekly wage for forest holders at Kielder, Northumberland?

      Post Office.

      Mails in Transit (Losses).

      2 speeches

      Mr. ROSTRON DUCKWORTH: asked the Postmaster-General the loss in letters carried in British trains, ships, or aeroplanes during the last 12 months; and whether senders of such letters as were...

      Telephone Charges (District Nurses).

      6 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that it is the practice of his Department to refuse to allow district nurses to obtain telephone installations under the resident charge, thus...

      Parkhurst Prison.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the reason for building a new punishment prison at Parkhurst enclosed by high walls when the existing one was completed as recently as 1927;...

      Prison Service (Night Watchmen).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary what hours are at present worked by night watchmen in His Majesty's prisons; and whether he will take steps to see that they are reduced to a maximum of 8 hours in the 24?

      Hosiery Workers (Boreham Wood).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to a trade dispute of hosiery workers at the Keystone Knitting Mills, Limited, Boreham Wood, Herts, where the employers are...

      Royal Navy (Spanish Refugees).

      4 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, seeing that the British Navy has evacuated many Spanish refugees from ports in the hands of the Spanish Government, they have also evacuated any...

      Public Health.

      Maternal Mortality.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether any statistics exist to show whether the prevalence in this country of illegal operations for abortion by unqualified persons is a contributive factor to...

      Imported Butter (Moisture Content).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health what is the average percentage of moisture in imported butter from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Irish Free State, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the Soviet Union,...

      Palestine.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there is any information in the possession of his Department showing whether Arab discontent in Palestine is due to internal causes only, or not?

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make on the course of business on Thursday?

  • Infanticide.

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that a woman who wilfully causes the death of her child being under the age of eight years may, under certain conditions, be...

    • Infanticide Bill,

      "to provide that a woman who wilfully causes the death of her child being under the age of eight years may, under certain conditions, be convicted of infanticide," presented, and read the First...

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Colonel Gretton reported from the Committee of Selection: That they had added the following Twenty Members to Standing Committee A (in respect of the Marriage Bill): Sir Francis Acland, The...

  • Public Petitions.

    First Report from the Committee on Public Petitions, with an Appendix, brought up, and read.

  • House of Commons (Ventilation).

    2 speeches

    asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he has now been able to arrive at any decision in regard to the improvement...

  • Bastardy Proceedings.

    2 speeches

    asked the Minister of Health what new or altered forms of proceedings in matters of bastardy have been issued under the Money Payments Justices Procedure Act, 1935?

  • Anglo-Egyptian Treaty.

    57 speeches

    3.53 p.m.

  • Import Duties (Import Duties Act, 1932).

    99 speeches

    9.12 p.m.

  • Import Duties (Import Duties Act, 1932).

    4 speeches

    Resolved, That the Additional Import Duties (No. 29) Order, 1936, dated the twelfth day of October, nineteen hundred and thirty-six, made by the Treasury under the Import Duties Act, 1932, a...

  • Import Duties (Finance Act, 1933).

    Resolved, That the Silk Duties (No. 2) Order, 1936, dated the sixteenth day of November, nineteen hundred and thirty-six, made by the Treasury under the Finance Act, 1933, a copy of which was...

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