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House of Commons debates

Thursday, 25 February 1937

  • Preamble

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

  • Member Sworn.

    A Member took and subscribed the Oath.

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills (Standing Orders not previously inquired into complied with),

  • British Museum.

    1 speech

    I have been asked by the Trustees of the British Museum to present a petition which they have to submit to this House annually, explaining the financial position and praying for aid. The petition...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Instructional Centres.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is considering starting an instructional centre in the New Forest; and, if so, when he expects to come to a decision?

    • Exchange Staffs (Association Meetings).

      2 speeches

      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the position in the Unemployment Assistance Board, where uniformity of treatment exists in the matter of holding staff...

      Liverpool.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that North End Liverpool unemployed register at Merton Road, Bootle, Employment Exchange, and, as a result, are never sent either to Bootle or...

      Unemployment Fund Surplus.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether in view of the improved state of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, he is in a position to announce a reduction of the six days waiting period?

      Assistance (Assessments).

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of increased and reduced assessments under the new Unemployment Assistance Regulations for Edinburgh, including Portobello and Leith, respectively, at the...

      Training Centres.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of places at present provided in training centres for unemployed women and girls, including residential and non-residential house-training centres; the...

      Insurance (Non-Manual Workers).

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now state the intention of His Majesty's Government with regard to the recommendation of the Unemployment Insurance Statutory Committee that the salary...

      Agricultural Workers.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he can explain the discrepancy between the estimated and actual number of agricultural workers insured under the Agricultural Workers Insurance Act; and...

      Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that unemployment in Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire is 30.7 per cent. and 26.1 per cent., respectively; and whether he can state the positive...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — The Coronation.

    • Unemployed (Grant).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now able to state what Coronation grant to the unemployed is the Unemployment Advisory Board prepared to give?

    • Prisoners (Remission of Sentences).

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, to mark the Coronation of His Majesty, he will consider in what cases there might be a remission of sentence and advise accordingly?

      British Legion and Women's Institutes.

      2 speeches

      asked the Lord President of the Council whether the allocation of Government seats at the Coronation providing representation of the various aspects of the national life will include the British...

      Holidays with Pay (Committee).

      8 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Minister of Labour (1) when he intends to set up the committee which has been promised to investigate the possibility of granting an annual holiday with pay; (2) whether he...

      Press Inquiries.

      9 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has now heard from the Newspaper Proprietors' Association with regard to the recommendations of its committee on the subject of complaints against certain...

      Cruelty to Animals (Penalties).

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Harry and Margaret Lester, who were recently convicted at Uxbridge on the charge of brutally starving a dog to death;...

      Prosecution (Hendon).

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of Mrs. Urquhart, who was recently charged with wilful obstruction at Hendon police court; whether he is aware that the...

      Liquor Traffic (State Management).

      12 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Licensing that the State Management Scheme for the drink traffic should be abrogated; and whether...

      Drunkenness (Statistics).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the number of proceedings and convictions for drunkenness in the county and City of London and the Metropolitan police area, respectively, during the calendar year 1936?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Metropolitan Police.

    • Mobile Force.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the number of accidents, fatal and otherwise, in which the mobile police have been involved during the previous three years; and whether any members of this force have...

    • Distribution.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary particulars of what redistribution of the police force in the Metropolitan police area is at present being considered?

      Orphanage.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the personnel of the committee dealing with the affairs of the Metropolitan Police Orphanage; and when the committee is likely to report?

      Workmen's Compensation.

      10 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to introduce a Bill to deal with anomalies which prevail under the workmen's compensation law?

      Air Raid Precautions.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether any experiments have been made as to the power of bombs to penetrate various thicknesses of concrete or other material; whether he can communicate the results;...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Agriculture and Horticulture (Instruction).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will endeavour to stimulate an interest in farming among young people by the provision of practical instruction in agricultural and...

    • Correspondence Courses.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been drawn to the unsatisfactory and uncontrolled position which at present exists in regard to advertised correspondence...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation.

    • Airports (Lam) Acquisition).

      17 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether the Darlington Corporation have yet purchased 350 acres for an airport east of Lingfield Lane, about which there has been a dispute with the owner of the...

    • Heston (Warning Lights).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air at what hour the warning lights on the top of the gasholder near Heston airport are lighted; and whether they are lighted when Q.B.I. conditions are in...

      Proposed Air Base, Langstone Harbour.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether any decision has been arrived at in connection with the proposed air base at Langstone Harbour; and what are the terms?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Dewsbury (Rents).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the tenants of houses erected by the Dewsbury Corporation under the slum-clearance procedure are in many cases called upon to pay...

    • Decontrolled Houses (Rents).

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that small houses with no bathroom and no facilities for heating water which, whilst controlled, were rented at 9s. and 10s. weekly, when they...

      Rural Cottage, Depwade.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the grant of £100 made to Mr. E. J. Mann under the Rural Workers Housing Act by the Depwade Rural District Council was for a cottage...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

    • Lancashire Mental Hospitals Board.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether the decision of the Lancashire Mental Hospitals Board to charge the local authorities an additional 2d. per day per patient has been finally approved; and, if...

    • Imported Foodstuffs.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether any examination is made by his Department of the conditions under which such products as Russian butter and Chinese eggs, imported for food in this country,...

      Blind Persons (Northumberland).

      4 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Minister of Health which local authorities in Northumberland have taken advantage of their powers under the Local Government Act, 1925, to make provision for the treatment...

      Water Supply, Ringway.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the serious pollution of the water supply at Ringway, near Withenshawe, Manchester; and what steps he proposes to take to...

      National Health Insurance.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the disparity between the additional benefits provided by approved societies under the National Health Insurance Acts is having a serious...

      Contributory Pensions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many local authorities deplore the fact that the provisions of Section 11 and the First Schedule of the Widows', Orphans', and Old Age...

      Population.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether the committee which is investigating the problem of the anticipated decline in the population has had its attention directed to the restrictions which are...

      Reynolds' House, Leicester Square.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether, seeing that the destruction of Reynolds' house, in Leicester Square, is imminent, he will approach the town planning authority responsible, and use every...

      Bank for International Settlements.

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give any information as to the view taken by His Majesty's Government's representatives on the Bank for International Settlements as to...

      Local Loans Stock.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that, as a result of powers embodied in the Finance Act, 1935, to issue local loans stock in such form as may be best suited to modern...

      Foreign Issues (Restriction).

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is contemplating any modification of present policy in regard to foreign issues?

      Metals (Prices).

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been drawn to the jump in prices in certain metals; and whether he proposes to take any steps to acquire for the national Revenue...

      Old Age Pensions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the prevailing low rates of interest on investments, the rates of 10 per cent. and 5 per cent. laid down in paragraph 3 of the...

      Ordnance Survey Maps (River Thames Source).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that, on the most recent edition of the Ordnance Survey maps, the source of the River Thames is shown as Thames Head, in the parish of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Cattle Subsidy.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can state approximately what proportion of the cattle on which the subsidy has been paid during the last year has been home-bred?

    • Wheat (Quota Payments).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that the increased price of wheat has resulted in the present wheat quota scheme requiring no levy, he will consider the...

      Milk Marketing Scheme (Commissioner's Report).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has received the report of the Commissioner who conducted the inquiry into the proposed amendments to the Milk Marketing Scheme; and whether, in...

      Smallholdings (Rents).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many tenants of smallholdings under county councils are in arrears with their rents; and whether, seeing the present difficulties of many of these...

      Poultry Industry.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he proposes to take with a view to assisting the poultry and egg industry to recover from its present serious position, due to the increased price of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Speed Limit.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consider the advisability of seeking the co-operation of all road users and administrative authorities with a view to the imposition of a...

    • Motor Vehicles (Examination).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that in a recent case before the Leeds stipendiary magistrate it was proved that the Silkburn Coal Company had allowed a lorry to be driven on...

      North Circular Road.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that for the 21 months ended October, 1936, there were 719 accidents on the Willesden section of the North Circular Road, and that there is...

      Rotary Traffic Islands.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the difficulty caused to drivers of commercial vehicles in negotiating rotary traffic islands; and whether he will...

      New Road Scheme (Henshaw-Haltwhistle).

      2 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the Northumberland County Council propose to recondition part of the main road, A 69, which passes through the...

      British Broadcasting Corporation.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the practice of certain foreign broadcasting stations of broadcasting propaganda and news for the benefit of listeners in the British Empire in...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister for a statement on business next week?

  • Suspension of a Member.

    4 speeches

    On a point of Order. With reference to my suspension last Thursday, I desire to ask your advice, Mr. Speaker, whether I have any opportunity of drawing your attention or the attention of the...

  • Private Bills (Group B).

    1 speech

    The Chairman of Ways and Means: informed the House that the Committee on Group B of Private Bills not being appointed to meet until Tuesday next, the parties promoting the Brighton, Hove and...

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,—

  • ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BILL [Lords].

    Read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday, 5th March, and to be printed. [Bill 92.]

  • Orders of the Day — Defence Loans Bill.

    86 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Local Government (Financial Provisions) [Money].

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend Part VI of the Local Government Act, 1929, and to repeal Section forty-five of the Unemployment Assistance...

    • Adjournment.

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

  • Ecclesiastical Committee.

    In pursuance of the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act, 1919 (9 and 10 Geo. V., C. 76, s. 2 (2)), Mr. SPEAKER has nominated Sir George Edward Wentworth Bowyer, Baronet, M.C., and...

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