House of Commons debates

Monday, 7 June 1937

  • Preamble

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

  • New Writ.

    For the county of Holland with Boston, in the room of Sir James Blindell, deceased.—[Lieut.-Colonel C. Kerr.]

  • Private Business.

    Berkshire County Council Bill [Lords],

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Police Service.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of Europeans and Indians at present employed in the Indian police service; and whether all the recommendations of the Lee Commission in...

    • Alwar Disturbance.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Viceroy has received any report through the Government political representative concerning a serious riot in Alwar?

      Political Situation.

      8 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether attention has been given to the recent speech of Mr. Gandhi at Tithal, in Gujurat, in which he said that he was anxious that Congress should...

      Germany (British Ambassador's Speech)

      14 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the speech delivered by His Majesty's Ambassador in Berlin on 1st June represents the views of His Majesty's Government?

      Western Pact.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the proposed negotiations for a Western Pact will be negotiated on the basis of the Covenant of the League of Nations; and will the pact...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — China.

    • New Insurance Law.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has yet received from His Majesty's Ambassador in China the expected report on the present state of the law relating to insurance in...

    • British Property Investments.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received from His Majesty's Ambassador in China the expected report on the recent case in which a British subject, as the result...

      Smuggling.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the relative state of affairs with regard to smuggling in North China and its effect on the imports from this country, compared with six months ago?

      Spain.

      32 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now state the approximate number of Germans and Italians serving with the forces of General Franco in Spain?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Insurance (International Arrangements).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any agreements exist between this country and other countries respecting unemployment insurance whereby reciprocal treatment is given to...

    • Irish Free State Immigrants.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour how many people born in the Irish Free State are on the register of unemployed in Great Britain who have been resident in Great Britain two years or less?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Export Trade.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what steps he proposes to take for the purpose of drawing the attention of the British chambers of commerce situated in foreign parts to the...

    • Argentine Meat.

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether he is satisfied with the progress being made by the Anglo-Argentine Meat Investigation Committee appointed in February, 1935; and when was...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Cheese.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he has taken to encourage, by instruction or speech, the extension of the manufacture of soft and hard cheeses of varied and established or novel...

    • Cattle.

      4 speeches

      Mr. De la Bére: asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he is taking to insure against a shortage of cattle in Britain, on account of the fact that farmers have had to sell calves to...

      Tuberculin-Tested Herds.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of approved tuberculin-tested herds in Great Britain?

      Beef (Prices).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture the average price per live cwt. of British beef, first quality, on the last week in May, 1936, and 1937; and the price at Salisbury for the same two dates?

      Broadcasting.

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether any decision has yet been arrived at as to the broadcasting from Daventry by the British Broad-casting Corporation for overseas in languages other than...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Telephone Service (Night-Traffic Rates).

      5 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether any estimates have been prepared by his Department as to the loss of revenue that would be incurred by the Post Office if the present night-traffic call rates...

    • Contracts.

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether the Ever Ready Company, Carysfort Road, Stoke Newington, do contract work for his Department; what are the articles supplied to the Post Office by this firm;...

      Air-Mail Services.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that, in consequence of the rapid changes being made in various air-mail services at the present time many local Post Offices are unable to give...

      House of Commons (Ventilation).

      7 speeches

      asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, seeing the great advances that have been made in recent years in the science of ventilation, he will cause an investigation to be made to ascertain...

      Kenilworth Castle.

      2 speeches

      asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he can give the House any information in connection with Sir John Siddeley's gift of Kenilworth Castle and estate to the nation; and who will be...

      Confectionery Trade Employes.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that some houses in the confectionery trade make it a practice to dispense with the services of their employés on attaining 18 years of age...

      Zanzibar (Indians).

      2 speeches

      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any further discussions have taken place in Zanzibar between representatives of the Government and of the Indian community...

      Spanish Refugee Children.

      8 speeches

      Miss Cazalet: asked the Minister of Health what is the present position regarding the health of the Basque children who have been brought into this country?

      Nutrition.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether His Majesty's Government accept Mr. Seebohm Rowntree's recently published estimate of the minimum income required to provide the essentials of life to which...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Safety-First Precautions.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the instruction given by the police of Worthing to children attending elementary schools in safety-first...

    • Infants and Juniors.

      1 speech

      asked the President of the Board of Education how many infants' departments have been amal-

      Defence (Industrial Employment).

      11 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the speech at Ledston Hall, Castleford, on Wednesday last, in which the Lord President of the Council emphasised the desirability...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Vocational Training.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what professional training is afforded for ex-service men at the training centres of Southampton and Leeds; what steps are taken to inform soldiers about...

    • Enlisted Boys (Milk Ration).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the present amount of the daily milk ration for enlisted boys?

      Woolwich Arsenal (EmployÉS).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the number of employés engaged in Woolwich Arsenal in April, 1936, and 1937; also the number transferred from Woolwich to other War Departments since...

      Film Artists (Workers' Conditions).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to accidents to crowd artists in British film studios for which no compensation has been paid; and, in...

      Industrial Disease (Asbestos Industry).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the number of reports received since 1935 as to workpeople complaining of incapacity for work by reason of industrial disease arising from work in the asbestos industry?

      Inland Revenue Department (New Entrants, Pay).

      14 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is now prepared to give facilities for the question of the pay of new entrant tax officers in the Inland Revenue, upon which a dispute has arisen...

      Gold Policy.

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will continue to borrow in order to buy and neutralise gold so as to prevent credit inflation, or whether he will propose revision of the...

      Old Age Pensions.

      4 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what additions would be required in the con- tributions of the State, employers, and insured persons to enable old age pensions to be raised to...

      Land Drainage (Mid-Glamorgan).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the serious state of the Ogmore River from Aberkenfig to its mouth; and what steps he proposes to take to clear the obstruction in the...

      Old Palace Yard (Houses, Demolition).

      6 speeches

      asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he can reconsider the decision to demolish the houses numbered six and seven in Old Palace Yard, Westminster?

      Electricity Supply.

      10 speeches

      (by Private Notice)asked the Prime Minister whether he has anything to add to the statement made on Thursday last by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in regard to the memorandum circulated to...

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister, first, the business for Friday, and, second, who will answer the questions put to the Lord President of the Council?

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [10TH ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Adjournment.

    Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Sir G. Davies.]

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