Tuesday, 1 February 1938
The House—after the Adjournment on 23d December, 1937, for the Christmas Recess—met at a Quarter before Three of the Clock, Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.
Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had issued, during the Adjournment, Warrants for New Writs, namely,
For the Borough of Ipswich, in the room of Captain Sir Francis John Childs Ganzoni, Baronet, now Lord Belstead, called up to the House of Peers.— [Captain Margesson.]
Captain Arthur Evans: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has now received the report of the Willingdon Committee; and what action His Majesty's Government propose to take?
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that it is possible for a soldier who has married young to have as much as 12 years ex emplary service to his credit and yet have to wait...
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which of the Scottish local authorities have provided community centres in connection with their new housing areas; and whether he is pressing upon all...
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is now in a position to state the names and qualifications of the persons appointed as the Scottish Records Advisory Council?
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is in a position to announce the policy of the Government in relation to the poultry industry in Scotland?
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of householders with families drawing able bodied relief from Glasgow Corporation Public Assistance Department who are limited to 40s. per...
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will take steps to secure that the Second Scottish National Housing Company, Limited, reduce the rents of steel houses at Sandy-hills and...
asked the Secretary for Mines (1) the average weekly wage paid in the coal mines of Northumberland for the years 1920 up to the latest available date in 1937; (2) the average pit-head price for...
asked the Secretary for Mines what protests he has received from representatives of different classes of coal consumers with regard to their treatment under the coal-selling schemes at present in...
asked the Secretary for Mines the retail price of a hundredweight of coal sold in small quantities in working-class districts of London at the latest available date; and whether he is satisfied...
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has any statement to make as to the relations between this country and the Irish Free State?
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has any information to give the House as to the position of affairs in Newfoundland?
asked the President of the Board of Trade when it is proposed to introduce the Bill to amend the Companies Acts?
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will give the figures of the references furnished to the Board of Trade by the principal steamship companies, showing the number of British...
asked the President of the Board of Trade the position with regard to negotiations for a trade agreement with the United States of America?
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will indicate, in the form most convenient, the rate at which iron ore is now being imported from Spain into the United Kingdom?
Mr. David Adams: asked the President of the Board of Trade the shipments of coal from the principal shipping groups in the United Kingdom for the first 10 months of the years 1937 and 1936,...
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the position of those tenants who would be liable to rebuild in the event of their premises being destroyed by...
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will make a statement of the Government's policy with regard to the poultry industry?
Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will now consider facilitating an increased acreage of potatoes with a view to earmarking the increased acreage specifically...
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can make a statement on the Government's policy towards the pig industry?
asked the Minister of Transport when the Bill in connection with electricity distribution is to be introduced?
asked the Minister of Transport when the report of Sir Charles Bressey on the road communications of the Metropolis will be published?
asked the Minister of Transport whether he has any further statement to make in respect of the lighting of trunk roads?
asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the contribution from the Road Fund to the cost of building the new Waterloo Bridge, he will now consider making a substantial grant to the...
asked the Minister of Transport the grants made in 1937 for the construction of roads in Lancashire?
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he has any statement to make regarding the position of affairs in India?
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he proposes to introduce a Bill to limit the hours of young persons in unregulated trades?
asked the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make with reference to the general European negotiations started by the visit of Lord Halifax to Berlin?
asked the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make with reference to the Report received from M. van Zeeland?
asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of the Government to introduce a measure of redistribution during the period of the present Parliament?
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what are the special terms under which the Government cinematograph officer is employed?
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether any decision has yet been reached as to whether National Defence Contribution will be levied upon profits resulting from the business of...
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the committees set up in England and Scotland to formulate schemes for the better organisation of the baking industry have yet reported?
asked the Home Secretary what was the cause of the accident at Ebury Bridge Road, Victoria, on Tuesday, 21st December; how many men were killed; and whether the overhead cradle was defective?
asked the Home Secretary when the Government intend to introduce the promised Bill dealing with clubs; and whether ample time will be allowed for the discussion of the proposals by those mainly...
asked the Home Secretary what further representations he has received from holiday resorts in regard to the Shops (Sunday Trading Restrictions) Act, 1936; and whether any steps are being taken to...
asked the Minister of Labour the industries and the numbers of employés affected in agreements now completed for giving annual paid holidays for 1938; and whether he has yet received the...
asked the Minister of Labour the balance standing to the credit of the Unemployment Fund as at 1st January, 1938?
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will indicate the approximate upswing of wages for the year ended 31st December, 1937?
asked the Minister of Labour whether the detailed survey of the problem of the inflow of water into the colliery workings from the River Gaunless, in South-West Durham, has been completed; and...
Mr. W. Joseph Stewart: asked the Minister of Labour the price paid per acre for the Pallion site, Sunderland; whether the site is cleared ready for building purposes; and when does he anticipate...
asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether he has any statement to make on food storage?
Captain A. Evans: asked the Postmaster-General what reasons he can assign for the public response to television not being up to the standard expected?
Captain A. Evans: asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the record profit made by the Post Office during 1937, he will consider the reintroduction of penny postage?
Mr. Edmund Harvey: asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that temporary sorters employed during the period of the Christmas pressure, work in many cases for 12-hour shifts; and...
Mr. Harvey: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he can now state the number of certificated teachers who completed their training in 1937 who have not found...
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make with regard to the situation in China?
(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has any statement to make regarding the fire which occurred at Dumbreck No. 1 Colliery, Stirlingshire.
(by Private Notice) asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can give the House any information regarding the reported sinking of the British steamer "Endymion" by a Spanish insurgent...
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that loans to foreign countries which have been issued in London and quoted on the London Stock Exchange are primarily made with...
As to the business for today, for what purpose does the Prime Minister intend to move the suspension of the Eleven o'clock Rule? Is it intended to ask the House to sit very late? In particular, I...
George Tomlinson, Esquire, for the County of Lancaster (Farnworth Division).
I beg to give notice that To-morrow week, I shall call attention to the Storage of Food in War Time, and move a Resolution.
I beg to give notice that To-morrow week, I shall call attention to National and Local Government Expenditure, and move a Resolution.
I beg to give notice that To-morrow, I shall call attention to Conditions in the Far East, and move a Resolution.
I beg to give notice that To-morrow week, I shall call attention to the Central Agricultural Wages Board, and move a Resolution.
I beg to give notice that To-morrow week, I shall call attention to Methods of Removing International Injustices by Peaceful Change, and move a Resolution.
I beg to give notice that To-morrow week, I shall call attention to the Road System of this country, and move a Resolution.
Read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Thursday, and to be printed. [Bill 75.]
Considered in Committee.
Amendment made: In page 2, line 23, leave out "an Order made under the foregoing Section," and insert "this Act."—[Sir K. Wood.]
Amendment made: In page 3, line 2, leave out "an order made under."—[Sir K. Wood.]
Amendment made: In page 3, line 31, leave out from "to," to the end of line 5, on page 4, and insert: furnish in accordance with this Act any information which he is required by this Act to...
I beg to move, in page 5, line 9, to leave out "and the Marriage Acts, 1811 to 1934."
Further considered in Committee. [Progress, 7th December.]
Order for Second Reading read.
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