House of Commons debates

Monday, 28 February 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    London Passenger Transport Board Bill (by Order),

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Mine Workers (Women).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of females daily employed underground in mines under the Indian Mines Act for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date; and whether...

    • Training Ship "dufferin."

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he can give particulars of the success of the scheme that was instituted for the training of Indian boys on the training ship "Dufferin,"...

      Assam (Commissioners).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what is the present position as regards the abolition or retention of the Commissioners in Assam?

      United Provinces and Bihar (Ministries: Withdrawal of Resignations).

      6 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will make a statement respecting the present position with reference to the recent resignations of the ministers in the United Provinces...

      Federation.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India what steps the Government of India has taken to ascertain the views of Provincial Governments in regard to the introduction of the federal pact of the...

      Greece (Sterling Bond Issue).

      2 speeches

      Major Hills: asked the Prime Minister whether he will take any action with regard to the unfortunate position of subscribers in this country to the Greek Loan issued under the auspices of the...

      Suez Canal.

      9 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether at any time the Italian Government has asked for a share in the defence of the Suez Canal?

      Spain.

      56 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has now received replies from the Spanish Government and the insurgent authorities at Salamanca to his appeal to both sides in the conflict to cease the...

      British Property, Shanghai (Claims).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he can give any information about the extent to which looting of British goods has occurred in Shanghai and the value of British property removed from British...

      Austria.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he can now state what steps His Majesty's Government propose to take in respect of the recent Austro-German agreement?

      League of Nations.

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister the contributions in gold francs and comparable sterling paid by the various members of the League of Nations towards the expenditure of the League for the 12 months...

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions the number of cases of ex-service men submitted to him since the deputation from Members of Parliament met him on this question in February, 1937; and how many...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Feeding-Stuffs (Prices).

      3 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can now give the House any information as regards the stabilisation of the price of feeding-stuffs?

    • Home-Grown Food.

      3 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now in a position to announce some comprehensive plan for dealing with an increase of homegrown foodstuffs in this country?

      Wages Claim.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what report was made by the inspector who investigated the claim of Mr. F. R. Sargent, of Hurstmonceaux, for arrears of wages, which was brought to the notice of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Sub-Postmasters (Salaries).

      1 speech

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the amounts of the increases of salaries paid to those in charge of sub-post offices are based on the average turnover of three separate...

    • Statistics.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of acres under cultivation and the number of workers employed in England and Wales for the years 1908 and 1925, respectively; and whether he can give...

      Facilities (Outer Hebrides).

      5 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General (1) whether any, and what, steps are now being taken to establish a wireless telephony system in the islands of the Outer Hebrides; and whether, in view of the...

      Air-Mail Rates.

      3 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General what was the approximate increase in the Empire air-mail carried during the past week as the result of the new reduction in air-mail postage rates to India,...

      British Broadcasting Corporation.

      3 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Postmaster-General whether the Government will consider the appointment of a Member of this House as an unpaid liaison officer to establish contact between the...

      Houses of Parliament (Smoke Pollution).

      4 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the First Commissioner of Works whether his attention has been called to the rapidly blackening surfaces of the recently cleaned stonework of the Parliament buildings from...

      National Health Insurance.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that unemployed persons are being deprived of their pension rights by reason of approved societies terminating their membership without giving...

      Unemployment Assistance (Rent Rebates).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the Motherwell Town Council has introduced a scheme of rent rebates on municipal houses whereby unemployed and low-paid workers with large...

      Tinplate Industry.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the depression that has recently taken place in the tinplate industry, and to the serious unemployment caused...

      Palestine (Partition Commission).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to give the names of the new Palestine special commissioners; what are their terms of reference; and when they are...

      Defence (Burning Pit-Heaps).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence what provision he is making to deal with burning pit-heaps so as to prevent enemy aircraft having beacon marks to make to in the event of...

      MR. Vladimir Poliakoff.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long Mr. Vladimir Poliakoff, of 49, Queen's Gate Gardens, S.W.7, has been resident in this country; what were the terms on which he was...

      Great Britain and Italy.

      22 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the figures of the extraordinary Italian Budget, issued from Milan on the 9th instant, showing that it is...

      Government Property, Fifeshire (Rates).

      4 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the Rating of Government Property Department have refused to pay rates to the Fife County Council in respect of properties...

      Level Crossings.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport the number of cases in the last five years in which the powers under Section 7 of the Railways Clauses Act, 1863, have been exercised by which a railway company is...

      Civil Aviation (Committee's Report).

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the report of the Cadman Committee will be available before the Air Estimates Debate; and whether its publication can be expedited?

      Foreign Affairs (Press).

      3 speeches

      Miss Rathbone: asked the Prime Minister whether in view of the passage in the German Chancellor's speech to the Reichstag relating to the activities of the foreign Press, he will assure the...

      Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

      9 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he will state his reasons for breaking the established Parliamentary practice of having the Foreign Secretary in the House of Commons?

      Foreign Office Questions.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister what arrangement he proposes to make with regard to the answering of Foreign Office Questions in view of the fact that the new Foreign Secretary is...

      Navy (Supplementary Estimates, 1937).

      Estimate presented,—of the further sum required to be voted for the Navy for the year ending 31st March, 1938 [by Command]; referred to the Committee of Supply, and to be printed. [No. 63.]

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [1ST ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates and Estimates for Revenue Departments, 1938 (Vote on Account).

    180 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £184,760,000, be granted to His Majesty, on account, for or towards defraying the charges for the following Civil and Revenue...

  • Orders of the Day — Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

    13 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Captain Margesson.]

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