House of Commons debates

Thursday, 28 April 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Bournemouth Gas and Water Bill,

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Agricultural Workers.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to state how many Employment Exchanges have vacancies for agricultural workers where no English or Welsh workers are available?

    • School Camps, South Wales.

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether the Commissioner for Special Areas contemplates closing any school camps in any part of the depressed areas in South Wales; and, if so, will any of the...

      Seasonal Work, Holiday Resorts.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to ensure that the vacancies notified to Employment Exchanges for seasonal employment in holiday resorts during the coming season are filled?

      Training.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what alterations he contemplates for the schemes of training for unemployed men and women?

      Insurance (Meat Pitchers).

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that meat pitchers at wholesale meat markets, while coming under national health insurance, are not covered for unemployment insurance; and will...

      Elderly Persons.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that there are over 45,000 unemployed persons in the age groups 45 to 64 years of age in South Wales, he is taking any special measures...

      Assistance.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that many local authorities, as represented by the distressed areas conference, complain that they are still bearing heavy financial burdens in...

      Coppersmiths' Wages (Scotland).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the rate of pay of coppersmiths at the royal naval torpedo factory at Greenock, and at the supplementary establishment at Alexandria, is less...

      Special Areas (Lancashire).

      2 speeches

      (forMr. Rhys Davies) asked the Minister of Labour whether he has yet directed that Section 5 of the Special Areas (Amendment) Act, 1937, shall apply to any areas where the Lancashire Site Company...

      Chatham and Gravesend.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons on the registers of the Rochester and Gravesend Employment Exchanges at the latest convenient date, and give corresponding figures for the years...

      Holidays with Pay.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now make a statement with regard to the report of the Holidays with Pay Committee?

      Factory Workers (Fatigue).

      5 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the cost of rearmament may be materially increased through friction arising from the strain and fatigue of increased speed...

      Official Secrets Acts.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now considered the recent decision of the Divisional Court in the case of Lewis v. Cattle; and whether it is his intention to...

      Air-Raid Precautions.

      70 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Home Secretary whether arrangements are being made in connection with air-raid precautions for a complete or partial blackout in the counties of Northumberland or...

      Licensed Houses, Kensington.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the fact that, following the recent change in the terminal hour on weekdays at Hampstead from 10, to 10.30 p.m., Kensington is...

      Prisoners (Attempted Escapes).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the number of prisoners who have attempted to escape from convict prisons in Great Britain during the three years ended to the last convenient date; the punishment meted...

      Justices' Clerks (Committee).

      3 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether the proceedings of the Departmental Committee on Justices' clerks will be public; and whether he will undertake that the evidence shall be printed and placed on...

      Fascist Demonstration, Piccadilly Circus.

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has any statement to make concerning the Fascist demonstration in Piccadilly Circus on the night of Saturday, 23rd instant; whether the police were previously...

      Shipyard Accident, Hebburn on-Tyne.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the cause of the accident at Leslie's shipyard, at Hebburn-on-Tyne, on Tuesday, 19th April, when two men were killed?

      Laundry Explosion, Glasgow.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the cause of the explosion at the Western Steam Laundry, Glasgow, on Tuesday, 19th April, at which two men were killed?

      Physical Training (Teachers).

      2 speeches

      Mr. Rostron Duckworth: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he can give approximate figures showing the number of qualified teachers of physical training, both...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing.

    • Working-Class Houses.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether his reports show that there is still a widespread shortage of working-class houses; in which districts such shortage is most acute; and in what manner the...

    • Carmarthenshire.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health what steps he has taken to deal with the housing position in the county of Carmarthen following upon the recent investigation by his officers?

      Re-Development Areas.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health which local authorities in England and Wales have passed resolutions declaring areas to be proposed re-development areas under the provisions of Section 34 of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

    • Nursing Services (Committee).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether the Inter-departmental Committee on Nursing Services will issue an interim report?

    • Cancer.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that deaths from cancer in the city and county borough of Lincoln have risen from 96 in the year 1927 to 126 in the year 1936, and that cancer has...

      Hospital Site, Dagenham.

      2 speeches

      (for Mr. Parker) asked the Minister of Health whether he gave his sanction to the Essex County Council for borrowing powers to acquire a site for a hospital in Dagenham, proposed to be acquired...

      Town and Country Planning (Poultry Houses).

      4 speeches

      Mr. De la Bè re: asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that certain councils are endeavouring to have poultry houses pulled down under the operation of the Town and...

      Public Assistance.

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the case of W. H. Daubney, a farm worker of East Heckington, Boston, who has been taken to the county court by the Lindsey...

      France (Monetary Policy).

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any representations have been made by the Treasury to the French Government with a view to preventing further depreciation of the franc?

      Contributory Pensions.

      6 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will sanction the publication of the evidence laid before the committee on the position of unmarried women under the Contributory Pensions...

      National Accounts.

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will, when simplification of Income Tax law is embarked upon, make the year for all national bookkeeping relating to taxation, revenue, and...

      August Bank Holiday (Date).

      2 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can see his way to investigate the possible effect of arranging a different date for August bank holiday Monday in different districts in...

      Potato Marketing Board.

      15 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what arrangements have been made, in the event of any loss being incurred by the Potato Marketing Board in connection with its recent speculative activities in...

      Parliament Building, Rhuddlan.

      2 speeches

      asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, in view of the public offer for sale of the thirteenth century remains of the Parliament building at Rhuddlan, he will take steps to schedule this...

      Royal Air Force (Aircraft Production).

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is aware that in Russia aeroplanes of wood construction are being manufactured with complete success; that Italy has built many quite...

      Coal Mine Accidents, Durham County.

      13 speeches

      Mr. W. Joseph Stewart: asked the Secretary for Mines the number of men and boys killed and injured in and about the mines in Durham County each year since 1932?

      Imperial Airways and British Airways (Chairmen).

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether the boards of Imperial Airways, Limited, and British Airways have now secured the services of full-time chairmen, as recommended by the Cadman...

      South Africa (High Commission Territories).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has any further statement to make regarding the composition of the Standing Joint Advisory Conference between the Union of South...

      Passenger Boats, Greenock Londonderry (Steerage Accommodation).

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that steerage passengers travelling on the Burns-Laird Company's boats between Greenock and Londonderry complain of the inadequacy of...

      Weighing Machines, Liverpool.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Corporation of Liverpool have an agreement with the British Automatic Company, Limited, for the installation of weighing...

      Meat (Price).

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered representations from the National Federation of Meat Traders to the effect that the Government's policy has forced up the price...

      Shops (Sunday Trading).

      2 speeches

      (for Mr. Emery) asked the Home Secretary what steps he now proposes to take to stop the loss and minimise the hardships at present being experienced by many small shopkeepers owing to the...

      Employers' Liability Act.

      2 speeches

      (for Mr. Parker) asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the hardship inflicted in many cases, it is intended in the near future to amend the Employers' Liability Act so as to include...

      Great Britain (German and Austrian Residents).

      4 speeches

      (for Mr. Parker) asked the Home Secretary the total number of German and Austrian subjects, respectively, now resident in this country; how many have come in during the present year and each of...

      Anglo-Danish Trade Agreement.

      2 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether any agreement has been reached with Denmark regarding increased purchases by that country from the United Kingdom?

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to state the business for next week?

  • Selection (Standing Committees).

    • Standing Committee a.

      Colonel Gretton reported from the Committee of Selection; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee A: Colonel Baldwin-Webb; and had appointed in substitution: Mr. Hulbert.

    • Standing Committee B.

      Colonel Gretton further reported from the Committee; That they had added the following Ten Members to Standing Committee B (in respect of the Public Meeting Act (1908) Amendment Bill): Mr. Dodd,...

      Standing Committee C.

      Colonel Gretton further reported from the Committee; That they had discharged the following Member from Standing Committee C: Mr. George Hall; and had appointed in substitution: Mr. Woods.

      Scottish Standing Committee.

      Colonel Gretton further reported from the Committee; That they had added the following Ten Members to the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills (in respect of the Divorce and Nullity of Marriage...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means.

    117 speeches

    Considered in Committee [Progress, 27th April].

  • Orders of the Day — Finance [Power to Borrow for Certain Financial Purposes].

    Considered in Committee, under Standing Order No. 69.

  • Orders of the Day — Finance [Currency of Certain Savings Certificates].

    Considered in Committee, under Standing Order No. 69.

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