House of Commons debates

Monday, 2 May 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Guildford Corporation Bill,

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Bengal (Electricity Duty).

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the doubts raised as to the validity under the new Government of India Act of the duty on the consumption of...

    • New Provinces (Creation).

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that in more than one Province the creation of new Provinces is being urged; and whether he can indicate the attitude of His...

      Reserve Bank (Silver Holding).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will state the silver holding in the currency reserve held by the Government of India at the last convenient date?

      Malaria.

      4 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that it is officially estimated that the financial loss suffered through malaria in India alone is between...

      China and Japan.

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has yet received a report from His Majesty's Ambassador in China on the organisation formed by the Japanese authorities in North China to secure a monopoly of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — League of Nations.

    • Van Zeeland Report.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of the Government to suggest that the van Zeeland Report should be adopted as a basis for discussion at the next session of the Council of the...

    • Abyssinia.

      11 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he can give the House the terms of the motion to be laid before the Council of the League of Nations by His Majesty's Government concerning the recognition of...

      Nansen International Office.

      4 speeches

      Miss Rathbone: asked the Prime Minister whether any financial contribution, and, if so, how much, has been paid or promised by His Majesty's Government to the Nansen office since its...

      Austrian Debt.

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the £8,000,000 outstanding debt of Austria to this country, repayable by instalment and interest, has now been accepted as an obligation by Germany?

      Spain.

      29 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has received detailed information concerning the increasing supply of munitions of war and material passing the French frontier during the last two months to...

      Germany (Jewish-Owned Property).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to a decree to compel all Jews, including foreign Jews, to declare their German property; and whether he will approach the United...

      Greece (Sterling Bond Issue).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a further statement with regard to the default of the Greek Government upon the service of bonds issued in the United Kingdom?

      Brazil (Loans, Default).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is in a position to make a further statement with regard to the default of the Brazilian Government upon the service of bonds issued in the United Kingdom?

      Italy (Aircraft Demonstration).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the arrangements for Herr Hitler's visit to Italy include a demonstration by 300 aeroplanes of the destruction of a commercial harbour; and...

      Anglo-Italian Agreement.

      9 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether any time limit has been laid down within which the Anglo-Italian Treaty must be ratified?

      Naval and Military Pensions and Grants.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions the number of cases that have been considered and an increase of pension awarded during the three years ended at the last convenient date?

      Commercial Diplomatic Officers.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department which countries in Europe are at present without any commercial diplomatic officers representing his Department?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Poultry Industry.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture the average wholesale price of poultry feeding stuffs

    • Barley.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, with the object of securing an increase in the homegrown supply of non-malting barley, it is the intention of the Government to take any action to...

      Potato Marketing Board.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the present quantity of potatoes held by the Potato Marketing Board; what is the average price at which these potatoes were purchased; and how this...

      Market Inspectors.

      4 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the hardships which have arisen following on the appointment as veterinary inspectors of those...

      Sugar Industry.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) whether he is aware that the proposed purchase of a sugar-refining undertaking in Liverpool will have the effect of creating a monopoly of sugar-refining in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • REGISTERED PARCEL (Loss).

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he has considered the complaint from the Progressive Bookshop, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, concerning the loss of a registered and insured parcel of books...

    • Postage Stamp Centenary.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider the desirability of a special issue of commemorative stamps in 1940 for the purpose of celebrafing the centenary of the issue of the first...

      Inspector of Doorkeepers.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General the age of the pensioned officer of the Criminal Investigation Department recently appointed to the post of inspector of doorkeepers, also the period of time for...

      British Broadcasting Corporation.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he can now make any statement as to what arrangements have been made by the British Broadcasting Corporation for the representation of the views of the staffs...

      Arabic Broadcasts.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether the British broadcasts in Arabic are in the form of Arabic which is understood by the Arabs in Palestine, Iraq, and Iran; and whether it is the same form of...

      Ex-Servicemen.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will issue in the form of a White Paper the reports made to him by the British Legion regarding the condition of ex-service men and his reply?

      Justices of the Peace.

      2 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Attorney-General whether he is aware that the shortage of magistrates in the Consett, County Durham, area is causing great inconvenience to many citizens; and whether...

      Western Australia (Assisted Emigrants).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that assisted emigrants from Britain to Australia demonstrated outside the Marquis Street depot in Perth, Western Australia,...

      Derating, Essex.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider some revision of the Derating Act to meet the grievance of a poor county, such as Essex, where there has been great industrial development...

      Rating and Valuation.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the difficulty of carrying out a fair assessment of houses on a basis of rents usual in the district in an area where most of the property...

      Defence (Food Storage).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether he will make a statement regarding the purchase of food by the Government for the purpose of storage and, in particular, what sum has...

      Accident, Letchworth.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the cause of the accident at the Spirella Factory, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, on 20th April, and how many people were injured?

      Air-Raid Precautions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will make arrangements with the St. John's Ambulance Association to enable air-raid volunteers taking a first-aid course to do so without charge?

      Official Secrets Acts.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the resolution of the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society sent to him expressing concern at the recent prosecution and conviction of a journalist...

      Austrians (Permits).

      2 speeches

      Miss Rathbone: asked the Home Secretary how many Austrian refugees have been admitted to this country since the occupation of Austria by German forces; and to how many admission has been refused?

      Miscellaneous Revenue.

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the yield of the major items included in the miscellaneous revenue for the year ended 31st March, 1938, and the estimated yield from each of the major items...

      National Debt Charge.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer details of the composition of the National Debt charge for the year ended 31st March, 1938, as regards interest paid on national savings certificates,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

  • Anglo-Italian Agreement.

    146 speeches

    3.25 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Poor's Allotment in Hanwell Bill.

    Read the Third time, and passed.

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