House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 25 May 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    East Lothian Water Order Confirmation Bill,

  • Oral Answers to Questions — China and Japan

    14 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister what steps His Majesty's Government are proposing to take to give effect to the recent resolution of the League of Nations Council urging members of the League to do...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Spain.

    39 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether the Valencia Government have given any reason for their refusal to accept the appointment of Field-Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode as arbitrator in the matter of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Native African Troops.

    6 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether he has procured, or will procure, an estimate of the number of natives of Africa who have received military training and who are now in training, and who are...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Czechoslovak Ia.

    6 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the special interest displayed by the Polish and Hungarian Governments in the minorities question in Czechoslovakia, His Majesty's Government, through...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Consular Staffs (Payment).

    5 speeches

    Mr. Edmund Harvey: asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the difficulties caused to the unestablished staffs of British consulates in Europe from the fact that their...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine.

    • Anglo-Italian Agreement.

      4 speeches

      Mr. Mander asked: the Prime Minister with reference to the oral agreement between the British and Italian Governments with regard to Palestine, whether the condition that the variation or...

    • Mufti.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister the present position with regard to the ex-Mufti; whether steps are being taken to obtain his removal from Beyrout in view of his breach of his promise to refrain from...

      Germany (Armaments Expenditure).

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will give particulars of any reports he has received with reference to the annual or gross amounts being spent by Germany on armaments; and has he any...

      Anglo-French Conversations.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister if he will give particulars of the arrangements made at the recent interview between the representatives of His Majesty's Government M. Daladier, Premier of France, and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Signal School Site, Portsmouth.

      4 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the price to be paid by the Admiralty to the Portsmouth City Council for the site for a proposed new signal school?

    • His Majesty's Ship "dorsetshire (Deserters).

      4 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has any statement to make concerning the desertion of members of 'the crew of His Majesty's Ship "Dorsetshire" whilst in Australian waters?

      Officers' Pay (Assessment).

      5 speeches

      Vice-Admiral Taylor: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, as the notional value placed upon ship accommodation for officers has always been taken into account when considering naval officers'...

      Marriage Allowance.

      9 speeches

      Vice-Admiral Taylor: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, as the new naval marriage scheme is designed to give to naval officers equal remuneration to that given to comparable ranks in...

      Australia (Cruisers, Purchase).

      2 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has any further information to give with regard to the acquisition by His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia of cruisers from...

      Torpedo Factory, Greenock (Hospital Fund Contributions).

      4 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the success of the new scheme for the collection of contributions for hospitals fund at the Royal Naval Torpedo Factory at Greenock...

      Dockyards (Holidays).

      2 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that there is a widespread desire in the royal dockyards for the annual holiday to be staggered instead of being allotted at one...

      British Somaliland.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many judges or magistrates with legal qualifications now hold judicial posts in British Somaliland; whether there are any counsel habitually...

      British Guiana.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any schemes have been submitted to the Government of British Guiana by the East Indian Association, or by other bodies or persons, for...

      Mauritius.

      4 speeches

      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Secretary of State for the colonies for what purpose the police in Mauritius are being trained in the use of arms and being equipped with rifles?

      Uganda.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to carry out the recommendations of the committee appointed to consider the labour situation in Uganda?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Jamaica.

    • Situation.

      28 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that an orderly procession of hunger-marchers in Spanish Town, Jamaica, on 18th May, requested a public works official to provide...

    • Franchise.

      4 speeches

      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there has been any marked decrease in the number of voters in Jamaica in the past few years?

      Judiciary

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has now considered the memorial for the re-constitution of the Jamaican judiciary; and what steps are to be taken in this matter?

      Kenya (Employment of Juveniles)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies for what reasons the recent ordinance in Kenya Colony was sanctioned by the Colonial Office permitting contracts for child labour for children of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.

    • Aircraft Production.

      15 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether Scheme F, which is for 1,750 first-line aircraft by March, 1939, or earlier, provides that those aircraft will he of types not obsolescent, which will...

    • Pilot Officers (Methods of Entry).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air what are the qualifications required of young men wishing to become pilot officers in the Royal Air Force; and whether they or their parents are expected to...

      Night-Flying Practice.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that late night-flying practice by aeroplanes from the Hendon Royal Air Force aerodrome has a disturbing effect on the sleep of residents...

      Balloon Barrage.

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will arrange for representatives of local authorities to be invited to Cardington on Empire Air Day to witness a demonstration of the London...

      Dismissed Aircraft Inspectors, Coventry.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the eight dismissed aircraft inspectors at Messrs. Roote's factory, Coventry, were dismissed after consultation between the management and the...

      Civilian Medical Officers, Recruiting Depots.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air what are the conditions of service and emoluments of the civilian medical officers employed at the recruiting depots in the large cities; and whether the...

      Refugees.

      7 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister which Minister is responsible for the work of the committee dealing with the conditions of admission and employment of political refugees in this country, and to whom...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Petrol Storage.

    • Defence.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether, in view of the fact that there is practically 70,000,000 gallons of petrol and/or white inflammable spirit stored in the London area...

    • Searchlights, London.

      5 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for War why the 1st Anti-Aircraft London Division is 4o per cent. short of searchlights; and when he proposes to remedy this shortage?

      Air Pilots (Germany and Italy).

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will communicate to the House any authoritative estimates in his possession as to the numbers or output of trained air pilots in Germany and Italy...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation.

    • Budapest Service.

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, as it will not be possible for British Airways, Limited, to operate a service to Budapest this year, he will now give favourable consideration to the...

    • Airports.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the increasing difficulties of airport owners; and what steps he proposes to take to assist local authorities to maintain their airports?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

    • Mickleham by-Pass (Cost).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport the original estimate of the cost of the construction of the Mickleham by-pass road, and how much does he now expect it will cost?

    • London Underground Railways (Signalling System).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether alterations have recently been made in the signalling system in operation on the underground railways of the London Passenger Transport Board with a view...

      Road Accidents.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport how many towns and cities in England and Wales have notice boards on the roadside at the entrances thereto showing, in each case, the number of persons killed and...

      East Lancashire Road).

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what progress has been made With local authorities concerning the lighting of the East Lancashire road from Liverpool to Manchester?

      Road Repairs, Oban.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the. contractors who are repairing the roads leading to Oban are repairing long sections of roads extending to five to 10 miles at a...

      Car Parking, Westminster.

      2 speeches

      Transport whether he is aware of the inconvenience caused in Westminster to persons employed in offices by the action of the police in refusing to allow them to leave their motor cars in the...

      Denmark (British Imports and Exports).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has taken note of the fact that there is a substantial increase in the imports from Denmark during the first quarter of this year, accompanied...

      Telephone Facilities, Greenock (Automatic System).

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he can now state when the change to the automatic system of telephone exchange at Greenock will be put into operation; and what area will be covered by the...

      Fishing Industry (Coal Supplies).

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the present high price of coal adds enormously to the running costs of steam trawlers and drifters and is a great handicap to our...

      Affiliation Proceedings (Blood Test).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the employment of a blood test in a recent legal case involving the question of paternity; and...

      Accident, Dagenham.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary what was the cause of the accident at Ford's works, Dagenham, Essex, at which two men were killed?

      Air-Raid Precautions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether any agreement has yet been reached with the Metropolitan Water Board in connection with air-raid precautions; and if he intends to make a grant to help the Water...

      American Magazine "ken."

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the American magazine "Ken" has been banned in this country; whether this has been done upon his instructions; and, if so, whether he will state...

      Bill Presented.

      LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICERS (JOINT COUNCILS) (No. 2) BILL,

  • Mining Subsidence.

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the payment of compensation for damage caused by mining subsidence. The problem to which I would draw the attention of the...

  • Mining Subsidence Bill,

    " to provide for the payment of compensation for damage caused by mining subsidence," presented accordingly, and read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Wednesday next, and to be...

  • Message from the Lords

    That they have agreed to,—

  • HARWICH HARBOUR BILL [Lords]

    Read the First time; and referred to the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills.

  • Infanticide Bill [Lords].

    To be read a Second time upon Monday next, and to be printed. [Bill 164.]

  • Air Defences.

    78 speeches

    4.3 P.m.

  • Adjournment

    Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Captain Margesson]

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