House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 31 May 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Private Bills [Lords] (Standing Orders not previously inquired into complied with),

  • Dumbarton Burgh (Water) Provisional Order Bill,

    " to confirm a Provisional Order under the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, 1892, relating to Dumbarton Burgh (Water)," presented by Mr. Colville; read the First time; and referred to the Examiners...

  • West Hartlepool Corporation (Trolley Vehicles) Provisional Order Bill,

    " to confirm a Provisional Order made by the Minister of Transport under the West Hartlepool Corporation Act, 1923, relating to West Hartlepool Corporation Trolley Vehicles," presented by Captain...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Japan,

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Japanese are in the habit of giving towns and villages in Japan the names of well-known foreign manufacturing towns, with a...

    • Balance of Trade.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of foreign countries the trade of the United Kingdom with which showed a larger adverse balance in the first quarter of this year than in the...

      Germany.

      17 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what were the total imports and exports in tons and value with Germany for the years ended March, 1936, 1937, and 1938?

      India.

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that in 1937 India increased her exports of cotton goods by 115,000,00o yards, mostly to British Empire territories; and what action...

      Invisible Exports.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the items and the amounts which form the basis of his estimate of invisible exports in 1937 and in the first quarter of 1938?

      Indian Jute Industry.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the amount of British capital invested in the Indian jute trade and the average wage paid to the Indian jute producers?

      Czechoslovakia.

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, during the last three months, there has been any diminution, in the import and export trade of Czechoslovakia as compared with the three...

      German Motor Cars (Imports).

      11 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the values under Section 15 (1) of the Imports Duties Act, 1932, of each category of Opel motor cars offered for sale in this country; the rate of duty...

      Congo Basin Treaties.

      16 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is satisfied that the intentions of the Congo Basin Treaty are being secured in Central Africa, in view of the inroads made by Japan in the...

      United Kingdom and United States (Trade Agreement Negotiations).

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade when he expects to be able to give a report on the trade agreement with the United States of America?

      Film Industry (Technicians' Hours and Wages).

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is satisfied that the hours of labour and the wages of technicians employed in the production of "This Man is News" comply with Section 34 of...

      Coasting Vessels (Crews' Accommodation).

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade why the new Board of Trade regulations in respect of crews' accommodation on foreign-going vessels are not being applied to all vessels engaged in the...

      British Army.

      Boys.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War with regard to the recruits taken on to the regimental strength during the year ended 30th September, 1937, whether it was on attestation or subsequently that...

      Aliens (Employment).

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what permission has been granted under paragraph 514a, King's Regulations, for the employment of aliens in the Aldershot Command and elsewhere, and the...

      Manoeuvres.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent it is proposed to put the Army Manoeuvres Act into operation this summer; and whether the Royal Air Force units will co-operate with the Army...

      Uniforms.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the uncertainty as to the policy concerning Army uniforms, he will authorise the issue of one simple uniform serviceable in war and...

      Tattoos.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will make a statement as to his future policy regarding military tattoos?

      Drill.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that several kinds of drill are at present in use in the Army, compared with only one in the Navy or Royal Air Force; that some units have...

      Surplus Horses (Disposal).

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether with reference to the statement issued by his Department with regard to the disposal of horses no longer needed by the Army, to the effect that a...

      Territorial Army.

      Annual Camps.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War how many industrial assurance companies and private firms, respectively, pay full wages or salaries to their employés who belong to the Territorial...

      First London Anti-Aircraft Division.

      10 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for War whether the First London Anti-Aircraft Division is up to strength with regard to guns and searchlights in the event of immediate mobilisation?

      Scotland.

      Corporal Punishment.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is now in a position to state what action he proposes for the abolition of birching of young persons in Scotland?

      Milk Supply, Angus.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the medical officer of health for the county of Augus reported that last quarter six cows were slaughtered out of registered...

      Herring Industry (Drifters).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, upon what ground it was decided not to offer grants to assist in meeting the running expenses of herring drifters; and from what quarters requests...

      Housing.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland in how many cases during the past year applications from county councils for approval of grants under the Housing (Rural Workers) Act have been refused...

      Small Debt and Ejection Courts, Glasgow.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that at the Glasgow eviction court and the small debt court the clerk, without reference to the sheriff, grants decree where the...

      Potatoes.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the Potato Marketing Board collected and exported an enormous amount of home-grown potatoes, thereby causing an undue rise in...

      Mental Defectives (Medical Examinations).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the Scottish Board of Control refuse the right of the parents of a person certified by the board as a mental deficient and an...

      Rating and Valuation.

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total assessment to rates in each county of Scotland, respectively, of sheds or greenhouses having a superficial area of 100 square feet or...

      Assessors.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many assessors are employed by each county council in Scotland, respectively, and to whom are these officials responsible and by whom are they paid?

      Air-Raid Precautions.

      6 speeches

      Mr. Davidson: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the total amount expended on air-raid precautions by the Scottish Office up to date?

      Old Age and Widow Pensioners.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will consider calling a conference of representatives of friendly approved societies in Scotland to discuss the hardships of old age and widow...

      Trading Estates.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is in a position to make a statement regarding the establishment of further trading estates in Scotland?

      Economic Development.

      6 speeches

      Mr. Davidson: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what committees or organisations are consulted by his Department at regular periods on the general economic and agricultural development...

      Administration (Committee' S Report).

      4 speeches

      Mr. Davidson: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can now make a statement with regard to the Gilmour Report?

      Special Areas.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can make any statement regarding the industrial undertakings which have been started in the Special Areas in Scotland?

      German and Austrian Loans.

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the ample credit balance in favour of Germany on Anglo-German trade, he will, for the protection of British tax revenue arising from...

      Government Departments (Ex-Service Men).

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is now willing to set up an impartial inquiry into the claim of ex-service civil servants to pension rights?

      Old Age Pensioners (Public Assistance).

      11 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the number of old age pensioners receiving assistance from local authorities has gone up from 214,901 in January, 1937, to 230,652...

      Coal Industry.

      Shot Firing.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines the number of shots fired in coal mines in 1937 and the number of shots fired per million tons of coal produced; whether there was an increase or reduction on...

      Ammanford Colliery.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether, as the result of the investigation recently conducted into the environmental conditions and their relation to the incidence of silicosis at the Ammanford...

      Empire Migration.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, in view of the continued large numbers of unemployed in the United Kingdom, he will state in what way the Government are prepared...

      Australia (Iron-Ore Deposits).

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he can make a statement on the policy to be adopted by the Australian Commonwealth Government with reference to the iron-ore deposits of...

      War-Time Service.

      16 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will publish a White Paper setting forth the measures contemplated by the Government in the event of an outbreak of war?

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister what business it is proposed to take in the event of the Eleven o'Clock Rule being suspended?

  • Bill Presented.

    • Naval Discipline (Amendment) Bill,

      to provide for subjecting to naval discipline certain persons who engage with the Admiralty to serve His Majesty in ships and agree to become subject to the Naval Discipline Act; and for...

  • Housing (Rural Cottages Protection).

    2 speeches

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to restrict the demolition of rural' cottages certified as reconditioned or subject to reconditioning, to amend the Housing Act, 1936, and...

  • Housing (Rural Cottages Protection) Bill,

    " to restrict the demolition of rural cottages certified as reconditioned or subject to reconditioning, to amend the Housing Act, 1936, and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid,"...

  • Food and Drugs Bill [Lords].

    Report from the Joint Committee, with Minutes of Evidence, in respect of the Food and Drugs Bill [Lords] (pending in the Lords), brought up, and read;

  • Public Meeting Act (1908) Amendment Bill.

    Order [22nd March] that the Bill be committed to a Standing Committee read, and discharged: Bill withdrawn.

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,

  • RICKMANSWORTH AND UXBRIDGE VALLEY WATER BILL [Lords].

    Reported, with Amendments, from the Committee on Group G of Private Bills.

  • Nursing Homes Registration (Scotland) Bill.

    Reported, with Amendments, from the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills.

  • Orders of the Day — Air Navigation (Financiall Provisions) Bill.

    330 speeches

    Considered in Committee. [Progress, 23rd May.]

  • Orders of the Day — IMPERIAL TELEGRAPHS [Money].

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to enable the Treasury and the Postmaster-General to carry out certain arrangements made by His Majesty's Government...

  • Orders of the Day — Chimney Sweepers Acts (Repeal) Bill.

    Read a Second time.

  • Orders of the Day — Agricultural Marketing Bill.

    Order for Second Reading read, and discharged; Bill withdrawn.

  • Orders of the Day — INFANTICIDE BILL [Lords].

    Read a Second time, and committed to a Standing Committee.

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