House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 26 July 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    8 speeches

    Brighton Corporation (Transport) Bill,

  • Aliens (Naturalisation).

    Address for Return showing (1) Particulars of all Aliens to whom certificates of naturalisation have been issued and whose oaths of allegiance have, during the year ended the 31st day of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Export Trade.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines the policy of His Majesty's Government in relation to the proposal laid before him in the joint deputation of the miners and mineowners he received on 13th July?

    • Industrial Diseases.

      1 speech

      asked the Secretary for Mines the number of fatal and disablement cases of certifiable industrial diseases among coal miners in 1937; and

      Statistics.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will give, separately, the total quantity of saleable coal raised in Great Britain for the two years ended to the last convenient date, and state the...

      Holidays with Pay.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that the Denby Grange Collieries, Limited, Yorkshire, have notified one of their employes of their intention to deduct one-sixth of his holiday...

      Southern Rhodesia.

      18 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs how many natives and coloured people, respectively, are employed in Government service in Southern Rhodesia; in what grades are they employed;...

      South-West Africa.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether his attention has been called to the criticisms of the work of missionaries among the natives of South-West Africa contained in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mercantile Marine.

    • Register (Transfers).

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what transfers of shipping have taken place to and from the British register during the last six months?

    • Steamship "knowlgrove."

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the circumstances of a recent voyage of the steamship "Knowlgrove" from Sunderland to Lerwick; that this vessel, with a load of...

      Vessels (Insanitary Conditions).

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether he is aware that, during 1937, of 6,664 vessels subjected to sanitary inspection by the Hull and Goole port health authority 1,67o were found...

      Companies Act, 1929.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will note to include in any amendment of the 1929 Companies Act a clause to forbid a director of a limited liability company acting also as a...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Cotton Industry.

      24 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations have been made to him by any section of the cotton trade to reduce the importations of yarn, made-up garments, and textile piece...

    • Essential Commodities Reserves (Mutton).

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the serious position of sheep producers, owing partly to the increase in the number of ewes, by 500,000 and to the fact that farmers...

      Russia.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, having regard to the serious adverse balance of this country's trade, to which the Federation of British Industries has recently called the...

      Anglo-Australian Discussions.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement respecting the recently concluded Anglo-Australian trade talks; and whether he contemplates a further revision of the...

      Lamb (Prices).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the wholesale and retail prices, respectively, in London, of first quality English lamb and first quality Canterbury lamb, respectively, at the latest...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Gas Masks (Officers and Non Commissioned Officers).

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether experience has shown that officers and non-commissioned officers have difficulty in issuing words of command, when wearing a gas mask, which would be...

    • Air Attack (Protective Devices).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what developments have occurred in the device known as the Rocket as a means of defence against air attack?

      Young Married Soldiers.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War how many soldiers on the unauthorised married establishment are now serving at home; what is the average sum these men receive weekly; and what rent they are...

      Enlistment.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the number of applicants for enlistment in the Army this year who were unemployed at the date of their application for enlistment?

      China (Forces).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give the strength of the British forces at present in China and the particulars he has of the Volunteer Force in Shanghai?

      Under-Age Recruits.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the number of recruits who have enlisted into the Army during the three years ended on the last convenient date whose ages, subsequent to their enlistment,...

      Accident, Catterick.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give any information in connection with the death of Lance-corporal Cecil Langton, who was killed on the training grounds of the Royal Tank...

      Bren Guns (Canada).

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War, in view of the fact that the purchase price of the Bren guns ordered in Canada will be £76 each, and that the profit on the manufacture of the guns will...

      Disability Pensioners (Funeral Expenses).

      4 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for War in what circumstances a grant is made from Army funds towards the funeral expenses of a disability pensioner?

      Youths on Probation (Enlistment).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that there is at present some difficulty in persuading the authorities to accept as recruits youths who are on probation; and whether he...

      Navy, Army and Air Force Institute.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the number and percentage of ex-service men employed by the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institute?

      Straits of Gibraltar (Gun Batteries).

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the countries of origin of the howitzer and other heavy guns which have been installed since July, 1936, in the vicinity of Algeciras and on the African coast...

      Foreign Policy and Defence.

      3 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the serious situation in Europe, Palestine and the Far East, he contemplates consultation with the Opposition parties with a view to united action in...

      Rae Committee's Report.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the House will have an opportunity to discuss the report of the Rae Committee?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Economic and Agricultural Development.

      8 speeches

      Mr. Davidson: asked the Prime Minister whether he now intends to set up a Royal Commission to investigate and report on the economic and agricultural development of Scotland?

    • Gilmour Committee's Report.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can now make a statement on the Government's policy with regard to the Gilmour Committee's report?

      Housing.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) whether he will consider giving subsidies to local authorities which will enable them to utilise old but reconditioned buildings with a view to...

      Licensing Case, Fife.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the circumstances which brought about the decision not to proceed with the case against a publican in Miltown of Balgonie after a...

      Department of Agriculture Land (Damage by Game).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland over how many of the 439,252 acres of land held by the Department of Agriculture for Scotland sporting facilities are let to third parties; what...

      Local Authorities (Consultation).

      4 speeches

      Mr. Davidson: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he intends to set up a permanent advisory committee on Scottish affairs composed of Scottish local authority representatives?

      Benmore Estate (Blairmore Pier).

      3 speeches

      asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, in view of the fact that the proprietor of the castle and estate of Benmore gifted said subjects to...

      Cancer Research.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, as representing the Lord President of the Council the amount of public grant made during the last 12 months towards the cost of cancer research...

      Income Tax (Farm Losses, Relief).

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total of agricultural losses claimed by individuals against Income Tax or Sur-tax in each of the years 1931 to 1938?

      Entertainments Duty (Bottleparties).

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the fact that there are very many bottle-parties providing to the public every night elaborate and expensive...

      Gold (Hoarding and Speculation).

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the raising of the ban on the lending by banks against gold has resulted in considerable gold hoarding and gold speculation; and...

      National Expenditure.

      34 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, having regard to the fall in revenue which has taken place during the present financial year, he will state what steps His Majesty's Government...

      Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles (Committee).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Departmental Committee on competition between private-hire vehicles and taximeter-cabs will be able to present an interim report...

      Savernake Forest.

      4 speeches

      asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, under what conditions affecting public access the Forestry Commission are taking over Savernake Forest?

      Air-Raid Precautions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary when the survey now being undertaken by the local authorities in London of basements in connection with air-raid precautions will be completed; and whether he will...

  • Bills Presented.

    • Prevention of Fraud (Investments) Bill,

      "to provide for regulating the business of dealing in securities; to restrict the registration of societies under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, 1893; to make general provision for...

    • Prohibition of Vivisection on Dogs (Scotland) Bill,

      "to provide for the abolition of vivisection on dogs; and for purposes connected therewith," presented by Mr. Mathers; supported by Mr. Cassells, Mr. Groves, Mr. Thomas Henderson, Mr. Leonard,...

      Business of the House.

      Motion made, and Question put, That this day, notwithstanding anything in Standing Order No. 14, Supplementary Estimates for New Services may be considered, and that Business other than the...

      Message from the Lords.

      That they have agreed to,—

      Official Secrets Acts.

      Leave given to the Select Committee to make a Special Report.

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [20TH ALLOTTED DAY.]

    • Civil Estimates and Estimates for Revenue Departments and Supplementary Estimate, 1938.

    • Class Ii.

      1."That a sum, not exceeding £71,143, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Class Vi.

      3. "That a sum, not exceeding £143,804, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st...

      Civil Estimates, 1938.

      Class I.

      4. "That a sum, not exceeding £1,516,733, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Classii

      5. "That a sum, not exceeding £4,058,384, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Class Iii.

      6. "That a sum, not exceeding £15,593,532, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Class Iv.

      7. "That a sum, not exceeding £36,810,963, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Class V.

      8. "That a sum, not exceeding £111,935,324, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Class Vi.

      9. "That a sum, not exceeding £38,584,541, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Class Vii.

      10. "That a sum, not exceeding £3,707,904, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Class Viii.

      11. "That a sum, not exceeding £26,504,256, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Class Ix.

      12. "That a sum, not exceeding £33,898,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Revenue Departments Estimates, 1938.

      13. "That a sum, not exceeding £57,286,700, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Navy Estimates, 1938.

      14. "That a sum, not exceeding £58,737,800, be granted to His Majesty, to 5,250 defray the charge which will come in course 93,100 of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March,...

      Army Estimates, 1938.

      15. "That a sum, not exceeding £48,085,000, he granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1939, for...

      Air Estimates, 1938.

      111 speeches

      16. "That a sum, not exceeding £16,894,000, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1939, for...

      Civil Estimates and Supplementary Estimate, 1938.

      Class I.

      Central Government and Finance.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class I of the Civil Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Class Ii.

      Foreign and Imperial.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class II of the Civil Estimates put, and agreed to.

      Class Iii.

      Home Department, Law and Justice.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class III of the Civil Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Class Iv.

      Education and Broadcasting.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class IV of the Civil Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Class V.

      Health, Labour and Insurance.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class V of the Civil Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Class Vi.

      Trade, Industry and Transport.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class VI of the Civil Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Class Vii.

      Common Services (Works, Stationery, etc.).

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of Class VII of the Civil Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Non-Effective Charges (Pensions).

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of Class VIII of the Civil Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Class Ix.

      Exchequer Contributions to Local Revenues.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of Class IX of the Civil Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Revenue Departments Estimates, 1938.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Revenue Departments Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Navy Estimates and Supplementary Estimate, 1938.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Navy Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Army Estimates, 1938.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolution reported in respect of the Army Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      Air Estimates and Supplementary Estimate, 1938.

      Question, That this House doth agree with the Committee in the outstanding Resolutions reported in respect of the Air Estimates, put, and agreed to.

      WAYS AND MEANS [25th July].

      Bill ordered to be brought in upon the said Resolution by the Chairman of Ways and Means, Sir John Simon, and Captain Euan Wallace.

      Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill,

      "to apply a sum out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on the thirty-first day of March, one thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine, and to appropriate the supplies granted...

      Straits of Gibraltar (Gun Batteries).

      16 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—(Captain Hope.)

      Nursing Homes Registration (Scotland) Bill.

      Public Health (Coal Mine Refuse) Bill.

      2 speeches

      Order for Second Reading read.

      Straits of Gibraltar (Gun Batteries).

      13 speeches

      Question again proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Lieut.-Colonel Kerr.]

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Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

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