House of Commons debates

Monday, 14 November 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Congress, Working Committee.

      6 speeches

      Sir Nairne Stewart Sandeman: asked the Under-Secretary of State for India, what steps the Government of India are taking in view of the attempt by the working committee of Congress to set up an...

    • Press Messages (Censorship).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether any alteration has been made during the previous two years in the rules framed under the Indian Telegraph Act whereby the censorship of Press...

      Disarmament.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister what reply has been sent by His Majesty's Government to Herr Hitler to the suggestion recently made by him for a limitation of armaments?

      Spain.

      57 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government have proposed to the Italian Government that they should co-operate with His Majesty's Government in making joint representations to...

      Palestine.

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister the nature of any assurances given to the Iraq Government in regard to the future policy of His Majesty's Government in Palestine?

      Czechoslovakia.

      33 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will publish any communication from the Czechoslovak Government on the subject of the area included in the fifth zone occupied by the German armies and the...

      Nine-Power Treaty.

      10 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government are still prepared to co-operate with the United States Government in a reaffirmation of the principles of the Nine-Power Treaty; and...

      Russia and Czechoslovakia.

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister what reply has been given to the protest made by the Russian Ambassador against the statement recently made by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to the effect that...

      Territorial Waters (Three Mile Limit).

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the range of modern naval guns is well over three miles and that non-British ships firing guns outside the three-mile limit may endanger...

      Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of Alliance.

      2 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make on the Protocol signed in Cairo on 22nd September revising certain provisions of the annex to Article 8 of the...

      China and Japan.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to President. Roosevelt's warning to Japan with regard to American trade with China; and whether, in the circumstances, he will...

      Haile Selassie.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the decision of His Majesty's Government to cease to recognise Haile Selassie as Emperor of Ethiopia will be communicated to him; and, if so, in what terms?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Horses (Supply).

      2 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he is taking to maintain the horse population throughout the country, since an adequate supply of horses is important in times...

    • Stock-Feeding (Wheat Offals).

      5 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider introducing legislation to assist the stock-feeding farmer by fixing the maximum price of home-produced wheat...

      Sugar-Beet Claim.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how often the committee presided over by Lord Fleming to consider the sugar-beet claim against Oxford University has met; and whether he has any statement to make?

      Sheep and Lambs.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what measures the Government propose to introduce to remedy the grave situation in sheep farming?

      Potatoes.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the low prices that are being offered this season for potatoes; and whether he has any measures in contemplation to secure to those...

      Barley.

      17 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the low prices that are this season being offered for good quality malting barley; and whether he has any measures in contemplation with a...

      Feeding-Stuffs.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has formed an estimate of the amount of animal feeding-stuffs imported from overseas and produced at home before the Great War and in 1937, respectively?

      Home-Grown Foodstuffs.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what was the total value of foodstuffs grown at home per head of population in 1914 and in 1937, respectively?

      Eggs (Marking).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that owing to the inadequate machinery for punishing those responsible for removing the marks from foreign eggs, this fraud is now...

      Mutton and Lamb.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture the monthly index figure for the wholesale value of British mutton and lamb during the last 12 months and also the corresponding index figures for the retail...

      Sheep and Barley (Statistics).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give the average losses, owing to difference in price, which the sheep and barley producers have suffered during the last six months compared with...

      Milk Marketing Board.

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many retail milk rounds have been purchased in Norwich and district by the Milk Marketing Board what price was paid for these rounds; and what is the daily...

      River Bain Improvement Scheme.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether in regard to the £24,000 scheme for the improvement of the River Bain put forward by the Witham Catchment Board, he has considered the...

      Colonies and Mandated Territories.

      16 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the discouragement to development and employment caused by uncertainty regarding the future Government of Tanganyika and other African territories...

      Their Majesties' Visit to America.

      3 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether it is his intention to accompany their Majesties on their visit to Canada and the United States next year?

      Herring Industry.

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that during the present autumn herring fishing the English and Scottish boats fishing from Lowestoft and Yarmouth have been restricted to 60...

      Crown Land (Rents).

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what amount of rent was received from Crown Land tenants for the year ended 31st March, 1938; what amount of rent is now owing by the tenants; whether the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Postman's Wage (Sunderland).

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the remarks of a Sunderland magistrate during the hearing of a theft charge against a postman, that his wage of 47s. 2d. per...

    • Telephone Exchanges (Public Inquiries).

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General particulars of the manner in which the Post Office have now decided to amplify and improve the existing means of dealing with public inquiries on the telephone...

      Underground Telephone Wires.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General what percentage of telephone wires are carried underground; and what is the intention of his Department in this direction?

      House of Commons (Ventilation).

      6 speeches

      asked the First Commissioner of Works whether the investigations have been completed by his engineers in collaboration with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Medical...

      South Africa (Royal Navy, Facilities).

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he has any precise information to give the House in regard to any extension of facilities at Simonstown for the British Fleet?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Exports.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the memorandum on our export trade, issued by the Bolton chamber of commerce, shows that, whereas we imported £582,000,000...

    • Bread (Price, London).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that bakers in the London area are unable to carry out the recommendations of the Food Council that the price of the four-pound loaf...

      Cotton Industry.

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered a resolution from the local authority of Leigh, Lancashire, expressing alarm at the condition of the cotton industry and...

      New Factories, Lancashire.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of new factories established in Lancashire during 1938 and the number of persons employed therein, specifying the number of men involved?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Defence.

    • Liverpool.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether, in the event of hostilities, he can give an assurance that he has made adequate provisions for the defence of the Liverpool docks and...

    • London County Council.

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the readiness of the London County Council now to assist in the defence of the country, he will suggest to the council that it should...

      Scotland (Derelict Buildings).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has now considered the question of derelict buildings situated near schools and presenting a dangerous attraction to children to play with...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Free Milk, Secondary Schools.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education the number of children attending secondary schools in receipt of free milk, giving separate figures for the administrative county of...

    • Germany (Treatment of Jews).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he can make a statement concerning the action taken against Jews in Germany since the recent attack on Herr vom Rath in Paris?

      Secondary Schools, Lancashire.

      15 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education the number of children attending secondary schools in the administrative county of Lancashire during each of the last five years,...

      Navy (Supplementary Estimates, 1938).

      Estimate presented of the further Numbers required to be voted for the Navy for the year ending 31st March, 1939 [by Command]; to lie upon the Table, and to be printed. [No. 3.]

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

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