House of Commons debates

Monday, 5 December 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.

    • Defence.

      10 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he can give any information about the conferences at Bombay on the question of the equipment of the armed forces of the States to take their...

    • Civil Avlation.

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the amount of ordinary expenditure on civil avlation and/or the amounts of financial assistance given to the Government of India for the purpose of...

      Czechoslovakla.

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister what is the comprehensive definition of the term "existing installations," arrived at by the International Commission; what are the principles according to which that...

      Spain.

      86 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make concerning the bombing of the British ship "Lake Hallwil" and the nationality of the attacking aircraft?

      Abyssinla.

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether Italy has ceased to be regarded by His Majesty's Government as the aggressor in the Italo-Ethioplan dispute, in view of the fact that fighting still continues in...

      Great Britain and Portugal.

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will publish the details of all secret treaties or diplomatic undertakings existing between Great Britain and Portugal regarding any guarantee by Great...

      Refugees.

      12 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether there has been published any report of the organisation and work of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Refugees?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — League of Nations.

    • Finance.

      10 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister what is the gross figure in sterling contributed by His Majesty's Government towards the general expenses of the League of Nations for the 12 months ended the last...

    • Danzig

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of any proposal to abolish the position of the League of Nations High Commissioner in Danzig having been put before the League?

      South American States.

      3 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister what South American nations have left the League of Nations since 1935, or have given notice of their intention to leave?

      China and Japan.

      11 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister what steps he has taken to remove the pressure which is being exercised by the Japanese authorities in North China upon Chinese firms to compel the latter to ship goods...

      British Consulate, Vienna (Visas).

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that, owing to the great demand for visas at the British Consulate in Vienna, the staff and the premises are quite inadequate to cope with the large...

      Tunis, Corsica and Nice.

      14 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the reluctance of the Italian Government to restore friendly relations with the French Government and the propaganda at present being carried on in...

      Anti-Comintern Pact.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has any information to show that the Anti-Comintern Pact between Germany, Italy, and Japan has now been strengthened, so as to be a military alllance between...

      MR. Mark Flanagan (Death, Sicily).

      10 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has received any information with regard to the death of Mr. Mark Flanagan, which happened at Patti, Sicily, during a quarrel with the police there?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Argentina (United Kingdom Wallpaper).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he is aware that, in the 1938 Report on Trade in the Argentine (No. 705), it is stated that United Kingdom manufacturers of wallpaper...

    • New York World's Fair (British Films).

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he is aware of the public interest which is being shown as to the nature of the films to be exhibited in the cinema of the British...

      Mercury (Imports from Spain).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the percentage of the total imports of mercury into this country coming from Spain during the current year; and the percentage carried in British ships?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Dutch Bulbs (Import).

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) whether he will give figures showing the increase during recent months in the importation to this country of bulbs from the Netherlands and other countries;...

    • Beet Molasses.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that beet molasses manufactured by the British Sugar Corporation are being exported while British yeast manufacturers, requiring molasses...

      Barley-Growing Industry.

      6 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Prime Minister whether he will find time for a discussion of the Motion standing in the name of the hon. Member for Evesham relating to the barley-growing industry?

      Credits.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture the approximate indebtedness of British farmers to the joint stock banks and other credit institutions?

      Livestock Advisory Committee.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many persons have been appointed to the Livestock Advisory Committee under the Livestock Act, 1937; how many marketing schemes have been prepared; and how...

      Foreign Apples.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the reduction in the import duties on foreign apples imported into this country which will result from the operation of the Anglo-American...

      Fertilisers (Fruit Growers).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the present scheme for providing cheap lime and basic slag to the agricultural industry is of no particular benefit to fruit growers,...

      Barley, Wheat and Sheep.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture when he intends to lay before the House his proposals as to barley, wheat, and sheep?

      Poultry Industry.

      16 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is proposed to make a grant towards the British exhibit at the World's Poultry Congress to be held in the United States of America next year; and, if...

      Sea Fish Industry (Registration).

      2 speeches

      Mr. Adamson: asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made with the registration schemes under the Sea Fish Industry Act?

      Imperial Defence (Dominions).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the recent declaration of General Hertzog, the Prime Minister of South Africa, that His Majesty's Government take up the attitude that if any...

      Italy (Prime Minister's Visit).

      4 speeches

      Mr. Davidson: asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government have now received indications from the Italian Government of the points to be discussed next January, in accordance with...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • School Telephones, Renfrewshire.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that Renfrewshire has 94 schools and only nine of these are equipped with Post Office telephones, whereas the county of Angus has 103 schools of...

    • Telephone Accounts (Wireless Licences).

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether, with a view to eliminating a large amount of duplicating work done by the staff of the Post Office in sending out notices for the renewal of wireless...

      Insurance Contracts.

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether in the placing of insurance contracts for the Post Office, the conditions customarily attaching to Government contracts in relation to fair wages and...

      Wireless Communication, Outer Hebrides.

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he will make a statement on wireless telephony and telegraphy progress in the Outer Hebrides since his last statement in this House in the summer?

      Empire Wireless Service.

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he has any statement to make on the subject of the offer by Cable and Wireless, Limited, to provide a system of wireless telegraphic and telephonic...

      Broadcasting (Foreign News).

      7 speeches

      Captain Arthur Evans: asked the Postmaster-General why it is proposed to discontinue the foreign news bulletin which is broadcast daily at seven p.m.?

      Taunton (Demolition of Houses).

      2 speeches

      Mr. Arthur Duckworth: asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, in connection with the purchase by his Department of Nos. 12, 13, 14, and 15, The Crescent, at Taunton, for the purpose of...

      Air-Raid Precautions.

      12 speeches

      asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is prepared to consider the advisability of providing underground bomb-proof shelters in those congested areas near to docks and works which can be regarded...

      National Voluntary Service.

      3 speeches

      asked the Lord Privy Seal by what method or procedure will the addresses of volunteers for the various branches of national service be kept up to date so that their services will be promptly...

      Mercantile Marine (Carrlage of Grain).

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the dates of arrival at the loading port of each ship chartered by the Government for the carriage of grain from the Danube, or, where they have not yet...

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister whether he can now state on what Motion the Debate to-morrow on National Service will be founded?

  • Official Secrets Acts.

    92 speeches

    Ordered, "That the First Report from the Select Committee on the Official Secrets Acts be now taken into consideration."—[The Prime Minister.]

  • Orders of the Day — Public Works Loans [Remission of Debt].

    2 speeches

    Resolution reported, That, for the purpose of any Act of the present Session relating to local loans, it is expedient to authorise the remission of—

  • Orders of the Day — Public Works Loans Bill.

    Considered in Committee; reported, without Amendment; read the Third time, and passed.

  • Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice [Money].

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the law relating to the probation of offenders, to provide new methods and to reform existing methods of...

  • Orders of the Day — Adjournment.

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

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