House of Commons debates

Thursday, 15 December 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    National Trust for Scotland Order Confirmation Bill [Lords],

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Railway Coach-Building Works, Dukinfield.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the diversion of the London and North Eastern Railway Company's coach-building works from Dukinfield; and whether, in view of the already...

    • Conscientious Objectors.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider introducing legislation to ensure that conscientious objectors who refuse work connected with national defence should not draw unemployment...

      Assistance.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour (1) the number of persons in receipt of unemployment allowances at the most recent date for which the information is available; the number in receipt of winter...

      South Wales.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed workers in the Pontardawe Rural District Council's, Neath Rural District Council's, and Neath Borough Council's area for 1930, 1935, 1937,...

      Distressed Areas.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour when he will be able to announce his proposals for dealing with the distressed areas which are outside the scheduled Special Areas; and whether he can indicate when...

      Elderly Persons.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of applicants for assistance to the Unemployment Assistance Board who are 45 years of age or over; whether this represents an increase or reduction on the...

      Exchange Site, Southwark.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give particulars when his Department proposes opening a new Employment Exchange to meet the needs of the borough of Southwark; and what has caused the...

      New Aerodrome, Hatfield.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons who have been imported to work on the new aerodrome at Hatfield, near Doncaster; on whose authority were they imported; and why local unemployed...

      Exeter Exchange.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that at the Exeter Employment Exchange persons have to stand outside in all weathers while waiting for their unemployment benefit, with the...

      Durham.

      4 speeches

      Mr. W. Joseph Stewart: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in the South Hylton district of Durham there is a large percentage of unemployment; that most of the industries in...

      West Ham.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons who are receiving winter allowance in the county borough of West Ham?

      Insurance (Holidays and Suspensions).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he intends to carry into legislation the proposals made by the statutory committee presided over by Sir W. Beveridge; and whether it is his intention to...

      Benefit.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the hardship which many unemployed persons suffer through not being able to claim unemployment pay for a housekeeper unless the claimant has...

      Briarfield.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the request of the Briarfield Urban District Council that unemployment benefit for unemployed persons in their area should be paid out...

      "siege of Lucknow" Film.

      4 speeches

      Vice-Admiral Taylor: asked the Minister of Labour how many persons have been thrown out of employment as a result of the official request for the withdrawal of the almost completed "Siege of...

      Seamen's Welfare (Ports).

      10 speeches

      Vice-Admiral Taylor: asked the Minister of Labour what action the Government are taking with regard to the seaman's welfare in ports recommendations, adopted by the International Labour...

      North Eastern Housing Association (Rents).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the North Eastern Housing Association, who have arranged to build 32 houses at Tow Law, county Durham, have notified the urban district...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Highworth.

      10 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he is satisfied that proper instruction is being given to the children at Highworth, whose parents do not desire them to attend...

    • Secondary School Examinations Council.

      8 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education what were the reasons for altering in 1936 the composition of the Secondary School Examinations Council, which, prior to that date, was...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

    • Nutritional Standards.

      6 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that more than 2,800,000 school children are now receiving milk daily at school, and of these 460,000 receive it free; and...

    • Isolation Hospital, Bilston.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the town council of Bilston is unanimous in desiring to preserve their own isolation hospital and willing to make any necessary improvements;...

      Drainage (Fender Valley).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Wirral Urban District Council has submitted to his Department a drainage scheme for sewerage from the Fender Valley; why there has been...

      Nurses (Emergency Committee).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he can give the names of the register of the Nurses Central Emergency Committee that he intends setting up?

      Milk.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that many instances have recently occurred when cows that are T.B. reactors, after being weeded out from a T.T. herd, have been retained by the...

      Blind Persons' Pensions.

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health (1) why the pension of 8s. per week paid to Arthur Sterratt, of 4, Harrowby Lane, Farnworth, for many years has been discontinued, seeing that there has been no...

      Contributory Pensions.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider introducing legislation to provide that after a man has been a member of the National Health Insurance for 25 years and has attained the age...

      Widows' Pensions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he can give an estimate of the average age of widows now in receipt of pensions and also an estimate of the average age at which they entered pension rank,...

      Housing (Rural Workers, Grants).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health how many county councils do not apply the maximum grant allowed under the Housing (Rural Workers) Reconstruction Act; and what is the position in regard to Wiltshire...

      National Health Insurance.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider the suggestion of the Welsh Federation of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds Friendly and Approved Society, a copy of which has been sent...

      Workmen's Compensation (Royal Commission).

      13 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he can give the names of the members who will constitute the Royal Commission that is to investigate the question of workmen's compensation; when is the...

      Rearmament Programme (Industrial Advisory Panel).

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether all firms engaged in or eligible for Government work, whether head firms or sub-contractors, will have the right of direct access to the Panel of business men set...

      Old Age Pensioners (Public Assistance).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of contributory and old age pensioners who are receiving public assistance in the West Riding of Yorkshire?

      British Commonwealth of Nations (Minister's Speech).

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the speech delivered by the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, in London, on 13th December, relating to the future of the British Commonwealth of Nations...

      Cornwall County Council (Quarries, Accounts and Audit).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether the recommendations made by the district auditor to the Cornwall County Council for re-organisation of the highways accounts, including the separation of...

      Old Houses (Escape from Fire).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that serious consequences are liable to result from fires in many old houses both in London and the provinces, he will consider...

      Local Government Superannu Ation Act, 1937 (Liverpool).

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether the Liverpool City Council have yet prepared a scheme of superannuation within the terms of the Local Government Superannuation Act, 1937; and will he, when...

      Accidents (Port of London).

      2 speeches

      Mr. D. M. Adams: asked the Home Secretary the number of fatal and nonfatal accidents that have occurred at the docks and wharves in the vicinity of the Port of London during 1937 and the nearest...

      Fire Research Centre.

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary what progress has been made towards establishing the fire-fighting research centre, under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, in connection with the...

      Non-Inflammable Films.

      10 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the present position with regard to non-inflammable films and the conditions under which they may be shown in this country?

      Aliens.

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary in view of the large numbers of unemployed, when he intends to stop the influx of aliens into this country?

      Silicosis (Slate Quarrymen, North Wales).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the prevalence of silicosis among the slate quarrymen in North Wales; whether any of the existing silicosis schemes apply to that...

      Witnesses' Expenses, Helston Police Court.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the delay, notwithstanding applications, for payment until 1st December, 1938, in the payment of Captain Percy McGeoch, of Widney...

      Film Censorship.

      10 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the advisability of appointing a committee to inquire into the political censorship exercised by the film trade organisation known as the British...

      German Firms, London (Jewish EmployÉS).

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has any statement to make concerning cases in which British employés in the service of German firms in London are being dismissed in consequence of...

      Refugees.

      10 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether in view of the fact that quota numbers for America are never allotted till a month or so before the man may sail for America, he will reconsider the rule...

      Hospital Patients (Voting Facilities).

      3 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that it is impossible for patients confined to a hospital to register their votes, despite the fact that they are on the register, he will...

      Offices (Working Conditions, etc.).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is considering the introduction at an early date of legislation to improve and regulate working conditions in offices, such legislation to cover cubic...

      Livestock (Thefts by Night).

      5 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the increasing losses sustained by farmers in various counties from after-dark thieves believed to be using motor-vehicles; and whether he is...

      National Voluntary Service.

      5 speeches

      asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he has prepared any plans to enable Members of Parliament to participate effectively in the national voluntary service campaign to be launched in the new year?

      Great Britain, Germany and Italy.

      12 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he will lay a White Paper before the Debate on Monday next containing those communications which have passed between His Majesty's Government...

  • Business of the House.

    11 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister what is the Business for next week?

  • Orders of the Day — Export Guarantees Bill.

    96 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Export Guarantees [Money].

    Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 69.

  • Orders of the Day — Cancer [Money].

    Resolution reported, That, for the purpose of any Act of the present Session relating to cancer, it is expedient— (1) To authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of a...

  • Orders of the Day — Reorganisation of Offices (Scotland) [Money].

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to provide for the transference of the functions of Scottish Government Departments to the Secretary of State, to...

  • Orders of the Day — Unemployment Assistance.

    29 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Mr. Furness.]

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