House of Commons debates

Monday, 19 December 1938

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    Ministry of Health Provisional Order (Mid-Staffordshire Joint Hospital District) Bill (by Order),

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India.

    • Federation.

      7 speeches

      asked the Under- Secretary of State for India whether he will make a statement respecting the present position of the scheme of Federation envisaged in the India Act; whether any changes or...

    • Army Officers (Staff Colleges).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India the number of Indian officers of His Majesty's Army who have passed through staff colleges either at Camberley or Quetta; and the number of Indian...

      European Women Residents, Peshawar.

      3 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he can state, according to the records in his possession, the number of British and other European women who are at present in residence at...

      Russia (MR. and MRS. Brian Grover).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, as the result of his representations, the Soviet authorities have now permitted Mr. and Mrs. Brian Grover to return to this country?

      Questions to Ministers.

      2 speeches

      On a point of Order. Question No. 5 and the next 50 questions are all addressed to the Prime Minister. Does it mean that the questions addressed to him in his capacity as Prime Minister still...

      China and Japan.

      48 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Prime Minister whether the Nine-Power Treaty over China had any time limit or was regarded as being of a permanent nature; and, if so, whether he will convene a...

      Suez Canal.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an assurance that His Majesty's Government will not agree to any alteration of the status of the Suez Canal without consulting all the signatories to...

      Italy (Prime Minister's Visit).

      24 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he intends to inform the French Government of the purport of his proposed conversation with Signor Mussolini?

      British Passport Office, Vienna.

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that telegrams sent by the Home Office to the British passport office in Vienna and authorising the issue of visas to Jews and others desiring to...

      Spain.

      40 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister particulars of the number and amounts of the claims put in for the damage done to British merchant vessels, either during the time they were in any Spanish Government...

      Visas (British Consular Offices, Germany).

      8 speeches

      Mr. Edmund Harvey: asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the hardship caused by the delay in obtaining visas at British consular offices in Germany owing to the great...

      France (Indian Journalists' Expulsion).

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has now secured information from the French Government respecting the arrest and deportation of two Indian journalists; and whether he will make a statement on...

      Refugees.

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has now received a reply from the German Government respecting discussions between the German authorities and the director of the Inter-Governmental Committee...

      Czechoslovakia.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the existing British guarantee to Czechoslovakia includes military assistance; when its precise nature and terms will be known; and when Parliament is to be asked...

      Argentina (British Investments).

      4 speeches

      Captain Cazalet: asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government have made any representations to the Argentine Government in regard to the smaller British-owned public utilities; and,...

      Defence (Industrial Advisory Panel).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he contemplates any arrangement to secure liaison between the Air Ministry advisory panel and the new industrial panel in the offices of the Cabinet and...

      Empire Flying Boat Base.

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that a conflict has arisen between the Admiralty and the Civil Aviation Department of the Air Ministry; and that these two Departments, in their...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Germany.

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the desire of His Majesty's Government that an amicable agreement with Germany on the sharing of markets should be attained, any arrangements have...

    • Argentina.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he has drawn the attention of individual trade associations to the detailed information about various goods as printed in Section 2 of...

      China.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether it would be possible for trade with China to be assisted before the conclusion of hostilities by export credits?

      Trade Agreements.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department in what instances during the past 10 years there have been infringements of most-favourednation clauses in connection with trade agreements...

      Turkey.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department the sterling value of orders placed in this country under the Anglo-Turkish Exports Guarantee Agreement?

      New Zealand.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what reply he has given to the representations made to him by the Federation of British Industries in which they are attempting to influence...

      Memel.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister what answer His Majesty's Government have received from the German Government in reply to their representations on the subject of the situation in Memel?

      Naval and Military Pensions Grants.

      10 speeches

      Mr. Vyvyan Adams: asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that of the cases referred to him by Members of Parliament the proportion of pensions allowed is less than one in 14; and...

      Travel Associations.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what part of the new grant to the Travel Association of Great Britain is to be allocated to the Scottish Travel Association?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Cheese.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he is taking to reduce the imported cheese consumption in Great Britain which continues at a high percentage notwithstanding the efforts of the...

    • Basic Slag.

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, as home-produced basic slag has not been sufficient to meet the requirements of farmers, he will provide explanatory figures and proposals for making up...

      Credits.

      7 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture at what date he will be able to make some announcement to the House regarding the new way of granting short- and long-term credits to...

      Milk.

      13 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the last inquiry into the terms and conditions of a contract prescribed by the Milk Marketing Board without the agreement of the trade...

      London County Council (Milk Contracts).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that this year the London County Council, who have been supplied for many years with milk by private milk distributors, have awarded the...

      Poultry Industry Bill.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of recent experience in connection with the Milk Bill, he will ensure that before the Poultry Industry Bill is introduced all the appropriate...

      Potatoes.

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is now able to state whether he intends to make any announcement before the Christmas Recess as to which of the amendments to the Potato Marketing...

      Agricultural Wages (Regulation) Act.

      12 speeches

      Mr. Adamson: asked the Minister of Agriculture how many farms are affected by the provisions of the Agricultural Wages Act and the Orders made there-under?

      Oats.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture when he expects to be in a position to announce the result of the review of the degree of assistance afforded to oats?

      Policy.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he would consider the advisability of summoning a conference of representatives of all political parties to explore, either in private or in public, the...

      Sugar Beet Claim (Oxford University).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has now received a Report from the Fleming Committee on the sugar beet claim against Oxford University; and what action he proposes to take?

      Army (Supplementary Estimates, 1938).

      Estimate presented,—of the further numbers required to be voted for the Army for the year ending 31st March, 1939 [by Command]; Referred to the Committee of Supply, and to be printed. [No. 20.]

      SOLICITORS AMENDMENT (SCOTLAND) BILL [Lords].

      Read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Tuesday, 31st January, and to be printed. [Bill 52.]

  • Orders of the Day — Monument to the Earl of Oxford and Asquith.

    Considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Foreign Policy.

    122 speeches

    3.48 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Elections (MR. Speaker's Seat).

    Ordered, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider what steps, if any, should be taken to ensure that, having due regard to the constitutional rights of the electors, the Speaker, during...

  • Orders of the Day — Sunday Entertainments Act, 1932.

    Resolved, That the Order made by the Secretary of State under the Sunday Entertainments Act, 1932, for extending Section one of that Act to the rural district of Berkhamsted, which was presented...

  • Orders of the Day — Gas Undertakings Acts, 1920 to 1934.

    Resolved, That the draft of a Special Order proposed to be made by the Board of Trade under the Gas Undertakings Acts, 1920 to 1934, on the application of the Bedford District Gas Company, which...

  • Orders of the Day — Wheat Offals.

    6 speeches

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

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