House of Commons debates

Thursday, 22 December 1938

  • Preamble

    The House met at Eleven of the Clock, Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment.

    • Oldham.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether the town of Oldham, with 9,269 workers unemployed out of a total population of 130,000, will be able to take advantage of the loan facilities shortly to be...

    • Durham.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the number of undertakings established in the Parliamentary Division of Durham and for which financial assistance has been provided by the Commissioner of Special...

      Irish Manual Workers.

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any records showing the numbers of Irish unskilled manual workers who have been imported into this country from Southern Ireland for building,...

      Western Isles.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether the inquiry regarding additional winter allowances in the Western Isles has yet been completed; and whether he will make a statement?

      Bishopton Factory, Greenock.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour how many persons, registered at the Greenock Employment Exchange, have received employment at the Bishopton factory during the current year and the previous year,...

      Holiday Camps.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the large additional numbers of persons for whom holidays with pay are now assured, he will take steps to encourage the provision, in various...

      Holidays with Pay.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the general and legislative acceptance of the principle of holidays with pay, he can say when His Majesty's Government will ratify the convention...

      Air-Raid Precautions.

      26 speeches

      asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the Government propose to take steps, by legislation or otherwise, to secure that persons who improperly dispose of, or lose, or damage gas masks, which are...

      National Voluntary Service.

      6 speeches

      asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will consider issuing to all those who volunteer and are accepted for national service, men and women, including the exempted classes, a small badge or button...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Milk in Schools.

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he will state, according to the Board's statistics, the number of elementary schools in England and Wales in which no...

    • Holiday Camps.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether any action has yet been taken under the Physical Fitness Act to build and equip holiday camps for young persons; and whether,...

      Secondary and Technical Education.

      2 speeches

      Major Whiteley: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education when the Consultative Committee's report on Secondary and Junior Technical Education will be published?

      Physical Training.

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education what is the number of applications received by the respective physical training committees in England and Wales for grants in respect...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

    • Cow-Sheds.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether be is prepared to authorise a survey of all farm buildings at present in use as cow-sheds for producing milk for human consumption, with a view to scheduling...

    • Infant Mortality.

      2 speeches

      Mr. W. Joseph Stewart: asked the Minister of Health the infantile mortality rates for Durham and Northumberland and the averages for that of England and Wales from 1932 and up to the latest date...

      Food Tests.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the nature of the food-testing now being undertaken by the National Food Test Board on behalf of his Department?

      Park Prewett Mental Hospital.

      2 speeches

      Miss Rathbone: asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that two Commissioners of the Board of Control who visited Park Prewett mental hospital in July, 1937, made an entry in the...

      Milk Supplies, London County Council,

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health what are the terms on which the London County Council has arranged to obtain its milk supplies direct from the Milk Marketing Board; and why the contracts were not...

      Housing.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will give a list of the names of the local authorities which have built houses by direct labour under the Housing Acts from 1st October, 1935, to date;...

      Public Assistance (West Riding).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief and the amount of rates levied for public assistance purposes by the West Riding of Yorkshire County Council in...

      Prisoners (Insanity).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of male and female prisoners who were certified as insane after their conviction and reception into prison for the three years...

      Scaffold Accident.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information in connection with the lift accident at the Midland Bank, Poultry, E.C., on Wednesday, 14th December, when two men were badly hurt...

      Non-Inflammable Films (Inquiry).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether the inquiry which is being held by the Cinematograph Advisory Committee into the question of noninflammable films will deal with the possibility of imposing any...

      Lift Accident.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information in connection with the accident at a flat in Lowndes Street, S.W., where a boy was killed; and was the lift in proper condition?

      Old Age Pensions.

      12 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the Motion on increase in old age pensions, standing on the Order Paper in the name of the hon. Member for Leigh and other hon. Members; and...

      Home Office (Aliens Section Staff).

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary what is the present staff of the aliens section of his Department; how this compares with the staff employed in the same section at a similar date last year; what is the...

      Coal Miner's Death.

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the Medical Board under the various industries, silicosis, scheme, have refused a certificate that death was caused by silicosis in the case of...

      German Workers' Front (English Branch).

      10 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the existence in England of a branch of the German Workers' Front extensively organised and compelling every German subject in this country to...

      Workmen's Compensation.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary the total amount paid for full, partial, and fatal accident compensation, respectively, in the county of York under the Workmen's Compensation Act, showing the amounts...

      German Firms (Jewish Employes, Dismissal).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the action of Schenkers, Limited, of 134, Queen Victoria Street, in dismissing certain employés...

      Refugees.

      9 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the delays consequent on the existing arrangements for the immigration of adults from Germany, he will institute an inquiry into the possibility of...

      Czechoslovakia.

      16 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he proposes to seek the assent of this House to the Czechoslovak loan; and whether there is any recent precedent for such pledging of public money on...

      Government Publications (Advertisements).

      4 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the gross amount derived for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date from advertisements in Government publications?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Malting Barley.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the increasing profits made by the brewers and distillers, such buyers of malting barley will now be required to pay a guaranteed price which...

    • Turkeys (Prices).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what are the current prices being obtained for British, Irish and foreign turkeys, respectively; and how these prices compare with those obtained at a similar...

      Cheese.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the substantial reductions which have taken place in the volume of cheese produced in this country since the inception of the Milk Marketing...

      Government Policy.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the present serious plight of many engaged in agriculture in this country, he will consider granting to those branches of the industry most...

      Lighthouses.

      10 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of lighthouses which are manned by two men, and the number with three men?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mercantile Marine.

    • British Cargoes (Foreign Ships).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what were the figures for each of the last three years of the volume and value, respectively, of the exports from British India to the countries of the...

    • Seamen (Labour Convention).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether His Majesty's Government are now prepared to ratify the convention concerning the liability of the shipowner in case of sickness, injury, or...

      Mosquito Nets (Manufacture).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence the number of firms in this country engaged by the Government on the manufacture of mosquito nets, and the number of firms abroad engaged by...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

  • Bill Presented.

  • Public Trustee (General Deposit Fund) Bill.

    Ordered, That the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills do examine the Public Trustee (General Deposit Fund) Bill with respect to compliance with the Standing Orders relative to Private Bills.

  • Royal Assent.

    Message to attend the Lords Commissioners;

  • Adjournment (Christmas).

    14 speeches

    12.14 p.m.

  • Unemployment.

    61 speeches

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

  • Drug Traffic, Far East.

    2 speeches

    3.29 p.m.

  • Air-Raid Shelters.

    11 speeches

    4.6 p.m.

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