House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 17 July 1940

  • Preamble

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

  • Private Business.

    South-Eastern Gas Corporation, Limited (Associated Companies) Bill [Lords].

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Great Britain and Rumania.

    2 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British guarantee to Rumania remains in force?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Sweden (German Troops).

    5 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the attitude of the British Government towards the Swedish Government's decision to permit soldiers passing from Norway to Germany to travel...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Subjects, France (Evacuation).

    6 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information as to the British residents in France who were embarked in French ships at Marseilles soon after the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Great Britain, China and Japan.

    15 speeches

    asked the under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is now the position with regard to the Japanese demands concerning the Burma-Yunnan road; and whether the negotiations on this matter...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — French Islands and Colonies.

    4 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make regarding the position of the French islands of Madagascar and Bourbon and the other French Colonies in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Aircraft Production.

    • Technical Costs Branch.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aircraft Production whether, in view of the recent increase of the Excess Profits Tax to 100 per cent., he intends to continue the special...

    • Aluminium

      18 speeches

      Mr. Owen Evans: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aircraft Production whether his Department have revised their estimates of the country's requirements of aluminium in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.

    • Supplementary Pension Forms.

      3 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that there are some post offices still without a supply of supplementary pension forms, and will he have arrangements made for the distribution...

    • Telephone Kiosks (Signs and Maps).

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether, as a further measure of precaution, he will order the erasure of location signs and lists of place-charges in telephone kiosks; and whether he will arrange...

      East Africa (Anti-Erosion Measures).

      4 speeches

      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have recently been taken in Kenya to prevent and remedy soil erosion; whether effective collaboration in soil...

      Fiji (Native Lands).

      2 speeches

      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what recent steps have been taken in Fiji to safeguard the ownership of lands for the Fijians in this Colony?

      Tanganyika (Women and Children, Employment).

      4 speeches

      Mr. Creech Jones: asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the recent Ordinance concerned with the employment of women and children incorporates the Conventions of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.

    • Broadcast Talks.

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information whether any tests are made as to the effects on the public mind of propaganda made over the radio by persons employed to do so by his Department; and, if so,...

    • Ministerial Broadcasts.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information what arrangements are being made for relaying Ministerial broadcasts for the Empire, as well as to North America?

      News Release.

      15 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information whether it is his established policy to give the British Broadcasting Corporation priority over the newspapers in the dissemination of official announcements?

      Anglo-French Relations.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information whether, in order to counter German attempts to make a real breach in Anglo-French feelings at the present time, he will afford the maximum publicity to the...

      Directing Staff.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information whether there is any man on the directing body of the Ministry who has had first-hand experience of the lives of working people?

      Public Opinion (Reports).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information whether he will make available to Members of this House copies of any one day's reports on the state of public opinion received by his Ministry, other than those...

      Censorship Department (Dismissed Employe).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information whether the references of Anne Mary Diana Hayward, employed in the General Post Office Censor's Department, who was convicted recently in the City for stealing...

      Liberty of the Press.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information whether, in view of the suggestions for some form of Government Press control, he will indicate to representatives of the Press with whom he is discussing the...

      Children's Overseas Reception Scheme.

      5 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that the deputy Minister of Health for Ontario has informed Ontario doctors that all children arriving from Britain...

      Commodities (Price Regulation).

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he has taken on the recommendation of April last by the North Midland Regional Price Regulation Committee to the effect that all goods and...

      Air Raids (Rehousing).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether in order to reduce the danger of air raids in overcrowded houses, he will give local authorities general powers to requisition empty houses for rehousing when...

      Armed Forces (Discharged Officers, Rank).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether officers of the three Fighting Services who are discharged on account of wounds, physical disability, or medical grounds, will be allowed to retain the highest...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food.

    • Feeding-Stuffs.

      9 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will give an assurance that the effect of the Control (No. 2) Order, 1940, will not be to establish a...

    • Milk.

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food on what date it is expected that the distribution of milk, free or at a reduced price, promised under the scheme recently propounded will...

      Sugar (Icing, Cakes).

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can furnish an estimate of the amount of sugar which wilt be saved per annum by prohibiting the icing of cakes?

      Wheat Germ.

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that the germ is removed from wheat in the process of milling white flour; to whom the germ is sold by the millers;...

      Scientific Food Committee.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food when the report of the Scientific Committee on Nutrition, appointed by his Department, will be published; and, if the whole report is not...

      Whole-Meal Bread.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that 470 one pound whole-wheat loaves can be made from a sack of 280 pounds of whole-wheat meal, compared with only...

      Emergency Powers (Defence) Bill.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. S. F. Florey; and whether, in view of the action of the military authorities in this case, he will give an...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply.

    • Iron Railings.

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Supply whether he proposes to take over the iron railings round the gardens in the squares of London and other towns and cities and use them for scrap-iron?

    • Aluminium.

      2 speeches

      Mr. Owen Evans: asked the Minister of Supply whether control of supply and distribution of aluminium is still one of the functions of his Department?

      Departmental Procedure.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Supply whether be is aware that dangerous delaying methods persist in his Department, and whether he will take action to remove any official whose methods obstruct the...

      Bedding (Flock Filling).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Supply what further representations he has received from the parties concerned in favour of utilising flock-stuffing materials for bedding produced in this country instead...

      Local Authorities' EmployÉS and Plant.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that many local authorities have highly-trained staffs, workmen and plant, employed on non-essential work, and sometimes not fully occupied; and...

      Paper and Scrap Metal (Salvage).

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Supply whether his attention has been called to the unnecessary profiteering by middlemen which is forced on Edinburgh and other salvage collecting municipalities, since...

      Physical Training Facilities (London County Council).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the London County Council has offered the National Council of Recreative Training the use of its evening institutes, with...

      Local Defence Volunteers.

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, in certain areas, members of the Local Defence Volunteers who have had no experience in the use of firearms are recommended to go to...

      Mine Explosion, Mossfield.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines when he expects to publish the result of the investigation held into the Mossfield mine explosion, and whether action is to be taken to make suitable recognition of...

      Communal Feeding (Factory Workers).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what provision he is making for communal feeding of factory workers, and how many such centres are in active operation?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Bill Presented.

  • Business of the House (Supply).

    Ordered, That this day, notwithstanding anything in Standing Order No. 14, Supplementary Estimates for New Services may be considered in Committee of Supply; that Business other than the Business...

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,—

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [19TH ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Civil Estimates and Estimates for Revenue Departments and Supplementary Estimates, 1940.

    • Unclassified Services.

    • Ministry of Food.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £100, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 191, for the...

  • Class Vi.

  • Unclassified Services.

  • Class Vi.

    • Fisheries, Scotland.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £31,011, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

    • Herring Industry.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £3,450, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

  • Class V.

    • Department of Health for Scotland.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £2,795,513, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

  • Class I.

    • Scottish Home Department.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £118,163, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

  • Class Iii.

    • Police, Scotland.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £1,003,882, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

  • Civil Estimates, 1940.

    • Class I.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £2,166,687, he granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

    • Class Ii.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £9,708,989, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

      Class Iii.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £9,774,215, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

      Class Iv.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £43,245,103, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

      Class V.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £110,875,254, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

      Class Vi.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £18,674,311, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

      Class Vii.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £7,959,254, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

      Class Viii.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £25,494,196, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending...

      Class Ix.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £32,849,500, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

      Unclassified Services.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £1,080, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the...

      Revenue Departments Estimates, 1940.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £60,690,900, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on...

      Navy Estimated, 1940.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £1,700, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1941, for...

      Army Estimates, 1940.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £1,400, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1941, for...

      Air Estimates, 1940.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £900, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1941, for...

      Ways and Means.

      Considered in Committee.

      Children's Overseas Reception Scheme.

      77 speeches

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

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