House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 30 July 1940

  • Preamble

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

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Internees (Dominions).

    16 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he will make representations to try to secure the return to this country, or the liberation in Canada, of those class C aliens who...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Industrial Art and Design.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will refuse to sanction the articles of association of the Central Institute of Art and Design and not allow it to function, pending...

    • Coal Exports.

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any statement to make on the reduction in exports due to the loss of French and Italian markets; and whether he has any plans for the...

      Bank Holiday (Cancellation.)

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is the desire of the Government that business establishments throughout the country should remain open on Monday, 5th August, particularly...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Warfare.

    • Contraband Control (Navicerts).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether, in view of the fact that German occupation now extends to the Spanish frontier, a system of contraband control will be instituted over the imports...

    • Spain (Oil Imports).

      20 speeches

      asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether shipments of oil and oil-products to Spain from America are greatly in excess of last year's quantities; whether he has information to show that oil...

      American Surplus Products.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether he will consider what steps can be taken to assist the Government of the United States of America in securing markets for, or holding over for a...

      "arandora Star."

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will order an inquiry into the discipline and circumstances connected with the loss of anti-Nazi Germans and anti-Fascist Italians in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Foreign Volunteers.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give any hope of the early formation of a foreign legion officered by British officers in which friendly aliens in this country, refused for...

    • County Regiments.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the possibility that the war may be fought out on British soil, and of the consequent importance of a knowledge of local topography and...

      Higher Commands.

      9 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will bring to the notice of the Army Council the desirability of selecting from the lower ranks of serving officers of the...

      Home Guard.

      27 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War why Mr. Steele, of Chalfont Heights, Buckinghamshire, an ex-service man, who applied in proper form about two months ago to join the Local Defence Volunteers,...

      Coast Defence Works.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will ensure that in the construction of coast defence works there shall be prior consultation between the civil and military authorities, so that...

      Private Soldier (Medical Examination).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now able to state the decision arrived at in the case of Private R. C. Williamson, concerning whom a promise was made, on 28th May, that a...

      Reserve of Officers.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether, as officers embodied in the Royal Army Reserve of Officers who have been for many years liable to recall and who, by virtue of that liability, have...

      Dependants' Allowances.

      21 speeches

      Mr. Debbie: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to make a statement relative to an increase in allowances to soldiers' wives and dependants owing to the...

      Pay and Allowances.

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War why there is substantial delay in the case of men who become entitled to increased pay either by promotion or otherwise, in their obtaining the increase?

      Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps.

      2 speeches

      Colonel Arthur Evans: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to make a statement concerning the title of the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps; and whether it is the...

      Convalescence.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is prepared to support a scheme for affording convalescent treatment, with adequate family allowances over the period, to all men discharged from...

      Acting Rank.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what is the explanation of the order issued from Royal Engineer records requiring that all non-commissioned officers who have not held their rank for 90 days...

      Entrenching Tool.

      2 speeches

      Captain Duncan: asked the Secretary of State for War what type of entrenching tool it has been decided to introduce as an integral part of the soldier's equipment; where it will be carried; and...

      Leave.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether arrangements have been made for home leave for all British Expeditionary Force men who have returned to this country, and what is the nature of same;...

      National Defence Companies.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent men who enlist in the National Defence Companies are employed in their own localities; whether he is aware that in certain instances older men...

      Mail Censorship.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War why letters written by soldiers in Ireland are opened by examiners, and are letters sent to soldiers in Ireland opened and examined?

      Prisoners of War.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what is the position as regards pay and allowances of prisoners of war?

      Suspicious Political Activities (Committee).

      7 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the Swinton Committee is attached to any special Government Department?

      German University.

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the Germans have thought it worth while to announce the establishment of a Breton university in Brittany, he will consider the...

      Enemy Aliens.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will instruct every Department of State concerned to describe such persons as may have established their right before a tribunal to the status of refugee from...

      Internees (Visits).

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that, as a result of a failure of co-ordination between the Home Office and the War Office, it is now virtually impossible for internees to receive...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.

    • Jersey Copper Coinage.

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Jersey copper coinage is recognised as being valid currency in this country or not?

    • Agricultural Credit Facilities.

      11 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, since no concession has been made by the banks to the agricultural borrowers in their charges, which remain at 5 per cent....

      Land Acquisition, Abbotsinch.

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the seven plots of land at Abbotsinch, purchased from seven different owners, were regarded as revenue sales, and which as capital sales?

      Purchase Tax.

      9 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is intended that Government publications will be subject to the Purchase Tax?

      Tobacco and Cigarettes (Armed Forces).

      8 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that although the men in the Navy are entitled to duty-free tobacco and cigarettes, the men in the Army and Air Force have no such...

      Travel Facilities (Armed Forces).

      5 speeches

      Mr. J. Henderson: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether further consideration will be given to the desirability of providing cheaper railway travelling facilities to members of...

      Government Departments (Dictaphones).

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that typing staff can be reduced by nearly 50 per cent. and shorthand staff often eliminated altogether by the use of dictaphones; and...

      Exit Permits.

      6 speeches

      Mr. Davidson: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1) whether any restriction was placed on Mr. Davis, pianist to Miss Gracie Fields, when he left this country recently, affecting the...

      Neutral Shipping (Government Measures).

      8 speeches

      (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Shipping what steps he proposes to take to prevent neutral shipping resources being used by the enemy?

      Detention of a Member (Committee of Privileges).

      14 speeches

      Captain Shaw: (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether he has considered the Motion standing on the Order Paper relating to the detention of the hon. and gallant Member for Peebles...

      National Expenditure.

      Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords to request that their Lordships will be pleased to give leave to the Lord Abertay to attend to be examined, as a Witness, before the Navy Services...

  • Secret Session.

    22 speeches

    3.58 p.m.

  • Consolidated Fund (Appro- Priation) Bill.

    Read a Second time, and committed to a Commitee of the whole House for To-morrow.

  • Adjournment.

    Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Whiteley.]

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