House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 21 January 1941

  • Preamble

    The House—after the Adjournment—on 19th December, 1940, for the Christmas Recess—met, Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.

  • Deaths of Members.

    1 speech

    made the following communication to the House: I regret to have to inform the House of the deaths, on active service, of Major John Ronald Hamilton Cartland, late Member for the Borough of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Prisoners of War.

    26 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Red Cross representative sent out to Lisbon in connection with prisoner of war supplies has vet reported; and, if so, to what effect?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Auxiliary Territorial Service.

      2 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can make any statement on dependants' allowances for the Auxiliary Territorial Service?

    • Welfare.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that members of the public who are desirous of offering hospitality to British and overseas troops, are advised to obtain the addresses of...

      Dependants' Allowances.

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that soldiers' wives evacuated from the London area have their allowances reduced; that they have to pay London rents for the houses they...

      King's Regulations (Access)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he would indicate the extent to which other ranks are permitted access to King's Regulations?

      Railway Station Facilities

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War if he is now in a position to indicate the improvements effected at Crewe station for the comfort of Service men passing through?

      Administration (Paper Work).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been taken since the outbreak of war, and what further steps he proposes to take to reduce the amount of paper work which is required of units?

      Officers' Outfit Allowance.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the outfit allowance granted to officers, when first commissioned, being insufficient to cover the increased cost of essential articles of...

      Documents Left in Vehicles.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the number of occasions on which papers and documents concerned with his Department have been left in motor cars and public service vehicles during the past...

      Vehicles (Thefts).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War (1) whether he can give any information in connection with the Army lorry that was stolen, containing stores and groceries, at Lewisham, on Monday, 6th...

      Civilian Motor Drivers.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that civilian chauffeurs are being employed to drive Army motor cars; what wages and allowances are they being paid; and will he, in the...

      Internees (Treatment, Australian Voyage).

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what complaints he has received as to the conduct of the troops conducting interned Jews out to Australia on the "Dunera"; and what action he proposes to take?

      Overseas Service (Medical Examination).

      5 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that Private Anderson, of the Durham Light Infantry, who had no medical examination before proceeding to France, and...

      Communication to Press (Lieut.- Colonel Bingham).

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War (1) why the letter from Lieut.-Colonel Bingham to the War Office attacking the sense of loyalty and capacity for leadership of cadets and potential officers...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Local Councils (Vacancies).

      5 speeches

      Mr. Wodburn: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether official intimation has been made to town, county and district councils in Scotland that, in suspending elections for the war...

    • Fishermen's Gear (Price).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the present high cost of fishermen's gear, he will take steps to see that prices are controlled in order to prevent a further rise?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Price, Lancashire.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that the price of coal sold in Lancashire has been increased by 1s. 9d. per ton, and the retail price has been increased to 1½d. per cwt.,...

    • Demurrage Charges.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that demurrage charges up to 4s. per ton have been incurred in the Gravesend district on sea borne coal, and that in one case, when the charter...

      Distribution.

      25 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines, whether he is aware that householders are still finding it difficult to obtain supplies of coal for domestic purposes; and what steps he is taking to improve the...

      War and Peace Aims.

      9 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is now able to make a statement with reference to the war and peace aims of the Government?

      Household Means Test.

      3 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is now in a position to say when the Bill dealing with the household means test will be introduced?

      Questions to Ministers.

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that Members are concerned with replies which they get from Departments on matters that they feel would not be to the public good if followed by...

      Defence Regulation 18B (Members of Parliament)

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider making immediate arrangements to secure that, in the event of any further hon. Member being detained under Regulation 18B, the Advisory Committee...

      Caledonian Power Scheme.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the Government will now take steps to put into operation the Caledonian Power Scheme?

      British Broadcasting Cor- Poration (Charter).

      6 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider taking steps to amend the charter of the British Broadcasting Corporation, which was renewed on 1st January, 1937, for 10...

      Abyssinia (Women and Children).

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether any arrangements have been made by His Majesty's Government in collaboration with the Italian Government to evacuate women and children from Abyssinia, Eritrea...

      War Material (Export).

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that munitions of war are still being manufactured in this country for foreign Governments unfriendly to this country; and whether he will give an...

      Production Executive.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether consideration was given to the present full time and heavy responsibilities of the members of the new Production Executive when their appointments were made; and...

      Camouflage (Committee's Report).

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is now able to state the decision of the Government with regard to the recommendations in the Fourteenth Report from the Select Committee on...

      Post Office Pensioners.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the memorial presented on behalf of Post Office veteran pensioners with a view to alleviating the distress in which many of them...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.

    • Purchase Tax.

      17 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that, when goods are sent by post, traders have been instructed by customs and excise officers to reckon Purchase Tax not only on the...

    • Dutiable Goods (Destruction).

      7 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what quantities of wine, spirits, cigars and other dutiable imports have been destroyed during the last 12 months because the highest bids for the goods...

      Government Borrowings.

      11 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will consider the adoption of the proposal of the Federal Reserve Board of the United States of America designed to prevent inflation, namely,...

      Petroleum (Member's Letter).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Petroleum when he will reply regarding a communication sent to him by the hon. Member for Central Newcastle on 9th December?

  • Business of the House.

    4 speeches

    (by Private Notice): Can the Prime Minister make a statement a bout the Business of the House?

  • New Member Sworn.

    Peter Frederick Blaker Bennett, Esquire, for the Borough of Birmingham (Edgbaston Division).

  • Production, Supply and Man-Power.

    66 speeches

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

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