House of Commons debates

Thursday, 13 February 1941

  • Preamble

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort.

    • Architects.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour for what reason he rejected the request of the Royal Institute of Architects that architects over 33 years of age should be placed in the Schedule of Reserved...

    • Land Workers.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether steps have been taken through the Employment Exchanges to find out what number of those on the unemployed register would be willing to take on agricultural...

      Tinplate Workers.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will indicate the steps that are being taken to provide alternative work for the men displaced by the order to curtail production in the tinplate industry?

      Women Workers (Travelling Facilities).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the fact that in some areas there is dissatisfaction with the arrangements for conveying women workers to and from their place of work; that in...

      Unemployed.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what instructions have been given to managers of Employment Exchanges to try and place in employment the 31,000 who are classified as unsuitable for normal...

      Factories (Chief Inspector's Reports).

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour when the annual report of the Chief Inspector of Factories for 1939 will be available; and, in view of the interest displayed in the welfare of industrial workers,...

      Trade Union Practices and Customs.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of post-war conditions, he is taking steps to ensure that with the return of peace the pre-war trades union rights and privileges of members of the...

      Old Age Pensions.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of supplementary pensions granted to married couples in Northumberland and the number of claims rejected; and whether he will supply similar information...

      Shop Assistants (Conditions of Employment).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what progress is being made in dealing with the conditions of employment of shop assistants by the joint body he has set up covering employers and employed in the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence.

    • Billeting Allowances.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether billeting allowances to hosts of bombed-out persons are payable as and from 21st December, 1940, in cases where the enemy action took place prior to that date?

    • Compulsory Evacuation (Children).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he can now make any statement as to the progress of the scheme for compulsory evacuation of children who are considered to be suffering, or likely to suffer,...

      Nursing Service.

      9 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Minister of Health whether he will consult with the Service Departments with regard to equality of treatment of nurses employed through the Civil Nursing Reserve and those...

      Evacuees, Eire (Religious Instruction).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether arrangements have been made to provide religious instruction for evacuee children from England who have been, and are being, sent to Southern Ireland...

      Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme.

      11 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Minister of Pensions what organisation he consulted when considering the scales of compensation to be paid to civilians under the war injuries compensation scheme?

      Detentions.

      29 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will state the names of the three persons whose continued detention under Regulation 18B was referred to in the report dated 24th December, 1940, whose release...

      Air-Raid Precautions Services (Women Aliens).

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, as anti-Nazi women aliens of German-Jewish origin are now being admitted on like terms with the British to the ranks of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, he...

      Incendiary Bombs (Extinguishing Preparation).

      5 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a commodity which it is claimed will extinguish incendiary bombs more quickly and efficaciously than sand, which is being sold in...

      Internees.

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary how many releases of internees of enemy-alien origin have been authorised from the camps in Great Britain, Australia and Canada, respectively, giving the White Paper...

      Fascists (Key Positions).

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the danger of having in key positions in the various Services those who, at the commencement of the war, were members of the British Union of...

      Shelters.

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary what steps are being taken to see that the owners of blocks of flats take the necessary steps to provide adequate shelter for flat dwellers?

      Observer Corps.

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will make it clear that members of the Observer Corps are exempt from fire-watching duties and should not be called upon by employers to perform them?

      Fire Watchers (Allowances).

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the discontent created by the disparity of allowances for fares and refreshment which are being paid to fire watchers by different employers; and...

      Fire Service, London.

      7 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that many members of the Auxiliary Fire Service in Stepney have not yet been supplied with a second issue of uniforms; and, as the wearing of wet...

      Warehouses (Protective Measures).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the need for the covering of the floor below the roof by a thin layer of concrete in warehouses constructed of wooden floors so as to reduce the...

      Air-Raid Warnings.

      3 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that in a certain district the special take-cover warning regarding hostile aircraft is, in nearly every case, received by factories before the...

      Cadet Corps.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary what steps he is taking to encourage the formation of Civil Defence Cadet Units, on the lines of the Liverpool unit now officially recognised by his Department?

      National Health Insurance.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the extreme urgency of the need to increase the benefits payable under the National Health Insurance, in particular, sickness, maternity and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Local Authorities.

    • Financial Assistance.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he can now make any further statement as to the number of local authorities which will, in war-time, require financial assistance to enable them to carry on;...

    • Accounts (Audit).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will suspend the customary audit of municipal authorities' accounts and so release the man-power employed for that purpose for more urgent war needs, and...

      Water Supply, Timsbury.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he has yet completed his inquiries into the water shortage at Timsbury, in Somerset?

      Nutrition.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the proposals sent to his Department by a group of nutrition experts attached to the California Institute of Technology, to supply to this...

      Armed Forces (Pensions and Grants).

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions how many applications for war service grants have been received to date and the rate at which such applications are now being received?

      Shops (Hours of Closing).

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the experience gained in the practicability of earlier closing hours for shops, he will consider the advisability of continuing the present hours...

      "black Record."

      5 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a publication called "Black Record," by Sir Robert Vansittart; and whether he will have this publication withdrawn from...

      "daily Worker" a.ND the "week."

      10 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the letter from Professor G. B. S. Haldane, which has been sent to him, enclosing a resolution passed by the machine room chapel of the "Daily...

      Juvenile Delinquency.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary how many offences have been committed by boys and girls up to the age of 16 for the year ended 1940; and how many have been committed more than once?

      Cycle Rear Lamps (Prosecutions).

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary in how many cases cyclists have been prosecuted in the last three months for failing to carry lighted rear lamps during lighting-up hours?

      Government Departments (Rulings).

      4 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an assurance that he will take steps to discourage and prohibit the practice of certain Departments of suggesting that...

      Newspaper Activities.

      3 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister on how many occasions warnings have been issued, either by letter or verbally, to representatives of newspapers since the beginning of 1940, that their conduct was...

      Documents Left in Vehicles.

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the many instances, officially admitted, in which papers and documents belonging to the several Defence Services have been stolen...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Requisites Scheme.

      4 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can now make some statement as to the working of the Agricultural Requisites Scheme throughout the country?

    • Dairy Stock (Sterility and Disease).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) whether, in view of the fact that recent veterinary reports indicate that Johne's disease is widespread among dairy cattle in this country, and especially in...

      Workers, Suffolk (Statistics).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture the total number of agricultural labourers in the county of Suffolk in the year 1920, or nearest year for which information is available, and the total number in...

      Cereal Coupons.

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture why he has instructed the county war agricultural committees to ignore all sales of cereals made before 1st February, 1941, when calculating the number of cereal...

      Schedule of Reserved Occupations.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that there are many instances of farmers, farm bailiffs and horticultural gardeners who registered as such instead of as agricultural...

      Grassland Ploughing.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether expert advice shows that newly-ploughed turf land can have a one year's lay clover crop at the same time as a cereal crop?

  • Business of the House.

    15 speeches

    May I ask the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement about forthcoming Business?

  • Service Members of Parliament (Presumption of Death).

    1 speech

    The House will remember that last week I made a statement with reference to the procedure to be adopted for the presumption of death of a serving Member for the purpose of issuing a Writ. I said...

  • Navy (Supplementary Estimates, 1940).

    Estimate presented,—of the further sum required to be voted for the Navy for the year ending 31st March, 1941 [by Command]; Referred to the Committee of Supply, and to be printed. [No. 46.]

  • Navy Estimates, 1941.

    Estimates presented,—for the Navy for the financial year 1941 [by Command]; Referred to the Committee of Supply, and to be printed. [No. 47.]

  • Orders of the Day — Determination of Needs Bill.

    100 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Determination of Needs [Money].

    Considered in Committee, under Standing Order No. 69.

  • 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 Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the...

  • Orders of the Day — Chartered and Other Bodies (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1939.

    Resolved, That the Draft of an Order proposed to be made under the Chartered and Other Bodies (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1939, entitled the Chartered and Other Bodies (Methodist Church) Order,...

  • Orders of the Day — Adjournment.

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

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