House of Commons debates

Thursday, 20 March 1941

  • Preamble

    The House being met, the Clerk at the Table informed the House of the unavoidable absence, through indisposition, of Mr. SPEAKER from this Day's Sitting. Whereupon Sir DENNIS HERBERT, the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort.

    • Advertisements for Personnel.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to certain advertisements in the Press of nth March, of the Air Ministry and Aircraft Production Department, calling for...

    • Cinemas, Theatres and Music Halls (EmployéS).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, when he considers the reservation of usherettes and operators in cinemas, he will give the same facilities to theatres and music halls where the said...

      Allied Nationals.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider the advisability of establishing an organisation in his Department to assist Allied Governments in England in obtaining information with...

      Coloured People.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether there is any discrimination at Employment Exchanges against coloured people in Great Britain; whether he is aware of the difficulties experienced by many such...

      Film Industry.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the raising of the age of reservation to 35 on 1st April of persons employed in the feature and documentary film industry will prevent this...

      Lighter Sheffield Trades.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider, in connection with the lighter Sheffield trades, the sending down of a technician from each of the Services, accompanied by an independent...

      Labour Facilities, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether, with a view to removing congestion in certain of our ports, he will consider the amount of accommodation and labour available in New-castle-on-Tyne?

      Publishers and Printers.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in revising the Schedule of Reserved Occupations, he will safeguard the position of publishers, printers, bookbinders and others concerned with the...

      National Health Insurance.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the difficulties arising, or likely to arise, out of the failure to increase the income limit for compulsory health insurance to £420 a...

      Old Age Pensions.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health what representations have been made to extend the benefits of the Supplementary Old Age Pensions Act to the citizens of the Isle of Man?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence.

    • Identity Cards.

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the case of a man fined 10s. for not carrying his identity card; and whether he will again consider the inclusion of a...

    • Shelters.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that Section 30 of the Civil Defence Act, 1939, which purports to provide for the...

      Fire Services.

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware some fire brigades are purchasing their motor accessories at trade prices, while other fire brigades pay nearly full retail prices; and whether, in...

      Respirators (Inspection).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether instructions have been given to local air-raid precautions authorities to have all gas masks inspected; and how many local authorities have completed, or are in...

      Detentions.

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that in 55 cases of detention under Regulation 18B he has not given effect to the recommendations of the Advisory Committees, he is still...

      United States Citizens (Restrictions).

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the identical aims of the British and United States of America Governments in the present war, he will remove those restrictions upon American...

      Black-Out Offences (Penalties).

      11 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the danger to the community from exposed lights during black-out, he will take steps where this occurs, after a first warning, to increase the...

      Prisoners (Air Raids).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether in view of the arrangements that have been made in a women's prison for the benefit of women prisoners during an air raid, some special arrangement can be...

      Fire-Patrol Parties (Equipment Storage).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will authorise local authorities to supply debris material without charge to street fire-patrol parties for the purpose of providing temporary shelter and...

      Mercantile Marine (Pensions Scheme).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions whether the crews of barrage-balloon vessels come within the scope of the Mercantile Marine Scheme for pensions?

      Armed Forces (Pensions and Grants).

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions why a disability pension was refused to Mr. D. B. Thomas, 2, Welch Terrace, Dafen, Llanelly, as, in November, 1939, this man was graded A 1 by a medical board, in...

      "india at War."

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for India, why the publication, "India at War," describing the military and industrial activity and resources of India and praising the Indian Princes, omits any...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • Apprentices (Dietetics).

      4 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in conjunction with his experiments in the physical training of apprentices during their working hours, and the effects of...

    • School Meals.

      6 speeches

      Mr. Adams: asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will ask one or two large education authorities to provide school meals on Oslo breakfast lines; and whether he has any...

      Post-War Development.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will keep in mind the necessity of consulting the local education authorities and the teaching profession respecting proposals of the...

      Children (Allowances).

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the net cost of giving an allowance of 5s. per week for children under 14 years of age in excess of two, in families below the Income Tax level?

      Broadcasting Policy (Artistes and Technicians).

      10 speeches

      asked (1) the Minister of Labour whether, in view of his appeal to local authorities not to dismiss employés who, in pursuance of the right granted,to them by Parliament, have been exempted...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Golf Courses and Caddies.

      3 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, as on Saturdays and Sundays at many golf courses a number of men and youths are still provided for carrying members' clubs as...

    • Requisites Assistance Scheme.

      5 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the very small volume of business which has been transacted under the Agricultural Requisites Scheme since the...

      Colonies (Education).

      6 speeches

      asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the need for the teaching of the virtues of liberty and democracy, he contemplates taking steps to get such education into...

      Aircraft Production (Factory Requisitioning).

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aircraft Production whether, in requisitioning factories which are already fully employed, he will make the fullest inquiries as to...

      Coal Industry (Production and Wages).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines (1) whether he is aware that many collieries in Lancashire do not work a regular full week and the men played off are usually the fixed day-rate workers whose wages,...

      Household Waste (Collection, Wandsworth).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that, on 14th March, an employer in Balham High Road, who has a catering licence for over 50 workpeople, requested the borough Council of...

      British Council (Staff).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the total number of staff employed by the British Council; the amount of grant from Exchequer funds; and what other sources of revenue are...

      Chinese Seamen (Wages).

      2 speeches

      (for Mr. R. Morgan)asked the Minister of Shipping the prewar sea wage of Chinese seamen paid by the Anglo-Saxon Shipping Company and the Alfred Holt Company, respectively; what are the...

      British Army (Commissions).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what schools were counted as public schools in the figures given of the percentage of total commissions from infantry officer training units, for the period...

      China (Aid).

      4 speeches

      (for Mr. R. Morgan) asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government associates itself with the declaration of President Roosevelt in favour of all-out aid for...

  • Business of the House.

    14 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister whether he will state the forthcoming Business of the House?

  • Notices of Motions.

    2 speeches

    May I ask you, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, whether you can now give the House any information as to the facilities available to Members for obtaining copies of Motions for which no day has been fixed?

  • Privilege (Newspaper Statement).

    27 speeches

    I desire to call your attention, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, to a matter which appears to involve a question of a breach of Privilege. I may say that I raise this matter with the deepest regret and...

  • Land Drainage (Scotland) Bill.

    Order [19th March], "That the Lords Amendments be printed," read, and discharged.

  • National Expenditure.

    Ninth Report from the Select Committee, brought up, and read; to be upon the Table, and to be printed. [No. 70.]

  • Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL.

    Considered in Committee, and reported, without Amendment.

  • Orders of the Day — Woman-Power.

    49 speeches

    I beg to move, "That the Bill be now read the Third time." I thought it would be helpful to the House if, at the beginning of the Debate, I were to give hon. Members some information in regard...

  • Orders of the Day — Adjournment.

    Resolved, "That this House do now adjourn"—[Major Dugdale.]

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