House of Commons debates

Thursday, 31 July 1941

  • Preamble

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort.

    • Elderly Men.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour how many men over 65 years of age have made application at the Employment Exchanges to be placed in employment; and how many have been found jobs?

    • Essential Work Orders.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give the number of undertakings now scheduled under the Essential Work Orders; and how many people are now working under it?

      Unemployed Tinplate Workers.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that tinplate workers, rendered idle, are refused permission to take work near their homes and are being held in reserve for work which is not at...

      Women,

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that many women, above the registration age, are deterred from seeking work through the Employment Exchanges from fear that they will be sent...

      Electrical Engineers.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour how many electrical engineers have been placed through the instrumentality of the Central Register since September, 1940; and the cost per placing?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence.

    • Exit Permits (Visits to Northern Ireland).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider modifying the regulations governing permits to persons to visit their homes in Northern Ireland, in view of the fact...

    • Unoccupied Houses.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary, in view of the fact that insurance companies encourage householders to have the water turned off when their premises are left empty, as shown by the circular which has...

      Right Club.

      9 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will publish the list of members of the Right Club in possession of the Home Office; and what supervision is now exercised by his Department?

      Eire (Enemy Agents).

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to assure the House that plans have been devised, and are being put into execution, whereby the activities of enemy spies and agents in...

      Incendiary Bombs (Incendex).

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his Department was represented at a recent demonstration at Grosvenor House of the use of Incendex for the purpose of extinguishing incendiary bombs; and whether...

      Injured Personnel.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that, under the Personal Injuries (Civilian) Act, 1941, a Civil Defence volunteer who sustains a physical injury arising out of and in the course of...

      Stepney.

      8 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that paid wardens and stretcher-bearers over 38 years of age were called up from Stepney; why this was done; and whether he will take steps to prevent...

      Detainees.

      18 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether, before he decides to disagree with the Advisory Committee's recommendation in any case with regard to appeals against detention under Regulation 18B, he will...

      Internees (Occupation).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether it has been found possible to give useful occupation to those, both British and foreign, interned in the Isle of Man.

      Bombed Premises (Stolen Stored Chattels).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will indicate what liability has been put upon a local authority when goods from bombed premises, stored by it, are stolen?

      A.R.P. Volunteer, Cambridge.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that an unpaid volunteer section leader in the Cambridge air-raid precautions service has been dismissed from the service without being told the...

      Internees (Australia).

      18 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether any reports have been received from the Australian Government as to the conditions and amenities in the new camps for internees?

      Fire Service.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he can now make a statement on the Fire Order?

      Workmen's Compensation.

      9 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary (1) whether he is aware that large numbers of partially disabled men are being deprived of their partial payment under the Workmen's Compensation Acts on account of the...

      Prisoners (Hours in Cells).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that prisoners are confined to their cells for as long as 18¼ hours per day; and whether he will take steps to alter these conditions?

      Road Traffic Lights.

      6 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to recent prosecutions of motorists in London for over-running traffic signals, and to their defence that the lights at some points...

      Welsh Church Commission.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary (1) who are the remaining 18 beneficiaries entitled, under the Welsh Church Acts, to receive the funds and property vested in the Welsh Church Commission by the Acts;...

      Domestic Servants from Eire.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the traffic in domestic servants between Southern Ireland and this country and the abuse of the Home Office requirement of a...

      Pioneer Corps (Aliens, Naturalisation).

      14 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary how many aliens serving in the Pioneer Corps have applied for naturalisation; and whether he will bear in mind the assurances repeatedly given to the House that admission...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education.

    • School Attendance.

      6 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the President of the Board of Education whether all schoolchildren are now receiving full-time education; if not, what number are receiving no education, and why; and also...

    • Nursery Centres.

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education what is the representation of his Department on the Joint Committee concerned with accelerating the provision of nursery centres?

      Conscientious Objectors (Scholarships).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether any State grants for higher education or scholarships at universities, and, if so, how many of the latter, are now granted to students who...

      Milk in Schools.

      3 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the unsatisfactory condition, supply and distribution of milk delivered to Southport schools, and of a report of the Southport...

      Eire (Relations with Great Britain).

      3 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is prepared to make propositions to the head of the Eire Government, aimed at removing existing difficulties which stand in the way of the closest co-operation...

      Minister of State.

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an assurance that whenever the Minister of State be recalled to this country for consultation this House, if it is sitting, will be afforded an...

      Medical Research (Grants-in-Aid).

      6 speeches

      asked the Lord President of the Council what sums were allocated in 1938–39, 1939–40 and 1940–41 to medical research; and whether he will consider reducing, if not abolishing,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Workers Wages.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture why consideration of the application for an increase in the minimum wage of agricultural workers has been postponed to November?

    • Dairy Cattle Diseases.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made in preparing the scheme for the eradication of diseases in dairy cattle?

      Soil Sterilisation.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his Department is aware of the increased horticultural production secured by the process of steaming the soil; and whether he is doing any thing to...

      Allotments (Birmingham).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many allotments have been abolished by the Birmingham authorities in the last ten years; and how many new allotments have been started since the war began?

      Education (Appointment of Committee).

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is yet in a position to make any further statement about the reform of the system of agricultural education?

      Rabbits.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any action has been taken by his Department to co-ordinate and ensure the killing of rabbits during the coming corn-cutting season; or, alternatively,...

      Poultry Industry.

      4 speeches

      Mr. De la Beère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the importance and size of the poultry industry throughout the country, steps can be taken to ensure that the...

      Foxes (Destruction).

      2 speeches

      Mr. De la Beère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the substantial losses which have been sustained by the poultry industry owing to the lack of hunting, he will...

      Fresh-Water Angling.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the shortage of fresh-water fishing tackle; and whether he will take steps to facilitate the catching of freshwater fish?

      Rent Charges (Prosecutions).

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the difficulties of local authorities in carrying out his injunction to prosecute in cases of alleged rent profiteering, often arise from...

      Farnborough Hospital (Miss Brownlow).

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, while Miss Brownlow is on indefinite leave of absence at an inclusive salary of £ 500 a year, she is debarred from taking other...

  • Business of the House.

    16 speeches

    May we be informed what will be the forthcoming Business of the House?

  • Arrest of a Member.

    1 speech

    I have to inform the House that I have received the command of His Majesty to acquaint the House that Major Sir Herbert Paul Latham, Baronet, a Member of this House, has been placed under arrest...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    [19TH ALLOTTED DAY.]

  • Civil Estimates and Estimates for Revenue Departments and Supplementary Estimates, 1941.

  • Class Viii.

    • Ministry of Pensions.

      51 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That a sum, not exceeding £ 22,008,000, be granted to His Majesty, to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment...

    • Class I.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £1,587,562, 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 Ii

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £6,768,688, 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 £11,084,399, 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 £41,049,786, 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 £119,619,209, 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 £15,262,118," 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 £8,740,503, 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 £2,387,794, 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 Ix.

      Resolved, That a sum, not exceeding £32,509,000, 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, rot exceeding £1,490, 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...

      Navy Estimates, 1941.

      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, 1942, for...

      Army Estimates, 1941.

      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, 1942, for...

      Air Estimates, 1941.

      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, 1942, for...

      Ways and Means.

      Considered in Committee.

      Financial Powers (U.S.a. Securities) Act, 1941.

      1 speech

      I beg to move, That the Regulations made by the Treasury under subsection (2) of Section 1 of the Financial Powers (U.S.A. Securities) Act, 1941, a copy of which was presented to this House on...

      Sunday Entertainments Act, 1932

      Resolved, That the Orders made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department under the Sunday Entertainments Act, 1932, for extending Section 1 of the Act to:(1) the Borough of St. Ives, in...

      Railway Trains (Accommodation).

      16 speeches

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

      Government Contracts (Major Reid-Kellett).

      35 speeches

      I am sure the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's promise that the question of suburban traffic and first-class travel will be looked into will give great satisfaction through out the country. I...

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