House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 30 September 1941

  • Preamble

    The House met—after the Adjournment on Thursday, 11th September—Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.

  • Deaths of Members.

    Mr. SPEAKER made the following communication to the House:

  • New Writ.

    Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had issued, during the Adjournment, a Warrant for a New Writ, namely, for the County of Lancaster (Lancaster Division), in the room of the Right Hon....

  • Oral Answers to Questions — French Mediterranean Ports.

    4 speeches

    asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether he can give any comparative figures showing whether the leak in the blockade through Marseilles is increasing or decreasing?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Steamship "dunera."

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War (1) what is the full name of Major Scott, commanding British troops on the "Dunera"; what is his regiment; and when was he gazetted major; (2) what steps he...

    • Leave (Free Travel Warrants).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that considerable numbers of soldiers are not able to take advantage of the four leave periods per annum, which most of them are entitled...

      Middle East Despatches (Publication).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is proposed to publish the despatches of the general officer commanding in chief Middle East Forces concerning the Abyssinian, Syrian and Iraq...

      Harvesting Work.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can make some statement showing to what extent the Army assisted during the harvesting period?

      Batmen.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of Slate for War what is the approximate number of men in uniform who act as batmen in the United Kingdom; and whether he proposes to control the batman system by closer and...

      Reserve of Officers (Pioneer Corps).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will ensure that those officers of the Regular or Territorial Army Reserve of Officers who have been compulsorily transferred from their prewar...

      Courts-Martial (Officers).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War how many commissioned officers of His Majesty's Forces have been court-martialled since 3rd September, 1940, for obtaining or attempting to obtain money under...

      Contracts.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether any recent contracts had been placed on a cost-plus-percentage basis; and whether he can give an assurance that all future contracts will be made...

      Pay and Allowances.

      21 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the decreases announced in allowances to certain ranks of officers commissioned after 1st January, 1942, he will reconsider...

      Invaliding (Deafness).

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War how many men and women have been invalided out of the Army or incapacitated on account of defective hearing?

      Missing Soldiers (Allowances and Allotments).

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he realises the hardship caused by the drastic cutting down of military allowances for the relatives of a soldier reported missing, thus adding...

      Detentions (Remission of Sentences).

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what is the procedure followed after sentence for detention is passed by a court-martial; and what remission is granted for good conduct during the running of...

      Coal Miners (Release).

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War how many skilled miners have been temporarily released from the Army for that work during the months of May, June, July and August and up to date in...

      Over-Payments (Adjustment).

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary for War whether he is aware of the hardship frequently caused when overpayments made to a soldier for a long periods, as a result of miscalculation by the regimental...

      Offences, Scotland (Trial, London).

      4 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate whether he has considered the representations made to him by representative bodies regarding the widespread concern occasioned by the recent trials of cases in England...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Local Fuel Overseers.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that in some cases a local fuel overseer, with office and staff, deals with a weekly tonnage of only 150 to 200 tons of fuel, this being the...

    • Calling-Up Notices (Deferment).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that coal dealers have recently received notices concerning the procedure for deferment of calling-up, Form N.S./200, from three separate...

      Returned Miners (Medical Examination).

      6 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the Secretary for Mines whether, in view of the need for affording every protection for miners against accident, he will issue instructions that every man who is returning to...

      Production, Scotland.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is in a position to make a statement regarding progress in the production of coal in Scotland; the position as to winter stocks as compared with last...

      Deliveries, Redditch.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that the deliveries of coal to the town of Redditch during the month of August this year were only 81 per cent. of that supplied in August, 1940;...

      Gas Companies, London.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether any advantage or assistance, direct or indirect, is being given to the London gas companies in connection with the purchase of coal or otherwise over those...

      Miners' Pay Day.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will endeavour to prevail upon colliery companies to pay wages on Thursdays so as to enable miners' wives to do their shopping in good time, and thus...

      Contract Prices, West Riding.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether his attention has been directed to the resolution of the National Gas Council, West Riding Board, recommending members not to agree to increased coal prices...

      Domestic Supplies.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines to what extent the rationing of household fuel is contemplated?

      Pit-Head Canteens.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines what is the number of collieries in each district where canteens are in existence serving sit-down, cooked, full meals to mineworkers?

      Merchant Navy (Awards for Gallantry).

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he has given further consideration to the suggestion that a Merchant Service cross and medal be instituted for gallantry in action against the enemy?

      Post-War Planning (Legislation).

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister without Portfolio, whether he is now in a position to state when it is proposed to introduce legislation consequent on the recommendations of the Uthwatt Committee, and to set...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.

    • Commonwealth and Great Boulder Companies.

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the scheme passed by the shareholders of the Commonwealth and Great Boulder group of companies, the effect of which...

    • Cheap Money Policy.

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will inform the House concerning the circumstances in which a monetary stringency was allowed to develop in the money market towards the end of...

      Inspector of Taxes Department (Married Women).

      5 speeches

      Miss Cazalet: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any women in the Inspector of Taxes Department are being retained on a permanent basis after marriage?

      British Subjects, United States (Income Tax).

      7 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will call for a report from the British Embassy in Washington as to the extent to which British subjects now residing in the United States of...

      Excess Profits Tax (Land Transactions).

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what part of the trade or business of landlords is subject to Excess Profits Tax?

      Observer Corps Expenses (Income Tax).

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the 1s. 3d. per hour paid to members of the Observer Corps, as out-of-pocket expenses, is being included in assessments for Income...

      Small Incomes (Taxation).

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his attention has been drawn to the hardships inflicted upon persons with small incomes by reason of the existing high rates of taxation and the...

      Government Securities (Income Tax).

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of Income Tax ruling for the financial year 1940–41 relates to interest on all money facilities placed at the disposal of the Treasury...

      Savings Certificates.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recommendations he has received from local war savings committees for the issue of 10s. Savings Certificates; and whether he has given consideration to...

      American Viscose Corporation.

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in the course of negotiations with Messrs. Courtaulds, Limited, with regard to the price to be paid for the American Viscose Corporation shares, the...

      Petrol Rationing.

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Petroleum what percentage of petrol coupons issued remain unaccounted for and unreturned through regional or district officers for the last period for which figures are...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Clothes Rationing.

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he realises the sense of injustice felt by members of the Home Guard that they have to use civilian clothing coupons for their sports outfit; and...

    • Parcels from Overseas.

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, when a breach of the law has been made in obvious ignorance, as in the case of the question of the despatch of parcels from overseas, he will...

      Wireless Batteries, Scotland.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that whole districts in Scotland are practically deprived of adequate supplies of high-tension batteries for wireless sets, and that...

      South America (Commercial Agents).

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in the interests of British exports, the Government will appoint commercial agents in Latin America in capacities similar to those of Sir...

      Companies Act, 1929 (Amendment).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, when amending the Companies Act, 1929, he will overhaul the machinery by which the Board of Trade's investigations are carried out for the...

      Exports to United States.

      4 speeches

      Mr. Gary: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will state the increases in United Kingdom exports, in class of goods, volume and money value, to the United States of America...

      Tinplate Industry.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Essendon Committee that is investigating the question of redundancy in the tinplate trade, has been instructed to work upon the assumption...

      Mediterranean Operations (Attacks on British Convoy).

      1 speech

      The House will have seen certain reports of operations which have taken place in the Mediterranean during the last few days. Thirteen Italian aircraft were destroyed during successful operations...

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister to state the Business of the House for to-day?

  • Orders of the Day — Supply.

    Considered in Committee.

  • Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1941.

    • Expenditure Arising Out of the War

      Motion made, and Question proposed: That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £1,000,000,000, be granted to His Majesty, towards defraying the expenses which may be incurred during the year...

    • War Situation.

      14 speeches

      It is, I think, a little more in harmony with Parliamentary custom for Ministerial statements to be made whenever possible in the course of the normal Business of the House rather than upon...

      Ways and Means.

      Considered in Committee.

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