House of Commons debates

Thursday, 2 October 1941

  • Preamble

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort.

    • Distributive Trades.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the serious difficulties which have arisen in securing personnel to distribute food, coal and milk, he will consider scheduling those industries...

    • Trent Guns and Cartridges, Limited.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether collective bargaining on behalf of the employees has been accepted by Trent Guns and Cartridges, Limited, arising out of the report of the court of Inquiry,...

      Unemployment Statistics.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that, at a time where there is everywhere an acute shortage of all categories of labour and earnings are at their highest level, the...

      Directions to Workers (Prosecutions).

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the number of cases involved, the hardships which result to the persons affected and their families, and the loss of work which ensues in some of...

      Conscientious Objectors.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the irritation caused by the privileged position occupied by conscientious objectors detailed by the tribunals for agricultural work as...

      Domestic Service.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour his policy with regard to the transference of domestic staffs to war work; and, in particular, whether it is his intention that women, engaged on work of public...

      Disabled Persons (Rehabilitation).

      15 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether the rehabilitation scheme announced in August as under consideration has yet come into effect; and what part of the Ministries of Health and Pensions have...

      Tinplate Industry.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of workers normally employed in the tinplate trade in South Wales that are unemployed; and what steps are being taken to provide them with work?

      Essential Work Order (Appeals).

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will direct that any notes of evidence, findings of fact and recommendations, communicated to a National Service officer by a local appeal board,...

      Transferred Labour (Travel Facilities).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is prepared to grant free railway passes to transferred workers, under the Ministry of Labour schemes, for occasional visits to their homes; and is he...

      Ex-Miner (Medical Fitness).

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that John Irwin, a coal-bagger employed by the Westhoughton Industrial Co-operative Society, an ex-miner, has been passed as medically fit to...

      Canteens.

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now make a further statement as to progress in the establishment of factory canteens?

      Government Departments (Staffs).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether vacancies for junior and temporary appointments in all Government Departments are now all filled through the medium of his Department?

      Trade Boards.

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour how many trade boards there are under the Trade Boards Act, 1909; how many workers are governed by the boards; and when the last annual report was printed and obtainable?

      Military Service (Oxford Group).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will institute an independent inquiry into the claim of the Oxford Group to be put on the same footing as other religious bodies in respect of military service?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health.

    • Medical Man-Power.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he has received any report from the committee presided over by the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs on distribution of medical man-power, or when...

    • Annual Reports.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health when the annual reports of his Department and of his principal medical officer for 1939–41 will be issued?

      Diphtheria (Immunisation).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether his medical advisers, who are pressing parents to have their schoolchildren inoculated against diphtheria, will give statistics of how many inoculations are...

      Alien Doctors.

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether, as many general practitioners, especially in neutral and reception areas, are seriously overworked owing to the calling up of their medical colleagues yet...

      Tuberculosis.

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health to what does he attribute the increase in tuberculosis; how many people suffering from tuberculosis in Britain are waiting admission to sanatoria; and is the increase...

      Sudbury Rating Committee (Staff).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health to what extend the Sudbury, Suffolk, Rating Committee, are doing work for the Health Department Valuation Committee; whether he is aware that the Sudbury Committee...

      Damaged Premises (Tenants' Rights).

      2 speeches

      Mr. Strauss: asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that at present a tenant who leave premises damaged by aid-raids, while the local authority carries out the necessary repairs, has...

      Armed Forces and Civilians (Pensions and Grants).

      35 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions whether he has now received Treasury sanction to apply the principles of the Determination of Needs Act to awards of need pensions to parents; when the new scales...

      Police Pensioners.

      14 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that police pensioners who have returned to the service for the duration of the war have not been granted the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.

    • Auxiliary Labour.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can give any figures showing what assistance farmers have recently received from the military, from schools or from any other source of auxiliary...

    • Farmers' Sons (Military Exemption).

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the feeling prevalent in the industry that a certain percentage of farmers' sons have obtained Army exemption, although not previously...

      Dispossessed Farmers.

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the large number of farmers being dispossessed of their farms and dwellings on the ground of inefficient husbandry, he can state that no...

      Calling-Up Notices (Deferment).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is taking every step in his power to prevent the proposed call-up, on 1st October, of 10,000 farmworkers, whose presence is urgently required on the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence.

    • "daily Worker."

      7 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the resolution carried by the Executive Committee of the Mineworkers' Federation, asking that the "Daily Worker" be allowed to be published and...

    • German and Austrian Refugees.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether there is any means by which a German or Austrian refugee from Nazi oppression, whose registration certificate has not been endorsed to that effect, may obtain...

      Aliens (Restrictions).

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that there are a number of Germans and Austrians, not interned, who desire to apply for the alteration of their present classification under Category...

      Internment Camp, Isle Ok Man (Disciplinary Action).

      19 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he can make a statement in regard to the escape of the three interned men in the Isle of Man, and the subsequent disturbances that took place in the internment camp?

      Shelters, Fife.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the correspondence between the Fife County Council and the Scottish technical adviser to the Ministry of Home Security on the subject of...

      Fire Service.

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he will give an assurance that, under the reorganisation scheme, fair treatment will be meted out to the part-time retained firemen who have protected the less...

      Royal Irish Constabulary Pensioners.

      4 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether the pensions and allowances announced for widows and orphans of the police force will also include the widows and orphans of the old Royal Irish Constabulary, who...

      Licensed Trade (State Management)

      2 speeches

      asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the effectiveness of the State Management Scheme in assisting to prevent drunkenness in the Carlisle and Gretna districts which caused the...

      Milk in Schools Scheme.

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Education how many schools are now operating the Milk in Schools Scheme as compared with a year ago?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.

    • Surtax.

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that Surtax payers who have made their returns for Surtax for the year 1940–41 have subsequently received an intimation from the...

    • Government Borrowing (Bank Deposits).

      3 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will issue a statement making it clear to the public that, if they are not willing to lend their money free of all interest to the Government, the...

      Pharmacy and Medicines Act.

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that one trading concern has declared that the savings effected by the repeal of the Medicine Stamp Duties under the Pharmacy and...

      Spain (United States Oil Shipments).

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether the permits recently given by the United States Government to export oil to Spain were granted after consultation with, and with the approval of His...

      Aircraft Production.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Aircraft Production what steps have been taken to provide work at an aircraft factory, the name of which has been given to him, with a view to preventing unemployment during...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Wine Imports.

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that ships have left Spain, Portugal, South Africa and Australia for this country with empty cargo space which could...

    • Poultry, Eire.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether his Department intends to import poultry from Eire; and, if so, to what value and under what system of control and distribution?

      Food Substitutes.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, whether his attention has been called to recent prosecutions of vendors of food substitutes; and whether he will consider the imposition...

      Eggs (Invalids).

      2 speeches

      Mrs. Rathbone: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether there is to be any system of priorities in the distribution of eggs to invalids, especially in the type of case...

      Black Market.

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can give any information in connection with the charge made at the Old Bailey against William Charles Thomas of stealing a...

      Middle East War Organisation.

      6 speeches

      (by Private Notice)asked the Minister of State whether he has any statement to make on the organisation which he has set up in the Middle East?

  • Business of the House.

    12 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister whether he has any statement to make regarding the forthcoming Business of the House?

  • National Expenditure.

    1 speech

    Minutes of Proceedings of the Select Committee of 6th August reported, pursuant to the Instruction of the House [1st October]; to lie upon the Table and to be printed [No. 117].

  • Message from the Lords.

    That they have agreed to,—

  • Business of the House.

    Ordered, That, notwithstanding the practice of the House, the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill may be considered in Committee immediately after the Bill has been read a Second...

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

    Read a Second time, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

  • Orders of the Day — Food Distribution.

    1 speech

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

  • Orders of the Day — Royal Assent.

    1 speech

    Message to attend the Lords Commissioners.

  • Orders of the Day — Food Distribution.

    28 speeches

    Question again proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."

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