House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 19 November 1941

  • Preamble

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.]

  • Private Bills and Private Business.

    Return ordered, of the number of Private Bills, Hybrid Bills, and Bills for confirming Provisional Orders introduced into the House of Commons and brought from the House of Lords, and of Acts...

  • Public Bills.

    Return ordered, of the number of Public Bills, distinguishing Government from other Bills, introduced into this House, or brought from the House of Lords, during Session 1940–41; showing...

  • Public Petitions.

    Return ordered, of the number of Public Petitions presented and printed in Session 1940–41, with the total number of signatures in that Session."—[The Deputy-Chairman. ]

  • Select Committees.

    Return ordered, of the number of Select Committees appointed in Session 1940–41, the Chairmen's Panel and the Court of Referees; the subjects of inquiry; the names of the Members appointed...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — China.

    • Sir Otto Niemeyer's Mission.

      4 speeches

      Dr. Russell Thomas: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is able to give any information in regard to the progress of the mission undertaken by Sir Otto Niemeyer to advise...

    • Burma Road.

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make it clear that any threat to close the Burma Road by force of arms would create a grave situation?

      Prisoners of War (Russia and Germany).

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will do all in his power to obtain permission for a mission from the International Red Cross to visit the camps for German prisoners of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.

    • Bomber Pilots (Discretion).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether a bomber pilot can use his powers of discretion and return to his base without reaching his objective if he is of the opinion that from the weather or...

    • Officers' Pay and Allowances.

      16 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that officers in the Royal Air Force are penalised compared with other ranks, as well as in comparison with other Services, by the Royal...

      Motor-Cars (Mileage Allowance).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the recent revision in agreement with the staff side of the National Whitley Council of the mileage allowances payable to civil servants...

      Commissions.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the possibility of obtaining commissions straight from civil life into the administrative branch of the Air Force is causing concern...

      Royal Observer Corps (Warm Clothing).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, having regard to the fact that members of the Home Guard are issued with overcoats, he will arrange for an adequate supply of warm clothing to be...

      De-Icing Equipment.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will state the approximate percentage of night bombers, now being used for raiding Germany, which are fitted with de-icing equipment for wings,...

      Night Bombing.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has considered the petition sent to him by the committee for the abolition of night-bombing; and what reply has been sent or what action taken?

      Air Training Corps (Financial Arrangements).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will, during the duration of the war, extend the payment of fares to air cadets from the age of 16 to 18 considering the number of cadets who have...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Aircraft Production.

    • American Aircraft.

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he is aware of the harm done to war production in this country and in America by the circulation of stories in the Press alleging that shipments...

    • Air Transport Auxiliary (Pay).

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Aircraft Production, in what cases the scale of pay for personnel of the Air Transport Auxiliary is higher than in the Royal Air Force; whether a special bonus is paid for...

      Rural Areas (Building Development).

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to. the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether he will state the qualifications of the members of the committee recently set up to consider conditions which...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.

    • Pay and Allowances.

      2 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that if a married man joins the Navy on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday instead of Thursday, Friday or Saturday, he forfeits up to 10...

    • Ship Building and Ship Repairs (Cost).

      8 speeches

      Mr. McNeil: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether ships presently building on the Clyde, on orders placed within the last six months, are ordered on the basis of fixed price:; or on cost...

      MR. Constantinesco.

      2 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of his record in the last war, Mr. Constantinesco, the inventor of the acoustic mine in that war, is now being provided with sufficient...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies.

    • Jamaica (Cement Manufacture).

      6 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether, as the Government is the largest user of cement in Jamaica and British and Canadian supplies are now difficult to...

    • Sugar Industry.

      4 speeches

      Mr. David Adams: asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether the sugar interests in the various West Indian islands have now been united in the British West Indies Sugar...

      Hong Kong (Evacuation of Women and Children).

      5 speeches

      asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that, while a certain number of British women and children have been compulsorily evacuated from Hong Kong, 950 British...

      Armed Forces and Civilians (Remuneration).

      8 speeches

      Major Vyvyan Adams: asked the Prime Minister whether he will now take measures to correct (he disparity of reward paid to the workers in industry and to the men serving in the ranks of the...

      Rudolf Hess.

      9 speeches

      Major Vyvyan Adams: asked the Prime Minister whether he can now amplify the official statements so far made relating to the motives which actuated the prisoner Hess to come to Great Britain?

      Post-War Reconstruction.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister without Portfolio the names of the members of the committee of which he is chairman to advise upon reconstruction after the war; and the terms of reference to that committee?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply.

    • Scrap Metal Collection (Local Authorities).

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether, as the Corporation of the City of London is collecting iron and steel debris in their area, he will suggest to all other local...

    • Belisha Beacons.

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he will consider removing all Belisha Beacons throughout the country, in order to utilise them as scrap in aid of the war effort?

      Factory Reconditioning (Stoppage).

      7 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply how much was spent on the reconditioning of a factory of which he has had notice; why it was decided to proceed no further within a few...

      Machine-Tool Manufacturers.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he can now make a full report of the relations between the Ministry and the machine-tool manufacturers since 1939, including an...

      Paper Control (Hoarding Advertisements).

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply the present quantity of paper granted for hoarding advertisements; and whether a further reduction will be considered in the national...

      Bomb Production.

      11 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he is aware that in a certain ordnance factory bomb-gauges have been in demand for 10 months, and no progress seems to have...

      Factory Administration.

      8 speeches

      Mr. Maclean: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply-how often the administrative offices in a certain factory have been changed; what has been the cost on each occasion, and...

      Commercial Vehicle Tykes.

      2 speeches

      Sir Reginald Garry: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he is aware that a number of commercial vehicles are at present unusable owing to short supplies of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Milk Contracts.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food under what conditions milk contracts can be broken and the supplies diverted to another purchaser; and whether these conditions were...

    • Prosecution, Southampton.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary to the Ministry of Food whether he can give any information in connection with the charge made against a firm of butchers at Southampton, on Saturday, 1st November.

      Fish.

      17 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether arrangements are in being or prospect for a further supply of fish from Icelandic waters; and whether the Icelandic fishing craft...

      Canned Foods (Storage).

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the public uncertainty and different views as to whether or not any deterioration of foodstuffs in tins which have...

      National Wheatmeal Bread.

      11 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he will arrange for suitable broadcasts urging the population to eat national wheatmeal bread to the correct specification,...

      Milk Supplies.

      16 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the hardship which is being experienced by elderly people, say over 75 years of age, in not being able to secure...

      British Restaurants.

      9 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food to what extent British Restaurants are provided in Lancashire; and what steps are being taken to secure a rapid increase?

      Flour (Price).

      12 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that in the rural districts and urban villages many families bake their own bread, and feel aggrieved over the recent...

      Canned Fish.

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that the difference between the buying and selling prices that is being allowed to wholesale distributors of canned...

      Cattle Grading, Northern Ireland.

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, as the grading of cattle in Northern Ireland continues to give great dissatisfaction and is the cause of much complaint, he will...

      Potato Processing Factories, Northern Ireland.

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, as it is a matter of urgency for the potato growers, the preparation and erection of the potato processing factories in Northern...

      Amendments to the Address.

      3 speeches

      I wish to raise a point of Order, arising out of the Order Papers at present in the possession of the House. I am sorry, Mr. Speaker, I could not give you notice of it, as I have only just...

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    May I ask the Prime Minister if he will tell us the Business for the forthcoming Sittings of the House?

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

    DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS. [Fourth Day.]

  • Orders of the Day — Agriculture.

    12 speeches

    I wish to apologise to the House for opening a discussion on agriculture. I can only say that I have the honour to represent an agricultural constituency, that I am also a farmer myself, and have...

  • Orders of the Day — National Expenditure.

    Ordered, That a Select Committee be appointed to examine the current expenditure defrayed out of moneys provided by Parliament for the Defence Services, for Civil Defence and for other services...

  • Orders of the Day — Public Accounts.

    Sir Irving Albery, Mr. Benson, Sir Edmund Brocklebank, Captain Crook-shank, Mr. Culverwell, Major Sir George Davies, Mr. Glenvil Hall, Mr. Horabin, Flight-Lieutenant Hamilton Kerr, Mr. Lathan,...

  • Orders of the Day — Public Petitions

    Ordered, That a Select Committee be appointed, to whom shall be referred all Petitions presented to the House, with the exception of such as relate to Private Bills, and that such Committee do...

  • Orders of the Day — Publications and Debates.

    Ordered, That a Select Committee be appointed to assist Mr. Speaker in the arrangements for the Report of Debates and to enquire into the expenditure on Stationery and Printing for this House and...

  • Orders of the Day — Adjournment.

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

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