House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 25 November 1941

  • Preamble

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair.]

  • New Writ.

    For the Borough of Edinburgh (Central Division), in the room of James Campbell Morrison Guy, Esquire, M.C. (Manor of Northstead).—[Mr. A. Young.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.

    • Dependants' Allowances.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can hold out any hope of widowed mothers of soldiers being put on the same footing as soldiers' wives in the matter of allowances?

    • Invasion Exercises.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the holding of mock invasions sometimes interferes drastically with war production; and will he take such steps as will reduce such...

      War Service Grants.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether any instructions or advice have been sent to commanding officers of units on the subject of the new allowances to dependants of men serving in the Army?

      Lantern Lectures.

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will equip the London Regional Education Committee, and other similar committees, with magic lanterns so as to facilitate the giving of interesting...

      Recruiting Methods.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has considered the organisation and publicity methods adopted by the Royal Air Force in recruiting for the Air Training Corps; and what proposals...

      Pay (over-Issues).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what instructions have been issued to paymasters where soldiers who have received an over-issue of pay, due to their names wrongly appearing in Part II...

      Active Operations (Publicity).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements are made for journalists and photographers to accompany Army units on active operations against the enemy; and whether any similar procedure...

      Family Allowances.

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that family allowances have been withheld from officers and other ranks who, with the Government's encouragement, sent their children to...

      Soldiers Under Punishment (Allotments).

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War what procedure is followed in regard to the allotment paid to the wife of a member of the Armed Forces if such member has been guilty of desertion from his...

      Auxiliary Territorial Service.

      6 speeches

      Miss Cazalet: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is yet in a position to make a statement on the possibility of permitting women to enlist in the Auxiliary Territorial Service on a...

      Home Guard.

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will revise Home Guard battalion establishments so as to include three whole-time paid female clerks, who shall wear uniform?

      Officers (Age Limit).

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War the nature of the communication sent out by the War Office to the various commands throughout the country which has created the widespread belief that...

      Boots (Wearing Tests).

      8 speeches

      Sir Reginald Garry: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he has examined an interim report on the progress of wearing tests on Army leather boots, some of which...

      Oversea Service (Age Limit).

      4 speeches

      (forasked the Secretary of State for War whether the War Office is strictly adhering to the regulation that no member of His Majesty's Forces under 20 years of age is to be sent overseas?

      Prison Camp, Scotland.

      2 speeches

      forasked the Secretary of State for War whether he is satisfied that the prison camp he proposes to erect in the area of which he has been given private notice could not have been erected on...

      British Prisoners of War.

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has ascertained the reason for transferring some 3,000 officer prisoners of war from various camps to Oflag VI B; whether he can assure the House...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland.

    • Hill Sheep Farming (Special Subsidy).

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now in a position to announce the scale of assistance he proposes to give to the hill sheep industry?

    • Hill Mutton and Lamb (Canning).

      4 speeches

      Major Lloyd: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether experiments have been undertaken with the canning of hill mutton and lamb: and whether the results have been satisfactory?

      Housing.

      2 speeches

      forasked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many houses were under construction by local authorities in Scotland at the outbreak of war; how many of these houses have since been completed;...

      Munitions' Factories (Wet Canteens).

      13 speeches

      Mr. Maclean: forasked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the resolution of protest passed and sent to him by the Normand Road United Free Church, Dysart, the Church of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry.

    • Wagons.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines if he is satisfied that the colliery wagon and boxes repair shops are in a position to deal effectively with the present wagon shortage; and what action he proposes...

    • Prices(Lancashire).

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has considered the resolution from the Atherton District Council, asking for information from him on the recent increase of 1s. 6d. per ton in Lancashire;...

      Returned Miners.

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour how many miners have returned to the mines under his direction; and can he give separate figures for Lancashire?

      Dominion Troopsinlondon (Welfare).

      4 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what steps are taken to provide amenities for Dominion troops who visit London on leave?

      Peat Fuel.

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary for Mines what is being done by his Department to encourage the production and use of peat as a fuel and as a potential source of petrol supply; and what is being done to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce.

    • Hairdressing Materials (Northern Ireland).

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that there is a severe shortage of supply of the materials necessary for the carrying on of the hairdressing business in Northern...

    • Film Industry.

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether there has been progressive production of British films since the outbreak of war, or whether he has considered a reduction of the film quota to...

      Clothes Rationing.

      11 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider allowing extra clothing coupons to children of 11 years of age and upwards commencing work at secondary schools?

      Utility Stockings.

      4 speeches

      Miss Ward: asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he has taken to ensure an adequate supply of durable stockings for the population?

      Insurance Policies (Surrender Values).

      2 speeches

      Dr. Russell Thomas: asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the cases supplied him by the junior Member for Southampton, whether he can give any further information in regard to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies.

    • Bread Deliveries, Newport (Mon.).

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware that Newport bakers, with the latest restrictions of petrol, are finding difficulty in delivering bread within the...

    • Tea (Distribution).

      2 speeches

      forasked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food the public advantages which will be secured by the recent change in methods for the distribution of tea?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.

    • Unnecessaryadvertising Expenditure.

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give an estimate of the amount of unnecessary expenditure on advertising totally unprocurable products and products in restricted supply; and,...

    • Excess Profits Tax (Land Transactions).

      12 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his attention has been called to the sale of Pipps Farm, Norwich Road, Ipswich, the net rental of which, fixed on 11th October, 1939, was...

      American Viscose Corporation.

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will state the terms of the submission to arbitration of the dispute between the Government and Courtaulds, Limited; and whether the arbitration...

      Purchase Tax (Receipts).

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total amount of purchase tax received by the Government from the inception of the tax, 21st October, 1940, up to the end of the last accounting...

      Armed Forces (Pensions and Grants).

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions upon what ground a widow of a soldier killed while on leave in a traffic accident is treated less favourably for pension than a widow of a soldier killed while on...

      Duke of Windsor (Visit to the United States).

      6 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the visit of the Duke of Windsor, Governor of the Bahamas Islands, to the United States of America was undertaken with the consent of...

      Jewish National Home.

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will make arrangements to have published as a White Paper or placed in the Library a copy of the recent speech made in South Africa by Field-Marshal Smuts on...

      Peace Aims.

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will make it clear to the enemy that, in any settlement of peace terms, full restoration will have to be made of machinery and other property removed from an...

  • Business of the House.

    2 speeches

    Will the Prime Minister kindly tell the House the Business it is proposed to take to-day?

  • Bill Presented.

    • Sugar Industry Bill,

      "to amend the Sugar Industry (Reorganisation) Act, 1936, as respects the war years," presented by Mr. R. S. Hudson, supported by Mr. T. Johnston, Captain Crookshank, Major Lloyd George, and Mr....

    • Privileges.

      Report from the Committee of Privileges brought up, and read as follows: —

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech.

    80 speeches

    DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS. [Sixth Day.]

  • Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, 1939.

    2 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Potatoes (1941 Crop) (Charges) Order, 1941, dated 17th October, 1941, made by the Treasury under Section 2 of the Emergency Powers (Defence) ACT,...

  • Orders of the Day — Agricultural Development Act, 1939.

    Resolved, That the Home-Grown Oats (Standard Price) Order, 1941, varying the standard price provided for in Sub-section (3) of Section 1 of the Agricultural Development Act, 1939, a copy of which...

  • Orders of the Day — Sugar Industry Bill.

    Ordered, That the Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills do examine the Sugar Industry Bill with respect to compliance with the Standing Orders relative to Private Bills.

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