House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 3 February 1943

  • Preamble

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • New Writ

    For the County of Hertford (Watford Division), in the room of the Right Honourable Sir Dennis Henry Herbert, K.B.E., now Baron Hemingford of Watford, called up to the House of Peers.—[Mr....

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ethiopia

    • Enemy Subjects (Property Claims)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is the intention that the recent declaration of the United Nations that property, stolen by force, intimidation, or by compulsion to...

    • Access to Sea

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is the intention of the United Nations to insist that the territories in Ethiopia giving access to the sea and taken by aggressive...

      Medical Services

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any arrangements are being made by His Majesty's Government to assist in the provision of adequate medical services in Ethiopia.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Jewish Refugees

    • Children (France)

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can make a statement on the 2,000 Jewish children in France who were refused visas for this country and were, in consequence, deported...

    • Palestine (Immigration)

      22 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has considered the resolution of the Cowdenbeath Co-operative Society, sent to him by the hon. Member for West Fife, requesting that...

      French North Africa (Administration)

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) what steps are now being taken to purge the North African administration of Fascist and pro-Fascist elements; (2) what steps have so far been...

      Royal Air Force

      Group-Captain C. H. Keith

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air the reason for the posting from Canada to England of Group-Captain C. H. Keith; and why this officer has been, or is shortly to be, retired?

      Requisitioned Building (Conversion Cost)

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will state the amount spent by his Ministry on converting a building, of which he has been informed, to their requirements?

      Dive-Bombing

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air in what way the addition of brakes to fighter-bombers, in order to enable them to dive-bomb on suitable occasions, would impair their performance as fighters?

      Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air (1) why Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia has been accepted for training as a pilot in the Royal Air Force when his father, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, is a...

      Troop Mail, Middle East and North Africa

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of aircraft allotted to the Army postal authorities for the transmission of the different categories of personal air-mail to the Middle East and...

      Royal Air Force Regiment

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether members of the Royal Air Force Regiment are authorised in all cases to fire on low-flying enemy aeroplanes or whether, to avoid drawing return fire,...

      Operational Training, Middle East

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether there is an operational training centre for Royal Air Force pilots in the Middle East?

      Civil Aviation

      Shipping Companies

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware that two leading British shipping companies have made a beginning with civil aviation; and whether it is the...

      Colonial Empire

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to prepare plans for the development of civil aviation in the Colonial Empire; and the name of the division in his...

      Frauds, Liverpool (Investigations)

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what action has been taken against officials of his Department for negligence in connection with the Liverpool frauds; and...

      Railway Trains (Lighting)

      10 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport how long it will be before the improved lighting in railway trains, recently announced, will be installed on trains in the...

      Government Departments (Information to Press)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Information whether his attention has been drawn to the dissatisfaction felt at the misleading statements published in the Press regarding the availability of foodstuffs;...

      Requisitioned Motor Vehicles (Compensation)

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will consider amending the compensation for requisitioned motor-lorries and trailers, as at present a requisitioned...

      Post Office Employees (Cycles)

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the shortage of cycles and the desirability of everybody avoiding unnecessary travel by motorbus or train, he will issue instructions that safe...

      House of Commons Chamber (Lighting)

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning whether he will consider introducing into the present Commons Chamber lighting with a higher ultra-violet content,...

      Royal Navy

      Enemy Submarines

      10 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has any estimate of the number of underwater craft in the possession of the Germans and Italians; whether he has any estimate of the numbers...

      Boys and Apprentices (War Bonus)

      5 speeches

      asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that it is a war bonus, the increase in pay to boys in the Royal Navy, which was announced on Wednesday, 27th January, will be...

      Fleet Air Arm. (Equipment)

      12 speeches

      Commander Bower: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why the Fleet Air Arm have often to use old, slow, though sound aircraft; and, as every effort should be made to see that they are supplied...

      Jamaica (Soap Manufacture)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Caribbean Products Company, Limited, Jamaica, is awaiting a reply to their application made some two years ago for...

      Mauritius and Ceylon (Labour Conditions)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the report of Major Orde-Browne on labour conditions in Mauritius is to be published, and, if so, when it will be available?

      Brazilian and Colonial Cocoa

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the American technical mission visiting Brazil to study alternative uses for surplus cocoa; and whether he will seek...

      East Africa (Policy)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of recent official statements regarding immigration, settlement and land policy in East African Colonies, he will announce a...

      Cyprus (Industrial Conditions)

      13 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information respecting industrial disputes in Cyprus; what steps have been taken to meet the 175 per cent. rise in the cost of...

      Seychelles (Compulsory Service)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that, in spite of considerable unemployment in Seychelles Colony, the Government have amended the Compulsory Service Ordinance to...

      Panama Canal Area (Recruited Labour)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can now say whether the liaison officer has been appointed in the Panama Canal area where labourers recruited by the United States...

      Kenya (Labour Disputes)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to recent labour unrest in Kenya; whether this affects both conscripted and non-conscripted workers; how far it...

      Utility Furniture

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the unsatisfactory position with regard to the production of utility furniture; and what steps he intends to take in order to...

      Coupons (Prosecution, Brighton)

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can give any information in connection with the charge made on 26th January against Mrs. A. S. Ascough, Buckingham Road, Brighton, of stealing...

      Coalmines (Mechanical Loaders)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the number of mechanical loaders now in commission in the mines of Great Britain; the increase in the number since 3rd September, 1939, and the effect of...

      Foreign Secretary (Duties)

      3 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, when the Foreign Secretary was appointed to the War Cabinet and Leader of the House, he was relieved of some of his duties at the Foreign Office, as it is...

      Post-War Air Transport

      5 speeches

      Major Lloyd: asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider approaching the United States Government immediately with a view to obtaining agreement as to the post-war conduct of world air...

      United Nations (Consultations)

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether any steps are contemplated for improving the machinery for joint consultation with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the preparation of the war plans of...

      War Factories, Northern Ireland

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Production (1) how many war factories have been erected in Northern Ireland since the opening of the war; how many workers have been employed therein; and whether he will...

      Tanks

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Production whether the- approval of the Tank Board, as a body, was obtained before the A22 was put into production, in June, 1940; and what was the name of the person on...

      Ministry of Production (Deputy Adviser on Industrial Publicity)

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Production (1) what post Mr. John D. Rodgers now holds in his Department; and whether it is the same post as that to which he was originally appointed; (2) why, when Mr....

      Central Bristol by-Election (Polling Date)

      13 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that yesterday, 2nd February, the Writ for the return of a Member for Central Bristol was moved, and on hearing of this a...

  • Ballot for Notices of Motions

    • B.B.C. Propaganda

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Estimates, I shall call attention to the nature of the propaganda of the B.B.C. and its propagandists, and move a Resolution.

    • Civil Aviation

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Air Estimates, I shall call attention to the future of Civil Aviation, and move a Resolution.

      Women's Royal Naval Service

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Navy Estimates, I shall call attention to the Women's Royal Naval Service, and move a Resolution.

      Housing

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Estimates, I shall call attention to the problem of Housing, and move a Resolution.

      Army (Welfare, Education and Vocational Training)

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates, I shall call attention to the Welfare, Education and Vocational Training of the troops, and move a Resolution.

      Colonial Administration

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Estimates, I shall call attention to Colonial Administration, and move a Resolution.

      Rural Housing

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Civil Estimates, I shall call attention to the question of Rural Housing, and move a Resolution.

      Army Welfare

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates, I shall call attention to the Welfare of the Personnel of the Army, and move a Resolution.

      Royal Air Force (Welfare, Education and Vocational Training)

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Air Estimates, my hon. Friend will call attention to the Welfare, Education and Vocational Training of Royal Air Force...

      Submarine Warfare

      1 speech

      I beg to give notice that, on going into Committee of Supply on the Navy Estimates, I shall call attention to Submarine Warfare, and move a Resolution.

  • Message from the Lords

    That they have agreed to—

  • BRITISH NATIONALITY AND STATUS OF ALIENS BILL [Lords]

    Read the First time; to be read a Second time upon the next Sitting Day.

  • Orders of the Day — Economic Policy

    66 speeches

    Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Question [2nd February]: That this House urges upon the Government the essential need so to direct their economic and financial policy as to ensure...

  • Orders of the Day — Gas (Special Orders)

    Resolved, That the Draft of the Special Order proposed to be made by the Minister of Fuel and Power under the Gas Undertakings Acts, 1920 to 1934, on the application of the Coatbridge Gas...

  • Orders of the Day — Disposal and Custody of Documents

    Ordered, That Major Milner be discharged from the Select Committee on the Disposal and Custody of Documents, and that Colonel Clifton Brown and Mr. Parker be added to the Committee."—[Mr....

  • Orders of the Day — Emergency Powers (Defence) Acts (Order in Council)

    • Road Traffic.

      91 speeches

      I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, praying that the Order in Council, dated 13th January, 1943, made under the Emergency Powers (Defence) Acts, 1939 and 1940,...

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