House of Commons debates

Thursday, 13 December 1945

  • Preamble

    The House met at a Quarter past Two o'Clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

    • Address for Return

      4 speeches

      The following Notice of Motion stood upon the Order Paper in the name of Squadron-Leader DONNER: Return of the names of all trade unions which have come into being since 1938; their latest,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Housing

    • Flats (Rent Control)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health what regulations exist for the control of rent in relation to a licence granted for the reconversion of a purchased house into a number of flats.

    • Temporary Houses (Furniture)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health how many local authorities have fixed the terms and conditions for providing furniture to tenants of prefabricated houses; and if he will give the average minimum...

      New Building (Statistics)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of houses which his Department estimates it will be necessary to build before the housing stringency is eased

      Ex-Servicemen

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Minister of Health if he will direct local authorities to give a priority in housing to ex-Servicemen, who are disabled in the highest degree, which will...

      Applications and Tenders

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health the number of applications made for houses by local authorities; the number of houses in course of erection; and the number approved.

      Loans (Interest Rate)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that housing associations intend to provide a good type of house at the lowest possible rent, he will make an early announcement...

      Hutments

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that there are in the Longbenton urban district area a number of military camps, complete with hutments and equipped with water supply and drainage...

      Area Limitation

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, under Regulation 56A, plans for the erection of houses have to be refused by local authorities if they provide for a maximum area of more...

      Sites (Kent)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of prepared sites in the hands of private builders and of unprepared sites taken over by local authorities, with details as to the number...

      Allocation

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health if he will state the instructions issued to local authorities as to how they are to work a points scheme in allocating new houses when they are built.

      Temporary Houses (Northern Ireland)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether as he has been asked for 2,000 prefabricated houses for Northern Ireland where the housing problem is specially pressing, he will state the number of these...

      Subsidy

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health if he is now able to say what will be the form and amount of the housing subsidy to local authorities.

      Tenders

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health to what extent the reduction in the amounts of housing tenders is due to local authorities modifying their specifications to enable the cost of houses to come within...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Local Authorities

    • Water and Sewerage Schemes (Grants)

      4 speeches

      Mr. Baldwin: asked the Minister of Health whether he will now state the percentage grant which will be paid to local authorities who undertake water supplies and sewage disposal schemes under...

    • Crown Property (Rates)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the loss being sustained by the Hayes Urban District Council, Middlesex, owing to Section 64 of the Rating and Valuation Act, 1925, under which...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health

    • Nursing Services

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the de-grading of certain nursing officials employed by the Lancashire Mental Hospitals Board, due to the introduction of the...

    • Doctors (Release)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health what are the principles upon which has been based the acceleration of the release of medical officers from the Forces under Class A in order to relieve the inadequacy...

      Cancer

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that there are about 70,000 deaths annually from cancer and that a large proportion of these only obtain specialist treatment when too...

      Home Patients (Blankets)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will arrange to have available a number of priority dockets for the use of medical officers of health for the supply of blankets for use when patients are...

      Tuberculosis Cases (Clothing)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health whether he will arrange to have available additional clothing coupons for tubercular patients to obtain certain necessary clothing for use in hospitals, who are...

      Water Supply (Peterborough)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Health what number of parishes in the constituency of Peterborough are without a piped water supply; and in what areas have schemes been prepared for the extension of piped...

      Penicillin (Synthesisation)

      4 speeches

      asked the Lord President of the Council by whom penicillin has been synthesised; and what is the structural formula.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education

    • University Scholarships (Financial Awards)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education whether she has yet issued regulations under Section 81 of the Education Act authorising county education committees to make increased financial awards to those...

    • Training Colleges (Lecturers' Accommodation)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education whether she will improve the accommodation for married resident lecturers at present available at teachers' training colleges.

      Boarding Schools

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education if having regard to the provision of boarding facilities by L.E.A.s and the desirability of children of different types and from different localities mixing...

      Teacher's Appointment, Spennymoor

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education whether she is aware that a qualified teacher, R. Anderson, 26, Craddock Street, Spennymoor, County Durham, has been released from His Majesty's Forces to return...

      Preparation Classes, West Ham

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education whether she is prepared to recognise for grant the remuneration paid to teachers engaged.in supervising preparation classes at the Stratford and Plaistow grammar...

      Rural Areas

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education if she will ensure for children in rural areas equal opportunities with children in urban areas for a liberal education; and if she will resist pressure for...

      School Canteen, Rackheath

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education if the outstanding points which have been delaying the construction of a school canteen at Rack- heath, Norfolk, have now been disposed of; and if the Ministry of...

      Far East Internees' Children

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education whether she will give any information as to the arrangements made for the continuation of education of the children of civilian internees from the Far East; and...

      Training of Teachers (McNair Report)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education what steps she is contemplating to make the training of teachers a national charge; what progress has been made in giving effect to the McNair Report; and whether...

      Belgian Teachers

      6 speeches

      Mr. Lindsay: asked the Minister of Education how many of the Belgian teachers selected to teach in English schools have arrived and started work.

      Froebel-trained Teachers

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education if she will amend Clause 12 of Circular 30 issued by her Department to make provision for Froebel-trained teachers who do not hold Certificate A to apply direct to...

      Coastal Resorts(Assistance)

      2 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement as to the action which it is proposed to take with regard to the requests made to the Lord Privy Seal recently by a deputation from 51...

      B.B.C. Charter

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister when the present charter of the B.B.C. expires; and whether it is proposed to set up a committee to consider on what terms it is to be renewed.

      Military Service (Engineering Students)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that until recent months students have been allowed to complete the course at Lough-borough Engineering College, Leicestershire; that young men of 18...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Employment

    • Gas Industrial Union

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour when the Gas Industrial Union was established; what is its present membership; and whether it has a part in the consultative machinery of the gas industry.

    • Motorcar Industry

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of men engaged in the motorcar manufacturing industry who were discharged as redundant during the months of August, September, October and...

      Domestic Service

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to state the Government's conclusions on the Markham-Hancock Report on Domestic Service.

      Redundancy, Oxford

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the protest of the employees at Morris Radiators, in which they express concern over the recent redundancy in the Oxford area; and whether...

      Eire Workers (Allowances)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour why lodging allowances and cheap travel vouchers are still available to workers in this country who have come from Eire, and when these increments on their wages will...

      Directed Workers (Allowances)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour the total outlay for the past three months on lodging and other allowances paid to directed workers.

      National Wages Policy

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour if he proposes to initiate discussions with the trade unions and employers' associations with a view to formulating a national wages policy in conformity with the...

      Painting and Decorating (Training)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what is the normal time that ex-Service applicants for vocational training courses in painting and decorating have to wait before being allotted a vacancy on a course.

      Labour Preference (Cutlery Trade)

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the labour shortage, he will assist the cutlery trade, and particularly its export trade, by placing the cutlery industry on the civilian...

      Labour Control (Government Decisions)

      12 speeches

      Mr. R. A. Butler asked: " the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to state the Government's policy on the control of labour.

      Five-Day Week

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any avail- able data as to the effect on industrial production of a five-day week; and whether he is aware that it is desirable that Saturday morning...

      Works Committees

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he intends that works committees should be established in every factory employing more than 10 workers; and whether, in view of the excellent results achieved...

      Building Labour (Scotland)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in Scotland men supplied to building contractors to enable them to fulfil their housing contracts for local authorities are being used for...

      Manpower Distribution

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he will publish a monthly report showing the number of workers employed in each industry and trade.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Demobilisation

    • Agricultural Workers

      16 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour (1) in what proportion the additional 10,000 men to be released under Class B for agricultural work are to be released from each of the three Services, respectively;...

    • Industrial Service

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any statement to make in regard to members of the Armed Forces on indefinite release to industry; and whether he is aware that many of those who have...

      Dentists

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is now in a position to increase the quota of Class B releases which may be allocated by the Dental War Committee.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance

    • Income Tax (Car Allowance)

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage depreciation has been assessed by his Department for Income Tax allowances on a new motorcar purchased in 1939, for the years 1940, 1942,...

    • Copper Coins

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to the shortage of copper coins throughout the North-east, causing embarrassment to shopkeepers and public alike; and if he...

      Gold Purchase

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much gold has been purchased on behalf of His Majesty's Government through the Exchange Control Fund since 1st April, 1940, or other near date.

      Requisitioned Property (Compensation)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will authorise the Ministries to make allowance when calculating compensation for damage to requisitioned property to include a sum representing...

      Purchase Tax (Motorcars)

      2 speeches

      Lieut.-Colonel Lindsay: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has yet formed an estimate as to what the yield from the Purchase Tax on motorcars would be in the full year 1946.

      Banks (Christmas Eve)

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in view of the fact that Government Departments will be closed on Christmas Eve, he will authorise the closing of banks on that day.

      Telecommunications Conference (Report)

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, for the information of Members of Parliament and others, he will authorise the publication of the Report of the Commonwealth Telecommunications...

      Local Government Officers (Pensions)

      6 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will consider removing the means test imposed upon local government officers by the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1944, in view of the fact...

      Telephone Service

      5 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how soon now does he anticipate being able to replace the shortage of operators which causes delay in the toll and trunk telephone services; and when does...

      Levant States (Anglo-French Agreement)

      3 speeches

      (by Private Notice): asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the progress of conversations between His Majesty's Government and the French...

  • Business of the House

    50 speeches

    Before asking the Leader of the House about the Business for next week, can he tell us anything about the arrangements for today?

  • India (Parliamentary Delegation)

    23 speeches

    With permission, I desire to make a statement on the proposed Parliamentary delegation to India. The Government have considered further the character of the proposed Parliamentary delegation to...

  • Emergency Laws (Transitional Provisions) Bill

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee B.

  • Furnished Houses (Rent Control) Bill

    Reported, with an Amendment, from Standing Committee C.

  • Water (Scotland) Bill

    Reported, with Amendments, from the Standing Committee on Scottish Bills.

  • National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Bill

    Reported, with Amendments, from Standing Committee A.

  • Business of the House

    Proceedings on the Second Reading of the Bretton Woods Agreements Bill and of the Committee on Bretton Woods Agreements [Money] exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of the...

  • Orders of the Day — Anglo-American Financial and Economic Discussions

    103 speeches

    Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Question [12th December]: That this House approves the financial arrangements between His Majesty's Government and the Government of the United States,...

  • Orders of the Day — Bretton Woods Agreements Bill

    19 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Bretton Woods Agreements [Money]

    Considered in Committee under Standing Order 69.

  • Orders of the Day — Great Powers (Far Eastern Policies)

    6 speeches

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

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