House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 20 November 1946

  • Preamble

    The House met at Half past Two o'Clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office

    • Temporary Sorters

      6 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether, after the revision of duties due to take place on 15th January, 1947, it is intended to continue the employment of temporary full-time sorters who...

    • Sea Mail, Hong Kong

      8 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General the average and the maximum time now taken by sea mail to and from Hong Kong.

      Postal Charges (U.K. — Canada)

      2 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what representations have been made by his Department to the Canadian Government in respect of the rates of postage charged on parcels dispatched from...

      Government Correspondence

      3 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will give an estimate of the increase or decrease, expressed in percentage or in approximate numbers, of letters, post cards and other correspondence...

      Air Mail Charges

      7 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is prepared to consider a reduction in air mail charges for letters and samples to the Commonwealth and Empire, to assist, in particular, those...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service

    • Ipsophone Attachments

      6 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General when he proposes to make Ipsophone attachments to telephones available to subscribers in this country; and on what terms.

    • Toll Calls, London

      5 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that subscribers in the London area wishing to make toll calls are subjected to delays, particularly after 6.30 p.m.; to what extent...

      Chiswick (Automatic Exchange)

      4 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether any plans have yet been considered for the installation of an automatic exchange in Chiswick; and when he expects work to begin.

      Trunk Calls (Night Rates)

      8 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General when he now anticipates being able to reintroduce the cheap rate for trunk calls for the whole of the night period, instead of for the present period of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — British Broadcasting Corporation

    • Broadcast Statements (Records)

      7 speeches

      asked the Assistant Postmaster-General why the B.B.C. has been prevented from having records made of important broadcast statements by approved firms at no cost to the taxpayer.

    • Officials (Rights)

      5 speeches

      asked the Assistant Post master-General what rights his Department had given, other than those included in the original charter, to the B.B.C. officials; and where these are to be found.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force

    • Errol Airfield

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether Errol aerodrome was considered by the R.A.F. to be suitable for all types of aircraft, both from the point of view of weather conditions and absence...

    • Range, Studland

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will make a statement on the derequisitioning of the R.A.F. range at Old Harry, Stud-land, Dorset, which has not been used subsequently to VJ-Day.

      Film Service

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that at R.A.F. station Sharjam, Persia, no films were received between 1st and 21st October; that when three films then arrived they had...

      Singapore (Special Technical Corps)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that members of the Special Technical Corps, Singapore, who rendered signal service to the Allied cause, are still awaiting the back pay and...

      Personal Case

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air when the hon. Member for Kingston-upon-Thames can hope to receive a reply to his letters of 3rd January, 1946, and 8th May, 1946, on the subject of an award...

      Lighting Poles (Holes)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will give instructions that when airfield lighting poles are removed, the persons removing them should fill in the holes left by the poles in order...

      Camp, Buxton (Housing)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that German prisoners of war employed in Buxton were to be accommodated in the town, but that squatters have now taken possession of the...

      Transport Command Flights

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air how many Transport Command flights operate weekly from the United Kingdom on the Mediterranean routes.

      Compton Bassett Station (Complaint)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware of the growing discontent among the men at Compton Bassett camp; and if he will institute an inquiry.

      Closed Maintenance Unit

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air why it is in tended to close down his Department's unit at Locharbriggs, Dumfries, and to disband 18 Maintenance Unit; on what grounds this decision has been...

      Education Branch (Commissions)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air how many of the applicants for commissions in the new education branch of the R.A.F. were able to satisfy all the conditions laid down by his Department for...

      Re-employed Officers (Retired Pay)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air (1) the number of officers who have been re-employed in the R.A.F. during the war who had commuted part of their pensions while out of the Service; and how...

      Pigeons

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of pigeons used by his Department during the war; and whether any estimate is available of the losses from enemy action.

      Destroyed Property (Collective Charges)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will investigate the recent action of the commanding officer, No. I Wing, No. 4 School of Technical Training, R.A.F., St. Athan, in fining some 200...

      Bradwell Bay Airfield

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air what use he proposes to make in future of the R.A.F. station and airfield at Bradwell-juxta-Mare, Essex, officially known as Bradwell Bay; and if he will...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation

    • Accidents

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation the number of British civil aircraft engaged and the total mileage flown during the past six months without accident; the...

    • Empty Seats

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, why British aircraft, ex British airports, often fly with vacant seats when there is a long waiting list of intending passengers.

      Errol Aerodrome

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether he is satisfied as to recorded weather conditions at Errol aerodrome; with road and rail communications; with the...

      Londonderry

      7 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation when a passenger air service from Great Britain will be extended to Londonderry.

      Northern Ireland

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation how soon a passenger air service equipped with large modern aircraft and all appropriate safety devices in the air and on the...

      West African Service

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether meteorological officers have been recruited for airfields on the West African route; and when will the air service to...

      Scotland

      14 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what are the regular British services flying between Scotland and any foreign country.

      Fog Dispersal

      7 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation how many aircraft under his control were prevented from leaving Great Britain on Saturday, 2nd November, due to fog; how many...

      Service Schedules

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (1) when it is proposed to issue the schedule of air services to be operated within the United Kingdom; the dates on which...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces

    • Deserters and Absentees

      13 speeches

      asked the Minister without Portfolio how many members of His Majesty's forces were, on 31st December, 1945, and on 31st October, 1946, respectively, absent from their units; how many of these,...

    • Civil and Military Offences

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister without Portfolio how many of those members of His Majesty's Forces now in prison were sentenced for crimes of turpitude and how many for Forces offences; how many of these...

      Sentences (Review)

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister without Portfolio if he will now reconsider and differentiate the cases of His Majesty's Forces sentenced for crimes of turpitude from those sentenced for Forces offences,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies

    • Bread Units and Points (Exchange)

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what his policy is regarding the exchange of bread rationing coupons for points; and when he anticipates that he will be able to increase supplies of the various...

    • Dried Fruit and Suet

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will take steps to ensure the adequate distribution of suet and dried fruits in all areas in good time for the making of Christmas puddings and mince meat.

      Milk

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that many milkmen refuse to leave milk against emergency ration cards; and if he will take steps to remedy the hardship caused to those who have to use...

      Parcels for Germany and Austria

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he will now permit parcels of food to be sent abroad

      Bread Rationing (Manual Workers)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he will reconsider the application of N.A.L.G.O. for the inclusion of coin meter collectors as manual workers in the bread-rationing scheme; and if he will now...

      Medical Research Animals (Food)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why a weekly allowance of two-and-a-half tons of oats and one ton of bread is made under licence from his Department to Messrs. A. W. Tuck and Son, of Rayleigh, Essex,...

      Fried Fish Licences, Rural Areas

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will state the number of applications received to start fried fish shops in rural districts during the last 12 months, together with the number of applications...

      Maize

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will give up-to-date information indicating the present amount of maize available to, and being imported by, European countries together with some information as...

      Fish Meal

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food the present average output of fish meal in this country and what arrangements are being made to make a greater proportion of this meal available for poultry food.

      Oatmeal (Bulk Supplies)

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what steps he is taking to implement the pledge given by his Parliamentary Secretary as a result of the introduction of bread rationing and the placing of oatmeal on...

      Tangerines

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that tangerines are being sold in London at about 1s. 6d. each; what is the import price of this fruit; from where they are imported; and whether...

      Siamese Rice Exports

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food the figures of export of rice from Siam for July, August, September and October.

  • Women's Auxiliary Services (Continuance)

    5 speeches

    With Mr. Speaker's permission I propose to make a statement about extended service engagements for the Women's Services. As announced to the House by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour...

  • W.R.N.S., a.T.S. and W.a.a.F., Extended Service Engagements

    1. OFFICERS. (a) Appointments will be available for extended service for alternative periods of three, four or five years on the active list at the option of the individual and of the Service...

  • 2. Ratings, Other Ranks and Airwomen.

    (a)Eligibility under the Scheme.

  • Bill Presented

    • Cotton (Centrali Sed Buying) Bill

      "to make provision for centralised buying, selling and distribution of raw cotton, for the establishment of a Commission for that purpose and for the purpose of research in connection with raw...

  • Business of the House

  • Orders of the Day — King's Speech

  • Production

    120 speeches

    3.36 p.m.

  • Public Accounts

    Mr. Benson, Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Ernest Davies, Lieut.-Colonel Alan Dower, Mr. Glenvil Hall, Lieut.-Colonel Hamilton, Mr. Haworth, Mr. Horace Holmes, Mr. Kirby, Mr. Lever, Sir John Mellor, Mr....

  • Publications and Debates Reports

    Select Committee appointed to assist Mr. Speaker in arrangements for the reporting and publishing of Debates and in regard to the form and distribution of the Notice Papers issued in connection...

  • Sunday Cinematograph Entertainments

    Resolved: That the Order made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, extending Section I of the Sunday Entertainments Act, 1932, to the Borough of Newbury, a copy of which Order was...

  • Deaf Persons (Welfare)

    3 speeches

    Motion made, and Question propdsed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Captain Michael Stewart.]

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Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

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