House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 27 November 1946

  • Preamble

    The House met at Half past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force

    • Elmas, Sardinia

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that during the month of October, fewer than 20 per cent. of the aircraft passing through the R.A.F. station. Elmas, Sardinia, were R.A.F....

    • Mechanics

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the shortage of personnel capable of servicing aircraft, full use is being made of the skill and experience of trained mechanics among...

      Demobilisation

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that the de mobilisation programme for January, February and March, 1947, provides for the release of men up to Group 49 for ground personnel;...

      Disaffection (Incidents

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will give particulars of all strikes and mutinies which have taken place in the R.A.F. since VJ-Day; and the action taken in respect to them.

      Personal Case

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that all reviewing authorities up to and including his Department have reviewed or purported to have reviewed the conviction and sentence...

      Electricians

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Commander Clark Hutchison: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the continued dissatisfaction felt by men mustered in the electrical trades at the fact that only...

      Huts, Little Stukeley

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air when the hon. Member for Huntingdon may expect a reply to his letter of 12th September, asking for the handing over to the Hunts County Council of certain...

      El Adem (Conditions)

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the measure of discontent existing among R.A.F. personnel in E1 Adem camp; that the conditions in this camp are steadily worsening,...

      Meteorological Office

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of personnel employed in the Meteorological Office; and the number so employed on 2nd September, 1939.

      Requisitioned Site, Gibbs

      4 speeches

      Mr. McKie: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the former air-sea rescue base at Gibbhill, Kircudbright, will be derequisitioned in order that the premises may be utilised as an...

      A.T.C., Scotland

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air the strength of the A.T.C. in Scotland at the latest convenient date.

      Station, Wigtownshire

      4 speeches

      Mr. McKie: asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will make a statement as to future plans for the aerodrome at Baldoon Wigtownshire.

      Polish Squadron, C.M.F.

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that about 20 officers and men of the 318 (Polish) Fighter Reconnaissance Squadron, 239 Wing, R.A.F., C.M.F., are under orders to proceed to...

      Tenders (Co-operative Societies)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Air why A.M.O. N.933/1946, dated 7th November, makes a special recommendation that tenders should be called for from local Co-operative societies; and whether it...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation

    • Croydon (Catering)

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he will arrange for the catering arrangements at the Croydon airport to be improved.

    • Priority System (Continental Services)

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he will give a list of the continental countries at present operating air services to the United Kingdom who maintain a...

      Prestwick

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation when it is proposed to use Prestwick Airport as an international and national air junction.

      Durban — Calcutta

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation why, and when, the flying-boat service from Cairo to the Cape is being suspended; and what service is to be instituted in its place.

      Renfrew — London

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation the reason for the stoppage of the Renfrew-London air service in September and the steps that were taken by the B.E.A.C, to...

      Mediterranean Routes (B.E.A.C.)

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation how many British European Airways services operate weekly on the Mediterranean routes; and how soon it is proposed to replace...

      U.K. — Switzerland

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation the future arrangements for operating a British air service between this country and Switzerland.

      Empty Seats

      12 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what proportion of the empty seats in aircraft leaving this country during the last six months have been booked by the...

      London — Paris (Delays)

      8 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation on how many occasions during the last four weeks scheduled flights between London and Paris, in both directions, have been...

      Dyee — Scandinavia

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether it is proposed to operate a direct air service between Dyce and Scandinavian countries.

      Marine Base

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation when he expects that a decision will be reached regarding the flying-boat base at Langstone Harbour.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Germany

    • Rations

      15 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster the average percentage of the ration which has been met in the British zone during the past six months.

    • Level of Industry

      12 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether a decision has been made to dismantle the firm of Messrs. Imhausen. Witten, in the British zone.

      Food (Soviet Resources)

      6 speeches

      Mr. Vane: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent requests he has made to the Soviet authorities to release any substantial quantity of grain from their resources to help...

      Shipping

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster the number, description and total tonnage of German ships in the British zone; how many are seaworthy; and what is being done with them.

      Dutch Vegetables

      8 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what vegetables are being supplied to the British zone from Holland this winter; and if he will state the approximate quantity in thousands of tons.

      Hamburg Project

      13 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many persons are engaged in the construction of the Hamburg project.

      Timber Control (Administrative Costs)

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will state the monthly cost and the number of persons engaged in the administration and process of supplying German timber to this country.

      Control Commission (Salaries)

      2 speeches

      Mr. Vane: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will give a list of the names and salaries of members of the Control Commission, Germany and Austria, in receipt of annual...

      Public Relations Office (Radio Section)

      2 speeches

      Mr. Vane: asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what requests have been made by the commanding officer of the radio section of the Public Relations and Information Services Control...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Anglo-French Tourist Traffic

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Anglo-French committee of officials discussing the tourist question have now finished their deliberations; and whether any agreement...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Japan (Allied Council)

    5 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will publish an account of the discussions and decisions to date of the Allied Council for Japan.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Service (Transfers)

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how long members of the Colonial Service stationed on the Gold Coast have to remain in West Africa before they can be transferred to a healthier...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine (Situation)

    6 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider trying to arrange a meeting of the Big Four in order to discuss and decide the future of Palestine.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces

    • Demobilisation (Rate of Release)

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister without Portfolio if he is aware of the discontent in the Army due to soldiers being demobilised later than sailors and airmen of the same group; and what steps he is taking to...

    • Training Areas

      10 speeches

      Mr. H. D. Hughes: asked the Minister without Portfolio what is the total acreage of land in Great Britain at present occupied by the Services; the acreage they propose to retain for training...

      War Gratuity (Limitation)

      6 speeches

      Brigadier Maclean: asked the Minister without Portfolio whether it is still the policy of His Majesty's Government to withhold payment of a war gratuity in the case of men killed in action...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies

    • Cheese Ration (Roadmen)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will increase the cheese ration to roadmen employed by urban district councils whose work is in country districts.

    • Eire Turkeys

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why he has fixed a lower price for the purchase of turkeys from Eire than from other countries; and if he will remove price controls, and allow the normal channels of...

      Wheat and Rice

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the U.S.A. have an exportable wheat surplus of 275,000,000 bushels, and Canada 325,000,000 bushels; that Burma has an exportable surplus of...

      Milk Distribution

      6 speeches

      Lieut.-Commander Hutchison: asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the continued dissatisfaction felt by many consumers over their lack of freedom to change their milk retailer; and...

      Brussels Sprouts

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he will take steps to re-establish the control of the retail price for brussels sprouts, in view of the fact that the price of this commodity in the city of...

      Newport

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what arrangements are being made to secure that smaller shop keepers in Newport obtain an equitable allocation of foods in short supply, such as jam, marmalade,...

      Catering Licences (Fats)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that when furnishing Form O.F. 240 (a) to successful applicants for catering licences, the regional oils and fats distribution officer canvasses for a...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Linseed Oil

    16 speeches

    Brigadier Maclean: asked the Minister of Food how much linseed oil, or oil equivalent, was imported into this country during the 12 months ended 31st October last; and how it was allocated as...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Soap

    7 speeches

    asked the Minister of Food whether he is now prepared to authorise a special allowance of soap to persons employed as spinners in the cotton industry, in cases in which there is no adequate...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — India (Viceroy's Visit to U.K.)

    16 speeches

    (by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will make a statement concerning the forthcoming visit of Lord Wavell to this country?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Personal Statement

    1 speech

    With your leave, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I beg to make a short personal statement. In the Debate on the Prayer relating to the Seizure of Food Order last night, I made one point in a...

  • Questions to Ministers

    2 speeches

    On a point of Order. I want to draw your attention, Mr. Speaker, to the tact that morning after morning there are over 100 Questions on the Paper. Is it not possible to get consideration of some...

  • Bill Presented

    • Transport Bill

      "to provide for the establishment of a British Transport Commission concerned with transport and certain other related matters, to specify their powers and duties, to provide for the transfer to...

  • Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Bill

    56 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Driving Licences)

    Resolved: That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to revoke certain emergency provision as to licences to drive motor vehicles, and to amend the law as to the destination of fees...

  • Potatoes (1946 Crop) (Charges) Order

    13 speeches

    4.55 p.m.

  • Royal Marines Bill

    19 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Agricultural Wages (Regulation) [Money]

    Resolution reported; That for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to transfer functions of agricultural wages committees to the Agricultural Wages Board and to the Scottish...

  • Sunday Cinematograph Entertainments

    Resolved: That the Order made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, extending Section 1 of the Sunday Entertainments Act, 1932, to the Rural District of Sodbury, a copy of which...

  • Public Petitions

    Select Committee 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 classify and prepare...

  • Children's Cinema Clubs

    73 speeches

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

  • British Administration, Germany

    53 speeches

    7.32 p.m.

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