House of Commons debates

Thursday, 29 January 1948

  • Preamble

    The House met at Half past Two o'Clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce

    • Anglo-Dutch Negotiations

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement regarding trade negotiations that have taken place with the Dutch Government.

    • Anglo-Soviet Negotiations

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a further statement regarding the trade negotiations between His Majesty's Government and the Government of the Soviet Union.

      Footwear

      19 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what instructions he has issued to manufacturers regarding the sizes in which ladies' shoes are to be made in future; and whether these will include a...

      De-requisitioned Hotel, Blackpool

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade why, when his Department is responsible for assisting owners of requisitioned hotels to re-equip and recondition their hotels after de-requisition,...

      Brazil (British Mission)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the object of the Mission which he proposes to send to Brazil; what plans have been prepared to support the educational work of the Mission; who are the...

      Natural Rubber Stocks (Disposal)

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the result of negotiations between Britain and the United States for the disposal of the United Kingdom stock of natural...

      Sales Organisation (Foreign Countries)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will inform the House of any emergency measures adopted to stimulate sales organisation in the United States, the Argentine and Canada, following...

      Company Accounts

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the date on which the provisions of the Companies Act, 1947, relating to accounts are to be brought into force; and whether they will apply to all...

      Soda Ash

      6 speeches

      Mr. Scott-Elliot: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that there is a serious deficiency of soda ash, which is an essential component in the manufacture of glass; and...

      Development Councils

      10 speeches

      Mr. Scott-Elliot: asked the President of the Board of Trade when it is proposed to set up development councils for the woollen and worsted, pottery and hosiery industries.

      Cigarettes and Tobacco, Leicester (Distribution)

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will take steps to see that adequate supplies of cigarettes and tobacco are allocated to the canteens and local shopkeepers to meet the needs of...

      Priority Dockets

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will extend the issue of priority dockets and units to people who voluntarily or by compulsory billeting order received evacuees into their...

      Knitting Wool

      3 speeches

      Mr. Scott-Elliot: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether there is an acute shortage of knitting wool; and what steps are being taken to remedy this.

      Gift Food Parcels

      10 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if the Canadian employees of Hield Brothers, Ontario Factory, have subscribed for and packed tinned soup, meat, vegetables, fruit and biscuits, etc., to...

      Garden Seeds (Import Licence)

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will issue an import licence immediately for a small parcel of garden seeds sent from Rochester, U.S.A., by a sister to Mr. T. L. Ground, Park...

      Olympic Games (Overseas Visitors)

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a full statement with regard to the plans which have been made for accommodating foreign visitors who come to this country to attend...

      Window Frames and Doors (Export)

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that many industries are desirous of assisting his export drive; and when he proposes to give facilities to Messrs. J. Wheedon and Sons,...

      Oriental Tobacco

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what percentage of Turkish or East Mediterranean tobacco is being used in tobacco blends in this country.

      Imported Pit-Props (Price)

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that pit-props from abroad are being paid for at a higher price than home-grown pit-props; and what is the reason for this.

      Newspapers (New Publications)

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether a decision has now been reached on the number of licences to be granted for the new chain of newspapers to be published by the Labour Party; and...

      Pottery Industry (Lithographic Transfers)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the shortage of lithographic prints is adversely affecting the pottery industry; and what action he is taking to increase the supply.

      Cinema Newsreels (Length)

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider permitting an extension of the maximum length of newsreels in cases where this length is insufficient for important official...

      Trade Facilities, China

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that British manufacturers are desirous of doing trade with the liberated areas of China; and what steps he will take to facilitate...

      Tube Paper (Manufacture)

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade, what action he is taking to promote the increased manufacture of Caste 48 MG Tube paper, urgently required for the manufacture of paper bobbins and tubes.

      Mending Wool

      3 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the continued scarcity of mending wool and when the promised extra supplies will be on sale.

      Token Imports

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will state the total amount of each foreign currency expended on token imports during 1947; and whether he will set out the amount paid for...

      Artificial Teeth (Imports)

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade in what year the value of artificial teeth imported from the United States into the U.K. amounted to 2½ million dollars, so as to justify the 1947...

      Distribution Census (Opposition)

      14 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that organised opposition to the Pilot Census of Distribution is being encountered in some of the towns chosen for the pilot census;...

      Wire Fireguards

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that owing to the cut in the allocation of wire, many people are experiencing great difficulty in obtaining fireguards; and if he proposes...

      Cotton Industry

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent demands for special qualities of raw cotton have been met in the last six months.

      Paint Manufacture (Oil)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade at what price per ton his Department sold their stocks of Tung Oil to paint manufacturers in December; at what price it was available on the free market;...

      Furnishing Materials (Coupons)

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the concern existing among housewives, in that only well-to-do persons can buy uncouponed furnishing materials, and of the fact that...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Employment

    • Registration

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the confusion which is being caused by the section of his publication on the Registration for Employment Order dealing with street traders who...

    • Skegness

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what is the estimated total of men and women available for employment in Skegness, Lincolnshire, how many were unemployed at the latest known date; and how many of...

      European Volunteer Workers, Guiseley (Overtime)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the European Volunteer Workers working at Carter and Parker, Limited, Yarn Manufacturers, Guiseley, live in a hostel and, having no household...

      Building Trade Operatives

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour if he will state, by regions, the numbers of building trade operatives registered as unemployed at the most recent convenient date.

      Poles (Engineering Industry)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour what arrangements have now been made so as to enable engineering firms short of skilled and semi-skilled labour to employ Poles.

      Directed Mineworkers (Demobilisation Benefits)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Labour on what grounds boys compulsorily directed to the mines are not on demobilisation granted the 56 days' leave with pay, new clothes and 120 clothing coupons, which are...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance

    • Purchase Tax and Customs Duties (Waivers)

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis of authority the Customs and Excise have power to waive Purchase Tax and Customs Duties on goods arriving in this country from abroad, and in...

    • Petrol Tax (Agricultural Tractors)

      5 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider removing, at an early date, the tax from petrol used in agricultural tractors, in view of the increasing number of...

      American Loan (Government Purchases)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the disposal of sums received by His Majesty's Government from merchants of this country for goods purchased by His Majesty's Government from moneys made...

      Note Issue

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement on the Government's intentions with regard to making a new note issue and, in particular, on making compensation for the...

      Anglo-Russian Trade Agreement

      12 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the cost to this country for the year 1948 of implementing Article III B (1) and (2), respectively, of the Anglo-Russian Trade Agreement of...

      Government-Owned Vehicles (Marking)

      5 speeches

      asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether in order to assist investigation into the proper use of petrol allowances he will arrange for all vehicles owned or operated by Government...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power

  • Business of the House

    24 speeches

    Will the Leader of the House please tell us the Business for next week?

  • Bill Presented

    REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE BILL, to amend the law relating to parliamentary and local government elections and to corrupt and illegal practices; and for purposes connected therewith," presented...

  • Geneva Tariff Agreement

    53 speeches

    Before I call on the Secretary for Overseas Trade (Mr. Bottomley) to move his Motion, I wish to tell the House that I have considered the Amendment in the name of the right hon. Member for...

  • Import Duties (Geneva Agreement)

    Resolved: That the Import Duties (Geneva Agreement) Order, 1947 (S.R. & O., 1947, No. 2711), dated 19th December, 1947, made by the Treasury under the Import Duties Act, 1932, a copy of...

  • Silk Duties

    Resolved: That the Silk Duties (No. 1) Order, 1947 (S.R. & O., 1947, No. 2713), dated 19th December, 1947, made by the Treasury under the Finance Act, 1933, a copy of which Order was...

  • School Building Programme

    3 speeches

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

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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.

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