House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 22 September 1948

  • Preamble

    The House met at Half past Two o' Clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • King's Speech (Answer to Address)

    THE VICE-CHAMBERLAIN OF THE HOUSEHOLD (Mr. POPPLEWELL) reported His Majesty's Answer to the Address, as follows:

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Malaya

    • Situation

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the present situation in Malaya.

    • Cocoanut Oil (Sales to Russia)

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how much cocoanut oil has been sold to Russia from Malaya, either directly or by trans-shipment through the United Kingdom during the past 12 months;...

      Arrested Persons

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many trade union officials have been arrested in Malaya.

      Armed Forces

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the total number of the British Armed Forces and armed special police now in operation in Malaya; what is the estimate of the number of men...

      Air Attacks

      4 speeches

      Mr. Emrys: Hughes asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent bombing has been conducted in Malaya; and what is the number of civilian casualties.

      Cost of Living

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will publish figures in connection with Malaya showing the increased cost of living as compared with the increase of wages to native workers.

      Insurance Risks

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the announcement made by Mr. Malcolm MacDonald that parts of Malaya were in a state of insurrection; whether...

      Insurgents (Casualties)

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Malayan insurgents have been killed; and how many of this number were trade union officials.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies

    • Passenger Shipping

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the concern felt in the West Indies at the present unsatisfactory state of passenger shipping to and from the islands; and...

    • Curphey Commission, Jamaica

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that a Commission known as the Curphey Commission was appointed in Jamaica in 1946 to inquire into the conditions of the lands...

      Caura Dam, Trinidad

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the total sum so far expended on the Caura Dam in Trinidad; whether it is proposed to complete the dam; and whether he is satisfied that this...

      Gold Coast (Detained Persons)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has now considered the passage in the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the disturbances on the Gold Coast in which the Commission...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Colonial Empire

    • Cocoa Disease

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether arrangements have been completed for experts suggested by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation to inquire into methods of...

    • Monopolies (Legislation)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is proposed to introduce in the various Crown Colonies, Protectorates and Mandated Territories, and more particularly in the West African...

      Prohibited Publications

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give a list of publications, books, newspapers and periodicals prohibited to be imported or circulated under the various Seditious...

      Cyprus (Constitutional Proposals)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the impasse reached with regard to the Cyprus constitutional position, he will take steps to ascertain the opinion of the people...

      British Guiana (Sugar Industry)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what developments have taken place in the strike situation in British Guiana during the past six weeks; what action has been taken by his Department...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Falkland Islands

    • Refrigerators

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made or is being made with supplying the Falkland Islands with refrigerators so that mutton from surplus sheep can be exported.

    • Stanley School (Headship)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that the women teachers at the Government School in Stanley, Falkland Islands, are discontented because women are not allowed...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Uganda

    • Land (Europeans)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what date any land in Uganda was last alienated to Europeans; and what steps are being taken to convince the African inhabitants that no further...

    • Buganda Mirembe Movement

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the declared aims of the Buganda Mirembe movement; and what is his attitude towards these aims.

      Seditious Literature (Arrests)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrests have taken place in Uganda for possession of copies of a letter written to Bishop Stuart about the sale of church land; what charges...

      Zanzibar (Strike)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the causes, conduct and results of the recent general strike in Zanzibar.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong

    • Unregistered Printing Press

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Mak En Cheun, chairman of the Naval Dockyard Employees Association in Hong Kong was recently prosecuted for having an...

    • Northern Rhodesia (Native Policy)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Secretary for Native Affairs in Northern Rhodesia has announced in the African Representative Council that the doctrine...

      Nigeria (Public Services, Staffs)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what recommendations have been made by the Committee which has reported on the staffing of the public services in Nigeria by Nigerians; and which of...

      Aden (Air Passages)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that air passages for Indians and Arabs coming to this country to join British ships are being provided at Aden at a charge of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy

    • H.M.S. "Ajax" (Sale)

      6 speeches

      Mr. J. P. L. Thomas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will now make a further statement regarding the transfer of H.M.S. "Ajax" to Chile.

    • Peacetime Strength

      10 speeches

      Mr. J. P. L. Thomas: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will make a statement showing the progress made in the reconstitution of the Fleets to appropriate peacetime...

      Pensioner Clerks

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he has any statement to make with regard to the progress of the Admiralty's proposals for the assimilation of Pensioner Clerks into the...

      Dartmouth Entry Scheme

      2 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will now give the following information about the second examination under the new Dartmouth entry scheme: the number of vacancies;...

      Tuberculosis

      5 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many men were discharged from the Navy from 1940 to 1946 suffering from tuberculosis; and how many died whilst in the Service, or were...

      Reserves

      11 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what steps the Government are taking to reconstitute the Royal Naval Reserve.

      Lifebelts

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether lifebelts or some similar device for individual support in the water are available for each member of the ships' companies in all of His...

      Officers' Widows (Pensions)

      4 speeches

      Lieut.-Commander Clark Hutchison: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will now make a statement on the future arrangements governing the award of pensions to the widows...

      Industrial Employees (Sick Leave)

      3 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what sick leave with pay is granted to industrial employees in His Majesty's dockyards and naval establishments; and whether the same amount of...

      Ships, Antarctic Waters

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether arrangements have been made for sufficient of His Majesty's ships to be in Antarctic waters during the coming Antarctic summer to...

      Eire (Lane Pictures)

      10 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether, in the light of his discussions with the representatives of Eire, he will make a statement about the future custody and exhibition of the Lane pictures.

      Common Cold (Research)

      8 speeches

      asked the Lord President of the Council to what extent the Medical Research Council and other similar organisations have been concerned during the past year with investigation into the cause and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces

    • Officers' Uniforms (Purchase Tax)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence if he will consider, in conjunction with the Service Departments concerned, the financial burden placed on officers of the three Services having to pay Purchase Tax...

    • Deserters

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence what is the total number of deserters from the Armed Forces; approximately how many of these have deserted since 1945; and if he will give an estimate of the total...

      Additional Equipment (Cost)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence at how much he estimates the cost of the supply of the additional aircraft, tanks and weapons now to be urgently provided for the Forces.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies

    • Points Goods

      19 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that points goods such as canned meat and canned fish have been unobtainable in many rural districts at the time of the additional seasonal...

    • Enforcement Officers (Powers of Search)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food how many hotels and boarding houses have been searched by his enforcement officers during the past three months.

      Beekeepers (Sugar Allowance)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he will make an extra allotment of sugar to beekeepers in order to maintain the bee population, which is now at starvation point.

      Biscuits (Exports)

      6 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the inability in many parts of the country of the public to secure supplies of most varieties of biscuits due to large exports,...

      Sweets Ration

      5 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the fact that each month more sweets are manufactured in the country than the public is able to buy on the ration, and that the...

      Milk

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will state the cost per gallon landed in England of the milk being flown from Northern Ireland.

      Potatoes

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food at what prices and in what quantities were the potatoes sold which had been stored at Grimsby and Immingham earlier this year; who purchased them; and how much per ton...

      Rice

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is now in a position to make an announcement on the distribution of rice; what will be the price to the public; and how many points will be required.

      Tea and Jam Rationing

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is now prepared to abolish tea and jam rationing.

  • Malaya (Situation)

    35 speeches

    I have to state that recent reports from the Acting High Commissioner in Malaya show some improvement in the situation as a result of the firm measures taken by the Government to check the...

  • Place of Sitting (Message from the King)

    Message from His Majesty brought up, and read by Mr. SPEAKER (all the Members of the House being uncovered), as follows:

  • Foreign Affairs

    173 speeches

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

  • Farm Workers (Extra Rations)

    55 speeches

    10.0 p.m.

  • Railways (Safety Measures)

    2 speeches

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

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