House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 9 November 1955

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service

    • Accounts

      10 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General the sum of money outstanding in the first quarters of the two most recent half-yearly accounts rendered to telephone subscribers in the United Kingdom; and if he will...

    • Installations

      6 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the general dissatisfaction that exists about the delay experienced by those wishing to have telephone instruments installed either for...

      Work (Sub-Contracting)

      8 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider the possibility of instructing the various telephone area managers to put out to sub-contract work which their area staff are incapable of...

      Redditch

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General what progress is being made with the building of the automatic telephone exchange in Redditch and with the recabling of the area.

      Increased Charges (Withdrawn Applications)

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for new telephones have been withdrawn since the announcement of increased charges.

      Sedgefield

      4 speeches

      Mr. Slater: asked the Postmaster-General how many applicants await the installation of telephones in the Sedgefield Parliamentary constituency; and how such figures compare with those of twelve...

      Development Programme

      8 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General how the sum of £163 million, which he estimates will be required for development of the telephone service for the two years 1956 and 1957, compares with the...

      Rural Areas

      6 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General if he will give special priority to the isolated rural districts in his development programme for farm telephones and for telephone kiosks in the villages.

      Coseley

      2 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General the circumstances which led to the request for the breaking down by the Post Office telephone service of a recently reconstructed footpath in Lady-moor Road, Coseley,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office

    • Stamps

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that British postage stamps could be improved by including in their designs the faces of famous literary, scientific, and historic persons; that such...

    • Wages

      6 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General what increases in wages will be given to employees of his Department to meet increased rents and Purchase Tax.

      Newspapers and Magazines (Rates)

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General what concessions are allowed in the distribution of newspapers and magazines by the post; to what classes of organisation such concessions are available; and why the...

      Increased Charges

      8 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General if, in view of the injurious effect on voluntary, non-profit-making associations of the proposed increases in postal and telephone charges, he will consider exempting...

      Robert Burns (Bicentenary)

      8 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General if he will consider approving the issue of a special postage stamp to commemorate the bicentenary anniversary of Robert Burns, with the poet's head on it.

      Mail Vans (Protection)

      6 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he will take further steps to ensure adequate protection of mail vans.

      Parcels

      11 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General the normal time of delivery of a parcel posted in London to the West Country.

      Annual Licences (Payment)

      8 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General whether he will provide facilities to enable broadcast receiving and other annual licences of like nature issued by his Department to be payable by bankers' order.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless and Television

    • I.T.A. (Capital and Development Programme)

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General how much capital has been passed to the Independent Television Authority to date, and at what rate of interest; and how far any new limitations have been placed upon...

    • Car Radio Licences

      4 speeches

      asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the licence for a wireless set used in a car is not transferable with the car; and, as a car may change owners several times in a year, if he will...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force

    • Building Operations, Manston (Stone)

      7 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he is aware of the concern in Kent that 60,000 tons of stone have been brought from the north and west of England for use in building operations at...

    • Personnel (Advance Release Regulations)

      10 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the Regulations governing the practice whereby a member of the Royal Air Force, released five days before his due release date to take up residence at...

      Pay Parades

      3 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what consideration is being given to the abolition of pay parades in the Royal Air Force and for the issue of pay and allowances by means of pay packets.

      Disused Airfields, Norfolk (Condition)

      6 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he is aware of the large number of derelict buildings on disused airfields in all parts of Norfolk and the weed-infested waste ground alongside and...

      Emergency Food Pack (Experiments)

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he is able to make a statement about the experiments with a new emergency ration designed for use by Royal Air Force aircrew survivors in extreme...

      Training and Educational Classes, Laarbruch

      8 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that trained men of the Royal Air Force Regiment at some Royal Air Force stations are often compelled to be idle for the greater portion...

      Officers' Married Quarters Gibraltar

      2 speeches

      asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air why some Royal Air Force officers' married quarters in Gibraltar are in buildings condemned for naval ratings as far back as 1939; and what he...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Roads

    • Loughton By-pass

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what will be the length of the Loughton by-pass on road A.5; when work commenced on this by-pass; and when he expects that it will be completed.

    • Works Programme, London

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what steps he is taking in pursuance of his powers under Section 4 of the London Traffic Act, 1924, to ensure that the minimum inconvenience is...

      Great Cambridge Road, Edmonton — Enfield

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when it is proposed to start work on the duplication of the Great Cambridge Road from Bury Street, Edmonton, to Carter-hatch Lane, Enfield.

      Cromwell Road Extension

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when the construction work on the Cromwell Road extension was started; what percentage of the work has already been done; and when he hopes that...

      Non-Skid Surfaces (Investigations)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what experiments he has made of different non-skid surfaces for roads; and his conclusions.

      Motorway, London — Yorkshire

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he will make a statement with regard to the progress which has been made in connection with the construction of the London-to-Yorkshire...

      Toll Bridges

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how many highway toll bridges have been freed from toll payment since July, 1954.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence

  • Private Members' Bills

    • Small Lotteries and Gaming

      Bill to authorise the conduct of small lotteries for other than private gain by societies for raising money for charitable, sporting and other purposes and to amend the law with respect to...

    • Rural Transport Improvement

      Bill to make provision for the improvement of transport in rural areas by rail, road, and water; and for other purposes, presented by Mr. Baldwin; supported by Mr. Renton, Mr. G. Wilson, Mr....

      Industrial Rating

      Bill to repeal Section sixty-eight of the Local Government Act, 1929, and Section forty-five of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929, presented by Mr. Sparks; supported by Mr. F. Harris, Mr....

      National Insurance

      Bill to provide for altering the extent to which deductions from widows' benefits and retirement pensions under the National Insurance Act, 1946, are to be made in respect of earnings, presented...

      National Insurance (Industrial Injuries)

      Bill to amend the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Acts, 1946 to 1954, in relation to increases of disablement pension in respect of special hardship allowance and unemployability...

      Justices of the Peace Act, 1361 (Amendment)

      Bill to amend the Justices of the Peace Act, 1361, presented by Mr. Vaughan-Morgan; supported by Mr. Leather, Mr. Janner, Mr. Simon, Mr. W. T. Williams, Mr. Royle, and Mr. G. Longden; read the...

      Legitimation (Re-Registration of Birth)

      Bill to amend section fourteen of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1953, and certain provisions of the Legitimacy Act, 1926; and for connected purposes, presented by Mr. J. Howard;...

      Wills, &C. (Publication)

      Bill to restrict the publication of particulars as to the estates of deceased persons and the contents of wills, codicils, and other testamentary documents; and for purposes connected with the...

      Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation)

      Bill to provide for the payment of allowances out of the Industrial Injuries Fund to workmen to whom the Workmen's Compensation Acts apply; and for purposes connected therewith, presented by Mr....

      Local Authorities (Expenses)

      Bill to enable local authorities to defray certain expenses in connection with official and courtesy visits; and for purposes connected with the matter aforesaid, presented by Mr. Hay; supported...

      Trustee Investment

      Bill to amend the Trustee Act, 1925, and the law relating to the range of trustee investments for charitable and non-charitable trusts; and for purposes connected therewith, presented by Sir E....

      Automation and Electronics

      Bill to provide for the establishment of a permanent committee to inquire into, review and report on the social, educational, cultural, and economic needs and consequences of the application of...

      Local Government (Street Works) (Scotland)

      Bill to authorise local authorities in Scotland to contribute to the expenses incurred by frontagers and others in connection with the construction, maintenance or making up of private streets,...

      Hotel Proprietors (Liabilities and Rights)

      Bill to amend the law relating to inns and innkeepers, presented by Mr. P. O'Neill; supported by Sir C. Taylor, Mr. J. Eden, Mr. Renton and Sir P. Macdonald; read the First time; to be read a...

      Leasehold Enfranchisement

      Bill to make provision for the enfranchisement of residential property held under long leases; and for purposes connected with the matter aforesaid, presented by Mr. Janner; supported by Mr....

      Sanitary Inspectors (Change of Designation)

      Bill to change to public health inspectors the designation of sanitary inspectors appointed under the Local Government Act, 1933, or the London Government Act, 1939, presented by Sir W....

      Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation)

      Bill to amend the basis of compensation for land acquired compulsorily under Act of Parliament, presented by Captain Corfield; supported by Mr. Mathew, Mr. Pott, Mr. Keegan, and Mr. Hughes-Young;...

      Litter

      Bill to make provision for the abatement of litter; to prescribe penalties for the deposit of litter; and for matters connected with the purposes aforesaid, presented by Mr. J. E. B. Hill;...

      Obscene Publications

      Bill to amend and consolidate the law relating to obscene publications, presented by Mr. H. Fraser; supported by Mr. Roy Jenkins, Mr. J. Foster, Mr. K. Robinson, Mr. Maude, Mr. Donnelly, Mr....

  • House of Commons Disqualification Bill

    154 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Hospital, Wellington (Dismissal)

    6 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Colonel J. H. Harrison.]

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