House of Commons debates

Thursday, 5 July 1956

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Nyasaland (Ex-Askari Pensions)

    4 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations the result of his inquiries into the disability pensions at present being paid to ex-Askaris in Nyasaland for wounds received before...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — High Commission Territories (Administration)

    12 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations the estimated total cost of the administration of the High Commission Territories expended in South Africa.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Colombo Plan (Expenditure)

    12 speeches

    asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations the amount of United Kingdom Government expenditure under the Colombo Plan for each financial year since the inception of the plan,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce

    • Hire-Purchase Agreements

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to make a statement concerning the type of hire-purchase agreement criticised as improper by Judge Clothier in April and...

    • Rubber Footwear (Imports)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of pairs of rubber footwear imported from Hong Kong this year up to the latest convenient date; and what were the comparable figures for 1951...

      Shirts (Imports)

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade how many cotton shirts have been imported this year up to the latest convenient date; and what were the comparable figures for 1951 and 1955.

      Motor Car Industry

      19 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the quantity production manufacturers in the motor car industry are demanding that agents selling their cars give up all other...

      Protective Import Duties

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the value of all imports on which protective duty was imposed on an ad valorem basis during 1955 shown separately under the relevant...

      Soviet Trade Delegation

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what steps he has taken since the visit to this country of Marshal Bulganin and Mr. Khrushchev to increase the volume of Anglo-Soviet trade; (2) if...

      Petrol Distribution

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the growth of public concern at the restrictive practices being put into effect in petrol distribution; and if he is now in a...

      Strawberry Pulp

      1 speech

      asked the President of the Board of Trade how many licences he intends issuing for the importation in 1956–57 of strawberry pulp; what will be their total value; and

      Films (Production)

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade how many first feature films were under production in Britain at the latest date for which figures are available; how this compares with the number under...

      Overseas Visitors (Hotel Accommodation)

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the number of first-class hotels in London is now inadequate to cater for the needs of overseas tourists visiting the United...

      Location of Industry

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is still the policy of the Government to restrain expansion of industry and employment in the Greater London area; and if he will make a statement.

      German Cloth (British Markings)

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that British exports are suffering unfair competition in that tweed cloth made in Germany is being sold in Scandinavia bearing the...

      Exports to India (Textiles)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade by what percentage exports of textiles from this country to India have increased in the past 12 months.

      Staff (Salaries and Expenses)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will publish in HANSARD a list of the persons employed in his Department who have to meet the cost of their postage, secretarial expenses,...

      Exports to Australia (Tiles)

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade how many reductions in the quota for tiles exported to Australia from Britain have been made during the past 12 months; what is the permitted value for...

      Domestic Pottery (Exports)

      3 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the fall in the volume of exports of domestic pottery for the first five months of 1956 as compared with the corresponding period in 1955,...

      Cyprus Potatoes (Imports)

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what quantities of Cyprus potatoes were imported into Scotland in June.

      Factory, Shotts

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to find alternative industry for the factory in Shotts which will be vacant as a result of the decision of Francis Sumner...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance

    • Post-War Credits

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will instruct the Brighton tax collectors not to issue a distress warrant in the case, particulars of which the honourable Member for Brighton,...

    • Members (Salaries)

      10 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated annual saving to the Treasury would be if, similarly to Members of Parliament, all civil servants and State employees had their wages or...

      Capital Issues Committee (Applications)

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to minimise the delay in deciding on applications to the Capital Issues Committee.

      European Common Market

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is yet in a position to make a statement on the Government's policy in regard to the project of a common market in Europe, at present being considered...

      British Companies (Sale)

      11 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider establishing an independent committee, along the lines of the Capital Issues Committee, to which could be referred applications for the...

      Premium Savings Bonds

      5 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will arrange that Premium Bonds can be marked to enable owners who do not wish to receive publicity to state their desires.

      £ Sterling (Value)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further proposals he has to make for protecting the sterling area's gold and dollar reserve and preserving the exchange value of the £.

      Elderly People (Savings)

      10 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that many elderly people living on small fixed incomes are spending their savings to meet the present cost of living; and, in view of his...

      Bank Advances

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the difficult economic situation, if he will make a statement in respect of the increase in bank overdrafts by £24 million between January...

      Liverpool Savings Organisation

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the results achieved by the Streets Groups Organisation of the Liverpool Savings Committee, he will take steps to ensure that the methods...

      Prices (Stabilisation)

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the undertakings given by the boards of nationalised industries that they will not increase prices and charges for a certain period, if he will...

      Dog Licences (Postal Reminders)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received regarding the desirability of amending Section 6 of the Finance Act, 1908, so as to impose upon county councils an...

      Average Income

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will prepare an estimate of the average income per head in Scotland in 1948 and 1955 compared with the average in the same years for England and Wales.

      Wool Cloth (Tax)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer his estimate of the revenue from the 10 per cent. Purchase Tax on wool cloth in the financial year 1956–57.

      Nationalised Industries

      16 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the policy of Her Majesty's Government for minimising losses incurred by the nationalised industries in holding down prices at the request of Her Majesty's...

      Pensions (Increase) Act

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the date on which pensioners entitled to increases under the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1956, for which the Government are responsible, may expect to receive...

      Arts Council Grants (Ballet)

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what subsidies are foreshadowed by grants to the Arts Council or otherwise in the year 1956–57 exclusively for ballet; and what companies will receive...

      Oil Shipments (British Tankers)

      7 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will require an additional guarantee in connection with the sale of Trinidad Oil Limited, namely, that oil from Trinidad and the Middle East, sold...

      Bread (Price)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the price of a loaf will rise to 1s. in September when the remaining subsidy is removed and, in view of the fact that this increase is...

      Ministers (Salaries)

      10 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister if he is giving consideration to the relationship between the salaries of Ministers in charge of Departments and those of permanent secretaries; and if he will make a...

      South-East Asia (Co-Operative Schemes)

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the contribution made by co-operative societies in the development of Colonial Territories and of the interest now shown by the Indian Government in this...

  • Questions to Ministers

    2 speeches

    On a point of order. I wish to have your guidance, Mr. Speaker, on the responsibility of Ministers in regard to Questions. I had a Question down for the Chancellor of the Exchequer today. I had...

  • Malta (Economic Commission)

    4 speeches

    (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to state the personnel and terms of reference of the Economic Commission to Malta.

  • Business of the House

    19 speeches

    May I ask the Leader of the House whether he will state the business for next week?

  • Orders of the Day — Coal Industry [Money]

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to extend the power of the Minister of Fuel and Power to make advances to the National Coal Board for capital...

  • Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill

    Considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Royal Assent

    Whereupon, The GENTLEMAN USHER OF THE BLACK ROD being come with a Message, The CHAIRMAN left the Chair.

  • Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill

    162 speeches

    Again considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Common Market, Western Europe

    10 speeches

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

What is this?

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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