House of Commons debates

Thursday, 22 January 1959

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Trade and Navigation

    Accounts ordered,relating to Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom for each month during the year 1959."—[Sir D. Eccles.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education

    • School Meals Service

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education what steps he is taking to relieve teachers of duties in connection with the school meals service; and whether he will make a statement.

    • Retired Teachers

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education how many retired teachers under the English superannuation scheme are now over the age of 75 years, if men, and 70 years, if women.

      School, Exeter

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education whether Kenbury House School, Exeter, has been inspected under the terms of Part III of the Education Act, 1944.

      Commonwealth Day

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education what measures are contemplated to encourage the celebration of Commonwealth Day in all colleges and schools.

      Commonwealth History and Knowledge

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education to what extent there has been an increase and improvement in the teaching of Commonwealth history and Commonwealth knowledge.

      Academic Year

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education if his attention has been drawn to the discussion at the recent meeting of the Incorporated Association of Assistant Masters in Secondary Schools on the proposal...

      Classes (Size)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education what is the average size of classes in grammar schools, compared with secondary modern schools, at the latest date for which figures are available.

      School Building

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education how many new primary and secondary school buildings will be started in 1959–60, compared with 1957ߝ58 and 1958–59, respectively; and how...

      General Certificate of Education

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education how many secondary modern school pupils sat for the General Certificate of Education examination in 1958; from how many schools; and what was the average number of...

      Technical Staff

      4 speeches

      Mrs. Slater: asked the Minister of Education what steps are being taken to train technical staff required by local education authorities and joint boards.

      World Assembly of Youth

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education what youth organisations of the United Kingdom were represented at the meeting of the World Assembly of Youth in New Delhi last year which adopted the Young...

      Block Grants

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education to what extent, with the commencement of block grants on 1st April, 1959, local education authorities will be allowed freedom to run their own education affairs;...

      Church Schools

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education if he is in a position to report upon the discussions which he has held with the Church authorities regarding the possibility of these authorities being given some...

      Further Education Awards (University Students)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education which local education authorities at the present time automatically give a further education award, equivalent to a State scholarship, to all students who are...

      School, Plymouth (Gymnasium)

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education whether he is yet in a position to state if the plans for the gynasium for St. Peter's Secondary School, Plymouth, have been accepted by his Department.

      Colleges of Advanced Technology and Regional Colleges

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education which of the colleges of advanced technology and regional colleges have provided, or are in course of providing, individual work rooms for senior staff other than...

      School Places

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education how many new school places were provided in the years 1951 and 1958. respectively; and what was the average cost in each case.

      School Leavers

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of the serious and increasing difficulty school leavers are having in finding employment, he will convene an immediate meeting of Youth Service...

      Technical Colleges (Part-time Courses)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Education what conclusions have been reached by the Central Advisory Council for Education on wastage of students in part-time courses at technical colleges; and what action...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce

    • Domestic Electrical Appliances

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the Joint Committee set up by the British Standards Institution and the Electrical Development Association to...

    • Toothpaste (Advertisements)

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will consider introducing legislation amending the Merchandise Marks Acts so that toothpaste manufacturers and others have to substantiate...

      Restrictive Trade Practices

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to develop machinery for follow-up investigation of agreements which have to be abandoned either after a decision of the Court...

      Hong Kong Textiles

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the agreement limiting Hong Kong textile imports into Great Britain.

      Opencast Coal Mining (Machinery)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what has been the effect on the heavy engineering industry in Lincoln and elsewhere of recent changes in policy on opencast coal mining.

      Unit Trusts

      12 speeches

      Mr. Gresham Cooke: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will consult the representatives of unit t rusts with a view to making amendments 1o the law favourable to the growth of the...

      Non-ferrous Scrap

      4 speeches

      Mr. Gresham Cooke: asked the President of the Board of Trade if, with a view to assisting international trade and in the light of the foreign currency that can be earned, he will now remove all...

      Industrial Development, Stoke-on-Trent

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what further action has been taken to bring about a greater diversification of industry in the city of Stoke-on-Trent; what are the prospects for the...

      Staffordshire Potteries Water Board (Cast Iron Pipes)

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has considered the correspondence sent to him by the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, South, dealing with the treatment of the Staffordshire...

      Unemployment

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what further action he proposes to take to arrest the growth of unemployment in Development Areas and other areas needing new employment.

      Scottish Firms (Egyptian Trade)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent the current talks which Her Majesty's Government are having with the Government of Egypt will provide for credits to Scottish firms,...

      Machine Tool Industry, Coventry

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will investigate the new wave of redundancy and short-time working in Coventry's machine tool factories; and what steps he is taking to arrest...

      Distribution of Industry Act

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the contribution of the Distribution of Industry (Industrial Finance) Act, 1958, in relieving unemployment in those areas...

      Vactric Ltd. and Nortic Electrical Ltd.

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if his officers have yet met representatives of Vactric Limited and Nortic Limited; and if he will make a statement.

      Factory Site, Aberdeen

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now make a further statement on the site for the proposed new nylon factory, indicating the prospects of its being located in areas of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Day

    2 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister what consultation he has had with the heads of other Commonwealth Governments and Colonial Administrations about the recognition and celebration throughout the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Moscow Visit)

    7 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister what change there has been in the international situation warranting further consideration of his visiting Moscow; what progress has been made in this direction; and what...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — MR. Mikoyan

    4 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the first Soviet Deputy Prime Minister is at present on a private visit to the United States of America; and whether he will issue an invitation...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (Trade Union Letter)

    4 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister what reply was sent to the recent letter addressed to him by the General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions drawing attention to the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Nuclear Tests

    4 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister how far it is still the opinion of his scientific advisers that, given the equipment and facilities envisaged when the conference on the suspension of nuclear test...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Disarmament and European Settlement

    8 speeches

    asked the Prime Minister, in view of recent Soviet proposals, if Her Majesty's Government will suggest a summit conference of Western leaders to agree fresh proposals to the Russians on...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance

    • Suez Operations

      14 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what facilities have been given to authors and journalists to study documents relevant to the difficulties of the Treasury in maintaining the value of the...

    • Wines

      4 speeches

      Mr. Gresham Cooke: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements he makes under the International Agreement regarding False Indications of Origins on Goods, which was ratified by His...

      Distribution of Industry Act

      6 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications have now been received for financial assistance through the Development Areas Treasury Advisory Committee, under the Distribution of...

  • Business of the House

    29 speeches

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

  • Education

    117 speeches

    3.44 p.m.

  • Promotion of Private Bills

    So much of the Lords Message [16th December] as communicates the Resolution, That it is desirable that a Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament be appointed to consider the extent to which...

  • British Lion Films Limited

    13 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Gibson-Watt.]

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