House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 17 February 1959

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • SOUTH DERBYSHIRE WATER BILL (By Order)

  • TORQUAY CORPORATION (WATER) BILL (By Order)

    Second Reading deferred till Tuesday next.

  • Petition (Textile Industry)

    1 speech

    It is my privilege to address to this honourable House a Petition signed by 3,000 of my constituents, inhabitants of the Urban District Council of Barnoldswick. The Petitioners are largely...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce

    • United Kingdom Residents (Overseas Visits)

      3 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade the estimated numbers of people from the United Kingdom who took holidays abroad in the years 1951 and 1958, respectively.

    • Foreign Shipbuilding (Subsidies)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the action he has recently taken to secure some international agreement to stop the subsidising of foreign shipbuilding...

      Israel

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the increased rate of immigration into Israel, he will appoint a trade mission to visit that country to study the possibility of...

      Peas

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the considerable increase in the importation of peas and the consequent reduction in the acreage of home-grown peas, he will either...

      Cuban Cigars

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the recent extension of the Anglo-Cuban trade agreement and the increased quota for Cuban cigars for which it provides, the...

      Factory, Gloucester

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what were the factors which influenced him in granting permission to British Nylon Spinners to establish their new factory in Gloucester.

      North Staffordshire

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that suitable land has been zoned for industrial development in Cheadle, Staffordshire; and to what extent he has been able to offer help...

      G.A.T.T. (Restrictive Trade Practices)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade who is to represent the United Kingdom on the group of governmental experts which the Thirteenth Session of the Contracting Parties to the General...

      British Trade Fair, Lisbon

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what will be the expenditure of his Department on the British Trade Fair in Lisbon next May.

      Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what assistance has been given under the Distribution of Industry Act to the towns of Leigh, Atherton, and Tyldesley; and if he will state the area of...

      British Contracts (United States)

      12 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make further representations about the rejection by the United States Govern ment of the bid by a British firm for turbines for Greer's...

      Machine Tool Industry (Statistics)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make arrangements for the earlier publication of the machine tool industry statistics, in view of the importance of this key industry to...

      Common Market (Motor Industry)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the adverse effect of the introduction of the Common Market on the British motor industry what reduction he...

      Flax Mills

      8 speeches

      Mr. Jeger: asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in the disposal of the Howden Flax Mill closed down by his Department two years ago.

      Sunderland

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will state the grounds on which he decided that Sunderland did not qualify for inclusion on the list of places where Government assistance...

      North-East Development Area

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade how many persons were previously employed on the Government-owned factories in the North-East Development Area which are at present vacant.

      Cigarettes

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the estimated consumption of cigarettes in the United Kingdom for 1958; how many were filter-tipped; and what were the corresponding figures in 1951.

      Goole

      4 speeches

      Mr. Jeger: asked the President of the Board of Trade which industrial centres in the north-east he proposes to visit to view their local unemployment problems; and whether he will include the...

      Chalk Quarrying, West Dorset

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent he has supported applications for quarrying chalk in West Dorset, in view of the need to provide more local employment.

      Factory, Corwen

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what efforts have been made by his Department to secure a new tenant for the textile factory at Corwen, Merioneth, which was closed last August.

      Drugs

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade how many applications he has received under Section 41 of the Patents and Designs Act, 1949, by British companies for licences to manufacture...

      Forest of Dean

      4 speeches

      Mr. Philips Price: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the recent increase in unemployment mainly caused by the closing of the Eastern United colliery in the Forest of...

      Development Areas

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) to what extent the concessions announced on 10th February regarding rentals of unoccupied factories in Development Areas will apply to areas...

      Bolton

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what applications for industrial development he has had in the Bolton area in the last six months; and the number of applications approved.

      Anglo-Irish Agreement (Foreign Cloth)

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a further statement concerning new arrangements relating to the importation of needlecord and corduroy garments from Eire made out...

      Hungary

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the Prime Minister's impending visit to Moscow and study of trade conditions there, he will now take steps to open trade discussions...

      Hong Kong Exports

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what consultations he has had with the Secretary of State for the Colonies in respect of the limitation of exports from Hong Kong of commodities other...

      Bristol Area

      6 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has under the Distribution of Industry (Industrial Finance) Act in the Filton area of South Gloucestershire, in view of the increased...

      Aberdeen

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what projects have been approved since 1st October, 1958, in the city and county of Aberdeen; what is their nature; where they are located; when each...

      Fishmeal Factories

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if there is now sufficient fishmeal to keep the factories occupied; and what is now the purpose of maintaining the duty on imported her rings for meal...

      Stoke-on-Trent

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the decision of the Dunlop Rubber Company to close down the factory at Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, whether he will make further efforts to bring...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance

    • Purchase Tax

      24 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that a few feet of polythene tubing, with an appropriate dowel, may be sold free of Purchase Tax, whereas a hula hoop is subject to...

    • Post-war Credits

      2 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the approximate cost of reducing the ages for the repayment of post-war credits by 10, 15, and 20 years, respectively.

      Bagdad Pact

      8 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister to what extent the declaration by the Minister of Defence at the Bagdad Pact and Ministerial Council, to the effect that Great Britain remained pledged to uphold all the...

      Select Committee on Procedure (Scottish Business)

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister if he will move to extend the order of reference of the Select Committee on Procedure to enable it to consider particularly the desirability of increasing the extent to...

      Defence (Nuclear Attack)

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister, in view of Her Majesty's Government's policy with regard to the evacuation of the civil population in the event of war and to the defence of bomber and rocket bases,...

      The Prime Minister (Visit to Soviet Union)

      14 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister to what extent, in discussions during his proposed visit to Moscow, he is prepared to reconsider his policy on united Germany being free to enter the North Atlantic...

      Atomic Energy Authority (Staff)

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister (1) how many heads of divisions, or scientists at similar level, have left Harwell during each of the last two years; (2) what has been the increase in numbers of senior...

      Parliamentary Elections (Selection of Candidates)

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the recent application in this country of novel procedures for the selection of candidates for Parliamentary elections; and if he will cause a...

      Foreign Secretary (Speech)

      5 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the speech by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, at Glasgow on 7th February, alleging that the recent Soviet proposals on Berlin contain a threat to...

      Employment

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether he will now pay an official visit to areas where the percentage rate of unemployment is six or more.

      Non-Aggression Pact

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister (1) if he now intends to follow up the suggestion that he has made of a non-aggression pact with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; (2) if he is now prepared to...

  • Business of the House

    3 speeches

    I have a short statement to make on business. Conversations have taken place through the usual channels and it is now considered that it would be more convenient for the debate on Foreign...

  • Marlborough House

    5 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I will now make a statement about the offer made by the United Kingdom Government at the Montreal Conference, in September, to provide a house for Commonwealth...

  • Business of the House

    Proceedings on the Electricity (Borrowing Powers) Bill exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the House).— [The Prime Minister.]

  • John Waters (Tribunal of Inquiry)

    29 speeches

    3.35 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Electricity (Borrowing Powers) [Money]

    Resolution reported,That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to increase the statutory limits imposed on the amounts outstanding in respect of borrowings by the Electricity...

  • Orders of the Day — Electricity (Borrowing Powers) Bill

    Considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Clause 1. — (Extension of Borrowing Powers.)

    89 speeches

    4.51 p.m.

  • BRITISH TRANSPORT COMMISSION BILL (By Order)

    76 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read. Motion made, and Question proposed,That the Bill be now read a Second time.

  • Royal Navy (MR. C. P. Beck)

    3 speeches

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

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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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