House of Commons debates

Thursday, 19 March 1959

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce

    • Motor Vehicles

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has made a recent comparison of the low domestic taxation of the products of the German motor vehicle industry with the high taxation of the...

    • Advertisements

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Independent Television Authority has decided that misleading advertisements for toothpaste shall be banned or amended; and...

      Stoke-on-Trent

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the industrial prospects within the city of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, respectively; what consideration he...

      Pottery Industry

      2 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the prospects of the pottery industry; what steps are being taken to bring about a large-scale increase in exports; what...

      Imported Timber (Report)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now state his intentions with respect to the Monopolies Commission's Report on imported timber.

      Merchandise Marks

      5 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the increased number of seals and marks of approval being attached to goods in the shops; what proportion are approved by his...

      Foreign Textiles

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now state the details of the agreement reached with the Eire Government restricting the import into Great Britain of foreign textiles made up...

      Leipzig Fair

      10 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the reasons why he did not officially attend the Leipzig Fair; and why he omitted to make arrangements for an official observer to be...

      Advance Factories, Scotland

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what advance faotories are to be built in the burghs of Clydebank, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch.

      Anglesey

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the high and growing incidence of unemployment, he will now schedule Anglesey under the Distribution of Industries Act, 1945.

      Second-hand Household Equipment (Advertisements)

      7 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has completed his inquiries into switch sales; and what action he now proposes to take to protect the public from businesses which use this technique.

      Advertising Expenditure

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give an estimate of the total expenditure on advertising in the United Kingdom in 1958, and of the total amount spent in the same year on...

      Anglo-American Trade

      9 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the continued use of discriminatory and protectionist trade practices in the United States of America, he will defer any further...

      Tourist Industry (Dollar Trade)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what special steps he is taking to encourage the dollar tourist trade in Great Britain.

      Food and Drugs Acts

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade which women's organisations received his proposals for extending the Food and Drugs Acts circulated 14 months ago, and how many welcomed these proposals...

      Cinemas (Closures)

      4 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that three cinemas have recently been closed down in Leicester, namely, the Floral Hall, seating 750, the Star, seating 660, and the...

      Stockton-on-Tees

      8 speeches

      asked the President of the Board of Trade what applications have been received in the past year for the tenancies of the empty Government-financed factories on the North Tees Trading Estate,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance

    • Purchase Tax

      16 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that wadded, or otherwise filled, tea cosies are tax free, whereas wadded, or otherwise filled, cushions are subject to Purchase Tax at 5...

    • Private Industry (Capital Investment)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, having regard to the substantial fall in capital investment by private manufacturing industry which is expected to occur in 1959, he will take early...

      Distribution of Industry

      8 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances applications for loans for factory building can be made to the Development Commissioners from areas scheduled under the Distribution...

      Dockyard Employees (Pensions)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent established and non-established dockyard employees will be contracted out of the Government's proposed graded pension scheme; and what will be...

      Industrial Production

      9 speeches

      Mr. H. Wilson: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what percentage the latest figure for the index of industrial production differs from the figure for May, 1955.

      Labour Costs and Wages

      8 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what percentage labour costs per unit of output increased in 1958; and by what percentage wages increased in 1958 as compared with the previous year.

      Entertainments Duty (Cinemas)

      7 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the loss of revenue from Entertainments Duty in 1957 from cinemas which closed in 1956 or 1957, and in 1958 from those which closed in 1957 or 1958,...

      Post-war Credits

      8 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the procedure for repaying post-war credits to corporations.

      Bonus Shares

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that employees who take up bonus shares must pay Income Tax on the difference between the issue and market price; and, in order to encourage...

      French Franc (Devaluation)

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give an estimate of the loss in currency in this country arising from the revaluation of the French franc.

      Customs Regulations (Troops)

      11 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will instruct Customs officials to allow some latitude in the application to troops returning to the United Kingdom from Cyprus of the...

      Graving Dock, Greenock

      4 speeches

      asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial assistance he proposes to give to James Lamont and Company and the Greenock Harbour Trust as a result of the recommendations of the...

      Boeing 707 Aircraft (Radioactivity)

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Boeing 707 aircraft which suffered an auto-pilot failure on 3rd February was found on inspection to be mildly...

      Strontium 90

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister the increase in radioactivity in Great Britain during 1958, compared with 1954 and 1956, as a result of hydrogen bomb tests.

  • Business of the House

    20 speeches

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

  • Agriculture (Guarantees)

    23 speeches

    Mr. Speaker, with your permission, and that of the House, I would like to make a statement about the guarantees to agriculture for the coming year. The Government have now determined these in...

  • Business of the House

    Proceedings on the County Courts Bill [Lords] and the Overseas Resources Development Bill [Lords] exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the...

  • Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund Bill

    Considered in Committee; reported, without Amendment read the Third time and passed.

  • Cyprus

    137 speeches

    3.52 p.m.

  • Central Land Board (Dissolution)

    5 speeches

    10.10 p.m.

  • COUNTY COURTS BILL [Lords]

    Considered in Committee; reported, without Amendment; read the Third time and passed, without Amendment.

  • OVERSEAS RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL [Lords]

    Considered in Committee; reported, without Amendment; read the Third time and passed, without Amendment.

  • Hammersmith Hospital (Transport Services)

    4 speeches

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

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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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