House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 11 November 1959

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence

    • Conscientious Objectors

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence what provision will be made for conscientious objectors in the Armed Forces or among called-up reservists when the tribunals set up under the National Service Acts...

    • Officers (Retirements and Pensions)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence how many Regular officers of the three Armed Services, including the Indian Armed Services, retired since the end of the war; and how many of these retired before...

      Pegasus Aircraft

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence whether a decision has yet been reached in favour of equipping the Army Air Corps with the Scottish-designed Pegasus aircraft instead of the Canadian Beaver machine;...

      Nuclear Weapons

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence whether it is still the Government's policy, as his predecessor stated in reply to Questions by the hon. Members for Manchester, Gorton (Mr. Zilliacus) and...

      Controller of Munitions (Lecture)

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence whether it was with his authority that Lieutenant-General Sir John Cowley, Controller of Munitions, said that to bring the nuclear deterrent into play meant...

      Germany (Defence Expenditure)

      4 speeches

      Mr. Fernyhongh: asked the Minister of Defence by how much defence expenditure will increase as a result of the new status of the forces agreement recently signed between the Federal German...

      Amphibious Forces

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence what proposals he has for the provision of modern amphibious forces.

      Nuclear Attack (Defence Co-ordination)

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence whether his conversations with the Secretary of State for the Home Department to co-ordinate the policies of their respective Departments concerning defence in case...

      Expenditure

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence what are the prospects of reducing expenditure both in the nuclear and non-nuclear fields.

      Nuclear Weapons

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Defence if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on nuclear weapons and the means of their delivery.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — United Nations

    • Tibet

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how the British delegate to the United Nations voted on the motion relating to Chinese action in Tibet.

    • Laos

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will instruct the British delegate to the United Nations to propose, when the report of the Security Council's committee on Laos is...

      Security Council Representation (Eastern Europe)

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for what reason the Government failed to support Poland's candidature to the Security Council, in disregard of the gentlemen's agreement...

      South-West Africa (Resolutions)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how the United Kingdom delegate to the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations voted on the resolutions on the subject of South-West Africa;...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Visas)

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress has been made in the proposal to abolish visas between Spain and all British territories.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Nile Waters Agreement

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will now enter into discussion with all interested nations over the renegotiation of the Nile Waters Agreement.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Germany

    • Atomic Weapons and Guided Missiles

      29 speeches

      Mr. Shin well: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent United Kingdom representatives in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation agreed to the proposal to provide West...

    • Frontiers

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the fact that official statements by General de Gaulle and Mr. Khrushchev have made it clear that the French and Soviet Governments...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Mexico (Cyclone Damage)

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what damage has occurred to British citizens and property in the cyclone in the states of Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco in Mexico.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Passports

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with officials from other countries regarding reciprocal arrangements for travel without passports; which...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Iraq (British Subjects)

    6 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what advice Her Majesty's Ambassador has given British residents in Iraq in view of the situation in that country; and if he will make a statement.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Europe (Arms Control Area)

    15 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he has taken to organise joint study with the Soviet Government of the possibility of controlling armaments in an agreed area of Europe...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Nuclear Tests

    23 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what consultations he has had with the French Government concerning a mutual agreement for the suspension of nuclear tests whilst negotiations for...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Atomic Tests, Sahara

    19 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why Her Majesty's Government's representative at the United Nations was instructed to support the proposals of the French Government on the...

  • Bills Presented

    • Judicial Pensions

      Bill to amend the law with respect to the pensions and other benefits attaching to certain high judicial offices, to regulate the age of retirement from such offices, and to increase certain...

    • Offices

      Bill to make further and better provisions for health, welfare and safety in offices; and for purposes connected therewith, presented by Mr. Marsh, supported by Mr. Redhead, Mr. Mulley, Dr....

      Public Bodies (Admission of the Press to Meetings)

      Bill to provide for the admission of representatives of the Press to the meetings of certain bodies exercising public functions, presented by Mrs. Thatcher, supported by Sir Lionel Heald, Sir...

      First Offenders (Scotland)

      Bill to restrict the imprisonment of first offenders in Scotland, presented by Mr. Small, supported by Mr. Douglas Johnston, Mr. William Ross, Mrs. Judith Hart, Mr. Lawson, Mr. W. W. Hamilton,...

      Noise Abatement

      Bill to make new provisions in respect of the control of noise with a view to its abatement, presented by Mr. Speir, supported by Mr. Ronald Bell, Mr. Ede, Mr. John Eden, Vice-Admiral Hughes...

      Clean Rivers (Estuaries and Tidal Waters)

      Bill to amend the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) Act, 1951, so as to give to River Boards powers to deal with new outlets and new discharges of trade or sewage effluent into tidal waters or...

      Companies Act, 1948 (Amendment)

      Bill to amend the Companies Act, 1948, so as to control the solicitation of money from the public; and for purposes connected therewith, presented by Mr. P. Browne; supported by Mr. Leather, Mr....

      Representation of the People Act, 1949 (Amendment)

      Bill to amend the Representation of the People Act, 1949, by extending the franchise to all persons of eighteen years or over, presented by Mr. Emrys Hughes; supported by Dr. J. Dickson Mabon,...

      Road Safety

      Bill to amend the law relating to highways and road traffic, including licences, the sale of vehicles, lighting, insurance, and tests for drunkenness; to provide for the appointment of a...

      Agricultural Holdings (Disturbance Compensation)

      Bill to amend the provisions of the Agricultural Holdings Act, 1948, relating to the compensation for disturbance; and for purposes connected therewith, presented by Mr. W. Yates; supported by...

      Road Traffic (Driving of Motor Cycles and Mopeds)

      Bill to amend the provisions of the Road Traffic Acts, 1930 to 1956, relating to motor cycles by defining different classes of motor cycles and to provide for prescribing and varying the ages at...

      Local Government Superannuation (Investment of Funds)

      Bill to amend subsection (3) of section twenty-one of the Local Government Superannuation Act, 1937, as regards the investment of funds, presented by Commander Maitland, supported by Lord...

      Wages Arrestment Limitation (Amendment) (Scotland)

      Bill to increase the amount of wages excepted from arrestment under the Wages Arrestment Limitation (Scotland) Act, 1870, presented by Mr. Manuel, supported by Mr. Thomas Fraser, Mr. William...

      Abandonment of Animals

      Bill to prohibit the abandonment of animals; and for purposes connected therewith, presented by Mr. Langford-Holt; supported by Mr. Burden, Mr. Anthony Greenwood, Dr. King, and Mr. Russell; read...

      National Insurance (Widowed Mothers)

      Bill to provide for the abolition of the earnings rule in relation to widowed mothers, by the amendment of section seventeen of the National Insurance Act, 1946; and for purposes connected...

      Road Traffic (Amendment)

      Bill to make provision with respect to the grant of licences to drive motor vehicles to persons who have held licences to drive such vehicles in Northern Ireland, presented by Mr. Knox...

      Death Duties

      Bill to provide that death duty shall not be payable on that portion of an estate which passes on the death of one spouse to the other in those cases where the incomes of husband and wife have up...

      Criminal Injuries (Compensation)

      Bill to compensate those injured by certain criminal offences against the person; to provide for their dependants and for the dependants of those killed by criminal acts; and for purposes...

      Mock Auctions

      Bill to prohibit certain practices in relation to sales purporting to be sales by auction, presented by Mr. Storey; supported by Mr. John Arbuthnot, Colonel Tufton Beamish, Mr. Gresham Cooke, Mr....

      Leasehold Tenure (Wales)

      Bill to make provision for the renewal of long leases of residential property in Wales and Monmouthshire, or for the acquisition of the freehold of such properties by the leaseholders thereof;...

      Corporate Bodies' Contracts

      Bill to amend the law governing the making of contracts by or on behalf of bodies corporate; and for connected purposes, presented by Mr. du Cann; supported by Mr. Humphrey Atkins, Mr. John...

      Business of the House

      Proceedings on Government Business exempted, at this day's Sitting, from the provisions of Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the House).—[Mr. Redmayne.]

  • Orders of the Day — Expiring Laws Continuance [Money]

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to continue certain expiring laws, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of...

  • Orders of the Day — Expiring Laws Continuance Bill

    Considered in Committee.

  • Orders of the Day — Marshall Scholarships [Money]

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to increase the number of Marshall scholarships which may be provided in each year, it is expedient to authorise the...

  • Orders of the Day — Marshall Scholarships Bill

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

  • Orders of the Day — Foreign Service [Money]

    Resolution reported, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the law as to the superannuation benefits which may be granted to or in respect of certain members of Her...

  • Orders of the Day — Import Duties

    1 speech

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Import Duties (General) (No. 9) Order, 1959 (S.I., 1959, No. 1591), dated 11th September 1959, a copy of which was laid before this House on 15th...

  • Orders of the Day — Estimates

    Select Committee appointed to examine such of the Estimates presented to this House as may seem fit to the Committee and to report what, if any, economies consistent with the policy implied in...

  • Orders of the Day — CONSOLIDATION, &c., BILLS

    Lords Message [10th November] relating to the appointment of a Committee on Consolidation Bills (including Bills for Consolidating Private Acts), Statute Law Revision Bills, and Bills presented...

  • Orders of the Day — Smoke Control Areas (Fireplaces)

    19 speeches

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [10th November]: That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) Order, 1959...

  • Orders of the Day — London-Yorkshire Motorway

    17 speeches

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

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