asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of houses erected by the various councils in the Metropolitan area since May, 1930, to the last convenient date?
During the period June to September, 1930, 1,204 houses were completed by the London County Council, 93 by the Metropolitan Borough Council of Poplar, and eight by the Metropolitan Borough Council of Lambeth.
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the average superficial area of A-type non-parlour houses included in contracts let by or in direct labour schemes of local authorities in England and Wales during the years 1928, 1929, and 1930 respectively?
The average superficial areas were, in 1928, 762 square feet; in 1929, 766 square feet; and during the nine months from January to September, 1930, inclusive, 763 square feet.
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the average cost of non-parlour and parlour houses in contracts let by and in approved direct labour schemes of local authorities in England and Wales since 31st December, 1929?
The average cost. (excluding the cost of land, roads and sewers) during the period from 1st January to 30th September, 1930, was, for non-parlour houses £337, and for parlour houses £405.
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of slum-clearance schemes since 31st March, 1930, to the last convenient date confirmed, completed, and in course of execution at the end of such period, respectively?
At 30th June, 1930 (the latest date to which complete figures are at present available), 71 slum clearance schemes remained to be completed in England and Wales. Two such schemes were completed between 31st March, 1930, and 30th June, 1930, and none were confirmed during that period.
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of houses erected in each month during 1930 in agricultural parishes in England and Wales under the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1924?
The following statement gives the desired particulars:
|Month.||Number of houses completed in agricultural parishes in England and Wales under the Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1924, during the month.|
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the average price of non-parlour and parlour houses, respectively, included in contracts let by or in direct labour schemes of local authorities in England and Wales during each month since May, 1930?
The following statement gives the desired particulars (excluding the cost of lands, roads and sewers) for each month from June to September, 1930, inclusive:
|Month.||Non-Parlour Houses.||Parlour Houses.|
asked the Minister of Health whether he can give the latest returns showing the progress under the Housing (Rural Workers) Act, 1926?
Up to the end of June last, the latest date to which complete information is at present available, assistance had been promised under the Housing (Rural Workers) Act, 1926, in respect of 3,308 dwellings in England and
|Number of State-assisted Houses completed during the Quarter under the|
|Quarter ended—||Housing, Town Planning, etc. Act, 1919.||Housing, etc Act, 1923.||Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1924.|
|30th September, 1929||…||…||18||39,227||17,730|
|31st December, 1929||…||…||14||—||14,507|
|31st March, 1930||…||…||—||—||10,571|
|30th June, 1930||…||…||—||—||11,351|
|30th September, 1930||…||…||—||—||14,881|
Iron And Steel Imports
asked the President of the Board of Trade what was theWales, work had been finished on 2,206 dwellings and was in progress at that date on a further 818 dwellings.
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of State-assisted houses built in England and Wales under the various Housing Acts between let January, 1921, and the last convenient date?
The number of State-assisted houses completed between 1st January, 1921, and 30th September, 1930, was 949,451.
asked the Minister of Health if he will give the number of houses finished under the various Housing Acts each quarter since June 1929; and the number of houses during the Game period erected without State assistance?
The following statement gives the desired particulars so far as State assisted houses in England and Wales are concerned:quantity and value of steel ingots and castings imported into the United Kingdom ports during the month of September; and during the same period what was the quantity of pig iron imported and how much of this came from India?
The total imports of steel ingots and castings into Great Britain and Northern Ireland registered during the month of September, 1930, amounted to 4,793 tons of a declared value of £49,477. The total imports of pig iron (including ferro-alloys) registered during this period amounted to 30,484 tons, of which 15,531 tons were consigned from British India.
asked the Minister of Labour the total membership of trade unions in Great Britain; and the number of members contributing to the political funds of such trade unions at the end of 1925, 1926, 1927 and 1928, respectively?
asked the Minister of Labour for the years 1923 to 1929, inclu-
|1.||Membership of all Trade Unions.*||000's||000's||000's||000's||000's||000's||000's|
|Whose head offices were situated in Great Britain at end of year.||5,401||5,517||5,478||5,193||4,893||4,781||4,821|
|2.||Registered Trade Unions.†|
|(a) Membership at end of year.||4,414||4,501||4,492||4,192||3,947||3,809||3,827|
|(b) No. of Members contributing to Political Fund at end of year.||‡||‡||‡||2,440||2,224||1,634||1,668|
|(c) Contributions of Members to Political Fund.||‡||146||155||137||137||100||107|
|(d) Total Political Fund In-come.||‡||153||163||145||146||113||133|
|3.||Unregistered Trade Unions.||000's||000's||000's||000's||000's||000's||000's|
|(a) Membership at end of year.||1,033||1,058||1,031||1,045||990||1,017||1,042|
|(b) No. of Members contributing to Political Fund at end of year.||597||607|
|(c) Contributions of Members to Political Fund.||Not available||70||51|
|(d) Total Political Fund In-come.||73||55|
|*Excluding Employers' Associations Registered as Trade Unions.|
|† Including Employers' Associations Registered as Trade Unions. The membership of such organisations did not reach 50,000 in any of the years for which figures are stated.|
|‡ Not available.|
North And South Rhodesia
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what representations have been made by the colonies concerned in connection with the proposals for the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia?
The text of the message which I received from the Government of Southern Rhodesia was published in the "Times" of 3rd October. My Noble Friend, the Secretary of State for the Colonies, informs me that nothing has been received from the Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia beyond the inquiry from elected members of the Legislative Council which has also been published in the Press.
sive, the number of registered members of trade unions, the number contributing to the political funds, and the total amounts received in each of these years?
pursuant to her reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 6th November, 1930; col. 1020, Vol. 244], supplied the following table, in which the figures are given to the nearest thousand.
Plymouth And Devonport
asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons, specifying men, women, boys, and girls on the Employment Exchanges of Devonport and Plymouth, respectively, for the months of July, August, September and October, 1930, respectively?
The following table shows the number of persons on the registers of the Employment Exchanges at Plymouth and Devonport, respectively, on each Monday (with the exception of the first Monday in August) from 7th July to 20th October, 1930, inclusive:
|7th July, 1930||…||3,894||89||565||63||4,611|
|14th July, 1930||…||3,875||84||585||161||4,605|
|21st July, 1930||…||3,896||72||594||72||4,634|
|28th July, 1930||…||3,925||80||610||71||4,686|
|4th August, 1930||…||No figures available.|
|11th August, 1930||…||3,669||86||646||92||4,493|
|18th August, 1930||…||3,563||108||658||96||4,425|
|25th August, 1930||…||3,706||110||670||1031||4,589|
|1st September, 1930||…||3,673||94||707||103||4,577|
|8th September, 1930||…||3,695||96||741||106||4,638|
|15th September, 1930||…||3,837||82||726||102||4,747|
|22nd September, 1930||…||3,873||93||741||100||4,807|
|29th September, 1930||…||4,014||92||792||110||5,008|
|6th October, 1930||…||4,159||99||824||110||5,192|
|13th October, 1930||…||4,241||97||855||117||5,310|
|20th October, 1930||…||4,100||90||918||117||5,225|
|7th July, 1930||…||2,087||71||269||41||2,468|
|14th July, 1930||…||2,007||58||275||43||2,383|
|21st July, 1930||…||1,951||58||277||45||2,331|
|28th July, 1930||…||1,994||62||262||51||2,369|
|4th August, 1930||…||No figures available.|
|11th August, 1930||…||2,069||73||258||51||2,451|
|18th August, 1930||…||2,037||79||274||55||2,445|
|25th August, 1930||…||2,052||71||293||54||2,470|
|1st September, 1930||…||2,051||64||315||51||2,481|
|8th September, 1930||…||2,039||61||323||54||2,477|
|15th September, 1930||…||2,056||60||342||47||2,505|
|22nd September, 1930||…||2,116||57||349||47||2,569|
|29th September, 1930||…||2,158||62||371||55||2,646|
|6th October, 1930||…||2,196||70||394||68||2,728|
|13th October, 1930||…||2,136||67||400||70||2,673|
|20th October, 1930||…||.2,071||68||435||66||2,640|
asked the Minister of Labour the figures, by categories, of those registered as unemployed at the Woolwich Employment Exchange for the most
|27th October, 1930.|
|28th October, 1929.|
|29th October, 1928.|
recent date available; and what are the corresponding figures for 1928 and 1929?
The following table shows the numbers of persons on the registers of the Woolwich Employment Exchange on the dates in question:
Drainage Schemes, Scotland
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the present position of drainage schemes between various proprietors in Scotland under the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act, 1930, and arterial drainage schemes under that Act, respectively; and the total costs and the amount of compensation of schemes and the proportions thereof recoverable by the State?
I have no information regarding schemes of drainage work which are being undertaken or considered under Sections 1 and 2 of the Act. Surveys, inquiries and preliminary negotiations have been and are being actively undertaken by the Department of Agriculture for Scotland with a view to the preparation of schemes under Section 3 of the Act for the prevention of flooding and improvement of land in the Kelvin River Valley and for the protection of land and property against flooding in the lower reaches of the River
|Number of persons in receipt of—||Total.|
|—||Institutional Relief (including casuals). *||Domiciliary Relief (excluding persons in receipt of domiciliary medical relief only).|
|* The figures in this column for July, August and September, but not for October, include the number of patients in the City Hospital. The Hospital has been appropriated for purposes of the Public Health Acts, and assistance to patients in the Hospital is now given otherwise than by way of poor relief.|
Geneva Gas Protocol
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent progress has been made by the League of Nations in the setting up of machinery which will ensure that undertakings given since the war to refrain in future from the use in warfare of poison gases and other noxious substances will be honoured by the States that have subscribed to them?
No special machinery has been set up for dealing with this question. Under the Geneva
Spey. Preliminary observations and inquiries are also being made by the Department with a view to the preparation of schemes dealing with flooding of lands in Dumfriesshire by the Dalton Burn, the River Annan and the River Nith. At the present stage of the investigations I am unable to supply the information asked for in the last part of the question.
Poor Law Relief (Plymouth)
asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of persons in receipt of Poor Law relief in the city of Plymouth, specifying categories for the months of July, August, September, and October 1930, respectively?
Statement showing the number of persons in receipt of poor relief in the City of Plymouth, on the last Saturday in July, August, September and October, 1930, respectively:Gas Protocol of 17th June, 1925, 27 nations have solemnly bound themselves to refrain from the use of asphyxiating gases, etc. Any infraction of this undertaking would fall to be dealt with under the existing machinery of the Covenant of the League.
Permanent Court Of International Justice
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, before making nominations for the position of judge of the permanent court of international justice, consulted their highest court of justice, their legal faculties and schools of law, and their national academies and national sections of international academies devoted to the study of law, in accordance with Article 6 of the statute of the court?
I am not in a position to state what action was taken by the members of the British national group before making their nominations. Each national group, no doubt, takes into account the recommendation contained in paragraph 6 of the Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice, but the exact procedure adopted by the British national group has been left to its own discretion.
China (Canton-Hankow Railway)
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the dismissal by the Nanking Government of Mr. Valpy, the engineer-in-chief of the Canton-Hankow Railway, and their refusal to hand over his back pay, amounting to 36,000 dollars; and what action he proposes to take, in view of the fact that this dismissal involves a breach of the Four Power Loan Agreement by eliminating the last element of British control and that the Boxer Indemnity has been earmarked for the completion of this railway?
I have received no information as to the dismissal of Mr. Valpy, and no representations have been made to me on the subject.
Coal Mines Act, 1930 (Consumers' Representatives)
asked the Secretary for Mines the composition of the panel of committees of the consumers' representatives under Section 5 of the Coal Mines Act, 1930
The consumers' representatives on the Committees of Investigation which have already been appointed under Section 5 of the Coal Mines Act, 1930, are as follow:Committee and Consumers' Representatives.
- National.—Mrs. H. L. Nathan, J.P.; Sir William Noble, M.I.E.E.; Mr. W. R. Rae, J.P.; Mr. C. B. L. Tennyson, C.M.G.
- Northumberland.—Mr. H. A. Couves; Colonel J. L. Marr, O.B.E., T.D.
- Durham.—Mr. Gerald Newall; Mr. T. P. Ridley, F.C.I.S.
- Lancashire and Cheshire.—Mr. Arthur K. Davies; Mr. W. Davy.
- Shropshire.—Mr. T. Hardwick; Lieut.-Colonel H. L. Oldham, D.S.O.
- South Staffordshire (exclusive of Cannock Chase) and Worcestershire.— Major W. L. Foster, C.B.E., D.S.O.; Mr. J. Whittaker, J.P.
- Cannock Chase.—Mr. J. E. Gold; Mr. John Whiston.
- Forest of Dean.—Mr. A. Glyn Watkins, M.B.E.; Mr. Francis H. Yeatman.
- Bristol.—Mr. Stanley H. Badock, J.P.; Mr. Arthur W. Cox.
- Somerset.—Mr. S. Day; Mr. Arthur C. Reed.
- South Wales (including Monmouthshire). —Mr. Lewis Jones; Mr. Richard H. Read.