Cookies: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. By continuing to use the site you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
House of Commons Hansard
x
The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.
Written Answers
01 July 1938
Volume 337

Written Answers

Spain

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister what ships, other than British, have been bombed in Spanish territorial waters; what was their nationality; and what have been the casualties?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

His Majesty's Government have not felt it necessary to call for such authoritative reports regarding attacks on foreign ships as they require in respect of British ships. Accordingly no comprehensive list has been kept of foreign ships which have been attacked from the air in Spanish territorial waters, since the outbreak of hostilities. Subject to these considerations I can, however, inform my hon. Friend that the following have been involved in attacks since the middle of April last:The French Steamships "El Djem," "Brisbane," "Gaulois" and "Cap Bear" and the Dutch Steamship "Parklaan," which was twice attacked. Five persons were killed on board the Steamship "Brisbane," and one on board the Steamship "Parklaan."

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister when the names of British prisoners of war in the hands of General Franco can be made available?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

This list has now been made available to the Press and for the convenience of hon. Members I am placing a copy in the Library of the House.

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Prime Minister whether he can state the respective locations of the following British ships when they were attacked by units belonging to General Franco's armed forces: Steamship "Cardium" on 11th November, 1937; Steamship "Bramhill" in December, 1937; Steamship "Clonnara" on 19th January, 1938; Steamship "Lake Geneva" on 19th January, 1938; Steamship "Peckham" on 8th February, 1938; His Majesty's Ships "Blanche" and "Brilliant" on 5th March, 1938; Steamship "Surrey Brook" on 29th April, 1938; Steamships "Stancroft" and "Stanbrook" on 3oth April, 1938; Steamship "Surrey" on 1st May, 1938; Steamship "Refast" on 8th May, 1938?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Available information does not indicate that there were any attacks on the "Cardium," the "Bramhill," the "Peckham" or the "Surrey"on the dates mentioned by the hon. Member.The "Clonlara" was 10 miles north of Castellon when attacked by an unidentified submarine on the 19th January last. The "Lake Geneva" was 3½ miles south-east of Valencia when similarly attacked on the 15th January. His Majesty's Ship "Blanche" and His Majesty's Ship "Brilliant" were 40 miles south-east of Cape Palos when attacked on the 5th March last by aircraft which, as the hon. and gallant Member for Bournemouth (Sir H. Croft) was informed on the 9th March, were assumed on the evidence available to be in the service of the Spanish Government. The "Surrey Brook" was 28 miles south-east of Barcelona when attacked by unidentified aircraft on the 29th April. The "Stancroft" and "Stanbrook" were in Barcelona on the 3oth April when, according to reports received from the owners, they were the object of an attack by hostile aircraft, in the course of which slight damage was caused to the "Stanbrook." The "Refast" was ordered into Algeciras on the 8th of May, when off that port, by two Spanish trawlers, but was saved from complying with this order by the intervention of His Majesty's Ship "Grafton."

Unemployment

Training Centre, Chisledon

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that at the labour training centre at Chisledon, Wiltshire, the welding class now contains 30 trainees, whereas the proper number is about half the total; and whether, in the circumstances, he will take over the Army welding instructor who has just been discharged as a result of the closing of the Army vocational training centre at Aldershot?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

I understand that the present strength of this class is 22. When the Ministry take over the centre the strength will be gradually reduced to 15. and the existing instructor at Chisledon should be able to supervise this number without difficulty. The redundant welding instructor at Aldershot will be kept in mind for future vacancies under the training scheme.

Cardiff And Aberdare Area

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether he will give the number of applicants for assistance under the Unemployment Assistance Board in the Aberdare area for each week during 1937 and to date, with the total weekly cost of the assistance given;(2) the number of applicants for assistance under the Unemployment Assistance Board in the Cardiff district for each week during 1937 and to date, with the total weekly cost of the assistance given?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

pursuant to his reply (OFFICIAL REPORT, 2nd June, 1938, Vol. 336, cols. 2257–8), supplied the following statement:The following table shows the numbers of payments of unemployment allowances (exclusive of payments in supplementation of insurance benefit) and the total amounts paid at Employment Exchanges in the Unemployment Assistance Board administrative district of Cardiff and administrative area of Aberdare, respectively, in each week since the beginning of 1937:—

Week endedCardiff District.Aberdare Area.
Number of payments.Total amount paid.Number of payments.Total amount paid.
1937.££
8th January39,36052,0575,3746,919
15th January38,95151,4805,3206,758
22nd January39,59651,2365,1566,665
29th January38,28250,7815,1066,596
5th February38,23150,6665,1216,594
12th February37,96050,2145,1126,511
19th February37,72449,9044,9716,380
26th February37,45549,4884,9476,323
5th March37,20549,1444,9186,263
12th March36,86748,6554,8496,195
19th March36,45648,4434,8296,169
26th March36,985*98,644†4,789*12,215†
2nd April
9th April38,04549,4494,8186,068
16th April37,52248,9644,7365,994
23rd April37,44248,8154,7165,972
30th April37,22548,1414,6955,941
7th May36,71153,9204,6716,622
14th May36,282*94,789†4,585*11,567†
21st May
28th May36,31047,2994,5785,753
4th June35,86346,5784,5025,622
11th May35,45746,3074,4665,589
18th May35,45046,0874,4205,539
25th June34,90145,3784,3845,452
2nd July34,24544,4804,2755,334
9th July34,00544,2594,2085,236
16th July33,81444,0944,2015,254
23rd July33,68943,9494,1585,154
30th July33,539*86,238†4,053*10,102†
6th August
13th August33,22343,3044,1085,086
20th August32,94942,4244,0034,968
20th August32,62142,5913,9764,938
3rd September32,43442,4114,0074,982
10th September32,41442,1334,0324,995
17th September32,21241,9304,0525,002
24th September32,19341,8614,0394,959
1st October32,23941,7313,9264,773
8th October32,44641,9923,9604,881
15th October32,26541,8103,9414,821
22nd October32,16541,6523,8524,735
29th October32,15041,5523,8404,719
5th November31,86341,1803,7864,659
12th November31,74541,5303,7704,658
19th November31,44541,6313,7344,689
26th November31,44143,0173,719 4,724
3rd December31,40442,1573,7114,729
10th December31,25242,2313,6804,759
17th December31,12542,1003,6734,702
24th December30,918*83,749†3,692*9,454†
31st December
1938.
7th January31,30342,3483,6844,726
14th January31,16842,1553,6904,731
21st January31,09641,9813,6634,666
28th January30,89041,8093,6324,636
4th February30,76242,6083,5964,599
11th February30,68541,3823,5804,577
18th February30,61241,2113,5714,541
25th February30,52541,1683,5664,502
4th March30,21840,8573,5274,467
11th March30,11740,5523,5294,456
18th March29,90140,3313,5224,445
25th March30,05140,1413,5444,465
1st April29,71240,0043,5024,439

Week endedCardiff DistrictAberdare Area.
Number of paymentsTotal Amount Paid.Number of Payments.Total Amount Paid.
1938.££
8th April29,60239,8153,5334,403
15th April29,468*79,388†3,513*8,794†
22nd April
29th April29,61340,1043,5134,385
6th May29,27239,2383,4874,365
13th May29,33739,2093,5014,358
20th May29,34239,1263,4804,326
27th May29,38438,9653,5044,342

* Average for two weeks.

†Amount paid in two weeks. Separate figures are not available for each week.

Agriculture (Soil Survey)

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Minister of Agriculture how long it will be, at the present rate of progress, before the soil survey of England and Wales is completed; and what steps can be taken to hasten the work, in view of the importance of the soil fertilisation policy and the improved results that must follow upon comprehensive statistics of soil deficiencies being known to occupiers?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

A soil survey, properly so-called, is necessarily slow work. Facilities for the examination of soil deficiencies on behalf of occupiers are, however, available at provincial advisory centres and certain farm institutes. These facilities are being used to an increasing extent, and the analytical results obtained, which are available to the occupiers, are providing information of the kind referred to by my hon. Friend.

Death Certificate (Mr James A Douthitt)

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Minister of Health, whether he can state the circumstances under which a certain Mrs. Martha Brabben obtained a certificate of the death of Mr. James Alfred Douthitt, of Hamilton Street, Camden Town, registered his death, and caused arrangements to be made for his funeral when in fact he was still alive?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Full inquiry has been made into this matter. Mrs. Brabben, Mr. Douthitt's landlady, seeing Mr. Douthitt lying motionless came o the mistaken conclusion that he was dead. In this belief she informed Mr. Douthitt's medical attendant who, being acquainted with Mr. Douthitt's medical condition, issued a certificate of cause of death. Mrs. Brabben then took steps for the registration of the death; and since she was a fully qualified informant in her capacity as "the occupier of the house in which, to her knowledge, the death took place" the registrar duly registered the death upon her information. Mr. Douthitt proved to be alive on Mrs. Brabben's return home.

Air Line Pilots (Flying Instructors)

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

asked the Secretary of State for Air, whether he is aware that the British Air Line Pilots Association views with grave concern the notice to airmen No. 86 of the 17th May, 1938, allowing A-licence pilots to act as paid flying instructors at a time when B-licence pilots are unemployed; whether this step was taken with the consent of all the insurance interests; and whether the Air Ministry take full responsibility for all accidents arising from this policy of lowering the present standard of flying?

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

Yes, Sir. Representations have been received from the British Air Line Pilots Association on the amendment to the Air Navigation Order of 1923, contained in Notice to Airmen No. 86 of 17th May. I feel that these representations have been made under a misapprehension, and cannot accept the view that the revised arrangements will result in any lower standard of flying.The amendment, which allows "A" licence pilots to act as paid flying instructors to pilots under training for the Royal Air Force, its Reserve or the Auxiliary Air Force, limits their use to those who have obtained the special approval of my right hon. Friend, which will only be given to persons who are considered, after passing flying tests, to be fully qualified to give that instruction. They will also be subject to such medical supervision and examination as may be considered requisite by the Royal Air Force medical authorities. With the heavy training programme of new entrants, there should be no difficulty in suitable "B" licence pilots securing employment as instructors if they so desire.Insurance interests were not consulted; neither have any representations against this Order been received from them.In regard to accidents, the position of responsibility of the Department is in no way changed.