HC Deb 03 May 1926 vol 195 cc35-9

At the end of Questions


(standing at the Bar of the House): A Message from the King, signed by his own hand. Mr. SPEAKER read the Royal Message, which was as followeth: Whereas by the Emergency Powers Act, 1920, it is enacted that if it appears to Us that any action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any persons or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a. scale as to be calculated, by interfering with the supply and distribution of food, water, fuel, or light, or with the means of locomotion, to deprive the community or any substantial portion of the community, of the essentials of life, We may, by Proclamation, declare that a state of emergency exists: And whereas the present immediate threat of cessation of work in Coal Mines does, in Our opinion, constitute a state of emergency within the meaning of the said Act: Now, therefore, in pursuance of the said Act, We do, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, hereby declare that a state of emergency exists. Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this Thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty-six, and in the Sixteenth year of Our Reign.


I beg to move, That an humble address be presented to His Majesty, thanking His Majesty for His Most Gracious Message communicating to this House that His Majesty has deemed it proper, by Proclamation made in pursuance of the Emergency Powers Act, 1920, and dated the 30th day of April, 1926, to declare that a state of emergency exists.


I have not risen to start a Debate, but is it possible to gut this Motion on the Paper, instead of having it settled straight away?


I do not know whether the right hon. Gentleman remembers that this is a purely formal stage. There never is a Debate on it, and I have moved it to-day to get it out of the way, because, as soon as it is out of the way, we can then put down the Regulations which are debatable. They have to be debated within the next four or five days—it may be to-morrow, it may be Wednesday, or Thursday. They will be put down on the Paper in due course, and they are debatable. That is the reason why I put this Motion forward, in order to get it out of the way.


I only wanted to put that question. I think it would be far more convenient if the Debate took place on the Motion that the right hon. Gentleman is about to move, "That this House do now adjourn." As long as it is understood that this is purely forma, and that all the consequences arising out of it will later on be the subject of Debate, I propose to let it go.


May I ask the Prime Minister a question? As far as I could catch the wording of the Message as it was read, it stated that the emergency which has been declared is owing to a threatened stoppage of work in the coal-mining industry. I think some such words as those were used. May I ask the Prime Minister who has threatened to stop work in the coal-mining industry?


Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will remember that any Government that thinks there is a fear of stoppage in any essential service may deem it wise to move for these powers, as was done by the hon. Gentleman's own Government in 1924, although, owing to a settlement at the last moment, it was not necessary to put those powers into force.


That is not a reply to my question, which was, who has threatened a stoppage of work in the coal-mining industry?


That question will be answered afterwards, on the next Motion.

Question put, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, thanking His Majesty for His Most Gracious Message communicating to this House that His Majesty has deemed it proper, by Proclamation made in pursuance of the Emergency Powers Act, 1920, and dated the 30th day of April, 1926, to declare that a state of emergency exists.

The House divided: Ayes, 308; Noes, 109.

Division No. 196.] AYES. [3.35 p.m.
Acland-Troyte, Lieut.-Colonel Dalkeith, Earl of Hutchison, Sir Robert (Montrose)
Agg-Gardner, Rt. Hon. Sir James T. Dalziel, Sir Davison Iliffe, Sir Edward M.
Albery, Irving James Davidson, Major-General Sir John H. Inskip, Sir Thomas Walker H.
Alexander, Sir Wm. (Glasgow, Cent'l) Davies, Dr. Vernon Jackson, Lieut.-Colonel Rt. Hon. F. S.
Amery, Rt. Hon. Leopold C. M. S. Davies, David (Montgomery) Jacob, A. E.
Applin, Colonel R. V. K. Davies, Maj. Geo. F. (Somerset, Yeovil) James, Lieut.-Colonel Hon. Cuthbert
Ansley, Lord Davies, Sir Thomas (Cirencester) Jephcott, A. R.
Ashley, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Willfrid W. Davison, Sir W. H. (Kensington, S.) Jones, G. W. H. (Stoke Newington)
Astor, Viscountess Dean, Arthur Wellesley Joynson-Hicks, Rt. Hon. Sir William
Atkinson, C. Dixey, A. C. Kennedy, A. R. (Preston)
Baldwin, Rt. Hon. Stanley Drewe, C. Kindersley, Major G. M.
Balfour, George (Hampstead) Eden, Captain Anthony Kinloch-Cooke, Sir Clement
Balniel, Lord Edmondson, Major A. J. Knox, Sir Alfred
Banks, Reginald Mitchell Edwards, John H. (Accrington) Lamb, J. Q.
Barclay-Harvey, C. M. Elliot, Captain Walter E. Lane Fox, Col. Rt. Hon. George R.
Barnett, Major Sir Richard Ellis, R. G. Lister, Cunliffe-, Rt. Hon. Sir Philip
Barnston, Major Sir Harry Elveden, Viscount. Little, Dr. E. Graham
Beamish, Captain T. P. H. Erskine, Lord (Somerset, Weston-s-M.) Locker-Lampson, G. (Wood Green)
Beckett, Sir Gervase (Leeds, N.) Erskine, James Malcolm Monteith Locker-Lampson, Com. O. (Handsw'th)
Bellairs, Commander Carlyon W. Evans, Captain A. (Cardiff, South) Loder, J. de V.
Benn, Sir A. S. (Plymouth, Drake) Evans, Capt. Ernest (Welsh Univer.) Looker, Herbert William
Bennett, A. J. Everard, W. Lindsay Lord, Walter Greaves[...]
Bentinck, Lord Henry Cavendish[...] Fairfax, Captain J. G. Lucas-Tooth, Sir Hugh Vere
Berry, Sir George Falle, Sir Bertram G. Luce, Major Gen. Sir Richard Harman
Bird, E. R. (Yorks, W. R., Skipton) Fanshawe, Commander G. D. Lunley, L. R.
Bird, Sir R. B. (Wolverhampton, W.) Fielden, E. B. MacAndrew, Major Charles Glen
Blundell, F. N. Forrest, W. Macdonald, Capt. P. D. (I. of W.)
Bowater, Sir T. Vansittart Foster, Sir Harry S. Macdonald, R. (Glasgow, Cathcart)
Bowyer, Capt. G. E. W. Fraser, Captain Ian McDonnell, Colonel Hon. Angus
Boyd-Carpenter, Major A. Fremantle, Lieut.-Colonel Francis E[...] McLean, Major A.
Brass, Captain W. Frece, Sir Walter de Macmillan, Captain H.
Briant, Frank Galbraith, J. F. W. Macnaghten, Hon. Sir Malcolm
Bridgeman, Rt. Hon. William Clive Ganzoni, Sir John McNeill, Rt. Hon, Ronald John
Briggs, J. Harold Gault, Lieut.-Col. Andrew Hamilton Macquisten, F. A.
Briscoe, Richard George George, Rt. Hon. David Lloyd Mac Robert, Alexander M.
Brittain, Sir Harry Gilmour, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir John Maitland, Sir Arthur D. Steel[...]
Brocklebank, C. E. R. Glyn, Major R. G. C. Malone, Major P. B.
Brooke, Brigadier-General C. R. I. Goff, Sir Park Manningham-Buller, Sir Mervyn
Broun-Lindsay, Major H. Gower, Sir Robert Margesson, Captain D.
Brown, Maj. D. C. (N'th'l'd., Hexham) Grace, John Mason, Lieut.-Col. Glyn K.
Brown, Brig.-Gen. H. C. (Berks, Newb'y) Grant, J. A. Meller, R. J.
Buckingham, Sir H. Grattan-Doyle, Sir N. Meyer, Sir Frank
Bull, Rt. Hon. Sir William James Greene, W. P. Crawford Milne, J. S. Wardlaw-
Bullock, Captain M. Grotrian, H. Brent Mitchell, W. Foot (Saffron Walden)
Burgoyne, Lieut.-Colonel Sir Alan Guest, Capt. Rt. Hon. F. E. (Bristol, N.) Mitchell, Sir W. Lane (Streatham)
Burman, J. B. Guinness, Rt. Hon. Walter E. Morden, Col. W. Grant
Burton, Colonel H. W. Gunston, Captain D. W. Moreing, Captain A. H.
Butt, Sir Alfred Hall, Lieut.-Col. Sir F. (Dulwich) Morrison, H. (Wilts, Salisbury)
Cadogan, Major Hon. Edward Hall, Vice-Admiral Sir R. (Eastbourne) Morrison-Bell, Sir Arthur Clive
Calne, Gordon Hall Hamilton, Sir R. (Orkney & Shetland) Newman, Sir R. H. S. D. L. (Exeter)
Cautley, Sir Henry S. Hammersley, S. S. Newton, Sir D. G. C. (Cambridge)
Cayzer, Sir C. (Chester, City) Hanbury, C. Nicholson, O. (Westminster)
Cazalet, Captain Victor A. Hannon, Patrick Joseph Henry Nicholson, Col. Rt. Hn. W. G. (Ptrsf'ld.)
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Sir Evelyn (Aston) Harney, E. A. Nield, Rt. Hon. Sir Herbert
Cecil, Rt. Hon. Lord H. (Ox. Univ.) Harris, Percy A. Nuttall, Ellis
Chadwick, Sir Robert Burton Harrison, G. J. C. Oakley, T.
Chamberlain, Rt. Hon. N. (Ladywood) Hartington, Marquess of O'Connor, T. J. (Bedford, Luton)
Charteris, Brigadier-General J. Harvey, G. (Lambeth, Kennington) Pennefather, Sir John
Christie, J. A. Hawke, John Anthony Penny, Frederick George
Churchill, Rt. Hon. Winston Spencer Headlam, Lieut.-Colonel C. M. Perkins, Colonel E. K.
Churchman, Sir Arthur C. Henderson, Lieut.-Col. V. L. (Bootle) Peto, Basil E. (Devon, Barnstaple)
Clarry, Reginald George Heneage, Lieut.-Colonel Arthur P. Peto, G. (Somerset, Frome)
Clayton, G. C. Herbert, S. (York, N. R., Scar. & Wh'by) Philipson, Mabel
Cobb, Sir Cyril Hoare, Lt.-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir S. J. G. Plelou, D. P.
Cochrane, Commander Hon. A. D. Hogg, Rt. Hon. Sir D. (St. Marylebone) Pilcher, G.
Colfox, Major Wm. Phillips Hohler, Sir Gerald Fitzroy Pilditch, Sir Philip
Collins, Sir Godfrey (Greenock) Holbrook, Sir Arthur Richard Pownall, Lieut.-Colonel Assheton
Conway, Sir W. Martin Holland, Sir Arthur Preston, William
Cooper, A. Duff Holt, Captain H. P. Price, Major C. W. M.
Couper, J. B. Homan, C. W. J. Radford, E. A.
Courtauld, Major J. S. Hope, Capt. A. O. J. (Warw'k, Nun.) Ramsden, E.
Cowan, D. M. (Scottish Universities) Hope, Sir Harry (For far) Reid, Capt. A. S. C. (Warrington)
Cowan, Sir Wm. Henry (Islington, N.) Hopkins, J. W. W. Remer, J. R.
Craig, Ernest (Chester, Crewe) Hopkinson, Sir A. (Eng. Universities) Remnant, Sir James
Craik, Rt. Hon. Sir Henry Hopkinson, A. (Lancaster. Mossley) Rantoul, G. S.
Croft, Brigadier-General Sir H. Horne, Rt. Hon. Sir Robert S. Rice, Sir Frederick
Crooke, J. Smedley (Deritend) Hudson, Capt. A. U. M. (Hackney, N.) Richardson, Sir P. W. (Sur'y, Ch'ts'y)
Crookshank, Col. C. de W. (Berwick) Hudson, R. S. (Cumberl'nd, Whiteh'n) Roberts, E. H. G. (Flint)
Crookshank, Cpt. H. (Lindsey, Gainsbro) Hume, Sir G. H. Roberts, Samuel (Hereford, Hereford)
Cunliffe, Sir Herbert Huntingfield, Lord Robinson, Sir T. (Lancs., Stretford)
Curtis-Bennett, Sir Henry Hurd, Percy A. Ropner, Major L.
Curzon, Captain Viscount Hutchison, G.A. Clark (Midl'n & P'bl's) Ruggles-Brise, Major E. A.
Runciman, Rt. Hon. Walter Stanley, Hon. O. F. G. (Westm'eland) Ward, Lt.-Col. A. L.(Kingston-on-Hull)
Russell, Alexander West (Tynemouth) Steel, Major Samuel Strang Warner, Brigadier-General W. W.
Rye, F. G. Storry-Deans, R. Waterhouse, Captain Charles
Salmon, Major I. Stott, Lieut.-Colonel W. H. Wheler, Major Sir Granville C. H.
Samuel, A. M. (Surrey, Farnham) Streatfeild, Captain S. R. White, Lieut.-Colonel G. Dairymple
Sandeman, A. Stewart Strickland, Sir Gerald Williams, A. M. (Cornwall, Northern)
Sanders, Sir Robert A. Stuart, Crichton-, Lord C. Williams, Com. C. (Devon, Torquay)
Sanderson, Sir Frank Stuart, Hon. J. (Moray and Nairn) Williams, C. P. (Denbigh, Wrexham)
Sandon, Lord Styles, Captain H. Walter Wilson, R. R. (Stafford, Lichfield)
Shaw, R. G. (Yorks, W.R., Sowerby) Sueter, Rear-Admiral Murray Fraser Winby, Colonel L. P.
Shaw, Lt.-Col.A. D. Mcl (Renfrew, W) Sugden, Sir Wilfrid Windsor-Clive, Lieut.-Colonel George
Sinclair, Major Sir A. (Caithness) Sykes, Major-Gen. Sir Frederick H. Wise, Sir Fredric
Sinclair, Col. T. (Queen's Univ., Belfst) Tasker, Major R. Inigo Withers, John James
Skelton, A. N. Thom, Lt.-Col, J. G. (Dumbarton) Wolmer, Viscount
Slaney, Major P. Kenyon Thomson, F. C. (Aberdeen, South) Womersley, W. J.
Smith, R. W. (Aberd'n & Kinc'dine, C.) Thomson, Rt. Hon. Sir W. Mitchell Wood, E. (Chest'r, Stalyb'dge & Hyde)
Smith-Carington, Neville W. Tinne, J. A. Wood, Sir S. Hill (High Peak)
Smithers, Waldron Titchfield, Major the Marquess of Woodcock, Colonel H. C.
Somerville, A. A. (Windsor) Tryon, Rt. Hon. George Clement
Spender-Clay, Colonel H. Vaughan-Morgan, Col. K. P. TELLERS FOR THE AYES.
Sprot, Sir Alexander Waddington, R. Commander B. Eyres-Monsell and Colonel Gibbs.
Stanley, Lord (Fylde) Wallace, Captain D. E.
Alexander, A. V. (Sheffield, Hillsbro') Guest, L. Haden (Southwark, N.) Potts, John S.
Ammon, Charles George Hall, F. (York, W. R., Normanton) Saklatvala, Shapurji
Attlee, Clement Richard Hall, G. H. (Merthyr Tydvil) Salter, Dr. Alfred
Baker, J. (Wolverhampton, Bilston) Hardie, George D. Scurr, John
Barker, G. (Monmouth, Abertillery) Hartshorn, Rt. Hon. Vernon Shaw, Rt. Hon. Thomas (Preston)
Barnes, A. Hastings, Sir Patrick Shepherd, Arthur Lewis
Barr, J. Henderson, Rt. Hon. A. (Burnley) Shiels, Or. Drummond
Batey, Joseph Henderson, T. (Glasgow) Slesser, Sir Henry H.
Beckett, John (Gateshead) Hirst, G. H. Smith, Ben (Bermondsey, Rotherhithe)
Broad, F. A. Hirst, W. (Bradford, South) Smith, H. B. Lees (Keighley)
Bromfield, William Jenkins, W. (Glamorgan, Neath) Snowden, Rt. Hon. Philip
Bromley, J. John, William (Rhondda, West) Stamford, T. W.
Buchanan, G. Johnston, Thomas (Dundee) Stephen, Campbell
Buxton, Rt. Hon. Noel Jones, Morgan (Caerphilly) Stewart, J. (St. Rollox)
Charleton, H. C. Jones, T. I. Mardy (Pontypridd) Taylor, R. A.
Clowes, S. Kelly, W. T. Thomas, Rt. Hon. James H. (Derby)
Cluse, W. S. Kennedy, T. Thorne, W. (West Ham, Plaistow)
Clynes, Rt. Hon. John R. Kirkwood, D. Thurtle, E.
Compton, Joseph Lansbury, George Tinker, John Joseph
Connolly, M. Lawson, John James Townend, A. E.
Cove, W. G. Lee, F. Trevelyan, Rt. Hon. C. P.
Dalton, Hugh Lowth, T. Varley, Frank B.
Davies, Evan (Ebbw Vale) MacDonald, Rt. Hon. J. R. (Aberavon) Viant, S. P.
Davies, Rhys John (Westhoughton) Mackinder, W. Wallhead, Richard C.
Day, Colonel Harry MacLaren, Andrew Walsh, Rt. Hon. Stephen
Duncan, C. Maclean, Nell (Glasgow, Govan) Watson, W. M. (Dunfermline)
Dunnico, H. MacNeill-Weir, L. Wedgwood. Rt. Hon. Josiah
Gibbins, Joseph March, S. Welsh, J. C.
Gillett, George M. Maxton, James Westwood, J
Gosling, Harry Montague, Frederick Wheatley, Rt. Hon. J.
Graham, D. M. (Lanark, Hamilton) Morrison, R. C. (Tottenham, N.) Whiteley, W.
Graham, Rt. Hon. Wm. (Edin., Cent.) Murnin, H. Williams, David (Swansea, E.)
Greenwood, A. (Nelson and Colne) Oliver, George Harold Williams, Dr. J. H. (Llanelly)
Grenfell, D. R. (Glamorgan) Paling, W. Williams, T. (York, Don Valley)
Griffiths, T. (Monmouth, Pontypool) Parkinson, John Allen (Wigan) Windsor, Walter
Groves, T. Pethick-Lawrence, F. W.
Grundy, T. W. Ponsonby, Arthur TELLERS FOR THE NOES.
Mr. Warne and Mr. Hayes.

Address to he presented by Privy Councillors or members of His Majesty's Household.