House of Commons debates
Wednesday, 11 December 1996

  • Preamble (0 speeches)
    The House met at half-past Nine o'clock
  • Prayers (0 speeches)
    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
  • Unfunded Pension Liabilities (European Union) (43 speeches)
    [Relevant document: The First Report from the Social Security Committee of Session 1996–97, on Unfunded Pension Liabilities in the European Union (HC 23).]
  • World Trade and the Environment (30 speeches)
    [Relevant documents: The Fourth Report from the Environment Committee of Session 1995–96, on World Trade and the Environment (HC 149-1), and the Government's response thereto (Cm 3445).]
  • Prison Estate (Isle of Wight) (6 speeches)
    I should like to put two points on the record. First, I thank Madam Speaker through you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for granting me this debate. Secondly, a jaundiced view is currently going round that...
  • Cyprus (8 speeches)
    At the start of this debate, I acknowledge the presence of the mayor of Famagusta, Mr. Andreas Pouyouros, and the deputy mayor of Famagusta, Mrs. Sophie Photidis, who have travelled from Cyprus...
  • Haemophiliacs (Compensation) (5 speeches)
    The issue that we are now to discuss has been raised on a number of occasions, and has secured widespread support across both main political parties. The right hon. Member for Manchester,...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment (0 speeches)
    • Employment Statistics (6 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment she has made of the role played in the formulation of her Department's policy by (a) the figures for those unemployed...
    • Nursery Vouchers (8 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will estimate how many play groups have gone out of business as a result of the nursery voucher scheme. [7052]
    • Unemployment (12 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment she has made of the report of the International Labour Organisation concerning levels of unemployment; and if she will...
    • Pupil Exclusions (10 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what new proposals she has on returning excluded pupils to full-time education. [7054]
    • Training and Enterprise Councils (11 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when she next plans to meet representatives of training and enterprise councils to discuss the future of training. [7055]
    • Jobseeker's Allowance (10 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what policies she intends to pursue to increase the opportunity for full-time employment for people on jobseeker's allowance. [7056]
    • Local Education Authorities (Administration) (14 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many local education authorities increased the amount spent on administration and reduced the amount spent on schools in the last...
    • Job Creation (6 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when she last met the representatives of other member states in the Council of Ministers to discuss job creation. [7058]
    • Village Schools (6 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what educational criteria she uses to assess the case for the retention of small village schools. [7060]
    • School Class Sizes (10 speeches)
      Mr. Alan W. Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what steps she plans to take to reduce class sizes in primary schools. [7061]
    • School Security (5 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what additional financial assistance is being proposed for local education authorities and schools to tackle the problems of school...
    • Standard Spending Assessments (8 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what representations she has received in respect of the method by which the education standard spending assessment is derived. [7063]
    • Departmental Policy (12 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what account she takes of the relationship between the levels of (a) unemployment and (b) employment in formulating her Department's...
    • Assisted Places (6 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans she has to review provision for assisted places in 1997–98. [7065]
    • Training Opportunities (Young People) (4 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans she has to extend training opportunities for those aged under 25 years. [7066]
    • Examination Results (6 speeches)
      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many (a) grant-maintained and (b) local education authority schools are represented in the top 50 state schools measured by A-level...
  • Bill Presented (0 speeches)
    • War Widows and Pensioners (Equal Treatment) (0 speeches)
      Mr. Simon Hughes presented a Bill to end the differential treatment of war widows and war disablement pensioners by local authorities; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First...
  • Point of Order (2 speeches)
    On a point of order, Madam Speaker. In view of the understanding that the next financial settlement in Wales will result in at least 1,200 teachers being dismissed, has the Secretary of State for...
  • Fire Safety (2 speeches)
    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make further provision for the protection of persons from fire risks; and for purposes connected therewith. The Bill is far-reaching. I...
    • Fire Safety (2 speeches)
      Mr. John Heppell accordingly presented a Bill to make further provision for the protection of persons from fire risks; and for purposes connected therewith: And the same was read the First time;...
  • European Union (197 speeches)
    [Relevant documents: The White Paper on Developments in the European Union, January to June 1996 (Cm 3469); Presidency General Outline for a draft revision of the Treaties; The Commission's Work...
  • Medicinal Drugs (7 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. McLoughlin.]