House of Commons debates
Thursday, 20 December 2012

  • Business Before Questions (0 speeches)
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills
    The Secretary of State was asked—
    • Payday Lenders (4 speeches)
      What assessment he has made of the effect of payday lenders in areas of social deprivation.
    • Green Manufacturing Jobs (8 speeches)
      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on investment in green manufacturing jobs.
    • Strike Action (6 speeches)
      What plans the Government have to make it a requirement that more than 50% of the eligible membership must approve strike action for it to take place.
    • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Exports) (13 speeches)
      What steps he is taking to increase the number of small and medium-sized enterprises which export to international markets.
    • Business Bank (8 speeches)
      What recent progress he has made on the establishment of a business bank.
    • Further Education Colleges (15 speeches)
      What steps his Department is taking to ensure that further education colleges provide a modern learning environment.
    • Construction Output Figures (8 speeches)
      What assessment he has made of the latest construction output figures; and if he will make a statement.
    • British Antarctic Survey (4 speeches)
      What steps he plans to take to protect and support the work of the British Antarctic Survey following his decision not to merge that body with the National Oceanography Centre.
    • Life Sciences (4 speeches)
      What support his Department is giving to the life sciences sector.
    • Copyright Law (4 speeches)
      What steps he plans to take to reform the law on copyright; and if he will make a statement.
    • Regulation Costs (6 speeches)
      What estimate he has made of the costs incurred by businesses due to regulation since May 2010.
    • Regulators (Fees) (4 speeches)
      What recent assessment he has made of the level of fees charged to business by regulators.
    • Manufacturing (Investment) (6 speeches)
      What steps he is taking to encourage greater investment in the manufacturing sector.
    • Higher Education (9 speeches)
      What recent assessment he has made of his changes to higher education and to the level of student tuition fees; and if he will make a statement.
    • Business Start-ups (4 speeches)
      What support he is providing for new business start-ups.
    • Internet Access (Rural Areas) (4 speeches)
      What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the use of satellite broadband for delivering internet access in rural areas.
    • Topical Questions (38 speeches)
      If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
  • Business of the House (62 speeches, 1 annotation)
    Will the Leader of the House give us the business for next year?
    • Thalidomide Trust (Grant) (17 speeches)
      With permission, Mr Speaker, I should like to report to the House on a new 10-year grant to the Thalidomide Trust to help it find more personalised ways of meeting the health needs of thalidomide...
  • Point of Order (2 speeches)
    On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am sorry that I will be a little unseasonal in my point of order, but it is in response to the Government. Last night, at around 5 o’clock, an amendment...
  • Bill Presented — Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill (0 speeches)
    Presentation and First Reading ( Standing Order No. 57) Mr Secretary Duncan Smith, supported by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Danny Alexander, Mr...
  • Health (25 speeches)
    I want to raise the issue of ambulance stations in my High Peak constituency. First, for the sake of clarity, I should explain that the High Peak is a large constituency and as such is covered by...
    • Transport (11 speeches)
      I want to take this opportunity to raise an issue that is helping to fill my postbag at the moment: the state of rural bus services in County Durham and Darlington. I know that that is a concern...
    • General Matters (56 speeches)
      As we move on, maybe this is the time for me to talk the talk and wish all hon. Members and staff working at Parliament a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2013. It would not be a...
  • Azerbaijan (Human Rights) (13 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Anne Milton.)