House of Commons debates

Monday, 17 January 1972

  • Preamble

    The House—after the Adjournment on 22nd December, 1971, for the Christmas Recess—met at half-past Two o'clock.

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry

    • Unemployment

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how he arrived at his assessment that unemployment will not double during the tenure of office of the present Government.

    • Metrication

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he can now give a date for the publication of the White Paper on metrication.

      Steel Industry (Joint Steering Group)

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he is now able to make a statement on the second report of the Joint Steering Group on the Steel Industry.

      Aldermaston Research Station

      20 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the total cost of the extensions to Aldermaston Research Station made during the last 10 years.

      Industrial Investment (Scotland)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for encouraging publicly-owned industrial investment in Scotland; and if he will make a statement, in the light of the...

      Nationalised Industries (Contracts Procedure)

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his proposed legislation for promoting competition in the economy will cover the contracts procedures of nationalised industries.

      Regional Policies

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further representations the Government have had regarding regional policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Cotton Textile Imports

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what extent, when forming his decision to retain in 1972 the present quotas for cotton textile imports, he took into account the needs of...

      Ship Repairing

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement on the prospects for the ship-repairing industry.

      Crowther Report

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he is now in a position to announce his proposals for legislation consequent upon the recommendations of the Crowther Report.

      British Rail Redundancies (Swindon)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will now declare Swindon an intermediate area in the light of the recent announcement by British Rail that 1,300 men are to be declared...

      Japanese Imports

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the total values of Japanese imports into the United Kingdom from July, 1971, to the latest convenient date, divided into raw...

      Coal-fired Power Stations

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to approve the construction of a new major coal-fired power station.

      Concorde

      15 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will now make a further statement on Concorde.

      Hong Kong (Textiles)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement about his further discussions with representatives from Hong Kong about the tariff and quota system for textiles.

      Natural Gas Conversions (Compensation)

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the annual amount of compensation being paid by gas boards to people whose gas appliances are not being converted to natural gas.

      Upper Clyde Shipyards

      3 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the present amount of publicly- and privately-owned capital in Govan Shipbuilders Limited; what further investment in both spheres is...

      London Airport (Industrial Dispute)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the inquiry which has been held into the use of airport police dogs during an industrial dispute at London Airport.

      North Sea Gas and Oil

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the next list will be issued giving the names of the companies which have been allocated area blocks for gas and oil exploration in the...

      Steel Industry (Scotland)

      4 speeches

      Mr. Edward Taylor: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals for capital investment in the steel industry in Scotland have been put to him by the British Steel...

      Nuclear Power Industry

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future prospects of the nuclear power industry.

      Aero-engines (Noise Reduction)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what aero-engine noise reduction programmes his Department is funding; and if he will make a statement.

      Pyramid Selling

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek powers to make the practice known as pyramid selling a criminal offence.

      Biscuits

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will exercise his powers under the Weights and Measures Act, 1963 so as to require prepackaged biscuits to be sold in standardised...

      Natural Gas (Wastage)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what general directions he has issued to the National Coal Board and the gas boards to avoid deliberate wastage of indigenous natural gas.

      European Economic Community

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is aware that, under the rules of the European Economic Community, various units of measure, such as horsepower, must disappear from...

      Industrial Development Certificates

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will review the operation of industrial development certificates and the exemption limits applying in respect thereof.

      Machine Tools

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage approximately of machine tools operated by nationalised industries are over 10 years old; and whether he will take steps to...

      Beecham — Glaxo (Take-over Bid)

      17 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will now refer the proposed take-over by Beechams of Glaxo to the Monopolies Commission.

  • Upper Clyde Shipyards

    11 speeches

    With permission I will now answer Questions Nos. 26 and 60. Govan Shipbuilders Ltd. is at present a non-trading company. At this stage its issued share capital is nominal, consisting of two...

  • Rhodesia (Pearce Commission)

    37 speeches

    (by Private Notice)asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the resignation of Sir F. Pedler from the Pearce Commission and the steps being...

  • Malta

    23 speeches

    With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I wish to make a statement on recent developments concerning our defence arrangements with Malta. The position when the House rose for...

  • Business of the House

    3 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about the arrangements for business tomorrow. Before entering on the business already anounced, there will be a debate on the coal...

  • Glaxo Group Limited

    5 speeches

    rose—

  • Rhodesia (Pearce Commission)

    4 speeches

    I beg to seek leave to move the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter which should have urgent consideration, namely,...

  • Orders of the Day — AGRICULTURE (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL [Lords]

    84 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Business of the House

    Ordered,That the Airports Authority Bill may be proceeded with at this day's Sitting, though opposed, until any hour.—[The Prime Minister.]

  • Agriculture (Miscellanous Provisions) [Money]

    Queen's Recommendation having been signified—

  • Airports Authority Bill

    Considered in Committee; reported without Amendment.

  • Rate Rebates

    19 speeches

    10.15 p.m.

  • North Sea Gas

    3 speeches

    11.3 p.m.

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