House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 23 February 1972

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland

    • Warrant Sales

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the need to end the warrant sale system, he will call for an interim report from the Scottish Law Commission with a view to introducing...

    • Economy (Prospects)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a White Paper on the general prospects for the Scottish economy for the next year.

      Unemployment

      22 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what new proposals he has received from outside organisations on ways of reducing unemployment, in particular following the Scottish Trades Union...

      North Sea Oil

      25 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the meeting between his Department and Scottish local authorities regarding the exploitation of North Sea oil.

      School Meals

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many children were taking school meals on the last date for which figures are available; and what was the figure 12 months earlier.

      Teachers (Pensions)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the number of teachers at present in service who will be denied full pension because of the fact that their university course was...

      Value-Added Tax

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received about the possible effect of value-added tax on agricultural production in Scotland.

      Urban Environment

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has received from local authorities, as a result of his scheme, announced on 7th February to improve the urban environment.

      House Building

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is able to estimate the effect of present winter conditions on the Scottish house-building programme in 1972; and if he will make a statement.

      Rents

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many local authorities have acted to raise rents in advance of the Housing (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Bill becoming law.

      Licensing Laws

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland from what organisations he has had representations regarding Scottish licensing laws and their harmonisation with the opening hours in the European...

      Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if it is his intention to introduce legislation based on the recommendations in the White Paper, Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries in Scotland; and if he...

      Homicide (Penalties)

      6 speeches

      Mr. Edward Taylor: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to receive the report of the committee investigating penalties for homicide; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Consultants (Merit Awards)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total amount paid out in merit awards to hospital consultants in Scotland in 1971; how much was the maximum award; and how many consultants...

      National Health Service (Reorganisation)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received regarding the employment prospects of National Health Service employees following reorganisation of the service.

      Health Centres

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the number of health centres there will be in Scotland in 1980.

      Caravan Sites Act, 1968

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislation to extend the Caravan Sites Act, 1968, to include Scotland.

      Environmental Improvement (Minor Projects)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the type of minor projects of environmental improvement he has in mind on which local authorities might spend the additional £1...

      Electricity Boards (Investment Programmes)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the investment programmes for the Scottish Electricity Boards, in the light of the Government initiatives to accelerate...

      Hunterston

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the global sum necessary for the provision of the iron ore terminal at Hunterston, in Ayrshire.

      Cattle Hides

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of cattle hides is represented by those with open warble holes which have been presented for processing in Scotland in each of the months...

      Nurses

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has had from hospital boards and other organisations regarding the shortage of trained nurses.

      Secondary Schools (Part-time Education)

      4 speeches

      Mr. Edward Taylor: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress has been made in eliminating part-time education in Scottish secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      South-East Regional Hospital Board

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much additional expenditure, capital and current, he intends to authorise for the South-East Regional Hospital Board, for the financial year...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service

    • Manpower

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service by how many persons the strength of the Civil Service diminished from 1st July, 1970, to 31st December, 1971.

    • Salaries (Increase)

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service what consultations prompted his recommendation that salaries of certain civil servants should be increased by 7½ per cent. as announced in February, 1972.

      Computer Information (Code of Conduct)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service what code of conduct governs those civil servants with access to, or involved in, computer projects in Government Departments.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Criminal Cases (Recording of Proceedings)

    4 speeches

    asked the Lord Advocate if, in view of the fact that failure to record proceedings when hearing criminal cases in court may prejudice the effectiveness of an appeal, he will take steps to have...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Medical Litigation

    4 speeches

    asked the Lord Advocate from what sources outside his office advice is regularly available to him in dealing with complex cases of medical litigation.

  • Northern Ireland

    35 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement. When the Army was sent to Northern Ireland in support of the civil power in 1969 it was assumed that it would operate under the powers...

  • Business of the House

    8 speeches

    It may be for the convenience of the House if I briefly explain revised arrangements for business. I start by making my apologies to the House for the exceptionally short notice, and responding...

  • Complaint of Privilege

    14 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should like to draw your attention to the report of what I think is a vicious untruth, which I submit is a contempt of this House and should be considered by...

    • Bill Presented

    • Multi-Level Marketing

      Mr. Ray Mawby, supported by Mr. McCann, Mr. Drayson, Mr. Ben Ford, Mr. Bray, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Andrew Bowden, Mr. Dan Jones, and Mr. Roger White, presented a Bill to provide for the regulation of...

  • Public Service Broadcasting

    4 speeches

    4.15 p.m.

    • Public Service Broadcasting

      Bill to provide for the greater freedom of public service broadcasting; and for purposes connected therewith, presented accordingly and read the First time; to be read a Second time upon Friday,...

  • Defence

    70 speeches

    4.30 p.m.

  • Northern Ireland

    69 speeches

    7.0 p.m.

    • Business of the House

      Ordered,That Government Business may be proceeded with at this day's sitting, though opposed, until any hour.—[Mr. Fortescue.]

  • Northern Ireland

    11 speeches

    Question again proposed,That leave be given to introduce a Bill to declare the law as to the legislative powers of the Parliament of Northern Ireland under section 4(1) of the Government of...

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Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

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