House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 1 March 1972

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

    • Royal Assent

      1 speech

      I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act, 1967, that the Queen has signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts: 1. Superannuation Act, 1972.2. Iron and Steel Act,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Posts and Telecommunications

    • British Broadcasting Corporation

      23 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether, in view of the circumstances in which the contents of a letter from the hon. Member for Fife, West to Lord Hill, the Chairman of the...

    • Post Office (Restructuring)

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he is now in a position to make a statement to the House as a result of his discussions with the Post Office Board arising from the rejection...

      Telephone Wires (Undergrounding)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will give a general direction to the Post Office Corporation to put telephone wires underground in conservation areas and other...

      Local Radio

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications when the City of Bradford will have a local radio service.

      Giro

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what is the estimated loss, revised and cumulative to the latest convenient date, of the Post Office Giro; whether he will publish the salient...

      Broadcasting Policy (Advisory Panels)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will now set up independent advisory panels to enable the public to give advice prior to policy decisions of the British Broadcasting...

      Subscriber Trunk Dialling

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications when he expects subscriber trunk dialling exchanges to be in use in every town with a population of more than 25,000.

      Stamps

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to ensure that combinations of stamps are treated in the same way by the sorting machines...

      Telephone Kiosks

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to increase the number of telephone kiosks installed on council house estates.

      Commercial Radio

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will make a further statement on the effect that the introduction of commercial radio in Great Britain will have on local and...

      Broadcasting Reception

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT the radio and television transmitters, and the booster stations, indicating the power, whether in...

      Mail (Redirection)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will issue a general direction to the Post Office to redirect mail free of charge addressed to council tenants moved out for modernisation...

      Express Letters

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what is the average time taken for delivery of express inland letters.

      National Emergency

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what effect the national emergency has had on the postal and telephone services.

      Postal Staff (Superannuation)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications how many employees in the postal grades have opted for the new contributory superannuation scheme and how many have decided to continue in the...

      Broadcasting (Inquiry)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications when he expects to announce plans for an inquiry into broadcasting.

      Postal Charges

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what estimate he has made of losses on postal services to 31st January, 1972, and to 31st March, 1972, for the full year ending on that date;...

      Broadcasting Council

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what representations he has received so far during 1972 on the need for an independent broadcasting council.

      Post Office (Industrial Relations)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to publish the terms of the Industrial Relations Act to employees of the Post Office, the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment

    • Railways (Social Grants)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to amend the Transport Act, 1968, in order to enable British Rail to apply for social grants on railway lines, the passenger...

    • National Tree Planting Year

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will now designate 1973 as a national tree planting year, following discussions and correspondence between his Department and the hon....

      A1 (London)

      2 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what further improvements are planned for the A1 road in inner London for which the Greater London Council has applied for grant aid, and what are...

      Housing Estate Development

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if in his review of the law of compensation, he will consider legislation to safeguard the interests of purchasers of new houses against estate...

      Housing Land

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what further discussions have taken place between his Department and local authorities aimed at securing land in outer London to relieve housing...

      House Prices

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what new policy moves he will initiate to check the rise in the price of new private houses.

      Motorways (Noise Barriers)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will erect temporary noise barriers on motorways at places where noise pollution is worst, pending the result of his study of forms of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons

    • Lobbying

      11 speeches

      asked the Lord President of the Council what plans he has to change arrangements for the reception of mass lobbies, as a result of the miners' lobby on 15th February.

    • Widows of Members (Pension)

      4 speeches

      asked the Lord President of the Council what is his policy towards the proposal in Command Paper No. 4836 that widows of Members of Parliament are not to be given the option to commute any...

      European Economic Community

      4 speeches

      asked the Lord President of the Council if he will list the powers under which Select Committees of this House will be able to send for persons, papers and records in investigating expenditure of...

  • Population Growth

    6 speeches

    asked the Lord President of the Council what action is contemplated by Her Majesty's Government in view of the population predictions of the Government Actuary and the Registrar-General relating...

  • Telephone Service

    20 speeches

    The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:

  • Annual Farm Price Review

    27 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the Government's determinations following the Annual Farm Price Review. This year I am sure it would meet the wishes of the House...

  • Main Economic Data

    1. Income, output and productivity

  • Ballot for Notices of Motions for Friday, 17TH March

    Members successful in the Ballot were: Mr. Clinton Davis.Mr. Marcus Worsley.Mr. Hugh Dykes.

  • Complaint of Privilege

    4 speeches

    I wish to raise with you, Mr. Speaker, a matter which I think may constitute a breach of privilege. The matter to which I refer is based on an article in the current issue of the Spectator...

  • Endangered Species Protection

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the protection of endangered species of wild creatures and for the establishment of a National Wild Life Authority. It is an...

  • Endangered Species Protection

    Bill to provide for the protection of endangered species of wild creatures and for the establishment of a National Wild Life Authority, presented accordingly and read the First time; to be read a...

  • Chairman of Ways and Means (Conduct)

    254 speeches

    4.25 p.m.

  • Business of the House

    Motion made, and Question put,That the European Communities Bill may be proceeded with at this day's Sitting, opposed, until any hour.—[Mr. Pym.]

  • Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill

    Considered in Committee [Progress, 29th February.]

  • Clause 1

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