House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 7 March 1973

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment

    • Bus Licensing Regulations

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he is proposing to introduce legislation to revise the bus licensing regulations; and broadly what form such revision will take.

    • General Improvement Area Schemes

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the number of general improvement area schemes and the total number of houses included in these schemes which were completed during 1972.

      Improvement Grants

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in view of increased building costs, he will now raise the maxima of both standard and discretionary improvement grants.

      Transport Policy

      10 speeches

      Mr. R. C. Mitchell: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a White Paper on his longterm transport policy.

      Motorway Service Areas

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied that Great Britain's motorway service areas compare favourably with service areas in other Common Market countries; and...

      Breathalyser Tests

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will consider setting up an inquiry into the workings of the law on breathalyser tests, in view of the anomalies shown by recent cases.

      Palace of Westminster (Cleaning)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of of State for the Environment when he proposes to continue with the exterior cleaning of the Palace of Westminster; and if he will make a statement.

      Derelict Land

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his request to local authorities to carry out a broader survey of derelict and despoiled land by the summer of 1974.

      Housing Finance Act

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many representations he has now received asking for repeal of the Housing Finance Act.

      Railway Networks (Scotland)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will now publish the proposed Green Paper on the alternative patterns of the railway system in Scotland.

      Electricity and Gas Meters

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has had from the Electrical Association for Women on the subject of siting of electricity and gas meters and what replies...

      Derelict Industrial Buildings

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the operation of his policies for the clearance of derelict industrial buildings.

      Operation Eyesore

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress he has made with his review of the question of extending for a further period after 30th June 1973 the environmental assistance...

      North-East Lancashire Motorway (Blackburn)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he can now announce the date when he expects the line of the North-East Lancashire motorway where it passes through Blackburn to be announced.

      Driving Licences

      14 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will review the position whereby drivers who, because of a medical condition, have to renew their driving licence annually are required to...

      Development Land (Rating)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is aware of the high proportion of land for which planning permission has been granted but which remains undeveloped; and whether he...

      House Prices (Northern Region)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the average price of a new house and of a second-hand house in the Northern Region at the latest available date.

      A1 (Bedfordshire)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to receive the report by his regional controller on the safety of the Al in the vicinity of the villages of Beeston, Wyboston and...

      Water Supply (Northern Region)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to have completed his review into the sources of water supply in the Northern Region.

      Planning Applications and Appeals

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the progress being made in reducing the time taken by local planning authorities in deciding planning applications and by...

      Bridport Bypass

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will order a public inquiry, with wide terms of reference, into the proposed Bridport bypass, in view of the local opposition from many...

      Dams and Reservoirs (Design)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has had about the adequacy of the regulations concerning the design of dams and reservoirs; and what action his Department...

      Housing (London)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for the establishment of a new strategic housing authority for the whole of London, consequent upon the recommendations of the...

      Greater London Development Plan (Layfield Report)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many letters he has now received from residents living in the Greater London area concerning the Layfield Report: and what replies he has sent.

      Green Belt (East Berkshire)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is aware.of the continuing concern about the lack of a decision on the confirmation of the proposed green belt areas in East Berkshire,...

      A41(M) and North Orbital Extension

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has decided to modify in any way the plans he originally approved for the A41(M) and the North Orbital Extension from Maple Cross to...

      Housing Land

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what further progress has been made with regard to release of land for residential development by Government Departments and British Rail; and if...

  • Icelandic Fisheries

    8 speeches

    (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement regarding the attacks by Icelandic coastguard vessels upon seven British...

  • Social Security

    19 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about increases in social security benefits and contributions. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has already...

  • Scotland (Poll) Bill

    4 speeches

    3.57 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [6th March],

    • Amendment of the Law

      That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but this Resolution does not extend to the...

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    109 speeches

    4.21 p.m.

    • Committee of Public Accounts

      Ordered,That during the remainder of the present Session—Standing Order No. 86 (Committee of Public Accounts) shall have effect as if the word 'three' were substituted for the word 'five'...

    • Adjournment

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Murton.]

  • MR. Walter Morrison (Employment)

    2 speeches

    10.0 p.m.

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