House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 26 October 1977

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland

    • Royal High School, Edinburgh

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a further statement about the progress which has been made on the conversion of the Royal High School in Edinburgh for the proposed...

    • Scottish TUC

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next intends to meet the STUC.

      Education

      20 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make an up-to-date statement on the Government's policy to encourage centres of excellence in Scotland; and what colleges of education he...

      Fishing Industry

      13 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next plans to meet representatives of the fishing industry.

      Employment

      14 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of measures to reduce unemployment in Scotland.

      Economic Situation

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now publish a White Paper on the Scottish economy.

      Industrial Investment

      13 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the current level of industrial investment in Scotland in the light of current levels of interest rates.

      Housing

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received concerning the Green Paper "Scottish Housing, a Consultative Document", Command Paper No. 6852; and if he will make...

      Hospitals (Geriatric Beds)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has to increase the provision of geriatric beds in Scotland.

      Regional Employment Premium

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what surveys he has carried out to assess the effects of withdrawal of regional employment premium on employment in Scotland.

      Community Service

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will bring forward proposals to change the law to enable sentences of community service to be imposed by Scottish courts.

      Devolution

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what further consultations he has had with industrial bodies in Scotland regarding the Government's new plans for Scottish devolution.

      Scottish Courts

      14 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate when he next expects to make an official visit to a Scottish court.

      Compensation in Criminal Cases

      4 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate what consultation he has had regarding the recommendations of the Dunpark Committee.

  • Economic Situation

    1 speech

    3.30 p.m.

  • Income Tax

    First, measures affecting the next financial year 1978–79. The House decided this summer to commit the Government to increasing personal tax allowances each spring in line with the rate of...

  • Public Expenditure

    In the summer the Government announced very substantial increases in child benefits for the coming year, measures to implement the Holland Committee's proposals on manpower and training, and a...

  • Possible Furthur Measures Next Year

    Beyond these decisions on income tax and public expenditure in 1978–79 I have left myself freedom to make further changes in the 1978 Budget according to developments in the economy, and...

  • IMF Standby

    I now turn to certain aspects of our overseas financial position. In our present circumstances it would clearly be wrong for us to take up any further drawings on our standby with the IMF. We...

  • Exchange Control

    The change in our financial situation also makes possible some adjustments in exchange control. First, I am making certain changes intended to help maintain or increase the overseas earnings of...

  • Small Firms

    As the House knows, my right hon. Friends the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Chief Secretary and my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Industry—the hon. Member for...

  • Tax

    We can now be confident of substantial headroom below the ceiling which I set for the PSBR this year. It is important that we should take advantage of this headroom by measures which are quick...

  • Help for Pensioners

    I do not think it is right at a time when working people as a whole are receiving a cash rebate on this scale before Christmas to do nothing similar for those who have retired. The 2½...

  • Procedure

    The Government will introduce early in the next Session a Finance Bill and the necessary Resolutions to implement the proposed tax reliefs for the current financial year. The proposed reliefs for...

  • The Economic Prospect

    96 speeches

    These measures will raise the public sector borrowing requirement to a figure now estimated at some £7½ billion in the current year and to about £7 billion in 1978–79. Both...

  • Royal Assent

    1 speech

    5.5 p.m.

  • Prorogation

    • Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech

      1 speech

      I have further to acquaint the House that the Lord High Chancellor, being one of the High Commissioners, delivered Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, in pursuance 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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