House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 31 October 1979

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Message from the Queen

    • Paraffin

      THE VICE-CHAMBERLAIN OF THE HOUSEHOLD reported Her Majesty's Answer to the Address, as follows:

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions

    1 speech

    I make a special appeal for brief supplementary questions to enable me to call more hon. Members in the various groups.

  • Prison Service Inquiry (Report)

    40 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a statement. The report of the committee of inquiry into the United Kingdom prison services under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice May has been published...

  • European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting)

    54 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement about meetings that my right hon. Friends the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretary of State for Scotland, and I...

  • Questions to Ministers

    4 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I apologise for not giving you notice of this point of order, but it has arisen only in the last hour and a quarter. Perhaps you will cast your mind back and...

  • Bills Presented

    • Protection of Trading Interests

      Mr. Secretary Nott, supported by Mr. Secretary Whitelaw, Mr. Secretary Sir Keith Joseph, Mr. Secretary Howell, Sir Ian Gilmour, Mr. John Biffen and Mr. Attorney-General, presented a Bill to...

    • Civil Aviation

      Mr. Secretary Nott, supported by Mr. Secretary Sir Keith Joseph, Mr. Secretary Heseltine, Mr. Secretary Younger, Mr. Secretary Edwards, Mr. John Biffen and Mr. Paul Channon, presented a Bill to...

  • Business of the House

    5 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed,That, at this day's sitting, if proceedings on the Motions relating to Procedure, Short Speeches, Standing Order No. 66 (Second reading committees), Standing...

  • Free Ports

    1 speech

    4.50 p.m.

    • Free Ports

      Mr. Anthony Steen accordingly presented a Bill to empower the designation of tax-free zones in inner city areas in the United Kingdom in which United Kingdom taxation, customs and excise duties...

  • House of Commons (Procedure)

    112 speeches

    Before I call the Leader of the House to move the first procedural motion, it may be helpful if I say something about the order of the debate. Following the agreement of the House to the business...

  • Short Speeches

    Motion made, and Question put,That, on any day during the present session of Parliament when the second reading of a public bill stands amongst the Orders of the day, Mr. Speaker may announce at...

  • Second Reading Committees

    Resolved,That this House agrees with the recommendations contained in paragraph 2.10 (Second reading committees) of the Report of the Select Committee on Procedure of Session...

  • Recess Adjournment Debates

    1 speech

    Motion made, and Question put,That this House agrees with the recommendations contained in paragraph 9.16 (Recess adjournment debates) of the Report of the Select Committee on Procedure of...

  • Friday Sittings

    Resolved,That this House agrees with the recommendations contained in paragraph 9.27 (Friday sittings) of the Report of the Select Committee on Procedure of Session 1977–78.—[Mr. St....

  • Oral Questions

    Resolved,That this House agrees with the recommendations relating to procedure for establishing the order of oral questions contained in the first report of the Sessional Committee on Procedure...

  • Private Members' Bills

    Resolved,That this House agrees with the recommendations relating to precedence of Private Members' Bills contained in the second report of the Sessional Committee on Procedure of Session...

  • Miscellaneous Recommendations

    3 speeches

    Motion made and Question proposed,That this House agrees with the recommendations contained in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth reports of the Sessional Committee on...

  • Calling of Amendments at End of Debate

    Ordered,That if, on the last day on which the motion for an Address in answer to Her Majesty's Speech is debated in the House, an amendment proposed to the said motion shall have been disposed of...

  • Questions on Amendments

    Ordered,That Standing Order No. 32 (Questions on amendments) be amended, as follows:Line 3, at end insert '(1)'.Line 8, at end add 'and(2) on a day allotted to the business of supply under...

  • Business of Supply

    Ordered,That Standing Order No. 18 (Business supply) be amended, as follows:Line 161, at end add—'(12) If on any allotted day, all the words after the word "That" of any substantive motion...

  • Questions to the Prime Minister

    Resolved,That this House, taking note of the fifth report of the Sessional Committee on Procedure of Session 1976–77, relating to questions to the Prime Minister, would support Mr. Speaker...

  • Select Committees Related to Government Departments

    Resolved,That the Standing Order of 25th June (Select Committees related to Government Departments) be amended, as follows:Line 5, leave out 'Secretaries of State for Scotland and' and insert...

  • Select Committee on Scottish Affairs

    Motion made and Question proposed,That— (1) A Select Committee shall be appointed to be called the Committee on Scottish affairs, to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of...

  • Family Income Supplement

    26 speeches

    11.7 p.m.

  • Mathematics Teachers

    2 speeches

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

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