House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 20 February 1980

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport

    • Oil Conservation

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what consideration he gives to the factor of oil conservation when judging the economic value of new road projects.

    • Motorway Network

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what is the likely effect of recent public expenditure cuts on the completion of the motorway network.

      British Railways Board

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport if he will relax the cash limits applied to the British Railways Board.

      Channel Tunnel

      13 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport if he has now received the Cairncross report on the Channel tunnel; and if he will make a statement.

      British Railways (Subsidiaries)

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what proposals he has received from the British Railways Board about the future of its subsidiary businesses.

      M6 (Barthomley Link)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what starting date he now envisages for the Barthomley link from Crewe to the M6.

      Port of London Authority

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the Port of London Authority.

      Driving Test Centres

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport how many new driving test centres he expects to open in the next 12 months.

      Bypasses

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport how many English towns over 10,000 population do not have a bypass.

      Road Construction

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport how much has been spent on new road construction in the past two years; and how much he anticipates will be spent in 1979–80 at constant prices.

      Driving Tests

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what progress has been made in shortening the waiting period for driving tests.

      M1

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport why work on the widening of the southern part of the M1 will not start this financial year as scheduled.

      Trunk Road Schemes

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the criteria which he is using in his review of trunk road schemes.

      British Railways (Freight)

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what is the financial target for British Railways freight services in 1980–81.

      Motorways

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what proportion of roads expenditure in 1980–81 will be devoted to motorways.

      Motorway Accidents

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport if he is satisfied with his Department's encouragement of measures to reduce the danger of accidents caused by lorry-induced spray on wet motorways.

      Motorway Service Areas

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport when he proposes to introduce the necessary legislation to dispose of motorway service areas.

      Transport Supplementary Grant

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport which metropolitan authority has had the largest cut in transport supplementary grant between 1979–80 and 1980–81; and what percentage this represents...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service

    • Pensions

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many retired civil servants and other public servants received, at the last increase in their public pension, a rise of more than £50 a week.

    • Staff Side (Meetings)

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service when he expects next to meet representatives of the staff side.

      Computer Maintenance

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service what savings in Civil Service expenditure he has identified from changes in computer maintenance.

      Redundancies (Scotland)

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many persons at present employed in Scotland in offices which are under his control will be made redundant under the proposed public expenditure cuts...

      Staff Side (Meetings)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service when he expects next to meet the national staff side of the Whitley Council.

      Departmental Expenditure

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service what progress he is making in cutting expenditure in his Department.

  • Rhodesia

    28 speeches

    asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on recent acts of terrorism in Rhodesia, and the arrangements for securing free and fair elections in that country.

  • European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting)

    38 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about the Council of Agriculture Ministers which took place in Brussels on 18 February. My hon. Friend the Minister of State and I...

  • Overseas Aid

    34 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on overseas aid. Soon after assuming office, the Government instituted a review of the policies governing the overseas aid...

  • Steel Industry (Picketing)

    2 speeches

    I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 9, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely,...

  • Control of Interception

    1 speech

    I beg to move: That leave be given to bring in a Bill to further control electronic interceptions, eavesdropping, and telephone interceptions; and for connected purposes. In 1765 in the Court of...

    • Control of Interception

      Mr. Bob Cryer accordingly presented a Bill to further control electronic interceptions, eavesdropping, and telephone interceptions; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First...

  • Scottish Economy

    165 speeches

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

  • Agriculture and Horticulture (Capital Grant Schemes)

    24 speeches

    I beg to move, That the Farm Capital Grant (Variation) Scheme 1980 (S.I., 1980, No. 103), a copy of which was laid before this House on 31 January, be approved. I suggest, Mr. Speaker, that it...

    • Horticulture

      Resolved,That the Horticulture Capital Grant (Variation) Scheme 1980 (S.I., 1980, No. 104), a copy of which was laid before this House on 31 January, be approved.—[Mr. Wiggin.]

  • Civil Defence

    8 speeches

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

What is this?

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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