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House of Commons debates

Thursday, 18 December 1980

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • GREATER MANCHESTER BILL [Lords] (By Order)

    Order for Second reading read.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department

    • Neo-Fascism

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up an inquiry into the growth of neo-Fascist activity in the United Kingdom.

    • Local Radio Stations

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next proposes to meet the chairman of the British Broadcasting Corporation to discuss the expansion of the local radio station network.

      Civil Defence

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to warn people about the consequences of nuclear war.

      National Front Marches (Police Presence)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, by requests to chief constables and by such other sources as are available to him, he will make an estimate of the presence of the police...

      Commission for Racial Equality

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he intends to discuss the Nationality Bill proposals with the chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality.

      Pornograghy

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied that the public are adequately protected from pornography; what changes in the law he is contemplating; and if he will...

      Telephone Interception

      18 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make statement on the progress of Lord Diplock's review of telephone interception.

      Extremist Organisations (Military and Para-military Training)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to investigate, with a view to amending the law, the military and para-military training undertaken by extremist...

      Television Reception (Active Deflectors)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to waive the licence fee for the operation of active deflectors for television reception.

      Fire Services (Manning Levels)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with present manning levels in the fire services.

      Rape

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will institute a review of the legislation relating to rape to ensure that adequate penalties are available to the courts.

      Prisons

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new prison places will be created within the next 10 years.

      Civil Defence

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision has been made for nuclear shelters for (a)local government officials and (b)elected members of local authorities in the event...

      Marches and Processions

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will make a decision on the proposal to introduce advance notice for processions.

      Cheshire Constabulary (Manpower)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current strength of the Cheshire constabulary.

      Prime Minister (Engagements)

      38 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 18 December.

      Questions to Ministers

      2 speeches

      On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate that the grouping of questions is a matter for the Minister and not for you, but will you confirm that where two questions are as different as Nos....

      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 Act: Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act 1980.

  • Business of the House

    61 speeches

    Will the Leader of the House state the business for the week after the Christmas Recess?

  • European Community (Fisheries Ministers' Meeting)

    47 speeches

    My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, my hon. Friend the Minister of State in that Department and I represented the United Kingdom at the meeting of the EEC...

  • Maze Prison

    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,...

  • Bills Presented

    • Criminal Attempts

      Mr. Secretary Whitelaw, supported by Mr. Secretary Edwards, Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Leon Brittan, presented a Bill to amend the law of England and Wales as to attempts to commit offences and...

    • Armed Forces

      Mr. Secretary Pym, supported by Mr. Attorney General, Mr. Keith Speed, Mr. Barney Hayhoe and Mr. Geoffrey Pattie, presented a Bill to continue the Army Act 1955, the Air Force Act 1955 and the...

      Insurance Companies

      Mr. Secretary Nott, supported by Mr. Secretary Younger, Mr. Secretary Edwards, Mr. Secretary Atkins, Mr. John Biffen, Mr. Norman Fowler and Mr. Reginald Eyre, presented a Bill to amend the law...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply

    [3RD ALLOTTED DAY—considered

  • European Community

    154 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed,

  • Statutory Instruments, &c.

    1 speech

    Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine): In order to save the time of the House, I propose to put together the Questions on the six motions to approve statutory instruments that are...

  • Housing (Scotland)

    That the draft Housing (Percentage of Approved Expense for Improvement Grants) (Scotland) Order 1980, which was laid before this House on 21 November, be approved.

  • Representation of the People

    That the Elections (Welsh Forms) (No. 2.) Regulations 1980, a copy of which was laid before this House on 26 November, be approved.

  • Customs and Excise

    That the Customs Duties (ECSC) (Quota and Other Reliefs) (Amendment) Order 1980 (S.I., 1980, No. 1800), a copy of which was laid before this House on 27 November, be approved. That the Customs...

  • Agriculture

    That the draft Hill Livestock (Compensatory Allowances) (Amendment) Regulations 1980, which were laid before this House on 2 December, be approved.

  • Building Societies

    That the draft Building Societies (Special Advances) Order 1980, which was laid before this House on 21 November, be approved.—[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton.]

  • Public Accounts

    Ordered,That the Standing Order of 4 July 1979 relating to the nomination of the Committee of Public Accounts be amended, by leaving out Sir Timothy Kitson and inserting Mr. Nick...

  • Falkland Islands

    4 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton. ]

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