House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 8 July 1981

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment

    • Property Services Agency

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many employees of the Property Services Agency have been required to resign for professional incompetence in the past five years.

    • House Building

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many housing starts were made in the public sector during the months of April, May and June.

      Local Authorities (Services)

      13 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to encourage local councils to study the possibility of privatising local services such as refuse disposal and road sweeping.

      Council Houses

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he proposes to take any new initiative to reduce the number of council dwellings which are empty.

      Westminster Hall

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he plans to replace the temporary security railings in Westminster Hall.

      Sporting Facilities (Disabled Persons)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current financial allocation of funds by the Sports Council to sporting facilities for the disabled.

      Local Authorities (Insolvency)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment in what circumstances, under existing or contemplated legislation, a local authority can become insolvent.

      Block Grant Allocation

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when next he expects to meet the leaders of the Association of County Councils to discuss the allocation of block grant.

      Council House Sales

      13 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many applications to buy council and new town houses have been received since the Housing Act came into force up to the most recent convenient...

      Local Authorities (Expenditure)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce further measures to protect ratepayers from the consequences of the high spending policies of some local councils.

      Local Authorities (Land Holdings)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on the contents of the registers of local authority land which he has required to he compiled under the Local...

      Unified Housing Benefit Scheme

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many pensioners will be worse off under the proposed unified housing benefit scheme outlined in the consultative paper "Assistance with...

      Nuclear Waste

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what replies he has received to his invitation to contractors to submit preliminary proposals relating to involvement in the nuclear waste test...

      Building Societies Association

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what matters he discussed with officials of the Building Societies Association on the last occasion on which he met them.

      Council House Rents

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he intends to make any further increases in the level of council house rents in the next 12 months.

      International Sporting Events (Financial Assistance)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied that the resources allocated by the Government to sport are adequate to enable British sportsmen and women to compete...

  • Gas Appliances (Report)

    47 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on the action which the Government have decided to take following the report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission on the supply...

  • Disturbances (Wood Green)

    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,...

  • Incitement to Racial Hatred

    13 speeches

    I beg to move, The leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Public Order Act 1936, as amended by the Race Relations Act 1976, so as to provide further for the prevention of incitement to...

    • Incitement to Racial Hatred

      Mr. Sydney Bidwell accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Public Order Act 1936, as amended by the Race Relations Act 1976, so as to provide further for the prevention of incitement to racial...

  • Orders of the Day — Regional Policy

    57 speeches

    I beg to move, That this House condemns Her Majesty's Government for pursuing disastrous economic and social policies which have reduced overall financial assistance to the regions, crippled...

  • Higher Education

    78 speeches

    I beg to move, That this House strongly condemns the cuts in resources for higher education by Her Majesty's Government including the imposition of 'full cost' fees for overseas students;...

    • Business of the House

      Ordered,That, at this day's sitting, consideration of Lords Amendments to the Forestry Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.—[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton.]

  • Forestry Bill

    Lords amendments considered.

  • Antigua (Termination of Association)

    21 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Antigua Termination of Association Order 1981, which was laid before this House on 24th June, be approved. I apologise on behalf of my hon. Friend the Minister of...

  • Furniture Development Council (Dissolution)

    23 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has not yet completed its consideration of the instrument. It had a meeting on Tuesday to consider the...

  • Wytch Farm Oilfield

    7 speeches

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

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