House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 9 March 1982

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services

    • Child Benefit

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what level of child benefit would restore the value to its May 1979 level.

    • Severe Weather (Accidents)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the number of people treated in hospitals during the winter for injuries caused through falls on snow and ice.

      Nurses (Pay)

      20 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress has been made in the negotiations on the current nurses' pay claim.

      Sickness (Self-certification)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has received representations from industry about the Government's plan to introduce a seven-day self-certification of sickness scheme.

      Sickness and Absenteeism

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the percentage figure of sickness and absenteeism of staff in his Department's offices for the years 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981,...

      Dental Charges

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent representations he has received about the proposed increase in dental charges.

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to ensure that the East Anglian area health authority has sufficient resources to provide the 160-bed unit for the elderly...

      Pensions

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the effect on a single and a married couple's weekly pension of the Social Security Act 1980 changes at the latest date.

      Greenwich and Bexley Area Health Authority

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will set up a public inquiry in the light of the contents of his Department's audit report for 1980–81 on the Greenwich and...

      European Community (Reciprocal Health Services)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will review the present arrangements for reciprocal health services within the European Economic Community.

      Pensions

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has any proposals for shortening the waiting period between the announcement of pension uprating and its actual payment to individual...

      Kidney Transplants (Private Treatment)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the fee charged by the National Health Service for kidneys made available for transplants done in private clinics and hospitals.

      Disabled Persons (Benefits)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to enable disabled persons whose allowances do not allow them to qualify for supplementary benefit to become eligible on...

      Clinical Ecology

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of expenditure within the National Health Service he estimates is devoted to clinical ecology.

      Dental Charges

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if any estimates have been made of the effect of the past increases in dental charges on the number of people who seek dental treatment.

      Ancillary Services (Private Contractors)

      8 speeches

      Speaking from the Side Gallery]: No. 22, Sir.

      Kidney Transplants

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will establish a national coordination scheme for the availability of kidneys for transplant operation.

      Prime Minister

      1 speech

      Just before I reply to questions, I know that many right hon. and hon. Members will wish me to express our deep sorrow at the death of Lord Butler of Saffron Walden—a great politician and...

      Economists

      10 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether she is satisfied with the number of economists in Government service.

      Public Trustee

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether she has any plans to meet the Public Trustee.

      Liverpool

      10 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister when she plans next to visit Liverpool.

      Factory Closures

      9 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister how many hon. Members she has seen on matters relating to factory closures since she last answered oral questions.

  • New Member

    The following Member took and subscribed the Oath: William Martin Smyth, Esquire, for Belfast, South.

  • Wages Council Orders Enforcement

    16 speeches

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the automatic prosecution of and the publication of the identity of employers who pay their employees wages below wages...

    • Wages Council Orders Enforcement

      Mr. Don Dixon accordingly presented a Bill to provide for the automatic prosecution of and the publication of the identity of employers who pay their employees wages below wages councils'...

    • Ways and Means

      Budget Statement

      1 speech

      Before I call the Chancellor of the Exchequer, it may be for the convenience of hon. Members if I remind them that at the end of the Chancellor's speech, as in past years, copies of the Budget...

      Introduction

      1 speech

      The House will tomorrow have the opportunity of paying its full tribute to Lord Butler, of whose death it has just learnt with such deep regret, but it would not be fitting for me to embark on my...

      Jobs and Pay

      I begin with unemployment. To have millions of people at a time without work, many of them for long periods, is a tragic loss to any community. To be unable to find work is an affront to personal...

      Monetary Policy

      I propose next to describe to the House how monetary policy will operate in the year ahead. I shall, nevertheless, do so as briefly as I can. The technically minded will find ample solace in the...

      Monetary Control and Debt Sales

      I ought also to mention changes which have been made over the past year in the techniques of monetary control. From last August, minimum lending rate ceased to be posted. The main purpose of this...

      Public Sector Borrowing

      As well as setting a proper framework for money supply growth, the medium-term financial strategy sets out the Government's views on the proper level of public borrowing in the years ahead. This...

      Public Expenditure

      On 2 December I announced the Government's public expenditure plans for 1982–83. Today we are publishing the annual public expenditure White Paper. This sets out the plans for next year in...

      Social Security and Charities

      By far the largest single element in public spending is social security. In 1982–83 it will account for £32 billion, over a quarter of the total. About half of this goes to the...

      Managing the Public Sector

      Civil Service

      The provision and organisation of welfare benefits is only one of the many tasks of the Government.

      The Nationalised Industries

      But the Government are also responsible for the nationalised industries. In deciding how much public finance to make available to them, the Government must be influenced by their performance in...

      National Insurance Surcharge

      Our prime purpose is to help private commerce and industry to help itself, by cutting its costs. And I have no doubt, from the representations I have received, that the single measure business...

      Indirect Taxes

      I come now to the indirect taxes. I propose no change in the rate of VAT.

      Oil Taxation

      I have spoken of the oil duties: I now turn to the oilfields. The development of the North Sea has been a story of success, which is almost entirely due to the skill and enterprise displayed, and...

      Industrial Energy Costs

      Last year I announced substantial help for industry on energy prices. The NEDC task force, which has made a valuable contribution to a wider understanding of these matters, reported in November...

      Industrial Innovation

      I turn now to the continuing effort to encourage innovation in industry. If we are to win still more worthwhile orders both at home and abroad British industry must continue to improve its design...

      Fiscal Justice

      I have now almost completed my review of proposals involving spending, and spending forgone. I have described my decisions on Excise duties, and the major cut in national insurance surcharge...

      Tax Havens and Company Residence

      These papers and the draft clauses dealing with these matters have caused considerable anxiety. In the case of company residence the primary objective was simply to replace the present...

      The Construction Industry

      I now revert to my principal theme: help for business and industry, and hence for jobs and people. Last year's Budget contained a number of measures to help the construction industry, an industry...

      Business, Enterprise and Small Firms

      Evident in the measures I have announced so far is the Government's consistent determination to help create the right conditions for the new investment needed to create new jobs. But this Budget,...

      Capital Taxes

      I turn now to a part of our tax system which is impeding the efficient working of capital markets and doing injustice to individuals and businesses alike: the capital taxes. There is room for...

      Income Tax

      But for the vast majority of individuals what really matters is income tax. And income tax is far and away the biggest source of Government revenue. This year about 26 million income taxpayers...

      Conclusion

      1 speech

      In framing this year's Budget, it has been my purpose to give as much encouragement as I believe we can afford to an economy which is now moving in the right direction. To hearken to the voices...

      Provisional Collection of Taxes

      1 speech

      Motion made, and Question,That pursuant to section 5 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968 provisional statutory effect shall be given to the following motions— (a) Spirits...

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    • Amendment of the Law

      14 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed,That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but...

  • Lloyd's Bill

    18 speeches

    Order for Third Reading read.

  • Ways and Means

    • Amendment of the Law

      Postponed proceeding resumed on the Question,That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with...

  • Inner City Areas

    82 speeches

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

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