Monday, 21 February 1983
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
I have to inform the House that on Friday I took upon myself, in the name of the House, responsibility for sending a message to Sir Billy Snedden, the Speaker of the House of Representatives,...
asked the Minister for Trade whether he has conducted any recent studies into the export performance of different sectors of the economy over the last decade.
asked the Minister for Trade how many times since May 1979 a recommendation from the Monopolies and Mergers Commission has been overruled.
asked the Minister for Trade whether he will review the operation of the Competition Act 1980.
asked the Minister for Trade what percentage, by value, British exports to the European Community have represented of total exports in each of the past three years.
asked the Minister for Trade whether, in order that assemble-only operations shawl not take place, he will now introduce legislation requiring a minimum domestic content for imported motor...
asked the Minister for Trade if he will make a statement on the trend in the balance of trade with Spain in 1982 (a) overall and (b) in manufactures.
asked the Minister for Trade if he has had any recent discussions with his European counterparts on the deregulation of inter-regional air services; and if he will make a statement.
asked the Minister for Trade if the full details of the new bilateral agreements under the multifibre arrangement have yet been published.
asked the Minister for Trade what were the United Kingdom balance of trade figures for the last month for which figures are available and for the year to 31 December 1982.
asked the Minister for Trade if he has yet completed his review of the film industry; and if he will make a statement.
asked the Minister for Trade whether he will introduce new initiatives to improve the United Kingdom's world trading position.
asked the Minister for Trade if his Department will study the effect on London of the development of a short take-off and landing airport or heliport on the Thames bank opposite Erith town centre...
asked the Minister for Trade if he has any plans to amend the regulations relating to marks of origin.
asked the Minister for Trade when, on present estimates, he expects the net contribution of oil to the balance of trade to begin to decline.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the report of the Brandt commission, "Common Crisis".
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current level of aid in total and to each country in the West Indies.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the sum total of aid given to Somalia for the years 1980, 1981 and 1982 respectively.
Ordered,That the Merchant Shipping Bill [Lords] be referred to a Second Reading Committee.—[Mr. Garel-Jones.]
I have selected the amendment in the name of the Leader of the Opposition.
Ordered,That, at this day's sitting, the Motion relating to Ways and Means may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.—[Mr. Lane.]
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question—[16 February]— That the draft Parliamentary Constituencies (Wales) Order 1983, which was laid before this House on 7th February,...
Resolved,That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to give effect to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail signed on behalf of the United Kingdom on 9th May...
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's Recommendation having been signified—
By leave of the House, I will put motions 7 to 10 together.
That the draft Export Guarantees (Limit on Sterling Commitments) Order 1983, which was laid before this House on 27th January, be approved.
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Major.]
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