House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 15 March 1983

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o' clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

    GREATER LONDON COUNCIL (GENERAL POWERS) (No. 2) BILL

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services

    • Support Services (Privatisation)

      17 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence he has that privatising support services can produce expenditure savings.

    • Supplementary Benefit (Life Insurance Policies)

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will increase the level of surrender value of life insurance polices which is disregarded before payment of supplementary benefit.

      Statutory Sick Pay Scheme

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress is being made towards the introduction of the new statutory sick pay scheme.

      District Management Teams

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with the efficiency of district management teams as the base for the running of the National Health Service; and whether...

      Pharmacists (Emergency Cover)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will ensure that additional funds are made available to the pharmaceutical Whitley council so that adequate payments at a figure no less...

      Unclaimed Benefit

      7 speeches

      asked the Secretary of Slate for Social Services how the levels of unclaimed social security benefits are calculated; and if he will estimate the current total of unclaimed benefit.

      Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act

      15 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent action has been taken to ensure the fuller implementation of section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.

      Voluntary Organisations (Co-operation)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied with the co-operation between his Department and voluntary organisations.

      NHS Budget

      17 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the average annual increase in the National Health Service budget in real terms since May 1979.

      Optical Charges

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will ensure that optical charges will not rise in real terms in 1983–84.

      Patients (Statistics)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has as to the number of inpatients and outpatients, respectively, treated in National Health Service hospitals in...

      Inner London (NHS Expenditure)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the present level of National Health Service spending in inner London compared with the level in 1978–79, expressed at current prices.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister

  • Budget Statement

    8 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I gave you notice this morning that I wished to raise a point of order on the extensive leaks of this afternoon's Budget statement, about which—

  • Broadcasting of Parliament (Annual Review)

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the annual review of arrangements for the broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings. When the present arrangements for sound...

    • Broadcasting of Parliament (Annual Review)

      Dr. Edmund Marshall accordingly presented a Bill to provide for the annual review of arrangements for the broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings: And the same was read the First time; and...

  • 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

      3 speeches

      The longest Budget speech that I have been able to trace was given by Mr. Gladstone on 18 April 1953—[Interruption.]

      World Economy

      In 1979 it was clear that the long-term decline of Britain's relative position in the world economy called for a fresh start, for a radical new beginning. And it soon became apparent, as the...

      The Domestic Economy

      At home as abroad, the need is for steadiness and resolve.

      Unemployment

      Unemployment, however, remains intractably high, even although it has been rising more slowly than in 1980 or 1981. In many countries it has recently been rising faster than here. Over the past...

      Inflation

      But it is not enough simply to mitigate the effects of the unemployment. It is our purpose as well to secure a sustainable growth in job opportunities. So we must look for a larger share of...

      Public Sector Borrowing

      Control of money needs to be supported by firm control of public sector borrowing, otherwise the result is to push up interest rates and create strains that sooner or later prove intolerable....

      Public Expenditure

      Central to the restraint of borrowing is the restraint of public expenditure, and the key to effective control of public expenditure is that finance must determine expenditure, not expenditure...

      Social Security and Charities

      I now turn to social security. This is much the biggest single element in public expenditure—more than one-quarter of the total.

      Home Ownership, Housing and Construction

      I come now to housing and the construction industry. The whole House is anxious to see more activity in this sector. Within the public expenditure plans there is provision for capital expenditure...

      Indirect Taxes

      I come now to the indirect taxes.

      Oil Taxation

      I come now to North sea tax. The development of the North sea is a notable achievement of private enterprise and the result of a huge co-operative effort involving hundreds of companies and...

      National Insurance Surcharge and Company Taxation

      From one key industry I turn now to business and industry as a whole. Our living standards and jobs depend on our ability to sell and compete, producing the right goods and services at the right...

      Enterprise

      Small and medium-sized enterprises are a major source of new wealth for the nation and, above all, of new jobs. I shall, therefore, propose today a further series of measures which will foster...

      Fiscal Balance

      In judging the right balance to strike in this Budget I have taken into account the measures I announced in the autumn which will directly reduce business costs. I have also taken account of the...

      Personal Tax

      In 1979 I reduced the basic rate of income tax from 33 per cent to 30 per cent. and cut the top rates. That was one of the first, and most radical, of the many changes that found a place in my...

      Conclusion

      1 speech

      At the start of my speech I referred to the objectives this Government adopted in 1979, objectives to which we have held and still hold. From my first Budget we have pursued those objectives with...

      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

      15 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...

      British Railways Bill

      22 speeches

      Order for Second Reading read.

      Small Businesses (Staffing)

      2 speeches

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

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