House of Commons debates

Monday, 21 March 1983

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Death of a Member

    1 speech

    I regret to have to inform the House of the death of the right hon. Trevor Alec Jones, Member for Rhondda, and I desire, on behalf of the House, to express our sense of the loss we have sustained...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade

    • Exchange Rates

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade how many individuals and how many organisations have made representations to him in favour of floating exchange rates in the past 12 months.

    • Video Tape Recorders

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade if he will outline the expected benefits to United Kingdom trade and to United Kingdom consumers of the recent trade agreement between the European Community member...

      Merchant Fleet

      17 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade if he will make a statement on the current state of the merchant fleet and on the steps he proposes to take to halt its decline.

      "Think British" Campaign

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade whether he will meet the organisers of the "Think British" campaign.

      Tourism

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade if he will place in the Library a copy of the speech the Minister with responsibility for tourism made to the London tourist board on 17 January.

      Balance of Trade

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade what was the balance of trade for the last month for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Film Industry

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade if he will make a statement on the progress of the Government's review of its policies towards the film industry.

      Car Exports (Spain)

      15 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade what progress has been made in reducing the tariff levied by the Spanish Government on British car imports; and if he will make a statement.

      London (Tourism and Infrastructure)

      10 speeches

      Mr. Haslehurst: asked the Minister for Trade what relative priority Her Majesty's Government now give to London in spending on tourism and infrastructure.

      Oil Prices

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade if he will estimate the effects upon the balance of trade for the current year of the recent changes in the price of oil.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade if he will assess the impact on the different elements in the balance of United Kingdom visible and invisible trade in 1982 of the common agricultural policy of the...

      Quality Mark System

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade what progress has been made towards a more extensive and effective British quality mark system; and if he will make a statement.

      Merchant Fleet

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade what was the percentage change in the size of the United Kingdom merchant shipping fleet from 1 January 1979 to the latest available date.

      Merchant Fleet (Representations)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for Trade, following his letter to the General Council of British Shipping and the National Union of Seamen inviting them to put their views on the lessons to be learnt from...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development

    • Blankets

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what number and value of blankets were bought for the overseas aid programme in the last year; and what are his plans for...

    • Commonwealth Development Corporation (Philippines)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the total value of projects in the Philippines being assisted by the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

      Gibraltar

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his latest estimate of the total official development assistance to be made available for development in Gibraltar during...

      Afghan Refugees

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will increase the aid commitments to Pakistan for 1983 to assist with the Afghan refugee problem; and if he will make a...

      "Common Crisis"

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the proposal made in the Brandt commission's report "Common Crisis" that...

  • Tributes to Staff

    2 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I shall write to you in more detail about this matter, but will you consider whether there is a way in which you can pay tribute on the Floor of the House to...

  • Teaching Quality

    39 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement about the Government's policies and actions to improve teaching quality in schools in England and Wales by the better use of the resources...

  • Senator Kennedy (Senate Motion)

    6 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,...

  • STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

    Ordered,That the Mines and Quarries (Valuation) Order 1983 be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.—[Mr. Archie Hamilton.]

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Order read for resuming debate on Question [15 March].

    • Amendment of the Law

      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...

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    109 speeches

    [Relevant European Community Documents: Nos. 10337/82, Annual Economic Report 1982–83, together with the final version as adopted by the Council, and 10480/82, Annual Economic Review...

  • Finance [Money]

    Queen's Recommendation having been signified—

  • Finance

    Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with finance, presented...

    • Social Security

      Resolved,That the draft Social Security (Contributions) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 1983, which were laid before this House on 25th February, be approved.—[Mr. Rossi.]

  • Court of Auditors (Report)

    28 speeches

    I beg to move, That this House takes note of the Annual Report from the Court of Auditors concerning the financial year 1981, together with replies from the Institutions (Official Journal of the...

  • DENTISTS BILL [Lords]

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS &c.

    Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A (Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.)

    • Industrial Development

      1 speech

      That this House authorises the Secretary of State to pay, or undertake to pay, by way of financial assistance under section 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982, as grants towards obtaining...

  • Representation of the People

    That the Representation of the People Regulations 1983, dated 14 February 1983, a copy of which was laid before this House on 22 February, be approved.That the Representation of the People...

  • Petitions

    • Telecommunications Bill 1982

      1 speech

      This afternoon Miss McKinley, in the presence of Mr. David Norman of the Post Office Engineering Union and other officers of the British Telecom unions, presented to me two petitions. Miss...

  • M1-A1 Link Road

    2 speeches

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

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