House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 20 July 1983

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Middle East

      16 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to visit Israel or Arab states in the near future.

    • Disarmament

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will report recent progress at the disarmament negotiations presently taking place.

      Extra-terrestrial Bodies

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the United Kingdom is party to any international agreements concerning extra-terrestrial bodies.

      Helsinki Review

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the area of human rights at the Helsinki review discussions in Madrid.

      Chile

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the relations of the United Kingdom with Chile.

      Central America

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed with the United States Government the situation in Central America.

      Israel-Lebanon Agreement

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has had any discussions with a view to achieving early implementation of the Israel-Lebanon agreement; and, if so, what...

      Falkland Islands

      5 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will seek to meet representatives of the Falkland Islands Company to discuss Government policy on the Falkland Islands.

      Cyprus

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Cyprus.

      Argentina

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the United Nations Organisation to request that they should exert further influence on...

      Arab States (Local Regulations and Restrictions)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the advice given by his Department to British business men and tourists visiting each of the Arab states...

      Soviet Union

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards improving relations between the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — European Community

    • Enlargement

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards further enlargement of the European Community after the accession of Spain...

    • Council of Ministers

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when next he will attend a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the European Community.

      Budget

      25 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made towards finding a solution to the European Community budget problem.

      Community Development

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he intends submitting to the next meeting of the Council of Ministers with the objective of furthering community...

      European Parliament

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received any invitation to address the European Parliament.

  • Foreign Affairs Council

    37 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a statement on the outcome of the foreign affairs council held in Brussels on 18 July at which I represented the United Kingdom and at which my right...

  • Mentally Handicapped Persons

    2 speeches

    I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 10, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely,...

  • Bills Presented

    • Video Recordings

      Mr. Graham Bright, supported by Mr. Michael Colvin, Mr. David Atkinson, Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg, Mr. Gareth Wardell, Mrs. Jill Knight, Mr. John Carlisle, Mr. Simon Hughes, Mr. Jerry Hayes, Mr....

    • Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment)

      Mr. Robert N. Wareing, supported by Mr. Donald Stewart, Mr. Jack Ashley, Mr. A. J. Beith, Mr. Dafydd Wigley, Mr. Alfred Morris, Mr. Richard Body, Mr. John Hume, Rev. Martin Smyth, Mr. Albert...

      Social Security (Age of Retirement)

      Sir David Price, supported by Mr. Nicholas Winterton, Mrs. Renee Short, Mr. Andrew Bowden, Sir Brandon Rhys Williams, Mr. Ron Lewis, Mr. Patrick Cormack, Mr. Richard Wainwright, Mr. Michael...

      Prescription and Limitation (Scotland)

      Mr. Alexander Eadie, supported by Mr. Harry Ewing, Mr. Tam Dalyell, Dr. Gavin Strang, Mr. John Smith, Dr. M. S. Miller, Mr. Gordon Brown, Mr. Norman Hogg, Mr. Alexander Pollock, Lord James...

      Sex Equality

      Ms. Jo Richardson, supported by Mr. Andrew F. Bennett, Ms. Harriet Harman, Mr. Ian Mikardo, Dame Judith Hart, Mr. Alfred Dubs, Mrs. M. Beckett, Mr. Frank Dobson, Ms. Clare Short, Mrs. Renee...

      House Buyers

      Mr. Austin Mitchell presented a Bill to extend competition and to protect consumers in relation to the provision of services in connection with the transfer of ownership of real property in...

      Northern Ireland Act 1982 (Amendment)

      Mr. Ken Maginnis, supported by Mr. James Molyneaux, Mr. J. Enoch Powell, Mr. William Ross, Mr. Harold McCusker, Rev. Martin Smyth, Mr. Roy Beggs, Mr. Clifford Forsythe, Mr. James Nicholson, Mr....

      Juries (Disqualification)

      Mr. John Watson, supported by Mr. Neil Thorne, Mr. Gary Waller, Mr. Peter Lloyd, Mr. John Wheeler, and Mr. Stephen Dorrell presented a Bill to make further provision for disqualification for jury...

      Trade Marks Act 1938 (Amendment)

      Mr. Stephen Dorrell, supported by Sir Anthony Grant, Mr. Gregor MacKenzie, Mr. Nicholas Lyell, Mr. Barry Sheerman and Mr. John Watson presented a Bill to amend the Trade Marks Act 1938 to afford...

      Caravan and Tent Sites

      Mr. Peter Hubbard-Miles presented a Bill to make provision as to the licensing and control of caravan and tent sites; And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time...

      Lnimigration Offences (Amendment)

      Dr. John G. Blackburn presented a Bill to amend section 24 of the Immigration Act 1971 in respect of offences under subsection (1)(b)(i) of that section; And the same was read the First time; and...

      Partnership in Youth Service

      Sir Patrick Wall presented a Bill to give a statutory basis for youth work and consultation between local education authorities and voluntary youth organisations; And the same was read the First...

      Child Abduction

      Mr. Timothy Wood, supported by Mr. Gary Waller, Mr. Ivan Lawrence, Mr. Bowen Wells, and Mr. Peter Lloyd, presented a Bill to amend the criminal law relating to the abduction of children; And the...

      Agriculture (Amendment)

      Mr. Edward Leigh presented a Bill to amend section 2(3) of the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1944 so far as it relates to provisions for limiting the number of directors of the...

      Betting, Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment)

      Sir Ian Gilmour presented a Bill to amend the provisions of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 in relation to the conduct and advertisement of licensed betting offices and to make...

      Cycle Tracks

      Mr. Cecil Franks presented a Bill to amend the definition of "cycle track" in the Highways Act 1980 and to make further provision in relation to cycle tracks within the meaning of that Act: And...

      ABUSE OF Toxic SUBSTANCES

      Mr. Neville Trotter, supported by Mr. Harry Greenway and Mr. Tony Durant, presented a Bill to provide for the temporary detention of persons found in public places under the influence of toxic...

      Anatomy

      Mr. John McWilliam presented a Bill to make provision about the use of bodies of deceased persons, and parts of such bodies, for anatomical examination and about the custody and disposal of...

      Representation of the People (Electors on Holiday)

      Mr. Tony Durant, supported by Mr, John Heddle, Mr. Toby Jessel, Mr. Michael Shersby, Mr. David Knox, Sir David Price, Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock, Mr. Neville Trotter and Mr. Harry Greenway presented...

      Road Traffic (Driving Instruction)

      Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock, supported by Miss Janet Fookes, Mr. Michael Knowles, Mr. Robert N. Wareing, Mr. Gerald Bermingham and Mr. Bryan Gould presented a Bill to amend Part V of the Road Traffic...

  • Orders of the Day — Defence Estimates

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on amendment to Question [19 July]:That this House approves the Statement on the Defence Estimates 1983, contained in Cmnd. 8951.—[Mr.Heseltine.]

  • Orders of the Day — Supplementary Estimates 1983–84

    Question,That a supplementary sum not exceeding £1,003,830,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the...

  • Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund

    Mr. John Moore accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31 March 1984 and 1985; And the same was read the First time;...

  • Sex Discrimination

    102 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Equal Pay (Amendment) Regulations 1983, which were laid before this House on 6th July, be approved. The debate is on the draft regulations to amend the Equal Pay Act...

  • Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits)

    35 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Housing Benefits (Northern Ireland) Order 1983, which was laid before this House on 7th July, be approved. The order would enable the housing benefits schemes in...

  • Northern Ireland (Housing)

    31 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1983, which was laid before this House on 7th July, be approved. The Conservative Government, elected in 1979, were committed to...

  • Northern Ireland (Housing) (Amendments)

    3 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Housing (Northern Ireland Consequential Amendments) Order 1983, which was laid before this House on 7th July, be approved. This order makes amendments to the Housing...

  • Brynlliw Colliery

    2 speeches

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

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Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

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