House of Commons debates

Monday, 19 December 1983

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Energy

    • Onshore Licences

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he can yet report on the review of arrangements for granting onshore licences.

    • Coal Industry

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on policy concerning the future of the coal industry.

      Onshore Licences

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy if there has been an increase since 1979 in onshore appraisal well drilling.

      British Gas Corporation

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the financial and service targets set for the British Gas Corporation for the next four years.

      Electricity Supplies

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he has any plans to change the arrangements for companies taking advantage of the provision under the Energy Act 1983, whereby they can use the Central...

      Energy Prices

      20 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy what recent representations he has received on electricity prices.

      European Community Energy Policy

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he is satisfied with progress towards the development of a European Community energy policy.

      Energy Prices

      17 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he next intends to meet the chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board to discuss energy costs.

      Oil Industry

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the state of the oil industry in the United Kingdom.

      Coal Use

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he is taking to promote the use of British coal within British industry.

      Alternative Energy Sources

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are the proportions of total Government grants for research into alternative sources of energy allocated to solar, wave and wind and geothermal projects.

      Coal Industry

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he next expects to meet the chairman of the National Coal Board to discuss new investment in the industry.

      Foundry Coke Subsidy

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has reviewed the possibility of continuing the foundry coke subsidy.

      Energy Prices

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he next expects to meet the chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board to discuss electricity price increases.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service

    • Retirement

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the current annual percentage of civil servants who retire from the service voluntarily prior to reaching the normal retirement age.

    • Northern Region

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is the number of Civil Service posts transferred to the northern region since May 1979.

      Retired Civil Servants

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service what rules are laid down regarding the disclosure by retired civil servants of official information gained during their service.

      Unified Grades

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many staff are expected to be in each of the three new unified grades in the Civil Service announced on 23 November, Official Report, c. 172–73.

  • Harrods (Bomb Incident)

    47 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about the bomb incident in Knightsbridge last Saturday afternoon. At 12.41 pm on Saturday, 17 December, the central London...

  • Greenham Common

    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,...

  • Scott Lithgow (Britoil Contract)

    8 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

    • Ordnance Factories and Military Services

      Mr. Secretary Heseltine, supported by Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Secretary Tebbit, Mr. John Moore and Mr. Geoffrey Pattie, presented a Bill to make provision for the transfer to a...

    • Rates

      Mr. Secretary Jenkin, supported by Mr. Secretary Brittan, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Sir Keith Joseph, Mr. Secretary Edwards, Mr. Secretary Fowler, Mr. Secretary Tebbit, Mr....

      Law Reform (Husband and Wife) (Scotland)

      Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, supported by Sir Hector Morro, Mr. Barry Henderson, Mr. John Come, Mr. Bill Walker, Mr. Gerald Malone, Mr. Michael Hirst and Mrs. Anne McCurley presented a Bill to...

  • Sittings of the House

    Ordered,

  • Adjournment (Christmas)

    49 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed,

  • Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund Bill

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Airbus A320

    27 speeches

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

  • Visiting Forces Act 1952

    19 speeches

    This debate concerns the operations of the Visiting Forces Act 1952. Probably few people, including hon. Members, know anything about the Act. I knew nothing until my attention was drawn to it by...

  • South-West Region

    40 speeches

    I am grateful for this opportunity to discuss the problems experienced in the south-west of England. I am glad that so many of my right hon. and hon. Friends as well as Opposition Members are...

  • Wales (Home Improvement Grants)

    29 speeches

    I cannot recall when last, as a Back Bencher, I spoke on the Consolidated Fund Bill. I suspect that it was during the 1960s. I had forgotten the hour of the day at which one is called upon to...

  • Charities

    14 speeches

    I am glad to have this opportunity of introducing a debate on a subject that is of the greatest importance. The operations of charities now cover every aspect of the welfare and education of...

  • Housing Benefit

    13 speeches

    I am pleased to have this opportunity to raise the very serious matter of the reduction in income which will be imposed on some of the poorest families in the land as a result of the cuts in...

  • Al-M1 (Cambridgeshire)

    5 speeches

    I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Minister for attending at this extraordinarily late hour to reply to the debate. She of course looks fresher and more charming than anyone. My hon. Friend...

  • Licensing Laws

    3 speeches

    I cannot think of a more appropriate time of the year for the House to review the operation of the licensing laws as they relate to the sale of alcoholic beverages. This is the festive season...

  • Africa (Aid)

    4 speeches

    This year the rains have failed in Africa, a continent where two-thirds of the world's poorest people scratch a living that is precarious at the best of times. Whole communities are on the move...

  • Foreign Policy (Caribbean)

    3 speeches

    I find myself in the familiar position of trying to compress a 30-minute speech into five minutes, but I shall do my best. My main concern in introducing this subject for debate is that I...

  • South Sefton Area Health Authority

    6 speeches

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

What is this?

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.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

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