House of Commons debates

Monday, 25 March 1985

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Energy Policy

    14 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has made any assessment of the effects of Government energy policy on employment prospects in Wales.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — A55 Northop Bypass

    8 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the proposed A55 Northop bypass, giving a schedule of starting and completion dates for its construction.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — A465 (Glynneath-Aberdulais)

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will indicate the latest position in respect of the construction of the section of the A465 trunk road linking Glynneath with Aberdulais; and if he...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Labour Statistics

    18 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number of people currently unemployed in Wales; how many were unemployed in May 1979; and what is the percentage increase in unemployment in...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Private Schools

    8 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many private schools received public funds in Wales in 1984.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Voluntary Organisations

    12 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the value of grants from his Department to voluntary organisations in each of the last three years, at constant prices.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Labour Statistics

    12 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many people are unemployed in (a) Gwent and (b) Wales compared with 1979 as a total and a percentage; and of the total unemployed, how many are...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education Expenditure

    8 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales by how much spending on education in Wales has increased since 1979, compared with the period 1974 to 1979; and by how much the teacher-pupil ratio in Wales...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Labour Statistics

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the current level of unemployment in Merthyr Tydfil and the Rhymney valley; and what percentage increase this is over the figures for May 1979.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Measles, Whooping Cough and Poliomyelitis

    6 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the percentage rate of inoculation and vaccination of children for measles, whooping cough, and polio in the last two years for which figures...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay Dispute)

    8 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will estimate the number of pupil-hours lost in Wales in consequence of the current teachers' pay dispute.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — NHS Patient Records

    8 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the confidentiality of patient records in the National Health Service in Wales.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry Dispute (Consequences)

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his latest information regarding the consequences in Wales of the coal mining strike in loss of coal production, revenue for British Rail,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Labour Statistics

    4 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the latest unemployment figures available for (i) Ogmore constituency, (ii) Mid Glamorgan county council and (iii) Wales.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Departmental Policies (Job Creation)

    5 speeches

    asked the Secretary of State for Wales what impact he expects his policies to have on the level of unemployment in Wales.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts

    • Private Funding

      12 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts what further plans the Minister for the Arts has with regard to encouraging private funding of the arts; and if...

    • Arts Council Drama Panel

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts whether the Minister for the Arts intends to meet the chairman of the Arts Council to discuss the composition of...

      Arts Performances (Funding)

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts what study has been made of the relative cost-effectiveness of (a) general subsidies for arts performances and...

      Northern Arts

      6 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts what proposals the Minister for the Arts has to increase resources available to Northern Arts.

      Europa Nostra (Departmental Co-operation)

      4 speeches

      asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State answering in respect of the Arts what co-operation exists between the Office of Arts and Libraries and Europa Nostra; and if he will make a statement.

  • Questions to Ministers

    6 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate that you are not responsible for the quality of answers given by Ministers during Question Time, and in the case of Welsh questions you are no doubt...

  • South Africa (Shootings)

    43 speeches

    (by private notice) asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on what response he has made and what further steps he proposes following the...

  • Foreign Affairs Council

    25 speeches

    I will with permission, Mr. Speaker, make a statement on the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council which was held in Brussels from 17 to 21 March and at which my right hon. and learned Friend...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [19 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 public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but this...

  • Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    145 speeches

    [Relevant documents: European Community Document No. 10277/84, Annual Economic Report 1984–85 and the Unnumbered document Annual Economic Report 1984–85 (final version as adopted by...

    • 2. Spirits

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 20th March 1985, the rate of duty specified in section 5 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be increased from £15·48 per litre of...

    • 3. Beer

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 20th March 1985, the rates of duty specified in section 36 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be increased— (a) from £24·00 for...

      4. Wine and Made-Wine

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 20th March 1985, the rates of duty under sections 54 and 55 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be as follows—

      5. Blending of Wines Subject to Different Duty Rates

      Motion made, and Question,That, with respect to the blending or otherwise mixing of wines on or after 26th March 1985, section 54 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 (charge of excise duty on...

      6. Cider

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 20th March 1985, the rate of duty specified in section 62(1) of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be increased from £14·28 per...

      7. Tobacco Products

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 22nd March 1985, the rates of duty on cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco specified in Schedule 1 to the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 shall be...

      8. Hydrocarbon Oil

      Motion made, and Question,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 19th March 1985, the rates of duty specified in section 6(1) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 shall be increased—...

      9. Hydrocarbon Oil (Mixing)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made allowing the Commissioners of customs and Excise to charge a duty of excise on hydrocarbon oil which has become mixed with other hydrocarbon...

      10. Vehicles Excise Duty

      Motion made, and Question,That the vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 shall have effect, in relation to licences taken out after 19th March 1985,...

      11. Gaming Machine Licence Duty

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made extending to Northern Ireland the provisions of the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981 relating to gaming machine licence duty.—[Mr....

      12. Value Added Tax (Newspaper Advertisements)

      Motion made, and Question,That, with respect to supplies made on or after 1st May 1985, Schedule 5 to the Value Added Tax Act 1983 shall have effect with the omission of Group 5 (newspaper...

      13. Income Tax (Charge and Rates for 1985–86)

      Motion made, and Question,That— (1) Income tax for the year 1985–86 shall be charged at the basic rate of 30 per cent. and, in respect of so much of an individual's total income as...

      14. Income Tax (Personal Reliefs)

      Motion made, and Question, That— (1) Section 24(5) of the Finance Act 1980 (increase of personal reliefs) shall not apply for the year 1985–86.(2) In section 8 of the Income and...

      15. Relief for Interest (Limit for 1985–86)

      Motion made, and Question,That, for the year 1985–86, the qualifying maximum referred to in paragraphs 5(1) and 24(3) of Schedule 1 to the Finance Act 1974 (limit on relief for interest on...

      16. Advance Corporation Tax (Rate for Financial Year 1985)

      Motion made, and Question,That the rate of advance corporation tax for the financial year 1985 shall be three-sevenths.—[Mr. Lawson]put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 114 (Ways...

      17. Capital Allowances (Machinery and Plant)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made with respect to allowances for machinery and plant under Chapter I of Part III of the Finance Act 1971.—[Mr. Lawson]put forthwith...

      18. Capital Allowances (Dredging, Agricultural Land and Hotels)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to income tax may be imposed by provisions— (a) terminating initial allowances under section 67 of the Capital Allowances Act 1968 (dredging);(b)...

      19. Capital Allowances (Scientific Research)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made with respect to allowances for capital expenditure on scientific research under Part II of the Capital Allowances Act 1968.—[Mr....

      20. Interest Paid on Deposits with Banks etc.

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made amending Schedule 8 to the Finance Act 1984.—[Mr. Lawson.]put forthwith pursuant to Standing order No. 114 (Ways and Means motions), and...

      21. Securities

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to income tax, capital gains tax and corporation tax may be imposed by provisions about transactions occurring on or after 28th February 1985 in relation to...

      22. Friendly Societies

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made with respect to— (a) the conditions to be fulfilled in order that friendly societies and branches thereof may be entitled to claim...

      23. Offshore Life Assurance

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made amending Part III of Schedule 15 to the Finance Act 1984.—[Mr. Lawson.]put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 114 (Ways and Means...

      24. Business Expansion Scheme

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made excluding property development, in certain circumstances, from the trades which are treated as qualifying trades for the purpose of Schedule 5...

      25. Partnerships (Basis of Assessment)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made for altering the basis of assessment relating to partnerships.—[Mr. Lawson]put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 114 (Ways and...

      26. Limited Partners (Reliefs)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made with respect to reliefs from tax available to limited partners and persons in a similar position.—[Mr. Lawson]put forthwith pursuant to...

      27. London Regional Transport

      Motion made, and Question,That in computing for the purposes of corporation tax the profit or loss of London Regional Transport for any accounting period beginning on or after 1st April 1985, the...

      28. Valuation of Oil (Income Tax and Corporation Tax)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision be made, for the purposes of income tax and corporation tax, with respect to oil appropriated in certain circumstances to refining or to any use except...

      29. Commodity Futures, Financial Futures and Traded Options

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made for bringing gains on certain disposals of commodity futures, financial futures and traded options within the charge to capital gains tax or...

      30. Capital Gains (Retirement Relief)

      Motions made, and Question,That provision may be made restricting the offices and employments which are relevant to the giving of relief from capital gains tax on the disposal by a person...

      31. Capital Gains (Series of Transactions)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to capital gains tax and corporation tax may be imposed by provisions relating to assets disposed of in a series of transactions.—[Mr. Lawson.]put...

      32. Capital Transfer Tax (Conditional Exemption)

      Motion made, and Question,That charges to capital transfer tax may be imposed by provisions relating to conditional exemption.—[Mr. Lawson.]put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 114...

      33. Stamp Duty (Takeovers)

      Motion made, and Question,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 26th March 1985 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of...

      34. Stamp Duty (Voluntary Winding Up: Transfer of Shars)

      Motion made, and Question,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 26th March 1985 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of...

      5. Stamp Duty (Gifts Inter Vivos)

      Motion made, and Question,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 26th March 1985 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of...

      36. Stamp Duty (Transfers in Connection with Divorce etc.)

      Motion made, and Question,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 26th March 1985 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of...

      37. Stamp Duty (Death: Varying Disposiions, and Appropriations)

      Motion made, and Question,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 26th March 1985 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of...

      38. Stamp Duty (Repeal of Certain Fixed Duties)

      Motion made, and Question,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 26th March 1985 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of...

      39. Stamp Duty (Abolition of Duty on Contract Notes)

      Motion made, and Question,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 26th March 1985 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of...

      40. Stamp Duty (Exchange Rates)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made for the application to certain instruments of section 6 of the Stamp Act 1891 instead of section 12 of the Finance Act 1899.—[Mr....

      41. Oil Taxation (Limit on Tax Payable)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made with respect to the chargeable periods which are relevant for the purposes of section 9(1) of the Oil Taxation Act 1975.—[Mr....

      42. Oil Taxation (Exploration and Appraisal Expenditure)

      Motion made, and Question,That provision may be made limiting expenditure qualifying for relief under section 5A of the Oil Taxation Act 1975— (a) by restricting the areas relevant to...

      43. Relief from Tax (Incidental and Consequential Chrges)

      Motion made, and Question,That it is expedient to authorise any incidental or consequential charges to any duty or tax (including charges having restrospective effect) which may arise from...

      Procedure Resolution

      Motion made, and Question,That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to matters which may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present...

      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...

      National Health Service (Charges)

      58 speeches

      I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Amendment Regulations 1985 (S.I., 1985, No. 326),...

  • Orders of the Day — Mineworkers Pension Scheme

    45 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Mineworkers' Pension Scheme (Limit on Contributions) Order 1985, which was laid before this House on 11th March, be approved. The order follows the standard form of...

  • Orders of the Day — Nurses and Midwives (Pay)

    19 speeches

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

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