House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 18 December 1985

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

    • Private Business

      PETERHEAD HARBOURS (SOUTH BAY DEVELOPMENT) ORDER CONFIRMATION BILL (By Order)

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Nicaragua

      15 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to pay an official visit to Nicaragua.

    • South Africa

      14 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to pay an official visit to South Africa.

      Middle East

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps Her Majesty's Government have taken to assess the degree to which the Arab populations of the West Bank and Gaza...

      General Belgrano

      11 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received concerning the Government's reply to the Foreign Affairs Committee's third report of Session...

      Jordan

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet the Jordanian Foreign Minister; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Israel.

      Middle East

      17 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a further statement on the peace process in the middle east.

      Stockholm Conference

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he is satisfied with progress at the Stockholm conference on security in Europe.

      South Africa

      26 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its foreign policy generally of Her Majesty's Government's...

      Iran-Iraq War

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances of the prospect of a peaceful settlement of the Iran-Iraq war were given to him by the Iraqi Foreign Minister...

      British Council

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received concerning the budget of the British Council; and if he will make a statement.

      United Kingdom High Commissions and Embassies

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he is satisfied with the commercial performance of high commissions, and embassies of the United Kingdom abroad.

      Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

      21 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations he has had with experts in the field of seismology on the verification of a nuclear test ban treaty.

  • Foreign Affairs Council

    48 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about the meetings of Community Foreign Ministers that took place in Brussels on 16 and 17 December. I took part in the meeting of...

  • Rate Support Grant (England)

    115 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I shall make a statement about the 1986–87 rate support grant settlement and selective rate limitation for local authorities in England. I have laid before...

  • Rate Support Grant (Wales)

    37 speeches

    Mr. Speaker, with permission, I wish to make a statement about the Welsh rate support grant settlement for 1986–87. I am today announcing to the Welsh Consultative Council on Local...

  • Westland Helicopter Company

    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,...

  • Points of Order

    46 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I would welcome your advice on how we can protect the reputation of this House from what I feel is a serious distortion and misrepresentation of what happened...

  • Bills Presented

    • Financial Services

      Mr. Secretary Brittan, supported by Mr. Secretary Younger, Mr. Secretary Edwards, Mr. Secretary King, Mr. Ian Stewart, Mr. Michael Howard and Mr. John Butcher, presented a Bill to regulate the...

    • Tobacco Smoking (Public Places)

      Mr. George Foulkes, supported by Mr. John Maxton, Mr. Roger Sims, Mr. John Home Robertson, Mr. D. N. Campbell-Savours, Mr. Clement Freud, Mr. Laurie Pavitt, Mr. A. J. Beith, Mr. George Robertson,...

      Pensioners' Right to Heat, Light and Communications

      1 speech

      I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to ensure the supply of gas and electricity for pensioner households; to abolish standing charges for pensioner consumers for gas,...

      Pensioners' Right to Heat, Light and Communications

      Mr. Jeremy Corbyn accordingly presented a Bill to ensure the supply of gas and electricity for pensioner households; to abolish standing charges for pensioner consumers for gas, electricity and...

      Adjournment (Christmas)

      39 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed,That this House at its rising on Friday 20th December do adjourn until Monday 13th January, and that the House shall not adjourn on Friday 20th December until...

  • Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund Bill

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Channel Fixed Link

    47 speeches

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

  • Juries (Practice for Challenge)

    36 speeches

    In the debate on the Loyal Address on 7 November, in reply to an intervention from me, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary expressed concern about the current position on peremptory...

  • City of London (Fraud)

    64 speeches

    Recent happenings in the City of London have given rise to great public concern. What strikes Labour Members so forcefully is that those happenings seem not to have been treated by the Government...

  • Low-paid Workers (Incentives)

    23 speeches

    Despite the lateness of the hour, it is important that the House be given an opportunity at the end of the year to debate the options which my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer...

  • Ports of Entry

    11 speeches

    I was about to say that a debate on the treatment of visitors at ports of entry and the rights of Members in this matter is timely, but I can think of nothing that is timely at 5·16 am,...

  • Drunken Driving

    18 speeches

    I am pleased that we are having this debate, albeit at this time of the morning. It is therefore incumbent upon me immediately to say to my hon. Friend the Minister of State and to my hon. Friend...

  • Copyright Infringement

    4 speeches

    I welcome the presence of my hon. Friend the Minister for Information Technology. I apologise for causing him to rise from his slumbers at such an hour, but I know that his concern about the...

  • Industrial Tribunals

    14 speeches

    The Minister will not be surprised to hear that I have chosen to speak about industrial tribunals and to explain to the House how industrial tribunals work today compared with how they worked...

  • Cornish Tin Industry

    5 speeches

    Even at the end of an all-night sitting, and with limited time available, I am grateful for the opportunity to raise what is undoubtedly the most important question facing the county of Cornwall...

  • Maternity Provision (Greater Glasgow)

    2 speeches

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

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