House of Commons debates

Monday, 16 March 1987

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport

    • British Rail Workshops

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will have urgent talks with the chairman of British Rail about the concentration of repair work in the regional depots, and the work available to...

    • Airlines

      16 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has as to the number of airlines currently based in the United Kingdom.

      Railways (Electrification)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he next intends to meet the chairman of British Rail to discuss electrification of the Bradford-Leeds railway line.

      Motorways

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on new motorway construction in each of the past three years, at constant prices.

      Manchester Airport

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the latest position regarding the development of the rail link to Manchester airport.

      Driving Tests

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving test examiners are employed by his Department (a) nationally and (b) in Leicester; what qualifications are required of driving...

      London Underground

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Epping Forest on 23 February, Official Report, column 8, what consideration he has now given to the...

      Air Traffic Control

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the ratio of air traffic controller posts to the number of flights.

      Roads (West Sussex)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on investment by Her Majesty's Government in the road infrastructure in West Sussex.

      British Airports Authority

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about progress in the privatisation of the British Airports Authority.

      Motorways

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of motorway have been completed since 1979.

      Road Safety

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will set up an inquiry into the provision and funding of further road safety measures for schoolchildren.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General

    • State Security

      14 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General when he next expects to meet the Director of Public Prosecutions to discuss progress with the consideration of possible prosecutions under section 2 of the Official...

    • State Security

      6 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General if he has yet reached any decision whether to prosecute Lord Rothschild in relation to alleged offences under the Official Secrets Act.

      Wright Court Case

      2 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General if he is now in a position to make a statement on the Wright court case in Australia.

      High Court Judges

      8 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General what criteria the Lord Chancellor uses in recommending the appointment of High Court judges.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development

    • Africa

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to help control the devastation being caused by locusts and other pests in Africa.

    • Mozambique

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the amount of aid her Majesty's Government will be extending to Mozambique in 1988–789.

      Development Research

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he is taking to ensure the viability of development studies and development related research in the United Kingdom.

      Development Process (Women's Participation)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the specific projects in his present programme of overseas aid that relate to women's participation in the...

      Immunisation Schemes

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support is being provided from the aid programme to immunisation schemes in developing countries.

      Aid-Trade Projects

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further projects he is considering for developing countries under the aid-trade provisions.

  • Wright Court Case

    35 speeches

    The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:

  • European Community (Steelmaking Capacity)

    22 speeches

    (by private notice)asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement oil European Commission proposals to reduce steelmaking capacity within the European Community.

  • Wright Court Case

    2 speeches

    I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 20, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely,...

  • Register of Members' Interests

    5 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. As all hon. Members know, you are responsible for entries within the Register of Members' Interests—responsible in the sense that hon. Members must give...

  • Standing Order No. 20 Applications

    2 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Those hon. Members who listened carefully to what you said when turning down the application by my hon. Friend the Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours)...

  • Orders of the Day — Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Bill

    166 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

    • Estimates

      It being after Ten o'clock, Mr. Speaker proceeded to put forthwith the Questions which he was directed by paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 53 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) to...

    • Estimates, 1987–88 (Navy), Vote A

      Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 1988 a number not exceeding 69,950 all ranks be maintained for Naval Service.

      Estimates, 1987–88 (Army), Vote A

      Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 1988 a number not exceeding 178,400 all ranks be maintained for Army Service, a number not exceeding 5,000 for the Home Service Force, a number...

      Estimates, 1987–88 (Air), Vote A

      Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 1988 a number not exceeding 96,700 all ranks be maintained for Air Force Service, a number not exceeding 5,650 for the Royal Air Force Reserve...

      Supplementary, Estimates 1986–87

      Resolved,That a further supplementary sum, not exceeding £1,111,464,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray charges for the Defence and Civil Services which...

      Estimates, Excesses, 1985–86

      Resolved,That a sum, not exceeding £392,730,629–84, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to make good excesses on certain grants for Defence and Civil Services for...

      CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL

      Mr. Norman Lamont accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31 March 1986 and 1987: And the same was read the first...

      Business of the House

      Ordered,That, at this day's sitting, the Ways and Means Motion may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.— [Mr. Neubert.]

      Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Bill (Ways and Means)

      Resolved,That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Bill, it is expedient to authorise payments into the Consolidated Fund. — [Mr. Neubert.]

      Access to Personal Files Bill [Money]

      Queen's recommendation having been signified.

      STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

      Consumer Safety

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 101 ( Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.).That the draft Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations...

      Private Bill Procedure

      Ordered,That Mr. Albert McQuarrie be discharged from the Joint Committee on Private Bill Procedure and Mr. Bill Walker be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Neubert.]

      Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)

      Ordered,That Mr. Michael Hancock be discharged from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and Mrs. Rosie Barnes be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Neubert.]

  • Orders of the Day — East Anglian Gangmasters

    12 speeches

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

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