House of Commons debates

Monday, 23 March 1987

  • Preamble

    The House met at half past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wales

    • Labour Statistics

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the latest unadjusted figures for unemployment in (a) Newport, (b) Gwent and (c) Wales; and if he will give the equivalent figures for 1979 on the...

    • Primary Schools (Expenditure)

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent per pupil in primary schools in Wales in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what was the comparable figure for...

      Fluoridation

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales which health authorities in Wales permit fluoridation of water supplies.

      Beef Production

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from farmers organisations on the future of beef production in Wales.

      House Building

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many housing starts were made in (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector in Wales during 1986.

      Fire and Public Health Regulations

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with local authorities about enforcement of the fire and public health regulations in houses in multi-occupation in Wales.

      Swndwr Farm, Northop

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it his policy not to sell Swndwr farm, Northop, to British Coal for opencast mining; and if he will make a statement.

      Anglesey (Public Funds)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans to increase the amount of public funds provided through his Department or its agencies to Anglesey; and if he will make a statement.

      Job Training Schemes

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has about the progress to date of the job training scheme in the Welsh pilot area; and if he will make a statement.

      Outgoers Scheme

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the response within the Principality to the most recently announced outgoers scheme for the dairy farming industry; and if he will make a...

      Severn Barrage

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has carried out a study of the economic impact on South Wales if the Severn barrage were constructed.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners

    • Historic Buildings

      4 speeches

      asked the hon. Member for Wokingham, as representing the Church Commissioners, how much was spent in the past year by the commissioners on historic buildings under their control; what were the...

    • VAT (Buildings)

      8 speeches

      asked the hon. Member for Wokingham, as representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the effect of value added tax on repairs on those buildings for whose upkeep the...

      Compensation Payments

      14 speeches

      asked the hon. Member for Wokingham, as representing the Church Commissioners, what measures the Church Commissioners propose to take to enable the payment of compensation to those clergymen who...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wales

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons

    • Opposition Parties (Finance)

      6 speeches

      asked the Lord Privy Seal what recent representations he has received concerning the requirement that financial assistance provided to Opposition parties should be expended solely in support of...

    • Palace of Westminster

      11 speeches

      asked the Lord Privy Seal what representations he has received about progress with the cleaning and restoring of the external stonework of the Palace of Westminster; and if he will make a statement.

      Catering (Curried Cornish Pasties)

      8 speeches

      asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will take steps to secure the withdrawal of curried Cornish pasties from the cafeterias of the House; and if he will make a statement.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wales

    • Schools (Peace Studies)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has as to the extent of the teaching of peace studies in Wales and as to the local education authorities involved; and if he will make a...

    • Job Clubs

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many jobs have been gained in Wales by those attending job clubs since the scheme began.

  • Hospital Services (Ealing)

    2 speeches

    I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, the deterioration of hospital...

  • Ministerial Answers

    8 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Although it is clearly not for you to become involved in the answers which Ministers give to the House — you would have a very difficulty task if you...

  • Personal Statement

    1 speech

    In last Friday's debate on law and order I made remarks which reflected upon the personal conduct of certain hon. Members and which must have caused them offence. I wish now to apologise to the...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [17 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

    133 speeches

    [Relevant documents: European Community Document No. 10155/86, Annual Economic Report 1986–87 and the unnumbered document, Annual Economic Report 1986–87 (final version as adopted by...

    • 2. Unleaded Petrol

      Resolved,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 17th March 1987,—(1) after section 13 of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 there shall be inserted th following section—

    • Rebate on Unleaded Petrol

      13A — (1) On unleaded petrol charged with the excise duty on hydrocarbon oil and delivered for home use there shall be allowed at the time of delivery a rebate of duty at the rate of...

      3. Vehicles Excise Duty (Farmers' Goods Vehicles)

      Resolved,That Schedule 4 to each of the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 shall have effect, in relation to licences taken out after 17th March...

      4. Vehicles Excise Duty (Recovery Vehicles)

      Resolved,That provision may be made for, and in connection with, charging duty in respect of recovery vehicles by reference to an annual rate of £50 under the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 and...

      5. Vehicles Excise Duty (Trade Licences)

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to the rates of duty applicable to trade licences under section 16 of each of the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 and the Vehicles (Excise) Act...

      6. Abolition of General Betting Duty on on Course Bets

      Resolved,That— (1) General betting duty shall not be chargeable on any bet made on or after 29th March 1987 which is an on-course bet within the meaning of Part I of the Betting and Gaming...

      7. Gaming Machine Licence Duty (Rates)

      Resolved,That, with respect to licences for any period beginning on or after 1st June 1987, for the Tables set out in section 23(1) of the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981 there shall be...

      8. Gaming Machine Licence Duty (Exemptions etc.)

      Resolved,That provision may be made amending Schedule 4 to the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981 (exemptions and supplementary provisions relating to gaming machine licence duty).—[Mr. Lawson.]

      9. Value Added Tax (Credit for Input Tax)

      Resolved,

      10. Value Added Tax (Supplies to Groups)

      Resolved,That, in relation to transfers of assets made on or after 1st April 1987, the Value Added Tax Act 1983 shall have effect with the insertion after section 29 of the following section—

      11. Value Added Tax (Valuation)

      Resolved,That, in relation to supplies made on or after 1st April 1987, Schedule 4 to the Value Added Tax Act 1983 shall have effect with the insertion, at the beginning of paragraph 1(1) (c), of...

      12. Value Added Tax (Issue of Securities)

      Resolved,That, in relation to supplies made on or after 1st April 1987, Group 5 in Schedule 6 to the Value Added Tax Act 1983 shall have effect with the following amendments— (a) at the end...

      13. Value Added Tax (Supplies Received from Abroad)

      Resolved,That with respect to services supplied on or after 1st April 1987, section 7 of the Value Added Tax Act 1983 (reverse charge on supplies received from abroad) shall be amended as...

      14. Value Added Tax (Tour Operators)

      Resolved,That provision may be made about the treatment for the purposes of value added tax of supplies by tour operators, travel agents and others making like supplies. — [Mr. Lawson.]

      15. Value Added Tax (Transfers from the United Kingdom)

      Resolved,That provision may be made repealing item 2 of Group 15 in Schedule 5 to the Value Added Tax Act 1983. —[Mr. Lawson.]

      16. Value Added Tax (Registration etc.)

      Resolved,That the Value Added Tax Act 1983 may be amended by provisions as to registration, and provisions treating as taxable persons certain registered persons who neither make nor intend to...

      17. Income Tax (Charge and Rates for 1987–88)

      Question putThat— (1) Income tax for the year 1987–88 shall be charged at the basic rate of 27 per cent. and, in respect of so much of an individual's total income as exceeds...

      18. Income Tax (Indexed Personal Reliefs etc.): Operative Date for Paye

      Resolved,That, for the year 1987–88, in subsection (7) of section 24 of the Finance Act 1980 (which specifies the date from which indexed changes in income tax thresholds and allowances are...

      19. Increased Personal Relief for Those Aged Eighty and over

      Resolved,That, for the year 1987–88 and subsequent years of assessment—

      20. Increased Relief for Blind Persons

      Resolved,That— (1) For the year 1987–88 and subsequent years of assessment, in section 18 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970— (a) in subsection (1) (single blind...

      21. Relief for Interest (Limit for 1987–88)

      Resolved,That, for the year 1987–88, 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 certain loans for...

      22. Corporation Tax (Charge and Rate for Financial Year 1987)

      Resolved,That corporation tax shall be charged for the financial year 1987 at the rate of 35 per cent.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      23. Corporation Tax (Small Companies)

      Resolved,That— (a) the small companies rate for the financial year 1987 shall be 27 per cent.; and(b) the fraction by reference to which corporation tax charged on income is reduced under...

      24. Companies' Chargeable Gains

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to the treatment of the chargeable gains of companies for the purposes of corporation tax.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      25. Charities

      Resolved,That, for the year 1987–88 and subsequent years of assessment, section 27(7) of the Finance Act 1986 (which limits to £100 the payroll deductions attracting relief) shall have...

      26. Registered Friendly Societies

      Resolved,That provision may be made— (a) amending section 332(2) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970 and section 64 of the Friendly Societies Act 1974 with respect to contracts for...

      27. Annuities, etc.

      Resolved,That provision may be made about contracts, schemes or other arrangements providing for the payment of annuities or lump sums.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      28. Retirement Benefits Schemes

      Resolved,That provision may be made about retirement benefits schemes.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      29. Income Support

      Resolved,That provision may be made charging to income tax under Schedule E payments of income support under the Social Security Act 1986 or the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order...

      30. Pay as You Earn

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to the payments to which section 204 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970 (pay as you earn) applies.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      31. Underwriters

      Resolved,That charges to income tax (including charges for the years of assessment 1985–86 and 1986–87) may be imposed by provisions about underwriters.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      32. Foreign Partnerships

      Resolved,That provision may be made, with retrospective effect, with respect to the taxation of persons resident in the United Kingdom who are members of partnerships resident outside the United...

      33. Companies: Material Interests

      Resolved,That provision may be made as to the cases in which a person is to be regarded as having a material interest in a company for certain purposes of the Tax Acts. — [Mr. Lawson.]

      34. Apportionment of Income etc. of Close Companies

      Resolved,That provision may be made amending Schedule 16 to the Finance Act 1972.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      35. Corporation Tax (Payment Dates)

      Resolved,That provision may be made as to the time within which corporation tax in respect of any accounting period of a company is required to be paid.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      36. Charges on Income

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to the dates on which certain payments made between companies are to be treated as received.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      37. Investment Companies

      Resolved,That amendments may be made to section 304 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      38. Recognised Investment Exchanges

      Resolved,That charges to income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax may be imposed by provisions enabling enactments referring to The Stock Exchange to have effect, with or without...

      39. Controlled Foreign Companies

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to the circumstances in which a controlled foreign company, within the meaning of Chapter VI of Part II of the Finance Act 1984, is to be regarded...

      40. Dual Resident Companies

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to companies which are resident in the United Kingdom and are also within a charge to tax under the laws of a territory outside the United...

      41. Double Taxation Relief: Interest on Overseas Loans

      Resolved,That provision may be made amending sections 65 and 66 of the Finance Act 1982.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      42. Advance Corporation Tax: Oil Industry

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to— (a) the setting of advance corporation tax against corporation tax on profits arising from oil extraction activities or oil rights,...

      43. Commodity Futures, Financial Futures and Options

      Resolved,That provision may be made— (a) for bringing gains on certain disposals of commodity futures, financial futures and options within the charge to capital gains tax or corporation...

      44. Stamp Duty (Clearance Services)

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to stamp duty in relation to instruments transferring securities to persons concerned with clearance services.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      45. Stamp Duty (Market Makers)

      Resolved,That amendments may he made to section 82(6) of the Finance Act 1986.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      46. Stamp Duty (Crown Exemption)

      Resolved,That charges to stamp duty may be imposed by provisions relating to instruments made by, to or with Ministers of the Crown.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      47. Stamp Duty Reserve Tax

      Resolved,That charges to stamp duty reserve tax may be imposed by further provisions relating to that tax.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      48. Inheritance Tax

      Resolved,That charges to inheritance tax may be imposed— (a) by provisions relating to the coming to an end of an interest in possession in settled property;(b) by provisions as to the...

      49. Oil Taxation: Nomination Scheme

      Resolved,That, in connection with a scheme relating to the nomination of sales, appropiations and other disposals of oil, provision may be made with respect to the amounts to be taken into...

      50. Oil Taxation: Market Value of Oil

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to the determination of the market value of oil for the purposes of provisions of the Oil Taxation Act 1975.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      51. Collective Investment Schemes

      Resolved,That charges to income tax, corporation tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, stamp duty and stamp duty reserve tax may be imposed by provisions relating to unit trust schemes or to...

      52. Relief from Tax (Incidental and Consequential Charges)

      Resolved,That it is expedient to authorise any incidental or consequential charges to any duty or tax (including charges having retrospective effect) which may arise from provisions designed in...

      Procedure (Personal Pension Schemes)

      Ordered,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 Session may make...

      Procedure (Exchange and Financial Control)

      Ordered,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 Session may—...

      Procedure (Future Taxation)

      Ordered,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 Session may contain...

      Finance

      Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties and to amend the law relating the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with finance, presented...

  • Orders of the Day — European Community Documents

    • Medical and Health Research

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 102(5) (Standing Committees on European Community documents.)

    • Road Haulage

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 102(5) (Standing Committees on European Community documents.)That this House takes note of European Community Documents Nos....

  • Orders of the Day — Statutory Instruments, &C.

    • Civil Defence

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(5) (Standing Committees on Statutory Instruments.)That the draft Civil Defence (Grant) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations...

  • Orders of the Day — Education (Kingston upon Thames)

    4 speeches

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

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