House of Commons debates

Monday, 21 March 1988

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wales

    • AIDS

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number of persons in Wales now diagnosed as having AIDS; what has been the increase during the past 12 months; and what estimate has been made...

    • Labour Statistics

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the combined total of persons employed in Wales in the coal and steel industries in 1979; what it is in 1988; and what are the equivalent figures...

      Labour Statistics

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what are the latest unemployment figures for (i) Wales, (ii) West Glamorgan and (iii) Neath and what were the comparable figures for the same period in 1979.

      Wales Tourist Board

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the chairman of the Wales tourist board; and what matters were discussed.

      Opera

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to encourage the development of opera in Wales.

      Welsh Craft Industry

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proposals he has to implement the recommendations of Mr. Tony Ball's Welsh craft industry study for a coordinated marketing policy for Wales and...

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the latest information he has on the number of people waiting for in-patient treatment as (a) urgent and (b) non-urgent cases in (i) Clwyd and (ii)...

      Wales Tourist Board

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total amount allocated for (i) publicity and (ii) marketing, within the annual budget for the Wales tourist board in 1980–81 and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the implementation of the GCSE examination in Wales.

      Hospital and Health Plans

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he will take to ensure full public availability of financial information on hospital and other health plans in South Glamorgan and in Wales as a...

      Rates

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the implications for rates in Wales following the House of Lords judgment on 11 February in the case of Clement v. Addis Ltd.

      Health Service Staff

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on staffing levels in the Health Service in Wales.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster

    • City of Leicester

      4 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he next intends to visit those parts of the city of Leicester which are Duchy property.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners

    • Education Reform

      4 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, answering for the Church Commissioners, what representations the Church Commissioners have received on the implications for the area of the commissioners'...

    • VAT (Religious Books)

      6 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, answering for the Church Commissioners, what representations he has received from the clergy regarding the implications for their standard of living of...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Public Accounts Commission

    • Public Accounts Committee

      6 speeches

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission if he will give details of the occasions since 1986 when the Public Accounts Commission has received advice from the Public Accounts...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wales

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons

    • Annunciators

      8 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will make a statement on announcements about Government business on the House of Commons annunciators.

    • Still and Carbonated Waters

      6 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council what quantity of still and carbonated waters were sold in the House of Commons Refreshment Department in the last year; from what countries; and if he...

      Welsh Language

      12 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council what assessment he has made of the cost of using simultaneous translation facilities in the Welsh Grand Committee so as to allow for the use of Welsh in...

      Aerosols

      8 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council if there are any plans to ban the use of aerosols in the Palace of Westminster; and if he will make a statement.

  • Terrorist Murders in Northern Ireland

    48 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement on the recent killings in Northern Ireland, and especially on the murders of two soldiers in Belfast on Saturday 19 March. I must remind...

  • STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

    Ordered,That the draft Minors' Contracts (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.—[Mr. Boscawen.]

  • Northern Ireland Statements

    14 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I want to make it absolutely clear that I make absolutely no criticism of your position. This is a genuinely serious matter. Over the past 12 months I have sat...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    3 speeches

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [15 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...

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    137 speeches

    [Relevant documents: European Community Document No. 9561/87, Annual Economic Report 1987–88 and the unnumbered document, Annual Economic Report 1987–88 (final version as adopted by...

    • 1. Amendment of the Law

      1 speech

      Resolved,That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but this Resolution does not...

    • 2. Beer

      Resolved,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 15th March 1988, the rates of duty specified in section 36 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be increased— (a) from...

      3. Wine and Made-Wine

      Resolved,That as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 15th March 1988, the rates of duty under sections 54 and 55 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be as follows—

      4. Cider

      Resolved,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 15th March 1988, the rates of duty specified in section 62(1) of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be increased from £15·80...

      5. Tobacco Products

      Resolved,That, as from 18th March 1988, the rates of duty on cigarettes, cigars and hand-rolling tobacco specified in Schedule 1 to the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 shall be increased—...

      6. Hydrocarbon Oil

      1 speech

      Question put,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 15th March 1988— (1) The rates of duty specified in section 6(1) of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 shall be increased—(a)...

      7. Vehicles Excise Duty

      Resolved,That the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 ("the 1971 Act") and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 ("the 1972 Act") shall have effect, in relation to licences taken out after...

      8. Vehicles Excise Duty (Exceptional Loads, etc.)

      Resolved,That the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 ("the 1971 Act") and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 ("the 1972 Act") shall have effect, as from 1st June 1988, with the amendments...

      Schedule 4a Annual Rates of Duty on Vehicles Used for Carrying or Drawing Exceptional Loads

      1. This Schedule applies to a vehicle— (a)which is a heavy motor car used for the carriage of exceptional loads; or(b) which is a heavy locomotive, light locomotive or motor tractor used...

      9. Vehicles Excise Duty (Recovery Vehicles)

      Resolved,That provision may be made amending paragraph 8 of Part 1 of Schedule 3 to each of the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      10. Value Added Tax (Registration)

      Resolved,That provision may be made as to registration and the cancellation of registrations under the Value Added Tax Act 1983.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      11. Income Tax (Charge and Rates for 1988–89)

      Question put,That— (1) Income tax shall be charged for the year 1988–89—(a) at the basic rate of 25 per cent, and(b) in respect of so much of an individual's total income as...

      12. Income Tax (Personal Reliefs)

      Resolved,That— (1) In section 257 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (personal reliefs)—(a) in subsection (1)(a) (married allowance) for "£3,795" there shall be...

      13. Corporation Tax (Charge and Rate for Financial Year 1988)

      Resolved,That corporation tax shall he charged for the financial year 1988 at the rate of 35 per cent.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      14. Corporation Tax (Small Companies)

      Resolved,That— (a) the small companies rate for the financial year 1988 shall be 25 per cent.; and(b) the fraction mentioned in section 13(2) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988,...

      15. Income Tax (Minor Personal Allowances)

      Question put,That— (1) Sections 258, 263 and 264 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (housekeeper allowance, dependent relative allowance and son's or daughter's allowance) shall...

      16. Covenants and Maintenance, etc.

      Resolved,That—(1) The following sections shall be inserted at the beginning of Part IX of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988—

      17. Relief for Interest (Limit for 1988–89)

      Resolved,That, for the year 1988–89, the qualifying maximum referred to in sections 357 and 365(3) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (limit on relief for interest on certain...

      18. Relief for Interest (Home Loans)

      Resolved,That provision may be made about relief for interest paid in relation to any land, caravan or house-boat used or to be used as an only or main residence.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      19. Relief for Interest (Home Improvements)

      1 speech

      Question put,That—

      20. Relief for Interest (Dependent Relative's Residence)

      Resolved,That— (1) In sections 355(1)(a) and 357(2)(a) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 the words "or of a dependent relative or former or separated spouse of his." shall not...

      21. Benefits in Kind (Cars)

      Resolved,That— (1) For the year 1988–89 and subsequent years of assessment, Schedule 6 to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (taxation of directors and others in respect of...

      22. Woodlands

      Resolved,That provision may be made about the commercial occupation of woodlands.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      23. Business Expansion Scheme

      1 speech

      Question put,That provision may be made amending Chapter III of Part VII of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 and the corresponding enactments repealed by that Act. —[Mr. Lawson.]

      24. PAYMENTS ON TERMINA'rION OF EMPLOYMENT, ETC.

      Resolved,That provision may be made abolishing relief under paragraphs 4 to 7 of Schedule 11 to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      25. Oil Licences

      Resolved,That provision may he made with respect to the application of— (a) the Capital Gains Tax Act 1979 and any enactment which falls to be construed as one with that Act,(b) certain...

      26. Company Residence and Migration

      Resolved,That charges to corporation tax may be imposed by provisions for determining whet her or not a company is to be regarded as resident in the United Kingdom, and provisions relating to...

      27. Charities

      Resolved,That, for the year 1988–89 and subsequent years of assessment, section 202(7) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (which limits to £120 the deductions attracting...

      28. Entertainment Expenses

      Resolved,That provision may be made repealing section 577(2) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988. —[Mr. Lawson.]

      29. Premiums for Leases, etc.

      Resolved,That provision may be made abolishing relief under Schedule 2 to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988. —[Mr. Lawson.]

      30. Underwriters

      Resolved,That provision (including provision for the years of assessment 1985–86, 1986–87 and 1987–88) may be made about underwriters.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      31. Foreign Public Revenue Dividends

      Resolved,That provision may be made about dividends payable out of any public revenue, within the meaning of Part III of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, other than the public revenue...

      32. Employee Share Acquisitions

      Resolved,That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made about the acquisition of shares or interests in shares by directors or employees (or prospective or former...

      33. Capital Allowances

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to allowances under the Capital Allowances Act 1968 or Chapter I of Part III of the Finance Act 1971.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      34. Capital Gains Tax (Rates)

      Resolved,That provision may be made about the rates at which capital gains tax is chargeable and for related purposes.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      35. Capital Gains (Assets Held on 31ST March 1982)

      1 speech

      Question put,That provision may be made as to the taxation of capital gains and losses on the disposal of assets acquired on or before 31st March 1982, and as to related matters.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      36. Capital Gains (Married Couples)

      Resolved,That provision may be made about chargeable gains of husbands and wives.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      37. Capital Gains (Annual Exempt Amount)

      Resolved,That provision may be made as to the operation of section 5 of the Capital Gains Tax Act 1979 for the year 1988–89.[Mr. Lawson.]

      38. Capital Gains (Dependent Relative's Residence)

      Resolved,That provision may be made removing the relief given by section 105 of the Capital Gains Tax Act 1979. —[Mr. Lawson.]

      39. Capital Gains (Indexation)

      Resolved,That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made removing indexation allowance in the case of shares in building societies and industrial and provident...

      40. Transfers within a Group

      Resolved,That provision may be made excluding certain cases from the operation of section 273 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      41. Personal Equity Plans

      Resolved,That provision may be made enabling regulations under section 149D of the Capital Gains Tax Act 1979 to secure, in relation to disposals on or after 18th January 1988, that losses are in...

      42. Investment Trusts

      Resolved,That provision may be made amending the definition of "investment trust" in the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 and treating section 93(6) of the Finance Act 1972 as not having...

      43. Assessment Procedure

      Resolved,That provision may be made about assessments relating to income arising in the year for which the assessments are made. —[Mr. Lawson.]

      44. Oil Allowance

      Resolved,That provision may be made reducing the oil allowance under section 8 of the Oil Taxation Act 1975 in respect of certain oil fields.[Mr. Lawson.]

      45. Stamp Duty (Abolition of Capital Duty)

      Resolved,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning with 22nd March 1988 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of the Finance...

      46. Stamp Duty (Abolition of Unit Trust Instrument Duty)

      Resolved,That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning with 22nd March 1988 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of the Finance...

      47. Stamp Duty (Paired Shares)

      Resolved,That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made with respect to stamp duty in cases where shares in a company incorporated in the United Kingdom and shares...

      48. Stamp Duty Reserve Tax

      Resolved,That charges to stamp duty reserve tax may be imposed by provisions (including provisions having retrospective effect) relating to that tax.—[Mr. Lawson.]

      49. 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 (Further Taxation)

      Resolved,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...

      Finance (No. 2) Bill [Money]:

      Queen's Recommendation having been signified—

      Finance (No. 2) Bill

      2 speeches

      Mr. Norman Lamont accordingly presented a 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...

  • Education Reform [Money] (No. 3)

    30 speeches

    Queen's Recommendation have been signified—

  • STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

    Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101 (Standing Committees on Statutory Instruments &c.)

  • Acute Beds (Fife)

    20 speeches

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

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