House of Commons debates

Monday, 25 April 1988

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wales

    • Cefn Coed Hospital (Forensic Unit)

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress has been made on the establishment of a medium secure forensic unit at Cefn Coed hospital, Swansea; and whether he expects it to open on...

    • Factory Units

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many factory units have been built by the Welsh Development Agency since its inception.

      British Coal

      12 speeches

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

      Hospital Waiting Lists

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the latest hospital in-patient waiting list figures for (a) urgent and (b) non-urgent patients for (i) Clwyd and (ii) Wales.

      Rating Reform

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about the financing of community councils in Wales after the introduction of the community charge.

      Welsh Language

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to be able to announce a decision on his plans for new Welsh language legislation; and if he will make a statement.

      Personal Debt

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he intends to take to tackle the problem of personal debt in Wales and to ensure that adequate services of money management, advice and debt...

      Gwynedd Health Authority

      4 speeches

      Dr. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the chairman of Gwynedd health authority; and what matters were discussed.

      Rogerstone Power Station

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the likely effect on jobs and the environment of the reopening of Rogerstone power station.

      Home Improvement Loans

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the implications for Welsh housing of the proposed removal of tax relief on house improvement loans.

      Hospital Beds

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hospital beds there were in (a) Wales and (b) Clwyd in May 1979; and what is the current number.

      Health Authorities

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he next expects to meet the chairmen of the Welsh health authorities; and what matters he hopes to discuss.

      Forestry

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what acreage of land he proposes to approve for afforestation during the current year.

      Rail Services

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions he has met the chairman of British Rail to discuss the future of rail services in the Principality.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners

    • Thomas Cranmer (Anniversary)

      12 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Commissioners are taking to support celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Thomas...

    • "Faith in the City"

      4 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, how much will be spent by the Church Commissioners on the Synod project related to "Faith in the City"; what...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons

    • Sitting Times (Costs)

      8 speeches

      To ask the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, what is the cost in overtime, other payments and overheads of sittings of the House beyond 10...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners

    • Tree-planting Schemes

      4 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church Commissioners have to replace trees recently lost on their lands and to contribute to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons

  • European Fighter Aircraft

    53 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement about the European fighter aircraft. In the summer of 1985, we agreed with the German, Italian and Spanish Governments on the essential...

  • Points of Order

    29 speeches

    May I raise a point of order that arises out of Question Time, Mr. Speaker? I understand that you called the Secretary of State for Wales to order because he used the word "hypocrisy" or...

  • Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill

    [5TH ALLOTTED DAY]

  • Clause 104

  • Clause 117

  • Clause 122

    • Statutory References to Rating

      11 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 223, in page 68, line 18, at end insert— `( )In subsection 4 of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, for the words from "the product of a rate of 2p in...

  • Clause 123

  • Clause 127

  • Clause 128

    • Exemption from Personal Charge

      Amendment made: No. 81, in page 70, line 28, leave out from '1987' to the end of line 33 and insert ', section 8 (liability for personal community charge) shall be amended as follows.(2) In...

  • Clause 129

  • Clause 134

  • Clause 136

  • Clause 137

  • Clause 141

    • Finance

      Amendment made: No. 109, in page 75, line 26, at end insert— '(2)' Any sums received by the Secretary of State in consequence of this Act shall be paid into the Consolidated...

  • Clause 143

    • Extent

      Amendments made: No. 121, in page 75, line 32, after 'Sections', insert '(Social security),'.

  • Schedule 12

    • Tribunals

      Amendments made: No. 35, in page 110, line 38, at end insert— '(2) The regulations may include such provision as he sees fit in relation to membership, staff, accommodation, equipment,...

    • 'Membership

      4.—(1) Regulations under paragraph 1 above may include provision— (a) that the number of members of a tribunal is to be such as is determined by the Secretary of State;(b) for the...

      Staff

      5.—(1) Regulations under paragraph 1 above may include provision— (a) that a tribunal shall appoint a clerk of the tribunal and may appoint other employees;(b) that a tribunal shall...

      Accommodation and equipment

      5A.—(1) Regulations under paragraph 1 above may include provision requiring a tribunal to— (a) maintain a permanent office, and(b) make arrangements to secure that the tribunal has...

      Procedure

      5B.—(1) Regulations under paragraph I above may include— (a) provision for determining which tribunal is to deal with an appeal;(b) provision that prescribed functions of a tribunal...

      Orders

      5C.—(1) This paragraph applies where a tribunal orders— (a) the community charges registration officer for a charging authority to alter the authority's community charges register,(b)...

      Inspection of records

      5E.—(1) This paragraph applies to records which relate to decisions and orders of a tribunal and which are required to be made under any provision included in regulations under paragraph 1...

      Finance

      5F. The Secretary of State shall make such payments as are necessary to meet any expenditure incurred in or in connection with the performance by tribunals of their functions (whether as regards...

      Interpretation

      7. In this Schedule "the 1967 Act" means the General Rate Act 1967.'.—[Mr. Ridley.]

  • Schedule 13

    • Amendments

      Amendments made: No. 82A, in page 111, line 31, leave out from beginning to end of line 45 and insert—

  • 'part I

  • 'part Ii

  • Schedule 14

    • Repeals

      Amendments made: No. 99, in page 115, line 18, column 3, at end insert— `In section 2, in subsec-tion (3), paragraph (b); and in subsection (5) the words "or part of a class" and the...

  • New Clause 14

    • Commencement: Scotland

      13 speeches

      `.The provisions of this Act which extend only to Scotland shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint; and different days may be so appointed for different...

  • New Clause 10

  • New clause 11

    • Prescribed Expenditure

      `(1) In the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 (in this section referred to as "the 1980 Act"), in section 71 (expenditure to which Part VIII of the 1980 Act applies) for subsection (2)...

  • New clause 12

    • Share and Loan Capital and Guarantee Payments

      `(1) In the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 (in this section referred to as "the 1980 Act"), in Schedule 12 (prescribed expenditure under Part VIII), in paragraph 1, in sub-paragraph...

    • New Schedule

      `community Charges: Enforcement

      Part I

      Introduction

      1.—(1) The Secretary of State may make regulations in relation to the recovery of— (a) any sum which has become payable to an authority under any provision included in regulations...

      Part Ii

      Charges: Sole Liability

      Preliminary

      2. This Part of this Schedule applies as regards the recovery of any sum falling within paragraph 1(1)(a) above.

      Liability orders

      3.—(1) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that— (a) the authority concerned may apply to a magistrates' court for an order (a liability order) against the person by whom the...

      Information

      4.—(l) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that where a magistrates' court has made a liability order against a person (the debtor) he shall, during such time as the amount in...

      Attachment of earnings

      5.—(1) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that where a magistrates' court has made a liability order against a person (the debtor)— (a) the authority concerned may make an...

      Distress

      6.—(1) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that where a magistrates' court has made a liability order against a person (the debtor) the authority concerned may levy the appropriate...

      Commitment to prison

      7.—(1) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that — (a) where an authority has sought to levy an amount by distress under any provision included under paragraph 6 above, the...

      Charging orders

      8.—(l) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that where a magistrates' court has made a liability order against a person (the debtor), the charge concerned is a collective community...

      Relationship between remedies

      9. As regards a case where a magistrates' court has made a liability order, regulations under this Schedule may include provision that— (a) attachment of earnings may be resorted to more...

      Magistrates and justices

      10. Regulations under this Schedule may include— (a) provision for determining what justices and magistrates' courts are to have jurisdiction in cases provided for by the regulations;(b)...

      Part Iii

      Charges: Joint and Several Liability

      11. This Part of this Schedule applies as regards the recovery of any sum falling within paragraph 1(1)(b) above.

      Part Iv

      Contributions

      13. This Part of this Schedule applies as regards the recovery of any sum falling within paragraph 1(1)(c) above.

      Part V

      Repayments

      15. This Part of this Schedule applies as regards the recovery of any sum falling within paragraph 1(1)(d) or (c) above.

      Part Vi

      Penalties

      17. This Part of this Schedule applies as regards the recovery of any sum falling within paragraph 1(1)(f) above.

      Part Vii

      General

      Exclusion of certain matters

      19. Regulations under this Schedule may provide that any matter which could be the subject of an appeal under section 22 above may not be raised in proceedings under the regulations.

      Costs

      20. Regulations under this Schedule may provide that where a charging authority has received in proceedings under the regulations an amount by way of costs it shall pay an amount (determined in...

      Termination of proceedings

      21.—(1) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that in a case where— (a) proceedings under the regulations have been taken as regards the recovery of any sum mentioned in...

      Offences

      22.—(1) Regulations under this Schedule may provide that a person shall be guilty of an offence if he is required by any provision included under paragraph 4 above to supply information...

      Other enactments

      23.—(l) Regulations under this Schedule may apply any provision contained in or made under a relevant enactment, or may apply any such provision subject to prescribed modifications, or may...

      New Schedule

      Social Security

      1. The Social Security Act 1986 shall be amended as mentioned in the following provisions of this Schedule.

      Couples

      22A.—(1) As regards any case where a person is a member of a married or unmarried couple throughout a particular day, regulations may make such provision as the Secretary of State sees fit...

      Community charge benefits

      Nature of Benefits

      31A.—(1) In relation to England and Wales, regulations shall provide that where a person is entitled to a community charge benefit in respect of a charging authority's personal community...

      Arrangements for Benefits

      31B.—(1) Any community charge benefit provided for by virtue of a scheme under section 20(1) above (in this Act referred to as a community charge benefit scheme) is to be administered by...

      Adjudication

      31C.—(1) Regulations shall provide that, where a person has claimed a community charge benefit as regards— (a) a person or collective community charge of a charging authority, or(b) a...

      Excess Benefits

      31D.—(1) Regulations may make provision as to any case where a charging authority or a levying authority has allowed a community charge benefit to a person and the amount allowed exceeds...

      Shortfall in Benefits.

      31E. (1) Regulations may make provision as to any case where a charging authority or a levying authority has allowed a community charge benefit to a person and the amount allowed is less than...

      Community Charge Benefit Finance.

      31F.—(1) For each year the Secretary of State shall pay a subsidy (to be known as community charge benefit subsidy) to each charging authority and to each levying authority.

      Information.

      34 speeches

      31G.—(1) The Secretary of State may supply to charging authorities and levying authorities such information of a prescribed description obtained by reason of the exercise of any of his...

      Local Government (Prescribed Expenditure)

      19 speeches

      I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Local Government (Prescribed Expenditure) (Amendment) Regulations 1988 (S.I., 1988, No. 434), dated 9th March...

      Matrimonial Proceedings (Transfers) Bill

      Order for Second Reading read.

      STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(5) (Standing Committees on Statutory Instruments, &c.)

      Redundancy Payments (Local Government)

      1 speech

      That the draft (Redundancy Payments (Local Government) (Modification) (Amendment) Order 1988, which was laid before this House on 16th March 1988, be approved.—[Mr. Lennox-Boyd.]

      Double Taxation Relief

      That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Venezuela) Order 1988 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 29th...

      Petition

      Social Security

      1 speech

      I wish to present a petition on behalf of the Leeds Church Action on Poverty Group and residents of the city of Leeds. This petition is a protest against the reductions in social security benefit...

      Hartland Point Coastal Rescue Station

      4 speeches

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

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