House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 4 May 1988

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bophuthatswana

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the consequences of his policy of non-recognition of Bophuthatswana for those who live within its...

    • Kuwait

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current state of Anglo-Kuwaiti relations.

      Guatemala

      13 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what instructions were sent to the British embassy in Guatemala in connection with the return of the Guatemalan exiles on Monday...

      Hanover Summit

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues are expected to arise at the forthcoming Hanover summit.

      Air Piracy

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next intends to meet the Foreign Ministers of the European Community, the United States of America and other countries...

      Middle East

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to meet the Secretary of State of the United States of America to discuss middle east problems.

      Ethiopia

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent ministerial contact there has been with the Ethiopian Government.

      Sharpeville Six

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Republic of South Africa with regard to the case of the...

      Israel

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has given consideration to applying economic sanctions against Israel; and if he will make a statement.

      Nicaragua

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of the United States of America concerning the Nicaraguan Government's...

      Human Rights

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made on human rights at the CSCE.

      Ethiopia

      4 speeches

      Mr. John M. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he is giving to British citizens intending to visit Ethiopia in the light of the information...

      Afghanistan

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the implications for Her Majesty's Government's policy towards relations with Afghanistan after the Afghanistan...

      EC Internal Market

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department intends to take in the near future to increase the awareness among the general public of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Bill Presented

    • Cemeteries (Control of Sale etc.)

      Mr. Harry Greenway, supported by Mr. Robert G. Hughes and Mr. Tony Banks, presented a Bill to control the sale or disposal by local authorities of any land consecrated or used for burials and to...

  • Right to Live

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that where two consultants employed within the National Health Service declare that a patient's life will be in grave danger or...

  • Right to Live

    Mr. Denis Howell accordingly presented a Bill to provide that where two consultants employed within the National Health Service declare that a patient's life will be in grave danger or seriously...

  • Anglo-Irish Conference (Meeting)

    2 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will be aware that there is today a meeting of the Anglo-Irish conference and that the agenda is such that the discussions and decisions taken will affect...

  • Legal Aid Bill [Lords]

    64 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Legal Aid Bill [Lords] [Money]

    Queen's Recommendation having been signified—

  • Rover Group

    77 speeches

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

  • Business of the House

    Ordered, That, at this day's sitting, the Lords Amendments to the Immigration Bill and the Lords Amendments to the Public Utility Transfers and Water Charges Bill may be proceeded with, though...

  • Immigration Bill

    Lords amendments considered

  • New Clause

    • Members of Diplomatic Missions

      28 speeches

      Lords amendment: No. 1, after clause 3, insert new clause: . At the beginning of subsection (3) of section 8 of the principal Act (exemption from immigration control for members of diplomatic...

  • Clause 5

  • Clause 4

    • Metering Trials Schemes

      4 speeches

      Lords amendment: No. 2 in page 5, line 34, at end insert "and with any bodies representing the interests of those persons".

    • Statutory Instruments, &c.

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

      Weights and Measures

      That the draft Weights and Measures (Knitting Yarns) Order 1988, which was laid before this House on 12th April, be approved.—[Mr. Lennox-Boyd.]

      Public Petitions

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That Standing Order No. 133 (No debate on presentation of petition) be left out and the following be inserted:

      Time and manner of presenting petitions

      1 speech

      133 (1)—Every petition presented under Standing Order No. 132 (Presentation of petitions) not containing matter in breach of the privileges of this House, and which according to the rules...

      Gaelic Language Broadcasting

      3 speeches

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

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