House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 7 March 1989

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Defence

    • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

      13 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on defence policy from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; and if he will make a statement.

    • Military Depots (Security)

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made any assessment of the effect of contractorisatiÖn on the security of military depots.

      Procurement Expenditure

      15 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the relative priority, in terms of procurement expenditure, his Department gives to (a) the British Army of the Rhine...

      Territorial Army

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received about the role of the Territorial Army; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met the Defence Minister of Denmark to discuss modernisation of short-range nuclear weapons.

      Nuclear Weapons

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what nuclear weapons the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has scrapped over the past 10 years.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      13 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent decisions he has made in respect of procurement of a radar system for the European fighter aircraft.

      Reciprocal Unilateralism

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received advocating a defence policy of reciprocal unilaterism.

      US National Security Adviser

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to meet General Scowcroft, United States national security adviser, to discuss defence matters.

      Chemical Weapons

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the accuracy of Mr. Gorbachev's statement that the Soviet chemical weapons stockpile is no more than 50,000 tonnes.

      Nuclear Weapons

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on Her Majesty's Government policy on the circumstances in which United Kingdom nuclear weapons may be used against...

      Courts-martial

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the average length of time between charges being made and verdicts being delivered in courts-martial.

      Unreliable Equipment

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the annual cost to his Department of unreliable weapons, aircraft and military equipment.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister

  • Train Accident (Bellgrove)

    37 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement about the accident that occurred on ScotRail at Bellgrove in Glasgow yesterday. I understand that the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull,...

  • Standing Committee F

    6 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, I see from the Order Paper that you have appointed the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means as an additional chairman of Standing Committee F in respect of...

    • STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

      Ordered,That the draft Evidence in Divorce Actions (Scotland) Order 1989 be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.—[Mr. Sackville.]

  • Early-day Motion 523

    10 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

  • Control of Litter (Fines)

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave he given to bring in a Bill to give local authorities the power to impose on-the-spot fines for litter offences and to make retail outlets and other premises responsible...

    • Control of Litter (Fines)

      Mr. Simon Burns accordingly presented a Bill to give local authorities the power to impose on-the-spot fines for litter offences and to make retail outlets and other premises responsible for the...

  • Estimates Day

  • Egg Industry

    92 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed,That a supplementary sum, not exceeding £1,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges which will come in course of...

  • Overseas Students (Funding)

    7 speeches

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

    • Estimates, 1988–89 (Army) Vote A

      Resolved,That during the year ending 31st March 1989 an additional number not exceeding 3,010 all ranks be maintained for the Ulster Defence Regiment.

    • Estimates, 1989–90 (Navy) Vote A

      Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 1990 a number not exceeding 68,100 all ranks be maintained for Naval service.

      Estimates, 1989–90 (Army) Vote A

      Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 1990 a number not exceeding 175,600 all ranks be maintained for Army Service, a number not exceeding 5,000 for the Home Service Force, a number...

      Estimates, 1989–90 (Air) Vote A

      Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 1990 a number not exceeding 96,000 all ranks be maintained for the Air Force Service, a number not exceeding 8,260 for the Royal Air Force...

      Supplementary Estimates, 1988–89

      Resolved,That a further supplementary sum, not exceeding £1,572,770,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray charges for Defence and Civil Services which will...

      Estimates, Excesses, 1987–88

      Resolved,That a sum, not exceeding £57,374,576·39, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to make good excesses on certain grants for Defence and Civil Services for the...

      Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill

      Bill ordered to be brought in upon the foregoing three resolutions relating to Supplementary Estimates, 1988–89 and to Estimates, Excesses 1987–88, by the Chairman of Ways and Means,...

  • Overseas Students (Funding)

    14 speeches

    Question again proposed, That this House do now adjourn.

  • Croft House, Holywood, County Down

    8 speeches

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

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