Tuesday, 14 March 1989
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
Order for Second Reading read.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment by how much unemployment has fallen over the past year in the south-east; and if he will make a statement.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he is taking to increase the range of skills available and the number of people seeking work in the south-east.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many workplaces were visited and how many of them were found to be illegally underpaying for the latest available year by the wages inspectorate...
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the cost to registered port employers of the 1988 levy to finance the cost of the National Dock Labour Board.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to encourage employers to increase employee participation through schemes such as employee share ownership plans.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on his proposals for the future of the national dock labour scheme.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many and what percentage of full-time male workers earned less than the Council of Europe's decency threshold in the latest available year in the...
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the progress of the tourism industry in Bristol.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a further statement on the loan guarantee scheme.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many employers were found to be illegally underpaying and how many of them were prosecuted in the latest available year by the wages inspectorate...
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he last attended a meeting of the National Dock Labour Board; and what was discussed.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of workplaces and workers were inspected by the wages inspectorate divisions covering the United Kingdom in the latest available year.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received on the formation of training and enterprise councils; and if he will make a statement.
To ask the Prime Minister is she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 14 March 1989.
Private notice question. Mr. Neil Kinnock.
(by private notice): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will make a financial statement.
The background to this year's Budget is the unprecedented strength of the British economy, coupled with the continuing and overriding need to combat inflation, at a time when, throughout the...
The Government's first 10 years in office have seen a transformation both in the way in which economic policy is conducted, and in the results that have been achieved.
As I said at the outset, monetary policy plays, and must always play, the central role in the battle against inflation. It is at the very heart of the medium-term financial strategy, the 10th...
I now turn to fiscal policy. When we first took office, the public sector borrowing requirement was over 5 per cent. of GDP—equivalent to £25 billion in today's terms.
Before I turn to my proposals for changes in taxation, I have one other change of a specific nature to announce.
I now turn to taxation. As I have done on a number of previous occasions, I propose to divide this into three broad sections: the taxation of business. the taxation of savings, and the taxation...
I now turn to the taxation of saving.
I now turn to taxes on personal income and spending. As the House knows, Her Majesty's Government are obliged to implement the European Court's judgment that certain of our zero rates of VAT on...
Nor do I propose any change this year to either the basic or higher rate of income tax.
I have one further measure to propose. It has long been a feature of the national insurance system that, once people earn more than the lower earnings limit, which in 1989–90 will be...
In this Budget I have reaffirmed the Government's commitment to the defeat of inflation through the maintenance of prudent monetary and fiscal policies. I have budgeted for a debt repayment of...
Motion made, and Question put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 50 (Ways and Means motions).
Resolved,That the Order of the House [23rd January] be supplemented as follows:
1. The proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall be completed at this day's sitting and, subject to the provisions of the Order of 23rd January, those proceedings shall, if not...
3. Mr. Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the consideration forthwith of any further Message from the Lords on the Bill.
6—(1) Mr. Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons.
Lords amendments considered.
Lords amendment: No. 1, in page 10, line 41, at end insert—
Order for Second Reading read
Order for Second Reading read.
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Fallon.]
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