House of Commons debates

Monday, 17 April 1989

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security

    • Widows

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what he is doing to help those 20,000 widows caught in an entitlement trap on the basis of the age bands operating before April 1988.

    • National Insurance

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received about the effect of the proposed changes in national insurance contributions on the low paid.

      Transitional Benefit

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people have lost transitional benefit during April of the current year.

      Widowers' Pension

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will arrange that all public sector staff pension schemes incorporate provision for widowers as a matter of course.

      Family Credit

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is being done to make it easier to claim family credit.

      Young People

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what he is doing to help youngsters who for good reason cannot live at home.

      Housing Benefit

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what consultations he has had recently with local authorities on housing benefit.

      Income Support

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received regarding those pensioners on income support who receive no benefit uprating in April.

      Disability Benefits

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if his Department has drawn up proposals for the review of disability benefits; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Credit

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how far up the income scale family credit goes.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners

    • Retirement Housing

      6 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, what assistance the Church of England gives to its ministers in obtaining housing when they retire and are...

    • Drugs

      8 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, what activities the Church Commissioners plan to counter the growing threat of drug increase.

      Easter Communicants

      8 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement about the trend in Easter communicants since 1980.

      Sales of Goods

      8 speeches

      To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, how much money was raised from sales of goods in cathedrals and churches in each of the last three years; what...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons

    • Food (Health Implications)

      8 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council whether he will post a notice in all cafeterias and restaurants open to hon. Members, giving advice on the health implications of various foods available.

    • Table Office

      5 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council what representations he has received about the new procedures for access to the Table Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Accommodation

      4 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will take steps to ensure that the standard of accommodation and fittings to be provided for Members and staff of the House in phases 1 and 2 of the...

      Terrace

      8 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council whether he has any plans to arrange for the establishment of permanently constructed reception and dining areas on the Terrace of the House of Commons;...

      Closed Circuit link

      6 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council if he will make it his policy to make available to all Members who wish it, a closed circuit television link from the Chamber.

      Visitors

      6 speeches

      To ask the Lord President of the Council if he has any further statement to make with regard to providing improved facilities for visitors to the Houses of Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

  • Hillsborough Stadium Disaster

    85 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about the disaster at the Sheffield Wednesday football club ground at Hillsborough on Saturday. Everyone has been horrified by this...

  • European Community Documents

    Ordered,That European Community Document No. 4092/1/89 on pesticide residues be referred to a Standing Committee on European Community Documents.—[Mr. Maclean.]

  • Orders of the Day — Dock Work Bill

    195 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Dock Work Bill [Money]

    Queen's recommendation having been signified—

  • Housing (Change of Landlord)

    56 speeches

    I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Housing (Change of Landlord) Regulations 1989 (S.I., 1989, No. 367), dated 6th March 1989, a copy of which was...

  • National Curriculum

    35 speeches

    I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Science) Order 1989 (S.I., 1989,...

  • Welsh Affairs

    Ordered,That Dr. Dafydd Elis Thomas be discharged from the Welsh Affairs Committee and Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Wallace, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]

  • Mersey Tunnels (Finances)

    16 speeches

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

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