House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 21 June 1989

  • Preamble

    The House met at half past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry

    • Staff Dispersal

      8 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is his Department's policy on dispersing staff to the regions; and what proportion of his staff now work outside London.

    • Tameside

      6 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department is taking to encourage new industries to come to Tameside.

      Trade Deficit

      14 speeches

      Mr. Alan W. Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with which European Economic Community members Britain's trade is in deficit.

      Departmental Records

      6 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster where Sir Brian Hayes's personal records of the departmental events of January 1986 will be stored on his retirement.

      ERDF Grant

      6 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what are the current figures for ERDF grant in Yorkshire and Humberside in 1988–89.

      Competitiveness

      10 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what has been the change in competitiveness of British industry in the last 10 years.

      Enterprise Initiative

      10 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many applications have so far been received for consultancy projects under the enterprise initiative.

      Trade Barriers

      10 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what action the Government are taking to ensure that the European Economic Community does not erect protectionist trade barriers.

      New Businesses

      6 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many new businesses have been established in Northumberland in the past three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Information Technology

      8 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the 52 recommendations of the Select Committee on Trade and Industry report on information technology have been accepted by his Department.

      Export Growth

      12 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will make a statement on the rate of growth of British exports.

      Monopolies and Mergers Commission (Report)

      6 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many reports produced by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in the last five years have been prompted by him; and how many have been...

      Information Technology White Paper

      4 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what responses his Department has received to the White Paper on information technology (Cm. 646).

      Interest Rates

      12 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is his estimate of the cost to industry of recent rises in interest rates.

      Single Market

      8 speeches

      Mr. Robert G. Hughes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what monitoring he has undertaken of the level of awareness among business men of the single market achieved by his...

      Estate Agents

      8 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress is being made in the regulation of estate agents.

  • Madrid Summit

    2 speeches

    I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 20, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely,...

  • Points of Order

    8 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. On 5 May the Secretary of State for Health reported to the House that he had reached agreement with the BMA negotiators over the GPs' contract. He said at the...

  • Bill Presented

    • Representation of the People

      Mr. Secretary Hurd, supported by Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe, Mr. Secretary Walker, Mr. Secretary King, Mr. Secretary Rifkind, Mr. John Wakeham, Mr. Tony Newton and Mr. Douglas Hogg, presented a...

  • Welsh Affairs

    Ordered,That the matter of the first year of the Valleys Programme, being a matter relating exclusively to Wales, be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration.—[Mr. Dorrelli.]

  • Greyhound Betting Levy

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to extend the functions of the Horserace Betting Levy Board to include the sport of greyhound racing; and to make consequential amendments to...

    • Greyhound Betting Levy

      Mr. Alan Meale accordingly presented a Bill to extend the functions of the Horserace Betting Levy Board to include the sport of greyhound racing; and to make consequential amendments to the...

  • Opposition Day

  • Local Government and Housing Bill

    106 speeches

    Order for Third Reading read—[Queen's Consent, on behalf of the Crown, signified.]

  • Business of the House

    Ordered,That, at this day's sitting, the Local Government and Housing Bill and the Ways and Means Motions may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.—[Mr. Maclean.]

  • Local Government and Housing Bill

    25 speeches

    Question again proposed, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

  • Ways and Means

  • Ways and Means

    • Groups of Companies

      Resolved,That provision may be made amending sections 272 and 278 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1970 and section 97 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984.

    • Trustees and Personal Representatives

      Resolved,That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made for the purposes of income tax about trustees and personal representatives.

      Trading Companies

      Resolved,That provision may be made amending the definition of 'trading company' in section 136 of the Capital Gains Tax Act 1979 and section 576 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act...

  • Community Charge (Scotland)

    67 speeches

    I beg to move, That the Housing Benefit (Community Charge Rebates) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1989 (S.I., 1989, No. 361), dated 7th March 1989, a copy of which was laid before this House on...

  • Welsh Grand Committee

    Ordered,That during the proceedings on the matter of the first year of the Valleys Programme the Welsh Grand Committee have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet, and that,...

  • DNA Testing

    16 speeches

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

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Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

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