House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 19 December 1989

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Death of a Member

    1 speech

    I regret to have to inform the House of the death of Bentley John Heddle Esquire, the Member for Mid-Staffordshire, and I desire on behalf of the House to express our sense of the loss we have...

  • Private Business

    • Barlow CL Owes

      Return ordered,of the Government's observations on the report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on Barlow Clowes.—[Mr. Forth.]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science

    • Schools (Safety)

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on his policy to ensure that safety in schools is maintained.

    • City Technology Colleges

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will establish a city technology college in the north-west London area.

      School Days

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has as to the length of the school day and year in 1989 and 1959.

      Research Students

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the annual postgraduate award for research students living away from home outside London paid by the research councils; and by how...

      Research and Development

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates he has for higher education research and development expenditure as a...

      Primary Schools (Computers)

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he is taking to ensure that the supply of computers in primary schools will meet the demand of the national curriculum.

      Curriculum

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he has taken to devise a coherent curriculum for 16 to 18-year-olds.

      City Technology Colleges

      13 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the programme of development for city technology colleges.

      Staffing Levels

      9 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a statement on staffing levels in junior and infant schools.

      Student Loans

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received concerning the Government's proposal to set up a system of top-up loans for students.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister

  • Type 23 Frigates

    32 speeches

    (by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will answer the question on type 23 frigate orders of which he has been given notice.

  • Barlow Clowes

    43 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement about Barlow Clowes. The report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on Barlow Clowes is published today, as are the...

  • British Rail (Objectives)

    61 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about British Rail's objectives for the period 1990 to 1993. I have today written to the chairman of British Rail, Sir Robert...

  • Points of Order

    31 speeches

    Several Hon. Members: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

  • Estimates Day

  • Supplementary Estimates 1989–90

    • Class II Vote 2

      [Relevant Documents: second report from the Foreign Affairs Committee ( House of Commons paper No. 281–1 of Session 1988–89) on Hong Kong, the observations by the Government on the...

  • Vietnamese Boat People

    142 speeches

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

  • Supplementary Estimates, 1989–90

    Question put,That a further supplementary sum, not exceeding £2,881,927,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for defence and civil services which...

  • Estimates 1990–91 (Vote on Account)

    Question put,That a sum not exceeding £58,271,200,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charges for defence and civil services...

  • Consolidated Fund Bill

    Bill ordered to be brought in upon the foregoing resolutions by the Chairman of Ways and Means, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Norman Lamont, Mr. Peter Lilley and Mr. Richard Ryder.

  • Cardiff Bay Barrage Bill [Lords]

    162 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Agriculture

    Ordered,That Mr. Elliot Morley be discharged from the Agriculture Committee, and Mr. Keith Bradley be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Ray Powell, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]

  • Energy

    Ordered,That Mr. Michael Brown be discharged from the Energy Committee, and Mr. Michael Stern be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Ray Powell, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]

  • Environment

    Ordered,That Mr. Paul Boateng be discharged from the Environment Committee, and Mr. George Howarth be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Ray Powell, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]

  • Home Affairs

    Ordered,That Mr. Tony Worthington be discharged from the Home Affairs Committee, and Mr. Alan Meale be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Ray Powell, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]

  • Treasury and Civil Service

    Ordered,That Dr. Lewis Moonie be discharged from the Treasury and Civil Service Committee, and Mr. John Garrett be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Ray Powell, on behalf of the Committee of...

  • Petition

    • Broadcasting (Deaf People)

      1 speech

      It is a pleasure and a privilege to present a petition to the House signed by 2,047 persons in respect of the deficiency of the television service provided for the deaf. This is part of a...

  • Homelessness (Strathclyde)

    4 speeches

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

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