House of Commons debates

Thursday, 21 December 1989

  • Preamble

    The House met a half-past Nine o'clock>

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Bill Presented

    • Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland)

      Mr. Secretary Rifkind, supported by Mr. Secretary Fowler, Mr. Secretary Patten, Mr. Ian Lang, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr. Michael Forsyth and Mr. Peter Lilley, presented a Bill to establish...

  • Statutory Instruments, &c

    1 speech

    With the leave of the House, I shall put together the Questions on the nine motions on statutory instruments. Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(5)...

    • Rating and Valuation

      That the draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) Order 1989, which was laid before this House on 7th December, be approved.

  • Fire Safety (Castle Point)

    8 speeches

    Traditionally, the House provides opportunities to draw attention to the need to redress grievances, to right wrongs and to expose administrative blunders. Today, I wish to raise a matter of the...

  • Puppy Farming

    8 speeches

    It is difficult to convince people that something as soft-sounding as puppy farming could be a screen behind which there is so much cruelty. Most members of the public associate puppy farming...

  • Student Loans

    37 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the administration of student loans. I reported to the House yesterday—at the earliest opportunity—the background to...

  • Cocom

    2 speeches

    Question again proposed, That this House do now adjourn.

  • Rates (Scotland)

    6 speeches

    I regret that at this festive time of year I have to raise the unhappy topic of the implementation of the Abolition of Domestic Rates Etc. (Scotland) Act 1987. No single item of legislation in...

  • Royal Assent

    1 speech

    I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts: Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act 1989.South Yorkshire...

  • Chatham Dockyard

    4 speeches

    I am pleased to have the opportunity to raise the important matter of the historic dockyard in Chatham. In June 1985, the Secretary of State for Defence announced the closure of one of our royal...

  • Education (Cornwall)

    11 speeches

    I welcome the opportunity to take part in this debate and I thank the Minister for staying on as we are just about to break for Christmas. I know that the Minister visited Cornwall not long ago...

  • Housing (North Yorkshire)

    2 speeches

    I am grateful for this opportunity to raise the problems of housing in North Yorkshire. It is a broad topic and could cover a multitude of subjects, but as my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of...

  • Judges

    4 speeches

    Let me begin, Madam Deputy Speaker, by wishing you and everyone else a happy Christmas and a merry new year. In a few hours' time, this place will be closed. The heat of battle will be over and...

    • Ambulance Dispute (Protest)

      2 speeches

      On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. At the beginning of each Session we pass an order to protect people's rights of access to the House. I seek your assurance that that will be guaranteed...

  • Planning Applications

    6 speeches

    At this time of Christmas, it would be churlish of me to introduce a note of discord into the House. However, it is right to ask what is the point of passing laws in the House or in the other...

  • Bus Routes (London)

    6 speeches

    3 pm

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