House of Commons debates

Monday, 26 March 1990

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Energy

    • Offshore Energy Industry

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what has been the level of employment in the offshore oil and gas industry in each of the years from 1983 to 1989.

    • Greenpeace

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met representatives of Greenpeace; and what matters were discussed.

      Electricity Imports

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is the current estimate, coal equivalent, of electricity that will be imported from France in 1990; and how much has been imported since the first...

      Coal Contracts

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will make it his policy to publish his exchange of correspondence with the member of the European Commission responsible for competition policy...

      Gas and Electricity Prices

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has made an estimate of the effect that announced changes in domestic gas and electricity prices in April 1990 will have on the retail prices index.

      Nottinghamshire Coalfield

      10 speeches

      Mr. Andy Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what has been the rate of productivity growth in the Nottinghamshire coalfield.

      Renewable Energy

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what initiatives his Department is taking to develop commercially viable and environmentally acceptable forms of renewable technology.

      Nuclear Fusion

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the possible future application of nuclear fusion technology.

      Offshore Energy Industry

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy how many of the wells drilled on the United Kingdom continental shelf have been drilled (a) since 1964 and (b) since 1979.

      Gas Tariffs

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he next expects to meet the Director General of Ofgas to discuss British Gas tariffs.

      British Coal

      11 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairman of British Coal; and what was discussed.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts

    • Public Buildings

      8 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Arts what plans he has to improve the fabric of buildings under his control by the year 2000.

    • Private Patronage

      6 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Arts what is his latest assessment of the contribution of private patronage to the arts.

      Wilding Report

      6 speeches

      Mr. Robert G. Hughes: To ask the Minister for the Arts what representations he has received since his statement on the Wilding report; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Grants

      6 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Arts (a) what Government grants were made to the arts between February 1974 and June 1979, (b) what grants have been made since June 1979; and what was the average...

      Towngate Theatre, Basildon

      4 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Arts whether he has any plans to visit the Towngate theatre in Basildon.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service

    • Code of Conduct

      6 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what representations he has received from the Civil Service unions about the proposed new code of conduct.

    • First Division Association

      11 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Civil Service when he last met representatives of the First Division Association; and what matters were discussed.

      Civil Service Unions

      8 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Civil Service when he next intends to meet Civil Service trade unions; and if he will make a statement.

      Next Steps Agencies

      4 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what recent representations he has received regarding the candidatures of passport offices to become next steps agencies.

      Disabled People

      4 speeches

      To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what plans he has to encourage Government Departments to adhere to the quota system in order to ensure that better opportunities are available to enable...

  • Social Fund

    68 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker. I will make a statement on the social fund. The House will recall that on 21 February the High Court delivered judgment on applications for judicial reviews in three...

  • Points of Order

    14 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You may have seen alarming reports in the press this weekend with headlines such as, "Ridley backs Third World aid to Soviets". Apparently the Secretary of State...

  • Safety in Children's Playgrounds

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to lay down safety standards for equipment, layout and surfaces in children's playgrounds. I introduced a Bill during the last Session that,...

  • Safety in Children's Playgrounds

    Mr. Robert G. Hughes accordingly presented a Bill to lay down safety standards for equipment, layout and surfaces in children's playgrounds: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to...

  • Orders of the Day — Ways and Means

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [20 March].

    • Amendment of the Law

      Motion made, and Question proposed,That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but...

  • Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    132 speeches

    [Relevant documents: European Community Document No. 9487/89 on the Annual Economic Report 1989–90 and the un-numbered Explanatory Memorandum submitted by HM Treasury on 31st January 1990...

    • 2. Spirits

      Resolved,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 20th March 1990, the rate of duty specified in section 5 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be increased from £15·77 per...

    • 5. Cider

      Resolved,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 20th March 1990, the rate of duty specified in section 62(1) of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be increased from £17·33...

      6. Tobacco Products

      Resolved,That, as from 23rd March 1990, the rates of duty on cigarettes. cigars and hand-rolling tobacco specified in Schedule 1 to the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 shall be increased—And...

      3. Beer

      Resolved,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 20th March 1990, the rate of duty specified in section 36 of the Alcoholic Duties Act 1979 shall be increased from £0·90 per...

      4. Wine and Made-Wine

      Resolved,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 20th March 1990, the rates of duty under sections 54 and 55 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 shall be as follows—(a) in the case of...

      7. Hydrocarbon Oil

      Motion made, and Question put,That, as from 6 o'clock in the evening of 20th March 1990—(1) The rates of duty specified in subsection (1) of section 6 of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979...

      8. Vehicles Excise Duty (Rates)

      Resolved,That the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 ("the 1971 Act") and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 ("the 1972 Act") shall have effect, in relation to licences taken out after...

      9. Vehicles Excise Duty (Exemptions)

      Resolved,That, as from 21st March 1990, section 4 of each of the Vehicles (Excise) Act 1971 and the Vehicles (Excise) Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 (exemptions) shall have effect with the...

      10. Value Added Tax (Registration)

      Resolved,

      11. Value Added Tax (Supplies to Groups)

      Resolved,That, in relation to transfers of assets made on or after 1st April 1990, section 29A of the Value Added Tax Act 1983 shall have effect with the following amendments—(1) In...

      12. Value Added Tax (Domestic Accommodation)

      Resolved,That provision may be made about the definition of "input tax" in relation to goods or services used or to be used in connection with the provision by a company of accommodation used or...

      13. Value Added Tax (Goods Shipped as Stores)

      Resolved,That provision may be made restricting section 16(6) of the Value Added Tax Act 1983.

      14. Income Tax (Charge and Rates for 1990–91)

      Resolved,That income tax shall be charged for the year 1990–91, and—(a) the basic rate shall be 25 per cent.;(b) the basic rate limit shall be £20,700;(c) the higher rate shall...

      15. Income Tax (Operative Date of Indexation for Paye)

      Resolved,That in sections 1(5) and 257C(2) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, for the words from "between" to the end there shall be substituted the words "during the period...

      16. Relief for Blind Persons

      Resolved,That—(1) In section 265(1) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, for "£540" there shall be substituted "£1,080(2) This Resolution shall not require any change to...

      17. Relief for Interest (Limit for 1990–91)

      Resolved,That, for the year 1990–91, the qualifying maximum defined in section 367(5) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (limit on relief for interest on certain loans) shall be...

      18. Corporation Tax (Charge and Rate for Financial Year 1990)

      Resolved,That corporation tax shall be charged for the financial year 1990 at the rate of 35 per cent.—

      19. Corporation Tax (Small Companies)

      Resolved, That for the financial year 1990— (a) the small companies' rate shall be 25 per cent., and(b) the fraction mentioned in section 13(2) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988...

      20. Benefits in Kind (Cars)

      Resolved,That—(1) For the year 1990–91 and subsequent years of assessment, Schedule 6 to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (taxation of directors and others in respect of...

      21. Charities

      Resolved,That, for the year 1990–91 and subsequent years of assessment, section 202(7) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (which limits to £480 the payroll deductions...

      22. Employee Share Ownership Trusts

      Resolved,That provision may be made in relation to—(a) assets acquired with consideration provided on disposals to trustees of employee share ownership trusts;(b) property representing such...

      23. Insurance Companies and Friendly Societies

      Resolved,That further provision, including provision having retrospective effect, may be made about the taxation of insurance companies and friendly societies.

      24. Collective Investment Schemes

      Resolved,That provision may be made about collective investment schemes and investors in them.

      25. Securities

      Resolved,That charges to income tax, capital gains tax and corporation tax (including charges having retrospective effect) may be imposed by provisions about securities.

      26. Capital Gains (Oil Industry Assets etc.)

      Resolved,That provision may be made for the purpose of capital gains tax and corporation tax on chargeable gains—(a) excluding from an election under section 96(5) of the Finance Act 1988...

      27. Corporation Tax (Effect of Repayment of Petroleum Revenue Tax)

      Resolved,That provision may be made with respect to the effect of a repayment of petroleum revenue tax on the computation of a company's income from oil extraction activities or oil rights.

      28. Dual Resident Companies

      Resolved,That provision may be made about companies resident in the United Kingdom but regarded for the purposes of double taxation arrangements as resident in a territory outside the United...

      29. European Economic Interest Groupings

      Resolved,That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made about the taxation of income and gains in the case of European Economic Interest Groupings.

      30. Capital Gains (Annual Exempt Amount)

      Resolved,That provision may be made as to the operation of section 5 of the Capital Gains Tax Act 1979 for the year 1990–91.

      31. Debts and Guarantees

      Resolved,That provision may be made about debts and guarantees.

      32. Capital Allowances

      Resolved,That provision may be made about capital allowances.

      33. Errors in the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988

      Resolved,That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made correcting errors in the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

      34. Local Authorities

      Resolved,That provision may be made about the meaning of "local authority".

      35. Relief from Tax (Incidental and Consequential Charges)

      Resolved,That it is expedient to authorise any incidental or consequential charges to any duty or tax (including charges having retrospective effect) which may arise from provisions designed in...

      Procedure Resolutions

      Procedure (Information for Tax Authorities of Member States)

      Resolved,That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters which may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may...

      Procedure (Loans by Public Works Loan Commissioner)

      Resolved,That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters which may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may...

      Procedure (Future Taxation)

      Resolved,That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters which may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may...

      FINANCE BILL [Money]

      Queen's Recommendation having been signified—

      Finance Bill

      Mr. Peter Lilley accordingly presented a Bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, to amend the law relating to the national debt and the public revenue, and to make further provision...

      Community Charge

      113 speeches

      I beg to move, That the Personal Community Charge (Relief) (England) Regulations 1990 (S.I., 1990, No. 2) dated 2nd January 1990, a copy of which was laid before this House on 5th January, be revoked.

      STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(5) (Standing Committees on Statutory Instruments, &c.).

      Terms and Conditions of Employment

      That the draft Redundancy Payments (Local Government) (Modification) (Amendment) Order 1990, which was laid before this House on 20th February, be approved.—[Mr. Duran.]

      Town and Country Planning

      That the Town and Country Planning (Compensation for Restrictions on Mineral Working) (Amendment) Regulations 1990, dated 22nd February 1990, a copy of which was laid before this House on 1st...

      European Community Documents

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 102(5) (Standing Committees on European Community documents).

      Accounts of Insurance Undertakings

      That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 9903/89 relating to the accounts of insurance undertakings; and welcomes it as an important step towards the liberalisation of the...

      Local Government

      Ordered,That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Personal Community Charge (Relief) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1990 (S.I., 1990, No. 402), dated 2nd March 1990,...

      Petitions

      M25 (Disturbance Compensation)

      1 speech

      I beg to present a petition: To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.The Humble Petition of the residents of Ongar Road,...

      Human Embryos

      1 speech

      I should like to present a petition to the House from my constituents: To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.The humble...

      Cammell Laird

      7 speeches

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

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