House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 19 December 1990

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland

    • Agriculture

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the president of the National Farmers Union to discuss the future of the Scottish agricultural industry.

    • Local Government Finance

      16 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the Government's review of the poll tax system in Scotland.

      Constitutional Convention

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his response to the proposals of the Scottish Constitutional Convention.

      Local Government Finance

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will bring forward proposals to amend the poll tax legislation so that students will no longer have to pay 20 per cent. regardless of their...

      Incinerator, Renfrew

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to take full account of the views of the community when considering whether to license the incinerator plant at Renfrew.

      Local Govermnent Finance

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his plans to reform local government and local government finance in Scotland.

      Steel Industry

      13 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to receive the final report of the Scottish Development Agency study into the steel industry in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Stranraer and Cairnryan Ports

      6 speeches

      Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated growth of passenger and freight ferry traffic at Stranraer and Cairnryan in the next five years; and what...

      Constitutional Reform

      13 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has had about constitutional reform; and if he will make a statement.

      Self-governing Hospitals

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to announce the Scottish hospitals opting for self-governing trust status.

      European Regional Development Fund

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total value of grants that Scotland has received from the European regional development fund since its inception.

      New Town Development Corporations

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the chairmen of the Scottish new towns development corporations to discuss the timetable for wind-up; and if he will make a statement.

      Pittenweem Harbour

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received in the last 12 months about the future of Pittenweem harbour.

      Self-governing Hospitals

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications or expressions of interest have been made for hospitals and other national health service units to change to self-governing status.

      Rented Housing

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assistance he will give to councils in Scotland that wish to build more houses for rent.

      Local Government Finance

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the review of the operation of the poll tax in Scotland to be completed.

  • Horn of Africa (Aid)

    39 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement about famine relief for the horn of Africa. Last week, we received the preliminary findings from missions which the United Nations...

  • Arts Funding (England)

    45 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on the structure of arts funding in England. On 13 March my right hon. Friend the Member for Shoreham (Mr. Luce), whom I am...

  • Bill Presented

    • Welfare of Animals at Slaughter

      Sir Richard Body, supported by Sir Nicholas Bonsor, Mr. Andrew Bowden, Mr. Bill Walker, Mr. Christopher Hawkins and Mr. Jerry Wiggin, presented a Bill to make further provision for the welfare of...

  • Elimination of Poverty in Retirement

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require local authorities and health authorities to monitor the condition of their retired population; to eliminate standing charges on...

    • Elimination of Poverty in Retirement

      Mr. Jeremy Corbyn accordingly presented a Bill to require local authorities and health authorities to monitor the condition of their retired population; to eliminate standing charges on gas,...

  • Points of Order

    6 speeches

    On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. One hour and 36 minutes after Question Time, it is a bit difficult to raise a point of order arising out of questions, but that is what Mr. Speaker...

  • Adjournment (Christmas)

    50 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed,That this House at its rising on Thursday 20th December do adjourn until Monday 14th January.—[Mr. Patnick.]

  • Consolidated Fund Bill

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Hospital Funding

    46 speeches

    There is no better time for us to consider some of the exciting events which are now taking place than at Christmas because one of the joys of Christmas is the many myths which are perpetuated at...

  • North Sea (Safety)

    15 speeches

    It is difficult not to reinforce the robust and able defence of my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Health of Government policy on the health service. The part of the preceding debate...

  • The Gulf

    23 speeches

    I have the impression that, so horrendous is the prospect of a protracted or, indeed, any war in the Gulf, the House of Commons has anaesthetised its collective mind about it. I am one of a...

  • Volunteer Forces (Pay and Compensation)

    5 speeches

    I am most grateful for this opportunity to deal with an issue related to that which the House has just debated. The House has been reminded that, as we approach Christmas, we may also be...

  • Intergovernmental Conferences

    19 speeches

    About five or six years ago, I became increasingly concerned about the momentum towards what I described in an article in The Times as "creeping federalism". Then, I would have regarded our...

  • Bristol Channel (Pollution)

    11 speeches

    It is not yet dawn, although it may feel like it, but along the coasts of north Devon, north Cornwall and south Wales people are already at work on the water. I should see, were I in Ilfracombe...

  • Romanian Refugees

    15 speeches

    I am delighted to have this opportunity to speak at this hour—just coming up to 4 am. I apologise to my hon. Friend the Minister for bringing him from his bed at such an hour. However, I...

  • Electricity Supply (East Midlands)

    15 speeches

    I find myself caught in rather a cleft stick in these Consolidated Fund debates. I really wanted to speak in the previous debate, about Romanian orphans, but, because of our procedures, I could...

  • Casualty Facilities (Stockport)

    8 speeches

    This morning, I have the opportunity of drawing the House's attention to an issue which has concerned me since I was elected to represent Stockport in 1983, and on which I have compaigned ever...

  • Middle East

    3 speeches

    At the end of a long parliamentary day, I am grateful to you, Mr. Speaker, for returning to the Chair for what is likely to be the last scheduled debate on the middle east and the Gulf before the...

  • Basildon (Transport)

    2 speeches

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

What is this?

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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