House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 3 July 1991

  • 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

    • Foreign-based Companies

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the application of his policy on takeovers by foreign-based, state-owned companies.

    • Compact Discs

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his estimate of the rate of growth in the production of compact discs in Great Britain; and if he will make a statement.

      Investment

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of(a)United States and(b)Japanese investment in the EC came to the United Kingdom in the latest available year.

      Recession

      14 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the recession in industry in the United Kingdom.

      Banking

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he next plans to meet representatives of the high street banks to discuss business bankruptcies and banking policy.

      European Free Trade Association

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement on the progress of the talks between the members of the European Community and the European Free Trade...

      West Midlands Manufacturing Output

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to boost manufacturing output in the west midlands.

      Funeral Services

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reports on funeral services he has commissioned or received in the course of the last year.

      Inflation

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement about the impact of inflation on the competitiveness of British industry.

      Regional Policy

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he last met representatives of the European Commission to discuss regional policy.

      Mergers

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what attention he pays to the degree of state control when deciding whether to refer mergers to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

      Local Businesses

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what schemes his Department has sponsored in the Truro and St. Austell area to aid local business.

      Inward Investment

      10 speeches

      Mr. Robert G. Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on Britain's recent record in attracting inward investment from the Federal Republic of Germany.

      Tendering

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has made representations recently to any other EC Governments concerning tendering for supplies to the public service of such...

      Manufacturing Industry

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he next expects to meet his European counterparts in the EC Industry Council to discuss support for manufacturing industry.

      Telecommunications

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate has been made of the United Kingdom's share of the European and world telecommunications markets and of the prospects until the...

      Footwear and Textiles

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a further statement on Government assistance to the footwear and textile industries.

      Product Safety

      14 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussion he has had with the National Consumer Council about product safety.

  • Northern Ireland (Talks)

    38 speeches

    The political talks which have been taking place at Parliament buildings, Stormont have been brought to a conclusion. I should like to take this opportunity to explain to the House the background...

  • Yugoslavia

    37 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a short statement about the position in Yugoslavia, which remains dangerous. It seemed that this morning events in Slovenia and Croatia were escalating...

  • Points of Order

    27 speeches

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

    • Bills Presented

    • CARDIFF BAY BARRAGE (No. 2)

      Mr. Secretary Hunt, supported by Mr. Secretary Heseltine, Mr. David Mellor, Sir Wyn Roberts and Mr. Nicholas Bennett, presented a Bill to provide for the construction by the Cardiff Bay...

      Rights of Access to Neighbouring Land

      Mr. John Ward presented a Bill to make provision for obtaining access to neighbouring land for the purposes of carrying out works; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First...

      STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

      1 speech

      With permission, I shall put together the motions on statutory instruments. Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(3) (Standing Committees on Statutory...

      Atomic Energy Authority

      That the draft United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (Limit on Borrowing) Order 1991 be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.

      Building Societies

      That the draft Building Societies Act 1986 (Modifications) Order 1991 be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.—[Mr. Neil Hamilton.]

  • Constitutional Reform

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law relating to the succession, rights and responsibilities of the Crown; and for connected purposes. Proposals for...

    • Constitutional Reform

      Mr. Simon Hughes accordingly presented a Bill to amend the law relating to the succession, rights and responsibilities of the Crown; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First...

    • Estimates Day

      2nd ALLOTTED DAY

      Estimates 1991–92

      Class II, Vote 5

      [Relevant document: The Second Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee of Session 1990–91 on Aid to Iraqi refugees (House of Commons Paper No. 528).]

      Iraqi Refugees

      52 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed.

      Unemployment

      [Relevant documents: Third Report from the Employment Committee of Session 1990–91 on Future Prospects for Levels of Employment and Unemployment, House of Commons Paper No. 228 and European...

      Class VI, Vote 1

      25 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed,That a further sum, not exceeding £1,150,731,000, and including a Supplementary Sum of £90,392,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated...

      Class Ii, Vote 5

      ResolvedThat a further sum, not exceeding £910,873,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges that will come in course of payment during the year...

      Class VI, Vote 1

      Resolved,That a further sum, not exceeding £1,150,731,000 and including a Supplementary Sum of £90,392,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the ...

      Class VI, Vote 2

      Resolved,That a further sum, not exceeding £276,560,000, and including a Supplementary Sum of £17,514,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges...

      Petition

      Kirklees Council

      1 speech

      I beg leave to present a petition that has been signed by more than 3,000 constituents. It asks the Secretary of State for the Environment to introduce legislation to replace Kirklees...

      Textile Industry (Kilmarnock)

      10 speeches

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

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