House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 24 November 1993

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Business of the House

    Ordered, That there be laid before this House a Return for Session 1992–93 of— (1) the total number of Questions to Ministers or other Members which stood on the Order Paper,...

  • Delegated Legislation

    Ordered, That there be laid before this House a Return for Session 1992–93 of— (A) the numbers of Instruments subject to the different forms of parliamentary procedure and those for...

  • Private Bills and Private Business

    Ordered, That there be laid before this House a Return for Session 1992–93 of— (1) The number of Private Bills, Hybrid Bills, Bills for the confirmation of Orders under the Private...

  • Public Bills

    Ordered, That there be laid before this House a Return to Session 1992–93 of the number of Public Bills (other than Bills to confirm Provisional Orders and Bills to confirm Orders under the...

  • Sittings of the House

    Ordered,That there be laid before this House a Return for Session 1992–93 of the days on which the House sat; stating for each day the day of the month and day of the week, the hour of the...

  • Special Procedure Orders

    Ordered, That there be laid before this House a Return for Session 1992–93 of— (1) The number of Special Procedure Orders presented; the number withdrawn; the number annulled; the...

  • Standing Committees

    Ordered, That there be laid before this House a Return for Session 1992–93 of— (1) the total number and the names of all Members (including and distinguishing Chairmen) who have been...

  • Select Committees

    Ordered,That there be laid before this House a Return for Session 1992–93 of information and statistics relating to the membership, work, costs and staff of Select Committees (other than...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry

    • Deregulation

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the progress of deregulation proposals.

    • Small Businesses, London

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is his policy for encouraging the expansion of small businesses in the Greater London area.

      Deregulation

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the progress of his deregulation initiative.

      Technology Transfer

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans his Department has to assist with technology transfer from defence-related activities; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade (Japan)

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the current trade balance with Japan.

      Manufacturing

      18 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will give figures for the percentage change of manufacturing as a proportion of gross domestic product since 1978-79.

      Defence-related Manufacturing

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is his latest estimate of the number of people employed in defence-related manufacturing employment.

      Domestic Telephones

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of homes now possess a telephone; and what was the proportion in 1979.

      Manufacturing, Leicester

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he will take steps to assist manufacturing industry in the city of Leicester.

      Retail Sector

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the change in the performance of the retail sector since 1992.

      Exports

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what has been the percentage change to the volume of exports of manufacturers to (a) other EC countries and (b) the rest of the world since August 1992.

      Deregulation

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what have been the findings of each of the deregulation task forces set up last March.

      Small Businesses

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he last met the Institute of Directors to discuss small businesses.

      Manufacturing Industry

      8 speeches

      Mr. Robert Hughes: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is his estimate of the growth of manufacturing industry for the year 1992–93.

      Skeletal Implants Testing

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the total estimated cost of the development of life-time predicative test methods for the skeletal implants project.

      Konver Initiative

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what grants have been made in the current year under the Konver initiative.

  • Paediatric Intensive Care

    26 speeches

    (by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the report of the multi-disciplinary working party on paediatric intensive care convened by the...

    • Welsh Grand Committee

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 98(5) (Matter relating exclusively to Wales).

    • Budget (Wales)

      That the Matter of the implications of the Budget for Wales, being a Matter relating exclusively to Wales, be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration.—[Mr. Andrew Mitchell.]

  • Points of Order

    8 speeches

    On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I wonder whether you could assist the House on a point of real confusion and difficulty. I refer to printed papers of the House that were sent yesterday to...

    • Business of the House

      Ordered, That— (1) Standing Order No. 13 (Arrangement of public business) shall have effect for this Session with the following modifications, namely: In paragraph (4) the word 'thirteen'...

  • Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address

    • Fifth Day

      Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question,

  • Orders of the Day — Trade, Industry and Deregulation

    124 speeches

    I must announce that I shall have to impose a limit of 10 minutes on speeches between 7 and 9 pm.

    • Welsh Grand Committee

      Ordered,That, during the proceedings on the Matter of the implications of the Budget for Wales, the Welsh Grand Committee have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet, and...

  • Orders of the Day — Petition

  • Orders of the Day — Set-aside (Scotland)

    18 speeches

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

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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