House of Commons debates

Monday, 21 November 1994

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Messages from the Queen

    • Summer Time

      The VICE-CHAMBERLAIN OF THE HOUSEHOLD reported Her Majesty's Answer to the Address, as follows:

    • Double Taxation Relief

      The VICE-CHAMBERLAIN OF THE HOUSEHOLD reported Her Majesty's Answers to the Addresses, as follows:

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Transport

    • Railways (Rolling Stock)

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the companies set up to supply the railway industry with rolling stock will be ready to place their first orders; and what total capital is being...

    • Integrated Transport Programmes

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider pilot schemes to establish the feasibility of integrated transport programmes.

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he decided to establish the channel tunnel rail link international station at Ebbsfleet; and what account was taken of its location's impact on...

      Colchester-London Line

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent investment there has been on the line between Colchester and London and on rolling stock for that line.

      Hathrow (Night Flights)

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last discussed the number of night flights at Heathrow with the chairman of the British Airports Authority.

      Rail Freight

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of freight traffic goes on the railways in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the European Union.

      Railways (Noise)

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to lay before the House the draft Noise Insulation (Railways and other Guided Transport Systems) Regulations, 1993; if these will apply...

      Trust Ports

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trust ports have been privatised; and what plans there are for further privatisation.

      Severn Bridge

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Wales about the future of tolling on the Severn bridge; and if he will make a statement.

      Passenger Ferries

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals he has to modify the regulations governing the safety of the passengers and crews of United Kingdom-registered passenger ferry vessels.

      Cars

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Government intend to take to meet the concerns of the Royal Commission on environmental pollution over predicted levels of car dependency.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster

    • Disabled Employees

      6 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of disabled people employed in the civil service.

    • Science-industry Links

      8 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on measures to encourage closer links between science and industry.

      Charters

      10 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to introduce new charters.

      Open Government

      16 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he has taken to review the level of secrecy in government since taking responsibility for openness in government.

      Competing for Quality

      4 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what inquiries from abroad the Office of Public Service and Science has received about progress with the competing for quality programme.

      Citizens Charter

      6 speeches

      Mr. William O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he intends to extend the practice of the citizens charter to non-elected spending bodies; and if he will make a statement.

      Science Research Council

      6 speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what changes he expects in the Science Research Council's administrative staffing over the next two years.

  • Bosnia

    41 speeches

    With permission, Madam Speaker, I wish to make a statement about events in the former Yugoslavia over the weekend and earlier today. The House will be aware that following the recent attacks by...

  • Points of Order

    4 speeches

    On a point of order, Madam Speaker. On the matter of order in the House, I draw your attention to today's issue of the Financial Times, which has a front-page article based on a memorandum...

  • Statutory Instruments, &c.

    1 speech

    With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to statutory instruments.

    • Broadcasting

      That the Broadcasting (Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976) (Exemption for Networking Arrangements) Order 1994 (S.I., 1994, No. 2540) be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory...

    • Social Security

      That the Housing Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 1994 (S.I., 1994, No. 1003) be referred to a Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.—[Mr.Wells.]Question agreed to.

  • Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address

    • Fourth Day

      Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question,That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:—We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the...

  • Industry and Education

    173 speeches

    Before calling the Secretary of State, I must tell the House that a number of hon. Members wish to take part in the debate. I have decided to limit speeches to 10 minutes between 7 pm and 9 pm....

  • Business of the House

    1 speech

    Motion made, and Question put,That the Speaker shall— (1) at the sitting on Thursday 24th November(i) put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr....

  • Petitions

  • Royal Marines School of Music, Deal

    8 speeches

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

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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