House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 12 June 1996

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Nine o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement regarding United Nations sanctions on Iraq. [30842]

    • EU Presidency

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to meet the Irish Foreign Minister to discuss the priorities of the forthcoming Irish presidency of the...

      China

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to strengthen the relationship between China and the United Kingdom. [30844]

      Hong Kong

      8 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government have for ensuring that elected members of Hong Kong's Legislative Council are able to continue as...

      Kashmir

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the British hostages in Kashmir. [30846]

      Hong Kong

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that Hong Kong has a smooth transition to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. [30847]

      Malawi

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held, and with whom, in respect of the present political situation in Malawi. [30849]

      European Union

      20 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will conduct a study into the consequences of a British withdrawal from the European Union. [30850]

      Bangladesh

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about relations with Bangladesh. [30851]

      European Union

      10 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the benefits to Britain of United Kingdom membership of the EU. [30852]

      Tibet

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of China regarding the situation in Tibet; and if he will make a...

      Bhutan

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on human rights in Bhutan. [30855]

      East Timor

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held recently with the Government of Indonesia on the future of East Timor; and if he will make a...

      British Council

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to enhance the work of the British Council. [30858]

      Bahrain

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action has been taken by Her Majesty's ambassador to Bahrain concerning human rights. [30859]

      Burma

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma regarding human rights in Burma. [30860]

      Former Yugoslavia

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations are taking place with other Foreign Ministers over the future position of the implementation force in the...

      Florence Summit

      4 speeches

      Mr. Alan W. Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the agenda of the summit to be held in Florence on 21 and 22 June. [30862]

      EU Intergovernmental Conference

      6 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will outline the Government's objectives for the European Union intergovernmental conference. [30863]

      Unesco

      12 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to rejoin UNESCO. [30864]

      Lebanon

      4 speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Israel regarding the ceasefire in the Lebanon. [30865]

  • NHS Dentistry

    45 speeches

    With permission, I would like to make a statement on the future of dentistry in the national health service. Last April, I announced on behalf of all United Kingdom Health Ministers a package of...

  • Points of Order

    10 speeches

    On a point of order, Madam Speaker. May I draw your attention to page 129 of "Erskine May", which states: Conduct not amounting to a direct attempt improperly to influence Members in the...

  • Bills Presented

    • Pensioner Trustees

      Mr. Jim Cunningham, supported by Mr. Jon Trickett, Mr. Brian Jenkins, Mr. Bill Olner, Mr. Ian Pearson, Mr. John Hutton, Ms Janet Anderson, Mr. Michael Connarty and Ms Liz Lynne, presented a Bill...

    • Paedophiles (Registration and Miscellaneous Provisions)

      2 speeches

      I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to control and monitor convicted paedophiles in order to provide greater protection for children. I do not think that anything in the whole...

      Paedophiles (Registration and Miscellaneous Provisions)

      Mr. Anthony Coombs accordingly presented a Bill to control and monitor convicted paedophiles in order to provide greater protection for children: And the same was read the First time; and ordered...

  • Orders of the Day — Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill [Lords]

    As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

  • Orders of the Day — New Schedule

    • Statements and Depositions

    • Statements

      1.—(1) Sub-paragraph (2) applies if— (a) a written statement has been admitted in evidence in proceedings before a magistrates' court inquiring into an offence as examining...

      Depositions

      2.—(1) Sub-paragraph (2) applies if— (a) in pursuance of section 97A of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (summons or warrant to have evidence taken as a deposition etc.) a person has...

      Signatures

      3.—(1) A justice who signs a certificate authenticating one or more relevant statements or depositions shall be treated for the purposes of paragraphs 1 and 2 as signing the statement or...

      Time limit for objection

      4. Without prejudice to section 84 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 (rules of court) the power to make rules under that section includes power to make provision— (a) requiring an objection...

      Retrial

      5. In Schedule 2 to the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (procedural and other provisions applicable on order for retrial) in paragraph 1 for the words from "section 13(3)" to "before the original trial"...

      Repeals

      6.—(1) Section 13(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 1925 (which relates to depositions taken before examining justices and is superseded by paragraph 2 above) shall be omitted.

      Commencement

      7. This Schedule shall have effect in accordance with provision made by the Secretary of State by order.'—[Mr. Maclean.] Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

      Schedule 1

      Committal Proceedings

      Amendments made: No. 38, in page 49, line 30, at end insert—

      'Statements

      5D.—(1) For the purposes of section 5A above a statement complies with this section if the conditions falling within subsections (2) to (4) below are met.

      'Other documents

      5E.—(1) The following documents fall within this section— (a) any document which by virtue of any enactment is evidence in proceedings before a magistrates' court inquiring into an...

      'Proof by production of copy

      5F.—(1) Where a statement, deposition or document is admissible in evidence by virtue of section 5B, 5C, 5D or 5E above it may be proved by the production of— (a) the statement,...

      'Criminal Law Amendment Act 1867

      14A. Sections 6 and 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1867 (statements taken under section 105 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980) shall be omitted.'

      Schedule 2

      Fraud

      Amendment made: No. 17, in page 61, line 9, at end insert—

      Schedule 3

      Modifications for Northern Ireland

      Amendments made: No. 70, in page 62, line 22, at end insert—

      Application to make summons ineffective

      51DB.—(1) If a witness summons issued under section 51DA is directed to a person who— (a) applies to the Crown Court, and(b) satisfies the court that he cannot give any evidence...

      Schedule 4

      Repeals

      Amendments made: No. 58, in page 77, line 10, column 3, leave out from beginning to end of line 12 and insert—

      Delegated Legislation

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation).

      European Communities (Treaties)

      That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (The Energy Charter Treaty) Order 1996, which was laid before this House on 20th May, be approved.—[Mr. Burns.]

      Gun Barrel Proving

      That the draft Deregulation (Gun Barrel Proving) Order 1996, which was laid before this House on 29th April, be approved.— [Mr. Burns.]

      European Community Documents

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 102(9) (European Standing Committees).

      Driving Licences

      That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 5414/96 relating to driving licences, and endorses the Government's proposed approach to negotiations on the proposal in the...

      273 Squadron (Badge)

      2 speeches

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

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