House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 19 June 1996

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Nine o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry

    • Manufacturing Industry

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has to discuss developments in manufacturing industry at the next meeting he attends with his European Union counterparts. [32107]

    • Mining Industry

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he next expects to meet those in the mining industry responsible for (a) production and (b) health and safety. [32108]

      Electricity and Water Companies

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what recent representations he has received regarding the ownership of the electricity and water companies. [32109]

      Council of Ministers (United Kingdom Veto)

      14 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list those European Union agreements relevant to UK industry that have been delayed as a consequence of the Government's decision of 21 May...

      Industrial Development (Maryport)

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he next intends to visit Maryport to discuss matters relating to industrial development. [32111]

      European Regional Development Fund

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the value of grants allocated to England from the European regional development fund since its inception. [32113]

      Innovative Technology

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what new proposals he has to improve innovative technology in industry. [32114]

      Balance of Trade

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the United Kingdom's trade balance with EU countries in the last quarter for which figures are available. [32115]

      University Research Equipment

      6 speeches

      Mr. Robert Hughes: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the equipment needs of UK universities for research purposes. [32117]

      Pyramid Selling

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has to make the regulations covering pyramid selling more restrictive. [32118]

      British Energy

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the sale of British Energy. [32119]

      Manufacturing Output

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the output of manufactured goods in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

      Manufacturing Trade

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the balance of trade in manufactured goods in the latest quarter. [32121]

      Computer Equipment (Libya)

      7 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the conviction of McNeill International in the USA on a charge of exporting educational computer equipment to Libya. [32124]

      Deregulation

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the impact of deregulation on inward investment. [32125]

      Electricity and Water Companies

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what recent representations he has received regarding the ownership of the electricity and water companies. [32126]

      Research and Development

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's policies in encouraging British businesses to increase their investment in research...

      Takeover Provisions

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has to alter the takeover provisions affecting UK companies. [32129]

      University Research Equipment

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reductions to the education budget on the funding of equipment for research in universities. [32130]

      Political Donations

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will enter into discussions with the Confederation of British Industry over donations to political parties. [32131]

  • Points of Order

    19 speeches

    On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Did you notice that I have been sitting quietly during Question Time—[HON. MEMBERS: "Unusual."] Yes, very unusual. I have been observing the questions...

  • Water (Supply Pipe Responsibility)

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to impose a duty upon water companies to maintain and repair domestic supply pipes. It is appropriate on a fine day in the middle of a fine...

  • Water (Supply Pipe Responsibility)

    Dr. Tony Wright accordingly presented a Bill to impose a duty upon water companies to maintain and repair domestic supply pipes: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a...

  • Sentencing Proposals

    119 speeches

    I have selected the amendment standing in the name of the Leader of the Opposition. I have also had to limit all Back-Bench speeches to 10 minutes.

  • Northern Ireland

    31 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1996, which was laid before this House on 4th June, be approved. Once more I need to come to the House to...

  • Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921

    1 speech

    Motion made, and Question put,

  • Delegated Legislation

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

  • Companies

    That the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1996 (S. I., 1996, No. 1444), dated 5th June 1996, a copy of which was laid before this House on 5th June, be approved.—[Mr. Burns.]

  • Building Societies

    That the draft Building Societies Act 1986 (Continuance of Section 41) Order 1996, which was laid before this House on 5th June, be approved.—[Mr. Burns.]

  • Environmental Information

    4 speeches

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

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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.

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