Monday, 20 January 1997
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
I regret to have to report to the House the death of Martin Redmond Esq., Member for Don Valley. I am sure that hon. Members on both sides of the House will join me in mourning the loss of a...
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is public expenditure in Wales per head of population as a percentage of the figure for England 
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many local education authority (a) high schools and (b) primary schools he has visited to discuss education provision; and if he will make a statement....
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on progress with the implementation of the Welsh Language Act 1993. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what measures he is taking to attract inward investment to north Wales. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to visit Catalonia to examine the system of government. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the effect of the assisted places scheme on Welsh comprehensive schools. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many representations he has received on a referendum for a Welsh Assembly. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the current level of unemployment in Wales, relative to that in (a) the United Kingdom as a whole and (b) the European Union; and if he will make a...
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what procedures exist to allow him to assist a school that finds itself in financial difficulties; and how often he has aided a school by use of such...
Mr. William O'Brien: To ask the Attorney-General what proposals he has to improve the efficiency of the Crown Prosecution Service; and if he will make a statement. 
To ask the Attorney-General what plans he has for further deregulation proposals within his office. 
To ask the Attorney-General when he expects to announce the results of his review of public interest immunity certificates. 
To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on the current success rate of the Crown Prosecution Service in the north-west. 
As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.
'.—(1) After section 67 of the 1995 Act, there shall be inserted the following section— "Failure of witness to attend for, or give evidence on, precognition
'.—(1) After section 121 of the 1995 Act, there shall be inserted the following section— "Suspension of certain sentences pending determination of appeal
'.—(1) Section 51 of the 1995 Act (remand or committal of children and young persons) shall be amended in accordance with this section.(2) In subsection (1)—(a) in paragraph (a), for...
'.—(1) For section 108 of the 1995 Act there shall be substituted the following section— "Lord Advocate's right of appeal against disposal
'. For section 271 of the 1995 Act there shall be substituted the following section— "Evidence of vulnerable persons: special provisions
'4.—(1) This section applies to all prisoners sentenced to a term of imprisonment or terms of imprisonment totalling four years or longer and who are not released on:(a) life licence; or(b)...
'.—(1) After section 24(8) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 there shall be inserted the following subsection—"(9) The court shall grant a bail application by a woman...
I beg to move amendment No. 243, in page 2, line 16, leave out from 'that' to 'may' in line 20 and insert 'it would be in the interest of justice to impose a sentence, other than the sentence...
I beg to move amendment No. 91, in page 4, line 6, leave out 'this section' and insert 'section 2 of the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997'.
Amendment made: No. 3, in page 5, line 43, after 'paragraphs 3,' insert '3A,'.—[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton.]
I beg to move amendment No. 137, in page 6, line 17, leave out '245' and insert '229'.
Ordered,That Mr. Michael Stephen be discharged from the Environment Committee and Mr. Nigel Evans be added to the Committee.—[Mr. MacKay, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]
Ordered,That Mr. Matthew Carrington be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr. Jacques Arnold be added to the Committee.—[Mr. MacKay, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]
Resolved,That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Carrington.]Adjourned accordingly at Ten o'clock.
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