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House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 19 February 1997

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Nine o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Further Education

    55 speeches

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

  • Revenue Support Grant (Suffolk)

    34 speeches

    11 am

  • Incapacity Benefit

    6 speeches

    I am pleased to have secured parliamentary time to debate this issue, which will undoubtedly apply to thousands of people throughout the British Isles. The best way of highlighting the problem...

  • Social Services (East Sussex)

    15 speeches

    This debate is very timely, coming on the day after the county council's budget meeting, and also the day after publication of "Better Value for Money in Social Services", of which more later....

  • Farm and Countryside Enhancement (Northern Ireland)

    4 speeches

    I am grateful for the opportunity to raise this matter in the House. I thank the Minister, the right hon. Member for Westminster, North (Sir J. Wheeler), for attending the debate to respond on...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry

    • Sanctions (Libya)

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from British firms about the effect on British industry of sanctions against Libya. [15021]

    • Manufacturing Investment

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he last met the Engineering Employers Federation to discuss manufacturing investment. [15022]

      Regional Support

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from organisations in the northern and north-west regions on the levels of support available to help industry. [15024]

      Science Base

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what measures his Department is taking to promote the United Kingdom's science base. [15025]

      High-technology Sector

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement about support for newly established firms in the high-technology sector. [15026]

      Manufacturing Production

      10 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the change in manufacturing production in the latest quarter relative to (a) the last quarter of 1973 and (b) the last...

      European Airbus

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of total European Airbus production work currently undertaken in the United Kingdom. [15028]

      Exports

      16 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what recent measures his Department has taken to promote United Kingdom exports. [15029]

      Firework Safety

      9 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the progress of his review of firework safety regulations. [15030]

      Publicly Owned Utilities (Investment)

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment his Department has made of the amount of investment currently being made by the formerly publicly owned utilities. [15031]

      Public Sector Research Establishments

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement of the Government's prior options review of public sector research establishments; and if he will list the cost of the...

      Social Chapter

      15 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of British and foreign firms operating in the United Kingdom currently conform to the employment standards set by the social chapter....

      Manufacturing

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on trends in the balance of trade in manufactured goods. [15035]

      Post Office

      8 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the future of the Post Office. [15036]

      Ministerial Visits (Hong Kong)

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what visits have been made by Ministers in his Department to Hong Kong to discuss business matters since 1992. [15037]

      Manufacturing Output

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the percentage change in manufacturing output for (a) 1996 over 1995 and (b) 1995 over 1994. [15039]

      Balance of Payments

      6 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the balance of payments current account. [15040]

      Social Chapter

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many companies have indicated to the Government that they located in Britain because of the absence of social chapter obligations; and how many have...

      Regional Development

      4 speeches

      To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is the value of grants allocated to recipients in England from the European regional development fund since its inception. [15042]

  • Points of Order

    9 speeches

    Would a point of order be in order, Madam Speaker?

    • Bill Presented

    • Right to Work

      Sir Ralph Howell, supported by Mr. Frank Field, Mr. David Alton, Sir Wyn Roberts, Mr. David Howell, Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Sir Rhodes Boyson, Mr. Michael Alison, Sir Anthony Grant, Mr. Hugh...

  • School Intruders (Criminal Offence)

    3 speeches

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to create an arrestable offence of unlawful intrusion into designated educational premises. A generation ago, when you, Madam Speaker, and I...

    • School Intruders (Criminal Offence)

      2 speeches

      Mr. Peter Butler accordingly presented a Bill to create an arrestable offence of unlawful intrusion into designated educational premises: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be...

  • Social Security

    162 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 31st January, be approved.

    • Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill

      Ordered,That, during the proceedings on the Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill, Standing Committee A shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet. —[Mr. Coe.]

    • Data Protection

      Ordered,That Standing Order No. 14B (Proceedings under an Act or on European Community documents) shall not apply to the Motion in the name of Mr. Michael Jack relating to the salary of the Data...

      Liaison Committee

      Ordered,That Sir Fergus Montgomery be discharged from the Liaison Committee and Mr. Bob Dunn be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Coe.]

  • NHS Prescriptions (Nutritional Supplements)

    2 speeches

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

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