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Tuesday, 15 July 1997
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to meet local authority representatives to discuss the effects of pay settlements in local authorities in Scotland. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department will take to cooperate with local authorities in preparations for a Scottish Parliament. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will next attend an EC Fisheries Council to discuss the Scottish fishing industry. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to make public funds available to groups campaigning in the forthcoming referendum in Scotland. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about his proposals for tax—varying powers for a Scottish Parliament. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to publish his White Paper on his proposals for the Scottish Assembly. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to review his Department's policy on environmentally sensitive areas. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next intends to meet health board chairpersons to discuss health services for women and children. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has for increasing the use of public transport. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received on the future of the formula used to calculate the Scottish block grant. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends to reduce the number of health boards and trusts in Scotland. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends meeting the British Dental Association to discuss dental health in Scotland. 
Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the President of the Council if she will make a statement on the role of the Privy Council in relation to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975. 
To ask the President of the Council if she will make a statement on progress made in respect of the modernisation of Parliament. 
To ask the President of the Council what plans she has to propose changes to the format of the Order Paper. 
To ask the President of the Council what proposals she has to replace Norman French with English for the endorsement of Commons Bills being sent to the other place. 
To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what is the estimated annual cost to public funds of sittings of the Scottish Grand Committee....
To ask the President of the Council what plans she has to review the responsibilities of the Committee on Standards and Privileges. 
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I should like to draw this matter to your attention. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland made a statement on Radio Ulster's "Talkback" programme...
Mr. Andrew Mackinlay, supported by Mr. John McDonnell, presented a Bill to make subject to a local planning inquiry any proposal to widen the M25 motorway or to vary the number or width of lanes...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 to exempt persons who have attained the age of 75 from paying the fee for certain wireless...
Mr. Howard Flight accordingly presented a Bill to amend the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 to exempt persons who have attained the age of 75 from paying the fee for certain wireless telegraphy...
(Clauses 1, 15, 17 and 19)
I beg to move amendment No. 11, in page 10, line 15, at end insert— '(4) This section shall not come into effect until the average mortgage rate is at or below the rate prevailing on 1st...
I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts: National Health Service (Private Finance) Act...
It being after Ten o'clock, MR. DEPUTY SPEAKER, pursuant to Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.), put the Question on the total amount of outstanding estimates.
Resolved,That a supplementary sum, not exceeding £66,285,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for Civil Services which will come in course of...
Dawn Primarolo accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on 31st March 1998, and to appropriate the supplies granted in...
Ordered,That Standing Order No. 146 (Select Committee on Public Administration) be amended, in line 8, by leaving out the word 'nine' and inserting the word 'eleven'.—[Mrs. Ann Taylor.]
Ordered,That Mr. Norman Baker, Ms Hazel Blears, Mr. Ben Bradshaw, Mr. Russell Brown, Mr. Roger Casale, Mr. William Cash, Mrs. Margaret Ewing, Mrs. Linda Gilroy, Mr. Jimmy Hood, Ms Jennifer Jones,...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
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