Monday, 10 November 1997
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What representations he has received on the impact of a minimum wage on employment in the nation's museums. 
What representations he has received concerning the television licence. 
What plans he has to help improve the quality of training for British athletes. 
What representations he has received on proposals for a children's radio channel; and if he will make a statement. 
What assistance his Department is giving to sport for disabled people. 
What proposals he has to increase the number of radio licences. 
If he will make a statement on the employment opportunities the tourist industry will be able to offer under the welfare-to-work programme. 
What plans he has to reform the national lottery. 
What plans he has to protect live coverage of key sporting events on terrestrial television. 
The Minister was asked—
What plans he has to secure the provision of an adequate transport infrastructure for the millennium experience. 
The Parliamentary Secretary was asked—
What recent representations he has received regarding the availability of legal aid. 
If he will make a statement on progress in respect of the rationalisation of the magistrates courts. 
If he will report on progress in the refurbishment of the Lord Chancellor's accommodation within the Palace of Westminster, indicating the latest estimated cost. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the crisis with Iraq.
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I tabled Question 28 to the Minister without Portfolio. Is it not unreasonable that we had only five minutes of his presence in the Chamber when it has taken...
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question proposed,
(1) There shall be a select committee, called the Environmental Audit Committee, to consider to what extent the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Clelland.]
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