Tuesday, 11 November 1997
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What action he is taking to cut waste in the national health service. 
If he will make a statement about the future regulation of children's day care services and supervised activities under the Children Act 1989. 
If he will make a statement on the study which he has commissioned on pay rates in the NHS. 
What has been the trend in NHS waiting lists since May 1997; and what targets he is setting for the next 12 months. 
If he will make a statement about levels of smoking among young people in England. 
What changes he proposes to make to the "Health of the Nation" strategy. 
What action he is taking to develop healthy living centres. 
What is his policy in respect of future prescription charges for pensioners. 
What consultation he has had with the Scottish Office since the referendum on the transfer of responsibilities which are currently his to the Scottish Parliament. 
What guidance has been issued by his Department to protect NHS staff from attacks at work. 
What action the Government are taking to reduce tobacco advertising. 
If he will make a statement on the regulation of cosmetic surgery. 
If he will publish performance indicators for all regions of the national blood transfusion service. 
How much money his Department saved by not approving the eighth wave of applications for GP fundholding status. 
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. You will be aware that many millions of people this morning marked the Armistice day two-minute silence, to commemorate those who have fallen in trying to...
Mr. Gareth Thomas: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate the use of wet bikes; and for connected purposes. I shall begin by defining the term "wet bikes", which has...
Mr. Gareth Thomas accordingly presented a Bill to regulate the use of wet bikes; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time on Friday 6...
[Relevant documents: First Report from the Treasury Committee on accountability of the Bank of England (HC 282) and the minutes of evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on Wednesday 5th...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business),That, at this day's sitting, Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Local Government (Contracts)...
Lords amendments considered.
Lords amendment: No. 1, in page 1, line 19, after ("financier") insert (", or any insurer of or trustee for the financier,")
Lords amendment: No. 2, in page 2, line 22, leave out from first ("a") to end of line 27 and insert ("local authority has entered into a contract which is a certified contract ("the existing...
Lords amendment: No. 4, in page 2, line 41, at beginning insert ("The requirement specified in this subsection is that")
Lords amendment: No. 8, in page 3, line 25, at end insert— ("( ) Where the certification requirements have been satisfied in relation to a contract by a local authority within section...
Lords amendment: No. 10, in page 4, line 5, after ("on") insert ("an application for judicial review or")
Lords amendment: No. 13, in page 5, line 16, leave out from ("section") to ("do") in line 21 and insert ("the circumstances in which there are no relevant discharge terms having effect between...
Lords amendment: No. 14, after clause 8, to insert the following new clause— Contracting out of functions in connection with certified contracts— .—(1) An authorisation given by...
Lords amendment: No. 15, in page 6, line 22, leave out ("55(7)") and insert ("55(3) or (7)")
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119 (9) (European Standing Committees),
That this House takes note of European Community Documents Nos. 7310/97, on the European Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, and 10385/97, on the amended...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Clelland.]
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