Tuesday, 18 November 1997
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
If he will make a statement on the Government's strategy for meeting the target of a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 levels.
What plans he has to encourage businesses to adopt environmentally friendly practices.
When he next plans to meet representatives of the Local Government Association to discuss local government finance.
What assessment he has made of the estimates made by local authorities of the costs to them in 1998–99 from the changes to advance corporation tax.
What representations he has recently received concerning opencast mining planning policy in England; and if he will make a statement.
What proposals he has for the future of London Underground.
If he will make a statement on investment in the trunk road network. 
Mr. John M. Taylor: When he next plans to meet representatives of the British Road Federation to discuss road transport issues. 
How many American-manufactured engines are awaiting the granting of a safety case for use in British railways. 
If he will make a statement on the Government's support for concessionary travel and community transport schemes. 
What steps the Government are taking to meet their commitment to establish more effective and accountable regulation by the Rail Regulator. 
(by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the attack on British citizens in Egypt on 17 November.
With permission, Madam Speaker, I would like to make a further statement on the mis-selling of personal pensions. On 9 July, I reported to the House on the progress being made by individual...
On a point of order, Madam Speaker, of which I have given you notice. I should stress that it does not deal with a cheap or party political point. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] If it did, I would not...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to set up an independent National Health Service Funding Advisory Body charged with the task of ensuring an equitable formula for the funding...
Mr. Andrew George accordingly presented a Bill to set up an independent National Health Service Funding Advisory Body charged with the task of ensuring an equitable formula for the funding of...
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
That the draft Homeless Persons (Priority Need) (Scotland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 31st July, be approved.
That the Value Added Tax (Payments on Account) (Appeals) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2542), dated 27th October 1997, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th October, be approved.
That the Financial Services Act 1986 (Extension of Scope of Act) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2543), dated 27th October 1997, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th October, be approved.
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Summer Time Order 1997 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 27th October.
That the draft General Lighthouse Authorities (Beacons: Maritime Differential Correction Systems) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 28th October, be approved.
That the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Dounreay Nuclear Establishment) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2622), dated 29th October 1997, which was laid before this House on 31st October, be...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Pope.]
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