Wednesday, 19 November 1997
The House met at half-past Nine o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak about a matter that is of paramount concern not only to my constituency in South Yorkshire, but to every other area in the United Kingdom that has...
I am extremely heartened by the acceptance of the subject of human rights abuses in Kenya for today's debate. It is a reflection of the warmth and affection that many right hon. and hon. Members...
The Chancellor was asked—
If he will make a statement on the progress of his better government programme. 
What measures he will be taking to increase the number of women on the boards of executive NDPBs. 
If Her Majesty's Government plan to provide for penalties or sanctions for non—compliance with charter objectives; and if he will make a statement. 
What representations he has received about changes in the working practices of quangos. 
What action he plans to take to increase openness in government; and if he will make a statement. 
How he intends to ensure the accountability of non-departmental public bodies. 
If he will make a statement on progress towards legislation on freedom of information. 
What are the principal provisions of the contracts of special advisers; and what steps he is taking to ensure that they do not undermine the integrity and impartiality of the civil service. 
If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on solar energy. 
When he expects the Government's commitment to reduce waiting lists to the levels of 1 May to be achieved. 
The House will know that, last year, after the conviction of people in north Wales for sexual and other crimes against children in their care, the previous Government commissioned Sir William...
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. You will have heard, as will the House, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster say about an hour and a half ago that it is essential that the political...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the manufacturers and retailers of paint stripping equipment and fluids to provide consumers with information about lead in paint...
Miss Melanie Johnson accordingly presented a Bill to require the manufacturers and retailers of paint stripping equipment and fluids to provide consumers with information about lead in paint...
Considered in Committee.
With the permission of the House, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
That the draft Deregulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 28th October, be approved.
That the draft Shops (Sunday Trading &c.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 28th October, be approved. — [Mr. Betts.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn. — [Mr. Jamieson.]
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