Tuesday, 25 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 those provisions of the Amsterdam treaty title on immigration, asylum and visas that allow the United Kingdom to opt in subject to national veto. 
What communications he has had with the United States Secretary of State about the forthcoming Kyoto conference. 
If he will make a statement on the impact on his Department of the recommendations of the export forum. 
What European Commission finance is presently available in the United Kingdom to fund information campaigns. 
If he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's relations with Japan. 
If he will make a statement about his recent meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel. 
What recent representations he has received about the environmental objectives of foreign policy. 
If he will make a statement on relations between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. 
What assessment he has made of the difficulties of Punjabi people travelling to New Delhi to pursue applications for entry clearance to the United Kingdom; and if he will establish a consular...
If he will set out the initiatives taken by his Department to improve its role in export promotion. 
If he will make a statement on the status of Gibraltar. 
If he will make a statement about the outcome of the Luxembourg special summit on employment. 
If he will make a statement on those provisions for bringing forward legislation in the social chapter which operate under qualified majority voting. 
What response he has received from the organisation of African states and the Arab League about his invitation to them to inspect the Scottish justice system in relation to Lockerbie. 
When he next plans to visit India and Canada. 
What meetings he has had with representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka since 1 May. 
If he will make a statement on Britain's relations with Iraq. 
When he plans next to meet the Secretary of State for Defence to discuss the foreign policy basis for the strategic defence review. 
Mr. Alan W. Williams: If he will make a statement on the responsibilities of his Department in promoting enlargement of the European Union and in drawing up Agenda 2000. 
How many times he has met EU Foreign Ministers since 1 May to discuss European co-operation. 
The purpose of this, the first annual pre-Budget statement, is to report the Government's assessment of the economy, to outline our Budget aims and to encourage an informed debate of the detailed...
The following Member took and subscribed the Oath:
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Could you advise the House whether the Secretary of State for Wales has sought permission to make a statement to the House, following an announcement last...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to allow the importation of pet animals from the European Union and rabies-free countries without quarantine upon proof of vaccinations,...
Mr. David Amess accordingly presented a Bill to allow the importation of pet animals from the European Union and rabies-free countries without quarantine upon proof of vaccinations, blood tests...
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to European Community Documents.
That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 6692/97, relating to the landfill of waste; and welcomes the intention to set high regulatory standards for landfill sites.
That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 10040/97, on the prohibition of the use of material presenting risks relating to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies; and...
That this House takes note of European Community Documents Nos. 10153/97, the draft general budget of the European Communities for 1998, and PE262.699, the European Parliament's proposed...
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
That the draft Industrial Pollution Control (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 28th October, be approved.That the draft Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern...
That the draft Carriage by Air Acts (Application of Provisions) (Fourth Amendment) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 3rd November, be approved.—[Ms Bridget Prentice.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Ms Bridget Prentice.]
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