Thursday, 18 December 1997
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The President of the Board of Trade was asked—
Mr. Gareth Thomas: What priority her Department attaches to improving the competitiveness of British industry in respect of the export market. 
What action her Department is taking to encourage financial institutions to invest in high-technology companies. 
If she will make a statement on the work of the Low Pay Commission, with special reference to Yorkshire. 
What is the role of her Department in assisting British business to prepare for EMU. 
When she last met the chairmen of the research councils to discuss science policy. 119872]
If she will make a statement about her Department's policy towards promoting the greater use of renewable energy sources. 
What representations she has received from business about the effect of a single currency. 
How many jobs she estimates have been created in the United Kingdom since 1 May as a result of inward investment. 
If she will make a statement about the development of the third-generation mobile telephones. 
What mechanisms she will employ to improve co-ordination across Departments in implementing the foresight programme. 
How frequently and by what mechanism she consults chambers of commerce; and if she will make a statement. 
What action her Department is taking to secure diverse and reliable sources of energy. 
If she will investigate the levels of profits on sales of soft drinks in public houses. 
What measures her Department has taken to improve consumer protection standards. 
When she will make a decision on the application by British Aerospace for launch aid for the A340– 500/600. 
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I am sorry to say that I did not arrive in the Chamber yesterday in time to receive notice of the point of order made by the hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr....
I beg to move, That Madam Speaker be requested to convey to Sir Donald William Limon KCB, on his retirement from the office of Clerk of this House, the House's gratitude for his long and...
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Dowd.]
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