Tuesday, 10 February 1998
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Order for Second Reading read.
The Secretary of State was asked—
If he will make a statement on the agenda for discussion at the Europe-Asia (ASEM2) Conference to be held in London in April. 
What measures are included in the United Kingdom proposals for an EU code of conduct on arms sales to close loopholes on brokering and licensed production. 
Mr. Gareth Thomas: What steps his Department has taken to reduce conflict and human rights abuses in Algeria. 
What assessment he has made of progress of negotiations in Sudan. 
If he will make a statement on the review his Department is currently undertaking into British citizenship for the people of British dependencies. 
if he will make a statement on his Department' s assessment of likely progress on the middle east peace process. 
What plans he has to change the recruitment policies of his Department. 
If he will make a statement on the recent state visit of the President of Brazil. 
If he will make a statement on the ratification of the additional protocols to the 1949 Geneva conventions. 
If he informed his officials of his relationship with his nominee for the post of diary secretary when he proposed her for that post. 
If he will list the measures taken by Her Majesty's Government to support the effectiveness of UN weapon inspection teams in Iraq. 
What assessment he has made of the impact of the current financial turbulence in Asia on his Department's export promotion work; and if he will make a statement. 
When he last met his European Union counterparts to discuss common foreign and security issues. 
If he will make a statement on Israeli settlement expansion in the west bank. 
What assessment he has made of the welfare of children in Iraq; and if he will make a statement. 
Madam Speaker, at the end of last week I visited the Gulf and held meetings with leading figures in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. With your permission, I should like to share with the House the three...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the preservation of war memorials; to ensure their proper transfer to a suitable location if their present site is...
Mr. David Maclean accordingly presented a Bill to provide for the preservation of war memorials; to ensure their proper transfer to a suitable location if their present site is redeveloped; to...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee), That the further Report [9th February] from the Business Committee be now considered.—[Mr....
[3RD ALLOTTED DAY]
I beg to move amendment No. 44, in page 18, line 11, leave out from `be' to end of line 13 and insert `elected by the members of the Parliament'.
Amendment proposed: No. 276, in page 19, line 10, after 'appoint', insert 'up to a total of ten'.—[Dr. Fox.]
Amendment made: No. 321, in page 21, line 14, at end add `after he ceases to be a Minister of the Crown'. —[Mr. McLeish.]
Amendment made: No. 322, in page 22, line 24, leave out '14' and insert `9 and 11 to 13'. —[Mr. McFall.]Clause 52, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.
I beg to move amendment No. 281, in page 22, line 40, leave out from `may' to end of line 41 and insert `apply to the Court of Session to seek an order to prohibit the proposed action'.
Amendments made: No. 323, in page 25, line 2, leave out 'Subordinate legislation may' and insert `Her Majesty may by Order in Council'.
Amendments made: No. 328, in page 25, line 31, leave out 'subordinate legislation' and insert 'an Order'.
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
That the draft Consumer Credit (Increase of Monetary Limits) (Amendment) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 13th January, be approved.
That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 15th January, be approved.
That the draft Department of Transport (Fees) (Amendment) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 15th January, be approved.—[Mr. McFall.]
[Relevant document: The memorandum relating to this instrument contained in the Nineteenth Report of Session 1997–98 from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (HC 33-xix).]
It is my pleasure to present this petition, which has been signed by 1,200 of my constituents. It concerns the tragic death of 14-year-old John Knowles. It states: The petition of the citizens of...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Dowd.]
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