House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 17 March 1998

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland

    The Secretary of State was asked—

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department

    The Parliamentary Secretary was asked—

    • Conditional Fees

      8 speeches

      When he plans to meet the chairman of the Bar to discuss conditional fee arrangements and legal aid. [33185]

    • Legal Aid

      25 speeches

      What new proposals he has to improve the accessibility of legal aid. [33186]


      4 speeches

      What plans he has to ensure that people entitled to compensation are able to claim it. [33191]

      Legal Aid

      4 speeches

      What effect the Government's proposals on legal aid will have on improving public access to the legal system. [33192]

  • Ways and Means

    • Financial Statement

      1 speech

      [Relevant documents: The Third Report of Session 1997–98 from the Social Security Committee, on Tax and Benefits: Pre-Budget Report (HC 423), and the First Report of Session 1997–98...

    • Introduction

      1 speech

      Only once in a generation is the tax system fundamentally reformed. The Budget I bring before the House and the country today begins the task not just of modernising taxation but of modernising...

      Stability and Prudence

      First, stability. By spring last year, with consumer demand already rising by 5 per cent. and the money supply by 11 per cent., but industrial production by only 1½ per cent., the economy...


      For years, as a nation our capacity to consume has not been matched by our capacity to produce. And it is because we have had insufficient capacity to sustain anything other than low long-term...


      Just as the modern tax system should encourage investment, so too the tax and benefit system should reflect the value we place upon the responsibilities and rewards of work. For far too long in...

      Supporting Families and Children

      Families are the bedrock of a stable and healthy society, and, in a fast-changing economy—with its uncertainties and vulnerabilities—families, now more than ever, need the security of...

      Section 7: Other Tax Measures

      I said that we would maintain the basic and top rates of tax for this Parliament. As is usual, we will increase all income tax allowances, income limits and tax thresholds in line with inflation.

      Public Spending

      I said that this would be a Budget based on prudence for a purpose and that guides us also in our approach to public spending. When we came into government, we said that, while we undertook a...

      Provisional Collection of Taxes

      1 speech

      Motion made, and Question,That, pursuant to section 5 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968, provisional statutory effect shall be given to the following motions:— (a) Sparkling...

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

    • Amendment of the Law

      127 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed,That it is expedient to amend the law with respect to the National Debt and the public revenue and to make further provision in connection with finance; but...

    • Mr. Gordon Bell

      12 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Ms Bridget Prentice.]

What is this?

Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

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