Wednesday, 1 April 1998
The House met at half-past Nine o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. McFall.]
I first met a profoundly deaf sign language-using person 12 years ago. It is unusual that I should have gone for so long without doing so, since one in 1,000 people in this country have sign...
I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the subject of the Kingskerswell bypass, which has had a remarkable history. It was first set down as a route in the county development plan as long ago...
I am delighted to have obtained this debate on Tibet. I am a member of the all-party parliamentary Tibet group, and I pay tribute to its members and officers, such as Lord Weatherill, a former...
The Chancellor was asked—
What recent representations he has had on his freedom of information proposals. 
Dr. Desmond Turner: If he will make a statement on the future of the charter programme. 
What provision he has made for people with disabilities to contribute to the consultation process on the freedom of information White Paper. 
What discussions he has had on improving the quality of European Union regulations. 
If he will rename his office to reflect his public service responsibilities. 
What representations he has received on his proposals to ensure the protection of privacy under his freedom of information proposals. 
If he will make a statement on the work of the better regulation task force. 
What proposals he has to encourage greater exchange of careers and experience between civil servants and local government officers. 
If he will make a statement on progress towards resolving the millennium computer compliance problem in central Government. 
What measures he has taken to reduce the burden of bureaucracy on small businesses. 
If he will make a statement on his responsibilities in relation to Lancashire. 
The Prime Minister was asked—
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1 April.
What plans he has to pay an official visit to Essex.
Is my right hon. Friend aware of the widespread concern in all parties in the House about the latest developments in Cyprus? What action will the British Government take to get the Cyprus talks...
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Last Thursday, the Government made an announcement by answer to a written question, but it had been trailed to the press that morning. The announcement, which...
Mr. Secretary Dewar, supported by Mr. Henry McLeish, presented a Bill to amend, with retrospective effect, the law in relation to intermediate diets in summary criminal proceedings in Scotland:...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to constitute a national community legal service; to create a right to legal services and legal representation; to establish a legal service...
Mr. Austin Mitchell accordingly presented a Bill to constitute a national community legal service; to create a right to legal services and legal representation; to establish a legal service of...
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee),That the Report [31st March] from the Business Committee be now considered.—[Mr. Clelland.]
As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.
'(1) The Secretary of State shall cause an annual assessment to be made of the effect of the activities of each regional development agency upon the rural parts of its area (if any).
'.—(1) In the Schedule to the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, there shall be inserted— (1) regional development agencies.
'(1) The Secretary of State may by directions require the transfer of responsibility for any Training and Enterprise Council in England ("a Council") from the Department for Education and...
Amendment made: No. 7, in page 8, line 39, at end insert 'by statutory instrument.'—[Mr. Caborn.]
I beg to move amendment No. 32, in page 9, line 35, leave out from 'agreement' to end of line 39.
I beg to move amendment No. 4, in page 11, leave out from beginning of line 32 to end of line 19 on page 14.
Amendment made: No. 9, in page 15, line 13, leave out from 'section' to end of line 14 and insert— ' "highway" and "local highway authority" have the same meanings as in the Highways Act...
Amendments made: No. 10, in page 18, leave out line 17.
I beg to move amendment No. 25, in page 19, line 7, leave out 'including' and insert— '(3A) the provision which may be made under subsection (3) includes— (a) provision changing the...
I beg to move amendment No. 28, in page 19, line 33, at end insert— '(1A) The Secretary of State shall once in every financial year lay before both Houses of Parliament a statement listing...
Amendment made: No. 14, in page 20, line 10, after 'transfer', insert 'to another public body'.— [Mr. Caborn.]
I beg to move amendment No. 27, in page 21, line 10, at end insert— '(2) No statutory instrument may be made under subsection (1) until the Secretary of State has laid before Parliament a...
I beg to move amendment No. 26, in page 25, line 5, at end insert— '.—(1) The persons to whom section 1 of the Superannuation Act 1972 applies (persons to or in respect of whom...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Jane Kennedy.]
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