Monday, 6 April 1998
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 fixed-wing aircraft carriers.
What representations he has received from defence equipment manufacturers about the strategic defence review's implications for defence procurement. 
What his current estimate is of the number of service men and ex?service men affected by Gulf war syndrome; and if he will make a statement.
If he will make a statement on the Government's smart procurement initiative. 
What mechanism is in place to ensure that information gleaned from interception of communications by US forces at RAF Menwith Hill is not used in a way that is prejudicial to the interests of the...
What representations he has received on the Government's Green Paper on defence diversification. 
What representations he has received about the deployment of British troops to the Persian gulf. 
What plans the Government have to commemorate in the UK the 80th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
What assessment he has made of the operational effectiveness of the Army if the Territorial Army's manpower were reduced to 40,000 personnel.
The President of the Council was asked—
What evidence the Government have submitted to the Modernisation Committee in its examination of the working hours of the House. 
What representations she has received on the conclusions of the report on conduct in the Chamber of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons (HC 600). 
What representations she has received on the conclusions of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons in respect of oral questions (HC 600). 
What is her policy regarding electronic voting in divisions.
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I apologise for rising again. In Defence questions earlier this afternoon, I asked the Minister for the Armed Forces a specific question about a report called...
[10TH ALLOTTED DAY]
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119(9) (European Standing Committees),
That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 5140/98, a Commission White Paper entitled Energy for the Future: Renewable Sources of Energy, the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum...
I beg leave to present a petition signed by more than 5,000 residents of east Surrey, expressing their concern about the threat of large-scale new developments in the green belt and countryside....
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Allen.]
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