House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 21 April 1998

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland

    The Secretary of State was asked—

    • Health Inequalities

      6 speeches

      What discussions he has had with Greater Glasgow health board on the Green Paper, "Working Together for a Healthier Scotland", in respect of inequalities in health in Scotland; and if he will...

    • Criminal Justice System

      15 speeches

      What recent discussions he has had concerning the criminal justice system in Scotland. [37614]

      Lockerbie

      4 speeches

      What action the Crown Office has taken on the depositions and statements made by the Iranian defector, Mr. Abolghasem Mesbahi, to Mr. Gunter Rath, state prosecutor at Frankfurt, in relation to...

      NHS Trusts

      16 speeches

      What progress has been made in reducing the number of NHS trusts operating in Scotland. [37616]

      Millennium Compliance

      8 speeches

      What plans he has made to ensure that computer systems used by the emergency services in Scotland will be millennium compliant. [37617]

      Social Exclusion

      11 speeches

      What proposals he has to reduce social exclusion in rural areas and communities in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. [37620]

      Criminal Sentences

      10 speeches

      What proposals he has to achieve consistency in sentencing in the criminal courts. [37621]

      New Deal

      8 speeches

      What progress has been made on the new deal in Scotland [37622]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department

    The Parliamentary Secretary was asked—

    • Scotland Bill

      8 speeches

      If he will make a statement on the Lord Chancellor's role in drafting the Scotland Bill. [37643]

    • Departmental Advisers

      6 speeches

      If he will make a statement on his policy towards the recruitment of (a) special, (b) policy, (c) press and (d) public relations advisers to his Department. [37644]

      Immigration Appeal Tribunal

      6 speeches

      If he will make a statement on the backlog of cases before the immigration appeal tribunal. [37646]

      Asylum Seekers

      4 speeches

      What provision his Department is making for asylum appellants who have no means to pay fees for legal representation at the hearing of their appeals against refusal of refugee status. [37647]

      Civil Justice Review

      6 speeches

      If he will make a statement on progress of the civil justice review and legal aid reforms. [37649]

      Magistrates Courts

      6 speeches

      If he will make a statement on his Department' s policy in respect of the geographical distribution of magistrates courts. [37651]

  • Points of Order

    6 speeches

    On a point of order, Madam Speaker. It will have been within your hearing that, in his answer to my supplementary question to Question 3 during Scottish questions, the Minister of State referred...

  • Bill Presented

    • Northern Ireland (Elections)

      Secretary Marjorie Mowlam, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr. Secretary Prescott, Mr. Secretary Cook, Mr. Secretary Straw, Mr. Secretary Dewar, Mr. Secretary Robertson, Mr. Secretary Davies and...

  • Deregulation of Racecourses

    1 speech

    I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the deregulation of racecourses. In introducing this Bill, I am required to declare an interest. I am a member of Cheltenham...

    • Deregulation of Racecourses

      Mr. Laurence Robertson accordingly presented a Bill to provide for the deregulation of racecourses: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time on Friday 3 July,...

  • Finance (No. 2) Bill

    192 speeches

    [Relevant documents: The Fourth Report from the Treasury Committee, Session 1997–98, on the 1998 Budget (HC 647).]

  • European Community (Convergence Criteria)

    73 speeches

    I beg to move, That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1998–99 for the purposes of section 5 of the...

  • Northern Ireland (Elections) Bill

    Ordered,

  • Northern Ireland (Elections) Bill (Programme)

    Motion made, and Question put,

    • Timing of Proceedings

      1.—(I) Proceedings on the bill shall be completed at the sitting on Wednesday 22nd April.

    • Questions to Be Put

      3.—(1) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Chairman or Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)—

      Miscellaneous

      1 speech

      4. If at the sitting on 22nd April—

  • Delegated Legislation

    1 speech

    With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.

    • Hovercraft

      That the draft Hovercraft (Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (Amendment)) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 10th March, be approved.

    • Merchant Shipping

      That the draft Merchant Shipping (Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) (Amendment) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 10th March, be approved.

      Hovercraft

      That the draft Hovercraft (Application of Enactments) (Amendment) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 17th March, be approved.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]

  • European Community Documents

    Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119(9) (European Standing Committees),

    • Information Society

      That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 13289/97, a Commission Green Paper on the convergence of the telecommunications, media and information technology sectors, and the...

  • A47 (Dualling)

    12 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]

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