Tuesday, 21 April 1998
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
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...
What recent discussions he has had concerning the criminal justice system in Scotland. 
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...
What progress has been made in reducing the number of NHS trusts operating in Scotland. 
What plans he has made to ensure that computer systems used by the emergency services in Scotland will be millennium compliant. 
What proposals he has to reduce social exclusion in rural areas and communities in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. 
What proposals he has to achieve consistency in sentencing in the criminal courts. 
What progress has been made on the new deal in Scotland 
The Parliamentary Secretary was asked—
If he will make a statement on the backlog of cases before the immigration appeal tribunal. 
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. 
If he will make a statement on progress of the civil justice review and legal aid reforms. 
If he will make a statement on his Department' s policy in respect of the geographical distribution of magistrates courts. 
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...
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...
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...
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,...
[Relevant documents: The Fourth Report from the Treasury Committee, Session 1997–98, on the 1998 Budget (HC 647).]
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...
Motion made, and Question put,
1.—(I) Proceedings on the bill shall be completed at the sitting on Wednesday 22nd April.
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)—
4. If at the sitting on 22nd April—
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
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.
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.
That the draft Hovercraft (Application of Enactments) (Amendment) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 17th March, be approved.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
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. 13289/97, a Commission Green Paper on the convergence of the telecommunications, media and information technology sectors, and the...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
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