Thursday, 4 June 1998
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Order for Third Reading read.
The Minister was asked—
What steps he is taking to improve food safety. 
If he will make a statement on his policy in respect of the level of farming incomes. 
If he will make a statement on the Agenda 2000 proposals on reforming the common agricultural policy. 
If he will make a statement on progress of the cattle traceability scheme. 
If he will make a statement on the progress of the selective beef cull. 
If he will introduce an audit of the volume of forms which need to be completed by farmers. 
What assessment he has made of the impact of the level of the pound on the ancillary services in agriculture. 
If he will review the ban on the sale of beef on the bone. 
What steps he is taking to prevent the use of low-level antibiotics in animal feed as a prophylactic. 
What steps he is taking to ensure that the revised common agricultural policy takes account of the opportunities for novel crops. 
What steps are being taken to prevent the spread of the Varroa Jacobsoni mite into British bee colonies. 
What steps he has taken to inform other EU Agriculture Ministers of progress on British cattle tracing systems. 
What safeguards are in place to ensure that consumers have adequate labelling and information on genetically modified foods. 
The Attorney-General was asked—
What guidelines he has given to HM Customs and Excise as to when they should seek his consent before initiating a prosecution. 
What steps he is taking to ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service adopts common standards across England and Wales. 
May I ask the right hon. Lady to give us the business for next week?
Secretary Marjorie Mowlam, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr. Secretary Prescott, Mr. Secretary Cook, Mr. Secretary Straw, Mr. Secretary Dewar and Mr. Adam Ingram, presented a Bill to make...
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
I beg to move, That this House approves the Third and Fourth Reports from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons on Carry-over of Public Bills and Conduct in the Chamber...
Ordered, That Standing Order No. 47 (Short speeches) be amended, as follows:Line 1, after 'at', insert 'or before';Line 4, leave out 'for not more than ten minutes';Line 6, after 'debate', insert...
Ordered, That—(1) the following Standing Order (Suspension of salary of Members suspended) be made:`The salary of a Member suspended from the service of the House shall be withheld for the...
Ordered, That Standing Order No. 163 (Withdrawal of strangers from House) be amended, as follows: Line 2, leave out from the word 'Member' to the word 'and' in line 5 and insert the words 'moves...
I am pleased to have the opportunity to present the petition of 1,000 of my constituents, led by Mrs. Brenda Ball, who are concerned about plans to build in the countryside, particularly in the...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Kevin Hughes.]
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