Monday, 8 June 1998
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Ordered,That Mr. Peter Ainsworth be discharged from the Committee of Selection and Mr. James Cran be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Kevin Hughes.]
The Secretary of State was asked—
If she will make a statement on the impact of the women's website in increasing access to Government information for women. 
What steps she has taken to improve the framework for occupational pensions. 
If she will make a statement on the actions the Ministers for Women are taking to ensure that new employment opportunities are designed to fit in with family responsibilities. 
What steps the Government have taken to ensure that women's interests are taken account of in each Government Department. 
What action the Government have taken to help lone parents on income support get into work. 
Pursuant to the Green Paper on welfare reform, what calculations her Department made to assess adequate levels of income for those in retirement. 
What discussions she has had with local authorities about the delivery of benefits in Scotland. 
What assessment she has made of the extent of pensioner poverty. 
When she expects to publish the pensions review. 
If she will make a statement on the guidance issued by her Department to local authorities in respect of violence against women. 
How many claimants in receipt of disability living allowance have been subject to the benefit integrity project, to date. 
What representations she has received about child care costs disregard for carers in receipt of family credit; and if she will make a statement. 
What assessment she has made of inequality of income among pensioners. 
What were the Belfast EU presidency conclusions on women and employability relating to family-friendly working arrangements. 
(by private notice): To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will make a statement about the Government's decision to discontinue reprocessing nuclear material at Dounreay.
With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a statement reviewing progress on tackling the millennium computer problem within central Government and the wider public sector. Since my...
With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a statement on the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The dispute over border delimitation and demarcation arose when Ethiopian...
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I seek your clarification. It has been drawn to my attention by friends of mine in the tobacco industry that there is a meeting tomorrow morning in the...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee),That the Report [4th June] from the Business Committee be now considered.—[Mr. Jon Owen Jones.]
[1ST ALLOTTED DAY]
I beg to move amendment No. 84, in page 8, leave out lines 14 to 18.
Amendments made: No. 12, in page 9, line 20, after 'incompetence', insert 'or on medical grounds,'.
I beg to move amendment No. 3, in page 13, line 8, after 'appropriate', insert 'following consultation with the relevant institutions on the contents of any such reports, oral and written'.
Amendments made: No. 14, in page 39, line 38, after 'for', insert 'and in connection with'.
5A.—(1) Regulations shall make provision for conferring on a person aggrieved by a disciplinary order made in relation to him under this Schedule a right to appeal against the order to the...
'.After section 73C of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 there shall be inserted the following section—
73D.—(1) This section applies to any information which is held— (a) by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, or(b) by a person providing services to those Commissioners and in...
'.—(1) If the Secretary of State so determines, any function exercisable by him by virtue of regulations under section 22 shall, to such extent as is specified in his determination, be...
'.—(1) This section applies to any information which is held— (a) by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, or(b) by a person providing services to those Commissioners and in connection...
I beg to move amendment No. 102, in page 15, line 12, at end insert— '(1A) No regulations may be made under this section if their effect would be to disadvantage students by reason of their...
Amendment made: No. 77, in page 20, line 45, at end insert— '(ba) fees payable for field trips (including any tuition element of such fees),'.—[Mr. Jamieson.]
Amendments made: No. 40, in page 21, leave out line 34.
73AA.—(1) If the Secretary of State so determines, any function exercisable by him by virtue of regulations made under section 73(f) of this Act shall, to such extent as is specified in his...
Amendment made: No. 54, in page 26, line 7, leave out 'respect of and insert 'connection with'.—[Mr. Jamieson.]
We have four motions before the House; it may be convenient to take them together.
That the draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to National Savings) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 6th April, be approved.—[Mr. Jamieson.]
That the draft Merchant Shipping (Control of Pollution) (SOLAS) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 21st April, be approved.—[Mr. Kevin Hughes.]
That the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 11th May, be approved.—[Mr. Kevin Hughes.]
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),That the draft Fire Services (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order...
Ordered,That Mr. Richard Allan be discharged from the Home Affairs Committee and Bob Russell be added to the Committee.—[Mr. John Mc William, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Kevin Hughes.]
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