Tuesday, 30 June 1998
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
If he will visit south Shropshire to assess the effect upon the local community of proposals to reduce the range of facilities available at Kidderminster hospital. 
What steps he is taking to meet the dental health needs of the people of Shropshire. 
What action he is taking to improve patients' access to information about local hospitals' clinical performance. 
What initiatives he is bringing forward to reduce the incidence of teenage smoking. 
How many patients were treated by the NHS in each of the last five years; and what was the average waiting time for hospital treatment. 
To what extent health authorities will be able to disregard the guidelines issued by the proposed national institute for clinical excellence. 
What assessment his Department has made of the impact of the ending of tax relief on private medical insurance premiums for the over-60s on the current size of hospital waiting lists. 
What targets he has set for reduction in NHS management costs by 2002. 
What plans he has to ensure that capping drugs budgets in primary care groups does not give rise to rationing by GPs. 
When he expects there to be a downturn in hospital waiting lists; and if he will make a statement. 
What assessment has been made by his Department of the extent of the link between money invested in drug misuse treatment and money saved from the cost of crime. 
What steps he is taking to improve access to breast cancer treatment. 
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I know that you will be aware that very many questions have been tabled to the Foreign Secretary and other Ministers on the involvement of Sandline...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit the sending of facsimile messages offering for sale goods or services or seeking answers by questionnaire without prior...
Mr. Christopher Fraser accordingly presented a Bill to prohibit the sending of facsimile messages offering for sale goods or services or seeking answers by questionnaire without prior permission...
Resolved, That provision may be made in the Finance (No. 2) Bill for and in connection with restricting relief under sections 95(3) and 97(4) of the Finance Act 1986.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
Resolved, That provision may be made in the Finance (No. 2) Bill— (a) amending section 22A of the Capital Allowances Act 1990;(b) repealing section 76(3) of that Act.—[Mr. Robert...
Not amended in Committee and as amended in the Standing Committee, considered.
'.—(1) In section 95 of the Finance Act 1986 (depositary receipts: exceptions) in subsection (3) (exchanges) after paragraph (b) there shall be added—
'.—(1) In section 22 of the Capital Allowances Act 1990 (first-year allowances), after subsection (3C) there shall be inserted the following subsections—
'.—(1) In each of subsections (4), (6B) and (6C) of section 22 of the Capital Allowances Act 1990 (first-year allowances), for "subsection (3C)" there shall be substituted "one or more of...
'.—Section 30(5)(b) of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1997 shall cease to have effect.'.—[Mr. Fallon.]
'.—After section 59DA of the Taxes Management Act 1970 (payment of corporation tax under self-assessment) there shall be inserted—
'.—For the purposes of sections 152 and 153— The "National Debt" shall be taken to include the principal amount of any non-governmental debt to the extent that such debt is guaranteed...
'.—Where a transfer of land to a dealer or developer of land takes place and the instrument effecting that transfer is liable to stamp duty at the rate specified in either subsection (1)(d)...
Notwithstanding the provisions in section 140 of and Schedule 25 to this Act (amending section 31 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 introducing a new higher threshold for chattels qualifying for...
'.—For section 29 (2)(b) of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1997 there shall be substituted—
'After subsection (6) of section 38B of the Capital Allowances Act 1990 (which provides for expenditure excluded from the application of the Chapter), there shall be inserted the following...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
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