Tuesday, 3 November 1998
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What steps he has taken to assist Scottish businesses in respect of the recent international financial crisis. 
If he will make a statement on progress towards implementing the new Higher Still exams. 
What additional steps he proposes to assist employment creation in the south of Scotland. 
If he will make a statement on publicity for the elections to the Scottish Parliament in May 1999. 
If he will make a statement on the beef industry in Scotland. 
If he will make a statement about the level of council house debt in Scotland. 
When he next expects to meet Scottish Screen to discuss the potential for film production and exhibition in Scotland. 
The Minister of State was asked—
If he will list those insurance companies selling insurance products to underpin conditional fee agreements. 
How much spare capacity exists in magistrates courts in the Greater London area and nearby; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which this could be used to help to tackle the backlog...
When he last discussed his legal aid reforms with the Lord Chief Justice and the other heads of divisions of the High Court. 
What criteria are used to determine whether a magistrates court should close. 
If he will make a statement on progress in the implementation of the Civil Justice Review. 
In this year's pre-Budget report, we seek to steer a course of stability amid a world economic downturn. We set in place measures to improve productivity and provide support for enterprise, we...
With permission, I should like to make a statement on the latest developments in Iraq. Last August, Iraq informed the Security Council that it was suspending co-operation with the United Nations...
Mr. David Lepper, supported by Mr. David Chaytor, Mr. Cynog Dafis, Mrs. Helen Brinton, Ms Julia Drown, Jane Griffiths, Mr. Roy Beggs, Mr. Matthew Taylor and Mr. Tom Brake, presented a Bill to...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to set up an election commission with powers over the conduct and financing of referendums. Referendums have not been a traditional part of...
Mrs. Eleanor Laing accordingly presented a Bill to set up an election commission with powers over the conduct and financing of referendums: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be...
[Relevant documents: The Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 6th and 14th May, 25th June and 2nd July (HC 712-i to iv).]
Ordered,That Mr. Eric Clarke be added to the Liaison Committee.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
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