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Monday, 11 January 1999
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
If he will make a statement on the processes by which an individual is randomly selected for targeted review by the Benefits Agency. 
What further measures are proposed to increase services and disposable income for retired people. 
When the benefit integrity project will be abolished. 
What plans he has to re-link the calculation of the state old-age pension with average earnings. 
What measures he has taken to reduce poverty among pensioners. 
What representations he has received about his plans to reform benefits for people with disabilities. 
When he expects to announce the results of the review of housing benefit. 
What recent representations he has received over fuel poverty among the elderly on small incomes. 
What estimate he has made of the number of basic rate pensioners who have refused increased benefits to which they are entitled; and if he will make a statement. 
What plans he has to reduce the number of families on means-tested benefits. 
What plans he has to assist those parents wishing to work with the costs of child care. 
Madam Speaker, with permission I should like to make a statement on recent events in Yemen. There have been three separate developments affecting British nationals in Yemen since the House last...
I should like to make a statement on how the national health service is coping with the recent sharp rise in the number of people falling ill. First, on behalf of everybody in the country, I...
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I have given you notice of my intention to raise a point of order, which I believe is a matter of some consequence to the House of Commons. In The Times...
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52(1)(a),That any Act resulting from the Rating (Valuation) Bill may impose liability to non-domestic rates by provision...
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
That the Town and Country Planning (Minerals) (Scotland) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 2913), dated 17th November 1998, a copy of which was laid before this House on 25th November, be approved.
Ordered,That Mr. Quentin Davies be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr. Robert Walter be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Betts.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Betts.]
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