Monday, 8 March 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 about the pilot study carried out by his Department in York to encourage take-up of income support by pensioners. 
What proportion of total payments made by his Department are means-tested. 
What steps he is taking to improve the financial position of the bereaved. 
If he will make a statement on the progress of the new deal for lone parents. 
If he will make a statement on progress towards introduction of the single gateway to benefit. 
If he will make a statement on the review of the savings allowance in relation to the minimum pension guarantee. 
What plans he has to reform the administration of the CSA. 
What plans he has for increasing assistance to older pensioners. 
What representations he has received about the minimum guaranteed pension. 
If he will make a statement on his plans for war disablement pensions. 
If he will make a statement on the savings achieved as a result of the benefit integrity project. 
What he is doing to improve the living standards of the poorest disabled people. 
What plans he has to abolish the vesting requirements on annuities. 
With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a statement. In our manifesto, we gave a commitment to give people greater freedom to explore our open countryside, balanced by the needs to...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on-Delegated Legislation),
That the draft Northern Ireland (Modifications of Enactments— No. 1) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 22nd February, be approved.—[Mr. Jamieson.]
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
I have the honour of presenting a petition in support of the right conscientiously to object to the military portion of taxes. The petition states: To the Honourable the Commons of the United...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Kevin Hughes.]
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