Wednesday, 17 March 1999
The House met at half-past Nine o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
[Relevant document: The Second Report from the Environmental Audit Committee, Session 1997–98, on the Greening Government Initiative (HC 517).]
[Relevant document: The Sixth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1998–99, on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (HC 31).]
It is a pleasure to be able to raise this issue today. I hope that the Minister will recognise that, if some of my hon. Friends leave before he finishes speaking, it is not intended as a...
I am delighted to have secured the debate, in which I shall raise the issue of regulating water charges. The debate is timely for many of my constituents whose bills, which are already the...
Considered; to be read the Third time.
The Minister was asked—
What initiatives have been taken to increase the number of United Kingdom companies operating routine drug-testing programmes. 
If he will make a statement on the work of the better regulation task force. 
What recent representations he has received concerning the forthcoming White Paper on the modernisation of government. 
What assessment he has made of (a) the quality and (b) the independence of the advice the Government are receiving on genetically modified foods; and if he will make a statement. 
What mechanisms are available for consulting the public about specific Government initiatives. 
What proposals he has for future use of the people's panel. 
On which regulations he has recently received representations from the Federation of Small Businesses, the Engineering Employers Federation and the Confederation of British Industry. 
What assessment he has made of the introduction of new IT systems across government; and if he will make a statement. 
When he expects the Ministerial Group on Biotechnology and Genetic Modification to complete its examination of the United Kingdom framework for overseeing the technology. 
If he will make a statement on the average length of service of civil servants within his Department. 
What targets he proposes to set for reducing the illegal use of drugs. 
What extensions in the power and scope of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration his Department is proposing. 
The Prime Minister was asked—
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 17 March.
With permission, Madam Speaker, I shall make a statement on the dependent territories. We have completed a major review of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the dependent...
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Your antennae, ever sensitive to the mood of the House of Commons, will have registered yesterday—not least through the eloquence of the right hon. and...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law with regard to leaseholds in relation to housing for older people; and for connected purposes. The case for reform of...
Mr. Gareth Thomas accordingly presented a Bill to amend the law with regard to leaseholds in relation to housing for older people; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First...
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
As amended in the Standing Committee, considered.
'.—(1) the Secretary of State may by regulations make a scheme for establishing a new category of persons whose charges for providing child care are to be taken into account for the purpose...
'.—In section 135 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, there shall be inserted—(1A) The applicable amount prescribed for a working families' tax credit and a...
'.—(1) Section 6 above shall not apply to the payment of tax credits to employees of agricultural trades or businesses.(2) The Board shall make payments of tax credits directly to employees...
I beg to move amendment No. 7, in page 3, line 35, at end insert 'except that an employee shall be entitled to make an election to receive payment of the tax credit to which he is entitled...
Amendment made: No. 14. in page 8, line 17, after 'Board', insert 'or the Secretary of State',—[Dawn Primarolo.]
Amendments made: No.11, in page 16, line 26, leave out 'Paragraphs (a) and (b)' and insert 'sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii) of paragraph (a)'.
Amendment made: No. 13, in page 26, line 12, leave out '165(1)(a)(i) and (b)' and insert '165(1)(a)(i) and (ii)'. —[Dawn Primarolo]
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation)
That the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Amendment) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 24th February, be approved.—[Mr. Betts.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Betts.]
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