Thursday, 25 March 1999
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What assessment he has made of the most important factors determining new investment decisions by (a) small and medium enterprises and (b) other sizes of company. 
What powers he has to oblige businesses to reduce their charges to customers; and if he will make a statement. 
What representations he has made on behalf of the UK cycle industry to the EU's review of current rules governing product dumping. 
What recent representations he has received on the criteria for awarding assisted area status. 
If he will make a statement on the implementation of the national minimum wage. 
What plans he has to increase the funds provided by his Department to assist manufacturing industry with its exporting. 
What estimate he has made of the total cost to small businesses of preparations under the national changeover plan for conversion from sterling to the euro. 
If he will make a statement on progress made in improving the regulation of fireworks safety. 
If he will make a statement on the advertising campaign being planned by his Department to publicise the introduction of the national minimum wage. 
What plans the Government have to reduce the burden of regulation on small businesses. 
If he will make a statement on his Department's role in regulating the offshore oil industry. 
What proposals he has for greater competition in the telephone industry; and if he will make a statement. 
What plans he has to examine standing charges for telecommunications. 
What representations he has received on the operation of the pool pricing system for electricity. 
Will the Leader of the House give the House the business for next week?
I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts: Consolidated Fund Act 1999.City of Westminster Act 1999.
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[Relevant documents: Minutes of Evidence taken by the Defence Committee on 24th March (HC 39-vii).]
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