House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 31 March 1999

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Nine o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Wales

    The Secretary of State was asked—

    • Post-devolution Responsibilities

      16 speeches

      If he will make a statement on the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Wales after devolution. [78059]

    • Job Losses

      10 speeches

      If he will make a statement about recent job losses in Wales. [78060]

      Genetically Modified Crops

      6 speeches

      What mechanisms exist to communicate representations made to his Department concerning genetically modified crops to other Departments. [78061]

      Council Tax

      12 speeches

      If he will list the band D council tax rate for each local authority for 1999–2000 and the percentage increase in each case for (i) 1998–99 and (ii) 1997–98. [78062]

      Steel Industry

      11 speeches

      What new proposals he has to improve the competitive position of the Welsh steel industry. [78063]

      Concessionary Transport

      7 speeches

      How many representations he has received on concessionary transport fares for pensioners in Wales in the last year. [78064]

      Prime Minister

      The Prime Minister was asked—


      54 speeches

      If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 31 March.

      Kosovo Refugees (Humanitarian Assistance)

      39 speeches

      Madam Speaker, with permission I will make a statement on humanitarian assistance for Kosovo refugees. I will set out what we understand the latest position to be, and what our and the...

      Points of Order

      4 speeches

      On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. In the past 80 minutes, we have heard the remarkable proposition that, by the use of air power, without ground troops, populations are to be...

      Prescription Charges (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

      1 speech

      I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for women requiring hormone replacement therapy to pay a single prescription charge for both single and cyclical hormones,...

      Prescription Charges (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

      Dr. Howard Stoate accordingly presented a Bill to provide for women requiring hormone replacement therapy to pay a single prescription charge for both single and cyclical hormones, regardless of...

      Delegated Legislation

      1 speech

      With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.

      Value Added Tax

      That the Value Added Tax (Buildings and Land) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 593), dated 9th March 1999, a copy of which was laid before this House on 9th March, be approved.

      Social Security

      Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) Standing Commitees on Delegated Legislation),That the draft Social Security (Incapacity, Earnings and Work...

  • Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill

    As amended in the Standing Committee, further considered.

  • Orders of the Day — New Schedule 1

  • New Schedule 2

    • Schedule

    • Employment Agencies


      1. The Employment Agencies Act 1973 shall be amended as provided in this Schedule.

      General regulations

      2.—(1) Section 5 (power to make general regulations) shall be amended as follows.


      3. For section 6(1) (restriction on demand or receipt of fee for finding or seeking to find employment) there shall be substituted—


      4.—(1) Section 9 (inspection) shall be amended as follows.


      5. After section 11 there shall be inserted—

      Offences: extension of time limit

      11 A.—(1) For the purposes of subsection (2) of this section a relevant offence is an offence under section 3B, 5(2), 6(2), 9(4)(b) or 10(2) of this Act for which proceedings are instituted...

      Offences: cost of investigation

      11B. The court in which a person is convicted of an offence under this Act may order him to pay to the Secretary of State a sum which appears to the court not to exceed the costs of the...


      6. In section 13(2) (definition of employment agency) for "workers" (in each place) there shall be substituted "persons".'.—[Mr. Byers.]

      Schedule 1

      Collective Bargaining: Recognition

      97 speeches

      I beg to move amendment No. 46, in page 19, line 25, leave out from second 'to' to end of line 26 and insert 'the matters listed in section 178(2)(a).'. I am pleased that the amendment has been...

      Derecognition: other cases

      100A.—(1) This paragraph applies if as a result of a declaration by the CAC another union is (or other unions are) recognised as entitled to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of a...

      Schedule 5

      The Certification Officer

      Amendments made: No. 154, in page 71, line 49, leave out from 'shall' to second 'the' in line 50 and insert'— (a) make such enquiries as he thinks fit, and(b) give the applicant and the...

      'Political fund

      16A.—(1) Section 82 (rules as to political fund) shall be amended as follows.(2) After subsection (2) insert— "(2A) On a complaint being made to him the Certification Officer shall...

      Schedule 6


      3 speeches

      Amendments made: No. 52, in page 80, line 16, at end insert—


      41 speeches

      Just a week ago, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister told the House that, in the face of rising violence against civilians in Kosovo, our armed forces and those of our NATO allies were...

      Delegated Legislation

      1 speech

      With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.

      Civil Aviation

      That the draft Carriage by Air Acts (Implementation of Protocol No. 4 of Montreal, 1975) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 18th March, be approved.That the draft Carriage by Air...


      Nuclear Waste

      1 speech

      I wish to present a petition with about 20,000 signatures collected by people living in the area of the village of Trecwn in my constituency. The petition expresses total opposition to efforts by...

      Cystic fibrosis

      8 speeches

      Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr.Mike Hall.]

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