Thursday, 15 April 1999
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Chancellor of the Exchequer was asked—
If he will make a statement regarding the British abatement from the EU. 
If he will make a statement on the Government's contingency plans in respect of a failure of systems at the new millennium in major financial institutions. 
What estimate he has made of the increase in national insurance to be paid by the self-employed in 2000–01 as a result of the March 1999 Budget. 
If he will make a statement on the impact of the measures in his recent Budget statement to encourage more environmentally friendly road transport. 
If he will make a statement about the implementation of the industrial energy tax. 
If he will make a statement on his plans to increase the savings ratio. 
What representations he has received from children with regard to debt relief. 
If he will make a statement on the likely impact of the introduction of the construction industry scheme. 
What remit he has given to Lord Alexander's investigation of the fiscal regime for British shipping. 
What recent representations he has received from business on the single currency. 
When he next expects to meet the Governor of the Bank of England to discuss the state of the economy. 
May I ask the Leader of the House to give us the business for next week?
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),
That the draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 24th March, be approved.—[Mr. Pope.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Pope.]
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