Thursday, 22 April 1999
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Minister was asked—
What money is being made available to improve flood defences. 
If he will make a statement on the factors relating to the common fisheries policy which currently affect fishing opportunities in the Irish sea. 
What steps he is taking to ensure that British farmers compete on even terms with countries that operate to lower food hygiene and animal welfare standards. 
What steps his Department has taken to assist farmers to diversify their businesses. 
When the Government intend to respond to the report of the Food Standards Committee. 
The Attorney-General was asked—
What recent representations he has received about the efficiency of the CPS. 
What steps he is taking regarding the appointment of counsel to undertake civil law work for the Government. 
If he will ensure that debriefing sessions take place between the CPS and the barristers it instructs following acquittals where the pre-trial assessment by the CPS pointed to a high likelihood...
If he will make a statement on the cost of the intervention in the Hamilton v. Al Fayed case in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the House of Commons. 
May I ask the Leader of the House to give us the business for next week?
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Will you reflect on the use of business questions—in this case, by the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow—to make highly tendentious and...
Order for Second Reading read.
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119(9) (European Standing Committees),
That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 8582/97, including two draft Council Regulations, one amending Regulation (EEC) No. 3975/87 laying down the procedure for the...
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
That the Draft of Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which was laid before this House on 25th March, be approved.
That the draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 30th March, be approved.
That the draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 30th March, be approved.—[Mr. Jamieson.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Jamieson.]
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