Monday, 29 November 1999
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What estimates he has made of the numbers of people receiving means-tested benefits (a) in May 1997 and (b) in May 2001. 
What plans he has to improve the confidence of the public in the handling of individual cases by the CSA; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will make a statement on the progress being made by his Department in improving the accuracy of testing for eligibility for disability living allowance. 
What research his Department is currently evaluating into the advantages and disadvantages of means-testing benefits. 
What assessment he has made of the obstacles raised by social security rules to volunteering. 
If he will make a statement on his Department's forecasts for expenditure on social security payments. 
If he will make a statement on his policy on the link between pensions and increases in pay. 
What estimate he has made of the number of pensioners benefiting from the minimum income guarantee. 
If he will make a statement on the gap between the rich and the poor, as measured by household income. 
If he will make a statement on steps his Department is taking to improve customer service in the social security system. 
With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a statement about the Government's crime reduction strategy, which I have published today. Copies of the strategy document and of the Home...
[Relevant documents: The Trade and Industry Committee reported on the Draft Electronic Communications Bill in its Fourteenth Report of Session 1998–99, HC 862. Its Seventh Report, on...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic adjournments),That this House, at its rising on Tuesday 21st December, do adjourn till Monday 10th January...
Ordered,That, at the sitting on Tuesday, 21st December, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until she have notified the Royal Assent to Acts agreed upon by both Houses.—[Mr. Pope.]
Ordered,That Maria Eagle be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts and Mr. Nigel Griffiths and Mr. Jim Murphy be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Pope.]
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation. Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on...
That the draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 2nd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.
That the draft Maximum Number of Stipendiary Magistrates Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 3rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.—[Mr. Pope.]
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 Nos. 8484/1/99, the second progress report from the ECOFIN Council to the European Council on reinforced tax policy co-operation, 6615/98, a...
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to Committees.
That Mr. Richard Livsey, be discharged from the Agriculture Committee and Mr. Lembit Öpik be added to the Committee.
That Rosemary McKenna be discharged from the Catering Committee and Mr. Gerald Bermingham be added to the Committee.
That Mr. John McWilliam be discharged from the Defence Committee and Mr. Mike Gapes be added to the Committee.
That Yvette Cooper, Mr. John Healey, Mrs. Eleanor Laing and Mr. Malcolm Wicks be discharged from the Education and Employment Committee and Mr. Michael Foster (Worcester), Mr. Stephen O'Brien,...
That Julia Drown be discharged from the Health Committee and Mrs. Eileen Gordon be added to the Committee.
That Mr. John McAllion, Ms Sandra Osborne and Mr. David Stewart be discharged from the Scottish Affairs Committee and Mr. Russell Brown, Mr. Mohammed Sarwar and Mr. Bill Tynan be added to the...
That Kali Mountford, Mr. Chris Pond and Ms Debra Shipley be discharged from the Social Security Committee and Mr. Andy King and Mr. Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West) be added to the Committee.
That Jacqui Smith be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr. James Plaskitt be added to the Committee.—[Mr. John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Pope.]
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