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Monday, 7 February 2000
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What steps he is taking to improve the public's knowledge of pensions and saving for retirement. 
What is his estimate of the total savings to date to his Department as a result of the new deal for lone parents; and what forecasts he has made of future savings. 
If he will make it his policy to provide winter fuel payments for pensioners on a permanent basis. 
If he will make a statement on the housing benefit verification framework. 
If he will make a statement on the impact upon people in rural areas of proposals to computerise the benefits payment system. 
What further measures he proposes to reduce family poverty in the next decade. 
What measures his Department has taken to reduce barriers in the benefits system to education for lone parents. 
If he will make a statement on his proposals for reform of the Child Support Agency. 
What steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners receive the benefits to which they are entitled. 
If he will list the functions of his Department in relation to those suffering from vibration white finger. 
With permission, I shall make a short business statement. The business for the rest of the week will be as follows: TUESDAY 8 FEBRUARY—Programme motion followed by proceedings on the...
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Yesterday's Sunday Express reported that the Government have covert plans to withdraw from the Falklands. The Prime Minister said that no withdrawal should...
The following Member made the Affirmation required by law, first in Welsh and then in English:
I beg to move, That the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 31st January, be approved.
Resolved, That the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 31st January, be approved.—[Mr. Rooker.]
I beg to move, That, if the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill be read a second time, no Order shall be made for the committal of the Bill and it shall be ordered to be read a third time upon a...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Order [25 January], That the words in item 1 'indicating whether an individual form is being completed by that member', the words in item 2...
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 Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 19th January, be approved.That the draft Competition Act 1998...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Kevin Hughes.]
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