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Tuesday, 8 February 2000
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Order for Second Reading read.
The Secretary of State was asked—
What steps the Government are taking to promote economic development in the west midlands through regional development agencies. 
If he will make a statement on Government policy in respect of housing directly managed by local authorities. 
If he will make a statement on progress in achieving a public-private partnership for London Underground. 
What assessment he has made of steps taken by local authorities to improve the quality of housing since 1997. 
If he will make a statement about the protection of established greenbelt land, and the acreage of it that has been approved for non-conforming use for development during the past 33 months. 
What factors he will take into consideration in determining regional quotas for the allocation of future regeneration funds; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will make a statement on the latest position regarding the bus employees' superannuation trust scheme and the National Bus Company pension fund scheme. 
When he will set a date for a referendum on the setting up of a regional assembly for the north-east of England. 
If he will make a statement on Government support for the location of new retail outlets in existing town centres. 
What steps he is taking to encourage initiatives by local authorities to improve the quality of their environmental services. 
If he will make a statement on the levels of traffic congestion in Great Britain (a) today, (b) a year ago and (c) two years ago. 
What assessment he has made of the potential for development on brownfield sites in the south-east. 
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. As the House will be aware, all stages of the Northern Ireland Bill are shortly to be considered by the House. To paraphrase the Bill, it is to bring direct...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to impose an obligation on petrol retailers to display prominently at the point of sale of petrol a notice showing the percentage and amount...
Mr. Tony Baldry accordingly presented a Bill to impose an obligation on petrol retailers to display prominently at the point of sale of petrol a notice showing the percentage and amount of the...
I beg to move, That the following provisions shall apply to proceedings on the Northern Ireland Bill:—
4.—(1) Any Lords amendments to the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.
6.—(1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.
8.—(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons and the...
9.—(1) This paragraph applies if— (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent...
Order for Second Reading read.
I beg to move amendment No. 2, in page 1, line 13, leave out subsection (5).
Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.
I beg to move amendment No. 15, in page 1, line 22, leave out subsection (1).
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Dowd.]
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