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Thursday, 10 February 2000
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Orders for Second Reading read.
The Minister was asked—
What progress has been made in implementing the Bye report on flood defence; and if he will make a statement. 
What progress is being made in discussions with the European Commission to categorise Northern Ireland as a low BSE incidence area; and if he will make a statement. 
When he will establish the Food Standards Agency; and if he will make a statement. 
How many farmers began the process of conversion to organic production in 1999. 
If he will make a statement on Government support for developing new rural enterprises. 
What estimate he has made of the proportion of farm income derived from subsidies and price supports under the common agricultural policy. 
The Solicitor-General was asked—
What provision the Crown Prosecution Service makes for Welsh speakers in the conduct of proceedings in Wales. 
What criteria are applied to the distribution of unclaimed assets of dissolved companies and intestate individuals; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will review the arrangements for the prosecution of crimes of rape. 
What plans he has for investment in information technology for the Crown Prosecution Service in Reading in 2000–01. 
If he will make a statement on the role of police officers in dealing with victims of crime exclusively on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service. [R] 
Will the Leader of the House give us the business for next week?
With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a statement about the Stansted hijacking. The House will, I know, have been pleased to learn that the hijacking of an Ariana Airlines plane...
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May I refer you to early-day motion 340 in the name of the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn) and other hon. Members about Senator Pinochet?...
Order for Second Reading read.
I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts: Northern Ireland Act 2000 Comhairle nan Eilean...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Betts.]
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