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Monday, 14 February 2000
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
How many lorries which contained clandestine immigrants have been stopped by the police in the last six months. 
What representations he has received on the proposed standard spending assessment for North Yorkshire police for the next financial year. 
If he will make a statement on his policy in respect of General Pinochet. 
What plans he has to conduct a review of the work of the private detective industry; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will make a statement on the numbers of political asylum seekers located in seaside towns. 
What measures he is taking to improve the success rate in fighting crime in the Metropolitan police area. 
What penalties are available to ensure road hauliers do not bring illegal immigrants into the United Kingdom. 
If he will make a statement on the numbers of asylum seekers currently awaiting a decision on their asylum application. 
If he will discuss witness protection arrangements with chief constables. 
What criteria he has set for the funding of portable CCTV; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will make a statement on the number of robberies in England and Wales in the year to 30 September 1999. 
What guidance he issues to chief constables with regard to protecting property and persons in neighbourhoods which are subject to regular demonstrations; and if he will make a statement. 
What representations he has received on the report of the Jenkins Commission on reform of the electoral system. 
If he will make a statement on progress in relieving the pressure on accommodation for asylum seekers in London and the south East. 
With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a statement about river safety. The House will recall that a little over 10 years ago, on 20 August 1989, on a fine, warm summer evening,...
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Because of the significance of the Deputy Prime Minister's statement, I slipped out after he had made it, only to be told by the Library that it does not have...
Mr. Michael Fabricant presented a Bill to establish a Parliamentary Commission to investigate and report to Parliament on the potential costs and benefits of membership by the United Kingdom of...
[1ST ALLOTTED DAY]
I beg to move amendment No. 6, in page 94, line 9, at end insert— 'Powers1A. The Commission may do anything (except borrow money) which is calculated to facilitate, or is incidental or...
I beg to move amendment No. 17, in page 2, leave out lines 6 to 20 and insert— '(2) The Speaker's Committee shall consist of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Leader of House of...
Question proposed, That this schedule be the Second schedule to the Bill.
I beg to move amendment No. 20, in page 2, line 36, leave out 'chairman of the'. Amendment No. 20 is even more important, against the background of the debates of the past hour. We have tried...
I beg to move amendment No. 37, in page 4, line 6, at end insert— '( ) Any report submitted to the Secretary of State under subsections (1) and (2) shall be— (a) placed in the House...
I beg to move amendment No. 25, in page 4, line 30, after 'Commission', insert— ', and secure its approval'.
I beg to move amendment No. 7, in clause 8, page 5, line 35, leave out 'on request'. The words "on request" are appropriate in the context of subsection (1), but do not fit the intention behind...
I beg to move amendment No. 11, in page 6, line 42, leave out from 'broadcasts' to end of line 2 on page 7.
I beg to move amendment No. 4, in page 7, line 16, leave out from 'party' to end of line 20. Having achieved almost embarrassing consensus on the previous amendment, with the agreement of all...
I beg to move amendment No. 29, in page 8, leave out line 10 and insert— '(a) the electoral systems in use for the time being in the elections mentioned in section 19(3).'.
I beg to move, That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved. The order appoints 23 May...
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to European Community documents.
That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13523/2/99, the Common Strategy on Ukraine, and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 31st January 2000 from the Foreign and...
That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 10948/99, Commission report on the application of the Community rules for State Aid to the coal industry in 1996 and 1997; and supports...
Mr. Deputy Speaker: With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
That the draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved.
That the draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 24th January, be approved.
Mr. Deputy Speaker: With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to Committees.
That Ms Margaret Moran be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Dr. George Turner be added to the Committee.
That Mr. Simon Thomas be added to the Environmental Audit Committee.
That Mr. Edward Davey be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr. A. J. Beith be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Keith Bradley.]
That Ms Sandra Osborne be discharged from the Information Committee and Mr. Gwyn Prosser be added to the Committee.—[Mr. John Mc William, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Dowd.]
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