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Monday, 21 February 2000
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What plans he has for the Royal Army Medical Corps to occupy the buildings of Staff College, Camberley; and if he will make a statement. 
What progress has been made in the Government's plans to procure replacements for the current Invincible class of aircraft carriers. 
If he will make a statement on the future of British Forces Post Office at Mill Hill. .
If it is the Government's policy that Britain should continue to possess a nuclear deterrent as long as other countries have nuclear weapons. 
What scientific evaluation was made (a) in 1991 and (b) subsequently of the effects on UK troops of friendly fire involving depleted uranium munitions; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will make a statement on the development of family-friendly working practices within the armed services. 
What account is taken of the previous convictions of applicants to the armed services in deciding whether to recruit them. 
If he will provide extra funding for Army, Air and Sea Cadets and bring forward proposals to increase recruitment to the cadet services. 
When he last met the Army Families Federation to discuss married quarters. 
How much his Department spent in each of the last three years on ammunition for each of the armed services. 
What plans his Department has to improve its network of defence attachés. 
If he will make a statement about his Department's plans to procure four roll on/roll off container ships. 
How many serving members of the armed forces are aged under 18 years; and if he will make a statement on their deployment. 
What plans he has to update the strategic defence review with regard to numbers of personnel 
If he will make a statement on the progress of the Government's learning forces initiative. 
If he will make a further statement on the future of the old and new ranges at Shoeburyness. 
How much of the food purchased for the armed forces is sourced from abroad. 
What plans he has for increasing work-based training and education for young people in the armed forces. 
With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a statement setting out the Government's decisions on the future funding of the BBC. I should say at the outset that, together with my right...
[5TH ALLOTTED DAY]
I have selected the amendment in the name of the Prime Minister. I have had to limit Back-Bench speeches to 10 minutes on the education motion only.
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I know that you and Madam Speaker—indeed, all occupants of the Chair—have always been careful to ensure that the needs of Members and their...
Madam Speaker has selected the amendment in the name of the Prime Minister.
Ordered,That Sir Peter Lloyd and Dr. Lewis Moonie be discharged from the House of Commons Commission and Mr. Eric Forth and Mr. Stuart Bell be appointed members of the Commission under the House...
With the permission of the House, I shall put motions 3 and 4 together.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),That the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and...
Motion made, and Question proposed, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),That the draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999,...
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to Committees.
That Mr. Crispin Blunt be discharged from the Defence Committee and Mr. Peter Viggers be added to the Committee.
That Mr. John Randall be discharged from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee and Mr. Crispin Blunt be added to the Committee.
That Dr. Lewis Moonie be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr. Nigel Beard be added to the Committee.—[Mr. John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]
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