Monday, 13 November 2000
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
If he will make a statement about the ending of the social security agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia and its effect on pensioners reaching pension age after 28 February 2001 who...
What assessment he has made of the relationship between the indices used to calculate annual pensions upratings and patterns of expenditure by pensioners. 
What recent representations he has received on the level of the state pension. 
What plans he has to help pensioners who do not qualify for the minimum income guarantee and who are in receipt of modest occupational pensions.
If he will make a statement on winter fuel payments. 
What contribution he made concerning age discrimination in his capacity as Minister with responsibility for older people to the framing of the European Union directive on discrimination in...
What recent assessment he has made of the amount of money fraudulently obtained from the benefits system since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will estimate the amount which a person retiring would need to have invested in a pension fund in order to be better off than a person retiring on the basic state pension. 
What measures he is taking to help pensioners on low incomes. 
If he will make a statement on the resources available to the social fund..
What steps he is taking to improve provision for carers. 
[20TH ALLOTTED DAY]
[Relevant Documents: the Seventh Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1997–98 on London Underground, HC715-I, and the Government's response...
Before I call the hon. Member for East Surrey (Mr. Ainsworth) to move the Opposition motion, I should inform the House that Mr. Speaker has selected the amendment in the name of the Prime Minister.
I beg to move, That the Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2449) dated llth September 2000, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12th September, be approved....
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),
That the draft Consular Fees Act 1980 (Fees) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 19th June, be approved.—[Mrs. McGuire.]
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to Committees.
That Mr. Robert Syms be discharged from the Health Committee and Mrs. Marion Roe be added to the Committee.[Mr. John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.]
I wish to present a petition in the name of Mrs. Sue Baillie of Mount Vernon hospital, Northwood Cleft Lip and Palate Association and 1,242 fellow signatories. The petition states: To the...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mrs. McGuire.]
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