Monday, 18 December 2000
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
How many pensioners in Warrington, North are receiving the winter fuel allowance. 
What steps the Government are taking to reduce fuel poverty. 
What percentage of the social fund is spent on administration costs. 
What is his most recent estimate of the take-up of the minimum income guarantee. 
How many more pensioners will be means-tested in the next financial year under measures announced in the pre-Budget statement. 
How many pensioners in Chorley will benefit from the winter fuel payment. 
What his estimate is of the annual cost of fraud in the social security system. 
How many former far east prisoners of war have applied to the War Pensions Agency for payment. 
What representations he has received in respect of the proposed pension credit. 
Which groups of elderly carers will gain from his recently announced changes in benefits for carers. 
What assessment he has made of the effect of disability benefit withdrawal from people seeking jobs. 
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I seek your further guidance on the leaking of the contents of White Pipers by Government Departments to the press, in advance of statements being made to the...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee),That this House agrees with the Report [13th December] of the Liaison Committee.—[Mr. Mike Hall.]
Order for Second Reading read.
I beg to move, That the following provisions shall apply to the Vehicles (Crime) Bill:
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)) (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills),
It may be for the convenience of the House to take motions 6 and 7 together.
I beg to move, That the draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 23rd November, in the last Session of Parliament, be...
Motion made,That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 2nd and 9th February, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March, 6th and 27th April, 11th and 18th May, 8th and 15th...
Motion made,That, at the sitting on Thursday 21st December, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until he shall have notified the Royal Assent to Acts agreed upon by both Houses.—[Mr. Dowd.]
Motion made,That—the Lords Message [12th July] communicating a Resolution relating to Human Rights (Joint Committee), be now considered;this House concurs with the Lords in the said...
Motion made,That Jean Corston, Mr. Desmond Browne, Mr. Andrew Miller, Mr. Gareth Thomas (Clwyd, West, Sir Patrick Cormack and Mr. A. J. Beith be Members of the Select Committee appointed to join...
I beg leave to present a petition organised by residents and businesses of the Wirral who are protected by the fire stations of Heswall and West Kirby. It is signed by 1,962 people who are...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Dowd.]
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