House of Commons debates

Thursday, 21 December 2000

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-post Nine o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

    The Minister was asked—

    • EU Sugar Regime

      10 speeches

      If he will make a statement on the reform of the EU sugar regime. [142335]

    • Farm Diversification

      8 speeches

      What steps the Government are taking to encourage farmers to take up options for farm diversification available under the England rural development programme. [142336]

      Pig Industry

      14 speeches

      What meetings he has held with pig farmers representatives in the last month to discuss the state of the industry. [142337]

      Meat Imports

      16 speeches

      If he will make a statement on meat imports into the United Kingdom. [142338]


      10 speeches

      What assessment he has made of the efficacy of testing for evidence of BSE in cattle over 30 months old. [142340]

      Floods (East Sussex)

      4 speeches

      What recent assessment he has made of the impact of the recent floods on the farming community in East Sussex. [142341]

      Energy Crops

      8 speeches

      What steps he is taking to encourage farmers to grow energy crops. [142342]


      The Solicitor-General was asked—


      10 speeches

      If he will make a statement on progress with his plans to equip the Crown Prosecution Service with modern computer systems. [142366]

      Human Rights

      8 speeches

      What representations he has received on the impact of the implementation of the human rights convention on criminal prosecutions. [142368]


      9 speeches

      What assessment he has made of the morale of the Crown Prosecution Service. [142369]

  • Business of the House

    52 speeches

    Will the Leader of the House please give us the business for the week after the House returns from the Christmas recess?

  • Adoption

    25 speeches

    With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement on the White Paper, "Adoption: a new approach", which I am publishing today. Every child should have the best possible start in life. As...

  • Royal Assent

    1 speech

    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: Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act 2000 City of...

  • Points of Order

    7 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In a written answer given to me yesterday—it can be found at column 228W of the Official Report— the Under-Secretary of State for Education and...

  • Social Security

    76 speeches

    I beg to move, That the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 13th December, be approved. This order and the draft Guaranteed Minimum...

  • Pensions

    Resolved, That the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 30th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.—[Mr. Bayley.]

  • Adjournment (Christmas)

    24 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.— [Mr. Betts.]

  • Sittings in Westminster Hall

    1 speech

    Motion made, That, following the Order [20th November], Mr. Nicholas Winterton, Mr. John McWilliam, Mr. Barry Jones and Frank Cook be appointed to act as additional Deputy Speakers at sittings in...

  • Select Committees (Joint Meetings)

    1 speech

    Motion made, That, for the current Session of Parliament, Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be amended as follows:Line 37, before the word 'European'...

  • Business of the House

    1 speech

    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...

  • Human Rights (Joint Committee)

    1 speech

    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...

  • Human Rights

    1 speech

    Motion made, That Jean Corston, Mr. Desmond Browne, Mr. Andrew Miller, Mr. Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West), Sir Patrick Cormack and Mr. Robert Maclennan be Members of the Select Committee appointed to...

  • Petition

    • Shopworkers

      1 speech

      As this is almost the last business before Christmas, it seems appropriate that the petition of my constituents in Basildon and East Thurrock has a seasonal flavour. The Petition states: The...

  • Flooding (Robertsbridge)

    3 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. McNulty.]

What is this?

Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

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