Monday, 22 January 2001
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What steps he is taking to provide new playing fields in schools. 
What action he is taking to increase young people's access to outdoor pursuits. 
What recent representations he has received regarding the future of a national football stadium at Wembley. 
If he will make a statement on his policy on free entry to publicly funded museums. 
If he will make a statement on the disposal of the contents of the millennium dome. [1447851
What steps he intends to take to ensure that opera is available to the widest possible range of ages in every part of the country. 
How many families in Exeter will benefit from the introduction of free television licences for households with a member aged 75 years or over. 
What guidance he gives to the British Library concerning its policy of retaining a copy of every publication published in the UK. 
The hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, was asked—
What steps are being taken to enhance pensions for the clergy. 
What progress has been made towards reducing VAT on church repairs; and if he will make a statement. 
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Have you had a request from the Ministry of Defence to make a statement about the circumstances in which six civilians were killed on Saturday by a UK/US missile...
Mr. Michael Fabricant presented a Bill to establish a Parliamentary Commission to investigate and report to Parliament on the costs and the benefits of membership by the United Kingdom of the...
Mr. Harry Cohen, supported by Mrs. Alice Mahon, Mr. Michael Clapham and Mr. Andrew Love presented a Bill to prohibit the practice of exorcism on young persons under the age of sixteen: And the...
[Relevant documents: The Second Report of the Health Committee, Session 1999–2000, on The Tobacco Industry and the Health Risks of Smoking, HC 27-I, and the Government's response thereto,...
I beg to move, That the following provisions shall apply to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill—
1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.2. Proceedings in the Standing Commitee shall (so far as not previously concluded) he brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th February 2001....
Queen's recommendation having been signified— Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52(1)(a),That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Tobacco...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),
That the draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 2001, which were laid before this House on 11th December, be approved.—[Mr. Touhig.]
That the draft Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order, which was laid before this House on 12th December, be approved.—[Mr. Touhig.]
That the draft Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (Procedure) Rules 2001, which were laid before this House on 13th December, be approved.—[Mr. Touhig.]
That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (The Convention on Mutual Assistance and Co-operation between Customs Administrations (Naples II)) Order 2001, which was laid before...
Ordered,That the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—[Mr. Touhig.]
Motion made,That, following the Order [20th November 2000], Mr. Nicholas Winterton, Mr. John McWilliam, Mr. Barry Jones and Frank Cook be appointed to act as additional Deputy Speakers at...
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'...
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 Mr. Barry Gardiner be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr. David Lammy be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Keith Bradley.]
Motion made,That Dr Nick Palmer be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr. Mark Hendrick be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Touhig.]
Motion made,That Mr. Stephen Hepburn be discharged from the Administration Committee, and Caroline Flint be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Keith Bradley.]
Motion made,That Mrs. Claire Curtis-Thomas be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr. Tony McWalter be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Keith Bradley.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Keith Bradley.]
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