Tuesday, 23 January 2001
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 on the recent bilateral conference with Greece in Hydra. 
When he next plans to discuss the implementation of plan Colombia with representatives of the US Government. 
If he will make a statement about Government relations with Cuba. 
When he last had discussions with the Prime Minister of Turkey; and if he will make a statement. 
What steps he is taking to promote gender diversity inside EU institutions. 
If he will make a statement on the United Nations Security Council expert panel report on the link between diamonds and the arms trade in Sierra Leone. 
If he will make a statement on the treatment of Jews in Iran. 
What representations he has received from the Polish community in Britain about the ratification of the treaty of Nice. 
What recent discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart on preparations for the forthcoming enlargement of the European Union; and if he will make a statement. 
What steps have been taken to promote trade with North Korea since the establishment of diplomatic relations with that country. 
Order for Second Reading read.
I beg to move, That the following provisions shall apply to the Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill—
1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 1st February...
I beg to move, 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...
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I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No....
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order. No. 118(6) (Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation),
That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21st December, be approved.—[Mr. Jamieson.]The House divided: Ayes...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation),
That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 21 December, be approved.—[Mr. Jamieson.]Question agreed to.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),That the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising...
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, at the sitting on Wednesday 31st January, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall— (i) put the...
Motion made,That Mr. Barry Gardiner be discharged from the Procedure Committee and Mr. David Lammy be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Allen.]
Motion made, That Dr. Nick Palmer be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr. Mark Hendrick be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Keith Bradley.]
Motion made, That Mr. Stephen Hepburn be discharged from the Administration Committee, and Caroline Flint be added to the Committee.—[Mr. Mc William.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Allen.]
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