Monday, 12 February 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 progress in the implementation of the strategic defence review. 
What the level of underspending in the defence budget is. 
What assessment he has made of the desirability of antimissile defence. 
What plans he has to introduce new equipment for the Army. 
When his Department will complete its evaluation of the tenders for the future offshore vehicles contract; and if he will make a statement. 
What steps he is taking to improve pay and conditions of Royal Navy personnel. 
What progress he has made with enhancing front-line equipment for the Royal Navy. 
How much total expenditure on defence was as a percentage of gross domestic product in the last financial year. 
When he last met the NATO Secretary General to discuss European security. 
If he will make a statement on the change in the total number of service personnel since 1979. 
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it not against the Standing Orders and procedures of the House that on a day allocated for Opposition time, the Government should make a non-essential...
Well, Mr. Speaker, you cannot win. With permission, I shall make a statement. I begin by thanking all those who assisted in drawing up the proposals, including my ministerial team. I put on...
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. My point of order, of which I gave you notice this morning, concerns the removal from the Order Paper of Question 10, which I tabled and which was already...
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I have selected the amendment in the name of the Prime Minister
I inform hon. Members that Mr. Speaker has selected the amendment in the name of the Prime Minister.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation).
That the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice for Examining Officers) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 16th January, be approved.—[Mr. Sutcliffe.]
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [31 January],That the Select Committee on Science and Technology shall have leave to meet concurrently with any committee of the Lords on...
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [23 January],That, following the Order [20th November 2000], Mr. Nicholas Winterton, Mr. John McWilliam, Mr. Barry Jones and Frank Cook be...
Motion made,That Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be amended as follows:Line 40, before the word 'European' insert the words 'Environmental Audit...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Sutcliffe.]
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