Tuesday, 20 March 2001
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What recent representations he has received from industry and business concerning business rates. 
What plans he has to review the provision of new motorways and bypasses against pollution and other environmental criteria; and if he will make a statement. 
When he plans to bring forward legislation on leasehold reform. 
What plans he has to increase access to public transport for people with disabilities. 
If he will make a statement on the introduction of the congestion tax in London. 
If he will make a statement on public service targets for neighbourhood renewal. 
If he will make a statement about Government plans to give greater protection to areas of outstanding natural beauty. 
If he will make a statement on disabled facilities grants. 
What the current annual cost is of the South East England development agency. 
What estimate he has made of the need for additional social housing in southern England. 
What assessment he has made of the benefits of encouraging train operators to invest in Railtrack. 
What steps he has taken to reduce the number of road accidents in the past three years. 
I wish to report on the work of the rural taskforce, which held its second meeting this morning. We all agreed that our first priority remains to eradicate foot and mouth disease as soon as...
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Department of Trade and Industry has in its possession a report into the affairs of a company called Hollis Industries plc. That company was also the centre...
I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to implement the recommendations contained in the sixth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life The Committee on Standards in...
Mrs. Teresa Gorman accordingly presented a Bill to implement the recommendations contained in the sixth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life: And the same was read the First time;...
Orders for Second Reading read.
I beg to move, That the following provisions shall apply to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [Lords]:
4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a...
7. Paragraphs (6) and (7) of Sessional Order A (varying and supplementing programme motions) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings on any motion to vary or...
Queen's recommendation having been signified
I beg to move, That the Churchwardens Measure, passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for Her Royal Assent in the form in which the said Measure was...
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to delegated legislation.
That the draft Weights and Measures (Intoxicating Liquor) (Amendment) Order 2001. which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved.
That the draft Postal Services Act 2000 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 28th February, be approved.
That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 1st March, be approved.
That the draft Defence Aviation Repair Agency Trading Fund Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 17th January, be approved.—[Mr. Betts.]
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [31 January],
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Betts.]
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