Monday, 30 April 2001
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What further assessment he has made of the effects of the foot and mouth outbreak on tourism. 
If he will make a statement on the implications of the Budget for performing arts industries. 
What steps he has taken to improve facilities for tourists in the UK. 
If he will make a statement on the impact of foot and mouth disease on the number of visitors to the south-west over the Easter period. 
If he will make a statement on the preservation of the millennium dome. 
What representations he has made to the Exchequer in respect of financial support for small businesses involved in tourism which have been affected by the foot and mouth outbreak. 
What the impact has been of the abolition of museum charges on the number of pensioners and children visiting national museums and galleries; and if he will make a statement. 
What steps he will take to reduce the variations between (a) sales of national lottery tickets and (b) average expenditure of the National Lottery Charities Board in parliamentary constituencies....
What recent advice he has received on the importance of sport for the health of young people. 
The Second Church Estates Commissioner was asked—
To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey of 26 March 2001, Official Report,...
If he will make a statement concerning Forest Enterprise's interest in acquiring the freehold of Hagg wood, near Dunnington, from the Church Commissioners. 
For what reasons he has brought forward the Churchwardens Measure. 
What variations have recently been made in rents of church lands. 
What role the Church Commissioners have in encouraging tourists to visit ecclesiastical buildings. 
If he will make a statement on his support for the work of the Churches Conservation Trust. 
Several hon. Members: rose—
Order for Second Reading read.
I beg to move, That the following provisions shall apply to the Rating (Former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill:
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 25 (Periodic Adjournments),That this House, at its rising on Thursday 3rd May, do adjourn till Tuesday 8th May.[Mr. Dowd.]
With permission, I shall put together the motions relating to European Community documents.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Dowd.]
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