Thursday, 3 May 2001
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What support he is providing for those facing redundancy as a result of the planned closure of Marks and Spencer Direct. 
If he will make a statement on the future of the UK steel industry. 
If he will make a statement on his strategy for promoting inward investment in the English regions. 
What support he will give to the development of offshore wind energy generation. 
What plans he has for reviewing the rights of consumers after (a) bankruptcy and (b) insolvency. 
If he will make a statement on manufacturing industry in the Vale of York. 
What contribution the chemical industry in (a) the UK and (b) the north-west made to GDP in the last year for which figures are available. 
What plans he has to institute a DTI inspector's inquiry into the events leading up to the collapse of Chester Street Holdings. 
What the implications are for businesses of replacing the pound by the single European currency. 
If he will make a statement on the progress made by IRISC in the settlement of compensation claims by former miners suffering from vibration white finger and respiratory diseases. 
What progress has been made in agreeing a memorandum of understanding with banks concerning the universal bank. 
(by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Government policy towards ballistic missile defence.
Will the Leader of the House please give the business for the coming week?
With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on the foot and mouth outbreak. This is the 10th time that I have updated the House on the outbreak. Once again, I should like to...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Clelland.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Pearson.]
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