House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster

    The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster was asked—

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister

    The Deputy Prime Minister was asked—

    • Slave Trade

      12 speeches

      If he will make a statement on progress on plans to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.

    • Departmental Travel

      11 speeches

      What his departmental expenditure on travel has been in the past six months.

      Slavery

      4 speeches

      If he will make a statement on the debate that he is seeking to organise for young people from Commonwealth countries on the consequences of slavery.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister

    The Prime Minister was asked—

  • Points of Order

    6 speeches

    On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. On 21 February, in reply to a question about antenatal services, the Prime Minister said: "we are also increasing the number of midwives in training."—[...

  • Bill Presented

    • Pensions (unclaimed Assets)

      Mr. Frank Field, supported by Dr. Tony Wright, Derek Wyatt, Kate Hoey, Sandra Osborne and David Taylor, presented a Bill to establish an Unclaimed Assets Agency; to confer powers on the Agency to...

    • Rural Tranquillity

      1 speech

      I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the establishment of an indicator for rural tranquillity; to provide for the protection of rural tranquillity in the planning...

      Rural Tranquillity

      John Penrose accordingly presented a Bill to provide for the establishment of an indicator for rural tranquillity; to provide for the protection of rural tranquillity in the planning process; and...

  • Orders of the Day

    • House of Lords Reform

      227 speeches

      Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [ 6 March], That this House supports the principle of a bicameral Parliament. Question again proposed.

  • Composition Option 1 (Fully Appointed)

    Motion made, and Question put, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be fully appointed .—[Mr. Straw.] The House divided: Ayes 196, Noes 375.

  • Composition Option 2 (20 per Cent. Elected)

    Question, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 20 per cent. elected members and 80 per cent. appointed members. —[Mr. Straw.] put and...

  • Composition Option 3 (40 per Cent. Elected)

    Question, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 40 per cent. elected members and 60 per cent. appointed members .—[Mr. Straw.] put and...

  • Composition Option 4 (50 per Cent. Elected)

    Motion made, and Question put, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 50 per cent. elected members and 50 per cent. appointed members.— [Mr....

  • Composition Option 5 (60 per Cent. Elected)

    Motion made, and Question put, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 60 per cent. elected members and 40 per cent. appointed members.— [Mr....

  • Composition Option 6 (80 per Cent. Elected)

    Motion made, and Question put, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 80 per cent. elected members and 20 per cent. appointed members.— [Mr....

  • Composition Option 7 (100 per Cent. Elected)

    Motion made, and Question put, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be fully elected.— [Mr. Straw] The House divided: Ayes 337, Noes 224.

  • House of Lords Reform (Hereditary Places)

    23 speeches

    Motion made, That this House is of the opinion that the remaining retained places for peers whose membership is based on the hereditary principle should be removed.— [Mr. Straw.] Amendment...

  • Delegated Legislation

    Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Delegated Legislation Committees),

    • Northern Ireland

      1 speech

      That the draft Budget (Northern Ireland) Order 2007, which was laid before this House on 25th January, be approved. —[Mr. Watts.] Question agreed to.

    • Employment and Training

      That the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2007, which was laid before this House on 26th January, be approved. That the draft Industrial Training Levy...

      Fees and Charges

      That the draft Private Security Industry (Licence Fees) Order 2007, which was laid before this House on 31st January, be approved.

      Postal Services

      That the draft Post Office Network Subsidy Scheme Order 2007, which was laid before this House on 1st February, be approved.

      Environmental Protection

      That the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007, which were laid before this House on 8th February, be approved. —[Mr. Watts.] Question agreed to.

  • European Union Documents

    Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119(9) (European Standing Committees),

    • Marketing of Pyrotechnic Articles

      That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13568/05, draft Directive on the marketing of pyrotechnic articles; notes the Government's current negotiating line; and supports the...

  • Petition

    • Post Office Closures

      1 speech

      At the end of a possibly historic day of business in the House, I wish to present a petition on behalf of my constituents and of the parish and town councils in my constituency. The petition...

  • Ashford International

    16 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn. —[Mr. Watts.]

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