House of Commons debates

Monday, 13 July 2009

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Defence

    The Secretary of State was asked-

    • Afghanistan

      27 speeches

      What recent assessment he has made of (a) internal and (b) external threats to the security of Afghanistan.

    • Defence Information Infrastructure

      5 speeches

      How many (a) contractors and (b) subcontractors his Department has used in the delivery of defence information infrastructure future accounts.


      6 speeches

      What assessment he has made of the outcomes to date of trials of the mentoring scheme for vulnerable service personnel during basic training.


      10 speeches

      What recent estimate he has made of the projected costs of military operations in Afghanistan in each of the next three years.

      Mental Health

      8 speeches

      What recent estimate he has made of the number of current and former armed forces personnel likely to experience mental illness during the next 10 years as a result of their military service.

      Nuclear Deterrent

      10 speeches

      What progress his Department has made towards procurement of the next generation of the nuclear deterrent; and if he will make a statement.


      10 speeches

      What plans he has to improve procedures for major defence procurement projects.


      4 speeches

      When he expects the initial gate decision on the planned replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent to be made; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic Situation

      6 speeches

      What assessment he has made of the effect on UK defence expenditure and capabilities in the long term of the current financial situation.

      Equipment Renewal

      39 speeches

      What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's spending on equipment renewal; and if he will make a statement.

      G8 Summit

      63 speeches

      This has been a sad and difficult time for our armed forces and for our country, and I am sure the whole House will join me in sending our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the...

  • Point of Order

    2 speeches

    On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. A motion was passed on 3 July last year in relation to removing the preferential tax status of Members of Parliament apropos second homes and capital...

  • Political Parties and Elections Bill (Extension of Carry-over)

    22 speeches

    I beg to move, That the period on the expiry of which proceedings on the Political Parties and Elections Bill shall lapse in pursuance of paragraph (13) of Standing Order No. 80A shall be...

  • Business of the House

    11 speeches

    With permission, I should like to make a short business statement. Given the situation in Afghanistan, I am sure all right hon. and hon. Members will agree that the subject is appropriate for a...

    • Business without Debate — delegated legislation

      1 speech

      With the leave of the House I shall put motions 4 to 7 together. Motion made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 118(6)),

    • Companies

      That the draft Companies Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2009, which was laid before this House on 17 June, be approved. That the draft Companies...


      That the draft Companies Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments) (Taxes and National Insurance) Order 2009, which was laid before this House on 17 June, be approved.

      Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism

      That the draft Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 (Foreign Travel Notification Requirements) Regulations 2009, which were laid before this House on 23 June, be approved. -(Mary Creagh.) Question agreed to.

      select committee on reform of the house of commons

      1 speech

      Motion made, (1) That a Select Committee be appointed to consider and make recommendations on the following matters: (a) the appointment of members and chairmen of select committees; (b)...

      parliamentary privilege

      Ordered , That the Order of 8 December 2008 relating to the Speaker's Committee on search of offices on the Parliamentary Estate be rescinded and the following Order be made: (1) That, following...

      Regional Select Committee (South West)

      1 speech

      Motion made, That Linda Gilroy be discharged from the South West Regional Select Committee and Roger Berry be added.- (Mary Creagh.)

  • Committees

    1 speech

    With the leave of the House, I shall put motions 11 to 14 together.

    • Communities and Local Government

      Ordered, That David Wright be discharged from the Communities and Local Government Committee and Alison Seabeck be added.

    • Culture, Media and Sport

      Ordered, That Mr Nigel Evans and Helen Southworth be discharged from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee and Mr Peter Ainsworth and Mr Tom Watson be added.

      International Development

      Ordered, That John Bercow (elected Speaker) and Mr Stephen Crabb be discharged from the International Development Committee and Mr Mark Lancaster and Mr Nigel Evans be added.


      Ordered, That Mr George Mudie be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr James Plaskitt be added. -- ( Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection )

  • Petitions

    • Primary Education (Cheshire)

      1 speech

      It is my privilege to present a petition gathered by residents and supporters in a village in my constituency called Farndon. It is only a small village, but a phenomenal proportion of its...

    • Air Guns (Control)

      1 speech

      This petition follows the shocking shooting of a dog belonging to the Currah family in my constituency. The dog was shot in their garden by a neighbour using an airgun. That caused horror locally...

      Taxis (Northamptonshire)

      1 speech

      If you are able to come to Wellingborough again, Mr. Speaker, and you arrive at Wellingborough station, you will undoubtedly get in an excellent taxi that is well driven and great value for...

      Planning and Development (Essex)

      1 speech

      On 3 June, I formally objected to the location of a Sure Start centre at Jotmans hall school in Benfleet after residents told me of their anger at a hare-brained scheme being secretly pushed...

  • "the Spirit of Humanity"

    28 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn. -(Mary Creagh.)

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Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

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