House of Commons Debates

Scope and Content

The 300 Group held regular debates, sponsored by MPs, at the House of Commons to provide group members and invited school parties with experience of parliamentary procedure and public speaking. This file contains correspondence and related papers regarding the debates. The following debates are covered:

Thursday 19 Oct 1989

'This House believes that in such a sensitive area as water consumption the future health of the nation cannot be entrusted into the hands of an industry whose success is based on commercialisation and privatisation, and proposes the motion that 'water must always remain a public amenity''

Speaker: Joyce Quinn MP

For the Motion: Ann Taylor MP, Alun Michael MP

Against the Motion: John Bercow, Yvonne Constance

Friday 14 Jul 1989

'This House draws attention to the continuing deterioration of inner cities and urges the government to take immediate and effective measures to remedy the situation, having regard to the increasing concern of those living in these areas'

Speaker: Sir Hugh Rossi MP

For the Motion: Margaret Hodge, Bob Colenult

Against the Motion: Margaret Williams, Joyce Sampson

Wednesday 10 May 1989

'This House urges the government to abandon its new policy for the National Health Service which will add to the emphasis on concern about money instead of patient care and will lead to the fragmentation of the service'

Speaker: Mrs Gillian Shepherd MP

For the Motion: Dr Wendy Savage, Dr Rob Hughes

Against the Motion: Mr Brian Hord, Ms Joyce Sampson

Wednesday 10 Feb 1988

'This House believes that the Education Reform Bill will result in more choice being given to pupils, parents, governors and teachers, and will therefore lead to a better education system'

Speaker: Emma Nicholson MP

For the Motion: Cllr John Bercow, Barbara Robson

Against the Motion: Paddy Ashdown MP, Elizabeth Monck

Wednesday 25 Nov 1987

'This House believes that the Community Charge will be expensive to administer and difficult to understand and should be abandoned immediately'

Speaker: Ms Ray Michie MP

For the Motion: Ms Hilary Armstrong MP, Cllr Rose Colley

Against the Motion: Mr Peter Davis MP, Cllr John Bercow

Tuesday 17 Mar 1987

'This House believes that the introduction of Proportional Representation would increase the number of women elected to Parliament, and it should, therefore, be a top priority for all the Parties'

Speaker: Ms Sue Stapely

For the Motion: Austin Mitchell MP, Dr Elizabeth Vallance

Against the Motion: Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, Richard Page MP

Tuesday 4 November 1986

'This House believes that, in view of recent research, co-education should be abolished'

Speaker: Austin Mitchell MP

For the Motion: Cllr Margaret Sandra, Joan Clanchy

Against the Motion: Caroline St. John-Brooks, Tamsin Imeson

Thursday 3 Jul 1986

'This House believes that, in order to achieve true equality, women should not be expected to bear all responsibility for child care and, as a first step, the EEC directive on parental leave should be implemented immediately'

Speaker: Janet Fookes MP

For the Motion: Elizabeth Shields MP, Carole Tongue MP

Against the Motion: Ian Lang MP, Ann Mackie

[See 5THG/I/01 for papers regarding earlier House of Commons debates, including extensive records of The 300 Group's first debate, held 24 Nov 1981, 'This House considers the possession of an independent nuclear deterrent is not in the best interests of the nation']