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Millennium bug

MARGARET BECKETT, Leader of the House of Commons, has been given an extra minister to help her cope with extra responsibilities for the millennium bug and Government legislation.

Paddy Tipping, MP for Sherwood, was yesterday appointed Parliamentary Secretary to Mrs Beckett.

Queen's Awards

THE QUEEN'S Awards for Export, Technological and Environmental Achievement are to be subjected to a wide-ranging review, the Prime Minister announced last night. The scope and eligibility for the awards would be assessed and changed by the year 2000.


Commons: Christmas adjournment debate.

Backbench debates: effect of EU Directive 90/220 on British science; permitted development rights of Railtrack; brownfield sites in Teesside. International Development questions. Questions to the Prime Minister. Debate on modernisation of the Commons. Short debate on A14 trunk road in Cambridgeshire

Lords: Debates on Sierra Leone; water fluoridation; supermarket pricing.