1979 news events
January 22 - Lorry drivers' strike
Government had a majority of 24 after a three-hour emergency debate in the Commons on the industrial situation when a formal motion to adjourn was defeated by 305-28.
February 8 - Rhodesia
The Lords voted 102-58 against the Government proposal to set up a special commission comprising peers and MPs to investigate how oil supplies reached Rhodesia despite sanctions.
February 14 - Agreement with TUC
Government announced new agreement with TUC laying down comprehensive standards of trade union responsibility.
March 22 - Compulsory wearing of seatbelts
The Government's Bill to make wearing of seat belts compulsory subject to certain exemptions was given a second reading in the Commons on a free vote by 244-147.
March 28 - Government defeated
At 10.19pm the Commons heard that the Conservatives' 'no confidence' motion had been carried against the Government by 311 to 310. The Prime Minister addressed the Speaker: 'Now that the House of Commons has declared itself, we shall take our case to the country'.
April 3 - Budget
The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr Healey) presented slimmed down financial proposals due to the forthcoming general election.
May 9-10 - New parliament
MPs proceeded with the formalities of swearing-in the new before adjourning until May 15 for the royal opening of the first session of the new parliament.
June 12 - First Conservative Budget
Sir Geoffrey Howe delivered the first Conservative Budget for six years. He stressed 'it is crucially important to re-establish sound money. We intend to achieve this through firm monetary discipline and fiscal policies, including strict control over public expenditure'.
June 21 - MPs' pay-rise
Leader of the House (Norman St. John-Stevas), announced the Government's proposals to pay MPs their recommended salary increase of 74 per cent, in three equal stages between then and June 1981.
June 26 - Wales Act
The order to repeal the Wales Act was approved.
July 17 - Reduction in aid to industry
The Industry Secretary (Sir Keith Joseph) told MPs the Government intended to reduce aid to regional industry by £233 million over the next three years.
July 19 - Selling off assets
The Government announced the National Enterprise Board was to be run down and assets worth £100 million sold off.
July 19 - Capital punishment
A free vote to reintroduce capital punishment was ruled against 362 to 243 votes.
July 23 - Privatisation of British Aerospace
The Government announced it was to sell off half of British Aerospace shareholding to private investors.
October 25 - Government representatives in Northern Ireland
Government plans were revealed plans to convene a conference in Northern Ireland to discuss restoring locally-elected representatives.
The introduction of the new Education bill relaxed the statutory obligations on local authorities to provide lunch and milk.
The Prime Minister decided to reintroduce honours for political services.