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Order Paper Wednesday 13 November 1996

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No. 15 WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 1996 393
ORDER PAPER

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

Business to be taken before Questions

1 ADJOURNMENT
The Prime Minister
    That this House do now adjourn.

Subjects proposed to be raised on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House:
9.30 a.m.--11.00 a.m. Mr Peter Viggers Cattle head deboning industry.
11.00 a.m.--12.30 p.m. Mr Michael Clapham Chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
12.30 p.m.--1.00 p.m. Mr Tim Rathbone Funding for St. Peter and James's Hospice in North Chailey.
1.00 p.m.--1.30 p.m. Mr Jeremy Corbyn Cleaners' dispute at Hillingdon Hospital.
1.30 p.m.--2.00 p.m. Mr John Wilkinson Proposed changes by Hillingdon Borough Council to the draft unitary development plan.
    The Motion for the Adjournment of the House will lapse at Two o'clock and the sitting will be suspended until half-past Two o'clock, pursuant to Standing Order No. 10.


* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer
Questions marked thus
[R] indicate that a relevant registered interest has been declared

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

*1 Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will introduce a scheme to enable unemployed people to be given work at a minimum of 160 per week on environment, transport, community care and educational schemes; and if she will make a statement.
2070
*2 Mr Peter Hardy (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations she has received on the introduction of home-school contracts for all schools.
2071
*3 Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment she has made of the reliability of the unemployment statistics in informing her Department's policy decisions.
2072
*4 Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent representations she has received on the effectiveness of the Youth Training Scheme.
2073
*5 Ms Liz Lynne (Rochdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is her Department's policy towards the merging of TECs, business links and local chambers of commerce.
2074
*6 Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money has been spent on the assisted places scheme since its inception.
2075
*7 Mr Alan Howarth (Stratford-on-Avon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will make a statement on her plans for the development of personal and social education.
2076
*8 Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment she has made of the impact of GNVQs upon educational standards.
2077
*9 Lady Olga Maitland (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will make a statement on the teaching skills and methods employed in schools.
2078
*10 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans she has to introduce measures to reduce job insecurity.
2079
*11 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many bills on education matters have been introduced by her Department or its predecessor since 1979.
2080
*12 Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Cromarty and Skye):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will assess the impact of the Job Seekers Allowance upon rural areas.
2082
*13 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children of primary schools are currently in classes of over 30 pupils.
2083
*14 Mrs Elizabeth Peacock (Batley and Spen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) grant-maintained and (b) LEA schools are represented in the top 50 state schools measured by A-level results.
2084
*15 Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much she plans to spend on publicity relating to the national implementation of the nursery voucher scheme.
2085
*16 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many places at private schools are being financed by the assisted places scheme in the 1996--97 academic year.
2086
*17 Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children from Dudley Metropolitan Borough are currently being educated at schools through the assisted places scheme.
2087
*18 Mr William O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will make a visit to the Normanton constituency to discuss nursery vouchers with (a) parents, (b) governors and (c) teachers.
2088
*19 Mr David Congdon (Croydon North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations she has received regarding measures relating to school discipline in the Education Bill.
2089
*20 Mr George Stevenson (Stoke on Trent South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when she last met the Chief Education Officer of Staffordshire County Council to discuss the level of education funding; and if she will make a statement.
2090
*21 Mr David Shaw (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps she is taking to improve school discipline.
2091
*22 Mr Hugh Bayley (York):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will make it her policy to reduce primary school class sizes.
2092
*23 Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what representations she has received on the introduction of home-school contracts for all schools.
2093
*24 Mr Rod Richards (Clwyd North West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will review the practice of teaching union representatives attending meetings during school hours.
2094
*25 Sir Robert Hicks (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when she will make a decision on Cornwall LEA's application for funding to assist with the cost of the Lostwithiel CP School re-building programme; and if she will make a statement.
2095
*26 Mr Ian Bruce (Dorset South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans she has to change the SSA calculations for local education authorities.
2096
*27 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire) :    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) higher education institutions and (b) further education institutions currently do not have cash reserves to cover 30 days of total expenditure.
2097
*28 Mr James Pawsey (Rugby and Kenilworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils have been excluded from secondary schools in England in the last 12 months.
2098
*29 Mr D. N. Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans she has to review the allocation of resources to schools which under perform.
2099
*30 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the percentage of unemployment for (a) men and (b) women in Ilford South in November 1990; what it is currently; and what plans she has to introduce further measures to reduce unemployment in East London.
2100
*31 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment she has made of the reasons for which people have left the claimant count register over the last year.
2101
*32 Mr Michael Alison (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many grant maintained and local education authority schools won OFSTED commendations for excellence in the most recent year for which information is available.
2102
*33 Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes (Wimbledon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what recent consultations she has had on the training requirements of new hi-tech businesses.
2103
*34 Mr Eddie Loyden (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans she has to introduce measures to reduce the unemployment levels among 16 to 18 year olds.
2104
*35 Mr David Amess (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will make a statement on trends in unemployment levels over the last year.
2105
*36 Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if she will make a statement on policies to encourage workplace training schemes.
2106
*37 Sir Michael Neubert (Romford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans she has to secure accelerated payments to qualifying organisations under the European Social Fund.
2107
*38 Mr Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans she has to extend training opportunities for those aged under 25 years.
2108
*39 Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much she plans to spend on publicity for the national implementation of the nursery voucher scheme.
2109


ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

Those marked thus * are Government Orders of the Day

2

OPPOSITION DAY [1st allotted day]:

BSE CRISIS AND THE BAN ON BEEF AND BEEF PRODUCTS
Mr Tony Blair
Mr John Prescott
Mr Robin Cook
Dr Gavin Strang
Mr Doug Hoyle
Mr Donald Dewar
        That this House notes that after the Florence European Council the Prime Minister assured the House that by October the United Kingdom should meet the conditions for the ban to be lifted on the export of beef from certified herds and certain other categories and that by November the United Kingdom should meet the conditions for the ban to be lifted on all beef that can be sold in the United Kingdom; deplores the fact that the ban on the export of United Kingdom beef remains fully in place and that Her Majesty's Government has failed to meet the conditions for it to be lifted within the timetable they themselves announced; recalls that in advance of Florence Her Majesty's Government pursued a policy of non-co-operation which led to a deterioration in relations with the other member states of the European Union, and failed to resolve the crisis for the United Kingdom's beef industry; believes that the measures adopted by Her Majesty's Government following the identification of BSE a decade ago were inadequate and enforcement was unsatisfactory; notes the confusion and delay since the House was advised on 20th March that BSE was considered the most likely cause of a new variant of CJD and the failure of Her Majesty's Government to meet its own targets for the slaughter programme; deplores the hardship and suffering caused to beef farmers and the beef industry; and regrets that Her Majesty's Government has not protected the interests of United Kingdom consumers or producers of beef.
        As Amendments to Mr Tony Blair's proposed Motion (BSE Crisis and the Ban on Beef and Beef Products):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Heseltine
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Howard
Mr Secretary Rifkind
Mr Douglas Hogg
(a)
        Line   1,    leave out from 'House' to end and add 'congratulates the Government on the action it has taken to deal with the BSE crisis which has led to the restoration of consumer confidence; welcomes the package of support the Government has provided to the beef industry; notes the significant improvement in the measures to deal with the disposal of animals over 30 months of age and the progress made towards meeting the criteria set out in the agreement for lifting the European ban on British beef; and urges the Labour Party to drop its cynical political opportunism at the expense of many who depend on this important industry.'.
Mr Andrew Welsh
Mr Alex Salmond
Roseanna Cunningham
Mrs Margaret Ewing
(b)
        Line   1,    leave out from 'House' to end and add 'deplores the incompetence of the Government's handling of the BSE crisis; notes that the Secretary of State for Scotland has been more anxious to canvass his anti-European prejudices than reach a solution to the problem; further notes that a feasibility study on a traceability scheme was completed in Scotland two years ago and could still be implemented in a matter of months; calls for an immediate start to the selective slaughter programme in Scotland; further notes that it has been obvious for months that the preconditions for a return of Scottish quality beef to European markets consist of the slaughter programme to eradicate BSE and a traceability scheme to guarantee quality; and demands that the Government pursue a Scottish solution with European partners to save the livelihoods of 6,000 people and allow Scottish beef to lead the way back into European markets.'.
Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Paul Tyler
Mr James Wallace
Mr Alex Carlile
Mr Archy Kirkwood
(c)
        Line   19,    at end add 'notes the failure of the Labour Party to support the Liberal Democrats' constructive criticism of the Government's mishandling of the BSE/Beef Crisis on 13th May, 21st May, 25th June and 24th July, but warmly welcomes its belated recognition of the severity of the consequent problems facing the livestock industry and the rural economy generally; and calls on the Government to seek urgently a national cross-party consensus on measures to restore confidence amongst farmers and consumers alike.'.
      The selection of the matter to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition, pursuant to Standing Order No. 13(2).
3 HEALTH AND SAFETY
Mr Secretary Gummer
        That the draft Health and Safety (Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 1996, which were laid before this House on 23rd October, be approved.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
4 INCOME TAX
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Latvia) Order 1996 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 23rd October.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
5 INCOME TAX
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Denmark) Order 1996 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 23rd October.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
6 INCOME TAX
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Finland) Order 1996 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 23rd October.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
7 INCOME TAX
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (China) Order 1996 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 23rd October.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
8 INCOME TAX
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Republic of Korea) Order 1996 be made in the form of the draft laid before this House on 28th October.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
        On the Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 Mr Jimmy Hood proposes to raise the subject of land holding in Scotland.

COMMITTEES
STANDING COMMITTEES
1 European Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m. Room 12 (public)
        To consider European Community Document No. 10495/96 relating to the Identification of Cattle and Labelling of Beef and Beef Products.
European Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m. Room 11 (public)
        To consider European Community Document No. 12357/95 relating to Cinema and Television.
SELECT COMMITTEES
3 Environment 9.15 a.m. Room 21 (private)
4 Defence 10.00 a.m. Room15 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Sale of Married Quarters Estate.
        Witnesses: Annington Homes; Mr James Arbuthnot, MP, Minister of State for Defence Procurement.
5 Foreign Affairs 10.00 a.m. Room 8 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Development of United Kingdom interests and links with Latin America.
        Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Bonsor, Bt, MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
6 Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration 10.00 a.m. Room 19 (private)
10.15 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1995-96.
        Witnesses: Avon Health Authoriy; Morgannwyg Health Authority (at 11.00 a.m.).
7 Welsh Affairs 10.00 a.m. Room 18 (private)
8 Scottish Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 6 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Implementation of Community Care in Scotland.
        Witnesses: Health Boards Group; NHS Trusts Group.
9 Trade and Industry 10.15 a.m. Room 16 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Energy Regulation.
        Witnesses: Rt hon Tim Eggar, MP; Enron Power Operations Ltd (at 11.50 a.m.).
10 Public Service 3.30  p.m. Room 20 (private)
3.45 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Operation of the Citizen's Charter.
        Witnesses: Consumers' Association and National Consumer Council; National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux (at 4.30 p.m.).
11 Northern Ireland Affairs 3.45 p.m. Room 18 (private)
4.00 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The Proposed Reorganisation of the Education and Library Boards.
        Witnesses: Belfast Education and Library Board; North-Eastern Education and Library Board; South-Eastern Education and Library Board; Southern Education and Library Board; Western Education and Library Board.
12 Transport 3.45 p.m. Room 17 (private)
4.00 p.m. (public)
        Subject: National Air Traffic Services.
        Witnesses: Rt hon Sir George Young, Bt, MP, Secretary of State for Transport; Ministry of Defence officials (at 5.15 p.m.).
13 European Legislation 4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
14 Foreign Affairs 4.00 p.m. Room 7 (private)
15 National Heritage 4.00 p.m. Room 8 (public)
        Subject: Press Activity Affecting Court Cases.
        Witness: Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Lord Chancellor.
16 Social Security 4.00 p.m. Room 21 (private)
4.15 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Incapacity Benefit.
        Witnesses: RADAR; Disability Alliance and Disability Income Group.
17 Public Accounts 4.15 p.m. Room 15 (public)
        Subject: Payments to the National Lottery Distribution Fund.
        Witness: Mr Peter Davis, Director-General, Office of the National Lottery.
18 Science and Technology 4.00 p.m. Room 16 (private)
4.15 p.m. (public)
        Subjects: Natural Environment Research Council; Prior Options Reviews of the Public Sector Research Establishments.
        Witnesses: Professor Julian Hunt FRS, Chief Executive, Dr P. Mason FRS, Chief Scientist, and Dr D. Carson, Director, Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Meteorological Office; Sir Peter Levene KBE, the Prime Minister's Adviser on Efficiency and Effectiveness (at 5.15 p.m.).
19 Selection 4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
20 Home Affairs 4.30 p.m. Room 6 (private)
4.45 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The Management of the Prison Service (public and private).
        Witnesses: General Sir John Learmont and members of the Prison Service Security Review Inquiry Team.
21 Procedure 5.00 p.m. Room 5 (private)
5.10 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Standing Orders Revision.
        Witness: Mr D. W. Limon, CB, Clerk of the House of Commons.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

 

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