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No. 20 WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 1996 525
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 Richard Burden Firework safety.
11.00 a.m.-12.30 p.m. Mr Nick Hawkins Social services in Lancashire.
12.30 p.m.-1.00 p.m. Mr Archy Kirkwood Waste recycling targets for Scottish local authorities.
1.00 p.m.-1.30 p.m. Sir Ivan Lawrence The brewing industry.
1.30 p.m.-2.00 p.m. Mr William Ross The Causeway Hospital, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.
    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.

PRIVATE BUSINESS AT HALF-PAST TWO O'CLOCK

NOTICE OF PRESENTATION OF BILLS AT THE TIME OF PRIVATE BUSINESS

    Mr Secretary Forsyth
        Scottish Borders Council (Jim Clark Memorial Rally) Order Confirmation Bill:    Bill to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Scottish Borders Council (to be presented under section 7 of the Act).
    Mr Secretary Forsyth
        Western Isles Council (Berneray Causeway) Order Confirmation Bill:    Bill to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Western Isles Council (to be presented under section 7 of the Act).

* 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 Hugh Dykes (Harrow East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what investment from abroad has been attracted to Scotland in 1996 to date.
3459
*2 Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he will make an announcement on the route of the A96 Fochabers by-pass.
3460
*3 Lady Olga Maitland (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received from the business community about the effect of the level of taxation on Scottish industry.
3461
*4 Mr Peter Butler (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the effects of his proposals to introduce minimum sentences in Scotland with particular reference to the safety of the public.
3462
*5 Mr Tony Worthington (Clydebank and Milngavie):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many further education colleges in Scotland were allocated less money by him in this financial year than last year; and what factors underlay this decision.
3463
*6 Mr Barry Field (Isle of Wight):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received on (a) expenditure and (b) taxation levels in Scotland.
3464
*7 Mr Ernie Ross (Dundee West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met the chairmen of health boards to discuss the current situation of the NHS in Scotland.
3465
*8 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cirencester and Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the introduction of more severe non-custodial penalties for convicted offenders.
3466
*9 Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he next plans to meet the Chairman of Grampian Health Board to discuss health service reforms.
3467
*10 Mr Michael Stephen (Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what was total Government expenditure in Scotland as a percentage of the United Kingdom total in 1994--95; and what was Scotland's relative share.
3468
*11 Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he next intends to meet COSLA to discuss local government finances.
3469
*12 Mr David Evans (Welwyn Hatfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the current total Government expenditure per capita in Scotland.
3470
*13 Mr Simon Coombs (Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what has been the increase in the level of tourism in Scotland since (a) 1979 and (b) 1993.
3471
*14 Mr Spencer Batiste (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the level of local authority spending per head in Scotland relative to the level in English local authorities.
3472
*15 Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made towards lifting the ban on the export of beef cattle from Scotland.
3473
*16 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his proposals to make prisoners liable to serve the full terms of their sentences in Scotland.
3474
*17 Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on proposed amalgamations of hospital trusts in Scotland.
3475
*18 Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what Private Finance Initiative schemes he has approved since their inception.
3476
*19 Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he next expects to meet the chairmen of the health boards to discuss finance.
3477
*20 Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of frail elderly people in Scotland who will require an NHS hospital bed in 2000.
3478
*21 Mr Sam Galbraith (Strathkelvin and Bearsden):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many crimes were committed in (a) 1979 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
3479
*22 Sir David Knox (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was spent per pupil in secondary schools in Scotland in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what the figure was in 1978--79, at constant prices.
3480
*23 Mr William McKelvey (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will met COSLA to discuss Government finance.
3481
*24 Mr Jacques Arnold (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to produce measures to protect the public from dangerous criminals.
3482
*25 Mr Robert G. Hughes (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his Department's proposals in respect of the automatic early release of convicted offenders.
3483
*26 Sir Michael Grylls (North West Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the report prepared by the CBI in Scotland on the subject of devolution in Scotland.
3484
*27 Mr David Shaw (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on public spending by central Government per capita in Scotland.
3485
*28 Mr Thomas Graham (Renfrew West and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what has been the cost of cleaning up pollution in the River Clyde in the last six months.
3486
*29 Sir Hector Monro (Dumfries):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress is being made with the BSE cull; and if he will make a statement.
3487
*30 Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met representatives from the Scottish Salmon Growers' Association to discuss the salmon farming industry in Scotland.
3488
*31 Mr Tim Devlin (Stockton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what investment from abroad has been attracted to Scotland over the last 12 months.
3489
*32 Mr Anthony Steen (South Hams):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will review the powers of self-financing regulatory organisations in Scotland.
[R]3490
*33 Mr Jimmy Wray (Glasgow, Provan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many assaults with knives there have been in Scotland in each of the last five years.
3491
*34 Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects contracts to be awarded for construction on the proposed new community hospital for Hawick; and if he will make a statement.
3492
*35 Dr John Reid (Motherwell North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received concerning maternity care in Lanarkshire; and if he will make a statement.
3493
*36 Mr John Marshall (Hendon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about inward investment in Scotland.
3494
*37 Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the (a) cost and (b) purpose of the recent two day meeting between NHS chairmen and chief executives.
3495
*38 Mr Norman Hogg (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met COSLA to discuss the forthcoming revenue support grant settlement.
3496
*39 Roseanna Cunningham (Perth and Kinross):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received on levels of homelessness in Scotland.
3497
*40 Mr Thomas McAvoy (Glasgow, Rutherglen):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what factors he takes into account when calculating housing capital allocations to local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
3498


AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

Notices of Presentation of Bills

    1    Mr Secretary Forsyth
          Flood Prevention and Land Drainage (Scotland):    Bill to amend the Flood Prevention (Scotland) Act 1961 in relation to flood prevention measures to be taken by local authorities; to repeal section 11(2) of the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1930 and section 8(2) of the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1941; and for connected purposes.
    2    Mr Jimmy Wray
          Knives:    Bill to create new criminal offences in relation to the possession or marketing of, and publications relating to, knives; to confer powers on the police to stop and search people or vehicles for knives and other offensive weapons and to seize items found; and for connected purposes.
    3    Mr Barry Legg
          Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse):    Bill to amend the law about public entertainments licences relating to places at or near which controlled drugs are supplied or used and for connected purposes.
    4    Mr Nigel Evans, on behalf of Dr Robert Spink
          Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons):    Bill to permit the confiscation of intoxicating liquor held by or for use by young persons in public and certain other places and for connected purposes.
    5    Mr Nigel Waterson
          Jurisdiction (Conspiracy and Incitement):    Bill to make provision about conspiracy, or incitement, to commit offences outside the United Kingdom.
    6    Audrey Wise
          Cold Weather Payments (Wind Chill Factor):    Bill to provide that wind chill factor is taken into account in the calculation of cold weather payments.
    7    Mr Bernard Jenkin, on behalf of Mr John Ward
          Prisons (Alcohol Testing):    Bill to enable prisoners in England and Wales, and other persons to whom provisions of the Prisons Act 1952 are applied by section 43 of that Act, to be tested for alcohol.
    8    Mr Don Foster
          Road Traffic (Reduction):    Bill to establish targets for a reduction in road traffic levels in the United Kingdom; to require local authorities to draw up local road traffic reduction plans; to require the Secretary of State to draw up a national road traffic reduction plan to ensure that the targets are met; and for related purposes.
    9    Mr Nigel Evans
          Criminal Evidence (Amendment):    Bill to make provision extending the categories of persons from whom non-intimate body samples may be taken without consent under Part V of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; and to add a further time limit to those operating for the purposes of section 63A(4)(a) of that Act.
    10    Mr Ian Bruce [R]
          Telecommunications (Fraud):    Bill to amend the Telecommunications Act 1984 to make further provision for the prevention of fraud in connection with use of a telecommunication system.
    11    Mr John Marshall
          United Nations Personnel:    Bill to enable effect to be given to certain provisions of the Convention on the safety of United Nations and associated personnel adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9th December 1994.
    12    Sir Peter Fry, on behalf of Sir Malcolm Thornton
          General Teaching Council (England and Wales):    Bill to provide for the establishment in England and Wales of a General Teaching Council, with the functions of developing, promoting and regulating the practice of the profession of teaching, and for connected purposes.
    13    Mr Thomas Graham
          Local Government (Gaelic Names) (Scotland):    Bill to enable local authorities in Scotland to take Gaelic names; and for connected purposes.
    14    Mrs Anne Campbell
          Human Fertilisation And Embryology (Consents):    Bill to amend Schedule 3 to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 so as to provide that consents to the use of gametes or embryos may exceptionally be given other than in writing.
    15    Mrs Irene Adams
          Witness Protection:    Bill to provide further protection for victims and other witnesses in criminal trials.
    16    Mr Ray Whitney
          Police (Health and Safety):    Bill to make provision about the health, safety and welfare at work of members of police forces, special constables, other persons having the powers or privileges of a constable, and police cadets; and for connected purposes.
    17    Mr Robert G. Hughes
          Sexual Offences (Protected Material):    Bill to make provision for regulating access by defendants and others to certain categories of material disclosed by the prosecution in connection with proceedings relating to certain sexual and other offences.
    18    Diana Maddock
          Breeding and Sale of Dogs:    Bill to amend and extend certain enactments regulating the breeding and sale of dogs; to regulate the welfare of dogs kept in breeding establishments; to extend powers of inspection and for purposes connected with those matters.
    19    Mr John Butterfill [R]
          Policyholders Protection:    Bill to amend the Policyholders Protection Act 1975; and for connected purposes.
    20    Mr David Evennett
          Police (Property):    Bill to make further provision with respect to property in the possession of the police.
    21    Sir Michael Shersby
          Pharmacists (Fitness to Practise):    Bill to make provision about finding registered pharmaceutical chemists unfit to practise due to ill health; and for connected purposes.

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

Those marked thus * are Government Orders of the Day

2 OPPOSITION DAY [2nd allotted day]
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
Mr Tony Blair
Mr John Prescott
Mr Chris Smith
Tessa Jowell
Mr Doug Hoyle
Mr Donald Dewar
        That this House reasserts its belief in the fundamental principles of the National Health Service, established fifty years ago, that health care should be available to all, based on need and not on ability to pay; expresses its dismay at the changes effected by Her Majesty's Government, which are undermining these principles; is alarmed at the way in which the competitive internal market in the NHS is distorting decisions on patient care, creating a two-tier inequitable service, and has led to an explosion of unnecessary and expensive bureaucracy; expresses grave concern about the impending winter crisis in the NHS in many parts of the country, about which Her Majesty's Government appears wholly unconcerned; resolves to take wasteful expenditure out of the bureaucratic procedures of the internal market and devote it instead to improving patient care; and seeks to restore the ethos of the NHS to that of a public service, not of a commercial competitive business.
        As Amendments to Mr Tony Blair's proposed Motion (National Health Service):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Heseltine
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Howard
Mr Secretary Rifkind
Mr Secretary Dorrell
(a)
        Line    1,    leave out from 'House' to end and add 'believes the National Health Service is one of the success stories of modern Britain and is wholeheartedly committed to developing the NHS on the basis of its founding principles of universality, high quality and availability on the basis of clinical need, without regard for the patient's ability to pay; expresses its support for the Government's initiatives to release 300 million from unnecessary NHS administration; welcomes both the Government's further plans to develop NHS primary care and the recent White Paper A Service With Ambitions, which sets out a medium-term framework for a high-quality patient-focused NHS; and welcomes the Government's pledge to spend more money on the NHS, over and above inflation, for each year of the five years of the next Parliament.'.
Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Simon Hughes
Ms Liz Lynne
Mr Peter Thurnham
Mr Archy Kirkwood
(b)
        Line    12,    at end add 'and regrets that the official Opposition is proposing almost no extra funding for the NHS.'.
          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 CINEMA AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Heseltine
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Howard
Mr Secretary Rifkind
Mrs Secretary Bottomley
        That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 1235795 relating to the establishment of a European Guarantee Fund to promote cinema and television production; and supports the Government's view that such a fund can only be successful in strengthening the audiovisual industries if it is privately funded and run on wholly commercial lines.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 102(9)
4 IDENTIFICATION OF CATTLE AND LABELLING OF BEEF AND BEEF PRODUCTS
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Heseltine
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Howard
Mr Secretary Rifkind
Mr Douglas Hogg
        That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 1049596, relating to the identification and registration of bovine animals, and the labelling of beef and beef products; and supports the principle of improved traceability for cattle as a means to improve consumer confidence in beef.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 102(9).
5 NORTHERN IRELAND
Secretary Sir Patrick Mayhew
        That the draft Succession (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, which was laid before this House on 24th October, be approved.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
6 NORTHERN IRELAND
Secretary Sir Patrick Mayhew
        That the draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, which was laid before this House on 24th October, be approved.
      To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
7 DENTISTS
Mr Secretary Dorrell
        That the draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1996, which were laid before this House on 30th October, be approved.
      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 Patrick Thompson proposes to raise the subject of water meters in Norwich.


COMMITTEES
STANDING COMMITTEES
1 Standing Committee E 10.30 a.m. Room 9 (public)
4.30 p.m. (public)
        To consider the Firearms (Amendment) Bill (except Clauses Nos. 1 to 5 and any new Clauses or Schedules within the terms of the Order of the House of 12th November).
2 Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 11 (public)
        To consider the Railtrack Group PLC (Target Investment Limit) Order 1996 (S.I., 1996, No. 2551)
3 European Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m. Room 11 (public)
        To consider European Community Document No. 9651/96 relating to A Strategy for Waste Management.
4 European Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m. Room 10 (public)
        To consider European Community Document No. COM (96) 499, relating to the Introduction of The Euro; European Community Document No. COM (96) 498, relating to the Reinforced Convergence Procedures and a New Exchange Rate Mechanism; and European Community Document No. COM (96) 496, relating to a Stability Pact for Ensuring Budgetary Discipline in Stage 3 of EMU.
SELECT COMMITTEES
5 Environment 9.15 a.m. Room 8 (private)
9.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: This Common Inheritance.
        Witness: Rt. hon. John Gummer MP, Secretary of State for the Environment.
6 Business Sub-Committee of Standing
Committee E
10.00 a.m. Room 9 (private)
        To consider the allocation of time order relating to the Firearms (Amendment) Bill.
7 Foreign Affairs 10.00 a.m. Room 21 (private)
8 Parliamentary Commissioner for
Administration
10.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Report of the Health Service Ombudsman for 1995--96.
        Witnesses: Redbridge Healthcare NHS Trust; the Royal Hospitals NHS Trust (at 11.00 a.m.).
9 Welsh Affairs 10.00 a.m. Room 18 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Commission for Local Administration in Wales.
        Witness: Mr Elwyn Moseley, Commissioner for Local Administration in Wales.
10 Scottish Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 19 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Implementation of Community Care in Scotland.
        Witnesses: Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations; Carers National Association (at 12.00 noon).
11 Trade and Industry 10.15 a.m. Room 15 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Energy Regulation.
        Witnesses: Gas Consumers' Council; Energy Intensive Users Group (including Chemical Industries Association) (at 11.10 a.m.); Electricity Consumers' Committees Chairmen's Group (at 11.50 a.m.).
12 Agriculture 10.30 a.m. Room 20 (private)
10.45 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Environmentally Sensitive Areas and other schemes under the Agri-environment Regulation.
        Witnesses: Council for the Protection of Rural England; Moorland Association; Game Conservancy Trust.
13 Education and Employment 2.15 p.m. County Hall, (private) Norwich
2.40 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The Operation of the Nursery Voucher Scheme.
        Witnesses: Norfolk Local Education Authority, Providers of Nursery Education in Norfolk.
14 Northern Ireland Affairs 3.45 p.m. Room 18 (private)
4.00 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Aspects of Secondary Education in Northern Ireland.
        Witnesses: Making Belfast Work; Training and Employment Agency.
15 Science and Technology 3.45 p.m. Room 20 (private)
4.00 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Natural Environment Research Council.
        Witnesses: Dr Fisk, Chief Scientist, Department of the Environment; Professor Hoskins, University of Reading (at 4.45 p.m.)
16 Transport 3.45 p.m. Room 17 (private)
4.00 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The Road and Bridge Maintenance Programme.
        Witnesses: Institute of Highways and Transportation; Freight Transport Association and Road Haulage Association (at 4.30 p.m.); Automobile Association (at 5.15 p.m.).
17 European Legislation 4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
18 Social Security 4.00 p.m. Room 6 (private)
4.15 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Incapacity Benefit.
        Witnesses: British Medical Association, Royal College of Psychiatrists; Incapacity Action (at 5.15 p.m.).
19 Public Accounts 4.15 p.m. Room 15 (public)
        Subject: NHS Supplies in England.
        Witnesses: Mr R. Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, NHS Management Executive, Department of Health, Mr Terry Hunt, Chief Executive, NHS Supplies Authority.
20 Selection 4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
21 Accommodation and Works 4.30 p.m. Room 7 (private)
22 Home Affairs 4.30 p.m. Room 8 (private)
4.45 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The Management of the Prison Service (public and private).
        Witness: Mr Richard Tilt, Director General HM Prison Service.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

 

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