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Order Paper Wednesday 5 February 1997

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No. 57 WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 1997 1707
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 Edward O'Hara Government assistance to Ford (Halewood).
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Mr Bob Dunn Revenue support grant for Kent County Council.
12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Mr John McAllion Poverty in Scotland.
1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Sir John Cope Impact on local residents of the second Severn crossing approach roads.
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. Mr Andrew Mackinlay Provision of fire services in Essex.
    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 Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Govan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he intends to meet Glasgow City Council to discuss the allocation of public funds to the city.
12880
*2 Mr David Congdon (Croydon North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the level of health spending per head in Scotland relative to that elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
12881
*3 Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the level of additional resources to be made available to Borders Health Board for the year 1997-98 relative to the average level in Scotland.
12883
*4 Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his discussions with Scottish Power about the electricity interconnector with Northern Ireland.
12884
*5 Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Cromarty and Sky):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on his funding projections for health and community care in the Highlands for (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
12885
*6 Mr Peter Luff (Worcester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has received about the public expenditure settlement for his Department for the financial year 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
12886
*7 Mr Anthony Steen (South Hams):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many pages of legislation have been passed in each of the last three years; and how many pages have been repealed in the same period.
12887
*8 Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met COSLA to discuss local government finance.
12888
*9 Mr Robert Hughes (Aberdeen North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with educational institutions concerning the employment by them of agency staff.
12889
*10 Mr John Marshall (Hendon South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement about the level of unemployment in Scotland.
12890
*11 Mr Bill Walker (North Tayside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proposals he has to increase the value for money of care in the community funds; and if he will make a statement.
12891
*12 Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Port Glasgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to modify the rules and regulations governing the ownership and management of private (a) nursing and (b) residential homes for the elderly.
12892
*13 Mr Michael Brown (Brigg and Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the current level of local government spending per head in Scotland.
12893
*14 Sir David Knox (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what is the total value of the grants Scotland has received from the European Regional Development Fund since the Fund's inception.
12894
*15 Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the mental illness specific grant with special reference to brain injury.
12895
*16 Mr Hartley Booth (Finchley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the status of the Scottish Office ministers attending meetings of the European Council of Ministers.
12898
*17 Mr Jaques Arnold (Gravesham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the impact of law and order reforms in Scotland.
12899
*18 Mr David Shaw (Dover):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received concerning constitutional reform in relation to Scotland.
12900
*19 Mr Mike Watson (Glasgow Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what additional resources he proposes to tackle the needs of homeless people in Scotland.
12901
*20 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what action he has taken following the meeting between the Minister for Industry and Local Government, the honourable Member for Kincardine and Deeside and the Scottish Branch of the National League of the Blind in relation to section 2 workers.
12902
*21 Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received relating to the financial settlement for Dundee City Council in 1997-98.
12903
*22 Mr David Evans (Welwyn, Hatfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what action he has taken to ensure that local authorities collect outstanding local taxes.
12904
*23 Mr Norman Hogg (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which major road construction works will commence in 1997; and if he will make a statement.
12905
*24 Mr Richard Spring (Bury St. Edmunds):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposals for automatic life sentences on levels of serious crime.
12906
*25 Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he will announce a commencement date for the construction of the A96 Keith by-pass.
12907
*26 Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on projects which will affect the economies of both Scotland and Northern Ireland.
12908
*27 Mr Simon Coombs (Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made in reducing the incidence of coronary heart disease in Scotland over the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
12909
*28 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 the financing of health services.
12910
*29 Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 1997-98 budget allocations to publicly-funded bodies on the economy of the City of Glasgow.
12911
*30 Mr Michael J. Martin (Glasgow, Springburn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what support his Department currently gives to (a) blind and disabled workshops and (b) blindcraft outlets.
12912
*31 Mr Calum Macdonald (Western Isles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the prospects for the fishing industry in Scotland.
12913
*32 Sir David Steel (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the impact on local government services of next year's financial settlement to local authorities.
12914
*33 Dr John Reid (Motherwell North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received from health boards in Scotland regarding the Pennington Report; and if he will make a statement.
12915
*34 Mr Alex Salmond (Banff and Buchan):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met Scottish Enterprise to discuss export prospects.
12916
*35 Mr David Jamieson (Plymouth, Devonport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the progress being made in implementing the Activity Centre (Young Persons Safety) Act 1995, in Scotland.
12917
*36 Mr Ernie Ross (Dundee West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he last met the chairmen of health boards to discuss finance in the NHS.
12918
*37 Mr Allan Stewart (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what analysis he has carried out of the effects on the Scottish economy of the privatisation of the Scottish electricity companies; and if he will make a statement.
12919


AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

Notices of Presentation of Bills

1    Mr Peter Thurnham
          Mental Health (Joint Commissioning Consortia):    Bill to enable health and local authorities to form consortia to commission health and social care for mentally ill people and to jointly disburse the funds voted them by Parliament to provide mental health services.
2    Mr Dafydd Wigley
          Town Centres (Insurance and Restoration):    Bill to provide a requirement on the owners of properties in urban areas to maintain adequate insurance cover to enable them to restore to its previous condition a building damaged by fire or other accident; to require money paid by insurance companies arising from such a claim to be used primarily for that purpose unless granted a specific derogation by the local planning authority; to authorize local authorities to make claims against the assets of the owners of such properties in the event of their failure to restore damaged buildings; and for connected purposes.

Notice of Motion

     Mr Bill Walker
          Constitutional Change:    That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the holding of a referendum on any constitutional change approved by Parliament.

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

Those marked thus * are Government Orders of the Day

2 OPPOSITION DAY [4th allotted day]
PRIORITIES FOR THE NHS
Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Simon Hughes
Ms Liz Lynne
Mr James Wallace
Mr Alex Carlile
        That this House believes that, of the many improvements the NHS needs, immediate priorities should include the reinstatement of free dental and eye checks, a freeze on all finance-driven bed, hospital and service closures which represent a reduction of service to patients pending the first report of an open and independent assessment of national health demand and provision, a move to three year contracts between health authorities and boards and health providers and the immediate scrapping of local NHS pay bargaining.
        As an Amendment to Mr Paddy Ashdown's proposed Motion (Priorities for the NHS):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Heseltine
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Howard
Mr Secretary Rifkind
Mr Secretary Dorrell
        Line 1,   leave out from 'House' to end and add 'is committed to the National Health Service as a public service, promoting health and offering increasing volumes of high-quality health care on the basis of need regardless of the ability to pay; and welcomes the Government's continuing commitment to real terms increases in NHS spending year by year.'.
EDUCATION
Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Don Foster
Mr James Wallace
Mr Alex Carlile
Mr Archy Kirkwood
        That this House believes that the Government has consistently failed to invest sufficient resources in schools to ensure a high-quality education service; and believes that any incoming Government should make a commitment to increase spending on education -- if necessary by increased taxation -- to pay for high-quality early-years education for all three and four year olds whose parents want it, extra resources for schools to invest in books and equipment and continuing professional development for teachers, a reduction in class sizes and extra support for pupils with special educational needs and to tackle the backlog of repairs to school buildings.
        As an Amendment to Mr Paddy Ashdown's proposed Motion (Education):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Heseltine
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Howard
Mr Secretary Rifkind
Mrs Secretary Shepard
        Line 1,  leave out from 'House' to end and add 'welcomes the substantial extra investment which the Government has made, and continues to make, in early years, primary and secondary education, the reforms that the Government has introduced to allow that investment to be used to maximum effect and the improvement in standards in schools which has been the result.'.
          The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, pursuant to Standing Order No. 13(2).
3 POLICE (HEALTH AND SAFETY) BILL [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified.
Mr Michael Jack
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Police (Health and Safety) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of--
          (a) any expenditure attributable to the Act incurred by the Secretary of State, and
          (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other Act.
          The Speaker will put the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motion not later than three quarters of an hour after it has been made, pursuant to Standing Order No. 50A(1)(b).
4 SEXUAL OFFENCES (PROTECTED MATERIAL) BILL [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified.
Mr Michael Jack
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Sexual Offences (Protected Material) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act.
          The Speaker will put the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motion not later than three quarters of an hour after it has been made, pursuant to Standing Order No. 50A(1)(b).
5 FLOOD PREVENTION AND LAND DRAINAGE (SCOTLAND) BILL
Mr Tony Newton
        That, during the proceedings on the Flood Prevention and Land Drainage (Scotland) Bill, the First Scottish Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.
        On the Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 Mr George Walden proposes to raise the subject of the future of higher education.

COMMITTEES
STANDING COMMITTEE
1 Standing Committee C 10.30 a.m. Room 10 (public)
        To consider the Horserace Totalisator Board Bill.
SELECT COMMITTEES
2 Environment 9.15 a.m. Room 21 (private)
9.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: The work of the Health and Safety Executive.
        Witnesses: Health and Safety Executive; Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists.
3 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: Mr Tim Boswell, MP, Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Rural Affairs), MAFF and Mr Jonathan Evans, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office.
4 Scottish Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 5 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: The Implementation of Community Care in Scotland.
        Witness: Accounts Commission.
5 Trade and Industry 10.15 a.m. Room 8 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Liberalisation of the Electricity Market.
        Witnesses: Professor Stephen Littlechild, Director General of Electricity Supply; Electricity Association (at 11.30 am).
6 Welsh Affairs 10.30 a.m. Room 18 (private)
7 Education and Employment 3.30 p.m. Room 18 (private)
4.30 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The professional status, recruitment and training of teachers.
        Witnesses: Miss Anthea Millett, Chief Executive, Teacher Training Agency and officials.
8 Transport 3.45 p.m. Room 17 (private)
4.00 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Transport Casualty Reduction.
        Witnesses: Mr R Gifford, Executive Director, Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, Professor M MacKay, Accident Research Centre, University of Birmingham and Miss B Sabey, Road Safety Consultant.
9 Public Service 3.35 p.m. Room 6 (private)
3.45 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Operation of the Citizen's Charter.
        Witnesses: Office of Water Services (OFWAT); Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF) (at 4.30 pm).
10 European Legislation 4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
11 Social Security 4.00 p.m. Room 21 (private)
4.15 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Child Support Agency.
        Witness: Miss Ann Chant, CB, Chief Executive, Child Support Agency.
12 Public Accounts 4.15 p.m. Room 16 (public)
        Subject: Department of Transport, Freight Facilities Grants in England.
        Witness: Sir Patrick Brown, Permanent Secretary, Department of Transport.
13 Science and Technology 4.15 p.m. Room 20 (private)
14 Selection 4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
15 Treasury 4.15 p.m. Room 8 (private)
4.30 p.m. (public)
        Subject: International Monetary Fund.
        Witnesses: Oxfam and World Development Movement; Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, QC, MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer (at 5.00 p.m.).
16 Accommodation and Works 4.30 p.m. Room 7 (private)
17 Home Affairs 4.30 p.m. Room 15 (private)
4.45 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Freemasonry in the Police and the Judiciary.
        Witnesses: Police Superintendents' Association; Magistrates' Association (at 5.30 p.m.).
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

 

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