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Order Paper Thursday 13 February 1997

Here you can browse the House of Commons Order Paper (No. 63) for Thursday 13 February 1997.


No. 63 THURSDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 1997 1895
ORDER PAPER

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

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Questions to the Prime Minister will start at 3.15 p.m.

*1 Mr Tony Banks (Newham North West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make additional resources available to Customs and Excise to combat trafficking in endangered species and products.
14169
*2 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to promote wider share ownership; and if he will make a statement.
14170
*3 Ms Angela Eagle (Wallasey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations have been made to him about recent levels of VAT receipts.
14171
*4 Mr Peter Luff (Worcester):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the average public expenditure per head in (a) Scotland and (b) England in 1996-97; and if he will make a statement.
14172
*5 Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's ability to meet stage 3 of EMU.
14174
*6 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the total revenue raised from value-added tax in (a) 1978-79 and (b) 1995-96.
14176
*7 Mr William Cash (Stafford):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the average percentage of household income directed to tax payments in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other EU member states, in the most recent year for which figures are available.
14178
*8 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he last met the German and French finance ministers to discuss the timetable for entry into European monetary union.
14179
*9 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce VAT on domestic fuel.
14180
*10 Mr Nick Ainger (Pembroke):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the prospects for Britain being one of the initial participants in European monetary union.
14181
*11 Sir John Hannam (Exeter):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the proportion of national income taken in business taxation in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) in Germany, (c) in France, (d) in Italy and (e) as an average among European Union member states.
14182
*12 Mr David Amess (Basildon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on income tax levels.
14183
*13 Mr Stephen Day (Cheadle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received regarding tax allowances for teachers who carry out work at home.
14184
*14 Mr Phil Gallie (Ayr):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to maintain mortgage tax relief at existing levels; and if he will make a statement.
14185
*15 Mr David Evans (Welwyn Hatfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the European Community has for the harmonisation of taxation with special reference to VAT on food.
14186
*16 Mr John Marshall (Hendon South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement about prospects for business investment in 1997.
14187
*17 Mr Keith Mans (Wyre):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of current levels of business taxation.
14188
*18 Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the revenues from VAT on fuel for each of the first two quarters of 1997-98.
14190
*19 Mr Barry Legg (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the impact on the United Kingdom economy of the level of taxation in the United Kingdom relative to that in other major EU countries.
14191
*20 Mr Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on current investment levels in the United Kingdom.
14192
*21 Mr Hartley Booth (Finchley):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the real take-home pay of a family on average earnings in (a) 1991-92 and (b) 1996-97.
14193
*22 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the economic consequences to the United Kingdom of entering a single currency in circumstances when the convergence criteria have not been fully met by each of the participating countries.
14194
*23 Mr Harry Greenway (Ealing North):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he expects to be the cost of the MIRAS scheme in the current year; and if he will make a statement.
14195
*24 Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is his Department's current estimate of revenue from VAT for the current financial year.
14196
*25 Mr Hugh Bayley (York):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much money has been collected by HM Customs and Excise since April 1992 as a result of the extension of VAT to domestic fuel.
14197
*26 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the cumulative debt as a percentage of gross domestic product of (a) Britain and (b) other major EU countries.
14198

Questions to the Prime Minister will start at 3.15 p.m.

*Q1 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14159
*Q2 Mr David Marshall (Glasgow, Shettleston):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14160
*Q3 Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14161
*Q4 Mr Stephen Day (Cheadle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14162
*Q5 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14163
*Q6 Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14164
*Q7 Mr Patrick Thompson (Norwich North):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14165
*Q8 Mr Clive Soley (Hammersmith):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14166
*Q9 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Prime Minister, what plans he has to meet representatives of London's homeless.
14167
*Q10 Mr Peter Hain (Neath):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th February.
14168


ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

Those marked thus * are Government Orders of the Day

1 COMPANIES
Mr Secretary Lang
        That the draft Companies Act 1985 (Directors' Report) (Statement of Payment Practice) Regulations 1997, which were laid before this House on 27th January, be approved.
        The Speaker will put the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motion not later than one and a half hours after their commencement, pursuant to Standing Order No. 14B(1).
2 HOUSE OF COMMONS DISQUALIFICATION ACT 1975
Mr Michael Bates
        That Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 be amended as follows:--
Part I of Schedule 1
5
Amendment
        1. For the entry 'Judge of the Court of Session' there shall be substituted the following entry:--
        Judge of the Court of Session, or Temporary Judge appointed under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990.
10
Part II of Schedule

Additional entries
        2. The following entries shall be inserted at the appropriate places:--
15
          The Antarctic Act Tribunal established under regulations made under the Antarctic Act 1994.
         The East of Scotland Water Authority.
         The Land Authority for Wales.
         The Local Government Staff Commission (England).
         The North of Scotland Water Authority.
20
         The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration.
         The Scottish Legal Aid Board.
         The Scottish Water and Sewerage Customers Council or any committee established by that council under paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 9 to the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.
25
         The Training and Employment Agency Advisory Board in Northern Ireland.
         The West of Scotland Water Authority.
Entry omitted
        3. The following entry shall be omitted:--
30
        The Scottish Development Agency.
Part III of Schedule 1

Additional entries
        4. The following entries shall be inserted at the appropriate places:--
35
         Adjudicator appointed under section 5 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995.
         Adjudicator for the Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise and the Contributions Agency.
40
        Assessor appointed for the purposes of section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
         Chairman of an Agricultural Land Tribunal or member of a panel appointed under paragraph 14 or 15 of Schedule 9 to the Agriculture Act 1947.
         Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
45
         Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
         Chairman or Chief Executive of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils.
         Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
50
         Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the English Sports Council.
         Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council.
         Chairman or any director of the Further Education Development Agency.
         Chairman of Investors in People UK.
55
         Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council.
         Chairman or Director of the National Forest Company.
         Chairman of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council.
         Chairman of the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.
60
         Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Chief Executive of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.
         Chairman of the Rural Development Council for Northern Ireland.
         Chairman or any member, not also being an employee, of the State Hospitals Board for Scotland.
65
         Chairman of the United Kingdom Sports Council.
         Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Youth Council for Northern Ireland.
         Civil Service Commissioner.
         Civil Service Commissioner for Northern Ireland.
         Commissioner for Public Appointments.
70
         Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.
         Any director of Horticulture Research International in receipt of remuneration.
         Director General of Gas for Northern Ireland.
         Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland.
75
         Member of the staff of the Forestry Commissioners.
         Member of the legal panel of persons available to act as chairmen of Registered Homes Tribunals.
         Member of the legal panel of persons available to act as chairmen of Registered Homes Tribunals in Northern Ireland.
80
         Any member of the property commission established by virtue of section 19 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.
         Any member of a residuary body established by virtue of section 18 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 who is in receipt of remuneration.
85
         Any member of the staff commission established by virtue of section 12 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.
        Northern Ireland Commissioner for Protection Against Unlawful Industrial Action.
         Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
90
         President of the Industrial Tribunals (England and Wales), President of the Industrial Tribunals (Scotland) or member of a panel of persons appointed to act as chairmen or other members of industrial tribunals.
         President of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal, or member of a panel of persons appointed to act as chairmen or other members of that tribunal.
95
Entries omitted
        5. The following entries shall be omitted:--
         Chairman, or Director General and Deputy Chairman, of the Agricultural and Food Research Council.
100
         Chairman or member of a panel of deputy-chairmen of an Agricultural Land Tribunal.
         Chairman of the Business & Technology Council.
         Paid Chairman of the Central Transport Consultative Committee for Great Britain established under section 56 of the Transport Act 1962.
105
         Chairman of the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
         Chairman of the Land Authority for Wales.
         Chairman of the Letchworth Garden City Corporation.
         Chairman of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council.
         Any Chairman of the Plant Varieties and Seeds Tribunal.
110
         Chairman of the Science and Engineering Research Council.
         Chairman of the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
         Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Sports Council.
         Chairman of the Training and Employment Agency Advisory Board in Northern Ireland.
115
         Delegate for Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom to the Central Rhine Commission.
         Director of British Telecommunications p.l.c. nominated or appointed by a Minister of the Crown or government department.
         Director of Northern Ireland Airports Limited.
120
         Director of the successor company (within the meaning of the British Steel Act 1988) being a director nominated or appointed by a Minister of the Crown or by a person acting on behalf of the Crown.
125
         Director of the successor company (within the meaning of the British Technology Group Act 1991) being a director nominated or appointed by a Minister of the Crown or by a person acting on behalf of the Crown.
         Director of a successor company (within the meaning of Part II of the Electricity Act 1989), being a director nominated or appointed by a Minister of the Crown or by a person acting on behalf of the Crown.
130
        Any member of the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal in receipt of remuneration.
         Member of a Wages Council appointed under paragraph 1(b) of Schedule 2 to the Wages (Northern Ireland) Order 1988.
        President, or member of a panel of chairmen, of industrial tribunals established under section 12 of the Industrial Training Act 1964.
135
         Secretary of the Medical Research Council.
Other amendments
140
        6.--(1) In the entry 'Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards', for 'Vice-Chairman' there shall be substituted 'Medical Director'.
        (2) In the entry 'Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Council', after 'Chairman' there shall be inserted 'Deputy Chairman or Chief Executive'.
145
        (3) In the entry 'Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland', the words 'or Deputy Chairman' shall be omitted.
150
        (4) In the entry 'Chairman of the Livestock Marketing Commission for Northern Ireland', for 'Marketing' there shall be substituted 'and Meat'.
155
        (5) In the entry 'Chairman of any of the National Boards for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting constituted under section 5 of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979', there shall be inserted at the end 'or any member of any of those Boards appointed at a salary'.
160
        (6) In the entry 'Chairman or non-executive member of a National Health Service trust established under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 or the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978', for 'non-executive member' there shall be substituted 'non-executive director'.
        (7) In the entry 'Chairman of the Natural Environment Research Council', after 'Chairman' there shall be inserted 'Deputy Chairman or Chief Executive'.
165
        (8) For the entry 'Member of a panel of chairmen of industrial tribunals established under Article 30 of the Industrial Training (Northern Ireland) Order 1984' there shall be substituted the following entry:--
         Member of a panel of persons appointed to act as chairmen or other members of industrial tribunals in Northern Ireland.
170
        (9) In the entry 'Rent officer or deputy rent officer appointed in pursuance of a scheme under section 63 of the Rent Act 1977', the words 'or deputy rent officer' shall be omitted.
Part IV of Schedule 1

175

Entry omitted
        7. The entry relating to Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant or Lieutenant for an islands area in Scotland shall be omitted.
Other amendments
180
        8.--(1) In the entry relating to Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant or Lieutenant for a region in Scotland--
        (a) for 'a region' there shall be substituted 'an area'; and
185
        (b) for the words from 'such part' to 'Majesty' there shall be substituted 'the area'.
       (2) In the entry relating to Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant or Lieutenant for the district of the city of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow--
        (a) the words 'the district of' shall be omitted; and
        (b) for 'the district in' there shall be substituted 'the city in'.
190
       As Amendments to Mr Michael Bates's proposed Motion (House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975):
Mr Nigel Spearing
        Line  8,  at end insert--
(b)
'Additional Entry
        1A. The following entry shall be inserted at the appropriate place:--
        "Recorder and Assistant Recorder".'.
Mr Andrew Mackinlay
        Line  158,  at end insert--
(a)
        '(10) At the end of Part III shall be added:--
        "Any remunerated employment, office or profession attracting a gross annual income in excess of 5,000 which is not otherwise exempt from the provisions of this Act, or which the House of Commons may by resolution exclude from this entry.".'.
        The Speaker will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motion not later than one and a half hours after their commencement, pursuant to Standing Order No. 14B(1).
3 MERCHANT SHIPPING
Secretary Sir George Young
        That the draft Merchant Shipping (Ro-Ro Passenger Ship Survivability) Regulations 1997, which were laid before this House on 23rd January, be approved.
        To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 101(6).
4 DEREGULATION
Mr Secretary Howard
        That the draft Deregulation (Employment in Bars) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 16th December, be approved.
        The Deregulation Committee has reported on the proposal for this Order in its First Report of Session 1996-97, HC 40, and on the draft Order in its Sixth Report of Session 1996-97, HC 227.
        To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 14A(1)(a).
5 DEREGULATION
Mr Secretary Howard
        That the draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 20th January, be approved.
        The Deregulation Committee has reported on the proposal for this Order in its Fifth Report of Session 1996-97, HC 154, and on the draft Order in its Seventh Report of Session 1996-97, HC 247.
        To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 14A(1)(a).
6 DEREGULATION
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        That the draft Deregulation (Validity of Civil Preliminaries to Marriage) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 20th January, be approved.
        The Deregulation Committee has reported on the proposal for this draft Order in its First Report of Session 1996-97, HC 40, and in its Third Report of Session 1996-97, HC 100, and on the draft Order in its Eighth Report of Session 1996-97, HC 274.
        To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 14A(1)(a).
7 DEREGULATION
Mr Secretary Forsyth
        That the draft Deregulation (Gaming on Sunday in Scotland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 20th January, be approved.
        The Deregulation Committee has reported on the proposal for this Order in its Third Report of Session 1996-97, HC 100, and on the draft Order in its Eighth Report of Session 1996-97, HC 274.
        To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 14A(1)(a).
        On the Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 Mr David Evans proposes to raise the subject of Welwyn Hatfield Council's dispute with Slough Estates plc.

COMMITTEES
STANDING COMMITTEE
1 Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m. Room 10 (public)
4.30 p.m. (public)
        Further to consider the Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 40, 62, 68, 82 and 92 and Schedules Nos. 7 and 13).
SELECT COMMITTEES
2 Health 10.00 a.m. Room 8 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject:    Children looked after by Local Authorities.
        Witnesses:    The Children's Society, First Key and Who Cares? Trust.
3 European Legislation 10.30 a.m. Room 15 (private)
10.45 a.m. (public)
        Subject:    Progress of the IGC.
        Witness: Mr David Davis, MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
4 National Heritage 10.30 a.m. Room 6 (public)
        Subject:    The BBC and the future of broadcasting.
        Witness:    British Digital Broadcasting plc.
JOINT COMMITTEE
5 Special Procedure Order 10.30 a.m. Room 4 (public)
        Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley (Oakwell Regeneration Area) Compulsory Purchase Order 1994.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

 

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