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Order of Business Tuesday 11th November 1997

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* indicates a question for oral answer.
[R] indicates that the Member has declared a relevant interest.
Questions for oral answer not reached receive a written answer.
Supplementary questions will also be asked. Other Ministers may also answer.

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.

At 2.30 p.m. Prayers
At 2.35 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    How much extra money has been made available to the Trent NHS region over the winter period.
*2 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    How much extra money has been made available for the NHS since 1st May.
*3 Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    If he will pay an official visit to Solihull Hospital to discuss local health provision.
*4 Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    What action he is taking to cut waste in the National Health Service.
*5 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    If he will make a statement about the future regulation of children's day care services and supervised activities under the Children Act 1989.
*6 Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    If he will make a statement on the study which he has commissioned on pay rates in the NHS.
*7 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    What has been the trend in NHS waiting lists since May 1997; and what targets he is setting for the next 12 months.
*8 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    If he will make a statement about levels of smoking amongst young people in England.
*9 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    What changes he proposes to make to the Health of the Nation strategy.
*10 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    What action he is taking to develop healthy living centres.
*11 Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    What is his policy in respect of future prescription charges for pensioners.
*12 Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    What criteria govern the qualifications and experience required for membership of NHS trusts.
*13 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What consultation he has had with the Scottish Office since the referendum on the transfer of responsibilities which are currently his to the Scottish Parliament.
*14 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    What guidance has been issued by his Department to protect NHS staff from attacks at work.
*15 Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    What action the Government is taking to reduce tobacco advertising.
*16 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    If he will make a statement on the regulation of cosmetic surgery.
*17 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    What guidelines he has set out regarding the participation of health authorities and trusts in the Government's welfare to work scheme.
*18 Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    If he will publish performance indicators for all regions of the National Blood Transfusion Service.
*19 Mr David Drew (Stroud):    In respect of which projects the extra money made available for the NHS in the 1997 Budget has been allocated.
*20 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    How much money his Department saved by not approving the eighth wave of applications for GP fundholding status.
*21 Mr David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    If he will make a statement on GP commissioning guidance for 1998--99.
*22 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    If he will make a statement on NHS provision in East Surrey.
*23 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    What representations he has received regarding the proposed private finance initiative refurbishment of catering facilities at Barnsley District General Hospital.
*24 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What response he has received to his Investing in Dentistry initiative; and when he will allocate the funding earmarked for the programme.
*25 Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavillion):    What action he is taking to transfer money from NHS bureaucracy into patient care.
*26 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    If he will make a statement on the regional distribution of the extra funding which he is providing for the NHS over the winter period.
*27 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    What action he is taking to promote local health strategies in respect of public health.
*28 Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    What are his priorities for reducing bureaucracy in the NHS.
*29 Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    What proposals he has for removing the market forces factor from NHS financial allocations.
*30 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What new proposals he has to identify incompetence among NHS surgeons.
*31 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    When he expects to publish the White Paper on the intended banning of tobacco advertising.
*32 Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    What actions he plans to take to reduce waiting lists in Winchester and Eastleigh in the next 12 months.
*33 Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    What advice he has given to health authorities on mergers of trusts.
*34 Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    What representations he has received from the Shropshire Health Authority regarding NHS dentistry in South Shropshire.
*35 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    What estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of smoking.
*36 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    If he will make a statement on his proposals to tackle problems associated with bed-blocking.
*37 Mr Keith Darvill (Upminster):    What action he is taking to improve levels of safety for NHS staff.
*38 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    What action he is taking to tackle racism in the NHS.

3.30 p.m.Private Notice Questions (if any)
MInisterial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion
   1 REGULATION OF WET BIKES    [Up to 20 minutes]
Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West)
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate the use of wet bikes; and for connected purposes.
        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

Main Business
+  2 BANK OF ENGLAND BILL:    Second Reading.    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
Mr Dafydd Wigley
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to a Bill which gives greater priority to maintaining price stability than to considerations of securing full employment.
        The First Report from the Treasury Committee on Accountability of the Bank of England (HC 282) and the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on Wednesday 5th November (HC 309) are relevant.

Debate may continue until 10 p.m.

At 10.00 p.m.
+    BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate]
The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Local Government (Contracts) Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

+  3 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (CONTRACTS) BILL:     Consideration of Lords Amendments.    [Until any hour]
Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Secretary Beckett
        That this House takes note of European Community Documents Nos. 7310/97, on the European Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, and 10385/97, on the amended proposal for the Fifth Framework Programme; and supports the Government's view that the Commission's proposals would benefit from amendment in key areas to improve focus, targeting and responsiveness to user needs.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Dover's transport links (Mr Gwyn Prosser).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1 Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m. Room 12 (public)
        To consider the Wireless Telegraphy Bill [Lords]
2 Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m. Room 11 (public)
4.30 p.m. (public)
        Further to consider the Social Security Bill
3 Standing Committee D 4.30 p.m. Room 14 (public)
        To consider the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Bill [Lords]
4 First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 10.30 a.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the draft Transport and Works (Descriptions of Works Interfering with Navigation) (Amendment) Order 1997
5 Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) Scheme 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 1924)


6 Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: 9.00 a.m. Room 17 (private)
Environment Sub-Committee 9.15 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Sewage Treatment and Disposal
        Witnesses: Public Health Laboratory Service and Professor David Kay, University of Leeds; Shellfish Association of Great Britain (at 10.15 a.m.); Confederation of British Wool Textiles Ltd. (at 10.45 a.m.)
7 Education and Employment 9.30 a.m. Room 19 (private)
8 Public Administration 10.00 a.m. Room 16 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: The work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments
        Witness: Sir Leonard Peach, Commissioner for Public Appointments
9 Agriculture 10.15 a.m. Room 15 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: CAP Reform: Agenda 2000
        Witnesses: National Farmers' Union of England and Wales; Country Landowners Association
10 Home Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 6 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Police Disciplinary and Complaints Procedures
        Witness: Mr Alun Michael, MP, Minister of State, Home Office
11 Welsh Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 8 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: The Impact of Devolution on Local Government and Economic Development in Wales
        Witnesses: Mr David Rowe-Beddoe, Chairman, Mr Brian Willott, CB, Chief Executive, Mr James Turner, Managing Director, International Division, Mr Graham Moore, Managing Director, South Division, Mr Richard Beaumont, Principal Finance Officer, Mr Roy Thomas, Agency Secretary, Ms Enid Rowlands, Managing Director, North Division, Welsh Development Agency
12 Culture, Media and Sport 10.30 a.m. Room 7 (private)
13 Education and Employment: 10.35 a.m. Room 19 (private)
Education Sub-Committee 11.05 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Further Education
        Witness: Mr Jim Donaldson, Chief Inspector, Further Education Funding Council
14 International Development 3.30 p.m. Room 15 (private)
4.00 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The Development White Paper
        Witness: Rt Hon Clare Short, MP, Secretary of State, Department for International Development
15 Education and Employment: 3.45 p.m Room 19 (private)
Employment Sub-Committee 4.00 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The relationship between TECs and the proposed Regional Development Agencies
        Witness: Professor Robert Bennett, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
16 Agriculture 4.00 p.m. Room 20 (private)
4.15 p.m. (public)
        Subject: Food Safety
        Witnesses: Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Department of Health Officials
17 Procedure 4.30 p.m. Room 13 (private)
18 Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting of the Joint Committee Room 7 (private)


19 Special Procedure Order 3.00 p.m. Room 4 (public)
        Woodford Aerodrome (Control of Land by Directions) Order 1997
20 Statutory Instruments 4.15 p.m. Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

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