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Order of Business Monday 17th 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 Social Security
*1 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    What meetings she has recently held with (a) disabled people and (b) disability organisations.
*2 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    If she plans to announce proposed changes to the state old age pension system before the Christmas adjournment.
*3 Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    How much money the Government is allocating to the New Deal for Lone Parents scheme for helping with training and childcare costs.
*4 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What assessment she has made of the impact of the single room rent rules for housing benefit for recipients aged under 25 years.
*5 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    What proposals her Department has to encourage lone parents to find employment.
*6 Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    If she will make a statement on the role of the Pension Provision Group.
*7 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What estimate she has made of the number of new claims by lone parents for income support in financial years (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.
*8 Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    What steps she is taking to make benefit information and advice available (a) by telephone and (b) electronically.
*9 Dr Michael Clark (Rayleigh):    What plans she has to move towards the harmonisation of the social security system of the UK with its European partners.
*10 Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray):    What is the current average response time by Child Support Agency offices to inquiries for reviews submitted by (a) individuals and (b) honourable Members on behalf of constituents.
*11 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What assessment she has made of the benefits of calculating future pension increases on the basis of the rise in average earnings.
*12 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What plans she has to ensure that appeals by benefit claimants are dealt with more speedily.
*13 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    What is the comparative administrative cost of distributing (a) means-tested benefits and (b) benefits which are not means-tested.
*14 Mr Phil Hope (Corby):    If she will make a statement on the Government's plans for pension sharing.
*15 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What changes she proposes to make to child maintenance assessments by the Child Support Agency; and over what timescale.
*16 Alice Mahon (Halifax):    If she will make a statement on ways of improving social security appeals.
*17 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    What representations she has received in the last month concerning the operation of the cold weather payments system; and if she will make a statement.
*18 Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    If she will make a statement on her review of social security payments and proceedings with particular reference to the treatment of the poorest members of society.
*19 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    What plans she has to tackle fraud in the social security system.
*20 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What plans she has to reduce fraud in the information provided to the CSA.
*21 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    If she will make a statement on the role of the Pensions Education and Awareness Working Group.
*22 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central):    What measures she proposes to take to assist low income working lone parents.
*23 Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    What is the planned date of publication of the Minister for Welfare Reform's Green Paper on welfare reform.
*24 Mr Norman Baker (Lewes):    What is the expected increase in government expenditure on cold weather payments this year.
*25 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    If he intends to review the operation of the job seeker's allowance.
*26 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    What representations she has received about cold weather payments.
*27 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    If she will make a statement on the telephone facilities for dealing with enquiries to benefits agencies.
*28 Mr John Hutton (Barrow and Furness):    What proposals she has to enable men and women to share pension rights on divorce.
*29 Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    What plans the Government has to alleviate poverty for financially disadvantaged individuals who are not in employment.
*30 Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    What plans he has to give more discretion to local benefits offices in the payment of social security benefits.
*31 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    What plans he has to increase take-up of income related benefits for pensioners.
*32 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What progress has been made in tackling fraud in the social security system.
*33 Mr Andy King (Rugby and Kenilworth):    If he will make a statement on the role of childcare in the Government's New Deal for Lone Parents.
*34 Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    In relation to cold weather payments, how many new weather stations are to be created in the United Kingdom as a whole; and how many will be located in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland and (c) Renfrewshire.
*35 Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):    What plans she has to increase the number of female judges dealing with cases of domestic violence.
*36 Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    If she will make a statement about her proposals to reform pensions.
*37 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What measures will be taken to assist the poorest pensioners in receipt of income support, and living in the coldest parts of the UK, with their heating bills.

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

Main Business
1   OPPOSITION DAY [4th allotted day--first part]:
 PUBLIC SERVICES    [Until 7.00 p.m.]
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
 Mr James Wallace
 Mr Simon Hughes
 Mr Don Foster
 Mr Paul Burstow
 Mr Paul Tyler
        That this House believes that Britain's key public services, in particular education, health and social care, have been underfunded and undermined by 18 years of Conservative rule; condemns the Government for continuing Conservative spending plans and council-capping and for spending less in the present year in real terms on education, health and social services; expresses alarm at the effect of the last budget inflation forecast, which will reduce the real value of government spending plans for next year by around 5.3 billion; believes that the cumulative effects of government policies will be larger classes, longer waiting times, and less care and treatment, when what the public services need is to be rescued from the vicious circle of cost shunting and crisis management, with sufficient resources to allow the raising of quality and standards for all; and calls on the Government urgently to put the necessary resources into public services, by such measures as switching monies from other departments and by limited but targeted and earmarked increases in taxation.
        As Amendments to Mr Paddy Ashdown's proposed Motion (Public Services):
 The Prime Minister
 Mr Secretary Prescott
 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
 Mr Secretary Cook
 Mr Secretary Blunkett
 Mr Secretary Dobson
        Line    1,     leave out `House' to end and add, `welcomes the extra 1.5 billion the new Government has made available to the National Health Service since taking office; notes that this is more than the Liberal Democrats promised in their Election Manifesto; further welcomes the 100 million shifted this year out of NHS red tape and into frontline patient care, including 10 million for breast cancer treatment and 5 million for children's intensive care; further welcomes the 1.3 billion hospital building programme announced since the election; welcomes the 2.3 billion extra over Conservative spending plans announced in the Budget for education, including 1.3 billion to tackle the backlog of repairs in schools and to bring further improvements for education in the future; further welcomes the public/private partnership approach adopted in education which will increase that sum further to 2 billion by 2002; welcomes the start that has been made on achieving the Government's pledge to reduce infant class sizes and to phase out the assisted places scheme; welcomes the enormous strides that have begun in improving standards in schools; and congratulates the Government on the commitment that has been thus shown to the public services, in particular in education, health and social services.'.
 Mr William Hague
 Mr Peter Lilley
 Mr Michael Howard
 Sir Brian Mawhinney
 Mrs Angela Browning
 Mr James Arbuthnot
        Line    1,     leave out from `House' to end and add, `believes that the Government needs to be held to account for its performance in regard to public services; notes that the Liberal Democrats cannot hold the Government to such an account because they are in effect in coalition with the Labour Government, in particular following the establishment of a Cabinet committee with joint Labour and Liberal Democrat membership; believes that the rhetoric of the Liberal Democrats in regard to public services is disproved by their record in local government; notes that far from increasing standards in schools, Liberal Democrat policies would drive standards down through the abolition of grant maintained schools and expansion of the powers of local education authorities; and calls on the Liberal Democrats to develop more sophisticated policies on public services than simplistic calls for high taxation.'.
      The selection of the matter to be debated today has been made by the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party (Standing Order No. 14(2)).
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.
+  2   STANDARDS AND PRIVILEGES    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Mrs Ann Taylor
        That this House approves the Seventh and Eighth Reports of the Committee on Standards and Privileges (HC 240, 261).
        As an Amendment to Mrs Ann Taylor's proposed Motion (Standards and Privileges):
 Mr Gerald Howarth
        Line    1,     leave out from `House' to end and add, `notes that, on an amendment proposed by the honourable Member for Workington, the Committee on Standards and Privileges resolved, nemine contradicente, not to endorse Sir Gordon Downey's findings in respect of Mr Neil Hamilton; expresses its deep concern that the ultimate author of the grave allegations concerning cash payments, Mr Al Fayed, was not called to give evidence before the Committee on oath in public; and believes that justice cannot be done until Mr Al Fayed has been so called.'.
      The First Report from the Committee (HC 30-I, -II and -III) and Memoranda laid before the Committee (HC 30-IV) are relevant.
      The Speaker will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings not later than 10.00 p.m. (Order 13th November).
+  3   ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr George Mudie
        That Mr Cynog Dafis and Mr Matthew Taylor be added to the Environmental Audit Committee.
      If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
 Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr Stephen Day be discharged from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee and Mr Phillip Hammond be added to the Committee.
      If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: British Merchant Fleet (Mr Ivan Henderson).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Welsh Affairs 1.15 p.m. County Hall, Mold (private)
   1.30 p.m. (public)
        Subject: The Impact of Devolution on Local Government and Economic Development in Wales.
        Witnesses: Mr Harry Jones, CBE, Leader, Mr Tom Middlehurst, Chairman, Mr Michael Jones, Leader of the Coalition Group, Mr Colin Jones, Secretary, Mr Paul Griffiths, Head of Corporate Affairs, Dr Victoria Winekler, Head of Economic and Environmental Affairs, Welsh Local Government Association.
2   Information 4.30 p.m. Conference Room,
Directorate, Great
George Street
3   Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 15 (public)
        Subject: Scottish Office Development Department: The Skye Bridge.
        Witness: Mr Harold Mills.
4   Modernisation of the House of Commons 6.00 p.m. Room 21 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

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