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Order of Business Tuesday 9th December 1997

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Notes:
* 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.
++ These are ordinary written questions of which no previous notice has been given. For other questions for written answer today see the 'Order Book'.


At 2.30 p.m.Prayers
At 2.35 p.m. 
Private Business
Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
PROVISIONAL ORDER BILL
Consideration of Bill
Scottish Agricultural College Order Confirmation Bill.

At 2.35 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    What proposals he has for increasing the role of primary care within the NHS.
(18227)
*2 Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    What plans he has to reduce bureaucracy in the Herefordshire Health Authority.
(18228)
*3 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What representations he has received on changes to the distribution formula for allocating resources to local health authorities.
(18229)
*4 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    What action he intends to take to improve the quality of long-term care.
(18230)
*5 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    If he will take action to ensure that insurance companies pay the full cost of road traffic accident care to NHS trusts.
(18231)
*6 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    What changes he intends to make to the current role of NHS trusts in shaping local health care.
(18232)
*7 Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    If he has reached conclusions on the amalgamation of (a) health authorities and (b) trusts; and if he will make a statement.
(18233)
*8 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What restrictions are currently imposed on the availability of free influenza inoculations for the public.
(18234)
*9 Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    What representations he has received regarding the future of Kidderminster district general hospital.
(18235)
*10 Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):    How many NHS building projects costing over £1 million have been completed since 1979.
(18236)
*11 Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    If he will make a statement on the qualifications required of appointees to non-executive posts on health trusts and similar organisations within the NHS.
(18238)
*12 Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    What proposals he has for promoting the role of primary care.
(18240)
*13 Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    What plans he has to cater for an increase in emergency hospital admissions this winter.
(18242)
*14 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    What extra financial support he has made available for professional training in the NHS.
(18243)
*15 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What progress he is making towards aligning health authority funding with proposed targets under weighted capitation.
(18244)
*16 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    What action he is taking to reduce bureaucracy in the National Health Service.
(18245)
*17 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What steps he is taking to improve the monitoring, analysis and reporting of (a) the outcomes and (b) the quality of patient care.
(18246)
*18 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    What discussions he has had with Buckinghamshire Health Authority on its plans for achieving equity of funding across their area.
(18247)
*19 Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    What estimate he has made of the numbers of patients who will have been waiting for more than 12 months for treatment in May 1998.
(18248)
*20 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    What is his policy towards the provision of Recombinant Factor VIII for the treatment of haemophilia sufferers.
(18249)
*21 Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    What plans he has to address the additional burden placed on the National Health Service arising from elderly persons cancelling their private health insurance.
(18250)
*22 Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    What plans his Department has for improving nutrition standards in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement on health initiatives in this area.
(18251)
*23 Steve Webb (Northavon):    What plans he has to review the basis on which patients in different parts of the country are given access to expensive drug treatments.
(18252)
*24 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    What estimates his Department has made of the cost of treating people over 60 years of age.
(18253)
*25 Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    What proposals he has to increase the use of telemedicine in the National Health Service.
(18254)
*26 Christine Butler (Castle Point):    What action he plans to take to increase co-operation between purchasers and providers in the National Health Service.
(18255)
*27 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What changes he plans to make to the system of annual contracts in the National Health Service.
(18256)
*28 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If he will make a statement on the role and experience of non-executive directors of National Health Service trusts.
(18257)
*29 Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    If he will make a statement on the management and finances of (a) Mount Vernon and Watford Hospitals Trust and (b) West Hertfordshire Health Authority.
(18258)
*30 Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    What changes he plans to make to the system of annual contracts in the NHS.
(18259)
*31 Frank Cook (Stockton North):    What action he is taking to overcome fragmentation between trusts and health authorities in the NHS.
(18260)
*32 Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    What proposals he has to promote best practice throughout the NHS.
(18261)
*33 Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    What priorities for promoting health at work he intends to set NHS trusts.
(18262)
*34 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    If he will make a statement on the delivery of National Health Service services in the Borough of Barnet, with particular reference to the future of the Edgware Hospital site.
(18263)
*35 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What plans he has to reduce the number of managers in the National Health Service.
(18264)
*36 Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    If he will make a statement on progress with the PFI hospital building programme.
(18265)
*37 Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    What steps are being taken to involve patients in the new GP commissioning pilot projects.
(18266)

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


Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1   PRESS COMPLAINTS COMMISSION    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Anthony Steen
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the establishment of a statutory Press Complaints Commission; to make further provisions in respect of libel actions brought against newspapers; 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).

Main Business
+  2   GOVERNMENT OF WALES BILL: Adjourned Debate on Amendment to Question for Second Reading [8th December].    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time:--
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question, to leave out from the word `That' to the end of the Question and to add the words `this House, deploring the failure of Her Majesty's Government to respond to and allay the legitimate fears of the Welsh people expressed in the referendum vote of 18th September and in particular the omission from the Government of Wales Bill of any statutory assurances in relation to the supremacy of the Westminster Parliament, to the protection of geographic and cultural minorities, to the proper resourcing of Wales to reflect need, and to the safeguarding of the position of Wales within the United Kingdom and its voice within Europe, declines to give a Second Reading to the Government of Wales Bill.', instead thereof--(Mr Michael Ancram.)
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
 Mr William Hague
 Mr Michael Ancram
 Mr Peter Lilley
 Sir Brian Mawhinney
 Mr Nigel Evans
 Mr Bernard Jenkin
        After Second Reading of the Government of Wales Bill, to move, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
 Mr Secretary Davies    [Up to 20 minutes]
 
        After Second Reading of the Government of Wales Bill, to move, That--
        (1) Clause Nos. 1, 4, 22, 58, 80 and 118 be committed to a Committee of the whole House;
        (2) the remainder of the Bill be committed to a Standing Committee; and
        (3) when the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill be proceeded with as if the Bill had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee.
        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 63(3)).
+  3   GOVERNMENT OF WALES BILL [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified.    [No debate]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Government of Wales Bill, it is expedient to authorise--
        (1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of--
      (a) any expenditure incurred by any Minister of the Crown or government department under or by virtue of the Act, and
      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment,
        (2) the payment out of the National Loans Fund of--
      (a) any sums required by a Minister of the Crown for making loans or other payments to the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with the Act, and
      (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment, and
        (3) the payment of sums into the National Loans Fund or the Consolidated Fund.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).
+  4   ESTIMATES, 1997-98 (AIR) VOTE A    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Robertson
        That during the year ending on 31st March 1998 an additional number not exceeding 40 all ranks be maintained for Air Force Service and an additional number not exceeding 305 for Service in the Air Force Reserve Forces.
        The Speaker will put the Question at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 55(1) and (2)).
+  5   SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES, 1997-98    [No debate]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a supplementary sum, not exceeding £634,729,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to defray the charges for civil services which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 1998, as set out in HC 278 of Session 1997-98.
        The Speaker will put the Question at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 55(1) and (2)).
+  6   ESTIMATES, 1998-99 (VOTE ON ACCOUNT)    [No debate]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a sum, not exceeding £97,354,245,000, be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on acount, for or towards defraying the charges for civil and defence services for the year ending on 31st March 1999, as set out in HC 279, 280 and 281 of Session 1997-98.
        The Speaker will put the Question at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 55(1) and (2)).
 
        A Bill is to be brought in upon the resolutions in the name of Dawn Primarolo relating to Supplementary Estimates, 1997-98 and Estimates, 1998-99 (Vote on Account) if they are agreed to by the House.
   CONSOLIDATED FUND BILL: Second Reading.    [No debate]
 
        The Questions on Second and Third Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill will be put without debate (Standing Order No. 56. as applied by the Order of 2nd December).
+  7   EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Cook
        That the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the European Police Office) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 19th November, be approved.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118 (6)).
+  8   EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Cook
        That the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European Police Office) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 19th November, be approved.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118 (6)).
+  9   INTERNATIONAL IMMUNITIES AND PRIVILEGES    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Cook
        That the draft OSPAR Commission (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 19th November, be approved.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118 (6)).
+  10   FAMILY LAW    [No debate]
 Secretary Harriet Harman
        That the draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1997, which were laid before this House on 18th November, be approved.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118 (6)).
+  11   VALUE ADDED TAX    [No debate]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That the Value Added Tax (Drugs, Medicines and Aids for the Handicapped) Order 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2744), dated 18th November 1997, a copy of which was laid before this House on 18th November, be approved.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118 (6)).
+  12   CRIMINAL LAW (NORTHERN IRELAND)    [No debate]
 Secretary Marjorie Mowlam
        That the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, dated 12th November 1997, a copy of which was laid before this House on 13th November, be approved.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118 (6)).
At the end of the sitting:
  13   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: British motor car industry (Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
STANDING COMMITTEES
1   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Bank of England Bill.
2   European Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the European Community Document No. 9984/97: Agenda 2000: as it refers to Structural and Cohesion Policy
3   Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 11 (public)
        To consider the draft Non-domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1997
SELECT COMMITTEES
4   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs 9.15 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Regional Development Agencies.
        Witnesses: DETR officials: Scottish Enterprise; Welsh Development Agency; East of England Investment Agency; Northern Development Company; West Country Development Corporation Ltd.
5   International Development 9.30 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Renegotiation of the Lome Convention
        Witness: Mr Richard Eglin, Director of Development Division, World Trade Organisation.
6   Foreign Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Dependent Territories Review
        Witness: Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
7   Public Administration 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Report of the Health Service Commissioner for 1996-97.
        Witnesses: St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust; The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (at 11.30 a.m.)
8   Welsh Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 18 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Impact of Devolution on Local Government and Economic Development in Wales.
        Witnesses: Federation of Small Businesses; The South Wales Chambers of Commerce Group (at approximately 11.30 a.m.).
9   Agriculture 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Food Safety.
        Witnesses: Consumers' Association; British Retail Consortium; Marks and Spencer plc and Safeway Stores plc.
10   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 21 (private)
11   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Pre-Budget Report.
        Witnesses: Mr Gavyn Davies, Mr Andrew Dilnot and Professor Patrick Minford.
12   Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee 11.45 a.m.
12 noon
Room 19 (private)
Room 19 (public)
        Subject: The Relationship Between TECs and the Proposed Regional Development Agencies.
        Witnesses: Mr Bob Downes, Director Scottish Business; Mr Brian Willott, Chief Executive, Welsh Development Agency.
13   Foreign Affairs: Entry Clearance Sub-Committee 3.00 p.m. Room 13 (private)
14   Education and Employment 3.25 p.m. Room 6 (private)
15   Education and Employment: Sub-Committee 3.30 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: "Excellence for all Children": The Green Paper on Special Educational Needs.
        Witness: Estelle Morris, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for School Standards, Department for Education and Employment.
16   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs 3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Regional Development Agencies.
        Witnesses: Department of Trade and Industry officials; Department for Education and Employment officials; Marianne Neville-Rolfe, Director, Government Office for the North West; Mr D Ritchie, Director, Government Office for the West Midlands; Mr Jeremy Walker, Director, Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber; English Partnerships.
17   Statutory Instruments Immediately
after the meeting
of the Joint
Committee
Room 7 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEES
18   Statutory Instruments 4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I., 1997, No. 2204).
        Witnesses: Office for National Statistics.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

 
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