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Order of Business Monday 26th January 1998

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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.
++ 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. 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Social Security
*1 Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    What plans she has to link state pensions to whichever of prices or earnings is rising faster.
*2 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    If she will make a statement on the progress of the review of pensions.
*3 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    How many families are in receipt of family credit in (a) Monmouthshire and (b) Wales.
*4 Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    What estimate she has made of future income inequality rates amongst pensioners.
*5 Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    What plans she has to take action to reduce the numbers of false national insurance numbers in circulation.
*6 Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    What estimate she has made of the number of new applicants for lone parent benefits from Yorkshire in the year beginning April 1998.
*7 Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    What was the average payment of maternity grant to mothers in the Crewe and Nantwich constituency in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1995-96 and (c) 1994-95; and how many received sums of £15,000 to £20,000.
*8 Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    What plans she has to increase the pension entitlement of women.
*9 Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    What plans she has to change the status of actors with respect to national insurance contributions.
*10 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    If she will make a statement on her plans to help pensioners with their fuel bills.
*11 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What proposals she has to tackle organised landlord benefit fraud.
*12 Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    If she will make a statement on the future of child benefit.
*13 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    If she will make a statement on proposed changes to disability benefits.
*14 Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    How much extra money will be provided for payments to pensioners for heating in the current financial year; and if she will make a statement.
*15 Mr Don Foster (Bath):    When she expects to announce the outcome of the pensions review.
*16 Mr John Swinney (North Tayside):    How many pensioners have received the additional payments for winter fuel bills announced by the Chancellor in the Budget; when he expects that all pensioners eligible will have received this payment; and if he will make a statement.
*17 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    If she will make a statement on the planned meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women in March.
*18 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What plans she has to make payment of the state old age pension subject to a test of the recipient's means.
*19 Christine Russell (City of Chester):    If she will report progress on welfare reform with particular reference to disability benefits.
*20 Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    What plans the Ministers for Women have to introduce measures to tackle violence against women.
*21 Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington):    What plans she has to change the current arrangements for maternity benefit; and if she will make a statement.
*22 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    If she will make a statement on her plans for the reform of disability benefits.
*23 Ms Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West):    What estimate she has made of the number of women currently in employment who would not qualify for maternity pay.
*24 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    What estimate she has made of (a) the number of women in the UK on a salary of over £100,000 and (b) the annual cost which they impose on the welfare budget.
*25 Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    What action the Government is taking to help the least well-off pensioners.
*26 Mr George Stevenson (Stoke-on-Trent South):    If she will make a statement on the Government's proposals to tackle organised landlord fraud.
*27 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    What plans she has to review the working of child benefit.
*28 Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    How many women did not name the father of the child on the birth certificate in the last year for which figures are available.
*29 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What plans she has to apply an affluence test to the basic state pension.
*30 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    If she will take steps to link the calculation of the state pension to average earnings.
*31 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What assessment she has made of the merits of subjecting the state pension to a means test.
*32 Norman Baker (Lewes):    When the Minister of State for Social Security and Welfare Reform plans to publish his report on welfare reform.
*33 Mr Stephen Day (Cheadle):    By how much he estimates lone parents will be better off in work than on benefits following reform of their benefit entitlement.
*34 Mr Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith):    What assessment she has made of the effect of lone parent benefit reductions on the New Deal for Lone Parents.
*35 Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    What reviews of disability benefit her Department has undertaken since 1st May.
*36 Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    How participation in the Welfare to Work scheme will affect the status of those claiming disability living allowance.
*37 Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    What are the latest estimated costs of the disability benefits integrity projects; and if she will make a statement.
*38 Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    If she will make a statement on the available penalties for fraud in the benefit system.
*39 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    What plans she has to reform child benefit.

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

Main Business
+  1   GOVERNMENT OF WALES BILL [3rd allotted day]: Committee (Progress reported 21st January).    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
For Amendments, see separate Paper.
        Remaining proceedings on Clause 22, Schedule 2, Clauses 23 to 29, Schedule 3 and Clauses 30 to 44 shall be brought to a conclusion at 10.00 p.m. (Order of 20th January).
2   ACCOMMODATION AND WORKS COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr David Rendel be discharged from the Accommodation and Works Committee and Mr David Chidgey 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: Rent officers' adjudication in respect of protected tenants (Ms Karen Buck).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No.9).

1 Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
        Subject: Protecting Environmentally Sensitive Areas.
        Witnesses: Mr Richard Packer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
2 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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