|Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment|
||Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey): If he will make a statement on the role of individual learning accounts in the workplace and the home.|
||Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): What representations he has received from long-term unemployed people concerning their eligibility under the New Deal.|
||Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): What representations he has received on the New Deal.|
||Mr Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): What steps he is taking to encourage employers to become involved in the New Deal.|
||Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot): What plans he has to enforce standards of basic literacy in schools.|
||Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): What representations he has had from local organisations with respect to Agenda 2000 and the reform of the European Structural Funds.|
||Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon): What steps he plans to take to reduce regional disparities in unemployment levels.|
||Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): What representations he has received from the retail sector about the New Deal.|
||Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South): If he will make a statement on his Department's measures to reduce unemployment.|
||Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): What steps he is taking to ensure that funding from central government for education is actually spent on education by county councils.|
||Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): What plans he has to include citizenship education in the national curriculum.|
||Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): What current review there is of the operational efficiency of training and enterprise councils in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.|
||Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire): When he received the application for grant maintained status from Sandye Place School; and when he will announce his decision.|
||Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey): When he plans to meet the Chairman of the Standing Conference of Principals to discuss higher education funding.|
||Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon): If he will make a statement on the progress of the design of the New Deal for those aged over 25 years, particularly as it relates to unemployed asylum seekers and those without settled status who have exceptional leave to remain.|
||Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall): If he will make a statement on the progress to date in respect of the pilot employment zones.|
||Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam): What plans he has to give extra funds to the further education sector.|
||Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood): What measures he is taking to reduce the rate of non-attendance at school.|
||Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham): What proposals he has to extend the New Deal programme to men over 40 years of age.|
||Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham): What representations relating to training he has received from businesses involved in the construction industry.|
||Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough): What plans he has to improve the quality and quantity of childcare places.|
||Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield): If he will introduce measures to abolish corporal punishment in independent schools.|
||Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): If he will make a statement on the financing of Oxford and Cambridge universities.|
||Mr David Hanson (Delyn): If he will make a statement on the number of companies and businesses participating in the New Deal.|
||Mr David Rendel (Newbury): What plans he has to reinstate minimum space standards in schools.|
||Bob Russell (Colchester): What plans he has to encourage more students to become teachers.|
||Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): What estimate he has made of the cost of his Welfare to Work proposals in each of the next five years.|
||Miss Melanie Johnson (Welwyn Hatfield): If he will make a statement on the measures he is taking to ensure the New Deal matches the employment needs of businesses.|
||Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover): What representations he has received from the retail sector about the New Deal proposals.|
||Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): If he will make a statement on the recently-published primary school league tables.|
||Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West): If he will issue guidance to education authorities and governing bodies concerning the purchase of British beef; and if he will make a statement.|
||Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): By what percentage he estimates real expenditure per pupil in Worcestershire will change in the next financial year; and if he will make a statement.|
||Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford): What steps he proposes to take to address the issue of age discrimination at work.|
||Northern Ireland Grand Committee
||Room 10 (public)|
To consider the matter of the draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.
||Standing Committee A
|Room 12 (public)|
Further to consider the School Standards and Framework Bill.
||Standing Committee B
||Room 10 (public)|
Further to consider the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill.
||Standing Committee D
|Room 11 (public)|
Further to consider the Fossil Fuel Levy Bill [Lords].
||First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation
||Room 5 (public)|
To consider the draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Codes of Conduct) Order 1998, the draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1998 and the draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1998.
||Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee
||Room 16 (private)|
||Culture, Media and Sport
||Room 15 (public)|
Subject: Audio Visual Communications and the Regulation of Broadcasting.
Witnesses: Commercial Radio Companies Association; BBC Radio (at 11.15 a.m.); Hughes Olivetti Telecom (at 12.15 p.m.).
|Room 6 (private)|
Subject: Preparations for Stage Three of Economic and Monetary Union.
Witnesses: Lord Simon of Highbury, Minister of Trade for Competitiveness in Europe, Mr John Monks, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress and Mr Andrew Buxton, Chairman, British Bankers' Association.
||Room 13 (private)|
|[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]|
|Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 25th February for answer today++|
|Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish guidance to local planning authorities on the need for them to make adequate provision for prisons in their development plans.|
|Kali Mountford (Colne Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 23rd February.|
|Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on the Tax Law Rewrite Project.|
|Mr John Grogan (Selby): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his policy on surplus places in schools; and if he will publish the numbers and percentages of surplus places in each local education authority in England.|
|Mr Christopher Leslie (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Liverpool, Riverside, of 22nd December 1997, Official Report, columns 439-40, when he will launch the consultation on radioactively contaminated land.|
|Rosemary McKenna (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement regarding the non-statutory agreements to be drawn up between departments of the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Executive.|
|Rosemary McKenna (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd December 1997, Official Report, columns 457-8, when he will be able to launch the consultation on radioactively contaminated land.|
|Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his oral statement of 28th January, Official Report, columns 461-74, what response he has had from London and Continental Railways in respect of revised financing proposals for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.|