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Order of Business Monday 9th March 1998

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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. 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
*1 Mr Hugh Bayley (City of York):    If he will make a statement about the role of reserve forces.
(31403)
*2 Mr John Hutton (Barrow and Furness):    If he will make a statement on the Government's smart procurement initiatives.
(31404)
*3 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    What amount and proportion of his Department's annual expenditure was allocated to recruitment advertising in 1997-98.
(31405)
*4 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    If he will make a statement on the process by which the complaints of officer ex-prisoners of war and protected personnel regarding pay deducted during incarceration were investigated.
(31406)
*5 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    What targets his Department have set to increase the number of people from ethnic minorities in Britain's armed forces.
(31407)
*6 Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    What estimate he has made of potential savings from his departmental budget through the introduction of smart procurement.
(31408)
*7 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    If he will make a statement on the deployment of British troops to the Persian Gulf.
(31409)
*8 Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    What action his Department is taking in relation to anti-personnel land mines.
(31410)
*9 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    What assessment he has made of the current operational roles of the Parachute Regiment.
(31411)
*10 Angela Smith (Basildon):    If he will make a statement on the Defence Medical Services.
(31412)
*11 Christine Russell (City of Chester):    What steps the Government is taking to expand employment opportunities for women in the Army.
(31413)
*12 Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    What steps his Department is taking to help those involved in humanitarian demining.
(31414)
*13 Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    If he will make a statement on progress in his Department's working group to encourage the purchase of British beef.
(31415)
*14 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    How many women fighter pilots are (a) in service and (b) in training.
(31416)
*15 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What recent representations he has received relating to problems arising in respect of recruitment.
(31417)
*16 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the integral heavy lift air transport capability within the RAF in recent Middle East operations.
(31418)
*17 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    What changes are currently proposed to the Defence Medical Services; and what further changes he anticipates.
(31419)
*18 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    If he will make a statement on the future use of the Horseshoe barracks in Shoeburyness.
(31420)
*19 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    What assessment he has made of the need to maintain the current number of TAVR infantry battalions.
(31422)
*20 Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    If he will make a statement on the current level of TAVR manpower.
(31423)
*21 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    If he will make a statement on the future role of Trident.
(31424)
*22 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    What has been the cost of recent United Kingdom deployment in the Gulf; and what steps have been taken to elicit contributions from other countries.
(31425)
*23 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What plans he has to merge the Parachute Regiment with 24 Airmobile Brigade; and if he will make a statement.
(31426)
*24 Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    If he will initiate an independent inquiry into the pay of officer prisoners of war during the Second World War.
(31427)
*25 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    If he will make a statement on his plans to encourage the purchase of British beef for the armed forces and civilian personnel under his control.
(31428)
*26 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What part preventive deployment plays in his Department's policy of defence diplomacy.
(31429)
*27 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will review his policy on the claims for compensation for loss of pay from former prisoners of war.
(31430)
*28 Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    If he will make a statement on progress towards apprehending suspected war criminals in the former Yugoslavia.
(31431)
*29 Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    If he will make a statement on the evidence his Department provided to the Low Pay Commission relating to the minimum wage.
(31432)
*30 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    If he will make a statement on the Government's plans for defence diversification.
(31433)
*31 Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    If he will make a statement on rationalisation studies affecting the Royal Military Police.
(31434)
*32 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What steps his Department is taking to help those involved in humanitarian demining.
(31437)
At 3.20 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the President of the Council, the honourable Member answering for the House of Commons Commission and the Chairman of the Finance and Services Committee
*33 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will examine the case for establishing a Human Rights Select Committee.
(31438)
*34 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the President of the Council, what proposals she has to review the procedure for consideration of Private Members' Bills.
(31439)
*35 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the President of the Council, what proposals she has to reform the parliamentary year; and if she will make a statement.
(31441)
*36 Mr Hugh Bayley (City of York):    To ask the President of the Council, what recent representations she has received about the Government's policies to combat the misuse of drugs.
(31442)
*37 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    To ask the President of the Council, what plans she has to announce the date of each periodic adjournment at the start of the session.
(31443)
*38 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will review the operation of Standing Order No. 152(4)(e) with particular reference to the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committees.
(31445)
*39 Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, as representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to offer jobs to young people under the New Deal.
(31446)
*40 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    To ask the President of the Council, what plans she has to increase the opportunities for backbench honourable Members to take part in adjournment debates; and if she will make a statement.
(31447)

At 3.30 p.m.


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

Main Business
     NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE BILL:    As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.    [Until any hour]
     For Amendments, see separate Paper.

    Remaining Stages may also be taken.

Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

At 10.00 p.m.
+  1   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate]
 The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, the National Minimum Wage Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

+  2   URBAN DEVELOPMENT    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the draft London Docklands Development Corporation (Transfer of Functions) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 21st January, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  3   URBAN DEVELOPMENT    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the Urban Development Corporations in England (Area and Constitution) Order 1998, dated 19th January 1998, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th January, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  4   LOCAL GOVERNMENT    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the draft Local Authorities (Transport Charges) Regulations 1998, which were laid before this House on 9th February, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  5   ROAD TRAFFIC REDUCTION (UNITED KINGDOM TARGETS) BILL [MONEY]:    Queen's Recommendation signified.    [Up to 45 minutes]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Road Traffic Reduction (United Kingdom Targets) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenses of the Secretary of State which are attributable to the Act.
The Speaker will put the question not later than 45 minutes╩after the start of proceedings (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).
+  6   WASTE MINIMISATION BILL [MONEY]:    Queen's Recommendation signified.    [Up to 45 minutes]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Waste Minimisation Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other enactment are payable out of money so provided.
The Speaker will put the question not later than 45 minutes╩after the start of proceedings (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).
+  7   PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES (LONDON) BILL [WAYS AND MEANS]    [Up to 45 minutes]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill, it is expedient to authorise--
        (1) the charging of fees payable by the holders of licences granted under the Act;
        (2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.
The Speaker will put the question not later than 45 minutes╩after the start of proceedings (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).
+  8   PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES (LONDON) BILL [MONEY]:    Queen's Recommendation signified.    [Up to 45 minutes]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State which is attributable to the Act.
The Speaker will put the question not later than 45 minutes after the start of proceedings (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).
At the end of the sitting:
9   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Shooters Hill Fire Station (Mr Clive Efford).
Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
SELECT COMMITTEES
1   Welsh Affairs 11.30 a.m.


12.00 noon
The Welsh Office,
Cathays Park, Cardiff
(private)
(public)
        Subject: The Present Crisis in the Welsh Livestock Industry.
        Witnesses: Mr Tony Sullivan, Senior Manager, Fresh Meat Buying, Mr Mike Wildman, Senior Manager, Meat Product, Technology, Sainsbury plc; Mr Steve Murrells, Head of Meat, Mr David Sawday, Corporate Affairs Manager, Tesco Stores Ltd (at approximately 1.00 p.m.); Mr Barry Martyn, Director, Meat Buying, Mr Tony Combes, Manager, Public Affairs, Safeway Stores plc (at approximately 2.00 p.m.).
2   Agriculture 4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Food Safety.
        Witnesses: Professor Philip Jones; Professor Hugh Pennington.
3   Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
        Subject: The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.
        Witnesses: Mr Andrew Turnbull, Permanent Secretary, Mr Bruce Sharpe, Team Leader, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and Mr John Clough, Chief Executive, EAGA Ltd.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Friday 6th March for answer today++
1  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Counter Battery Radar project.
(33879)
2  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the electoral system for elections to the European Parliament.
(33900)
3  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to extend part M of the building regulations to new dwellings; and if he will make a statement.
(33901)
4  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence the Government has submitted to the inquiry on the funding of political parties by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
(33903)

 
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