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Order of Business Wednesday 18th 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 9.30 a.m.Prayers
At 9.35 a.m. 
Adjournment Debates
1  ADJOURNMENT    [Until 2.00 p.m.]
The Prime Minister
    That this House do now adjourn.
    Subjects proposed to be raised on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House:
9.35 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.Derek WyattHMG's strategy for the Internet.
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.Mr Paul BurstowProspects for community care.
12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m.Mr Phil HopeEmployee rights and employment agencies.
1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.Mr David PriorThe impact of street furniture on the rural environment.
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.Mr Tam DalyellRelations with Iraq and Iran.
    The Motion for the Adjournment of the House will lapse at 2.00 p.m. and the sitting will be suspended until 2.30 p.m. (Standing Order No. 10).

At 2.30 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
*1 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    What representations he has received from Welsh businesses regarding the future of the uniform business rate.
(33426)
*2 Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    What steps he has taken during the past four weeks to improve the economic prospects and cash flow position of farmers in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(33427)
*3 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What response he has received to his proposals for the establishment of regional committees within the National Assembly for Wales.
(33428)
*4 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    If he will make a statement on progress on the Welsh Assembly.
(33429)
*5 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    If he will make a statement on trends in NHS waiting lists in Wales since May 1997; and what targets he has set over the next four years.
(33430)
*6 Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    If he will make a statement on the current market prices of cattle and sheep in Wales.
(33431)
*7 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    If he has met student groups' representatives to discuss the future of the maintenance grant for students in Wales.
(33432)
*8 Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    If he will make a statement on health problems in Blaenau Gwent.
(33433)
*9 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    What representations he has received from students in Wales regarding higher education.
(33434)
*10 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What representations he has received about farming incomes since 1st March.
(33435)
*11 Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    If he will make a statement on his powers, with regard to England, which will be transferred to the Welsh Assembly.
(33436)
*12 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement on developments on greenfield sites in Wales.
(33438)
*13 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton):    What representations he has received from Welsh honourable Members regarding the siting of an assembly.
(33439)
*14 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    If he will list the criteria for the selection of a site for the Welsh Assembly.
(33440)
*15 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    What recent representations he has received regarding hospital waiting lists in Wales.
(33443)
*16 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    If he will make a statement on the location of the National Assembly.
(33444)
*17 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    If he will make a statement on the future of the European structural funds in Wales.
(33445)
*18 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    How many representations he has received about the operating costs of abattoirs; and if he will make a statement.
(33446)
*19 Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    What representations he has received on the disposal of calcium sulphate filter cake at landfill sites in Wales.
(33447)
*20 Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    What representations he has received since 1st March about problems facing farmers.
(33448)
*21 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    What steps he is taking to extend knowledge of the Welsh language in England.
(33449)
*22 Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    If he will make a statement on the establishment of an All-Wales Ambulance Trust.
(33450)
*23 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    What representations he has received regarding HLCA payments to Welsh hill farmers.
(33451)
*24 Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    If he will make a statement on the prospects for manufacturing industry.
(33452)
*25 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    If he will make a statement on wildlife conservation in Wales.
(33454)
*26 Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    What representations he has received from Welsh businesses regarding the setting up of the proposed National Assembly.
(33455)
At 3.00 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    When he last met President Clinton to discuss matters relating to the reform of the Security Council of the United Nations.
(33406)
*Q2 Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33407)
*Q3 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    If he will list his offical engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33408)
*Q4 Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33409)
*Q5 Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33410)
*Q6 Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33411)
*Q7 Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33412)
*Q8 Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33413)
*Q9 Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33414)
*Q10 Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33415)
*Q11 Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33416)
*Q12 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33417)
*Q13 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33418)
*Q14 Mr Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33419)
*Q15 Mr Stephen Day (Cheadle):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33420)
*Q16 Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33421)
*Q17 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33422)
*Q18 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33423)
*Q19 Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33424)
*Q20 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 18th March.
(33425)

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


Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
2   DISABLED PERSONS AND CARERS (SHORT-TERM BREAKS)    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Huw Edwards
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for assessments of health and social needs of disabled persons to include assessments of the needs for short-term breaks for the disabled persons and any carer.
        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

    (2) In section 6 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994, after subsection (14) there shall be inserted the following subsection--

    "(14A) In relation to any services of a description specified in an order under section 7(11), this section and any regulations under this section or section 8(4) shall have effect subject to section 97A."

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

20. Value added tax (bad debt relief)

    That provision may be made amending section 36 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

21. Value added tax (long leases in Scotland)

    That provision may be made amending section 96 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994.

22. Income tax (charge and rates for 1998-99)

    That income tax shall be charged for the year 1998-99, and for that year--

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

23. Income tax (additional relief in respect of children)

    That--

    (1) In subsection (1)(c) of section 259 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, for     man" and     wife" there shall be substituted, respectively, "individual" and "spouse".

    (2) In subsection (4) of that section, after "relief under this section" there shall be inserted     by virtue of subsection (1)(a) above".

    (3) In section 261A(3) of that Act, for "a man" there shall be substituted "an individual".

    (4) This Resolution has effect for the year 1997-98 and subsequent years of assessment.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

24. Corporation tax (charge and rate for 1998)

    That, for the financial year 1998, corporation tax shall be charged at the rate of 31 per cent.

25. Corporation tax (small companies rate for 1998)

    That, for the financial year 1998--

26. Corporation tax (due and payable date)

    That provision may be made for and in connection with altering the date on which corporation tax and amounts treated as corporation tax become due and payable.

27. Advance corporation tax and tax credits

    That provision may be made in relation to--

28. Interest payable under the Tax Acts

    That provision may be made imposing charges to tax in relation to interest payable under the Tax Acts to companies.

29. Rents and other receipts from land

    That provision may be made about the taxation of rents and other receipts from land.

30. Computation of profits and losses

    That provision may be made as to the computation of profits and losses for tax purposes.

31. Remuneration in the form of shares or securities

    That provision may be made about shares or securities acquired by a person as a director or employee.

32. Sub-contractors in the construction industry

    That provision may be made amending Chapter IV of Part XIII of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

33. Construction workers supplied by agencies

    That--

    (1) In section 134 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, subsection (5)(c) shall cease to have effect.

    (2) In section 559 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, in subsection (1), for "subsection (2) below" there shall be substituted "the following provisions of this section"; and after subsection (1) there shall be inserted the following subsection--

    (3) Paragraphs (1) and (2) above have effect in relation to--

    (4) Subject to paragraph (9) below, paragraph (5) below applies if--

    (5) Where this paragraph applies, then, subject to paragraphs (7) and (8) below--

    (6) Paragraph (7) below applies if--

    (7) Where this paragraph applies then, notwithstanding the deemed discontinuance, the old trade and the new trade shall be treated as the same for the purposes of section 385 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

    (8) An officer of the Board shall not become entitled by virtue of anything in this Resolution to give a direction under paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 20 to the Finance Act 1994 in the case of a person whose trade is deemed under paragraph (5) above to cease on 5th April 1998.

    (9) Paragraph (5) above does not apply if the sub-contractor by notice to an officer of the Board otherwise elects.

    (10) An election under paragraph (9) above--

    (11) In this Resolution "construction trade" means a trade consisting in or including the rendering of services under contracts relating to construction operations (within the meaning of Chapter IV of Part XIII of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988).

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

34. Employment termination benefits and retirement benefits

    That provision may be made about the taxation of benefits received--

35. Benefits in kind (car fuel)

    That--

    (1) In section 158 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, for the Tables in subsection (2) there shall be substituted--

TABLE A

    (2) This Resolution shall have effect for the year 1998-99 and subsequent years of assessment.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

36. Travelling expenses

    That provision may be made amending section 198(1) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 and related provisions.

37. Profit-related pay

    That provision may be made about cases where profit periods for the purposes of profit-related pay overlap or are to be taken to overlap.

38. Foreign earnings deduction

    That--

    (1) Section 193(1) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 shall cease to have effect.

    (2) Before that section there shall be inserted--

"Foreign earnings deduction for seafarers. 192A.--(1) Where in any year of assessment--
    (a) the duties of an employment as a seafarer are performed wholly or partly outside the United Kingdom, and

    (b) any of those duties are performed in the course of a qualifying period (within the meaning of Schedule 12) which falls wholly or partly in that year and consists of at least 365 days,
then, in charging tax under Case I of Schedule E on the amount of the emoluments from that employment attributable to that period, or to so much of it as falls in that year of assessment, there shall be allowed a deduction equal to the whole of that amount.

(2) In subsection (1) employment `as a seafarer' means an employment consisting of the performance of duties on a ship (or of such duties and others incidental to them).

(3) For the purposes of this section a `ship' does not include--
    (a) any offshore installation within the meaning of the Mineral Workings (Offshore Installations) Act 1971, or

    (b) what would be such an installation if the references in that Act to controlled waters were to any waters.
(4) Schedule 12 has effect for the purpose of supplementing this section.".

    (3) The references in the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 to section 193(1) shall be amended as follows--

    (4) In Schedule 12 to that Act--

    (5) Paragraphs (1) to (4) of this Resolution shall have effect in relation to--

    (6) Nothing in those paragraphs shall affect the question what deduction (if any) falls to be made under section 193(1) of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 in the case of emoluments attributable to a qualifying period beginning before 17th March 1998 and received before that date.

    (7) For the purposes of paragraphs (5) and (6) of this Resolution the question whether emoluments are attributable to a qualifying period beginning before 17th March 1998 shall be determined without reference to any arrangements entered into on or after that date.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

39. PAYE (trade debts)

    That--

    (1) In relation to any asset provided on or after 2nd July 1997 and before 6th April 1998, section 203F of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 shall have effect with the following two modifications.

    (2) The first modification is the insertion in subsection (2), before the word     and" at the end of paragraph (b), of the following paragraph--

    (3) The second modification is the insertion in subsection (3), before the word     and" at the end of paragraph (a), of the following paragraph--

    (4) The preceding provisions of this Resolution shall be deemed, in accordance with paragraphs (5) and (6) below, to have come into force on 2nd July 1997.

    (5) Subject to paragraph (6) below, this Resolution shall not be taken to have changed--

    (6) Where, by virtue of this Resolution, any employer would (but for paragraph (5) above) be treated as having been under an obligation at any time on or before 17th March 1998 to make deductions from payments made by the employer of, or on account of, an employee's assessable income--

    shall have effect as if the employer were obliged (subject to section 203J(3) of that Act) to make those deductions from any payments that are so made on or after 24th March 1998 and before 6th April 1998.

    (7) Expressions used in paragraph (6) above and in section 203J of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 have the same meanings in that paragraph as in that section.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

40. PAYE (non-cash benefits etc.)

    That provision may be made--

41. Enterprise investment scheme etc

    That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending Chapter III of Part VII of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 and sections 150, 150A and 150B of, and Schedule 5B to, the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992.

42. Venture capital trusts

    That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending section 842AA of, and Schedules 15B and 28B to, the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

43. Relief for loan to buy interest in close company

    That provision may be made amending section 360 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

44. Relief for losses on certain unlisted shares

    That provision may be made amending section 576 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

45. Group relief

    That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made about relief under Chapter IV of Part X of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

46. Life policies etc

    That provision may be made in relation to policies of life insurance, contracts for life annuities and capital redemption policies.

47. Insurance companies (provisional repayments)

    That provision may be made in relation to Schedule 19AB to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

48. Pension schemes etc

    That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made about--

49. Futures and options

    That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending Schedule 5AA to the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

50. Exchanges of securities etc

    That provision may be made--

51. Double taxation relief on foreign interest and dividends

    That provision be made amending Chapter II of Part XVIII of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

52. Notification of adjustment of foreign tax

    That--

    (1) In section 806 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, after subsection (2) there shall be inserted the following subsections--

    that person shall give notice in writing to an officer of the Board that an adjustment has been made that has rendered the amount of the credit excessive.

    (4) A notice under subsection (3) above must be given within one year from the time of the making of the adjustment.

    (5) Subsections (3) and (4) above do not apply where the adjustment is one the consequences of which in relation to the credit fall to be given effect to in accordance with regulations made under--

    (6) A person who fails to comply with the requirements imposed on him by subsections (3) and (4) above in relation to any adjustment shall be liable to a penalty of an amount not exceeding the amount by which the credit allowed has been rendered excessive by reason of the adjustment."

    (2) This Resolution has effect in relation to adjustments made on or after 17th March 1998.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.

53. Transfer pricing (new regime)

    That provision for the purposes of income tax and corporation tax may be made, in place of sections 770 to 773 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, in relation to cases where provision is made or imposed as between any two persons which would not have been made as between independent enterprises.

54. Exchange gains and losses and financial instruments

    That provision may be made about the application in relation to any transaction of sections 135, 136, 136A and 137 of the Finance Act 1993 and section 167 of the Finance Act 1994.

55. Controlled foreign companies

    That provision may be made in relation to controlled foreign companies.

56. Corporation tax (change of ownership)

    That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made for the payment of unpaid tax, by persons other than the company liable, in cases where there has been a change in the ownership of a company and corporation tax assessed on that company or an associated company remains unpaid.

57. Corporation tax self-assessment, etc

    That provision may be made about corporation tax self- assessment and other matters relating to the management of that tax.

    The references in this Resolution to corporation tax include any amount treated as if it were corporation tax.

58. Chargeable gains (rate for trustees etc)

    That provision may be made about the rate of capital gains tax in respect of gains accruing to trustees and personal representatives.

59. Chargeable gains (indexation and taper relief)

    That provision may be made amending the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992--

60. Chargeable gains (pooling and identification)

    That provision may be made for the purposes of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992--

61. Chargeable gains (stock dividends)

    That provision may be made for the purposes of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 about stock dividends.

62. Chargeable gains (non-residents)

    That provision may be made for the purposes of capital gains tax in relation to individuals who, having ceased to be resident or ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, again become so resident or ordinarily resident.

63. Chargeable gains (offshore settlements)

    That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made imposing charges under the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 on the beneficiaries and settlors of settlements where there has been a time when the trustees of the settlement, or of a settlement from which property comprised in the settlement directly or indirectly derives--

64. Chargeable gains (transfers within a group etc.)

    That provision may be made, for the purposes of the taxation of chargeable gains, about--

65. Chargeable gains (abolition of reliefs)

    That provision may be made repealing Chapter IA of Part V and sections 254 and 255 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992.

66. Chargeable gains (pre-entry gains)

    That provision may be made amending the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 so as to restrict the amounts which, where a company has joined a group, may be set against chargeable gains accruing to the company before it joined the group.

67. Inheritance tax (property of historic interest etc)

    That provision may be made about--

68. Inheritance tax (gifts for public benefit)

    That provision may be made repealing section 26 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984.

69. Insurance premium tax

    That provision may be made for the purposes of insurance premium tax--

70. Landfill tax

    That provision may be made applying section 1 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968 to landfill tax.

71. Stamp duty (conveyances and transfers on sale)

    That the following provisions shall have effect for the period beginning 24th March 1998 and ending 31 days after the earliest of the dates mentioned in section 50(2) of the Finance Act 1973--

    (1) Section 55 of the Finance Act 1963 and section 4 of the Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 1963 shall each be amended in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs (2) and (3) below.

    (2) In subsection (1)(d), for 1.50p" there shall be substituted 2".

    (3) In subsection (1)(e), for 2" there shall be substituted 3".

    (4) This Resolution shall apply to instruments executed on or after 24th March 1998, except where the instrument in question is executed in pursuance of a contract made on or before 17th March 1998.

    And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of section 50 of the Finance Act 1973.

72. Gas valuation

    That provision (including provision having retrospective effect) may be made amending paragraph 3A of Schedule 3 to the Oil Taxation Act 1975, paragraph 12 of Schedule 2 to the Oil Taxation Act 1983 and section 493 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

73. European single currency

    That provision may be made for the modification, in connection with the adoption of a single currency by other member States of the European Community, of enactments and subordinate legislation relating to matters under the care and management of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue.

74. Relief from tax (incidental and consequential charges)

    That it is expedient to authorise any incidental or consequential charges to any duty or tax (including charges having retrospective effect) which may arise from provisions designed in general to afford relief from taxation.

    PROCEDURE (FUTURE TAXATION): That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters which may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may contain the following provisions taking effect in a future year--

FINANCE [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified

    That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session relating to finance, it is expedient to authorise--

Debate May continue until 10.00 p.m.

    A Bill is to be brought in upon the foregoing Resolutions if they are agreed to by the House.

    The Third Report of Session 1997-98 from the Social Security Committee, on Tax and Benefits: Pre-Budget Report (HC 423), and the First Report of Session 1997-98 from the Environmental Audit Committee, on the Pre-Budget Report (HC 547), are relevant.

At the end of the sitting:

    4 ADJOURNMENT

    Proposed subject: Domestic Violence (Dr Vincent Cable).

    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 A 10.30 a.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the Waste Minimisation Bill.
2   Standing Committee C 10.30 a.m. Room 10 (public)
        To consider the Local Authority Tenders Bill.
3   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m. Room 11 (public)
        To consider the Animal Health (Amendment) Bill.
4   Standing Committee E 10.30 a.m. Room 12 (public)
        Further to consider the Road Traffic Reduction (United Kingdom Targets) Bill.
5   Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the Special Grant Report (No. 33): Community Care Special Grants for 1998-99 (HC No. 534).
SELECT COMMITTEES
6   Education and Employment: Education Sub-Committee 9.00 a.m. Room 17 (private)
7   Modernisation of the House of Commons 9.30 a.m. Room 18 (private)
8   Defence 10.00 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Reserve Forces.
        Witnesses: General Sir Michael Walker, Brigadier Richard Holmes, Mr Pitt-Brook, Ministry of Defence.
9   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Housing.
        Witnesses: Government Office for the North West, Government Office for the South West, Local Government Association.
10   International Development 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Debt Relief.
        Witnesses: Ms Ann Pettifor, Director, Jubilee 2000, David Woodward, Freelance Development Consultant.
11   Scottish Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Government Policy on Housing in Scotland.
        Witnesses: Mr Peter McKinlay, Chief Executive and Mr John Breslin, Director of Strategy and Performance, Scottish Homes.
12   Social Security 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Disability Living Allowance.
        Witnesses: Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board (DLAAB).
13   Trade and Industry 10.40 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Coal.
        Witnesses: PowerGen, National Power, Eastern; Environment Agency.
14   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Transport Sub-Committee 3.45 p.m. Room 15 (private)
15   Northern Ireland Affairs 3.45 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Composition, Recruitment and Training of the RUC.
        Witness: Mr Ronnie Flanagan, OBE, Chief Constable of the RUC.
16   Science and Technology 3.45 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation.
        Witnesses: Dr A. W. Rudge, Chairman, Professor R. J. Brook, Chief Executive, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
17   European Legislation 4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
18   Selection 4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 17th March for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to equalise the excise duty levied upon low-strength sparkling wine and sparkling cider.
(35340)
2  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has reached a decision on the application under section 19 of the Fire Services Act 1947 of the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority to reduce its firefighting resources.
(35341)
3  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 16th and 17th March; and if he will make a statement.
(35495)
4  
  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to reduce waiting lists in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(35529)
5  
  
Mr Ernie Ross (Dundee West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the members of the Boundary Commission for Scotland.
(35530)
6  
  
Mr Ernie Ross (Dundee West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when the revised Framework Document for the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency will be published.
(35531)

 
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