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Order of Business Thursday 19th 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 Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*1 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement on flood defences in the Edgware area.
(33751)
*2 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    What recent developments there have been on the issue of BSE.
(33752)
*3 Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    If he will make a statement about resources made available for sea defences.
(33753)
*4 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement on progress towards lifting the beef export ban.
(33754)
*5 Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    When he last visited the North of England to discuss subsidies to farmers.
(33755)
*6 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What steps his Department is taking (a) to provide for the incineration of more meat and bonemeal and (b) to reduce the need for MBM storage.
(33756)
*7 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    What support his Department gives to urban farms.
(33758)
*8 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    If he will launch a campaign to promote the safety and quality of British farm products.
(33760)
*9 Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    When he will visit Harborough to discuss stock farmers' incomes.
(33761)
*10 Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    What evaluation his Department has made of the impact of the current levels of the green pound on farms incomes.
(33762)
*11 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    If he will visit the Royal Bath and West Show this year to discuss the current state of agriculture in the West Country.
(33763)
*12 Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    What progress he is making on lifting the ban on British beef.
(33764)
*13 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    What progress has been made with the lifting of the beef export ban.
(33766)
*14 Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    What estimate he has made of future trends in farm incomes in the United Kingdom.
(33767)
*15 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    If he discussed the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy with the Minister of Agriculture of Chile during his recent visit to the United Kingdom.
(33768)
*16 Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    What consultations he has had recently with leaders of the fishing industry with regard to coastal management schemes.
(33769)
*17 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    If he will make a statement on the impact on the livestock industry of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy's recommendations on red meat consumption.
(33771)
*18 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    What representation he has received from farming representatives in Wales about the crisis in the Welsh livestock industry.
(33772)
*19 Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    What measures he is prepared to take to alleviate the fall in prices for sheep in the United Kingdom.
(33774)
*20 Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    What estimate he has made of the percentage of farmers who will leave agricultural production in the next five years.
(33775)
*21 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    When he last met organic farming groups to discuss the future of organic farming.
(33777)
*22 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on enforcement of the regulations banning the sale of beef on the bone.
(33778)
*23 Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    What progress has been made on lifting the export ban on British Beef.
(33779)
At 3.15 p.m. 
Oral Questions to Mr Attorney General
*24 Mr Hugh Bayley (City of York):    What advice he has given the Government on the implementation of the EU and OECD coventions on international bribery.
(33782)
*25 Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    When he now expects to receive the report of the Committee reviewing the work and organisation of the Crown Prosecution Service.
(33784)
*26 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    If he will make a statement on the review of the Crown Prosecution Service.
(33785)
*27 Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    What representations he has received on the use of juries in fraud trials.
(33786)

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


(2) This Resolution shall apply in relation to any amusement machine licence for which an application is received by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise 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.

14. Amusement machine licence duty (excepted machines)

    That--

    (1) In section 21(3A) of the Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981, for paragraphs (b) and (c) there shall be substituted the following paragraphs--

    (2) This Resolution has effect in relation to the provision of an amusement machine at any time on or after 1st April 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.

15. Vehicle excise duty (old vehicles)

    That provision may be made confining the exemption in paragraph 1A of Schedule 2 to the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 to vehicles constructed before 1st January 1973.

16. Vehicle excise duty (payments in respect of void licences)

    That provision may be made amending section 35A of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.

17. Assessments for excise duty purposes

    That provision may be made about assessing and recovering amounts for purposes of excise duty.

18. Value added tax (deemed supplies)

    That--

    (1) Paragraph 5 of Schedule 4 to the Value Added Tax Act 1994 shall be amended as follows.

    (2) In sub-paragraph (2)(a), for "is" there shall be substituted "of acquiring or, as the case may be, producing the goods was".

    (3) After sub-paragraph (2) there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraph--

    the donor and his predecessor or, as the case may be, all of his predecessors shall be treated as if they were the same person."

    (4) In sub-paragraph (5), for "is" there shall be substituted "or any of his predecessors is a person who (disregarding this paragraph) has or will become".

    (5) After that sub-paragraph there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraph--

    and references in this paragraph to a person's predecessors include references to the predecessors of his predecessors through any number of transfers."

    (6) The preceding provisions of this Resolution apply to any case where the time when the goods are transferred or disposed of or, as the case may be, put to use, used or made available for use is 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.

19. Value added tax (place of supply orders)

    That--

    (1) In the Value Added Tax Act 1994 the following section shall be inserted after section 97--
    "Place of supply orders: transitional provision. 97A.--(1) This section shall have effect for the purpose of giving effect to any order made on or after 17th March 1998 under section 7(11), if--

      (a) the order provides for services of a description specified in the order to be treated as supplied in the United Kingdom;

      (b) the services would not have fallen to be so treated apart from the order;

      (c) the services are not services that would have fallen to be so treated under any provision re-enacted in the order; and

      (d) the order is expressed to come into force in relation to services supplied on or after a date specified in the order (`the commencement date').


    (2) Invoices and other documents provided to any person before the commencement date shall be disregarded in determining the time of the supply of any services which, if their time of supply were on or after the commencement date, would be treated by virtue of the order as supplied in the United Kingdom.

    (3) If there is a payment in respect of any services of the specified description that was received by the supplier before the commencement date, so much (if any) of that payment as relates to times on or after that date shall be treated as if it were a payment received on the commencement date.

    (4) If there is a payment in respect of services of the specified description that is or has been received by the supplier on or after the commencement date, so much (if any) of that payment as relates to times before that date shall be treated as if it were a payment received before that date.

    (5) Subject to subsection (6) below, a payment in respect of any services shall be taken for the purposes of this section to relate to the time of the performance of those services.

    (6) Where a payment is received in respect of any services the performance of which takes place over a period a part of which falls before the commencement date and a part of which does not--


      (a) an apportionment shall be made, on a just and reasonable basis, of the extent to which the payment is attributable to so much of the performance of those services as took place before that date;

      (b) the payment shall, to that extent, be taken for the purposes of this section to relate to a time before that date; and

      (c) the remainder, if any, of the payment shall be taken for those purposes to relate to times on or after that date."

        (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--

        (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 AND MONEY RESOLUTIONS

        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:

        2 ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Prison Health Service ( Helen Jones).

        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 E 10.30 a.m.
    4.30 p.m.
    Room 12 (public)
    (public)
          Further to consider the Road Traffic Reduction (United Kingdom Targets) Bill.
    2   Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 10.30 a.m. Room 9 (public)
          To consider the draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1998.
    SELECT COMMITTEES
    3   Culture, Media and Sport 9.45 a.m
    10.00 a.m.
    Room 15 (private)
    (public)
          Subject: Audio-Visual Communications and the Regulation of Broadcasting.
          Witnesses: BBC; ITV Association (at 11.15 a.m.); BSkyB (at 12 noon)
    4   Health 10.00 a.m.
    10.30 a.m.
    Room 16 (private)
    (public)
          Subject: Relationship between Health and Social Services.
          Witnesses: Royal College of General Practitioners; British Association of Social Workers.
    5   Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m.
    10.00 a.m.
    Room 6 (private)
    (public)
          Subject: Pathways into Work for Women.
          Witnesses: National Council for One-Parent Families, Daycare Trust, Women Returners' Network, Gingerbread; Dr Alan Marsh, Dr Claire Callender and Dr Reuben Ford, Policy Studies Institute (at 10.45 a.m.).
    6   Treasury 11.00 a.m.
    11.15 a.m.
    Room 8 (private)
    (public)
          Subject: The 1998 Budget.
          Witnesses: Mr Andrew Dilnot, Mr John Hills, Ms Pam Meadows and Mr Edward Troup.
    7   European Legislation 1.00 p.m. Room 5 (private)
    8   Foreign Affairs 10.15 a.m.
    11.00 a.m.
    Room 21 (private)
    (public)
          Subject: The Situation in Kosovo.
          Witnesses: Mr Tony Lloyd, M.P., Minister of State, and Mr Peter Ricketts, Deputy Political Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
    [The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

    Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 18th March for answer today++
    1  
      
    Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps have been taken to facilitate participation by the Civil Service as an employer in the New Deal programme for young unemployed people.
    (35605)
    2  
      
    Mr Dennis Turner (Wolverhampton South East):    To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, if the Committee has considered any requests to make a documentary series about the House; and if she will make a statement.
    (35606)
    3  
      
    Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what progress has been made with the selective cull of cattle; and if he will make a statement.
    (35686)
    4  
      
    Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the results of his Department's investigation of the incident in which suspected Iraqi CW agent was found in Kuwait after the end of the Gulf War; and if he will make a statement.
    (35687)
    5  
      
    Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the leading estimates of the costs of NATO enlargement.
    (35688)
    6  
      
    Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will give details of the Government's borrowing programme in 1998-99.
    (35689)
    7  
      
    Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the names of the local authorities to be included in the programme for housing transfers by councils in 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
    (35690)
    8  
      
    Mr John Gunnell (Morley and Rothwell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish the papers on restorative justice that have been the subject of discussion in the talks process.
    (35691)
    9  
      
    Miss Melanie Johnson (Welwyn Hatfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will set out his plans for a review of the enforcement of civil court judgments.
    (35692)
    10  
      
    Miss Melanie Johnson (Welwyn Hatfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what were the results of the quinqennial review of the Law Commission.
    (35693)
    11  
      
    Miss Melanie Johnson (Welwyn Hatfield):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what decisions he has reached on the unimplemented Law Commission reports within the responsibility of his Department.
    (35694)
    12  
      
    Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will allow those asylum applicants whose claims have remained undecided for 10 years or more to remain in the UK exceptionally.
    (35714)
    13  
      
    Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when he will publish his proposals for modernising local government in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
    (35834)
    14  
      
    Rosemary McKenna (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to increase public access to Forestry Commission land; and if he will make a statement on the future of the moratorium on large-scale sales of Forestry Commission land.
    (35835)
    15  
      
    Mr Ernie Ross (Dundee West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the expenditure incurred by the former Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council after severe weather in early 1996, and for Moray Council as a result of flooding in July 1997; and if he will make a statement.
    (35836)

    Standing Committee Notices
        Standing Committee A will meet on Wednesday 25th March at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Breeding and Sale of Dogs Bill.
        Standing Committee C will meet on Wednesday 25th March at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Energy Efficiency Bill.
        Standing Committee D will meet on Wednesday 25th March at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Energy Conservation (Housing) Bill.
        Standing Committee F will meet on Tuesday 31st March at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Teaching and Higher Education Bill [Lords].
        The Northern Ireland Grand Committee will meet on Thursday 26th March at 10.30 a.m. to consider the matter of The Northern Ireland Economy.
        The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 24th March at 10.30 a.m. to consider the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations; the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998; the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1998 and the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1998.
        The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 24th March at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Social Security (Minimum Contributions to Appropriate Personal Pension Schemes) Order 1998 and the draft Social Security (Reduced Rates Class 1 Contributions, and Rebates) (Money Purchase Contracted-out Schemes) Order 1998.
        The Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 25th March at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Social Security Amendment (New Deal) Regulations 1998.
        The Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 26th March at 10.30 a.m. to consider the draft International Development Association (Eleventh Replenishment) Order 1998.
        European Standing Committee A will meet on Wednesday 25th March at 10.30 a.m. to consider EC Document No. 5357/98 relating to Bananas.
        European Standing Committee B will meet on Wednesday 25th March at 10.30 a.m. to consider EC Documents Nos. 11165/97 and 11167/97 relating to Aid to Shipbuilding.

     
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