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Order of Business Monday 6th April 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 Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    If he will list the annual cost of British forces in Germany (a) gross and (b) net of offsetting arrangements.
(36256)
*2 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    If he will make a statement about the state of defence relations with Malaysia.
(36258)
*3 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    If he will make a statement on fixed-wing aircraft carriers.
(36259)
*4 Sir George Young (North West Hampshire):    What representations he has received from defence equipment manufacturers about the Strategic Defence Review's implications for defence procurement.
(36260)
*5 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    What his current estimate is of the number of serviceman and ex-servicemen affected by Gulf War syndrome; and if he will make a statement.
(36261)
*6 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    If he will make a statement on the Government's Smart Procurement Initiative.
(36262)
*7 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What mechanism is in place to ensure that information gleaned from interception of communications by US forces at RAF Menwith Hill is not used in a way which is prejudicial to the interests of the UK.
(36263)
*8 Mr John Hutton (Barrow and Furness):    What representations he has received on the Government's Green Paper on defence diversification.
(36264)
*9 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What representations he has received about the deployment of British troops to the Persian Gulf.
(36265)
*10 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    What plans the Government has to commemorate in the UK the 80th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
(36266)
*11 Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):    What assessment he has made of the operational effectiveness of the Army if the Territorial Army's manpower was reduced to 40,000 personnel.
(36267)
*12 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    What representations he has received on the Strategic Defence Review in respect of RAF stations.
(36268)
*13 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Territorial Army.
(36269)
*14 Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    When he plans to visit the Royal Naval College at Greenwich to discuss its future.
(36270)
*15 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    If he will make a statement on the progress made on the ethnic recruitment initiatives in Newham and Sandwell.
(36271)
*16 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    When he expects to announce a decision on the proposal to transfer a training unit to Shoeburyness; and if he will make a statement.
(36272)
*17 Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    If he will make a statement on the availability of training areas.
(36273)
*18 Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    What representations he has received about the deployment of British troops to the Persian Gulf.
(36274)
*19 Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Territorial Army.
(36275)
*20 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What review he has conducted of the proposed date for the withdrawal of the RAF from Germany.
(36276)
*21 Alice Mahon (Halifax):    If he will make a statement on the implementation of the Government's New Beginning policy for Gulf War veterans.
(36277)
*22 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What is his latest assessment of the possible causes of Gulf War Syndrome.
(36278)
*23 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    What steps the Government has taken to improve employment opportunities for women in the armed forces.
(36279)
*24 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What is his current estimate of the cost of the European Fighter Aircraft.
(36280)
*25 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    What progress the Government has made in improving employment opportunities for women in the armed forces.
(36281)
*26 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on the deployment of defence medical services in the Gulf.
(36282)
*27 Mr Martin Bell (Tatton):    If he will review the role and procedures of the Ministry of Defence Police.
(36283)
*28 Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the NATO Russia Founding Act.
(36284)
*29 Christine Russell (City of Chester):    What steps the Government has taken to improve employment opportunities for women in the armed forces.
(36285)
*30 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    If he will make a statement on the Government's smart procurement initiative.
(36286)
*31 Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    What progress has been made with the counselling scheme for ex-Chatham dockyard workers he announced in June 1997.
(36287)
*32 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    What representations he has received about the future of the air training corps.
(36288)
*33 Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    If he will investigate the influence of social class on promotion in, and the composition of the Armed forces.
(36289)
*34 Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    If he will make a statement on the case of Susan Hunter.
(36290)
At 3.20 p.m. 
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
*35 Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the President of the Council, what evidence the Government has submitted to the Modernisation Committee in its examination of the working hours of the House.
(36291)
*36 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    To ask the President of the Council, what representations she has received on the conclusions of the report on Conduct in the Chamber of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons (HC 600).
(36292)
*37 Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, what representations she has received on the conclusions of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons in respect of oral questions (HC 600).
(36293)
*38 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    To ask the President of the Council, what is her policy regarding electronic voting in divisions.
(36294)
*39 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the President of the Council, if the United Kingdom anti-drugs coordinator will meet individuals or organisations to discuss the prevention of solvent abuse.
(36295)
*40 Bob Russell (Colchester):    To ask the President of the Council, what representations she has received on the allocation of additional time for the Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill.
(36296)
*41 Mr Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will make a statement on the procedures relating to arrangements for Oral Statements.
(36297)
*42 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will make more time available for Private Members' legislation.
(36298)
*43 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will increase the opportunities available for debating select committee reports.
(36299)
*44 Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    To ask the President of the Council, if she will take steps to link the payment of honourable Members' allowances to honourable Members' attendance in the Chamber.
(36300)

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


Main Business
1   OPPOSITION DAY [10th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
   TRADE UNION RECOGNITION
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Stephen Dorrell
Mr John Redwood
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House urges the Government to define its policy on trade union recognition; and urges it to require the support of 50 per cent. of the total workforce, rather than 50 per cent. of those voting in ballots, to determine whether union recognition should be compulsory, given the Government's rejection of the Official Opposition's policy of leaving the law unchanged.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Trade Union Recognition):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Secretary Margaret Beckett
 
        Line    1    ,    leave out from `House' to end and add `congratulates the Government for acting quickly and effectively to redress the damaging culture of low pay, job insecurity and the sweatshop economy inherited from the previous Government by adopting a partnership approach to set decent minimum standards for all workers; notes that good standards at work are essential for competitiveness and business success and that the Government has, as part of its strategy for ensuring decent minimum standards and labour market flexibility, involved employers' and workers' representives on the Low Pay Commission and in discussions on trade union recognition, and in addition has restored union rights at GCHQ, signed the European Social Chapter and made rapid progress on the National Minimum Wage Bill; and further notes that the Government is also committed, as part of that strategy, which enjoys wide support, to implementing the Directives on Working Time, Young Workers, European Works Councils and Part-Time Work, and to fulfilling the Government's commitment to enable workers to enjoy union recognition where a majority of the relevant workforce vote in a ballot for the union to represent them.
 MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Michael Howard
Mr John Redwood
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House notes the TUC forecast of 200,000 job losses in manufacturing resulting from this Government's economic policies, the fact that so many manufacturers have to make representations about export and trading problems, the absence of a stable and competitive exchange rate, the damage done by tax increases imposed on business and the forthcoming wage and labour relations problems coming from the Government's social and labour law agenda; and urges the Government to put the interests of manufacturing business higher up its agenda, changing policies before factories close and jobs are lost.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Manufacturing Industry):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Secretary Margaret Beckett
 
        Line    1    ,    leave out from `House' to end and add `deplores the Opposition's attempt to criticise the economic management of the Government as a feeble attempt to cover up their own appalling record of economic mis-management; notes that under the Conservatives Britain slumped in the world prosperity league, saw the slowest period of growth since World War II, saw higher average inflation than in any other major industrialised country bar Italy, and had the lowest level of investment of any of the 24 OECD countries; also notes that the Conservatives left office with manufacturing investment lower than it was when they came to power, left Britain's share of world trade at its lowest ever, gave Britain a deficit on manufacturing trade for the first time ever, saw thousands of manufacturing firms go under due to their boom and bust policies, more than doubled the level of unemployment in their period in office, and left behind not a golden economic legacy, but an economy and public finances facing real difficulties; congratulates the Government on its prompt actions such as promoting the competitiveness agenda and fostering investment in R & D and innovation, and creating an open and transparent framework for monetary and fiscal policy to secure a platform of stability for growth and employment; and notes that the Government is addressing the problems which the Conservative Government left behind with positive practical proposals to take the nation into the 21st century.
        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14 (2)).
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
+  2   COMMISSION WHITE PAPER ON RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY AND ENERGY FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME    [No debate]
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Secretary Margaret Beckett
 
        That this House takes note of European Community Document No. 5140/98, a Commission White Paper entitled Energy for the Future: Renewable Sources of Energy, the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum on the Council Resolution on Renewable Sources of Energy submitted by the Department of Trade and Industry on 16th March 1998, and European Community Document No. 13035/97, Annex I (a draft Decision adopting a multiannual framework programme for actions in the energy sector (1998-2002)), Annex IV (a draft Decision adopting a multiannual framework programme for the promotion of renewable energy sources in the Community: ALTENER II (1998-2002)), Annex V (a draft Decision adopting a multiannual programme for the promotion of energy efficiency (1998-2002): SAVE II), and Annex VI (a draft Decision adopting a multiannual programme of technological actions promoting the clean and efficient use of solid fuels: CARNOT (1998-2002)); and supports the Government's view that actions should be taken to promote a greater use of renewable energy within Europe, in line with the principle of subsidiarity, and that measures to promote renewables should be compatible with the need to restrain public expenditure and avoid disproportionate costs for consumers and industry; and supports the Government's view that EU spending programmes with an energy component should, as far as practicable, be brought together in a framework programme to improve co-ordination and transparency.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
+  3   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mrs Ann Taylor
        That, at the sitting on Wednesday 8th April, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until she shall have notified the Royal Assent to Acts agreed upon by both Houses.
        If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
4   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Electronic Government (Margaret Moran).
        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   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 5.30 p.m. Room 13 (private)
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.]

Standing Committee Notices
    European Standing Committee B will meet on Wednesday 8th April at 10.30 a.m. to consider European Community Document No. 13289/97 relating to Convergence of the Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology Sectors.

Memorandum
20th-27th April-- End of Day Debates
Wednesday 22nd April-- General and Short Debates
        The next Ballot for all the above adjournments will take place on Wednesday 8th April.
        Applications should reach Madam Speaker's Office by 10 p.m. on Tuesday 7th April 1998.

 
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