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Order of Business Monday 27th April 1998

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* 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 Social Security
*1 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    How many meetings she has had in the last three months to discuss disability-related benefits with organisations representing the disabled; and if she will make a statement.
*2 Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    What estimate she has made of the number of people with disabilities who will be helped back to work as a result of the New Deal programme.
*3 Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    What assessment she makes of housing costs in setting levels of income support.
*4 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    If she will make a statement on the Government's policies towards the poorest pensioners during the last 12 months.
*5 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    If she will make a statement on Government actions to assist the poorest pensioners during the last year.
*6 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    What initiatives her Department is taking to promote good parenting.
*7 Steve Webb (Northavon):    What is her Department's long-term policy on the involvement of the state in funding the mortgage costs of unemployed homebuyers.
*8 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What plans she has to reform the system of social security tribunals.
*9 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What action she has taken to tackle organised landlord fraud since 1st May 1997.
*10 Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    When she last met representatives of the National Association of Pension Funds to discuss the Government's proposals for pensions.
*11 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    What representations she has received from those individuals who have lost their Motability cars under the Benefits Integrity Project.
*12 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    How many people have not received their winter fuel payments.
*13 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    What representations she has received on the green paper on welfare reform since 26th March.
*14 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What proposals she has to include capital from the sale of the matrimonial home in the assessment of child maintenance; and if she will make a statement.
*15 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    What representations she has received from the churches about the results of the Government's review of the social security benefits system.
*16 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    If she will calculate the impact of the measures contained in the Budget relating to VAT on fuel, and the consequent adjustments in benefits including the state pension, on the weekly income of a typical old age pensioner not in receipt of income support.
*17 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    What are the terms of reference of her Department's review of housing benefit.
*18 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    When she expects to publish the review of the Child Support Agency.
*19 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    What representations she has received about the reform of the Child Support Agency.
*20 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    What steps her Department has taken to help pensioners with their fuel bills since 1st May 1997.
*21 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    What plans she has for reform of the housing benefits system.
*22 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What new steps she is taking to protect the benefit payments to the part-time employed.
*23 Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If she will make a statement on the number of staff employed by the Child Support Agency.
*24 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What recent representations she has received on the level of benefits paid to those with disabilities.
*25 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    If she will make a statement about her plans for the reform of housing benefit.
*26 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    If she will make a statement on the future role of local authorities in the payment and administration of housing benefit.
*27 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    What is her policy towards reducing dependency on income-related benefits; and if she will make a statement.
*28 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    When she expects to respond to the report of United Nations Commission on Women.
*29 Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    What measures she has implemented to improve the living standards of pensioners.
*30 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What plans she has to introduce elements of compulsion into the New Deal for lone parents.
*31 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    What plans she has to reform the system of occupational pensions.
*32 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    How many representations she has had from members of the public about her proposals for retirement pensions.
*33 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    If she will make a statement on Government initiatives to help parents pay for childcare during the last year.
*34 Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    When she proposes to publish her proposals for stakeholder pensions.

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

Main Business
+  1   FINANCE (No. 2) BILL (Clauses 1, 7, 10, 11, 25, 27, 30, 75, 119 and 147): Committee.    [Until any hour]
For Amendments, see separate paper.
Debate may continue until any hour.
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Her Majesty's Government's relations with Venezuela (Mr George Galloway).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Scottish Affairs

10.30 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
New Parliament
Building, Edinburgh
        Subject: The Care of the Young Chronically Sick.
        Witnesses: Dr Sheila Simpson and Mrs Patricia McLaughlin, Scottish Huntington's Association, Mr Peter Davis, Scottish Head Injuries Forum, and Mr Jim Jackson, Alzheimer Scotland, Scottish Action on Dementia.
2   Public Accounts Committee 4.30 p.m. Room 15 (public)
        Subject: Appropriation Accounts 1996-97, Volume 9, Class IX, Vote 1 (Department for Education and Employment: Programmes and Central Services) Overpayments to the Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs).
        Witness: Mr Michael Bichard, Department for Education and Employment.
3   Information 4.30 p.m. Room 13 (private)
4   Modernisation of the House of Commons 5.30 p.m. Room 21 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Friday 24th April for answer today++
Mr Brian Sedgemore (Hackney South and Shoreditch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if the United Kingdom chemical defence programme is in compliance with the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will give estimates of the cash allocations for each of the New Opportunities Fund's initiatives for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to the methodologies announced at Second Reading of the National Lottery Bill in the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish drafts of policy directions which he intends to give to the New Opportunities Fund under Section 26(1) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 and Section 43C(1), to be inserted into the 1993 Act by the National Lottery Bill [Lords].

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