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Order of Business Monday 11th May 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 the Home Department
*1 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will introduce mandatory minimum sentences for burglars convicted of a third offence.
*2 Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    If he will make a statement on European Union initiatives to combat organised crime.
*3 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    Pursuant to his oral Answers of 30th March, Official Report, columns 887-8, on WPC Fletcher, what discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on those matters which have made the investigation into the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher more complex than was originally expected; and if he will make a statement.
*4 Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    What estimate he has made of the number of prisoners who have (i) drug and (ii) mental health problems.
*5 Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    What progress he has made in implementing his plans to tackle crime amongst young people.
*6 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on recent discussions with his European counterparts on police co-operation.
*7 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    What plans he has to implement the powers for the supervision of sex offenders contained in the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.
*8 Mr Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of restorative justice.
*9 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    If he will make a statement on the availability of locally-based secure accommodation for young offenders.
*10 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on the use of CCTV in combating crime.
*11 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    What steps he is taking to ensure that there is early intervention with young offenders to prevent re-offending.
*12 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What representations he has received relating to the testing of prisoners for drug use.
*13 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What steps he is taking to ensure that there is early intervention with young offenders to prevent re-offending.
*14 Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the Independent Commission on the Voting System.
*15 Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    If he will review current licensing arrangements to provide for cafeĢ bar licensing.
*16 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    What is the Government's policy on the subject of the future deployment of police officers on the beat.
*17 Angela Smith (Basildon):    When pilot areas for youth offending teams will be selected.
*18 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    What representations he has received on charges to football clubs for policing in relation to football matches.
*19 Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    What plans he has to review the Fire Services Act 1947.
*20 Mr John Hutton (Barrow and Furness):    What plans he has to review the current law relating to the sentencing of drivers responsible for fatal road accidents.
*21 Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    What proposals he has to ensure that there is an effective range of community sentences available to the courts.
*22 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What plans he has to introduce measures to combat racial violence.
*23 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What steps he is taking to ensure effective responses to evidence of sophisticated syndicates of organised criminals operating across national borders.
*24 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What plans he has to encourage the extension of arrest referral schemes by the police as a means of combating drug use.
*25 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What representations he has received about the length of sentences given to paedophiles.
*26 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    If he will make a statement on the custody of women prisoners.
*27 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What regulations govern paid employment for a person serving a custodial sentence.
*28 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What representations he has received regarding control of pornography in computer magazines.
*29 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    What recent research he has commissioned into the link between drugs and crime.
*30 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    What recent representations he has received from the churches about measures contained in the Human Rights Bill [Lords].
*31 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the Dublin Convention on British control of the immigration of non-EU nationals from EU member states.
*32 Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    What proportion of people arrested by the police are addicted to heroin and other opiates.
*33 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    If he will visit the drugs awareness scheme in Bethnal Green and Bow to discuss community-based projects to tackle drug abuse among young people.
*34 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What proposals he has to give greater protection to older people in respect of (a) mugging, (b) burglary and (c) fear of crime; and if he will make a statement.
*35 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    How many applicants for political asylum are currently detained in secure accommodation while their case is being investigated.
*36 Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    If he will make a statement about the priorities of his Department for the UK presidency of the European Union in respect of drug abuse.
*37 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What steps he is taking to ensure prisoners receive varied and nutritious meals.
*38 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on the Government's initiatives to increase the security of people in their homes.
*39 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What estimate he has made of the number of animal experiments that will be carried out in 1998-99 under the terms of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

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

Main Business
+  1   COMPETITION BILL [LORDS]: Second Reading.    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Michael Howard
Mr John Redwood
Mr Tim Boswell
Mr James Arbuthnot
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Competition Bill [Lords] because the Government has failed to spell out the consequences for a whole range of business that will result from this legislation, and specifically has failed to tackle the problem of independent community pharmacies; expresses its concern at the decision of the Office of Fair Trading to commence legal proceedings to end retail price maintenance on over-the-counter medicines at a time when the Government is already seeking to review this agreement in the Bill; notes that the loss of retail price maintenance on over-the-counter medicines could lead to the closure of many independent community pharmacies, an outcome which would seriously undermine the Government's health strategy and increase the burden on GPs; and calls on the Government to ensure that a nationwide network of community pharmacies remains in place to serve the needs of the community, in particular the elderly, the infirm and mothers of young children, before proceeding with the Bill.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr David Chidgey
Mr Colin Breed
Mr Brian Cotter
Mr Paul Tyler
        That this House welcomes the prohibition approach and the strengthened powers of investigation for competition authorities, but declines to give a Second Reading to the Competition Bill [Lords] because of fundamental weaknesses including the exclusion of professional rules from the prohibition, which will lead to a continuation of unfair competitive advantage for many of the professions listed, the absence of a prohibition on vertical agreements, so that many anti-competitive agreements escape scrutiny, and the extension of investigative powers without regard to civil rights.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
+  2   COMPETITION BILL [LORDS] [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified.    [No debate]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Competition Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any--
        (a) expenses incurred by a Minister of the Crown under or in consequence of that Act, or
        (b) increase attributable to that Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).
 Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Competition Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise--
        (a) the setting by the Director General of Fair Trading of fees in respect of the exercise of certain functions under the Act and the charging of such fees;
        (b) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).
+  4   BROADCASTING    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Smith
        That the draft Broadcasting (Percentage of Digital Capacity for Radio Multiplex Licence) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 7th April, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Secondary school transfer in Hertfordshire (Ms Claire Ward).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Health 3.00 p.m. Room 6 (private)
2   Information 4.30 p.m. Room 13 (private)
3   Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
        Subjects: (i) Treasury Controls; (ii) Resource Accounting and Resource Based Supply.
        Witnesses: (i) Mr Jamie Mortimer, Treasury Officer of Accounts, Miss Gill Noble, Deputy Director, Spending Directorate, Mr Frank Martin, Second Treasury Officer of Accounts; (ii) Mr Andrew Likierman, Director of Financial Management, Reporting and Audit and Head of the Government Accountancy Service; Mrs Rosamund Dunn, Head of the Resource Accounting and Budgeting Team, Mr Doug Raynor, Policy Adviser, Resource Accounting and Budgeting Team, Mr Chris Richards, Accountancy Adviser, Central Accountancy Team, HM Treasury (at 6.00 p.m.)
4   Business Committee: Scotland Bill 5.00 p.m. Chairman of Ways and Means Room (private)
5   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.]

Written Questions tabled on Friday 8th May for answer today++
Mr Joe Benton (Bootle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in relation to the Review of Trust Ports in Northern Ireland announced on 26th August 1997; and if she will make a statement.



    Under Standing Order 22(8), the Speaker has appointed the following dates for tabling of Questions for oral answer on the first ten sitting days after the Whitsun adjournment.
Date of TablingDate for answerDepartments etc.
Monday 11th MayMonday 1st JuneCulture, Media and Sport
Millennium Experience
Church Commissioners and
Public Accounts Commission
Tuesday 12th MayTuesday 2nd JuneHealth
Wednesday 13th MayWednesday 3rd JuneInternational Development
Prime Minister
Thursday 14th MayThursday 4th JuneAgriculture
Attorney General
Monday 18th MayMonday 8th JuneSocial Security
Tuesday 19th MayTuesday 9th JuneEnvironment and the Regions
Wednesday 20th MayWednesday 10th JuneChancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Prime Minister
Thursday 21st MayThursday 11th JuneEducation and Employment
    The latest time for tabling a Question for written answer on a named day before the Whitsun adjournment is 10.30 p.m. (or the rising of the House if earlier) on Monday 18th May.

    The following dates have been specified for minimum notice for named day written questions for answer on the first three days after the adjournment:

Time for tablingFor answer on
4.30 p.m. on Wednesday 27th MayMonday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June
4.30 p.m. on Friday 29th MayWednesday 3rd June

Wednesday 20th May
    There will be no 1.5 hour (General) Debates, pursuant to Standing Order No. (10)3 under which matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment will be considered.
Wednesday 3rd June: General and Short Debates
    Applications should be made to Madam Speaker's Office by 10 p.m. or the rising of the House, whichever is the earlier, on Tuesday 19th May. The ballot will take place on Wednesday 20th May.
1st-8th June: End of Day Debates
    Application should be made to Madam Speaker's Office by 10 p.m. or the rising of the House, whichever is the earlier, on Wednesday 20th May. The ballot will take place on Thursday 21st May.

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