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Order of Business Monday 29th June 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 Culture, Media and Sport
*1 Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    What meetings he has had with the Press Complaints Commission to discuss the effectiveness of the PCC code.
(46311)
*2 Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    What plans he has to encourage the growth of employment in the tourist industry.
(46312)
*3 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What role his Department is playing in promoting good design in (a) the media and (b) elsewhere.
(46313)
*4 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What support he is giving to encourage tourism as a means of economic regeneration for seaside towns.
(46314)
*5 Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    How his Department is working with the Social Exclusion Unit to ensure sport plays a role in combating social exclusion.
(46315)
*6 Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    What discussions he has had on the 2006 World Cup bid; and if he will make a statement.
(46316)
*7 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What plans he has to ensure that the Heritage Lottery Fund's Access Fund benefits projects targeted at disadvantaged people.
(46318)
*8 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on the (a) provisions in the Charter and Agreement and (b) legislation which require the BBC and independent television and radio to treat politically controversial subjects with due impartiality.
(46319)
*9 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    What steps the Football Task Force is taking to combat racism in football.
(46321)
*10 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What proportion of the funding available to the Millennium Commission will be spent in the North West Region.
(46322)
*11 Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    What assessment he has made of the job creation potential of Britain's creative industries.
(46323)
*12 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What assessment he has made of the prospects for England hosting the 2006 World Cup Finals.
(46324)
*13 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What plans he has to meet community groups to discuss National Lottery funding for local community projects; and if he will make a statement.
(46325)
*14 Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    If he will change the level of government funding for the English Tourist Board to bring it in line with the average per capita allocations provided to (a) Scottish, (b) Welsh and (c) Northern Ireland tourist boards.
(46326)
*15 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    What proposals he has to promote the British film industry.
(46327)
*16 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What progress has been made on promoting film production at a European level.
(46328)
*17 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    What representations he has received from the tourism and hospitality industry on the Government's policies towards the industry.
(46329)
*18 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    If he will make a statement on the ways in which NESTA will help young inventors.
(46330)
*19 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    What steps he is taking to support the creative arts in Liverpool.
(46331)
*20 Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    If he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent EU Audiovisual Conference in Birmingham.
(46332)
*21 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    When the Board of the New Opportunities Fund will begin work.
(46333)
*22 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    What is the total sum of unclaimed prizes in the National Lottery; and what is the largest individual sum.
(46334)
*23 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What plans he has to change the basis for determining the amounts paid for independent television franchises.
(46335)
*24 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    What representations he has received concerning Channel Four; and if he will make a statement.
(46336)
*25 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    If he will make a statement on admission charges to national museums.
(46337)
*26 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    If he will publish the conclusions of the mapping exercise on the creative industries.
(46338)
*27 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    If he will make a statement on the introduction of digital terrestrial television.
(46339)
*28 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What representations the Football Task Force has received on the prices of football merchandise.
(46340)
At 3.10 p.m. 
Questions to the Minister without Portfolio in respect of the Millennium Experience
*29 Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    How much money from the private sector has been raised so far for the Millennium Experience at Greenwich.
(46342)
*30 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What plans he has to transport the Millennium exhibitions throughout the United Kingdom.
(46343)
*31 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    If he will make a statement on the progress of preparations for the Spirit Level.
(46346)
*32 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What assessment he has made of the environmental impact of the Millennium Dome.
(46347)
*33 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    How much public money he estimates will be spent on the Millennium Experience between now and the staging of the event.
(46349)
*34 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    What assessment he has made of the economic impact of the Millennium Experience on the local economy.
(46350)
At 3.20 p.m. 
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, and to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission
*35 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, what is the value of the Commissioners' assets invested abroad.
(46351)
*36 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Commissioners are taking to finance the Spirit Zone in the Millennium Dome.
(46352)
*37 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the Church Commissioners' 30 per cent. threshold for ethical investments.
(46353)
*38 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, as representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the work of the Church Commissioners during the past year in respect of funding clergy.
(46354)
*39 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, what discussions he has had with the Comptroller and Auditor General concerning the audit of housing associations.
(46355)

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


Main Business
1   OPPOSITION DAY [15th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
   THE ECONOMY
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Michael Howard
Mr Francis Maude
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House notes that the last Government left a golden economic legacy of low inflation, steady and sustainable growth and falling unemployment; that, since the General Election, there have been 17 tax rises and 6 increases in interest rates, leaving the typical family £1,000 a year worse off; that the economy is becoming dangerously unbalanced, with manufacturing in recession, the claimant count rising and the savings ratio falling to its lowest level since 1990 as a result of the Government's attack on pensions and savings; further notes that, at the same time, inflation has risen to its highest level for six years and believes that the Chancellor's decision to abandon control of public spending and to reverse his plans to repay national debt risks adding further inflationary pressure; concludes that the Government has created boom and bust at the same time; and deplores the Government's mishandling of the economy.
 
        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (The Economy):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett
 
        Line    1,    leave out from `House' to end and add `notes that the Government inherited an economy in which the current Budget was in deficit by £21 billion, inflation was set to rise because of the failure of the previous Government to take the necessary action on interest rates and nearly one in five households of working age had nobody working; recalls that the previous Government presided over a boom and bust economy with interest rates peaking at 15 per cent. and the two worst recessions since the war, doubled the national debt in the 1990s, doubled unemployment during its time in office, worsened inequality and failed to tackle the weaknesses in the British economy; commends the actions of the Government in its first year, which has established a credible framework for monetary policy that has led to the lowest long-term interest rates in 33 years, set two clear fiscal rules which provide for both prudent public finance and strong public services in the years ahead, taken action to reduce government borrowing such that the current Budget was in surplus by £1 billion in 1997-98, supported British business through cuts in corporation tax and small business tax to their lowest levels ever, launched the New Deal, the biggest employment programme for decades, reformed the tax and benefit system to tackle the unemployment and poverty traps and invested in education and skills; and notes that Britain now has a government which will ensure that the country does not return to the boom and bust and 15 per cent. interest rates of the late 1980s and early 1990s and instead has an economic policy based on stability, enterprise, employment and fairness.'.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr David Chidgey
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr Edward Davey
 
        Line    1,    leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's attempts to tackle economic instability by granting operational independence to the Bank of England and introducing a Code for Fiscal Stability; notes that in spite of these measures inflation and interest rates have risen, the pound is unstable and uncompetitive, manufacturing industry is in recession, the trade balance has moved into deficit, skills shortages are growing, and the economy is unbalanced between a weak business sector and buoyant consumer demand; and regrets the Government's decision to raise taxes on business instead of on consumption, its lack of a clear and early commitment to joining the European Single Currency, and its failure to invest in education, as manifested by the declining share of national wealth spent on such.'.
   CLASS SIZES
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Michael Howard
Mr David Willetts
Mrs Theresa May
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House notes that primary class sizes have increased since the Government came to power, and that almost half a million pupils at Key Stage 1 are now in classes of 31 or more; condemns the Government's failure to deliver its early pledge to reduce infant class sizes; believes that while reducing class sizes is a desirable objective, this should not be done at the expense of parental choice or by creating more mixed-age classes; and condemns the Government's inability to implement its pledge in a way consistent with raising educational standards.
 
        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Class Sizes):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett
 
        Line    1,    leave out from `House' to end and add `congratulates the Government on the excellent progress it has already made towards honouring its pledge that no child of 5, 6 or 7 will be in a class of over 30 by the end of this Parliament, which will mean that 100,000 fewer infants will be in large classes from this September and the pledge will be met ahead of schedule by September 2001; and notes the Opposition's continuing hostility to class size reduction, having presided over year-on-year increases since 1988.'.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Paul Tyler
Mr Don Foster
Mr Phil Willis
Mr Paul Keech
 
        Line    3,    leave out from `more;' to end and add `welcomes the Government's recognition that smaller class sizes are important to raising standards; regrets that the Government failed to extend the principle of lower class sizes to Key Stage 2 pupils; condemns the Government for failing to adequately consult LEAs on the implementation of their class size proposals and leaving LEAs to pick up the pieces of their policy; and condemns the Government for not re-introducing minimum space standards for all primary age children.'.
        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   ANIMALS    [No debate]
 Dr John Cunningham
        That the draft Welfare of Livestock (Amendment) Regulations 1998, which were laid before this House on 21st May, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  3   NORTHERN IRELAND    [No debate]
 Secretary Marjorie Mowlam
        That the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 1st June, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  4   VALUE ADDED TAX    [No debate]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That the Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) Order 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 1375), dated 3rd June 1998, which was laid before this House on 3rd June, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  5   SOCIAL SECURITY    [No debate]
 Secretary Harriet Harman
        That the draft Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, which were laid before this House on 8th June, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  6   PUBLIC HEALTH    [No debate]
 Secretary Harriet Harman
        That the draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 8th June, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  7   CIVIL AVIATION    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 23rd June, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
8   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Government support for Wembley Stadium (Mr Gerry Sutcliffe).
        Debate may continue unitl 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
SELECT COMMITTEE
1   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
    The Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will not meet on Wednesday 1st July at 4.30 p.m.

Written Questions tabled on Friday 26th June for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the progress being made in agreeing a new classification of United Kingdom areas for European statistical purposes.
(48267)
2  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the total value of Private Finance Initiative contracts signed since 1st May 1997; and if he will place a list of those contracts in the Library.
(48268)

 
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