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Order of Business Tuesday 7th July 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 Environment, Transport and the Regions
*1 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What plans he has to assist the regeneration of peripheral areas of the country.
*2 Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    What progress has been made by local authorities undertaking best value pilot schemes.
*3 Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    How many deaths each year he estimates are hastened by air pollution from road traffic.
*4 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    What responses have been received to the consultation paper on Improving Local Financial Accountability.
*5 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    What steps he is taking to encourage business to adopt a sustainable use of resources.
*6 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What measures he has taken to monitor emissions from all forms of transport since 1st May 1997.
*7 Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    What recent representations he has received on government targets on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2010.
*8 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    What organisations are being set up in Dorset to replace local economic regeneration organisations, with particular reference to work formerly carried out by the South Dorset Economic Partnership; and what funds are being made available by the Government for these initiatives.
*9 Mr Ivan Lewis (Bury South):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the local government finance review.
*10 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What plans he has to return control of business rates to local authorities.
*11 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    What measures he intends to take in order to protect small businesses from disproportionate increases in non-domestic rates; and if he will make a statement.
*12 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    What steps his Department is taking to promote sustainable development with respect to regional development agencies.
*13 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    What action he is taking to tackle youth homelessness.
*14 Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    What powers the Greater London Authority will have to levy parking charges on workplace car parks.
*15 Mrs Eileen Gordon (Romford):    What have been the results to date of roadside vehicle emissions testing in the seven local authority trial areas.
*16 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on his policy on local business rates.
*17 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    What assessment he has made of the recently published Coalfield Task Force Report.
*18 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    What assessment he has made of the Worcestershire County Council document, Shaping the New Worcestershire; and if he will make a statement.
*19 Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    How many representations he has received from associations of leaseholders representing former council tenants.
*20 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What action he plans to take to control endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
*21 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    What steps he is taking to ensure that the extra 2,500 houses proposed for Newcastles Green Belt do not undermine regeneration prospects in the central and western areas of the inner city.
*22 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What is his estimate of the reduction of household waste going to landfill as a result of the increase in landfill levy in the budget.
*23 Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    What representations he has received regarding Thames Water making a charge for the installation of water meters only to certain types of properties; and if he will make a statement.
*24 Mr Damian Green (Ashford):    What steps he has taken to ensure his Department plays its part in reducing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions to the Government's target levels.
*25 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What plans he has to revise his policy on the erection of wind turbines.
*26 Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    What representations he has received on council tax charges on second homes.
*27 Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    What assessment he has made of the prospects for regeneration in the Thames Gateway area.
At 3.05 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions relating to Transport
*28 Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    What extra provision he intends to make to encourage people to walk to local (a) schools, (b) shops and (c) places of entertainment.
*29 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What representations he has received on congestion charging.
*30 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    If he will estimate the cost per year of traffic congestion.
*31 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    What proportion of the trunk road network on current forecasts will be overloaded with traffic in 20 years' time.
*32 Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    When he plans to announce the results of the roads review.
*33 Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    What steps he is taking to promote local integrated public transport schemes between different operators.
*34 Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    How many lives have been lost at sea in the fishing industry in each of the last three years; and what measures he proposes to improve the safety record of the industry.
*35 Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    What representations he has received concerning the financial arrangements for local authority-owned airports.
*36 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    If he will make a statement on his plans for the future of the rail network.
*37 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    What progress he is making on securing fast regional Eurostar rail services.
*38 Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    What representations he has received on the advantages of reducing the speed limits in and around built up areas, with particular reference to areas close to schools.
*39 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    What representations he has received from the Coalfields Task Force regarding road links to the former coalfields in the Bolsover/Mansfield area.
*40 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement about the reliability of train services between England and Wales.
*41 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What measures he is planning to introduce which would penalise train operators who consistently fail to meet the core elements of the bid on which they won their franchise.
*42 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    What representations he has received about the proposed light rapid transit scheme in the Nottingham conurbation.
*43 Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    What plans he has to modify the rules and regulations governing the occupational safety of the crews of United Kingdom-registered fishing vessels.
*44 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    What representations he has received about the future of services on the West Coast Mainline.
*45 Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    How much private sector investment he expects to attract to London Underground in the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
*46 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    What mechanisms will be established to ensure the safety of air passengers following the privatisation of National Air Traffic Services.
*47 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    What discussions the Minister for Transport in London has had concerning the East-West rail link.
*48 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    What steps have been taken to reduce noise caused by older aircraft.
*49 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What (a) conditions have been imposed on and (b) guidance has been given to local authorities on the extra money for rural bus services.
*50 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What assessment has he made of the new proposals of Central Railway plc.
*51 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What representations he has received regarding noise on the new A419/A417.

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1   UNITED KINGDOM PASSPORTS    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Howard Flight
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision with respect to the form and appearance of United Kingdom passports.
        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business
2   OPPOSITION DAY [16th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Michael Howard
Sir George Young
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr James Arbuthnot
        That this House considers that it is wrong in principle for the Executive to seek unilaterally to impose prior conditions on the release of information properly sought by a Select Committee in pursuit of the responsibilities given to it by the House.
        As an Amendment to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Release of Information to Select Committees):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mrs Ann Taylor
Dr David Clark
        Line    1,    leave out from `House' to end and add `reaffirms that, in accordance with the House's Resolution of 19th March 1997 and the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information (Second Edition, January 1997), Ministers should be as open as possible with Parliament; recalls that the House approved on 18th May 1998 the Government's commitment to an urgent outside investigation and publication of a full report of the Sierra Leone arms investigation; believes that nothing should be done to prejudice the conduct of that inquiry by premature public disclosure of parts of the evidence; and notes that the Foreign Secretary remains ready to make available to the Foreign Affairs Committee, on a confidential basis, the telegrams it has requested.'.
        The selection of the matter to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).
        Relevant documents:
        First Special Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 1997-98, on Sierra Leone: Exchange of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary, HC 760;
        Second Special Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 1997-98, on Sierra Leone: Further Exchanges of Correspondence with the Foreign Secretary, HC 852.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
3   SOCIAL SECURITY (S.I., 1998, No. 766)    [Until 11.30 p.m. or for 1.5 hours, whichever is earlier]
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr James Arbuthnot
        That the Social Security Amendment (Lone Parents) Regulations 1998 (S.I., 1998, No. 766), dated 16th March 1998, a copy of which was laid before this House on 18th March, be revoked.
        The Speaker will put the question at 11.30 p.m. or 1.5 hours after proceedings begin, whichever is earlier, subject to Standing Order No. 17 (Order of 3rd July).
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Harlow Playhouse (Mr Bill Rammell).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m. Room 18 (private)
2   Deregulation 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
        Subject: The Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998.
        Witnesses: Mr John Anthony, Technical Officer, UK Weighing Federation and International Approvals Manager, Mr Martin Tumelty, Product and Technology Director, Mr David Pewter, Legal Metrology Manager, Miss Gillian Richmond, Legal Director, National Weights and Measures Laboratory, Mr Peter Badger, National Weights and Measures Laboratory, Mr Eric Melrose, Metrology Focus Group Chair, Aberdeenshire Council, Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Food and Trading Standards, Mr Ron Gainsford, Secretariat, Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Food and Trading Standards, Mr Chris Howell, Lead Officer, Legal Metrology, Institute of Trading Standards Administration, Mr Alan Street, Chief Executive, Institute of Trading Standards Administration.
3   International Development 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
        Subject: Commonwealth Development Corporation.
        Witnesses: Rt Hon Clare Short, MP, Secretary of State, Mr Barrie Ireton, Director-General (Programmes), Ms Rosemary Stevenson, Head, Business Partnerships, Department for International Development; Dr Roy Reynolds, Chief Executive, Rt Hon the Earl Cairns, Chairman, Commonwealth Development Corporation (at 11.30 a.m.).
4   Public Administration 10.00 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
        Subject: Annual Reports for 1997 of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and of the Health Service Commissioner.
        Witnesses: Mr Michael Buckley, Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Mr John Tate, Deputy Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, and Mr Alan Watson, Director of Investigations; Mr Michael Buckley, Health Service Commissioner, and Miss Isabel Nisbet, Deputy Health Service Commissioner (at 12.00 noon).
5   Environmental Audit 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: Water.
        Witnesses: Environment Agency, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Severn Trent Water Ltd.
6   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
        Subject: Electoral Law and Administration.
        Witness: Mr George Howarth, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office.
7   Social Security 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
        Subject: Tax and Benefits.
        Witnesses: Disability Benefit Consortium, Disablement Income Group.
8   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
9   Education and Employment 3.45 p.m.
4.45 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: Review of the Government's first year in office.
        Witness: Rt Hon David Blunkett, MP, Secretary of State for Education and Employment.
10   Procedure 4.30 p.m. Room 8 (private)
11   Administration 5.00 p.m. Room 13 (private)
12   Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting
of the Joint
Committee on
Statutory Instruments
Room 7 (private)
13   Statutory Instruments 4.15 p.m. Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Monday 6th July for answer today++
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement about the results of the benefit review of child benefit.
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what action he has taken to encourage independent financial advisers to complete their reviews of personal pensions.
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what key targets were set for the Forensic Science Agency of Northern Ireland in 1997-98; what further plans have been prepared by the Agency; and what arrangements have been made for the publication of this year's plans.
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Northern Ireland Prison Service intends to publish its 1998-2001 Corporate and Business Plan; and what performance targets have been set for 1998-99.
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action the Government is taking to combat the problem of piracy and armed robbery at sea; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the recent visit to East Timor by the EU Troika Heads of Mission from Jakarta.

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