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Order of Business Thursday 9th 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. 
Private Business
Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Third Reading
Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords]. (By Order.)
    Mr Jim Cousins
    Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
    Mr David Chaytor
    Mr Ken Livingstone
        On Third Reading of the Lloyds TSB Bill [Lords], to move, That the Bill be read the third time upon this day six months.

At 2.35 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*1 Mr John Gunnell (Morley and Rothwell):    What is the timetable for (a) applications and (b) decisions on the remaining education action zones which come into effect in 1998-99.
*2 Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    What plans he has to ensure that the members of the boards of corporations of further education colleges are representative of the communities they serve.
*3 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What steps he is taking to help people who are unemployed and over the age of 25 off benefits and into work.
*4 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    What assessment he has made of the likely trends in unemployment in the UK over the next two years; and if he will make a statement.
*5 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    If he will issue guidance to schools to develop the capacity of school students to reason about moral issues; and if he will make a statement.
*6 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What proposals he has to redress inequities in resources allocated to education authorities.
*7 Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    What plans he has to increase the number of education action zones in the next four years.
*8 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    How many representations he has received from parents of grammar school pupils in the recent consultation document.
*9 Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    What steps he is taking to promote family-friendly employment practices.
*10 Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    What steps he plans to take to ensure the safety of children in childcare facilities.
*11 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    What arrangements he intends to introduce for the delivery of the National Childcare Strategy at local level.
*12 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What standards he will set the National Music Service for the teaching of music.
*13 Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    What is the current level of teacher shortages in secondary education; and what proportion of secondary school teachers are on temporary or supply contracts.
*14 Mr Ivan Lewis (Bury South):    If he will make a statement on the voluntary sector's contribution to the New Deal.
*15 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    If he will estimate how many students achieving average and above average results at GCSE level do not continue into further education.
*16 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What assessment he has made of the impact of minimum wage legislation on the costs of education authorities.
*17 Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    What plans he has to change the law requiring collective worship in schools.
*18 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What recent representations he has received on the level of unemployment in Essex.
*19 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    What progress is being made with regard to the implementation of the New Deal for over 25s.
*20 Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    What research he has evaluated on the effect of affordable child care on rates of participation in the economy.
*21 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    When he expects to be able to report on the results of the consultation exercise on special educational needs.
*22 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What steps he is taking to help children with behavioural problems who have special educational needs.
*23 Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    What support exists through the New Deal for unemployed people who want to start their own businesses.
*24 Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    If he will assess the advantages of establishing a university campus in Cornwall.
*25 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    What will be the nature of help offered to unemployed people over 25 year olds in the pilots announced in the Budget.
*26 Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    If he will make a statement on plans for the National Year of Reading.
*27 Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    What plans he has to reform the A level system.
*28 Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    What plans he has further to increase funding for schools; and if he will make a statement.
*29 Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington):    What arrangements he proposes for delivery of the National Childcare Strategy at local level.
*30 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What advice is given to grant maintained schools about consulting with parents on school hours.
*31 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    What representations he has received from grammar school governors about his policies on grammar schools.
*32 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    What representations he has received from school heads regarding the relationship between lowering class sizes and parental choice.
*33 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What provision is made under the New Deal for an unemployed person to start their own business.
*34 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What provision he is making for children who are school phobics.
*35 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    What representations he has received regarding off-site collaboration between further education colleges and industry and commerce.
*36 Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    What plans he has to improve the training and qualifications of childcare workers.
*37 Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    What criteria he has set for defining income for the education action zones recently announced; and if he will make a statement.
*38 Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    How many temporary classrooms were in use in local education authority schools in England in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
*39 Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal in Birmingham.

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

Main Business
+  1   ADJOURNMENT    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.
        Proposed subject for debate    : National Health Service--its achievements and its future.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
+  2   SCOTTISH GRAND COMMITTEE    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Dewar
Mrs Ann Taylor
        That the Order of the House of 30th April relating to sittings of the Scottish Grand Committee be varied by substituting for the words `Tuesday 14th July' in paragraph (4) of the Order the words `Tuesday 21st July'.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 100 (1)).
+  3   LANDMINES BILL (PROGRAMME)    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mrs Ann Taylor
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Robertson
        That the following shall apply to proceedings on the Landmines Bill--
        1. Proceedings on the Bill shall be completed at the sitting on Friday 10th July.
        2. Proceedings on Second Reading shall, unless previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one and a half hours after the commencement of those proceedings.
        3.-(1) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall, unless previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at the end of the allotted periods specified in the following table--
    ProceedingsAllotted period after the commencement of the proceedings specified in column 1
    Clauses 1 to 5 two and a half hours
    Clauses 6 to 29, new Clauses and new Schedulesthree quarters of an hour
          (2) On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee, the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question, and if he reports the Bill with amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill, as amended, without any Question being put.
          4. Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall, unless previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion a quarter of an hour after the commencement of those proceedings.
          5. Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to proceedings on the Bill at the sitting on 10th July.
          6.-(1) For the purpose of bringing to a conclusion any proceedings which have not previously been brought to a conclusion, the Chairman or Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)--
            (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;
            (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;
            (c) any Question on any amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;
            (d) any Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded; and on a Motion made for any new Clause or new Schedule, the Chairman or the Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.
          (2) If two or more Questions would fall to be put--
            (a) under sub-paragraph (1)(c) on amendments moved or Motions made by a Minister of the Crown, or
            (b) under sub-paragraph (1)(d) in relation to successive provisions of the Bill, the Chairman or Speaker shall instead put a single Question in relation to those amendments, Motions or provisions.
          7. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to proceedings on the Bill.
          8. No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which proceedings on the Bill are taken.
          9. If a Motion is made by a Minister of the Crown to vary or supplement the provisions of this Order in relation to proceedings on the Bill, the Motion may be proceeded with, though opposed, at any hour and the proceedings on that Motion, unless previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion three-quarters of an hour after they have been commenced.
    If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
    At the end of the sitting:
          Proposed subject: Continuing care and respite facilities for people with learning difficulties (Mr Eric Illsley).
          Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

    1   Treasury Sub-Committee 10.15 a.m. Room 8 (private)
    2   Treasury 10.30 a.m. Room 8 (private)
    3   Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee 10.00 a.m.
    11.00 a.m.
    Room 6 (private)
          Subject: The New Deal Pathfinder Areas.
          Witnesses: Employment Service District Managers.
    4   Culture, Media and Sport 10.00 a.m. Room 15 (public)
          Subject: Millennium Celebrations in the United Kingdom.
          Witness: Mr Peter Mandelson, MP, Minister without Portfolio.
    5   Unopposed Bills 11.00 a.m. Room 9 (public)
          Subject: Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council
    6   Health 2.30 p.m. Room 7 (private)
    [The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

    Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 8th July for answer today++
    Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to consult on proposals to institute the change to a tonnage based levy for statutory joint waste disposal authorities announced in March.
    Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the Council meeting of the Economic and Finance ministers of the European Union held on 6th July.
    Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 6th April, Official Report, columns 31-32, if he will place a copy of the instructions to the Immigration Service and his Department's staff on dealing with immigration cases on the Internet.
    Mr Keith Hill (Streatham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the indemnities relative to the Sierra Leone arms investigation will come into force.
    Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what progress his Department has made in meeting the service delivery targets set out in Commitment to Service.
    Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the working families tax credit is to be delivered through the PAYE system by adjusting PAYE code numbers; and if he will consult employers about the workings of the system.
    Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what steps she will take to ensure that members of pension schemes know the policies of their trustees on ethical investment; and if she will make a statement.
    Rosemary McKenna (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans he has to produce an updated Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland Report, last published in November 1997.
    Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Wellingborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he intends to make changes to the review procedures in cases of persons sentenced to life imprisonment.
    Mr John Hutton (Barrow and Furness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the Naval Aircraft Repair Organisation Defence Agency for 1998-99.
    Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which front-line aircraft squadrons will be disbanded as a result of the Strategic Defence Review.

    Standing Committee Notices
         The Welsh Grand Committee will meet on Monday 13th July at 11.00 a.m. at the Civic Centre, Merthyr Tydfil.
        The Scottish Grand Committee will meet on Tuesday 21st July at 10.30 a.m.
        The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 15th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Special Grant Report (No. 36)(HC 823) and Special Grant Report (No. 3) (Wales) (HC 832).
        The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 16th July at 10.30 a.m. to consider the draft Houses in Multiple Occupation (Charges for Registration Schemes) Regulations 1998.

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