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Order of Business Tuesday 14th July 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. 
Private Business
Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Third Reading
Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Bill [Lords].

At 2.35 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    If he will make a statement on the recent EU Troika Mission to East Timor.
(48701)
*2 Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    If he will make a statement on the Middle East Peace Process.
(48702)
*3 Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    If he will make a statement on future funding for the BBC World Service.
(48703)
*4 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    What reports he has received on the killing of street children in Brazil.
(48704)
*5 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    If he will make a statement on relations with India and Pakistan following their recent decision to place a moratorium on future nuclear tests.
(48705)
*6 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on the current position regarding the Middle East Peace Process.
(48706)
*7 Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    What recent representations he has received about the funding of the BBC World Service.
(48707)
*8 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    What recent meetings he has had with other Commonwealth countries regarding Sierra Leone.
(48708)
*9 Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    What consultation he plans to have with other EU countries on proposals for Agenda 2000 relating to EU enlargement.
(48709)
*10 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    What discussions his Department has held with the Nigerian regime about restoring democracy to their country.
(48710)
*11 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    When he will next meet his European counterparts to discuss EU relations with developing countries.
(48711)
*12 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    If he will make a statement on the Government's proposals to provide increased public information on the decision-making process in the European Union.
(48712)
*13 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Kosovo.
(48713)
*14 Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    If he will list his proposals for the reform of the European Union's institutions.
(48714)
*15 Mr Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    What steps he is taking through the grant-in-aid to enable the BBC World Service to provide a multimedia service.
(48715)
*16 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What diplomatic initiatives his Department is pursuing to bring about an end to conflict in Sudan.
(48716)
*17 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What plans he has to seek repatriation of powers from the European Union to the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(48717)
*18 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    What proposals he is putting forward to reform the European Union's institutions.
(48718)
*19 Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    What consultations he plans to hold with other European Union countries on Agenda 2000 in respect of EU enlargement.
(48719)
*20 Mr David Lock (Wyre Forest):    If he will hold discussions with Caribbean countries on the new banana regime for imports into the European Union.
[R](48720)
*21 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    What plans he has to improve the transparency of data relevant to his ethical foreign policy on arms sales.
(48721)
*22 Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    What progress he is making on contacts with the Iranian Government over ending its alleged sponsorship of terrorism.
(48722)
*23 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What assessment he has made of the UK's relations with China following the visit by the Deputy Prime Minister.
(48723)
*24 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If he will make a statement on relations with the Windward Islands.
(48724)
*25 Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    If he will make a statement on UK relations with South Korea.
(48725)
*26 Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    If he will make a statement on recent developments concerning the peace process in Angola.
(48726)
*27 Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    What representations he has made to the Government of Indonesia concerning the situation in East Timor.
(48727)
*28 Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards East Timor.
(48728)
*29 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What new political initiatives he plans to end violence in Kosovo.
(48729)
*30 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What recent discussions he has had concerning Cyprus.
(48730)
*31 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    If he will make a statement on UK relations with Germany.
(48731)
*32 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    If he will make a statement on the UN Representative's report on human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(48733)
*33 Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    What recent discussions he has had with the Indonesian government regarding East Timor; and if he will make a statement.
(48734)
*34 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What consultation he will be having with other EU countries on EU enlargement as part of Agenda 2000.
(48735)
*35 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will list the overseas posts where expenditure on refurbishment or replacement properties will individually exceed £500,000 between 1st May 1997 and 30th April 1999.
(48736)
*36 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    If he will make a statement on Britain's relations with China.
(48737)
*37 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the outcome of the Strategic Defence Review; and if he will make a statement.
(48738)
*38 Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    When he will next visit Gibraltar to discuss relations between Spain, Gibraltar and the United Kingdom.
(48739)
*39 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on his policy in respect of adoptions of children by European Union citizens in Thailand.
(48740)

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


Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
1   PARLIAMENTARY REFORM BILL    [No debate]
 Mr Tony Benn
        Bill to provide for the election of a Council of State to replace the House of Lords; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
Ten minute rule Motion
2   EDUCATION (SCHOOLS PARENTING ROLE)    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Michael Fabricant
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to recognise the in loco parentis role of schools through amendment of the Ofsted inspection procedures; and for connected purposes.
        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

 
        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

Main Business
+  3   ESTIMATES DAY [2nd allotted day]    [Up to 3 hours]
 ESTIMATES 1998-99
Class IV, Vote 1
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a further sum not exceeding £142,691,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 1999 for expenditure by the Intervention Board--Executive Agency in giving effect in the United Kingdom to the agricultural support provisions of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union; other services including BSE emergency measures; and administration.
Class IV, Vote 2
 
        That a further sum not exceeding £389,128,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending 31st March 1999 for expenditure by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on operational expenditure, agencies and departmental administration including BSE related measures; promote food safety; take action against diseases with implications for human health; safeguard essential supplies in an emergency; promote action to alleviate flooding and coastal erosion; to protect the rural economy particularly in Less Favoured Areas; encourage action to reduce water and other pollution and by other measures to safeguard the aquatic environment including its fauna and flora; improve the attractiveness and bio-diversity of the rural environment; implement MAFF's CAP obligations efficiently and seek a more economically rational CAP while avoiding discrimination against UK businesses; create the conditions in which efficient and sustainable agriculture, fishing, and food industries can flourish; take action against animal and plant diseases and pests; encourage high animal welfare standards; provide specialist support services, allocate resources where they are most needed; manage and develop staff; undertake research and development; and provide for the expenditure of the Ministry's executive agencies.
        These Estimates are to be considered in so far as they relate to the UK beef industry (Resolution of 1st July).
        Relevant documents:    Third Report from the Agriculture Committee of Session 1997-98, on the UK Beef Industry, HC 474, and the Government's Response thereto, HC 720;
        Second Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee of Session 1997-98, on the Present Crisis in the Welsh Livestock Industry, HC 447;
    The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Intervention Board Departmental Report 1998, Cm. 3904.
 
        Debate on these Estimates is to be interrupted not more than three hours after its commencement (Resolution of 1st July).
Class V, Vote 2 [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 
        That a further sum not exceeding £719,838,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 1999 for expenditure by the Department of Trade and Industry on payments to the Science Research Councils, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering; OST initiatives; fees payable under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and Research Council Pensions.
        This Estimate is to be considered in so far as it relates to the structure and funding of university research (Resolution of 1st July).
        Relevant documents:    First Report from the Science and Technology Committee of Session 1997-98, on the Implications of the Dearing Report for the Structure and Funding of University Research, HC 303-I, and the Government's Response thereto, HC 799;
    The Department of Trade and Industry's Departmental Report: The Government's Expenditure Plans 1998-99, Cm 3905.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
 
        Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motions will be deferred until 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 54(4) and (5)).
+  4   ESTIMATES AND SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES, 1998-99    [No debate]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a further sum not exceeding £110,476,127,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges for Defence and Civil Services for the year ending on 31st March 1999, as set out in House of Commons Papers Nos. 635, 636, 637 and 783.
        To be decided at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 55(1) and (4)).
        A Bill is to be brought in upon the above Resolutions in the name of Dawn Primarolo, if they are agreed to by the House, and upon the Resolutions of 6th July relating to Estimates, 1998-99.

At 10.00 p.m.
+     BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate]
 The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, the Registration of Political Parties Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15)

+  5   REGISTRATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES BILL:    As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.    [Until any hour]
For Amendments, see separate Paper.
Third Reading may also be taken.
Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.
At the end of the sitting:
6   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Prescribing of Viagra     (Dr Evan Harris    ).
Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour,╩whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
SELECT COMMITTEES
1   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Protection of Field Boundaries.
        Witnesses: The Country Landowners Association and the National Farmers' Union; The Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers and the Council for British Archaeology; The Game Conservancy Trust and the Wildlife Trusts.
2   Culture, Media and Sport 10.00 a.m. Room 18 (public)
        Subject: Heritage Lottery Fund.
        Witnesses: Dr Eric Anderson, Chairman, Ms Anthea Case, Director, and Mr Stephen Johnson, Director of Operations, National Heritage Memorial Fund.
3   Deregulation 10.00 a.m. 3rd Floor Conference Room, 7 Millbank (private)
        
4   Education and Employment: Education Sub-Committee 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Role of Head Teachers.
        Witness: Mr Benno C. Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, The Edison Project.
5   International Development 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.
        Witnesses: Mr John Borton, Research Fellow, Mr Alistair Hallam, Acting Co-ordinator, Mr Koenraad Van Brabant, Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute.
6   Public Administration 10.00 a.m. Ground Floor Conference Room, 7 Millbank (private)
        
7   Welsh Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Investment in Industry in Wales.
        Witnesses: Welsh Development Agency and the Development Board for Rural Wales.
8   Agriculture 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: CAP Reform: Rural Development.
        Witnesses: Tenant Farmers' Association; National Farmers' Union of England and Wales.
9   Defence 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Strategic Defence Review.
        Witness: The Chief of Defence Staff.
10   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 7 (private)
        
11   Environmental Audit 10.30 a.m. Room 17 (private)
        
12   Foreign Affairs 10.30 a.m. Grand Committee Room (private)
        
13   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
        
14   Treasury Sub-Committee 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Office for National Statistics.
        Witnesses: The Royal Statistical Society; and HM Treasury Officials (at approximately 11.45 a.m.).
15   Social Security 11.30 a.m.
11.45 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Pension Sharing on Divorce.
        Witness: Mr Martin Pointer, QC, Family Bar Association.
16   Trade and Industry 4.00 p.m. Room 6 (public)
        Subject: Fairness at Work.
        Witnesses: Trades Union Congress; Institute of Directors; Judge Prophet; Law Society Employment Law Committee; Employment Law Bar Association.
17   Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting
of the Joint
Committee of
Statutory Instruments
Room 7 (private)
        
JOINT COMMITTEES
18   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 13th July for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will announce his plans for allocating total expenditure within his responsibility for 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02.
(50861)
2  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the local government finance settlement for (a) 1999-2000, (b) 2000-01 and (c) 2001-02.
(50725)
3  
  
Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the amounts for 1998-99 resulting from the carryforward of underspends allowed under the end-year flexibility schemes for capital, running costs, MoD operating costs, health, EU structural funds, nationalised industries and welfare to work expenditure.
(50745)
4  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his announcement of 11th June 1997, if he will publish the departmental objectives arising from the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(50746)
5  
  
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will place in the Library copies of the publicity material issued by the British Cattle Movement Service.
(50747)
6  
  
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the eighth Annual Report of the Drinking Water Inspectorate will be published.
(50748)
7  
  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she expects to announce the results of the review into the position of performers for national insurance purposes; and if she will make a statement.
(50749)
8  
  
Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when she will publish the 1997-98 annual reports and accounts for each of her Next Steps agencies.
(50750)
9  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will make a statement about the future of the interim funding arrangements for supported accommodation from the end of October.
(50751)
10  
  
Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when his Department's research on the impact of urban development corporations will be published.
(50752)
11  
  
Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if she will publish the external financing limit for the Post Office for 1998-99.
(50812)
12  
  
Mr Christopher Leslie (Shipley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the eighth annual report of the Drinking Water Inspectorate will be published.
(50813)
13  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if she will estimate the present weekly value of the basic pension for a single person and a married couple had it been increased in line with earnings since 1980.
(50863)
14  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is the estimated number of (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples receiving income support in each year for which estimates are available from 1999-2000 assuming that income support is uprated in line with (i) prices and (ii) earnings, respectively.
(50862)
15  
  
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the implications for local authority rents of the figures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today for expenditure on housing revenue account subsidy included in the total of annually managed expenditure.
(50864)
16  
  
Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the total number of (a) police officers and (b) constables in each police force in England and Wales.
(50865)

 
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