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Order of Business Thursday 3rd September 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 Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)
 
Main Business
 
        Consideration of any Lords Amendments to the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill which may be received.    [Up to 1 hour]
        Proceedings on any message received from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after commencement (Order of 2nd September).
        The House shall not adjourn before the Speaker shall have reported the Royal Assent to any Acts agreed upon by both Houses; and the Speaker shall then adjourn the House without putting any Question (Order of 2nd September).

COMMITTEE MEETING
SELECT COMMITTEE
1   Defence 11.00 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Room 8 (private)

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 2nd September for answer today++
1  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Prime Minister, what factors underlay his support for the bombing by the United States of America of the pharmaceutical factory in Sudan; and what assessment he has made of the evidence that the factory produced materials designed to facilitate terrorist activities.
(55308)
2  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the proposals which the United Kingdom and United States of America have made for the trial of the Lockerbie suspects in The Hague; and if procedures have been introduced to enable the Libyan government to clarify the issues involved.
(55309)
3  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, where it is intended that persons found guilty in the proposed trial of the Lockerbie suspects at The Hague will be imprisoned.
(55310)
4  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on allegations by a former employee of the security agencies that public funds were used to seek to assassinate the leader of Libya and that public funds were directed to an organisation based in London to facilitate such a project.
(55311)
5  
  
Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if witnesses participating in the proposed trial of the Lockerbie suspects at The Hague will be protected during travel to The Hague from arrest in respect of other alleged crimes; and if he will make a statement.
(55312)
6  
  
Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will refer to the Office of Fair Trading the proposed merger between the Henly Group and the Dennis Group.
(55313)
7  
  
Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on progress on the Birmingham Northern Relief Road and projected completion of its various stages.
(55314)
8  
  
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will make a statement on the external legal advisers he has consulted since 1st May 1997, indicating (a) the names of those firms used, (b) dates of consultation, (c) the cost of using each firm and (d) the areas of discussion.
(55400)
9  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what is his Department's policy on future levels of incapacity benefit.
(55434)
10  
  
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the impact on public funds of reducing incapacity benefit by £15 per week on recipients.
(55435)
11  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the welfare of British aid workers engaged in relief work in Sudan.
(55436)
12  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the welfare of British nationals resident in Sudan.
(55437)
13  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will send officials from the chemical and biological weapons establishment at Porton Down to inspect the site of the Sudanese pharmaceutical factory.
(55438)
14  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the United Kingdom representative at the United Nations gave to the Sudanese request for an early site inspection of the Sudanese pharmaceutical factory.
(55439)
15  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he made of the United States evidence on the role of the Sudanese pharmaceutical factory prior to giving support to the United States attack on the factory.
(55440)
16  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the evidence provided by the United States government on the role of the Sudanese pharmaceutical factory in the recent attacks on United States embassies.
(55441)
17  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, in what quantity O-ethyl methyl phosphonothioic acid was identified in the Sudanese factory attacked by a cruise missile.
(55456)
18  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the Lord Advocate will make a statement on his contacts (a) directly and (b) through the UN with (i) the Libyan authorities and (ii) the lawyers representing the Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing.
(55454)
19  
  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will give his latest assessment of the timescale for the completion of the Holyrood Parliament Building.
(55455)
20  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 22nd July, if he will make a statement on the activities of commercial companies providing careers information which have been able to generate a surplus through the efficient delivery of their contracts, legitimate dividends to shareholders or cash transfers to a parent company, indicating the amount attributed to shareholders retained as company profits and the amount of cash transfers to parent companies in the last period for which figures are available.
(55458)
21  
  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list those persons and organisations (a) she, (b) her ministers and (c) her officials have met concerning the role of the Equality Commission and Human Rights Commission in respect of undertakings given during the passage of the Northern Ireland Bill.
(55457)
22  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he proposes to take in respect of the practice of HM Customs officials routinely scanning computer laptops brought into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(55459)
23  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the Cabinet committees on which the honourable Member for Hartlepool presently sits.
(55460)
24  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the practice of HM Customs officials routinely scanning laptops brought into the United Kingdom; what record is kept of information so gleaned and for what purposes; and what safeguards are in place to prevent the misuse of such information.
(55461)
25  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what changes to membership of Cabinet committees have been made since the Cabinet reshuffle.
(55462)
26  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what date it was decided to include measures to address counter-terrorism abroad under the emergency legislation to deal with the security situation in Northern Ireland; what factors led to the decision to include such measures; and if he will make a statement.
(55463)
27  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, what information was passed to his office, and when, by the United States prior to his endorsement of their air strike on Sudan.
(55464)
28  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, what is the estimated total cost to public funds of the current recall of Parliament.
(55465)
29  
  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the President of the Council, how many parliamentary staff, including security staff, were required to be present as a result of the recall of Parliament; and how many of these were paid (a) no extra, (b) standard hourly rates, (c) overtime rates and (d) expenses; and if she will make a statement.
(55466)

 
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