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Order of Business Monday 16th November 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.

At 2.30 p.m.Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Social Security
*1 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    How many applications for disability living allowance are currently under review or appeal; what was the corresponding figure 12 months ago; and if he will make a statement.
*2 Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East):    If he will make a statement on progress on the New Deal for Lone Parents.
*3 Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    What progress he is making in improving support for disabled children.
*4 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    If he will make a statement on the number of families who are currently eligible for family credit.
*5 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    What proposals he has to improve work opportunities for disabled people.
*6 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    What proposals he has for the future of housing benefit.
*7 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What assessment he has made of progress on the New Deal for Lone Parents.
*8 Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    What assessment he has made of the willingness of disabled people to move from welfare into work.
*9 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    How many oustanding cases are presently with the Child Support Agency waiting to be closed where the child concerned is of employable age.
*10 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What action his Department has taken to improve the support for children provided by the benefits system.
*11 Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    How many people have been taken off benefit as a result of the Benefits Integrity Project.
*12 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    What plans he has to examine the effects on women of benefits lost due to their earning less than the national insurance lower earnings limit; and if he will make a statement.
*13 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    If he will make a statement on the replacement for the Benefits Integrity Project.
*14 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What estimate he has made of the take-up rate for family credit for 1998-99.
*15 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What medical training or advice is available to adjudication officers in the Benefits Agency and Independent Tribunal Service members when establishing the eligibility of claimants for disability benefits.
*16 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    What progress has been made in helping lone parents to move into work.
*17 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If lone parents will have their benefits reduced if they fail to attend the initial interview of the New Deal for Lone Parents.
*18 Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal for Lone Parents.
*19 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    For what reasons earnings disregards were not increased in the annual uprating of social security benefits.
*20 Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    What plans he has to review housing benefit.
*21 Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    If he will make a statement on the action he is proposing to take to support disabled children.
*22 Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    What progress he has made in bringing forward proposals for the reform of pensions.
*23 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What representations he has received concerning disability living allowance reforms.
*24 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    What benefits, which are not currently means tested, he plans to means test in future.
*25 Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    What services will be offered by the personal adviser to people applying for benefits through the single gateway.
*26 Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    If he will make a statement on the progress being made on the Government's New Deal for Lone Parents.
*27 Mrs Sylvia Heal (Halesowen and Rowley Regis):    If he will make a statement on the Government's actions to help lone parents move from income support into work.
*28 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What proposals he has to reform the All Work Test.
*29 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    What plans he has to change the rules on employers' contributions to the National Insurance Fund.
*30 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    What action the Government has taken to improve support for children through the social security system.
*31 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement concerning the support available through the New Deal to disabled people with communication difficulties.
*32 Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    If he will make a statement on progress on the New Deal for Lone Parents.
*33 Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    If he will make a statement on the financial implications of his proposed changes to incapacity benefit.
*34 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    How long the consultation period following the Green Paper on Pensions will be.
*35 Steve Webb (Northavon):    If he will make a statement on his proposals to reduce dependence on means-tested benefits.
*36 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    If he will make a statement on the Government's Pension Review.
*37 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What plans he has to make it easier for pensioners to have their pensions paid directly into bank accounts.

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

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

Main Business
+  1   SCOTLAND BILL: Further Consideration of Lords Amendments [2nd allotted day].    [Up to 3.5 hours]
        For a Motion to disagree and an Amendment to a Lords Amendment, see separate Paper.    
        Proceedings on Lords Amendments Nos. 88 to 124, 130 to 214, 221 to 236 and 279 to 302 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 3.5 hours (Order of 11th November).
 Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Regional Development Agencies Bill, it is expedient to authorise the imposition of charges to corporation tax by provisions relating to the taxation of persons who are transferors or transferees in relation to schemes under the Act for the transfer of property, rights or liabilities.
        The Speaker will put the question not later than 45 minutes after the start of proceedings (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).
+  3   REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES BILL: Consideration of Lords Amendments.    [Until any hour]
Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

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

+  4   EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS BILL:    Consideration of Lords Reason for insisting on their Amendments to which the Commons have disagreed and for disagreeing to the Commons Amendment in lieu.    [Until any hour]
        For a Motion to insist on disagreement with Lords Amendments and a further Amendment in lieu of Lords Amendments, see separate Paper.    
        Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.
+  5   BROADCASTING    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Smith
        That the draft Channel 4 (Application of Excess Revenues) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 19th October, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  6   LEGAL AID AND ADVICE    [No debate]
 Mr Geoffrey Hoon
        That the draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, which were laid before this House on 19th October, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  7   CONTRACTING OUT    [No debate]
 Mr Stephen Byers
        That the draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Insurance) Order 1998, which was laid before this House on 22nd October, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  8   AGENDA 2000: FINANCIAL ASPECTS    [No debate]
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That this House takes note of European Community Documents Nos. 7046/98, Commission Communication on the Establishment of a new Financial Perspective for the period 2000-2006; 7221/98, Commission report on the implementation of the Inter-institutional Agreement of 29th October 1993 on budgetary discipline and improvement of the budgetary procedure together with proposals for renewal; 9302/98, the European Court of Auditors Special Report No. 6/98 on the Court's assessment of the system of resources based on VAT and GNP; and 11666/98, Commission report on the operation of the Own Resources system; and supports the Government's efforts to maintain budget discipline in the Community and to ensure the fair financing of the EU, reflecting Member States' ability to pay.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
+  9   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
        That, at the sitting on Tuesday 17th November, the Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Margaret Beckett relating to Scrutiny of European Business not later than one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first such Motion, and such questions shall include the questions on any amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  10   LIAISON COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr Keith Bradley
        That Mrs Margaret Hodge be discharged from the Liaison Committee and Mr Malcolm Wicks be added to the Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Salmon farming industry in Scotland (Mr James Wallace).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 15 (public)
        Subject: Forensic Science Service.
        Witnesses: Mr David Omand, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Home Office; Dr Janet Thompson, Chief Executive, Forensic Science Service.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Friday 13th November for answer today++
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, if he will make a statement on the pay of Special Advisers.
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to encourage credit unions to develop; and if he will make a statement.

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