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Order Paper Thursday 22 May 1997

Here you can browse the House of Commons Order Paper (No. 11) for Thursday 22 May 1997.


No. 11 THURSDAY 22ND MAY 1997 79
ORDER PAPER

* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer
Questions marked thus
[R] indicate that a relevant registered interest has been declared

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

*1 Ms Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the nursery voucher scheme.
188
*2 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will approve outstanding applications for grant maintained status.
191
*3 Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has for providing emergency finance for education authorities to prevent any increase in class sizes in the current year.
192
*4 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement about Government policy on legislation to combat age discrimination in employment.
193
*5 Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he is taking to support the work of the International Labour Organisation.
194
*6 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has for increasing opportunities for training for people between 16 and 20 years of age; and if he will make a statement.
195
*7 Mr Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he intends to take to allow local authorities greater freedom to tackle the backlog of repairs to school buildings.
196
*8 Ms Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much money will be available for reducing class sizes through the phasing out of the assisted places scheme.
197
*9 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proposals he has to extend the use of information technology in higher education.
198
*10 Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what policies his Department is considering to ensure that quality assurance is focused more on children within schools than between schools.
199
*11 Sir David Madel (South West Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what are his reasons for proposing to abolish the Grant Maintained Schools Foundation.
200
*12 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his Department's policy towards educational scholarships.
201
*13 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of young people who have been unemployed for over six months who will be helped off welfare and into work.
202
*14 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement about the operation of the system of the sixth form colleges.
203
*15 Sir Richard Body (Boston and Skegness):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what proportion of the sums which will be taken from grant-maintained schools under his proposals will be delegated directly to schools.
204
*16 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will review Her Majesty's Government's plans for dealing with unemployment levels in seaside towns in the South East.
206
*17 Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps the Government is taking to agree and publish national targets for training in appropriate IT skills.
207
*18 Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many nursery vouchers had been issued to parents in England at the latest date for which information is available.
208
*19 Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children left primary school in 1996 able to read and write to their chronological age.
209
*20 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the number of extra teachers which will be required by his proposals on reducing class sizes.
211
*21 Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is his target for reducing class sizes in schools and his estimate of the cost.
212
*22 Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he plans to take to guarantee a nursery place for every four year old; and how long this will take.
214
*23 Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to visit Hackney Town Hall to discuss education policy in respect of under achieving young males.
215
*24 Mr Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the future of job clubs.
216
*25 Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the number of additional places in the state sector which will be required as a result of the ending of the assisted places scheme.
217
*26 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he expects to receive the Dearing Report on matters relating to higher education.
218
*27 Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will assess the impact of the job seekers allowance on rural areas; and if he will make a statement.
219
*28 Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many extra nursery places have been created since the introduction of the nursery voucher scheme.
220
*29 Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much it will cost to return all assisted places scheme pupils back into the state sector; and how much money will be released to spend on the state sector.
221
*30 Mr Alan Keen (Feltham and Heston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what role he proposes local education authorities will have in supporting schools to raise standards.
222
*31 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what timetable he plans for the setting up of a general teaching council.
223
*32 Mr Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many pupils are currently in receipt of support from the assisted places scheme.
224
*33 Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to change the rules governing student entitlement to social security benefit.
225
*34 Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the application for grant maintained status by Ashford High School in Middlesex.
226
*35 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children in Worcestershire are currently receiving assisted places.
227

AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

Notices of Presentation of Bills

1    Mr Secretary Prescott

        Local Government Finance (Supplementary Credit Approvals):    Bill to permit account to be taken of the reserved part of capital receipts in determining the amount of a supplementary credit approval to be issued to a local authority; and to substitute a power for the existing duty to specify an amortisation period when issuing a supplementary credit approval to a local authority in respect of expenditure treated by the authority as expenditure for capital purposes.

2    Mr Secretary Blunkett

        Education (Schools):    Bill to make provision for and in connection with the ending of the assisted places schemes in England and Wales and in Scotland.

3    Mr Secretary Straw

        Firearms (Amendment):    Bill to extend the class of prohibited weapons under the Firearms Act 1968 to include small-calibre pistols.

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

Those marked thus * are Government Orders of the Day

*1 REFERENDUMS (SCOTLAND AND WALES) BILL: Adjourned Debate on Amendment to Question
    for Second Reading [21st May].
        And a Motion being made, and the Question being proposed, That the Bill be now read a second time:--
        An Amendment was proposed to the Question to leave out from the word 'That' to the end of the Question and to add the words 'this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill because it would ask voters to give blanket approval to proposals in advance of legislation being published, debated, amended or agreed; and believes that such referendums should only be held after full and detailed scrutiny of the legislation in question on the floor of the House of Commons'; instead thereof--(Mr Michael Howard.)
        Question proposed, That the Amendment be made:--
Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr James Wallace
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr Paul Tyler
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill, which, whilst containing welcome and appropriate referendum proposals for Wales, fails to recognise the already settled will of the Scottish people on the issue of a Scottish Parliament, thereby rendering a referendum in Scotland unnecessary, and making it wholly inappropriate that both referendum measures should be dealt with in the one Bill.
Sir Teddy Taylor
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mrs Teresa Gorman
Mr Christopher Gill
Sir Richard Body
Mr John Wilkinson
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill which provides for a fundamental constitutional change without requiring that a specified and significant percentage of the people of Scotland and Wales vote for the changes, and which makes no reference to procedures to avoid the injustice of Scottish and Welsh honourable Members in the House being able to vote for policies relating to England which have been devolved to assemblies in Scotland and Wales.
Mr Alex Salmond
Mrs Margaret Ewing
Mr Andrew Welsh
Roseanna Cunningham
Mr Alasdair Morgan
Mr John Swinney
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill because the referendum in Scotland which has commanded general support, including that of the Secretary of State for Scotland, has been one which would give a democratic choice, and produce a clear result, from the options of independence, devolution and the status quo.
The Prime Minister
        After Second Reading of the Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill, to move, That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Mr William Cash
        That it be an Instruction to any Committee to which the Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill be committed that it has the power to make amendments to extend the franchise in the referendums required by the Bill to all parts of the United Kingdom.
2 REFERENDUMS (SCOTLAND AND WALES) BILL [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified.
Ms Dawn Primarolo
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill, it is expedient to authorise--
        (1) the charging on and payment out of the Consolidated Fund of any expenditure which is to be charged on and paid out of that Fund by virtue of any enactment applied by an Order in Council under the Act; and
        (2) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure of the Secretary of State--
          (a) in connection with a referendum held by virtue of the Act, or
          (b) in preparation for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament or a Welsh Assembly.
              To be decided forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52(1)(a).
3 ADJOURNMENT
The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.
        Proposed subject for debate: Modernisation of House of Commons' procedure.
        On the Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 Mr Malcolm Bruce proposes to raise the subject of BSE and the beef export ban.

 
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