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Order Paper Wednesday 30 July 1997

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No. 53 WEDNESDAY 30TH JULY 1997 1183
ORDER PAPER

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

Business to be taken before Questions

1    ADJOURNMENT

    The Prime Minister
          That this House do now adjourn.
    Subjects proposed to be raised on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House:

9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment pursuant to Standing Order No. 10(3).
12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Mrs Tess Kingham Sprinkler systems in new supermarkets and superstores.
1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Mr Christopher Gill Future of the British beef industry.
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. Mr Richard Livsey Performance of the South East Wales ambulance service in Powys.
    The Motion for the Adjournment of the House will lapse at Two o'clock and the sitting will be suspended until half-past Two o'clock, pursuant to Standing Order No. 10.


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

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Questions to the Prime Minister will start not later than 3 p.m.

*1 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what actions he has taken to improve public access to Government information.
9706
*2 Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on his plans to publish a Freedom of Information Bill.
9707
*3 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on his responsibilities for freedom of information in respect of matters relating to Scotland.
9708
*4 Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to review the method of recruitment of civil servants.
9709
*5 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to permit individuals to supply information to the Government electronically.
9710
*6 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps he is taking to reform the programme of charters.
9711
*7 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to introduce freedom of information legislation.
9713
*8 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the role of the Charter Unit in his Department.
9714
*9 Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on his White Paper on Freedom of Information.
9715
*10 Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he expects to publish his proposals for a Food Standards Agency.
9716
*11 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the proposed arrangements for consulting 'focus groups'.
9717
*12 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on his Department's White Paper on Freedom of Information.
9718
*13 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what reprsentations he has received regarding freedom of information.
9719
*14 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps he is taking to reform the programme of charters.
9720
*15 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what recent representations he has received regarding freedom of information legislation.
9721
*16 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what initiatives he is taking to consult elderly people on the use of public services.
9722
*17 Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the progress of the White Paper on Freedom of Information.
9723
*18 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the obstacles to the early introduction of a White Paper on freedom of information legislation.
9724
*19 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when he plans to conclude his discussions on the Citizen's Charter; and what are his plans for promoting and developing the quality of public services.
9725
*20 Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps he will take to study the experience of other countries in developing freedom of information legislation.
9726
*21 Mr Stephen Timms (East Ham):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what assessment he has made of the areas in which the electronic delivery of public services will have the greatest impact.
9728
*22 Alice Mahon (Halifax):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on his Better Government programme.
9729
*23 Mr John Gunnell (Morley and Rothwell):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance he has given the Commissioner of Public Appointments regarding his role in relation to reappointments of existing chairpersons of public bodies whose terms of office are or shortly will be due for renewal.
9730
*24 Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what consultations he has had with ministerial colleagues on proposed freedom of information legislation.
9731
*25 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the Government's future plans for deregulation.
9732
*26 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what additional steps he is taking to ensure that food is safe to eat.
9733
*27 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on his plans to (a) abolish quangos and (b) introduce a significant element of democratic accountability to quangos.
9734
*28 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the proposed White Paper on Freedom of Information.
9735

Questions to the Prime Minister will start not later than 3 p.m.

*Q1 Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9736
*Q2 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the long-term effects of Her Majesty's Government's policies on the people and businesses of the city of Lichfield, Burntwood and the surrounding district.
9737
*Q3 Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9738
*Q4 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9739
*Q5 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9740
*Q6 Mr Bowen Wells (Hertford and Stortford):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9741
*Q7 Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9742
*Q8 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9743
*Q9 Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9744
*Q10 Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9745
*Q11 Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St. Austell):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9746
*Q12 Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9747
*Q13 Mr Andrew F. Bennett (Denton and Reddish):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9748
*Q14 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9749
*Q15 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9750
*Q16 Mr Ronnie Fearn (Southport):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9751
*Q17 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9752
*Q18 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9753
*Q19 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9754
*Q20 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th July.
9755


AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

Notice of Motion

    Mr Roger Godsiff
          Companies (Political Funds):    That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require ballots of shareholders of companies incorporated under the Companies Act 1985 in respect of proposed donations for political purposes; to define political purposes; to require political funds to be established for the payment of such donations; to specify how such political funds will be funded and the qualifications for receipt of donations; and for connected purposes.

ORDERS OF THE DAY AND NOTICES OF MOTIONS

Those marked thus * are Government Orders of the Day

2 REFERENDUMS (SCOTLAND AND WALES) BILL [MONEY] (NO. 2):    Queen's Recommendation signified.
Dawn Primarolo
        That the Resolution of the House of 22nd May 1997 relating to Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill [Money] shall have effect as if--
          (1) in paragraph (1), the words 'an Order in Council under' were omitted,
          (2) in paragraph (2), for the words 'the Secretary of State' there were substituted the words 'a Minister of the Crown', and
          (3) in paragraph (2)(b), the words 'the establishment of' were omitted.
          The Speaker will put the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motion not later than three-quarters of an hour after it has been made, pursuant to Standing Order No. 52(1)(b).
3 REFERENDUMS (SCOTLAND AND WALES) BILL (SUPPLEMENTAL ALLOCATION OF TIME)
Mrs Ann Taylor
Mr Secretary Dewar
Mr Secretary Davies
        That the Order of the House of 3rd June 1997 be supplemented as follows:

Lords Amendments
        1.--(1) Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall be completed at this day's sitting and, if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion three hours after the commencement of the proceedings on this Order.
        (2) For the purpose of bringing proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)--
          (a) the Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and has not yet been decided and, if that Question is for the amendment of a Lords Amendment, shall then put forthwith the Question on any further Amendment of the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown and on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House doth agree or disagree with the Lords in the Lords Amendment or, as the case may be, in the Lords Amendment as amended;
          (b) the Speaker shall then designate such of the remaining Lords Amendments as appear to the Speaker to involve questions of Privilege and shall--
        (i) put forthwith the Question on any Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment and then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House doth agree or disagree with the Lords in their Amendment or, as the case may be, in their Amendment as amended;
        (ii) put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House doth disagree with the Lords in a Lords Amendment;
        (iii) put forthwith with respect to the Amendments designated by the Speaker which have not been disposed of the Question, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the Amendments; and
        (iv) put forthwith the Question, That this House doth agree with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Amendments;
          (c) as soon as the House has agreed or disagreed with the Lords in any of their Amendments the Speaker shall put forthwith a separate Question on any other Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown relevant to the Lords Amendment.

Stages subsequent to first Consideration of Lords Amendments
        2.--(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the consideration forthwith of any further Message from the Lords on the Bill.
        (2) The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously brought to a conclusion, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.
        (3) For the purpose of bringing those proceedings to a conclusion--
          (a) the Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and has not yet been decided, and shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair;
          (b) the Speaker shall then designate such of the remaining items in the Lords Message as appear to the Speaker to involve questions of Privilege and shall--
        (i) put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on any item;
        (ii) in the case of each remaining item designated by the Speaker, put forthwith the Question, That this House doth agree with the Lords in their Proposal; and
        (iii) put forthwith the Question, That this House doth agree with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.

Reasons Committee
        3.--(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons and the appointment of its Chairman.
        (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.

Extra time, &c.
        4.--(1) This paragraph applies to--
          (a) proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments,
          (b) proceedings on any further Message from the Lords,
          (c) proceedings on the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons and on the appointment of its Chairman.
        (2) Paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall apply to the proceedings to which this paragraph applies.
        (3) Proceedings to which this paragraph applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.
        (4) No dilatory Motion with respect to, or in the course of, proceedings to which this paragraph applies shall be made except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.
        (5) If proceedings to which this paragraph applies are interrupted by a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) a period equal to the duration of the proceedings on the Motion shall be added to the period at the end of which the interrupted proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion.
        (6) If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the expiry of the period at the end of which proceedings to which this paragraph applies are to be brought to a conclusion, no notice shall be required of a Motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.
        The Speaker will put any Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motion not later than one hour after their commencement, pursuant to Order [3rd June].
*4 REFERENDUMS (SCOTLAND AND WALES) BILL:    Consideration of Lords Amendments.

    For Amendments to Lords Amendments, see separate Paper.
5 PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE
Mrs Ann Taylor
        That a Select Committee of seven Members be appointed to join with a Committee to be appointed by the Lords, as the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege, to review parliamentary privilege and make recommendations thereon;
        That three be the Quorum of the Committee;
        That the Committee shall have power to send for persons, papers and records; to sit notwithstanding any Adjournment of the House; to report from time to time; and to appoint specialist advisers to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the Committee's order of reference.
        That Mr Attorney General, the Lord Advocate, Mr Solicitor General and Mr Solicitor General for Scotland, being Members of either House, may attend the Committee, may take part in deliberations, may receive Committee papers and may give such other assistance to the Committee as may be appropriate, but shall not vote or make any Motion or move any Amendment or be counted in the Quorum;
        That Mr Joe Benton, Sir Patrick Cormack, Mr Bill Michie, Mrs Ann Taylor, Mr Paul Tyler and Mr Alan Williams be members of the Committee.
6 MODERNISATION OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
Mr George Mudie
        That Sir Patrick Cormack be discharged from the Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons and Mr Richard Shepherd be added to the Committee.
        On the Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 Mr Damian Green proposes to raise the subject of closed-circuit TV.

COMMITTEES
SELECT COMMITTEES
1 Defence 10.00 a.m. Room 8 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: The Strategic Defence Review
        Witness: Mr George Robertson, MP, Secretary of State for Defence
2 Culture, Media and Sport 10.15 a.m. Room 15 (private)
10.30 a.m. (public)
        Subject: Royal Opera House
        Witnesses: Royal Opera House; Mr Rodney Milnes, Editor, Opera Magazine (at 12 noon)
3 Science and Technology 10.30 a.m. Room 20 (private)
        To choose Chairman and consider course of proceeding
4 Social Security 10.30 a.m. Room 19 (private)
5 Catering 11.00 a.m. Room 13 (private)
        To choose Chairman and consider course of proceeding
6 Northern Ireland Affairs 3.45 p.m. Room 6 (private)
        To choose Chairman and consider course of proceeding
7 Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs:
Transport Sub-Committee
4.00 p.m. Room 17 (private)
8 European Legislation 4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
9 Public Accounts 4.15 p.m. Room 16 (private)
        To choose Chairman and consider course of proceeding
10 Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs 4.30 p.m. Room 17 (private)

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

 
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