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Order of Business Wednesday 25th November 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.


At 9.30 a.m.Prayers
Afterwards 
Adjournment Debates
1  ADJOURNMENT    [Until 2.00 p.m.]
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. - 11.00 a.m.Mr Bernard JenkinTourism.
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.Mr George GallowayCrisis in the Gulf.
12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m.Mr Matthew TaylorThe 1999 eclipse: assistance to Cornwall.
1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.Dr Desmond TurnerNational Park status for the South Downs.
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.Mr Mark OatenCJD and human growth hormone: compensation.
    The Motion for the Adjournment of the House will lapse at 2.00 p.m. and the sitting will be suspended until 2.30 p.m. (Standing Order No. 10).

At 2.30 p.m.Private Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)


Preliminary Business
 
Notice of Presentation of Bill
+  2   WATER INDUSTRY    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        Bill to make further provision in relation to England and Wales as to charges in respect of the supply of water and the provision of sewerage services and to make provision in relation to Scotland for the establishment and functions of a Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
+  3   QUEEN'S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): Adjourned Debate on Question [24th November].    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 
        Motion made, and Question proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
        Most Gracious Sovereign,
        We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament--(Mr Joe Ashton    ):--
        Proposed subjects for debate: trade and industry; education and employment.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
4   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Arts in Liverpool (Mrs Louise Ellman).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEES
SELECT COMMITTEES
1   Education and Employment: Education Sub-Committee 9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 18 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Highly Able Children.
        Witnesses: National Association for Gifted Children; Children of High Intelligence; and National Association for Able Children in Education.
2   Modernisation of the House of Commons 9.30 a.m. Room 21 (private)
3   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: New Countryside Agency.
        Witnesses: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Council for the Protection of Rural England, Action with Communities in Rural England; Mr Richard Wakeford, Chief Executive, Countryside Commission, and Mr John Edwards, Chief Executive, Rural Development Commission (at 10.40 a.m.); Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP, Minister for the Environment, and Mr Elliot Morley MP, Minister for the Countryside (at 11.20 a.m.).
4   Treasury Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m. Room 16 (private)
5   Scottish Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Work of the Scottish Office.
        Witness: Lord Macdonald of Tradeston, Minister for Business and Trade, Scottish Office.
6   Social Security 10.30 a.m. Room 20 (private)
7   Agriculture 11.00 a.m. Room 17 (private)
8   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs 3.45 p.m. Room 8 (private)
9   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Transport Sub-Committee Immediately after the meeting of the mainÜjyCommittee
4.00 p.m.
Room 8 (private)



(public)
        Subject: Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
        Witnesses: Ms Glenda Jackson, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
10   Northern Ireland Affairs 3.45 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Public Expenditure: Special Educational Needs.
        Witness: Mr John McFall, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office.
11   Science and Technology 3.45 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Engineering and Physical Sciences Based Innovation.
        Witnesses: Mr Trevor Baylis, OBE, Baylis Generators Ltd, Dr David Potter, Chairman, Psion plc, Sir Clive Sinclair, Chairman, Sinclair Research, Dr Bruce Smith, Chairman, Institute Council, Smith's Institute.
12   European Scrutiny 4.00 p.m.
4.05 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Pre- and Post-Council Scrutiny: Agenda 2000, and Institutional Reform of the EU.
        Witness: Ms Joyce Quin, MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
13   Selection 4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
14   Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 15 (public)
        Subject: HM Customs and Excise Prevention of Drug Smuggling.
        Witnesses: Mrs Valerie Strachan, Chairman, Mr Dick Kellaway, Chief Investigation Officer, HM Customs and Excise.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 24th November for answer today++
1  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Radio Authority in relation to the limits on ownership of digital radio multiplexes under the Broadcasting Acts; and if he will make a statement.
(60854)
2  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to publish proposals for leasehold reform.
(60855)
3  
  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement about the support and administration of the Army's training areas and ranges.
(60856)
4  
  
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for the implementation of a change to a tonnage based levy for statutory joint waste disposal authorities.
(60857)
5  
  
Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what response he has made to the Football Task Force Report into improving facilities for disabled supporters.
(60871)
6  
  
Mr Christopher Leslie (Shipley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many indemnity undertakings were given by departments under section 16 of the National Heritage Act 1980 for the six month period ended 30th September; and what was the value of (a) any contingent liabilities in respect of such undertakings given at any time under that section which remain outstanding as at 30th September, (b) non-statutory government indemnities in respect of loans handled by the Government Art Collection which remain outstanding as at 30th September and (c) non-statutory undertakings to Her Majesty in respect of loans from the Royal Collection which remain outstanding at 30th September.
(60972)
7  
  
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements he proposes to ensure compliance with the renegotiated pharmaceutical price regulation scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(60984)
8  
  
Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to bring into force section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998; and in what form statements under that section on compatibility with the convention rights will be published.
(60985)
9  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to help victims of violence in Northern Ireland.
(60986)
10  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to increase public service pensions from April 1999.
(60987)
11  
  
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if she will announce the membership of the 18 policy action teams referred to in the Social Exclusion Unit report, Bringing Britain Together: a national strategy for neighbourhood renewal, published on 15th September.
(60988)
12  
  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what action the Government is taking to ensure the availability of adequate compensation to meet claims arising from the death of, or injury to, passengers on board ships.
(60989)
13  
  
Mr Joe Ashton (Bassetlaw):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what conclusions were reached by the interdepartmental working group on preventing unsuitable people from working with children and abuse of trust on the need to protect vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds from sexual advances by those in authority over them; and if he will make a statement.
(61127)
14  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the outcome of the meeting with green ministers.
(61128)
15  
  
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what decision has been made about a name for the new agency to be created by the merger of the Countryside Commission and those parts of the Rural Development Commission not being transferred to the regional development agencies.
(61129)
16  
  
Christine Russell (City of Chester):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the EU Culture Council on 17th November.
(61130)
17  
  
Mr David Drew (Stroud):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 23rd and 24th November.
(61131)
18  
  
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement on progress towards a Food Standards Agency.
(61132)

 
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