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Order of Business Monday 30th 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
At 2.35 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
*1 Yvette Cooper (Pontefract and Castleford):    If he will make a statement on the pilots for drug treatment and testing orders.
*2 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of violence in the home.
*3 Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    How he intends to take forward the proposals to safeguard children by creating a comprehensive single access point for police and other record checks in staff recruitment; and if he will make a statement.
*4 Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    If he will estimate the costs of the investigation by South Yorkshire Police into allegations of wrong-doing by Doncaster councillors up to 1st November.
*5 Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    If he will make a statement on his spending plans for the police service for each of the next three years.
*6 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    What is the proposed timetable for consideration of the draft Freedom of Information Bill.
*7 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What plans he has to make community sentences more (a) rigorous and (b) effective.
*8 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    If he has plans to require senior police officers to confirm whether or not they are Freemasons; and if he will make a statement.
*9 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    What steps he proposes to take to make community sentences more effective.
*10 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    What measures he proposes to introduce to reduce car crime.
*11 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What is his current estimate of the number of people detained under immigration legislation.
*12 Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    What representations he has had from Surrey Police Force regarding funding for expected manpower levels over the next three years.
*13 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    What representations he has received on the proposals for divorce information meetings contained in his Consultation Paper, Supporting Families.
*14 Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    What plans he has to make Police Authority members more accountable.
*15 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    If he will make a statement on the licensing of door supervisors.
*16 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    How many persons have been found in possession of forged United Kingdom passports in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
*17 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    If he will make a statement on the deaths in custody in Norwich Prison during the last year.
*18 Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    When he proposes to change police disciplinary regulations.
*19 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    What representations he has received recently about improper practices by solicitors and immigration advisers.
*20 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    How many persons are currently awaiting decisions on political asylum; and what was the total in each of the previous three years.
*21 Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    How many gun owners are waiting to receive compensation for handguns surrendered under the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997.
*22 Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East):    What steps he is taking to reduce the rate of early retirement in the police.
*23 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What are the priorities for research in his Department.
*24 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If he will make a statement on the progress being made in reducing the prison population.
*25 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If he will make a statement on reform of the liquor licensing laws.
*26 Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    What his assessment is of the impact of random drug tests in prison.
*27 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on the proportion of Prison Service expenditure derived from the Prison Service's trading activities.
*28 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    What performance indicators are used to measure the effectiveness of police forces.
*29 Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    What deadlines he will be giving to the Channel Islands for the completion of the proposals set out in the Edwards Report.
*30 Tom Cox (Tooting):    If he will set out the steps he is taking to increase public awareness of the value of community sentences.
*31 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    If he will make a statement on the implementation of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
*32 Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    What action he is taking to give increased rights to the victims of crime.
*33 Mr Ivan Lewis (Bury South):    What resources he has made available to help reduce crime in areas with high offending rates.
*34 Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    What advice is given by his Department to the police about the need to inform the victims of crime about the outcome of their case.
*35 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What recent representations he has received about the level of crime in Essex.
*36 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    What representations he has received regarding the punishment of young offenders.

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

Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
+  1   LOCAL GOVERNMENT    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        Bill to make provision imposing on local and certain other authorities requirements relating to economy, efficiency and effectiveness; and to make provision for the regulation of council tax and precepts.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
+  2   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):--
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr James Wallace
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Paul Tyler
        As an Amendment to the Address, at end add--
        `But humbly regret, while supporting some proposals in the Gracious Speech, such as those which address the issues of ending the voting rights of hereditary peers and improving the administration of the tax and national insurance system, the absence of key measures in the Gracious Speech to modernise the United Kingdom, including a comprehensive package of environmental policies to tackle pollution, reduce car journeys and switch travel to public transport, a second tier pension scheme, a judicial process to replace the Child Support Agency and the introduction of a parliamentary committee to scrutinise arms exports; believe that additional measures to improve public health, reduce class sizes, abolish tuition fees, widen the provision of early years education and to tackle age discrimination and other forms of inequality should have been brought forward; call for urgent measures to pave the way for Britain's membership of a successful single currency and to grant proper financial independence and a fair and proportional voting system to local government; further regret any delays in introducing a Food Standards Agency; deprecate the absence of rapid progress on measures to ensure a wide-ranging Freedom of Information Act, to pave the way for a referendum on a fair voting system for the House of Commons and to deliver a fully reformed and predominantly elected Second Chamber; and support all possible early steps to speed the passage of the European Parliamentary Elections Bill in order to allow the 1999 European parliamentary elections to be held under a fairer, proportional, voting system.'.
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Sir Norman Fowler
Sir George Young
Dr Liam Fox
Mr James Arbuthnot
        As an Amendment to the Address, at end add--
        `But humbly regret that the Gracious Speech makes no mention of the Government's determination to remove the right of electors to vote for the candidate of their choice in European Parliamentary Elections; deplore both the Government's plans to turn the House of Lords into an enormous quango and also its intention to legislate prior to the conclusions of its own Royal Commission; and further urge the Government to accept the recommendations of the Neill Committee to introduce new rules for the fair conduct of referendums.'.
Proposed subject for debate: Constitution and Parliament.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

 Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr Eric Pickles be discharged from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee and Mrs Teresa Gorman be added to the Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
4   SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr David Atkinson be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr Ian Taylor be added to the Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
5   TREASURY COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Charlotte Atkins, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr Nick Gibb be discharged from the Treasury Committee and Mr David Ruffley 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: Enforcement of planning conditions: the case of Mr S. Carslake and East Hertfordshire District Council (Mr Bowen Wells).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Welsh Affairs

12.00 noon
12.30 p.m.
Greggnog Hall,
Newtown, Powys
        Subject: Broadcasting in Wales and the National Assembly.
        Witnesses: Welsh Independent Producers; HTV Wales; BECTU, Equity and NUJ.
2   Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 15 (public)
        Subject: BSE The Cost of a Crisis.
        Witnesses: Mr Richard Packer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Mr George Trevelyan, Chief Executive, Intervention Board.
3   Modernisation of the House of Commons 6.00 p.m. Room 21 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Friday 27th November for answer today++
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he has yet completed his review of National Insurance contributions for 1999-2000.
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the export of armoured vehicles for use by the US and British embassies in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the export of armoured vehicles and other non-lethal military equipment to the Kosovo Diplomatic Observers Mission in the Federal Republic of Yugloslavia.
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what new exceptions there have been to the arms embargo on Argentina.
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for December and the major European Union events for the next six months.
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the UKAEA has yet responded to the HSE/SEPA report on the management of safety at Dounreay; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the United Kingdom will sign the Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Mr Donald Anderson (Swansea East):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what steps have been taken to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Review of the Crown Prosecution Service by the Right Honourable Sir Iain Glidewell.

    The Speaker has appointed 12 noon and Committee Room 10 as the time and place for holding the Ballot for Private Members' Bills on Thursday 3rd December.

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