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Order of Business Thursday 10th December 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 2.30 p.m.Prayers
Afterwards 
Oral Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
*1 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will make a statement on his policy in respect of hypothecated taxation.
(61745)
*2 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What plans he has to review the methodology for calculating national economic growth rates.
(61746)
*3 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    If he will make a statement on the mechanisms for the allocation of the proceeds of the windfall tax.
(61747)
*4 Mr Hugh Bayley (City of York):    What initiatives the Treasury is taking to help United Kingdom businesses prepare for the possibility that the United Kingdom joins the euro.
(61748)
*5 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    How much tax has been paid by Stenbell Ltd in the last five years.
(61749)
*6 Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    What assessment he has made of the potential impact of the proposed EU withholding tax.
[R](61750)
*7 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    What plans he has to improve the system of regulation of stockbrokers.
(61751)
*8 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    What fiscal measures he has taken to encourage the development of skills in the workforce.
(61752)
*9 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    When he last revised his growth forecasts.
(61753)
*10 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    If he will make a statement on the use made of the proceeds of the windfall tax.
(61754)
*11 Jacqui Smith (Redditch):    What plans he has to ensure fiscal and monetary stability.
(61755)
*12 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    What estimate he has made of the level of manufacturing employment in Britain in the current year and in the next two years.
(61756)
*13 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What estimate he has made of the amount of counterfeit currency in circulation.
(61758)
*14 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What discussions he has had with representatives of business and industry about incentives to encourage them to contribute to education and training.
(61759)
*15 Mr Patrick Nicholls (Teignbridge):    How he proposes to ensure that Britain's taxation will not be harmonized with that of the rest of the EU when Britain joins European Monetary Union.
(61760)
*16 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    What steps he is taking to accelerate debt relief programmes for developing countries.
(61761)
*17 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What further plans he has for the proceeds of the windfall tax on the privatised utilities.
(61763)
*18 Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East):    If he will make a statement on his public expenditure plans for the NHS for the next three years.
(61764)
*19 Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington):    If he will make a statement about his priorities for public spending for the next three years, with particular reference to the balancing of budgets across the economic cycle.
(61765)
*20 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    If he will make a statement on his plans to increase non-capital expenditure on public services over the next three years.
(61766)
*21 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Monetary Policy Committee.
(61767)
*22 Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    If he will make a statement about his policy to increase the incentive to work.
(61768)
*23 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    What is the latest estimate of total annual tax revenue per person in the United Kingdom; and what was the total (a) five and (b) 10 years ago.
(61769)
*24 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the taxation of dividends paid to non-taxpaying low-income pensioners.
(61770)
*25 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What representations he has received on the continuation of duty-free sales after 30th June 1999; what transitional measures he proposes to introduce; and if he will make a statement.
(61771)
*26 Mr John Townend (East Yorkshire):    What estimate he has made of the cost to the United Kingdom Government of conversion from sterling to the euro.
(61772)
*27 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    What discussions he has had with the governments of Honduras and Nicaragua regarding debt relief; what steps he has taken to secure debt relief for those countries; and if he will make a statement.
(61773)
*28 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    What recent consultations he has had with his European Union counterparts on the co-ordination of taxation policies.
(61774)
*29 Mr William Cash (Stone):    If he will make a statement on his use of the veto in respect of EU tax harmonisation measures relating to (a) corporate and company taxation, (b) VAT, (c) income tax, (d) taxes on investment and (e) capital taxes.
(61775)
*30 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    What discussions he has had with EU finance ministers on the subject of EU tax harmonisation.
(61776)
*31 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    If he will make a statement on progress toward the coordinated expansion of the European economy.
(61777)
*32 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    If he will make a statement on the balance of payments.
(61779)
*33 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    If he will make a statement on his policy with regard to VAT reclamation by parish councils on building projects undertaken by village hall committees.
(61780)
*34 Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    What measures he has taken to ensure economic stability.
(61781)
*35 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    If he will make a statement about the Government's policy on proposals for tax harmonisation in Europe.
(61782)
*36 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement about the role of independent financial advisers in respect of pension mis-selling.
(61783)
*37 Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    What action he intends to take to prevent tax harmonisation in the European Union.
(61784)

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


Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
+  1   TAX CREDITS    [No debate]
 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        Bill to provide for family credit and disability working allowance to be known, respectively, as working families tax credit and disabled person's tax credit; and to make further provision with respect to those credits, including provision for the transfer of functions relating to them.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
+  2   ESTIMATES DAY [1st allotted day]:        [Until 10.00 p.m.]
   VOTE ON ACCOUNT:    1999-2000    [Up to 3 hours]
Class IV, Vote 1
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a sum, not exceeding £2,299,414,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2000 for expenditure by the Home Office on police; the Forensic Science Service; registration of forensic practitioners; emergency planning; fire services; the Fire Service College; criminal policy and programmes including offender programmes; the prevention of drug abuse; crime reduction and prevention; provision of services relating to the Crime and Disorder Act; criminal justice service research; criminal injuries compensation; organised and international crime; control of immigration and nationality; issue of passports; community and constitutional services; firearms compensation and related matters; and on administration (excluding the provision for prisons administration carried on Class IV, Vote 2).
Class IV, Vote 2
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a sum, not exceeding £766, 651,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2000 for expenditure by the Home Office in England and Wales on prisons (including central administration and other costs arising from the detention of prisoners); placements in secure accommodation under Section 53 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933; Prison Service colleges; the Parole Board; the storage and maintenance of equipment; transport management; grants to "Prisoners Abroad", and Welfare to Work Schemes.
        These Votes on Account are to be considered in so far as they relate to prison sentences and alternatives to prison sentences (Resolution of 3rd December).
            Relevant documents:
        Third Report from the Home Affairs Committee of Session 1997-98, on Alternatives to Prison Sentences, HC 486, and the Government's response thereto, Cm 4174.
        The Home Office Departmental Annual Report 1998, Cm 3908.
        Debate on these Votes on Account is to be interrupted not later than three hours after its commencement (Resolution of 3rd December).
Class 1, Vote 1    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a sum, not exceeding £6,826,077,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2000 for expenditure by the Department for Education and Employment on voluntary and special schools; the Assisted Places Scheme; the provision of education for under-fives; City Colleges and other specialist schools; grant-maintained schools and schools conducted by Education Associations; music and ballet schools; the school curriculum and its assessment; the youth service and other educational services and initiatives; careers guidance and services; payments for or in connection with teacher training; higher and further education provision and initiatives; loans to students, student awards and other student grants and their administration; the payment of access funds; reimbursement of fees for qualifying European Community students; compensation payments to teachers and staff of certain institutions; expenditure on other central government grants to local authorities; the provision of training and assessment programmes for young people and adults; initiatives to improve training and qualifications arrangements and access to these; the promotion of enterprise and the encouragement of self employment; payments for education, training and employment projects assisted by the European Community and refunds to the European Community; events associated with the UK presidency of the EU; the UK subscription to the ILO; help for unemployed people; the promotion of equal opportunities, disability rights, childcare provision and co-ordination of certain issues of particular importance to women; the payment of certain fees to the Home Office; the Department's own administration and research and that of Capita; information and publicity services; expenditure via Training and Enterprise Councils and amounts retained by them as surpluses and spent by them on training; other initiatives within their articles and memoranda of association; expenditure in connection with the sale of the student loans debt; and on expenditure in connection with the Welfare to Work Programme and Millennium Volunteers.
Class 1, Vote 3
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a sum, not exceeding £782,937,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2000 for expenditure by the Employment Service of the Department for Education and Employment on: measures to help people, particularly people who are unemployed and people with disabilities, into work; the elements of the delivery of the Jobseeker's Allowance undertaken by the Employment Service; the administration of, and where appropriate the payment of allowances to people participating in, the Welfare to Work programme and other employment programmes, pilot programmes and new measures to help people into work; the payment of temporary subsidies to employers; the payment of grants to voluntary bodies and local authorities towards the provision of supported employment; and grant in aid and the provision of a temporary loan facility to Remploy Limited; assistance and advice on employment service and labour market issues to international organisations; research; publicity; and administration.
Class XII
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a sum, not exceeding £22,716,706,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charge for the year ending on 31st March 2000 for expenditure by the Department of Social Security.
        These Votes on Account are to be considered in so far as they relate to New Deal Pathfinders and Pathways into Work for Lone Parents (Resolution of 3rd December).
            Relevant documents:
        Seventh Report from the Education and Employment Committee of Session 1997-98, on Pathways into Work for Lone Parents, HC 646, and the Government's response thereto, HC 1122;
        Eighth report from the Education and Employment Committee of Session 1997-98, on New Deal Pathfinders, HC 1059, and the Government's response thereto, HC 1123;
        Department for Education and Employment and Office for Standards in Education Departmental Report: The Government's Expenditure Plans 1998-99, Cm 3910.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
 
        Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motions will be deferred until 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 54(4) and (5)).
+  3   ESTIMATES, 1998-99 (NAVY) VOTE A    [No debate after 10.00 pm]
 Mr Secretary Robertson
        That during the year ending on 31st March 1999 an additional number not exceeding 10 officers be maintained for Service in the Reserve Marine Forces.
To be decided at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 55(1) and (2)).
+  4   SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES, 1998-99    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a supplementary sum, not exceeding £924,068,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, to defray the charges for civil services which will come in the course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 1999, as set out in HC 857 of Session 1997-98.
To be decided at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 55 (1) and (2)).
+  5   ESTIMATES, 1999-2000 (VOTE ON ACCOUNT)    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Dawn Primarolo
        That a further sum, not exceeding £69,610,689,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund, on account, for or towards defraying the charges for civil and defence services in Class I, Votes 2 and 4; Classes II and III; Class IV, Vote 3; Classes V to XI; Classes XIII to XVIII; and Classes XVIII, A and XVIII, B for the year ending on 31st March 2000, as set out in HC 1134, 1135 and 1136 of Session 1997-98.
To be decided at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 55 (1) and (2)).
 
        A Bill is to be brought in upon the seven Resolutions in the name of Dawn Primarolo relating to Supplementary Estimates, 1998-99 and Estimates 1999-2000 (Vote on Account), if they are agreed to by the House.
+  6   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
Mr Secretary Prescott
 
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Second Reading of the Greater London Authority Bill:
        (a) at the sitting on Monday 14th December, proceedings thereon may continue, though opposed, until midnight; and
        (b) at the sitting on Tuesday 15th December, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on Second Reading of the Bill at Seven o'clock.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  7   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
Mr Nicholas Brown
 
        That at the sitting on Tuesday 15th December, Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union Documents) shall not apply to any Motion in the name of the Prime Minister relating to fisheries, and the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings thereon not later than Ten o'clock.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  8   EUROPEAN SCRUTINY COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr Keith Bradley
        That Mr Russell Brown and Mrs Linda Gilroy be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr Michael Connarty and Dr Nick Palmer be added to the Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
9   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Public inquiry into the conduct of Mr Rodney Ledward and its effect on his patients     (Mr Michael Howard).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
STANDING COMMITTEES
1   Northern Ireland Grand Committee 10.30 a.m. Room 10 (public)
        (i) To consider the matter of the Comprehensive Spending Review in Northern Ireland.
        (ii) Half hour adjournment: Mr Ken Maginnis MP (acute hospital services in Northern Ireland).
(Copies of the Order Paper are available from the Vote Office).
2   Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 10.30 a.m. Room 9 (public).
        To consider the draft Government of Wales Act 1998 (Housing) (Amendments) Order 1998.
3   Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 11 (public)
        To consider the draft Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.
SELECT COMMITTEES
4   Foreign Affairs 10.00 a.m. Room 16 (private)
5   Health 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Future NHS Staffing Requirements.
        Witnesses: British Medical Association, Community and District Association, MSF, Professions Allied to Medicine and Related Grades, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing and UNISON.
6   Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: TECs/RDAs and other Lifelong Learning Issues.
        Witnesses: Mr George Mudie, MP, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Department for Education and Employment.
7   European Scrutiny 10.30 a.m.
10.35 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
(public)
        Subject: 1999 Draft Budget.
        Witness: Ms Patricia Hewitt, MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury.
8   Treasury Sub-Committee 10.30 a.m Room 8 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 9th December for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce the results of the audit of the UK safety oversight system carried out by the International Civil Aviation Safety Organisation in April 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(63665)
2  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on progress since the Roads Review on the Targeted Programme of Improvements and the programme studies.
(63666)
3  
  
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement about the future of the funding arrangements for supported accommodation.
(63667)
4  
  
Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to publish his conclusions on the matters raised in his consultation paper, A New Approach to Investment in Culture, of 24th July.
(63668)
5  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement about the terms of reference for the Armed Forces Pay Review Body.
(63669)
6  
  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the assisted prison visits scheme.
(63768)
7  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Prime Minister, what progress has been made with the establishment of the Performance and Innovation Unit.
(63769)
8  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if his Department has contacted UNITA in order to obtain information about Jason Pope, a missing British citizen in Angola.
(63770)
9  
  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will report on the progress of the BSE offspring cull.
(63771)
10  
  
Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will announce the results of the consultation exercise on the changes to the right to buy maximum discount.
(63772)
11  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will announce the results of the consultation exercise on the changes to the right-to-buy maximum discount.
(63807)
12  
  
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he intends to prepare a strategy for forestry in Scotland.
(63808)
13  
  
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, when he will announce further decisions on outstanding applications to build new gas-fired power stations.
(63809)

Standing Committee Notices
    Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 15th December at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Water Industry Bill.
    Standing Committee B will meet on Tuesday 15th December at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill.
    The Welsh Grand Committee will meet on Wednesday 16th December at 10.30 a.m. to consider the matter of Government Expenditure in Wales 1999-2000 to 2000-2001.
    The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 15th December at 10.30 a.m. to consider the draft Financing of Maintained Schools.
    The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 15th December at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998 and the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998.
    The Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will met on Wednesday 16th December at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Town and Country Planning (Minerals) (Scotland) Regulations 1998 (S.I., No. 2913, 1998) and the Town and Country Planning (Compensation for Restrictions on Mineral Working and Mineral Waste Depositing) (Scotland) Regulations 1998 (S.I., No. 2914, 1998).

Memorandum

 
11th-18th January--End of Day Adjournment Debates
 
Wednesday 13th January--General and Short Adjournment Debates
 
        Applications should be made to Madam Speaker's Office by first post on Tuesday 5th January 1999. The ballot will take place on Wednesday 6th January 1999.

 
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