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Order of Business Thusday 17th December 1998

Here you can browse the House of Commons Order of Business for Thursday 17 December 1998.

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 the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*1 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    If he will make a statement on the marketing of farm-fresh turkeys.
(62985)
*2 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    What safeguards his Department has introduced to ensure that consumers have adequate information on genetically modified foods.
(62986)
*3 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    If he will make a statement on the promotion of meat hygiene in abattoirs.
(62987)
*4 Christine Russell (City of Chester):    What steps he has taken to promote sustainable rural development.
(62988)
*5 Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    When he expects to end the ban on beef on the bone.
(62989)
*6 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    If he will make an assessment of existing UK food safety legislation.
(62990)
*7 Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    What measures have been taken to promote the rural economy.
(62991)
*8 Angela Smith (Basildon):    If he will make a statement on the measures he is taking to promote the safety of food.
(62992)
*9 Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    If he will make a statement on the time-scale for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
(62993)
*10 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    If he will make a statement on the promotion of meat hygiene in abattoirs.
(62994)
*11 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What measures his Department is taking to improve the marketing of food to the benefit of both producer and consumer.
(62995)
*12 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What steps he is taking to end the export ban on beef.
(62996)
*13 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    If he will make a statement on the use of antibiotic growth promoters in food.
(62997)
*14 Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East):    What steps the Government is taking to ensure the clear labelling of genetically-modified foods.
(62998)
*15 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    If he will make a statement on the competitiveness of the United Kingdom turkey industry.
(62999)
*16 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    What plans he has to improve flood defences and warnings.
(63000)
*17 Mr William Thompson (West Tyrone):    What steps he is pursuing with other European agriculture ministers to help the pig industry.
(63001)
*18 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    What reports he has received concerning levels of dioxin in milk in Derbyshire; and if he will make a statement.
(63002)
*19 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What recent discussions he has had with pig producers in the South West about the current state of pig farming.
(63003)
*20 Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    What measures he has taken to improve the welfare of battery hens.
(63004)
*21 Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    What the timetable is for consultation on financing the proposed Food Standards Agency.
(63005)
*22 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    What steps he will take to ensure British farmers can compete on even terms with farmers in countries that have lower food and animal welfare standards.
(63006)
*23 Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the recent decline in farm incomes on the UK farming industry.
(63007)
*24 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    What assessment he has made of the prospects for future profitability of farming in the United Kingdom over the next 10 years.
(63008)
*25 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    How many prosecutions have taken place with regard to the sale of beef on the bone to the final consumer.
(63009)
*26 Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    What measures have been taken to combat TB in cattle.
(63010)
*27 Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    What proposals he has to change the regulation of the disposal of meat and bone meal.
(63011)
*28 Mr Nick Harvey (North Devon):    What additional money he will make available for the protection of farm land against flood in North Devon.
(63013)
*29 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    If he will meet the Commission of the European Union to discuss the fraudulent misapplication of funds under the Common Agricultural Policy.
(63014)
At 3.15 p.m. 
Oral Questions to Mr Attorney General
*30 Mr Tim Collins (Westmorland and Lonsdale):    How many unduly lenient sentences he has sought leave to refer to the Court of Appeal since 1st May 1997; and what has been the outcome of such referrals.
(63015)
*31 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    How often in each of the last five years the holder of his office gave his assent to prosecutions which needed it; and if he will list each of these occasions.
(63017)
*32 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What new proposals he has to discourage apparently lenient sentences.
(63018)
*33 Mr Alan Clark (Kensington and Chelsea):    What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs concerning declarations of incompatability under the Human Rights Act 1998.
(63019)
*34 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What representations he has received on the extension of the rights of audience of barristers and solicitors employed by the Crown Prosecution Service.
(63021)
*35 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on his assessment of the effectiveness of the Crown Prosecution Service.
(63023)
*36 Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    What are the current case loads of the Serious Fraud Office and of the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to serious or complex fraud.
(63024)

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


Main Business
+  1   ADJOURNMENT    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.
        Proposed subject for debate: Iraq.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
+  2   EUROPEAN SCRUTINY COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr Keith Bradley
        That Mr Quentin Davies be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and Mr Robert Walter be added to the Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
3   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Contribution of tourism, leisure and sport to the British economy     (Mr Tom Pendry).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
SELECT COMMITTEES
1   Agriculture 10.30 a.m. Room 20 (private)
2   Culture, Medica and Sport 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Staging International Sporting Events.
        Witnesses: The United Kingdom Sports Council and the English Sports Council.
3   Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee 10.30 a.m. Room 18 (private)
4   Health 10.15 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.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 16th December for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he proposes to consult on the administrative guidance promised to regional development agencies on sustainable development and rural policy.
(64741)
2  
  
Ann Keen (Brentford and Isleworth):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what key targets have been set for the Chief Executive of the Defence Animal Centre for 1998-99.
(64742)
3  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how he plans to take forward policy on the legal deposit of publications following the report of the working group chaired by Sir Anthony Kenny.
(64743)
4  
  
Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to make an announcement about the Local Government Finance Settlement for Scotland for 1999-2000.
(64781)
5  
  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will issue the Housing Revenue Account Subsidy Determination for 1999-2000.
(64782)
6  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many comments he has received on the White Paper on immigration and asylum; and if he will publish them.
(64783)
7  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will publish his proposals for non-temporary UK-wide legislation against terrorism.
(64784)
8  
  
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the Government's response to the recommendations of the Law Commission Report No. 245: Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Hearsay and Related Topics; and if he will make a statement.
(64785)
9  
  
Ann Coffey (Stockport):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what the Government proposes to replace the Fixed Rate Export Finance Scheme on its expiry on 31st December.
(64786)
10  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what resources he will make available to authorities that have been reorganised on 1st April 1997 and 1998 for reorganisation costs incurred by them in 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(64787)
11  
  
Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if, following the consultation paper Limiting Fair Rent Increases, published in the summer, he intends to introduce measures to help tenants facing exceptionally high fair rent increases.
(64788)
12  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to allow the Audit Commission to fulfil its proposed role in relation to best value; and if he will make a statement.
(64789)
13  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement about National Savings.
(64790)
14  
  
Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what conclusions he has reached on the Tay River Protection Order; and if he will make a statement.
(64791)
15  
  
Ann Keen (Brentford and Isleworth):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will announce the composition of the United Kingdom delegation for the January 1999 ordinary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
(64792)
16  
  
Ann Keen (Brentford and Isleworth):    To ask the Prime Minister, what has been achieved by the G7/8 during the United Kingdom presidency this year.
(64793)
17  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will publish a report on the comparative public funding costs of post-16 provision.
(64904)
18  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to develop the Employment Service's job search provision for unemployed people following the evaluation report on programme centres published last month.
(64905)
19  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has made his decision on the form and coverage of the reopened formal investigation into the loss of the MV 'Derbyshire'; and if he will make a statement.
(64906)
20  
  
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement urgently on the condition of accident and emergency wards in London.
(64907)
21  
  
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what is the overall level of sickness absence in the Civil Service.
(64908)
22  
  
Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will produce a response to the National Biotechnology Conference held in March 1997.
(64965)
23  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes have been made to arrangements for the control of exports of arms and military equipment to Argentina.
(64966)
24  
  
Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has for the European Commission's recommendation for a standard European parking badge for disabled people to be implemented in the UK; what is the proposed timing; and if conditions of use of the UK's existing Orange Badge will be affected.
(64967)
25  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish public service agreements concerning the modernisation, accountabilty and reform of public services; and if he will make a statement.
(64968)
26  
  
Rosemary McKenna (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has for publishing the White Paper on the instruments adopted at the 85th session of the International Labour Conference.
(64969)
27  
  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what consultations he has had with the Chairman of the Sports Council for Wales concerning the receipt by the Football Association of Wales of a grant from the English Football Association and the conditions attached thereto; and if he will make a statement.
(64987)
28  
  
Mr Rhodri Morgan (Cardiff West):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, what consultations he has undertaken in relation to the criteria for restructuring assistance under the European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund and other funds.
(64988)

Standing Committee Notices
    Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th January at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. further to consider the Water Industry Bill.
    Standing Committee B will meet on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th January at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. further to consider the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill.
    The Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 12th January at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 1999 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 1999.
    The Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 13th January at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Income Support (General) (Standard Interest Rate Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1998, No. 2878).

 
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