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Order of Business Tuesday 19th January 1999

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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
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If he will restore full British citizenship to residents of the Island of St. Helena.
*2 Mr Martin Bell (Tatton):    What assessment he has made of the prospects for the OSCE Verification Mission in Kosovo.
*3 Mr John McAllion (Dundee East):    What recent discussions he has held with representatives of the Cuban government on its relations with the United States of America and Britain.
*4 Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    When he last met his colleagues from other member states of the European Union to discuss matters relating to enlargement.
*5 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on the Middle East peace process following the Wye Agreement.
*6 Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    What recent discussions he has had with the government of India on the future of Kashmir.
*7 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    When he plans to introduce tape recording of interviews by entry clearance offices at overseas posts.
*8 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What assessment he has made of Iraq's compliance with United Nations' resolutions.
*9 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    If he will make a statement on action by the British Government to support the Middle East peace process.
*10 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    What training his Department provides to diplomats in the execution of an ethical foreign policy.
*11 Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    What steps he is taking to encourage democracy in Burma.
*12 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    When he next intends to discuss the Basra enclave with his US counterpart.
*13 Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    What steps he is taking to assist in the re-establishment of an independent judiciary in Nigeria.
*14 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What measures he has taken to improve the United Kingdom's relations with Chile.
*15 Mr Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle):    What assistance he has provided to the Palestine Authority in combating terrorism.
*16 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    What Ministerial visits to Chile are scheduled in 1999.
*17 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will make a statement on his policy in respect of the purchase of wine for government hospitality purposes.
*18 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If he will make a statement on the economic future of the Falkland Islands.
*19 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What progress has been made in improving the business promotion activities of British embassies.
*20 Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    If he will make a statement on the implications for the United Kingdom's foreign policy of the Franco-British European defence initiative.
*21 Mr Donald Anderson (Swansea East):    What efforts have been made by his Department (a) bilaterally and (b) in cooperation with EU partners to encourage the Eritrean government to respond positively to the proposals presented by the OAU to Ethiopia and Eritrea on 7th and 8th November relating to the settlement of their border dispute.
*22 Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    If he will make a statement on the prospects for peace in the Middle East following the Wye agreement.
*23 Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley and Golders Green):    If he will make a statement on his recent visit to Syria.
*24 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the current situation in Iraq.
*25 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What representations he has received on the position of women in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
*26 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    If he will make a statement on the current situation in Sudan.
*27 Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    What progress has been made in the Middle East peace process; and if he will make a statement.
*28 Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    What current discussions he is having on arms control and disarmament; and if he will make a statement.
*29 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    What steps he is taking to support the Palestinian Authority in developing a sound economy.
*30 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States of America concerning the payment of arrears to the United Nations.
*31 Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    What steps he is taking to encourage democracy in Burma.
*32 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the Middle East peace process.
*33 Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    What assessment he has made of the foreign policy implications of the Franco-British European defence initiative.
*34 Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    If he has reached a conclusion on the citizenship rights of St. Helenans.
*35 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    What discussions he proposes to have with representatives of Pakistan and India on their forthcoming discussions about Kashmir.
*36 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    What assurances he has received from the Russian government about the integrity of its command and control over its weapons of mass destruction.
*37 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement about relations with Dubai.

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

Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
+  1   HOUSE OF LORDS    [No debate]
 Margaret Beckett
        Bill to end membership of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage; to make related provision about disqualifications for voting at elections to, and for membership of, the House of Commons; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
+  2   GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY BILL (Clauses 1 to 4 and Schedules 1 and 2): Committee [1st allotted day].    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
For Amendments see separate Paper.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
+  3   DEREGULATION    [No debate.]
 Mr Secretary Byers
        That the draft Deregulation (Pipe-Lines) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 30th November 1998, be approved.
        The Deregulation Committee has reported on the proposal for this Order in its Ninth Report of Session 1997-98, HC 939, and on the draft Order in its First Report of Session 1998-99, HC 79.    
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 18(1)(a)).
+  4   DELEGATED LEGISLATION    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
        That the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  5   COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS AND PRIVILEGES    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr Keith Bradley
        That Sir Alastair Goodlad be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges and Mr Eric Forth 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: Criminal injuries compensation (Mr Jonathan Shaw).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Standing Committee A 4.30 p.m. Room 10 (public)
        To consider the Rating (Valuation) Bill.
2   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
        Subject: Reducing the Environmental Impact on Consumer Products.
        Witnesses: Derek Smith, Ernst and Young, and Dr Frans Berkhout, Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex; National Consumer Council (at 10.40 a.m.); Procter & Gamble (at 11.20 a.m.).
3   Welsh Affairs 9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
        Subjects: (i) The Welsh Office's Organisational Preparedness for the Welsh Assembly; (ii) Welsh Office Expenditure Plans.
        Witnesses: (i) Mrs Rachel Lomax, Permanent Secretary, Welsh Office; (ii) Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Secretary of State for Wales and Welsh Office officials (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
4   Environmental Audit 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
        Subject: Energy Saving Trust.
        Witness: Energy Saving Trust.
5   Foreign Affairs 10.00 a.m. Room 16 (private)
6   International Development 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: Women and Development.
        Witnesses: Mr John Vereker, CB, Permanent Secretary, Dr Rosalind Eyben, Chief Social Development Adviser, Department for International Development.
7   Trade and Industry 10.00 a.m. Room 20 (private)
8   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
        Subject: Police Training and Recruitment.
        Witnesses: Association of Police Authorities; Police Complaints Authority (at approximately 11.45 a.m.).
9   Public Administration 10.15 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
        Subject: Annual Report of the Health Service Commissioner for 1997-98.
        Witnesses: Dr W Cuthbert; Dr D Trivedi and Mr M Ruane, Chief Executive, Wigan and Bolton Health Authority (at 12.00 noon).
10   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
11   Education and Employment 3.30 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 18 (private)
        Subject: Department for Education and Employment's Expenditure Plans.
        Witness: Mr Michael Bichard, Permanent Secretary, Department for Education and Employment.
12   Foreign Affairs 4.00 p.m. Room 15 (private)
13   Health 6.00 p.m. Room 16 (private)
14   Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting of the Joint
Committee on
Statutory Instruments
Room 7 (private)
15   Parliamentary Privilege 10.00 a.m. Room 4 (private)
16   Statutory Instruments Joint Committee 4.15 p.m. Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Monday 18th January for answer today++
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish the report of the Prison Service Race Relations Group.
Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the responses to the consultation document on disability benefits.
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what responses he has received to the draft Financial Services and Markets Bill; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    To ask the Prime Minister, what is the current composition of the Ministerial Group on the Restructuring of the European Aerospace and Defence Industry (MISC 5).

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