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Order of Business Tuesday 2nd March 1999

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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 the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Mr Shaun Woodward (Witney):    What assessment he has made of the likely impact on (a) health service provision and (b) social services provision in Oxfordshire of the proposed closure of community hospitals in the county.
(72373)
*2 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What assessment he has made of the performance of NHS Direct.
(72375)
*3 Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    What suggestions he has received about the role of primary care groups in addressing the health consequences of fuel poverty.
(72377)
*4 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    What representations he has received regarding levels of funding for NHS hospital trusts.
(72378)
*5 Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    How many accident and emergency departments will receive funds for improvements this year; and if he will make a statement.
(72379)
*6 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What steps he is taking to ensure that age is not used as a criterion for allocating health care.
(72380)
*7 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    If he will report on progress with modernising NHS accident and emergency facilities.
(72381)
*8 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    What action he is taking to promote the spread of nicotine replacement therapy in health action zones.
(72382)
*9 Mr Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West):    How many PFI projects have been approved in the National Health Service.
(72383)
*10 Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    What proportion of dental treatment was carried out within the NHS in the last year for which figures are available.
(72384)
*11 Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    What proposals he has for the modernisation of intensive care and high dependency units in the current year.
(72385)
*12 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    How many nurses have phoned the Nurse Recruitment Hotline.
(72386)
*13 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    What provision he is making to train increased numbers of doctors; and what progress is being made in inaugurating new medical schools.
(72388)
*14 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    How many nurses will benefit from an above-inflation pay rise in the current year.
(72390)
*15 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What representations he has received about the introduction of primary care groups.
(72391)
*16 Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    What estimate he has made of the total cost, since 2nd May 1997, of reducing waiting lists to 1.06 million; when this target is likely to be met; and if he will make a statement.
(72392)
*17 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    What assessment he has made of the advantages of men and women being segregated whilst in-patients in psychiatric units.
(72393)
*18 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    When he intends to publish the National Framework for Older People; and if he will make a statement.
(72394)
*19 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    What is his estimate of the annual cost of a primary care group.
(72395)
*20 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What plans he has to make it compulsory for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus to be included on death certificates in cases where it is likely to have been a cause of death.
(72396)
*21 Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    If he will make a statement on hospital and consultant waiting lists since 31st March 1997 for the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area.
(72397)
*22 Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    What steps he proposes to take to improve the provision of long-term care; and if he will make a statement.
(72398)
*23 Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    What progress has been made in developing the work of the Women's Unit.
(72399)
*24 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    What estimate he has made of the cost of Viagra prescriptions in the forthcoming financial year.
(72400)
*25 Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    What plans he has for public consultation prior to introducing fluoride into the public water supply.
(72401)
*26 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What discussions he has had with the World Health Organisation relating to malnutrition.
(72402)
*27 Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    What reports he has received on the impact on the level of blood donations of the recent National Blood Service campaign to recruit more donors.
(72403)
*28 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What action he is taking to support and promote the work of carers.
(72404)
*29 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    What penalties will be levied against West Sussex Health Authority hospitals which fail to meet their targets for reduction in waiting lists by 31st March.
(72405)
*30 Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey):    What discussions he has had with the Chairman of the West Surrey Health Authority on the local funding of NHS pay awards.
(72406)
*31 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    If he will make a statement on the latest NHS waiting figures.
(72407)
*32 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    What action he is taking to increase the accountability of primary care services to the communities they serve.
(72408)
*33 Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    If he will make a statement concerning the inquiry into the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust.
(72409)
*34 Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    What representations he has received about the shortage of GPs in Sunderland; and if he will make a statement.
(72410)
*35 Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    What representations he has received on the allocation of resources for 1999-2000 to the West Pennine Health Authority.
(72411)
*36 Jacqui Smith (Redditch):    What actions his Department is taking to help in reducing the number of unwanted teenage pregnancies.
(72412)

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


Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
1   HARE COURSING    [No debate]
 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
        Bill to make hare coursing illegal.
Formal First Reading: no debate or decision.
2   USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN FARM ANIMALS[Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Bill Etherington
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require Ministers to lay before Parliament proposals for ending the use in farm animals of antibiotics as growth promoters and for restricting the routine use of antibiotics in such animals for prophylactic purposes.
        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).    

Main Business
3   OPPOSITION DAY [6th allotted day]:    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 CONDUCT OF MINISTERS AND SIERRA LEONE
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Michael Howard
Mr Michael Trend
Mrs Cheryl Gillan
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House endorses the criticisms made of Ministers in the Second Report of Session 1998-99 (HC 116) of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Sierra Leone and the Report of the Legg Inquiry; deplores the conduct of Ministers which led to such criticism; and calls on the Ministers concerned to accept responsibility for their conduct.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Conduct of Ministers and Sierra Leone):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett
 
        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the decision of the Foreign Affairs Committee in its Second Report of Session 1998-99 (HC 116) on Sierra Leone to commend the resolute support which the British Government is giving to the restoration of democracy in Sierra Leone and endorses the conclusion of the Legg Inquiry that no Minister had given encouragement or approval to any breach of the arms embargo on Sierra Leone; notes that the inquiry on Sierra Leone of the Foreign Affairs Committee has found no evidence of Ministerial encouragement or approval; and congratulates Her Majesty's Government on accepting all the recommendations of the Report of the Legg Inquiry and on the steps it has since taken to modernise management in the FCO.'.
        The Second Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee on Sierra Leone, Session 1998-99 (HC 116), and the Report of the Sierra Leone Arms Investigation, Session 1997-98 (HC 1016), are relevant.
   BURDENS ON SCHOOLS
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr David Willets
Mrs Theresa May
Mr Damian Green
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House deplores the bureaucratic burdens placed on schools by the Government which are seriously undermining schools' ability to run their own affairs; condemns the pursuit of uniformity at the expense of diversity; considers the Government's proposals for performance-related pay for teachers to be cumbersome and unworkable; believes the complicated process of bidding for centralised initiatives is fragmenting budgetary responsibility and has caused unacceptable delays in setting indicative budgets; and further believes that the Government's ceaseless flow of directives to schools and LEAs has become a significant obstacle to raising educational standards.
 
        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Burdens on Schools):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett
 
        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `commends the Government for the introduction of vital measures to improve standards, particularly in literacy and numeracy; applauds the extra flexibility it has introduced in the national curriculum for primary pupils and support for work-related learning for 14-16 year olds; welcomes the Government's support for greater diversity through specialist schools and education action zones; believes that the extra £19 billion for schools will underpin the drive for higher standards and welcomes plans to reward good teachers well; congratulates Ministers for introducing much greater clarity to mailings for schools with a view to keeping paperwork to a minimum; recognises the huge benefits which the National Grid for Learning and voluntary schemes of work bring in reducing unnecessary paperwork; and notes that the Opposition has no proposals to raise standards in schools.'.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Don Foster
Mr Phil Willis
Mr Paul Keetch
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        Line 2, after `Government', insert `,following the tradition established by the previous administration,'.
        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).    
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
+  4   NORTHERN IRELAND    [No debate]
 Secretary Marjorie Mowlam
        That the draft Trade Union Subscription Deductions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 22nd February, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  5   DELEGATED LEGISLATION    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
        That the Education (Aptitude for Particular Subjects) Regulations 1999 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  6   DELEGATED LEGISLATION    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
        That the Education (Determination of Admission Arrangements) Regulations 1999 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  7   DELEGATED LEGISLATION    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
        That the Education (Objections to Admission Arrangements) Regulations 1999 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  8   DELEGATED LEGISLATION    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
        That the Education (Relevant Areas for Consultation on Admission Arrangements) Regulations 1999 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  9   DELEGATED LEGISLATION    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
        That the Education (School Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
10   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Access to justice for deaf people (Mr Tom Levitt).
        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   Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Greater London Authority Bill (except Clauses 1 to 4 and Schedules 1 and 2).
2   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.
3   Standing Committee E 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Employment Relations Bill.
4   Special Standing Committee 10.00 a.m. Room 18 (private)
        To consider the Immigration and Asylum Bill
5   Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 14 (public)
        To consider the draft Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
SELECT COMMITTEES
6   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Regional Development Agencies.
        Witnesses: South West Development Agency; South West Regional Chamber (at 10.30 a.m.); Government Office for the South West (at 11.00 a.m.); Confederation of British Industry (11.30 a.m.).
7   Trade and Industry 10.00 a.m. Room 5 (public)
        Subject: Electronic-Commerce.
        Witnesses: OFTEL; Post Office; Dr Ross Anderson, Cambridge University Computer Laboratory.
8   Welsh Affairs 10.00 a.m. Room 21 (private)
9   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Accountability of the Security Service.
        Witness: Mr David Bickford, CB, former Legal Advisor to the Security and Intelligence Services.
10   Environmental Audit 10.30 a.m. Room 19 (private)
11   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Outline National Changeover Plan.
        Witness: Lord Simon of Highbury, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe, HM Treasury.
12   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
13   Foreign Affairs 12.00 noon Room 16 (private)
14   Education and Employment 3.45 p.m. Room 18 (private)
15   Procedure 4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Procedural Consequences of Devolution; Financial Procedure.
        Witness: Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett, MP, Leader of the House of Commons.
16   Scottish Affairs 4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Inward/Outward Investment in Scotland.
        Witnesses: Mr Robert Crawford, Ernst & Young, and Mr Michael Dyson, Price Waterhouse Coopers.
17   Statutory Instruments Immediately
after the
Meeting of the
Joint
Committee on
Statutory
Instruments
Room 7 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEE
18   Statutory Instruments 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 1st March for answer today++
1  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the capital gains treatment of fish quota; and if he will make a statement.
(74616)
2  
  
Christine Butler (Castle Point):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the reduction in the number of foreign vessels licensed by his Department over the last two years; and what steps those vessels are taking to maintain an economic link with the United Kingdom.
(74617)
3  
  
Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which local authority airport companies he regards as qualified to be freed from borrowing control.
(74618)
4  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, where units of the two new brigades announced in the Strategic Defence Review, and other units returned from Germany, are to be based.
(74619)
5  
  
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he proposes to publish his strategy for sustainable distribution.
(74620)
6  
  
Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement on the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council's report on diseases caused by radiation.
(74675)
7  
  
Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will lay regulations under the decision making and appeals provision of the Social Security Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(74676)
8  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will re-introduce the rank of chief superintendent for police forces in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(74677)
9  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to make available the first revisions of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's country assessments.
(74678)
10  
  
Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what action the Government proposes to take following the completion of its review of ILO conventions 111 on discrimination in employment and 138 on minimum age.
(74712)
11  
  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what plans he has for reform of Part 1 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994.
(74713)

 
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