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Order of Business Monday 8th March 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 Social Security
*1 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement about the pilot study carried out by his Department in York to encourage take-up of income support by pensioners.
*2 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    What proportion of total payments made by his Department are means-tested.
*3 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What steps he is taking to improve the financial position of the bereaved.
*4 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal for Lone Parents.
*5 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    If he will make a statement on progress towards introduction of the Single Gateway to benefit.
*6 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    If he will make a statement on the review of the savings allowance in relation to the minimum pensions guarantee.
*7 Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    What plans he has to reform the administration of the CSA.
*8 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    What plans he has for increasing assistance to older pensioners.
*9 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    What representations he has received about the minimum guaranteed pension.
*10 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    If he will make a statement on his plans for war disablement pensions.
*11 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    What assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of a minimum pension guarantee on low earners' savings.
*12 Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    If he will make a statement on the savings achieved as a result of the Benefits Integrity Project.
*13 Mr Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye):    What he is doing to improve the living standards of the poorest disabled people.
*14 Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    What plans he has to abolish the vesting requirements on annuities.
*15 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in the Warrington North constituency who will benefit from the minimum pension guarantee.
*16 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    What plans he has to minimise fraud in the administration of housing benefit.
*17 Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    What representations he has received regarding the proposed changes to severe disability benefit.
*18 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    If, following the implementation of his reform proposals, widows aged between 45 and 60 years who were widowed before 45 years of age and who are not currently receiving a widow's pension, can continue to choose to claim (a) retirement pension or (b) widow's pension on reaching 60 years of age.
*19 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on progress with pension reform.
*20 Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg and Goole):    What representations he has received about his recent proposals for welfare reform.
*21 Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    What plans he has to introduce (a) incentives and (b) negative disincentives to the self-employed to take out Stakeholder pension contracts.
*22 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What assessment he has made of the responses so far to the Pensions Green Paper.
*23 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    By how much he expects the real spending powers of those dependent on the basic state old age pension to vary from that of those in employment in 1999-2000.
*24 Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    What is the upper limit permitted to benefit claimants for time spent writing material for publication before their benefit is reduced; and if he will make a statement.
*25 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    What estimate he has made of the proportion of government expenditure the social security budget will comprise in 1999-2000; and what it was in 1996-97.
*26 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What estimate he has made of the cost of administration of (a) the current state pension and (b) the secondary pension proposed in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.
*27 Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    What assessment he has made of the difficulties faced by those on low and modest incomes in making adequate provision for retirement.
*28 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    What plans he has to improve the pensions of long-term disabled people.
*29 Mrs Teresa Gorman (Billericay):    What recent representations he has received on levels of fraud within the benefit system; and if he will make a statement.
*30 Mr David Hinchliffe (Wakefield):    What progress has been made in the reform of the Child Support Agency.
*31 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on his future plans for housing benefit.
*32 Mr Michael Colvin (Romsey):    What step he is taking to ensure that British pensioners living overseas receive up-rated pensions to which they are entitled.
*33 Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    What assessment he has made of the progress being made to combat housing benefit fraud.
*34 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What estimate he has made of the total amount of benefits administered by his Department unclaimed by those entitled to them; and what measures he proposes to encourage take-up.
*35 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    What proposals he has to tackle the problem of child poverty.
*36 Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    If he will make a statement on progress with the millennium compliance of computer systems involved in the provision of benefits.
*37 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    What action his Department is taking to help disabled people into employment.
*38 Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    What proposals he has to encourage the spread of second-tier pensions.
*39 Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    How he proposes to ensure better security in retirement for the poorest households.
*40 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    When he expects to pilot the Single Gateway to Benefits for people of working age.

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: The Government's priorities for women: progress on their delivery.    
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

        A Motion may be made for the approval of a Statutory Instrument relating to Implementation Bodies (Northern Ireland) (Order of 5th March). If such a Motion is made, the Speaker will put the Question not later than 1.5 hours after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 16).    

+  2   NORTHERN IRELAND    [No debate]
 Secretary Marjorie Mowlam
        That the draft Northern Ireland (Modifications of Enactments--No. 1) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 22nd February, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  3   PROTECTION OF CHILDREN BILL [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified.    [Up to 45 minutes]
 Mrs Barbara Roche
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Protection of Children Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of--
          (a) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under or by virtue of the Act; and
          (b) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act.
        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 45 minutes after the start of proceedings (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).    
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Trawlermen's compensation: the role of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr Alan Johnson).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Scottish Grand Committee 10.30 a.m. New Parliament House, Edinburgh (public)
        (i) Statement by the Lord Advocate on the role of the Law Officers after devolution.
        (ii) To consider a substantive Motion for the adjournment of the Committee on Education and the Enterprise Economy in Scotland.
        (iii) Half-Hour Adjournment: Rachel Squire (Equal Opportunities for women in Scotland).
2   Food Standards 3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
        Subject: Draft Food Standards Bill.
        Witness: Professor Philip James, Director, Rowett Research Institute.
3   Social Security 4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
4   Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
        Subject: Arable Area Payments Scheme.
        Witness: Mr Richard Packer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
5   Science and Technology 5.30 p.m.
5:45 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: Scientific Advisory System: Genetically Modified Foods.
        Witnesses: Dr Arpad Pusztai, formerly of the Rowett Research Institute, and Dr Stanley Ewen, University of Aberdeen; Professor Philip James, Director, Rowett Research Institute (at 6.40 p.m.).
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Friday 5th March for answer today++
Mr Christopher Leslie (Shipley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Government plan to take forward their programme of reform of juvenile secure accommodation; and if he will make a statement.
Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what plans he has to tackle the difficulties experienced by the Child Support Agency in assessing child maintenance due from self-employed parents.

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