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Order of Business Tuesday 30th 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 
Private Business

Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.

Third Reading

University College London Bill


Afterwards 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    If he will make a statement on the establishment of primary care groups.
(77698)
*2 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    How many beds are currently blocked in the district general hospitals in West Middlesex and Kingston.
(77699)
*3 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What analysis he has made of the impact on employment in the NHS of his accident and emergency modernisation schemes.
(77700)
*4 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    If he will make a statement on the provision of Beta Interferon in the NHS.
(77701)
*5 Mr Denis Murphy (Wansbeck):    What estimate he has made of the total amount to be spent in the current financial year on improving NHS children's services.
(77702)
*6 Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    What assessment he has made of the level of nursing shortages; and if he will make a statement.
(77704)
*7 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    When he will announce his decision about the construction of the new Newbury Hospital.
(77705)
*8 Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset):    How many patients have been removed from central returns health service waiting list statistics since 2nd May 1997, without having received the treatment intended.
(77706)
*9 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    What representations he has received regarding ambulance service response times.
(77707)
*10 Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush):    What investment the Government plans to make over the next three years to help children with (a) attention deficit disorder, (b) phobias, (c) depression and (d) other mental health problems.
(77708)
*11 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    Which health authorities have discussed with general practitioners measures to reduce the number of patients which they refer to hospitals for surgery for which there is a waiting list.
(77709)
*12 Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    What measures he proposes for improving the regulation of health professions.
(77710)
*13 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    When he expects to announce the conclusion of his Department's reviews affecting regional specialist units at hospitals in the Borough of Hillingdon.
(77711)
*14 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    What action he is taking to promote high standards in social work; and if he will make a statement.
(77712)
*15 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    If he will introduce a system of health care charges for smokers before they receive NHS treatment.
(77713)
*16 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What steps he is taking to reduce mortality rates of young men, with particular reference to men in their early 30s.
(77714)
*17 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the financial settlement for Gloucestershire Health Authority for the next financial year.
(77715)
*18 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    If he will make a statement on the implementation of primary care groups of general practitioners.
(77716)
*19 Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    What action his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the dangers of skin cancer.
(77717)
*20 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What steps he has taken to ensure that everybody has access to a local NHS dentist.
(77718)
*21 Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    If he will make a statement on progress on improving services for young people leaving local authority care since the publication of Quality Protects.
(77719)
*22 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What has been the underspend on his Department's Investing in Dentistry initiative.
(77720)
*23 Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    If he will make a statement on the number of people on NHS hospital waiting lists (a) on 1st May 1997 and (b) today.
(77721)
*24 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If he will ensure equality of access to IVF treatment.
(77722)
*25 Dr David Clark (South Shields):    When he intends to publish his report on national required standards for residential and nursing homes for older people.
(77723)
*26 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What plans he has to reduce waiting times for breast cancer treatment.
(77724)
*27 Ann Coffey (Stockport):    If he will make a statement on the waiting times for children for adoptive families.
(77725)
*28 Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    What assessment he has made of the impact the Chancellor's increase in the senior citizen's winter fuel allowance will have on the health of senior citizens.
(77726)
*29 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What progress has been made to reduce the above average waiting times for radiotherapy treatment in the North West Region caused by a lack of linear accelerators.
(77727)
*30 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Investing in Dentistry initiative.
(77728)
*31 Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    What was the change in the total funding for complementary medicine services from health authority budgets in the past year.
(77729)
*32 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    If he will make a statement on plans to improve accident and emergency services in North East London.
(77730)
*33 Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    If he will include in the code of practice under the Mental Health Acts a requirement for mental health institutions to have procedures for dealing with medical emergencies.
(77731)
*34 Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    If he will make a statement on his proposed timetable for the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Long-Term Care.
(77732)
*35 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on the prescription of Beta-Interferon for multiple sclerosis sufferers.
(77733)
*36 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    What additional resources his Department has made available for renal unit facilities.
(77734)
*37 Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    If he will make a statement on the progress made in establishing primary care groups.
(77735)
*38 Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    If he will make a statement on Government policy on the provision of health services to patients with multiple sclerosis.
(77736)

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


Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1   SEXUAL OFFENCES (ANONYMITY OF DEFENDANTS)    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Crispin Blunt
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the anonymity of teachers, etc. accused of sexual offences against children in relation to whom they are in a position of trust; and for connected purposes.
        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

 
        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

Main Business
+  2   TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Byers
        That the draft National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 10th March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  3   DELIBERATE RELEASE INTO THE ENVIRONMENT OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS    [No debate]
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett
 
        That this House takes note of the European Union Document No. 6378/98, relating to a draft Directive amending Directive 90/220/EEC on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms; and endorses the Government's approach in the negotiations.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9))
+  4   EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BILL: As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered    [Until any hour]
For Amendments, see separate Paper
 
        Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

At 10.00 p.m.
+     BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate]
 The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, the Employment Relations Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

+  5   LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE (SCOTLAND)    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Dewar
        That the Special Grant Report (Scotland): Grant in aid of expenditure on rural public passenger transport for 1999-2000 (HC 283), which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  6   LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 45) (Metropolitan Railway Passenger Services Grant 1999-2000) (HC 305), which was laid before this House on 10th March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  7   LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE (SCOTLAND)    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Dewar
        That the Special Grant Report (Scotland): Grant in aid of expenditure on rail services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area, which was laid before this House on 18th March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  8   BROADCASTING    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Smith
        That the draft Limit in Relation to Licences to Provide Radio Multiplex Services Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 8th March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  9   ROAD TRAFFIC    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the Traffic Areas (Reorganisation) (Wales) Order 1999, dated 9th March 1999, which was laid before this House on 10th March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  10   PRISONS    [No debate]
 Secretary Marjorie Mowlam
        That the draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  11   NORTHERN IRELAND    [No debate]
 Secretary Marjorie Mowlam
        That the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Amendment) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 525), dated 3rd March 1999, which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  12   NORTHERN IRELAND    [No debate]
 Secretary Marjorie Mowlam
        That the draft Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Code of Practice) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 8th March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
13   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Motorcycling as a component of an integrated transport system (Mr Stephen Pound).
        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   Special Standing Committee 10.30 a.m. Room 14 (public)
        To consider the Immigration and Asylum Bill.
2   Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m. Room 11 (public)
        Further to consider the Greater London Authority Bill (except Clauses 1 to 4 and Schedules 1 and 2).
3   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.
4   Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 10.30 a.m. Room 12 (public)
        To consider the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 1999.
SELECT COMMITTEES
5   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: International environmental agreements.
        Witnesses: World Wide Fund for Nature; Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (at 10.50 a.m.); Environmental Investigation Agency (at 11.30 a.m.).
6   Environmental Audit 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Energy efficiency.
        Witness: Mr Alan Meale, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
7   International Development 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Women and development: Violence against women and girl children.
        Witnesses: Ms Joan French, Chief, Gender Partnerships and Participation Section, Programmes Division, UNICEF; Ms Jaya Graves, Southern Voices.
8   Welsh Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Health issues in Wales.
        Witness: Rt Hon Alun Michael, MP, Secretary of State for Wales and Welsh Office officials.
9   Deregulation 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Proposed amendments to the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994.
        Witness: Professor David Miers, Cardiff Law School, Centre for Professional Legal Studies.
10   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Government's anti-drugs strategy and issues relating to the Committee's forthcoming inquiry into drugs and prisons.
        Witness: Mr Keith Hellawell, UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator.
11   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
12   Treasury 10.30 a.m. Room 5 (private)
13   Education and Employment 3.45 p.m. Room 18 (private)
14   Foreign Affairs 3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Gibraltar.
        Witness: Rt Hon Joyce Quin, MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
15   European Scrutiny 4.00 p.m.
4.05 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Post-Council scrutiny of the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 12th March: Schengen Agreement.
        Witness: Ms Kate Hoey, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office.
16   Procedure 4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Procedural consequences of devolution.
        Witnesses: Welsh Affairs Committee.
17   Agriculture 4.30 p.m. Room 20 (private)
18   Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Room 7 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEES
19   Parliamentary Privilege 10.00 a.m. Room 4 (private)
20   Financial Services and Markets 3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Draft Bill on Financial Services and Markets.
        Witnesses: British Bankers Association, Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds (at 3.45 p.m.); Lord Archer of Sandwell QC, Chairman, Council on Tribunals, Michael Marks, Executive Chairman, Merrill Lynch (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Anthony Blunden, Company Secretary/Head of Compliance, Credit Suisse Financial Products, Lucy Hutchinson, Herbert Smith (at 4.45 p.m.); David Roe, Head of Financial Services and Markets Bill Team, HM Treasury, Andrew Whittaker, Deputy Counsel, Financial Services Authority (present throughout).
21   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 29th March for answer today++
1  
  
Ms Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress he has made on implementation of the Strategic Defence Review joint initiatives.
(79609)
2  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the key targets for 1999-2000 for the Medical Devices Agency.
(79614)
3  
  
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to mark the 25th anniversary of the laying of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974.
(79664)
4  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to continue to call out reservists to support military operations.
(79665)
5  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will make a statement on the future of ECGD's Fixed Rate Export Finance Scheme.
(79666)
6  
  
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will make a statement about the eligibility of areas under Objective 2.
(79667)
7  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what he will do to ease public access and improve efficiency in dealing with complaints across different public services in England.
(79668)
8  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement about the United Kingdom's chemical defence programme.
(79669)
9  
  
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how the United Kingdom will apply the £10 million worth of new assistance for Sierra Leone which he announced on 2nd March; what assurances he has received about its use; and what is Her Majesty's Government's policy with regard to arms sales to Sierra Leone.
(79670)
10  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the future of the grant-in-aid to the Royal Household for communications and information work.
(79671)
11  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Prime Minister, if there are any changes in the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe.
(79672)
12  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what was the outcome of the Transport Council held in Brussels on 29th March; and if he will make a statement.
(79768)
13  
  
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg and Goole):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he intends to introduce tape recording of asylum interviews.
(79769)
14  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he proposes to publish revised planning guidance for opencast coal mining.
(79770)
15  
  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what proposals he has to change his Department's cash limits for 1998-99.
(79771)
16  
  
Mr Alan Keen (Feltham and Heston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to announce the outcome of the public consultation exercise on the Review of Football-Related Legislation which was published on 27th November 1998.
(79772)
17  
  
Mrs Sylvia Heal (Halesowen and Rowley Regis):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what performance targets he has set his Department's agencies for 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(79807)
18  
  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what decisions he has reached about changes to the water abstraction licensing system in England and Wales.
(79819)
19  
  
Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review the policies in the United Kingdom Management Plan for Exports and Imports of Waste.
(79820)
20  
  
Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he intends to publish the criminal justice system plans.
(79821)
21  
  
Mr David Hanson (Delyn):    To ask Mr Attorney General, if he will place a copy of the authorised transcript of the judgment in the Hamilton v Al Fayed appeal in the Library.
(79838)

 
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