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Order of Business Tuesday 13th April 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 the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*1 Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    What plans he has to take action against incompetent and dishonest builders; and if he will make a statement.
(78815)
*2 Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    What is his most recent estimate of the amount of goods transported by rail in 1998-99; and if he will make a statement.
(78816)
*3 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement concerning progress in implementing the policy of making available half-fare bus passes for all pensioners.
(78817)
*4 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement about his plans to introduce new legislation affecting the status of the New Forest.
(78819)
*5 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    If he will make a statement on the level of freight costs in (a) the UK and (b) other EU member states.
(78820)
*6 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    What plans he has to review the arrangements for concessionary travel in Greater London.
(78821)
*7 Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    When he expects to bring forward measures to implement proposals in the Government's consultation paper, Sites of Special Scientific Interest_Better Protection and Management.
(78822)
*8 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    If he will make a statement about the Government's policy on (a) investment in and (b) fares on London Underground.
(78823)
*9 Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    If he will make a statement on rural bus services.
(78824)
*10 Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    When the Regional Chamber in the North East will be officially established.
(78825)
*11 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    What plans he has to hold regular rail summits with the rail operators.
(78826)
*12 Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    What plans he has to ensure that good-quality public transport is available as an alternative to motoring.
(78827)
*13 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    If he will make a statement on road freight costs in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other EU member states.
(78828)
*14 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on road links to Manchester International Airport.
(78829)
*15 Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    If he will make a statement on the latest data on the number of people using buses.
(78830)
*16 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What steps he is taking to encourage the manufacture of compressed natural gas vehicles and the conversion of existing petrol and diesel vehicles to alternative fuels.
(78831)
*17 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    What has been the average rate of increase in percentage terms in the allowable spending of local councils over the past five years; and what is the figure for Rochford.
(78832)
*18 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    What assessment he has made of the impact on the Green Belt of the granting of planning consents for redundant farm buildings to be used for light industrial purposes.
(78833)
*19 Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    If he will make a statement on freight costs in (a) the UK and (b) other EU member states.
(78834)
*20 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    What applications he has received to release genetically-modified organisms at sites in Monmouthshire; and what objections he has received to such applications.
(78835)
*21 Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    What estimate he has made of the level of changes in council taxes in shire areas over the next three years.
(78836)
*22 Jacqui Smith (Redditch):    What proposals he has for increasing public use of buses.
(78837)
*23 Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington):    When he last met representatives of the road haulage industry to discuss prospects for the industry; and if he will make a statement.
(78838)
*24 Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    If he will make a statement concerning access for disabled people to public transport.
(78839)
*25 Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    What plans he has to encourage the transfer of freight from road to rail.
(78840)
*26 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    When the further studies on improving the A47 east of Norwich will be completed.
(78841)
*27 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    What assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes to excise duty on freight vehicles on pollution emission targets.
(78842)
*28 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    What measures the Government is taking to raise ethical standards in local government; and if he will make a statement.
(78843)
*29 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    What plans he has to ensure the protection of natural habitats in the implementation of his policy on access to the countryside.
(78844)
*30 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    When the Regional Chamber in the North West will be officially established.
(78845)
*31 Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    What discussions he has had with European Commissioners on the future development of the United Kingdom road and rail network within the Trans-European Network.
(78846)
*32 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    What appraisal he has made of the environmental consequences of the development of home delivery and home ordering of retail household goods.
(78847)
*33 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What recent representations he has received requesting a directly-elected assembly for the East Midlands.
(78848)
*34 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    How many train journeys were (a) cancelled and (b) seriously delayed in 1998.
(78849)
*35 Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    What progress is being made on improving road maintenance; and if he will make a statement.
(78850)
*36 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    What representations he has made to the European Commission regarding the ban imposed by the Danish Government on the importation, sale and production of lead products.
(78851)
*37 Steve Webb (Northavon):    What assessment he has made of the impact of his measures to improve rural public transport.
(78852)
*38 Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley):    If he will make a statement on his Department's document, Sustainable Distribution: A Strategy.
(78853)

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


Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1   COMMUNITY PROTECTION (LANDFILL)    [Up to 20 minutes]
 David Taylor
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to reduce landfill disposal of municipal and special wastes and to control the location of landfill sites; to require the assessment of the impact of proposed landfill sites on public health, the local economy and the environment; 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).

Main Business
+  2   HEALTH BILL [LORDS]:    Second Reading.    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Health Bill [Lords    ] because it removes choice from both patients and healthcare professionals over appropriate treatment; it removes the highly successful and popular option of fund-holding for family doctors; it imposes unnecessary and expensive bureaucracy and creates further upheaval in the Health Service, which is already under considerable strain; it undermines the competitiveness of the British pharmaceutical industry; and it centralises power in the hands of the Secretary of State, giving him arbitrary authority over the running of the Health Service without sufficient reference to Parliament.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
+  3   HEALTH BILL [LORDS] [MONEY]:    Queen's Recommendation signified.    [No debate]
 Mrs Barbara Roche
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Health Bill [Lords    ], it is expedient to authorise--
        (a) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of--
          (i) any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown under the Act,
          (ii) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment,
        (b) the conversion into public dividend capital of any amount outstanding by way of initial loan forming part of an NHS trust's originating capital debt.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).
+  4   HEALTH BILL [LORDS] [WAYS AND MEANS]    [No debate]
 Mrs Barbara Roche
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Health Bill [Lords    ], it is expedient to authorise the imposition of charges in respect of expenditure incurred by the Commission for Health Improvement.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).
At the end of the sitting:
5   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Prescribing medicines on the NHS     (Dr Stephen Ladyman    ).
        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 4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the Immigration and Asylum Bill.
2   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.
SELECT COMMITTEES
3   Foreign Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Transcaucasus and Central Asia.
        Witnesses: Representatives of BG plc, BP Amoco plc and Monument Oil and Gas plc; A Meredith Jones & Co, British Consultants Bureau and N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd (at 11.30 a.m.).
4   International Development 10.00 a.m. Room 5 (private)
5   Public Administration 10.15 a.m. Room 8 (private)
6   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
7   Procedure 4.00 p.m. Room 8 (public)
        Subject: Procedural Consequences of Devolution.
        Witnesses: Rt Hon Peter Brooke, MP, and other members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee.
8   Home Affairs 4.30 p.m. Room 20 (private)
9   Defence 7.00 p.m. Room 16 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEE
10   Financial Services and Markets 3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m.
Room 3 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Draft Bill on Financial Services and Markets.
        Witnesses: Ms Barbara Saunders, Chairman of the Financial Services Authority Consumer Panel; Dr Oonagh McDonald; Consumer's Assocation; (at 4.45 p.m.) Mr David Challen, Chairman of the FSA Practitioners Forum; the Law Society; the London Investment Bankers Association; Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers; Mr Derek Wanless; the Association of British Insurers; (present throughout) Mr David Roe, head of the Financial Services and Markets Bill team, HM Treasury and Mr Andrew Whittaker, Deputy General Counsel, FSA.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Monday 12th April for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money the Millennium Commission has paid to external consultants in respect of each of the Landmark projects.
(80693)
2  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) external advice and (b) consultancy work has been procured by the Millennium Commission in respect of the Portsmouth Landmark Project.
(80694)
3  
  
Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the anonymised programme of HIV surveillance in England and Wales, setting out for each survey currently in operation or planned (a) the location, (b) the targeted populations, (c) the clinical reasons for initial collection of specimens, (d) the number of specimen collection venues, (e) the annual specimen numbers, (f) the most recent prevalence data, (g) whether the consent of those tested was sought for entry into the survey and (h) whether those tested were informed that they were to be entered into the survey.
(80695)
4  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many service personnel were on sick leave when their service with the armed forces ended in each of the last three years.
(80696)
5  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will estimate the amount of statutory sick pay which his Department would have been able to claim from the Department of Social Security in each of the last three years if service personnel were eligible for statutory sick pay.
(80697)
6  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what representations he has received concerning the eligibility for higher rate incapacity benefit of service personnel who are on sick leave when discharged.
(80698)
7  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the Department of Social Security concerning the eligibility of service personnel for statutory sick pay.
(80699)
8  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what advice and guidelines the Millennium Commission has given to local authorities involved with Millennium Landmark projects.
(80700)
9  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the original guidelines agreed for Millennium Landmark projects; and which projects do not meet those guidelines.
(80701)
10  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which members of the Millennium Commission have been involved in the Portsmouth Landmark Project.
(80702)
11  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Millennium Landmark projects will receive more than 50 per cent. of their funding from the Millennium Commission.
(80703)
12  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money the Millennium Commission has (i) paid and (ii) agreed to pay towards the Portsmouth Landmark Project; for what elements of the scheme the money was paid; and what percentage this represents of the total cost of the project.
(80704)
13  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes have been agreed with the Millennium Commission on the planned opening date for the Millennium Tower in Portsmouth since the project's inception; and what is the current target date.
(80705)
14  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the expected completion dates for each Millennium Landmark project.
(80706)
15  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money has been spent to date by the Millennium Commission on each Millennium Landmark project.
(80707)
16  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the progress of each Millennium Landmark project.
(80708)
17  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department has spent in each of the last five years on nuclear accident response; and if he will list the incidents and the cost involved with each.
(80709)
18  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the cost to his Department in each of the last five years of (a) public ceremonial duties and (b) VIP transport.
(80710)
19  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what has been the cost to his Department in each of the last five years of evacuating British citizens from overseas trouble spots; which places were involved; and what was the cost for each.
(80711)
20  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many times in each of the last five years his Department's personnel have been involved in counter drugs operations; which units were involved; and what was the cost above normal expenditure for the operations.
(80712)
21  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what was the cost in each of the last five years of his Department's search and rescue capability in the UK.
(80713)
22  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to publish the Summary of Departmental Investment Strategies in the White Paper, Public Services for the Future: Modernisation, Reform, Accountability, (Cm. 4181).
(80717)
23  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he proposes to use his capping powers for 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(80718)
24  
  
Mr Bruce George (Walsall South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to report to Parliament on activities by energy conservation authorities under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(80719)
25  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will provide details of the equipment to be provided by the United Kingdom to ECOMOG, as part of the United Kingdom's £10 million package of assistance to Sierra Leone; and what assurances he has received about its use.
(80720)
26  
  
Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to publish the Government's response to the Foreign Affairs Committee report on Sierra Leone (HC 116 of Session 1998-99).
(80721)

 
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