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Order of Business Wednesday 21st 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 9.30 a.m.Prayers
Afterwards 
Adjournment Debates
1  ADJOURNMENT    [Until 2.00 p.m.]
The Prime Minister
    That this House do now adjourn.
    Subjects proposed to be raised on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House:
9.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.Mr Paul BurstowPensioner poverty.
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.Mr Hilton DawsonPark homes reform and affordable housing in the countryside.
12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m.Mr Matthew TaylorEducation funding in Cornwall.
1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.Mrs Eileen GordonCreation of a war memorial for civilians in Romford.
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.Mr Andrew HunterVehicular use of green lanes.
    The Motion for the Adjournment of the House will lapse at 2.00 p.m. and the sitting will be suspended until 2.30 p.m. (Standing Order No. 10).

At 2.30 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
*1 Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    What plans he has to review the operation of the Parliamentary Ombudsman system.
(80292)
*2 Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    What research has been conducted through the People's Panel into the delivery of public health in deprived communities; and if he will make a statement.
(80293)
*3 Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    If he will make a statement on the work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
(80294)
*4 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What steps he has taken to co-ordinate the work of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretaries of State for Social Security and Health in relation to services for the elderly.
(80295)
*5 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the Government's anti-drugs policy.
(80296)
*6 Jacqui Smith (Redditch):    What plans he has to promote one-stop shops for government services.
(80297)
*7 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement concerning the Better Regulation Unit's report on liquor licensing.
(80298)
*8 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    When he and fellow ministers expect to take action following the report by officials on biotechnology and genetic modification.
(80299)
*9 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    If he will make a statement on his plans to improve the procedures for access to public appointments, indicating when the new procedures are likely to be introduced.
(80300)
*10 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    When he intends to publish the United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator's first annual report and national plan.
(80301)
*11 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What remedy is available to an individual who believes he has suffered from maladministration on the part of an ombudsman.
(80302)
*12 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What steps he is taking to improve the quality of advice given to the public by telephone from government departments.
(80303)
*13 Bob Russell (Colchester):    How many political advisers have been appointed by government departments since 1st May 1979; how many have left; and how many are currently employed.
(80304)
*14 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    What steps he has taken to encourage departments to set improved response times for letters from (a) honourable Members and (b) members of the public.
(80305)
*15 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    What monitoring has taken place of the conduct of public consultation exercises by government departments.
(80306)
*16 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What action he is taking to ensure that all government departments are fully utilising the Internet.
(80307)
*17 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    What representations he has received regarding departmental spending on (a) research and (b) advertising; and if he will make a statement.
(80308)
*18 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    When he will announce his criteria for measuring changes in illegal drug (i) use, (ii) addiction and (iii) deaths.
(80310)
*19 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What discussions he has had with trade unions representing public sector organisations to reduce absenteeism rates at work.
(80311)
*20 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    When he will demolish the old Department of the Environment buildings at Marsham Street.
(80312)
*21 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on his plans to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in the senior Civil Service.
(80314)
*22 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    Pursuant to his oral Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 307, on the Biotechnology and Genetic Modification Ministerial Group, if he will place in the Library his assessment of the prospective benefits to humankind of biotechnology.
(80315)
*23 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on the ways in which CAP reform will have an impact upon the returns from the estates currently run by the Duchy of Lancaster.
(80316)
*24 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    What further steps are being taken to co-ordinate the presentation of Government policies through advertising in the media.
(80319)
*25 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What recent representations he has received on the White Paper, Modernising Government.
(80320)
At 3.00 p.m. 
Oral Question to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80322)
*Q2 Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80323)
*Q3 Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80324)
*Q4 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80325)
*Q5 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80326)
*Q6 Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80327)
*Q7 Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80328)
*Q8 Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    When he last met President Clinton.
(80329)
*Q9 Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80330)
*Q10 Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80331)
*Q11 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80332)
*Q12 Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80333)
*Q13 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80334)
*Q14 Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80335)
*Q15 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on proportional representation for Westminster parliamentary elections.
(80336)
*Q16 Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80337)
*Q17 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80338)
*Q18 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80339)
*Q19 Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80340)
*Q20 Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
(80341)

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


Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
2   DIGITAL TELEVISION BROADCASTING    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Dr George Turner
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a universal service obligation for the delivery of certain digital television services and with respect to the delivery of regional television services; and for related 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 [9th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
   TAXATION OF THE ROAD HAULAGE INDUSTRY
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr James Arbuthnot
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
 
        That this House condemns the Government's utter failure to acknowledge the crisis in the UK road haulage industry; notes that, despite promising not to raise taxes, Labour have done so in their first three Budgets, so that the Government is raising over £9 billion more from British road users than under the Conservative Government's plans and that the UK now has the highest fuel duties and vehicle excise duties in Europe, which now far exceed any environmental justification; further notes that they have created a crippling costs disadvantage for UK hauliers against their EU competitors, are forcing the closure or bankruptcy of many UK hauliers and inflating the costs of industries that are dependent upon road haulage; deplores the way in which the Government has sought to misuse figures produced by KPMG that are of no relevance to the situation that faces UK road hauliers and notes that independent analysis forecasts that 53,000 jobs will be lost from the UK road haulage industry over the next three years if government policies remain unchanged; commends the Conservatives' BRIT disc proposal as a first step towards reducing the competitive disadvantage faced by UK road hauliers; and urges the Government to end its complacency and refusal to listen to the road haulage industry and to acknowledge that fuel duties and vehicle excise duties are too high as a result of its policies.
        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Taxation of the Road Haulage Industry):
 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 `believes that everyone, including hauliers, must play their part in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide from transport, and that the road fuel duty escalator first introduced by the last Government acts as an incentive to greater fuel efficiency; deplores the hypocrisy of the Conservative Party for doing one thing in Government and another in Opposition; calls on it to explain which areas of public spending it would cut in order to pay for the abandonment of the fuel escalator; welcomes this Government's commitment to promoting a more dynamic business sector, in particular the measures taken to help the road haulage industry, including cuts in the corporation tax rates, freezing the rates of vehicle excise duty for most lorries for two years running, doubling the maximum reduction in vehicle excise duty for cleaner lorries, and reducing duty rates on ultra-low sulphur diesel relative to ordinary diesel; notes that the UK haulage industry benefits from the total tax burden on business in the UK being lower than that of other major EU member states, and lower than the average for the EU and the OECD; believes that the environmental measures this Government has introduced will play an important part in encouraging use of more fuel-efficient vehicles, cleaner fuels and greener modes of transport; and welcomes the dialogue that is now taking place between the industry and the Government in the Road Haulage Forum.'.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Matthew Taylor
Norman Baker
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises the important part the road haulage industry has to play in an integrated transport strategy and the need for the industry to remain competitive within the EU; notes with concern that the Labour Government made no assessment of the impact of the difference in rates of duty between EU states before this year's budget; nevertheless supports fiscal measures to encourage cleaner vehicles and the transfer of freight traffic from road to rail where this is possible; believes that increases in fuel taxation must be linked to significant reductions in vehicle excise duty levels; notes that the Conservatives introduced the fuel duty escalator and made no criticism of this during any of the last eight budgets; and calls on the Government to evaluate the tax burden on road haulage companies, and in particular the effects of the recent rises in fuel duty, with the objective of protecting the industry whilst achieving the maximum environmental gain.'.
   THE STATE OF BRITISH LIVESTOCK FARMING
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Mr Tim Yeo
Mr James Paice [R]
Mr James Arbuthnot
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
 
        That this House notes with concern the collapse in farm incomes, especially in the livestock sector; expresses astonishment at Labour's claims to be the party of the countryside; condemns the Government's dismissive response to the deepening crisis in pig farming; deplores the lack of progress in restoring beef exports and ending the ban on beef on the bone; calls for a postponement of the imposition of further charges on slaughter houses; urges that Milk Marque be allowed to invest in processing capacity; recognises that British farmers work at a competitive disadvantage compared with those abroad because of excessive and unnecessary regulations; expresses dismay at the outcome of the European Agenda 2000 negotiations when a poor deal for British farmers, consumers and taxpayers was made worse by the Prime Minister; and calls for the reversal of all those government policies which are damaging the rural economy, the agricultural industry and the British countryside.
 
        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (The State of British Livestock Farming):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Nicholas Brown
 
        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises the difficulties faced by many in the livestock sector; welcomes the Government's strong commitment to the livestock sector in the United Kingdom; endorses the efforts the Government has made to secure the lifting of the ban on the worldwide export of British beef; approves of the steps which the Government has taken since May 1997 to support the beef and sheep industry via EU agri-monetary compensation; welcomes the initiatives the Government has taken to promote the pig industry; recognises the extra support to the livestock sector, particularly hill and upland producers via substantially increased hill livestock compensatory allowances, announced in November 1998; and welcomes the recently-agreed reshaping of the Common Agricultural Policy as part of the Agenda 2000 negotiations, which seeks to provide the livestock sector with stability and a secure future.'.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Andrew George
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        Line 13, at end add `many of which were initiated by previous Conservative Governments'.
        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   SUPREME COURT OF ENGLAND AND WALES    [No debate]
 Mr Geoffrey Hoon
        That the draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 13th April, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  5   ADJOURNMENT    [No debate]
 Margaret Beckett
        That this House, at its rising on Friday 30th April, do adjourn till Tuesday 4th May.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).
At the end of the sitting:
6   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Lancashire Police and Stephen Lawman     (Mr David Borrow    ).
        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   European Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m. Room 10 (public)
        To consider the European Union Document No. 8582 relating to air transport competition rules.
2   Standing Committee C 10.30 a.m. Room 12 (public)
        To consider the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Bill.
3   Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 10 (public)
        To consider the draft of Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
4   Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 12 (public)
        To consider the draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999.
5   Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 1999.
SELECT COMMITTEES
6   Catering 9.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
7   Education and Employment: Education Sub Committee 9.30 a.m. Room 18 (private)
8   Modernisation of the House of Commons 9.30 a.m. Room 20 (private)
9   Defence 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Ministry of Defence Expenditure Plans 1999-2000.
        Witnesses: Mr Colin Balmer, Principal Finance Officer, Ministry of Defence, Major-General John Kiszely, ACDS (Programmes).
10   Scottish Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Inward/Outward Investment in Scotland.
        Witnesses: Mrs Ray Macfarlane, Managing Director Operations, Mr Bob Downes, Director of Clusters, Scottish Enterprise, Mr David MacDonald, Director of Locate in Scotland.
11   Social Security 10.15 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Information Technology Services Agency.
        Witness: Mr George McCorkell, Chief Executive, Information Technology Services Agency (ITSA).
12   Science and Technology 3.45 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Scientific Advisory System: Genetically Modified Foods.
        Witness: Ms Alison Austin, Senior Manager, Environmental Affairs, J Sainsbury plc.
13   Broadcasting 4.00 p.m. Room 5 (private)
14   European Scrutiny 4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
15   Selection 4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
16   Accommodation and Works 4.30 p.m. Room 7 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEE
17   Financial Services and Markets 6.00 p.m. Room 3 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 20th April for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what resources have been allocated to regional development agencies for 1999-2000.
(81847)
2  
  
Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the high level targets for the Medicines Control Agency for 1999-2000.
(81848)
3  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list gross departmental running costs limits for 1999-2000.
(81938)
4  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the provisions of Part I of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 will come into force.
(81939)
5  
  
Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to establish a motorcycling advisory group.
(81949)
6  
  
Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what is his latest estimate of the cost of the Trident Acquisition programme; and if he will make a statement.
(81950)
7  
  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement about the future of the territorial auxiliary and volunteer reserve associations.
(81951)

 
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