House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 1998-99
Publications on the internet
Summary Agendas and Orders of Business

Order of Business Tuesday 11th May 1999

Here you can browse the House of Commons Order of Business for Tuesday 11 May 1999.

* 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 the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*1 Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering): If he will list the monies held by local authorities from the sale of council houses.
*2 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton): What assessment he has made of the role for the car in the integrated transport strategy; and if he will make a statement.
*3 Mr David Rendel (Newbury): What steps he has taken to end fuel poverty among pensioners.
*4 Mr David Amess (Southend West): What recent representations he has received about the road building programme in Essex.
*5 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): What the response has been to the new guidance on open-cast mining from groups who submitted comments during the consultation phase.
*6 Mr Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle): If he will make a statement on the single regeneration budget for Yorkshire and Humberside.
*7 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): What measures he is taking to encourage local authorities to transfer their housing stock to housing associations.
*8 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): What plans he has for the funding for rural by-passes in 2000-01.
*9 Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West): When he last discussed the problems facing the road haulage industry with representatives of the industry.
*10 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South): What representations he has received about the Crossrail project.
*11 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): If he will make a statement on the integration of road and canal transport.
*12 Mr Bill Michie (Sheffield, Heeley): If he will make a statement on the proposed changes to planning appeal procedures in Yorkshire and Humberside.
*13 Mr David Drew (Stroud): If he will make a statement on the consultation on the document, Rural England.
*14 Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington): If he will make a statement on the public private partnership proposals for London Underground.
*15 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): What is the current position regarding proposed changes to planning appeal procedures in London.
*16 Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South): If he will make a statement on the most recent assessment of future requirements for housing in the North East.
*17 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West): If he will make a statement on the progress being made towards establishing the new Greater London Authority.
*18 Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg and Goole): What assessment he has made of the safety implications of the use of flags of convenience by ship owners.
*19 Mr Keith Vaz (Leicester East): What proposals he has to reform the planning system.
*20 Mrs Virginia Bottomley (South West Surrey): By what criteria he determines which major road schemes are visited by Ministers.
*21 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): What action the Government has taken to assist local authorities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the local planning process in the North West.
*22 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): If he will make a statement on progress with the New Deal for Communities.
*23 Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South): What action he has taken to improve the condition of railway bridges.
*24 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood): What is his latest estimate of the date when the public-private partnership for London Underground will become operational.
*25 Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden): What representations he has received from people in rural areas regarding the Government's policies on transport.
*26 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney): What steps he plans to take to ensure that the planning system assists the creation of affordable housing in the countryside.
*27 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): What estimate he has made of the number of new landfill sites for organic and household waste that will be needed in the next five years.
*28 Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby): What assessment he has made of the responses to the consultation on Rural England; and if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the proposals in the document.
*29 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): What action his Department is taking to improve the condition of the road network.
*30 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): What plans he has to introduce a requirement that bus companies publish their performance against targets for service reliability and punctuality.
*31 Jackie Ballard (Taunton): What steps he is taking to safeguard the provision of rural train services.
*32 Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone): What representations he has received about levels of awareness of latex allergy among health care workers.
*33 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): What timescale he is working to for implementation of the decisions made at the Rail Summit.
*34 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): If he will make a statement on his assessment of the safety of ships registered in Belize.
*35 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): If he will make a statement on his proposals to reduce road traffic levels.
*36 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): If he will adopt a target for two-thirds of new housing development to be built on brown-field sites; and if he will make a statement.
*37 Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire): What progress he has made in the implementation of his integrated transport policy.
*38 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): If he will make a statement on the timescale for public inquiries into local plans.

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1   CONTROL OF FIREWORKS [Up to 20 minutes]
 Sir Teddy Taylor
    That leave be given to bring in a Bill to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public; to provide for a licensing system for firework displays; 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   OPPOSITION DAY [11th allotted day]. [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley [R]
Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr James Arbuthnot
    That this House believes that the Government's proposed pensions reforms are in chaos and will do great damage to long-term savings and pension provision, especially occupational pension schemes and Group Personal Pensions; that, unless changes are made which have been called for by Her Majesty's Opposition, the stakeholder pension will be an expensive failure; further believes the Minimum Income Guarantee combined with the proposed State Second Pension will constitute a massive extension of means-testing; and condemns the Government's complacency and incompetence which will ensure millions of future pensioners will be forced into dependence on state handouts in retirement.
    As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (The Government's Pensions Policy):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Darling
    Line 1 , leave out from `House' to end and add `commends the Govenment's approach to pensions reform, set out in its Green Paper "Partnership in Pensions"; congratulates the Government on its determination to tackle 18 years of abject failure on the part of the Conservative government to put pensions provision on a proper footing and rejects the Conservative plans to privatise pension provision; commends the Government's commitment to end the scandal of pensions mis-selling and its plans to strengthen the financial regulatory system; commends the Government on its commitment to economic stability and low inflation which helps pensioners; believes that its reforms to the corporate tax system, which will result in the lowest ever rate of Corporation Tax, will be in the long-term interests of companies, shareholders and pensioners; and approves of the Government's introduction of the Minimum Income Guarantee, Winter Fuel Payments, the re-introduction of free eye tests and commitment to concessionary travel for the elderly as part of its strategy to provide security in retirement.'.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr David Rendel
Steve Webb
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Paul Tyler
    Line 1 , leave out from `House' to end and add `believes that the Government's proposed pension reforms have failed to tackle the issue of inadequate levels of pensions savings; that the Government has not done enough to alleviate pensioner poverty now, for example by raising the basic state pensions for all older pensioners; that the Minimum Income Guarantee is misleading because it is based on means-tested benefits, that it will bring many more people onto means-tested benefits and that it offers no incentive to save; and calls on the Government to introduce a properly-regulated compulsory scheme, with credits for those who are unable to make contributions, as soon as possible.'.
 Mr William Hague
Mr Peter Lilley
Dr Liam Fox
Mr Nigel Evans
Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Arbuthnot
    That this House believes that the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales need to work not only in the interests of the people of Scotland and Wales but for all the people of the United Kingdom and calls upon the Government to address the imbalances and tensions introduced by the establishment of the devolved bodies; urges the Government to abandon plans for electoral reform at Westminster in the light of experience in Scotland and Wales; and calls upon all unionist parties to resist resurgent nationalism in every part of the UK.
    As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Implications of Scottish and Welsh Devolution for the Westminster Parliament):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Dewar
Mr Secretary Michael
    Line 1 , leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the establishment of the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales, following the elections on 6th May, and the prospect of working co-operatively with these bodies and in particular the opportunity this presents to make government more democratic, accountable and inclusive within the context of a stronger Union.'.
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr James Wallace
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Paul Tyler
    Line 3 , leave out from `Kingdom' to end and add `and in welcoming the first successful elections of members to these bodies acknowledges that through their establishment the diversity of the United Kingdom is recognised and its unity maintained, and in particular that the systems of election employed have ensured that the votes cast have been reflected in seats gained and secured the presence there among others of Conservative members; further welcomes the possibility of more consensual and pluralist politics than has characterised the Westminster Parliament; and invites the Government to reaffirm its commitment to putting the choice of a fair electoral system for the House of Commons to a referendum of the British people as a necessary step in the modernisation of the constitution of the United Kingdom.'.
    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.
At the end of the sitting:
    Proposed subject: Tackling crime and vandalism in rural areas (Mr John Smith ).
    Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Special Standing Committee 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
    Further to consider the Immigration and Asylum Bill.
2   Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
    Further to consider the Health Bill [Lords].
3   Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
    Further to consider the Finance Bill (except Clause Nos. 2, 28 and 99).
4   Standing Committee E 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
    Further to consider the Access to Justice Bill [Lords].
5   Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 10.30 a.m. Room 14 (public)
    To consider the Education (School Organisation Committees) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 700), the Education (School Organisation Plans) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 701), and the Education (Transition to New Framework) (School Organisation Proposals) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 704).
6   Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 15 (public)
    To consider the Education (Budget Statements and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 486).
7   Twelfth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 4.30 p.m. Room 14 (public)
    To consider the draft Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 1999.
8   Agriculture 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
    Subject: Outcome of the CAP Reform Negotiations.
    Witness: Rt. Hon. Nicholas Brown, MP, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
9   Deregulation 10.00 a.m. Room 20 (private)
10   Environmental Audit 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
    Subject: Greening Government.
    Witnesses: Mr Arthur Rucker, Assistant Under Secretary; Dr John Connor, Chief Environment and Safety Officer; and Mr Ian Andrews, Chief Executive, Defence Estates Organisation.
11   Health 10.00 a.m. Room 7 (private)
12   International Development 10.00 a.m. Room 17 (private)
13   Trade and Industry 10.00 a.m. Room 21 (public)
    Subject: Trading, Trade Marks and Competition.
    Witnesses: Trade Marks, Patents and Design Federation; Chartered Institute of Patent Agents; Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys; Association of Pharmaceutical Importers.
14   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
    Subject: Departmental Annual Report 1999.
    Witnesses: Sir Richard Mottram, KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and officials.
15   Public Administration 10.30 a.m. Room 6 (private)
16   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
17   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
    Subject: 1. The Effect of Kosovo on Public Finances; 2. Public Services Agreements.
    Witnesses: Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn, MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and officials of HM Treasury.
18   Welsh Affairs 3.30 p.m. Room G39
7 Millbank
19   Procedure 4.00 p.m. Room 8 (private)
20   Trade and Industry 4.00 p.m. Room 6 (private)
21   Statutory Instruments Immediately
after the meeting
of the Joint
Committee on
Room 7 (private)
22   Statutory Instruments 4.15 p.m. Room 7 (private)
23   Opposed Bill Committee 10.30 a.m.
2.00 p.m.
Room 5 (public)
    To consider the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 11th May for answer today++
Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will make a statement about the Northern Ireland Executive Non-Departmental Public Bodies 1998 Report.
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what was the final outcome of the Quinquennial Agency Review of the Public Record Office.
Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what factors decided which Labour candidate's photograph to use as demonstrative of the UK electoral process in the section rights and responsibilities of his departmental publication People in Britain.
Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department intends to respond to the signing on 5th May of a tripartite agreement on East Timor by Indonesia, Portugal and the United Nations Organisation.
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what decision he has reached on the proposed intervention in Hackney Education Authority; and if he will publish lists of organisations which may be invited to bid for work as service providers in failing local education authorities.

House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 1999
Prepared 11 May 1999