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Order of Business Thursday 24th June 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 11.30 a.m.Prayers
Afterwards 
Oral Questions to the Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
*1 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    What discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on the employment consequences of EMU; and if he will make a statement.
(87056)
*2 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    What estimate he has made of the change in tax revenues in 1999-2000 as a result of the budgets since July 1997.
(87057)
*3 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    What was the level of road fuel duty per litre of diesel in 1998-99 in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Ireland and (c) other countries of continental Europe.
(87058)
*4 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What agreement was reached at the recent G8 Finance Ministers' meeting with regard to reducing the debt burden of the poorest countries; and if he will make a statement.
(87059)
*5 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What estimate he has made of the number of people in Warrington North who will benefit from the working families tax credit.
(87060)
*6 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What policy is adopted by his Department in respect of taxpayers who do not wish to pay certain elements of taxation on grounds of conscience.
(87061)
*7 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on the level of business taxation.
(87063)
*8 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    What progress has been made in deciding the details of the proposed Climate Change Levy.
(87064)
*9 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford and Southend East):    What estimate he has made of the gross and net contributions by the United Kingdom to the EU in the current calendar year; and what the figures were in 1998.
(87065)
*10 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    What progress was made on debt relief at the Cologne G8 Summit.
(87066)
*11 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on his policy on taxation of road fuel.
(87067)
*12 Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    What measures he has put in place to support families.
(87068)
*13 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What assessment he has made of the effect of current duty rates on the competitiveness of English wines.
(87069)
*14 Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    What his policy is on the proposals for a European withholding tax.
(87070)
*15 Mr Tony McNulty (Harrow East):    If he will make a statement about public service agreements on key public services.
(87071)
*16 Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    What recent representations he has received regarding the European Commission's proposal for a council directive to ensure a minimum of effective taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments within the Community.
(87072)
*17 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the convergence criteria to be adopted prior to joining the single currency.
(87073)
*18 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    If he will estimate the number of families who will be eligible for the working families tax credit in its first year of operation.
(87074)
*19 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    If he will make a statement on the European Commission's proposal for a council directive to ensure a minimum of effective taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments within the Community.
(87075)
*20 Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    What progress was made at the G8 summit in Cologne on reducing the debt burden for the world's poorest countries.
(87076)
*21 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What representations he has received from pensioner organisations concerning tax payments from pensioners' incomes; and if he will make a statement.
(87078)
*22 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If he will make it his policy to raise the VAT threshold for businesses in the service sector.
(87079)
*23 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    What plans he has to introduce fiscal measures to encourage housebuilding on brownfield sites.
(87080)
*24 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    What progress was made on debt relief at the Cologne Summit.
(87081)
*25 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What is his estimate of the present value in sterling of the United Kingdom's gold reserves; and what its valuation was on 1st January.
(87082)
*26 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on the economic tests to be met before any British application to join the Single European Currency.
(87083)
*27 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    What assessment HM Treasury has made of the effects of the proposed European withholding tax on the financial sector in London.
(87084)
*28 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    How many people have been surcharged for failing to return their completed self-assessment forms on time.
(87085)
*29 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What (a) has been and (b) he estimates will be the effect on the Contingency Fund of (i) the conflict in Kosovo and (ii) the measures to be taken following the peace agreement relating to Kosovo.
(87086)
*30 Mr Nigel Beard (Bexleyheath and Crayford):    If he will make a statement on the effects of UK non-membership of EMU on his policy of ensuring economic stability.
(87088)
*31 Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    What estimate he has made of the change in tax payable in the last two years.
(87089)
*32 Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    What plans he has for the reform of the landfill tax.
(87090)
*33 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement on the proposed climate change levy.
(87091)
*34 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What fiscal steps he is taking to ensure economic stability.
(87092)
*35 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    If he will make a statement on the implementation of the working families tax credit.
(87093)
*36 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    If he will make it his policy to allocate funds raised by particular taxes to specified services.
(87094)

At 12.30 p.m.Private Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)


Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
1   GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD AND PRODUCER LIABILITY    [No debate]
 Mr Alan Simpson
        Bill to make further provision with respect to the safety of and liability for the deliberate release or marketing of genetically modified organisms and genetically modified food; to establish a genetically modified organism compensation fund; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
2   OPPOSITION DAY [15th allotted day]    [Until 7.00 p.m.]
 GOVERNMENT'S POLICY FOR WIDOWS
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr David Rendel
Steve Webb
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        That this House welcomes the long-overdue extension of widow's benefits to widowers, and the doubling of Bereavement Payments; but notes that this costs only £100 million annually in the long term, compared with the £600 million cut the Government will make through the replacement of widows' pensions by a Bereavement Tax Allowance, the abolition of Dividend Tax Credits and the restriction of Council Tax Benefit on higher-value properties; regrets the Government's woefully inadequate response to next year's halving of widows' entitlement to additional pension; welcomes the fact that this is now under investigation by the Parliamentary Ombudsman; and calls on the Government to cease their attacks on the living standards of widows.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr Paddy Ashdown's proposed Motion (Government's Policy for Widows):
 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 `supports the Government's proposals to reform bereavement benefits, including the Bereavement Payment, which will provide a tax-free lump sum of £2,000--double the value of the current Widow's Payment; welcomes the additional help given to the children of widowers, who will qualify for the new Widowed Parent's Allowance, which will replace the Widowed Mother's Allowance; welcomes the protection given to widows over 55, who might otherwise have no practical alternative to relying on Income Support; and welcomes the wide range of policies which are designed to assist women to play a full and active part in the community.'.
3   FOOD AND SUPERMARKETS
 Mr Paddy Ashdown
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Matthew Taylor
Mr Colin Breed
Norman Baker
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        That this House notes that the rapid expansion of out-of-town superstores under the Conservatives and the concentration of local market share has hit traditional town centres; notes that supermarket purchasing and pricing policies have hit farmers but not led to lower prices for consumers and are now under investigation by the Competition Commission as a result; further notes that a new wave of larger superstore developments and predatory pricing to gain market dominance, and a squeeze of local producers and traditional retailers, is threatened by Wal-Mart's acquisition of ASDA; therefore calls on the Government to reaffirm its commitment to preventing further out-of-town greenfield development, and to tackle urgently anti-competitive, anti-producer and anti-consumer practices by the major food retailers; and calls on the Prime Minister to put on record in the House the substantive contents of his meeting earlier this year with the Chief Executive of Wal-Mart and to clarify exactly what flexibility in planning regulation was offered in respect of any future superstore development.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr Paddy Ashdown's proposed Motion (Food and Supermarkets):
 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 `welcomes the Government's planning policy on town centres and retail development, which promotes the development of food retailing in existing centres; endorses its attempts to maintain vital, viable competitive town, district and neighbourhood centres, which provide a broad range of retail services accessible to the whole population regardless of whether they have access to a car; welcomes the benefits which supermarkets have brought to consumers; notes the concerns over the level of supermarket profits and approves the investigation of grocery retailing being carried out by the Competition Commission; welcomes the recently agreed re-shaping of the CAP and the establishment of the second pillar of the CAP--an integrated rural development policy; and welcomes the Government's commitment to rural communities, its efforts to increase collaborative marketing among farmers and encourage diversification, and its support for regional, speciality and traditional food producers.'.
        The selection of the matter to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party (Standing Order No. 14(2)).
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.
+  4   PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION OF TERRORISM    [Up to 1.5 hours]
 Mr Secretary Straw
        That the draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Revival of Parts IVA and IVB) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 23rd June, be approved.
        The Instrument has not yet been considered by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.
        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 1.5 hours after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 16).
+  5   CONTRACTING OUT    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Highway Functions) Order 1999, which was laid before this House on 26th May, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
6   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Nut allergies and labelling     (Mr Edward Davey).
        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 16th December).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
STANDING COMMITTEES
1   Northern Ireland Grand Committee 2.30 p.m. Room 14 (public)
        (i) Oral questions.
        (ii) To consider the matter of the consultation document Life Long Learning-a new learning Culture for All".
        (iii) Half-hour Adjournment Debate: Mr William Ross (Problems over the Location of Terrorist Victims' Bodies)
2   Standing Committee E 1.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
        Further to consider the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [Lords]
SELECT COMMITTEES
3   Environmental Audit 9.30 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Budget 1999.
        Witnesses: Professor Stephen Smith, CSERGE, University College London; Dr Dominic Hogg and Dr Stefen Speck, ECOTEC.
4   Liaison 9.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
5   Scottish Affairs 9.30 a.m. Room 21 (private)
6   Culture, Media and Sport 10.00 a.m. Room 16 (public)
        Subject: The Department of Culture, Media and Sport and its Quangos.
        Witnesses: The Arts Council of England; National Lottery Commission (at 11.15 a.m.).
7   Health 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Procedures related to Adverse Clinical Incidents and Outcomes in Medical Care.
        Witnesses: Representatives of some affected groups.
8   Defence 11.30 a.m.
11.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Kosovo.
        Witnesses: Rt. Hon. George Robertson MP, Secretary of State for Defence, General Sir Charles Guthrie, Chief of the Defence Staff, and Mr Brian Hawtin, Acting Assistant Under-Secretary (Home and Overseas), Ministry of Defence.
9   Home Affairs 3.00 p.m. Room 20 (private)
10   European Scrutiny 4.30 p.m.
4.35 p.m.
Room 18 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Social Affairs Council, 25 May 1999.
        Witness: The Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP, Minister for Employment, Welfare to Work and Equal Opportunities, Department for Education and Employment.
JOINT COMMITTEE
11   Draft Local Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill 3.30 p.m. Room 3 (public)
        Subject: Draft Local Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill.
        Witnesses: Mr Gerry Stoker, New Local Government Network; The Labour Campaign for Open Local Government.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 23rd June for answer today++
1  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Government response to the Joint Human Genetics Advisory Commission and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority report, Cloning Issues in Reproduction, Science and Medicine, to be published.
(88432)
2  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Urban Task Force Report will be published.
(88448)
3  
  
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons' report on his inspection of HMP Wormwood Scrubs to be published.
(88449)
4  
  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is his Department's latest assessment of trends in rail performance.
(88571)
5  
  
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to consult on draft regulations under section 38 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
(88572)
6  
  
Mr Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the outcome of the Council of EU Education Ministers held on 7th June.
(88573)
7  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement about the annual financial estimates and accounts for Greenwich Hospital.
(88574)
8  
  
Mr John Grogan (Selby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to modernise NHS procurement.
(88643)
9  
  
Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what response the Government has made to recommendation 69 of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention regarding TB and badgers.
(88644)
10  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what are the increases to the special adviser pay bands for 1999-2000; and how many advisers are in each pay band, by department.
(88645)
11  
  
Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress he has made in setting up his stakeholder pensions advisory group.
(88722)
12  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will publish a revised version of PFI Technical Note No. 1 on How to Account for PFI Transactions.
(88733)

Standing Committee Notices
    Standing Committee B will meet on Tuesday 29th June at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Food Standards Bill
    Standing Committee E will meet on Tuesday 29th June at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and Thursday 1st July at 1.30 p.m. further to consider the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [Lords].
    A Second Reading Committee will meet on Tuesday 29th June at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Contracts (Right of Third Parties) Bill [Lords].
    The Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 29th June at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Excise Duties (Personal Reliefs) (Amendment) Order 1999.
    The Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 1st July at 10.00 a.m. to consider the Value Added Tax (Abolition of Zero-Rating for Tax Free Shops) Order 1999.
    The Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 1st July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Contracting Out (Jury Summoning Functions) Order 1999.

 
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