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Order of Business Wednesday 20 October 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 Graham BradyFuture of grammar schools.
11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.Mr Martin O'NeillCar pricing in the UK.
    The First Report of the Trade and Industry Committee on Vehicle Pricing, HC 64, and the Government's response thereto, HC 236, are relevant.
12.30 p.m. - 1.00 p.m.Mr Peter ViggersRoyal Hospital Haslar.
1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.Mr Llew SmithPosition of pensioners.
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.Mr Iain Duncan SmithOperation of the criminal justice system in respect of victims of crime.
    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. 
Private Business
Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.

Second Reading

Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [Lords].


Afterwards 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington):    What progress has been made through the Decommissioning Authority on the proposals for the purchase of decommissioned weaponry.
(92968)
*2 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    What progress is being made towards devolution in Northern Ireland.
(92970)
*3 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    If he will make a statement on progress with the Belfast Agreement.
(92971)
*4 Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    If he will make a statement on the setting up of the Northern Ireland Executive.
(92972)
*5 Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    What proposals the Government has for life-long learning in Northern Ireland.
(92973)
*6 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on recent figures for unemployment in Northern Ireland.
(92974)
*7 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement on the Patten Commission's report on policing in Northern Ireland.
(92977)
*8 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement about the implementation of weapons decommissioning.
(92978)
*9 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    How many prisoners have been released under the terms of the Good Friday agreement.
(92979)
*10 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What further talks have taken place about preparations for a British-Irish Council.
(92980)
*11 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    If he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Belfast Agreement.
(92981)
*12 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will make a statement on progress on the peace process.
(92982)
*13 Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    What proportion of officers in the RUC are (a) Catholics and (b) women; and if he will make a statement.
(92984)
*14 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What proposals the Government has for life-long learning in Northern Ireland.
(92985)
*15 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    If he will make a statement on the progress he has made towards establishing a power-sharing executive for Northern Ireland.
(92986)
*16 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    What recent meetings he has had with the Irish Government concerning the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
(92987)
*17 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What progress has been made by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(92988)
*18 Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    What steps are being taken to create a more normal security environment in Northern Ireland.
(92989)
*19 Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    If he will make a statement on the Patten Commission's report on policing in Northern Ireland.
(92990)
*20 Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South):    To what extent the Parades Commission has been able to achieve a local accommodation over the disputed parades this year.
(92991)
*21 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    What progress he has made on the establishment of a civic forum in Northern Ireland.
(92992)
*22 Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    What steps are being taken to promote reconciliation in Northern Ireland amongst those whose family members or friends have been killed or injured in the past 30 years.
(92993)
*23 Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    What steps are being taken to encourage inward investment in Northern Ireland.
(92994)
*24 Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    What progress he has made on the establishment of a civic forum in Northern Ireland.
(92995)
*25 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If he will make a statement on the work of the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland.
(92996)
*26 Mr John D. Taylor (Strangford):    How many homes are proposed in (a) those planning applications for which outline planning approval has been issued but construction has not commenced and (b) existing planning applications for which the planning decision has not yet been issued in the town of Newtownards.
(92997)
At 3.00 p.m. 
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(92998)
*Q2 Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(92999)
*Q3 Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93000)
*Q4 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93001)
*Q5 Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93002)
*Q6 Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93003)
*Q7 Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93005)
*Q8 Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93006)
*Q9 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93007)
*Q10 Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93008)
*Q11 Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93009)
*Q12 Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93010)
*Q13 Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93011)
*Q14 Mr William Thompson (West Tyrone):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93012)
*Q15 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93013)
*Q16 Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93014)
*Q17 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93015)
*Q18 Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93016)
*Q19 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th October.
(93017)

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


Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
2   CONTROL OF HEDGEROWS IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Jim Cunningham
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by extending powers to environmental health officers to intervene in neighbourly disputes involving hedgerows in residential areas; 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
3   OPPOSITION DAY [20th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
   FOOD AND FARMINGĖ
 Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Colin Breed
Mr David Heath
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        That this House notes with dismay the plight of British farmers whose incomes have plummeted to record lows in the last four years, as a result of higher costs and lower farm gate prices producing rapidly increasing losses, despite continually high supermarket profit margins and costs to consumers; further notes that the extra costs imposed through regulation and public health protection that fall directly on the industry should more properly come from the public health budget; deplores the failure of the Government to provide an adequate response to this national food crisis; and therefore calls on the Government to recognise that its latest financial package is insufficient to tackle the fundamental restructuring of UK and EU agriculture policy, necessary for a secure future for British farmers, consumers and the countryside.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Food and 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 agriculture and the wider rural economy as a result of the depressed level of farm incomes; approves of the special measures the Government has taken to assist the industry through three aid packages plus EU agri-monetary compensation worth in total £742 million; endorses the establishment of industry-led working groups to examine urgently the regulatory burdens on agriculture; supports the Government's promotion of collaborative working throughout the food chain to add value and generate the price premium that high-quality United Kingdom produce deserves, while noting that the Competition Commission's investigation of supermarket pricing includes an examination of trading practices throughout the supply chain; welcomes the Government's achievement of significant reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in the interests of producers, consumers and taxpayers; and fully supports the Government's commitment to the future of United Kingdom agriculture as a competitive, flexible and diverse industry, and the use of options available under Agenda 2000 to help secure this.'.
4   TRANSPORT SAFETY
 Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Don Foster
Mr Michael Moore
Mr Tom Brake
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        That this House notes with extreme sadness the recent Paddington rail disaster and the ensuing injuries and loss of life and extends its deepest sympathies to all those affected; congratulates the emergency services on their outstanding work in very difficult conditions: urges the Government not to respond prematurely but to ensure that swift action follows the enquiry into rail safety systems by implementing the key recommendations due in December 1999; condemns past Governments for failing to invest in an effective advanced train protection system; calls on the Government to remove responsibility for the setting of safety standards from Railtrack; further notes the serious concerns that exist over safety in other modes of transport and draws specific attention to the continuing pressure on safety standards in the air transport industry due to the vast rate of growth in journeys; notes the considerable opposition from all sides of the House to the Government's plans to privatise the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the London Underground and the possible effect this could have on safety standards; urges the Government to re-consider its proposals and instead to make NATS and London Underground public interest companies, ensuring safety remains a core priority; further urges the Government to ensure that maritime safety standards are not compromised by the closure of coastguard stations around the country; and calls on the Government to reduce the possibility of road safety incidents by setting national targets for reducing overall traffic levels and encouraging nationwide implementation of initiatives such as "Safe Routes to School".
 
        As an Amendment to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Transport Safety):
 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 `notes with extreme sadness the recent Paddington rail disaster and the ensuing injuries and loss of life and extends its deepest sympathies to all those affected; congratulates the emergency services on their outstanding work in very difficult conditions; welcomes the prompt and comprehensive actions taken since the tragedy at Paddington, which demonstrate how serious the Government are about transport safety; notes the Government's continuing determination to take real steps to make transport safer for the public and the workforce; acknowledges the long-term reduction in fatalities on roads, in the air, at sea and on the railways; recognises specific action taken to improve rail, road, marine and air safety; commends the Government for setting up a comprehensive Transport Safety Review to look at how to improve the organisation of transport safety in the United Kingdom and whether there is a case for a single independent authority for transport safety regulation; and further notes that one of the prime aims of the Government's Public Private Partnerships for National Air Traffic Services and the London Underground is the enhancement of safety by securing high and stable levels of future investment, which are essential for safety as travel increases, and that safety regulation will be kept firmly in public hands in both cases.'.
        The selection of the matters 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 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
4   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Death of Ricky Reel     (Mr John McDonnell).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
SELECT COMMITTEES
1   Education Sub-Committee 9.30 a.m. Room 18 (private)
2   Treasury Sub-Committee 9.30 a.m. Room 6 (private)
3   Agriculture 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Marketing of Milk.
        Witnesses: Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and Holstein UK and Ireland; Farmers' Union of Wales; Mrs Jane Hadley and Mr Nicholas Loftus (dairy farmers).
4   Culture, Media and Sport 10.00 a.m.
12 noon
Room 15 (public)
(private)
        Subject: The Millennium Dome.
        Witnesses: London Transport; Mr Keith Hill MP, Minister for Transport in London, DETR (at 11.00 a.m.).
5   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Transport Sub-Committee 10.30 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Railways Bill.
        Witnesses: Transport 2000 and Save our Railways; Central Rail Users' Consultative Committee (at 11.30 a.m.); Railway Reform Group (at 12 noon).
6   Social Security 10.30 a.m. Room 19 (private)
7   Northern Ireland Affairs 3.45 p.m. Room 6 (private)
8   Science and Technology 3.45 p.m. Room 20 (private)
9   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Transport Sub-Committee 4.00 p.m. Room 8 (public)
        Subject: Railways Bill.
        Witnesses: Transport Salaried Staffs' Association; Passenger Transport Executive Group (at 4.30 p.m.); Local Government Association (at 5.00 p.m.).
10   European Scrutiny 4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
11   Trade and Industry 4.00 p.m. Room 16 (private)
12   Selection 4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
13   Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee 4.30 p.m. Room 18 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 19th October for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on relations between Britain and Sierra Leone.
(94876)
2  
  
Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish GCHQ's recruitment statistics for 1998 indicating the comparable figures for 1997.
(94877)
3  
  
Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the preparedness of other countries to deal with the millennium bug.
(94878)
4  
  
Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union to the end of October together with the major European Union events for the next six months.
(94879)
5  
  
Mr Eric Clarke (Midlothian):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the General Affairs Council.
(94880)
6  
  
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects to announce the key targets for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for 1999-2000.
(94881)
7  
  
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    To ask the President of the Council, what steps she has taken to ensure the House is informed of progress in tackling the millennium bug during the summer recess.
(94882)
8  
  
Joan Ryan (Enfield North):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what guidance has been given to Ministers on the handling of correspondence from Members of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
(95070)
9  
  
Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the Code of Practice on the Dissemination of Information during Major Infrastructure Developments; and if he will make a statement.
(95071)
10  
  
Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will set out (a) the results of his Department's funded research programme into the possible interactions between the vaccines and nerve agent pre-treatments that were administered to British troops during the Gulf conflict and (b) details of any other of his Department's research relevant to the health effects of organophosphates and carbonates, including nerve agents, organophosphate pesticides and nerve agent pre-treatments.
(95072)
11  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Prime Minister, what future projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit.
(95073)
12  
  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the progress of the Colchester Garrison PFI project.
(95211)
13  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what further steps he is taking to prepare for the Greater London Authority.
(95212)
14  
  
Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will consult on the proposal for a Holocaust Remembrance Day.
(95213)

 
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