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Order of Business Tuesday 26 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 2.30 p.m.Prayers
Afterwards 
Private Business
Note: Private business is not debated at this time and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Further Consideration of Bill, as Amended
City of London (Ward Elections) Bill. (By Order.)
    Mr John McDonnell
    Mr Harry Cohen
    Mr Jeremy Corbyn
    Mr Andrew Mackinlay
        On further Consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended, to move, That the Bill be further considered upon this day six months.
    Mr John McDonnell
        On further Consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended:
        [For Amendments, see Notice Paper relating to Private Business.]

Afterwards 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*1 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What plans he has to tackle road congestion in urban areas.
(94209)
*2 Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    What representations he has received about permitted development rights for Railtrack in Oxford; and if he will make a statement.
(94210)
*3 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What support he plans to give to the regeneration of coastal towns.
(94211)
*4 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What plans he has for increasing the involvement of tenants in the management of local authority housing.
(94213)
*5 Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    How much money his Department is making available to install a bus lane on the New London Road in Chelmsford as part of the integrated transport policy.
(94215)
*6 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What estimate he has made of the annual costs of (a) the regional development agencies and (b) English regional assemblies.
(94216)
*7 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on progress made in improving the trunk road network.
(94217)
*8 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What steps he is taking to ensure that air traffic control can cope with the forecast increase in flights into and from the United Kingdom.
(94218)
*9 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    When he expects Transport for London to assume responsibility for the Underground.
(94219)
*10 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    If he will make statement on the integration of public transport in rural areas.
(94220)
*11 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If he will make a statement on drug-testing for drivers.
(94221)
*12 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    What recent discussions he has had with Railtrack on the movement of freight by rail.
(94222)
*13 Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    What plans he has to improve the workings of the private rental sector of the housing market.
(94223)
*14 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement regarding his plans for National Park status for the New Forest.
(94224)
*15 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    If he will make a statement on his plans for the future of housing tenancy arrangements.
(94225)
*16 Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    If he will make a statement on the priority he will give to bypassing towns and villages on major trunk routes in his roads programme.
(94227)
*17 Mr Stephen Day (Cheadle):    What plans he has to ensure that his target for house-building on brown-field sites is met.
(94228)
*18 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    What assessment he has made of the draft regional strategies presented by the regional development agencies.
(94229)
*19 Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    How many young people sleeping rough in England have been settled in accommodation in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(94230)
*20 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    What progress has been made in the work of the Regional Development Agency in the Eastern Region.
(94231)
*21 Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    If he will make a statement on his target for the proportion of new housing to be built on brown-field sites.
(94232)
*22 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    What arrangements he has made to ensure the accountability of English Partnerships to local communities.
(94233)
*23 Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    When he now expects to publish the Housing Green Paper; and if he will make a statement.
(94235)
*24 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    How many houses will be built on greenfield sites in Lancashire in 1999-2000.
(94236)
*25 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    What plans he has further to restrict housebuilding in the green belt.
(94237)
*26 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What representations he has received on the provision of rural public transport.
(94238)
*27 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement on the frequency and quality of Thameslink services to central London from Mill Hill Broadway and Hendon.
(94239)
*28 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    What progress he has made on the public private partnership for the London Underground.
(94240)
*29 Angela Smith (Basildon):    If he will undertake a review of the Waste Minimisation Act 1998.
(94241)
*30 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    What progress has been made in the North West with regard to implementing the recommendations contained in the report of the Urban Task Force, The Urban Renaissance.
(94242)
*31 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What plans he has to review the impact of aquatic pollution on the Norfolk Broads.
(94243)
*32 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What research his Department has commissioned into alternative fuels.
(94244)
*33 Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    What discussions he has had with ministers of other EU countries about climate change and the impact upon rare animal species.
(94245)
*34 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    If he will report on progress in the establishment of the Regional Chamber in Yorkshire and Humberside.
(94246)

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


Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
1   ORGANIC FOOD AND FARMING TARGETS    [No debate]
 Joan Ruddock
        Bill to make provision regarding the setting and achievement of targets for organic farming and food consumption; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
Ten minute rule Motion
2   CIVIL REGISTRATION (ACCESS TO RECORDS)    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Keith Darvill
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law relating to access to registers of births, marriages and deaths; 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   POLICE NUMBERS, ASYLUM SEEKERS, IMMIGRATION CONTROL AND THE GOVERNMENT'S HANDLING OF REVELATIONS RELATING TO COLD WAR SPIES    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr William Hague
Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr John Greenway
Mr David Lidington
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House notes the Government's incompetent handling and mismanagement of Home Office issues in general; further notes that the number of police officers in England and Wales has fallen by more than 1,000 since the General Election; further notes that the Home Secretary's recent announcement on police recruits will mean another fall in the number of police officers in England and Wales; further notes the chaos caused by the Government in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and the record numbers of asylum-seekers, many of them bogus, now arriving in the United Kingdom; further notes the recent revelations arising from the Mitrokhin Archive; and calls on the Government to increase police numbers, to improve the working of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, to reduce the numbers of bogus asylum-seekers arriving in the United Kingdom and to ensure that those who betray the United Kingdom to foreign powers are pursued with the utmost vigour.
        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Police Numbers, Asylum Seekers, Immigration Control and the Government's Handling of Revelations Relating to Cold War Spies):
 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 `applauds the Government for its achievements on Home Office issues; notes that the previous government left the youth justice system in disarray, left chaos in the immigration and asylum system, in particular as a result of provisions in the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, and that police numbers fell by 1,500 between 1992-93 and 1997-98; further notes the action that the Government has taken in asking the Intelligence and Security Committee to review the handling of the Mitrokhin Archive, including key decisions taken before 1997; and welcomes the Government's initiatives to provide new money to fund the recruitment of 5,000 police officers over and above the number that would otherwise have been recruited, comprehensively to tackle crime and disorder and to develop a fairer, faster and firmer immigration and asylum system, through the Immigration and Asylum Bill, which will better serve genuine refugees and help reduce the number of abusive claims in the United Kingdom.'.
 Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Richard Allan
Mr John Burnett
Mr Paul Tyler
 
    Line 5, leave out from `Wales' to end and add `believes that the Government's Immigration and Asylum Bill is not acceptable as it will exacerbate many of the difficulties in the present system and that the number of asylum applications at any one time relates as much to the wider international situation as to any policy at home; believes that the recent revelations arising from the Mitrokhin Archive demand greater accountability of the security services and the process for determining whether spies are prosecuted; and calls on the Government to increase police numbers, to concentrate on improving the efficiency of the asylum and immigration system rather than punitive measures against asylum seekers, to improve accountability of the security services, and above all never to forget that there is no greater priority for good government than to guarantee the maximum liberty of all the people who are its responsibility and that it must always carry out this duty whatever other obligations it has to ensure the best quality public services for the guarantee of good law and order.'.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
4   STATE OF THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr William Hague
Dr Liam Fox
Mr Philip Hammond
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House notes and applauds the dedication of those who work in the National Health Service but regrets the inadequacy of the support they receive from Her Majesty's Government in their efforts to deliver a first-class service; deplores the mismanagement of the National Health Service by Her Majesty's Government; regrets the continued distortion of clinical priorities in favour of political targets; urges the new Secretary of State to acknowledge the damage the waiting list initiative has caused to the National Health Service and to abandon waiting list targets as a measure of performance; calls on him to acknowledge the existence of rationing in the National Health Service and to ensure that in future such rationing takes place solely on the basis of clinical need; and calls for a fully informed and wide-ranging debate on the future of health care delivery to ensure that the people of this country have the health services they deserve.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (State of the National Health Service):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Milburn
 
    Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `applauds the dedication, skill and professionalism of the staff of the National Health Service but regrets that Her Majesty's Opposition seek to undermine the National Health Service at every turn; welcomes the Government's success in cutting waiting lists in line with its manifesto pledge and its programme to make services faster and more convenient; supports the Government's commitment to modernise cancer, heart disease and mental health services, and to ensure high standards of National Health Service care everywhere; notes that a modernised National Health Service funded through taxation and offering treatment according to need not ability to pay is both fairer and more efficient than private alternatives supported by the Opposition; and so believes that the National Health Service should be modernised not privatised.'.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
5   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Government policy towards the joint industry board for the electrical contracting industry (Mr John McAllion).
        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   Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Financial Services and Markets Bill.
2   First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 10.30 a.m. Room 9 (public)
        To consider the Value Added Tax (Sport, Sports Competitions and Physical Education) Order 1999 (S.I., 1999, No. 1994).
SELECT COMMITTEES
3   Trade and Industry 9.30 a.m. Room 167 (7 Millbank)
(private)
4   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Work of the Health and Safety Executive
        Witnesses: Confederation of British Industry; Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (at 11.10 a.m.).
5   Agriculture 10.00 a.m.
11.30 a.m.
Room 17 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Marketing of Milk Witnesses: National Dairy Council.
6   Environmental Audit 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
(public)
        Subject: A Sustainable Millennium Round.
        Witnesses: The Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP, Minister for the Environment.
7   Foreign Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Relations with Russia
        Witnesses: Professor Hanson, Birmingham University, Professor Margot Light, London School of Economics, Dr Alex Pravda, St Anthony's College, Oxford and Dr Mark Galeotti, Keele University; Mr Anatol Lieven, Institute for International Strategic Studies, Mr John Lloyd, New Statesman and Mr Xan Smiley, The Economist (at 11.30 a.m.)
8   Welsh Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Role of the Secretary of State for Wales and European Structural Funds.
        Witnesses: The Rt. Hon. Paul Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Wales, and Welsh Office officials.
9   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
        Subject: The Work of the Home Office
        Witness: The Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP, Home Secretary.
10   Public Administration 10.30 a.m. Room 20 (private)
11   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m.
Room 13 (private)
12   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
        Subject: International Monetary Fund.
        Witnesses: Mr Stephen Pickford, UK Executive Director, International Monetary Fund and World Bank and Mr Alex Gibbs, Head of Globalisation, Trade and Institutions Team, HM Treasury.
13   Defence 2.15 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
14   Education and Employment 3.45 p.m.
Room 18 (private)
15   Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry 5.00 p.m. Room 15 (private)
16   Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting of the Joint Committee on
Statutory Instruments
Room 7 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEE
17   Statutory Instruments 4.15 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Monday 25th October for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what progress has been made in the examination of Gurkha pensions and gratuities; and if he will make a statement.
(96019)
2  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement setting out the key targets which have been set for the Disposal Sales Agency for financial year 1999-2000.
(96020)
3  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what key targets have been set for the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency for 1999-2000.
(96021)
4  
  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the current security situation in Bosnia and the potential implications for the numbers of UK troops deployed there.
(96088)
5  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will announce a decision on the way ahead for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency public private partnership proposals.
(96089)
6  
  
Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on force levels in the Falkland Islands.
(96090)
7  
  
Mr Phil Hope (Corby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to release more records of the wartime Special Operations Executive.
(96166)
8  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, when Michael John Smith (prison number PR 3345) will receive a substantive reply to his letter of 10th January 1997 to the Secretary of the Security Commission; and what was the reason for the delay.
(96168)
9  
  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Prime Minister, why undertakings contained in the letter of 7th January 1998 from the Secretary of the Civil Service Commission to Michael John Smith (prison number 3345) were not fulfilled.
(96167)
10  
  
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the regional development agencies' regional strategies will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(96169)
11  
  
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire) To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will make a statement on the title of his Department.
(96245)

 
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