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Order of Business Monday 17th January 2000

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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 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
*1 Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    How many prisons are overcrowded.
(103961)
*2 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    What estimate he has made of the impact on police budgets of the Public Safety Radio Communications Project.
(103962)
*3 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    If he will make a statement on the most recent crime figures for Kent.
(103963)
*4 Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    How much the Government is investing in CCTV systems in the current financial year.
(103964)
*5 Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    What support and funding are available to community groups for (a) fighting crime and (b) working to improve the quality of life in their areas.
(103965)
*6 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What discussions he has had with the Cabinet Office regarding the regulatory impact assessment for the Representation of the People Bill.
(103966)
*7 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What amount and proportion of police funding was spent on pensions in (a) 1990 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(103967)
*8 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement about the future of the Tote.
(103968)
*9 Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    What assessment he has made of the contribution of CCTV to the prevention and detection of crimes; and if he will make a statement.
(103969)
*10 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    What steps he is taking to regulate the activities of private wheelclamping companies.
(103970)
*11 Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    What estimate he has made of the number of asylum seekers who will be sent to locations in Scotland in 2000 and 2001.
(103971)
*12 Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    What measures he is taking in respect of the funding of police pensions.
(103972)
*13 Mr Tony Banks (West Ham):    What proposals he has to establish pilot projects for voting at the weekend.
(103973)
*14 Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    What plans he has to coordinate responsibility for the improvement of fire safety.
(103974)
*15 Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    What measures he is taking to ensure that witnesses in magistrates' courts are adequately protected.
(103975)
*16 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    If he will make a statement on the latest crime figures for Lancashire.
(103976)
*17 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    If he will estimate the extra cost incurred by the Passport Office as a result of the backlog of applications for passports.
(103977)
*18 Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):    What measures he is taking to increase the total number of police officers in England and Wales over the next three years.
(103979)
*19 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What recent discussions he has had with organisations representing the victims of crime about improving information to victims about appeals.
(103980)
*20 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on the progress of consultations on the Jenkins Commission's proposals for reform of the voting system.
(103981)
*21 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on the payment of compensation to Winston Silcott.
(103982)
*22 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To which funds the Chief Constable of Lancashire can apply to bid for additional funding for more police officers for 2000-01.
(103983)
*23 Mr Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    What steps he is taking to enable new technology to be used in national and local elections.
(103984)
*24 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    If he will make a statement on the penalties available to ensure road hauliers do not bring illegal immigrants into the United Kingdom.
(103985)
*25 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    How many applications he has received for portable CCTV units in the past year; what proposals he has to provide resources for portable systems of CCTV; and if he will make a statement.
(103986)
*26 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    How many homes will be covered by his Department's Crime Reduction Programme Initiative to reduce burglaries.
(103987)
*27 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    How many asylum seekers entered the United Kingdom through Heathrow Airport in 1999, 1998, 1997 and 1996.
(103988)
*28 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    What steps he is taking to assist those granted asylum in the United Kingdom to integrate into British society.
(103989)
*29 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    What measures he is taking to promote the use of modern technology in electoral procedures.
(103990)
*30 Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham):    If he will make a statement on the most recent crime figures for Kent.
(103991)
*31 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    What assessment he has made of the performance of Cheshire Police in reducing crime.
(103992)
*32 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    If he will make a statement on the latest crime figures for Cheshire.
(103993)
*33 Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    What measures is he taking to ensure that witnesses in magistrates' courts are adequately protected.
(103994)
*34 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    How many low-income pensioner households will receive help from the Crime Reduction Programme in respect of burglary in the current financial year.
(103995)
*35 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    How many representations he has received on his proposals to restrict the right to elect trial by jury; and if he will make a statement.
(103996)
*36 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What progress has been reported to him by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in the case of WPC Yvonne Fletcher since the arrival of the UK's Ambassador in Tripoli.
(103997)
*37 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    What estimate he has made of the number of police forces which have had a real-terms fall in funding in the current financial year after the cost of police pensions is taken into account.
(103998)
*38 Mr Keith Darvill (Upminster):    What measures he is taking to improve access for the disabled to polling stations.
(103999)
*39 Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    What level of financial support from central government has been made to Victim Support in each of the last five financial years.
(104000)

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


Main Business
1   OPPOSITION DAY [2nd allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 MEETING THE NEEDS OF PENSIONERS
 Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Andrew George
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        That this House believes that an increase of 75p in April 2000 in the rate of the retirement pension would be inadequate.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Meeting the Needs of Pensioners):
 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 `notes that the Government inherited a situation where increasing numbers of pensioners were living in poverty and where, if nothing had been done, one in three people would have retired on to means-tested benefits by the middle of this century; congratulates the Government on the start it has made in dealing with these problems; applauds in particular the introduction of the Minimum Income Guarantee, benefiting one and a half million pensioner households, and welcomes the Government's commitment to raising it in line with earnings for the rest of this Parliament and to conducting a take-up campaign to ensure that pensioners get what they are entitled to; supports the Government's commitment to helping pensioners, including the restoration of free eye tests and the new winter fuel payments, which benefit over seven million pensioner households and will be paid every year from now on; welcomes the Government's commitment to extending further help with pensioners' needs, including free television licences for people aged 75 or over from next autumn and the extension of concessionary public transport fare schemes; supports the Government's commitment to letting pensioners benefit more from their savings through the minimum tax guarantee which now means that two thirds of pensioners now pay no income tax; and welcomes the Government's plans to reform pensions, through the new stakeholder pensions and second state pension, so that everyone who puts in a full life of working or caring will in due course be able to retire on an income above means-tested levels.'.
 PROTECTING POST OFFICE SERVICES
 Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr Brian Cotter
Norman Baker
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        That this House deplores the continuing decline under successive governments in the sub-post office network which is contributing to growing financial exclusion especially among pensioners and other low-income groups; regrets the Government's intention to press ahead with automated credit transfer from 2003 which will lead to further large scale closures and will deny freedom of choice; and urges the Government to postpone automated credit transfer until the Post Office has developed its own automated platform and, as part of the Universal Service Obligation, require Post Office Counters to maintain a sub-post office network which satisfies broad social and economic as well as narrow financial criteria of viability.
 
        As an Amendment to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Protecting Post Office Services):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Byers
Mr Secretary Darling
Mr Secretary Milburn
 
        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the fact that the Government will be introducing a Bill to modernise the Post Office; notes the contrast with years of Tory inaction, that left the Post Office to decline; welcomes the reduction of the External Financing Limit and the ability to borrow which will boost the Post Office's ability to invest for the future, welcomes for the first time the clear commitment of the Government to a network throughout the United Kingdom of post offices which will be automated, and to introduce for the first time criteria for access to Post Office services; welcomes the fact that for the first time the Universal Service Obligation will be guaranteed in legislation; welcomes the study by the Performance and Innovation Unit which is looking at the future of the network; and notes that the policies of the Opposition would undoubtedly lead to the decline of the Post Office.'.
        The Eleventh Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1998-99, on the Horizon Project for Automated Payment of Benefits through Post Offices (HC 530), the Twelfth Report, Session 1998-99, on The 1999 Post Office White Paper (HC 94) and the Government's responses thereto (Session 1999-2000, HC 50), are relevant.
        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.
+  2   POLITICAL PARTIES, ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS BILL    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr Secretary Straw
        That Standing Committee G be discharged from considering Part I (the Electoral Commission) and Part VII (Referendums) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill and any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to those Parts, and that those Parts of the Bill, and such new Clauses and new Schedules, be committed to a Committee of the whole House;
        That, when the provisions of the Bill considered respectively by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill be proceeded with as if the Bill had been reported as a whole from the Standing Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
3   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Sandra Gregory's appeal for clemency from the King of Thailand (Mr Malcolm Bruce).
        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   Committee of Selection 3.30 p.m. Room 7 (private)
2   Information 4.30 p.m. Room 13 (private)
3   Public Accounts 4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
        Subject: (1) The Procurement of Non-Combat Vehicles for the Royal Air Force (at 4.30 p.m.).
        (2) The Management of Medical Equipment in NHS Acute Hospital Trusts in England (at 5.30 p.m.).
        Witnesses: (1) Sir Robert Walmsley, KCB MA FIEE, Chief of Defence Procurement, Ministry of Defence; Mr Paul Robert, Director, Mr Peter Harris, Director, Lex Vehicle Leasing. (2) Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive, NHS Executive; Mr Clive Bray, Technical Director, Device Technology & Safety, Medical Devices Agency.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Friday 14th January for answer today++
1  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department played in the 1998 decision to appoint DTI inspectors to investigate Hollis Industries plc.
(105833)
2  
  
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department has played in discussions with the DTI on the cost of the current investigation into Mirror Group Newspapers plc.
(105834)
3  
  
Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the reports and recommendations of the Health Pay Review bodies.
(105835)
4  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, whom he has decided to appoint as the Greater London Returning Officer for the Greater London Authority election on 4th May.
(105841)
5  
  
Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the shortlist of proposed uses for the Millennium Dome after the millennium celebrations will be announced.
(105842)
6  
  
Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the status of the EU arms embargo on Indonesia.
(105843)

 
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