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Order of Business Tuesday 18th January 2000

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* 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
Private Business
        Note: Private business is not debated at this time and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Third Reading
United Reformed Church Bill [Lords]

Consideration of Bill, as Amended
City of London (Ward Elections) Bill. (By Order)
    Mr John McDonnell
    Mr Jeremy Corbyn
    Mr Harry Cohen
        On Consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended, to move, That the Bill be considered upon this day six months.

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on Turkey's EU candidature status.
*2 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    If he will make a statement on the Government's proposals for the next European Union Inter-Governmental Conference.
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*3 Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    If he will make a statement on progress towards restoring a democratic government in Pakistan.
*4 Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw):    What action his Department has taken to combat the drugs trade, with particular reference to Latin America.
*5 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    If he will raise the issue of HIV/AIDS in the developing world at the next G8 Summit in Japan.
*6 Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    What recent representations he has received concerning Indian policy towards Kashmir.
*7 Joan Ryan (Enfield North):    What recent discussions he has had with the United States over conflict resolution in Africa.
*8 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What recent discussions he has had with the Cuban government.
*9 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    What plans he has to ensure that the G8 summit in Japan will discus the impact that HIV/AIDS is having on the developing world.
*10 Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    What recent discussion he has had with the US Government with regard to the drugs trade involving Colombia.
*11 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the plans to extend qualified majority voting at the Inter-Governmental Conference.
*12 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the sanctions currently applied to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
*13 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    If he will make a statement on the UK's relations with the Government of Argentina.
*14 Mr Michael Portillo (Kensington and Chelsea):    If he will make a statement on the future of the UK's contribution to UN peacekeeping missions.
*15 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What progress has been made on the enlargement of the EU following the Helsinki Council meeting.
*16 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    If he will make a statement on recent developments in the European Union enlargement process.
*17 Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    What new initiatives on sanctions he is proposing to help the people of Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
*18 Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):    What recent discussions he has had with the United States over recent developments in Africa.
*19 Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    If he will make a statement on the efforts to find a settlement for the situation in Cyprus.
*20 Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    If he will make a statement on the future status of the Falkland Islands.
*21 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    What representations he has made over the future territorial integrity of Indonesia.
*22 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    What action his Department has taken to combat the drugs trade, with particular reference to Latin America.
*23 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What recent meetings he has held with elected representatives of the people of Chechnya.
*24 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    What progress has been made in co-operation with EU partners over matters of trade and finance in the past 12 months.
*25 Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    If he will make a statement on the situation of Palestinian refugees in (a) Gaza, (b) the West Bank and (c) elsewhere in the Middle East, indicating the assistance Her Majesty's Government has given since 1969.
*26 Miss Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lunesdale):    What progress has been made on the enlargement of the EU following the Helsinki Council meeting.
*27 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on Palestinian refugees.
*28 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    When he next intends to discuss with his Russian counterpart attacks on Jewish people and their property in Russia.
*29 Mr Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East):    When he last made representations to the Government of Iran on the 13 Jews arrested on charges of espionage.
*30 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    If he will make a statement on the UK's relationship with Iraq.
*31 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    If he will make a statement on the Middle East peace process.
*32 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    If he will make a statement on government policy towards Montenegro.
*33 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What proposals for Treaty changes he plans to place on the agenda at the forthcoming Intergovernmental Conference.
*34 Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    If he will make a statement on the current situation in Montenegro.
*35 Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    If he will list the expected contents of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1   IMMIGRATION (PORT OF ENTRY) (AMENDMENT)    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Julian Brazier
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend entry requirements at air and sea ports to provide three channels of entry, one for European Union citizens, one for subjects of Her Majesty and Her successors and one for others; 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).

        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

Main Business
2   OPPOSITION DAY [3rd allotted day].    [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 applauds the dedication and commitment of National Health Service staff whose tireless efforts alone have kept the Service going throughout the present crisis; deplores the Government's inadequate preparation for predicted winter pressures and Ministers' complacency and continual unwillingness to accept responsibility for their failures, including withholding information and misuse of statistics; notes the catalogue of mismanagement of the National Health Service by the Government, including the distortion of clinical priorities, reduced patient access to specialist care and its flawed cancer initiative; regrets the Prime Minister's assertion that there is no alternative to the Government's existing strategy; and calls on the Government to abandon ideology, put the well-being of patients before political dogma and create a health care system fit for the 21st century with a strengthened National Health Service at its centre.
        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (The Government's Management of Health Care in the United Kingdom):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Reid
Mr Secretary Murphy
              Mr Secretary Mandelson
    Mr Secretary Milburn
        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and insert `applauds the dedication and commitment of National Health Service staff for their tireless efforts at all times and in particular during the millennium holiday period and the current severe outbreak of flu; welcomes the Government's acceptance of the recommendations of National Health Service Pay Review bodies in full and without staging for the second year, in stark contrast to the practice of the previous administration; notes that, between 20th December and last weekend, there were 350,000 999 calls, over 800,000 attendances at Accident and Emergency departments and there have been over 250,000 emergency admissions; recognises the vital role in meeting these pressures played by the unprecedented level of planning for the winter, covering health and social services and the extension of NHS Direct to two-thirds of England; welcomes the measures already taken by this Government to increase the capacity of the National Health Service, including increased provision of critical care beds, the modernisation of Accident and Emergency departments, the biggest ever National Health Service hospital building programme, the employment of additional doctors and the recruitment of more nurses, the cuts in in-patient waiting lists, the extra investment to modernise cancer, coronary and mental health services and the commitment to increased investment in and modernisation of the National Health Service; and rejects the Opposition's proposals to privatise the National Health Service.'.
 Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Nick Harvey
Mr Peter Brand
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Paul Tyler
        Line 7, leave out from `Government' to end and add `and even greater mis-management by its Conservative predecessors; calls on the Government to fulfil the Prime Minister's new pledge to raise UK health spending to the European Union average, before it makes any cut in income tax; and rejects the Conservative strategy of creeping privatisation of health services by driving patients to take out insurance.'.
 Mr William Hague
Sir George Young
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot
        That this House takes note of the increase in running costs of central Government and rising waste in public expenditure; regrets that this means resources are not reaching front-line public services; regrets that the Government seeks to deflect criticism of their failure to deliver improvements in public services onto public servants; notes the doubling in the number of paid political advisers; and deplores the Government's reliance on spin-doctoring and bureaucracy in place of support for public services.
        As an Amendment to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Cost and Accountability of Central Government):
 The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Marjorie Mowlam
        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `notes that, compared to the previous administration, the costs of central Government have not risen in real terms, and have indeed fallen; supports the progress made by this Government in cleaning up politics and rebuilding the bond of trust with the British people, broken through the failures of the previous administration; welcomes the Government's actions to improve democratic accountability; endorses the inclusive approach to policymaking of the Modernising Government agenda, which involves more people from all walks of life; welcomes the improvement in standards in public life; and agrees with the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that `special advisers have a valuable role to play.'.
        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 10.00 p.m.
+  5   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate]
 The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, the Motion on the Line of Route may be proceeded with, though opposed, until 11.30 p.m.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

6   LINE OF ROUTE    [Until 11.30 p.m.]
 Mrs Marion Roe
        That this House approves the First Report from the Administration Committee on the Revised Framework for Re-opening the Line of Route during the Summer Adjournment (HC98).
Debate may continue until 11.30 p.m. if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.
+  7   ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr Keith Bradley
        That Mr Laurence Robertson be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Sir Richard Body be added to the Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
+  8   SELECT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr Keith Bradley
        That Mr Nicholas Soames be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Mr John Townend be added to the Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Nerve gas poisoning at Nancekuke in Cornwall     (Ms Candy Atherton).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

1   Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
        Further to consider the Government Resources and Accounts Bill.
2   Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
        Further to consider the Freedom of Information Bill.
3   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m. Room 11 (public)
        To consider the Terrorism Bill.
4   Standing Committee E 10.30 a.m. Room 14 (public)
        To consider the Transport Bill.
5   Standing Committee F 10.30 a.m. Room 12 (public)
        To consider the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill.
6   Standing Committee G 10.30 a.m. Room 5 (public)
        To consider the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill.
7   Culture, Media and Sport 9.45 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
        Subject: Wembley National Stadium.
        Witnesses: The British Olympic Association; UK Athletics (at 11.10 a.m.); Mr Tony Banks MP (at 11.45 a.m.).
8   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
        Subject: The Environment Agency.
        Witnesses: The Environment Agency; The Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP, Minister for the Environment and officials from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (at 11.30 a.m.).
9   International Development 9.50 a.m. Room 7 (private)
10   Agriculture 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: Segregation of GM Foods.
        Witness: Baroness Hayman, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
11   Environmental Audit 10.00 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
        Subject: Pre-Budget Report 1999.
        Witness: Mr Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary, HM Treasury.
12   Foreign Affairs 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
        Subject: Kosovo.
        Witnesses: Mr Tim Judah, Freelance Writer, Dr Jane Sharp, King's College, London, Mr Jonathon Steele, The Guardian, Professor Adam Roberts, Balliol College, Oxford, and Mr John Sweeney, The Observer.
13   Trade and Industry 10.00 a.m. Room 18 (public)
        Subject: Pre-Budget Scrutiny: Fiscal Proposals.
        Witnesses: Confederation of British Industry; Trades Union Congress; Institute of Directors; Institute of Fiscal Studies; ProShare and Employee Share Ownership Centre.
14   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m. Jubilee Room (private)
15   Public Administration 10.30 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
        Subject: Innovations in Citizen Participation in Government.
        Witnesses: Local Government Association; Audit Commission.
16   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
17   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
        Subject: Private Finance Initiative.
        Witnesses: The Confederation of British Industry; The Trades Union Congress (at 11.45 a.m.).
18   Welsh Affairs 10.30 a.m. Room 17 (private)
19   Procedure 4.00 p.m. Room 8 (private)
20   Administration 5.00 p.m. Room 17 (private)
21   Agriculture 5.00 p.m. Room 20 (private)
22   Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development, Trade and Industry 5.00 p.m. Room 16 (private)
23   Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Room 7 (private)
24   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 17th January for answer today++
Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what steps he intends to take to ensure sites submitted to the European Commission as candidate special areas of conservation under the Habitats Directive are given appropriate protection during delays in the adoption of such sites.
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the outcome of his review of Access Funds and Hardship Loans.
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Government will publish its response to the consultation document on the Small Business Service.
Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the Government's first report under the Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Act 1998.

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