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Order of Business Tuesday 8th February 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 
Private Business
        Note: Private business is not debated at this time and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Second Reading
Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill (By Order)
    Mr Andrew F. Bennett
        On Second Reading of the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill, to move, That the Bill be read the second time upon this day six months.

Afterwards 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*1 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal for communities.
(107305)
*2 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    If he will make a statement on the timetable for the partial privatisation of National Air Traffic Services.
(107306)
*3 Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    What steps the Government is taking to promote economic development in the West Midlands through Regional Development Agencies.
(107308)
*4 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on Government policy in respect of housing directly managed by local authorities.
(107309)
*5 Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    What steps the Government is taking to promote the regeneration of disadvantaged areas in the Eastern Region.
(107310)
*6 Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    If he will make a statement on progress in achieving a Public Private Partnership for London Underground.
(107311)
*7 Kali Mountford (Colne Valley):    What assessment he has made of steps taken by local authorities to improve the quality of housing since 1997.
(107312)
*8 Mr Peter Snape (West Bromwich East):    What steps the Government is taking to provide a New Deal for local communities.
(107313)
*9 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    If he will make a statement about the protection of established green belt land, and the acreage of it that has been approved for non-conforming use for development during the past 33 months.
(107314)
*10 Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    What factors he will take into consideration in determining regional quotas for the allocation of future regeneration funds; and if he will make a statement.
(107315)
*11 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    If he will make a statement on the latest position regarding the Bus Employees' Superannuation Trust Scheme and the National Bus Pension Fund Scheme.
(107316)
*12 Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    When he will set a date for a referendum on the setting up of a regional assembly for the North East of England.
(107318)
*13 Mr Christopher Leslie (Shipley):    If he will make a statement on government support for the location of new retail outlets in existing town centres.
(107319)
*14 Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    What steps he is taking to encourage initiatives by local authorities to improve the quality of their environmental services.
(107320)
*15 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    If he will make a statement on the levels of traffic congestion in Great Britain (a) today, (b) a year ago and (c) two years ago.
(107321)
*16 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    What assessment he has made of the potential for development on brown-field sites in the South East.
(107322)
*17 Christine Russell (City of Chester):    If he will make a statement on his proposals to streamline the home buying and selling process.
(107323)
*18 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What representations he has had from local councils which wish to retain the committee system.
(107324)
*19 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What plans he has to address the concerns of people living in rural areas about the impact of his Department's transport policies.
(107325)
*20 Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    If he will make a statement on negotiations towards a public-private partnership for the London Underground.
(107326)
*21 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    If he will make a statement on the regional economic strategy prepared by the Eastern Regional Development Agency.
(107327)
*22 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What steps the Government is taking to regenerate the North West.
(107328)
*23 Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    When he last met representatives of Virgin Trains to discuss the West Coast mainline service.
(107329)
*24 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on future investment plans for the rail system.
(107330)
*25 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    If he will make a statement on the Government's plans for the shipping industry.
(107331)
*26 Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    What steps he is taking to improve rural transport.
(107332)
*27 Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    If he will make a statement about the future of parish councils.
(107333)
*28 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    What steps are being taken to establish the Strategic Rail Authority; and what its impact will be in Scotland.
(107334)
*29 Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    What projects his Department has recently evaluated relating to schemes to improve the quality of life for people in disadvantaged communities in East London.
(107335)
*30 Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    If he will make a statement on the support his Department makes available for increasing and improving shopping facilities in existing town centres.
(107336)
*31 Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    What plans he has to deal with extra traffic flows in areas of new greenfield developments.
(107337)
*32 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What recent representations he has received concerning brownfield housing developments in the North West.
(107338)
*33 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What steps he is taking to review the method of calculating the spending needs of local authorities.
(107339)
*34 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    If he will make a statement on actions taken by his Department to tackle homelessness among young people.
(107341)
*35 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What follow up action he has undertaken with developing countries on the proposals adopted at the Kyoto Summit.
(107343)
*36 Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    What assessment he has made of the Greater Nottingham Area Rail Development Strategy.
(107344)

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


Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1   PETROL TAX (PROMULGATION)    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Mr Tony Baldry
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to impose an obligation on petrol retailers to display prominently at the point of sale of petrol a notice showing the percentage and amount of the cost of a litre of petrol which go to the Exchequer by way of tax and duty.
        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   NORTHERN IRELAND BILL (PROGRAMME)    [Up to 3 hours]
 Margaret Beckett
Mr Secretary Mandelson
Sir George Young
Mr Paul Tyler
 
        That the following provisions shall apply to proceedings on the Northern Ireland Bill:--
Timing of proceedings
        1.--(1) Proceedings on the Bill shall be completed at today's sitting.
          
          (2) Proceedings on Second Reading shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion four hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
          (3) Proceedings in Committee shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion six hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
          (4) Remaining proceedings on the Bill shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion seven hours after the commencement of proceedings on this Motion.
          2.--(1) When the Bill has been read a second time--
            (a) it shall, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 63 (Committal of bills), stand committed to a Committee of the whole House without any Question being put,
            (b) proceedings on the Bill shall stand postponed while the Question is put, in accordance with Standing Order No. 52(1) (Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with bills), on any financial resolution relating to the Bill,
            (c) on the conclusion of proceedings on any financial resolution relating to the Bill, proceedings on the Bill shall be resumed and the Speaker shall leave the Chair whether or not notice of an instruction has been given.
          (2) On the conclusion of proceedings in Committee the Chairman shall report the Bill to the House without putting any Question; and if he reports the Bill with Amendments, the House shall proceed to consider the Bill as amended without any Question being put.
Questions to be put
        3.--(1) For the purposes of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Chairman or Speaker shall forthwith put the following Questions (but no others)--
          (a) any Question already proposed from the Chair;
          (b) any Question necessary to bring to a decision a Question so proposed;
          (c) the Question on any amendment moved or Motion made by a Minister of the Crown;
          (d) any other Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded;
jf135and on a Motion for a new Clause or Schedule, the Chairman or Speaker shall put only the Question that the Clause or Schedule be added to the Bill.
        (2) If two or more Questions would otherwise fall to be put by the Chairman or Speaker under sub-paragraph (1)(d) in relation to successive provisions of the Bill, the Chairman or Speaker shall instead put a single Question in relation to those provisions.
Lords Amendments
        4.--(1) Any Lords amendments to the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.
        (2) Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments shall be brought to a conclusion, if not previously concluded, one hour after their commencement.
        5.--(1) This paragraph applies for the purpose of concluding in accordance with paragraph 4 any proceedings on any message received from the Lords relating to the Bill.
        (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question already proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.
        (3) If that Question is for the amendment of a Lords Amendment the Speaker shall then put forthwith--
          (a) the Question on any further amendment of the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown, and
          (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.
        (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith--
          (a) the Question on any Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment, and
          (b) the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House agrees or disagrees to the Lords Amendment or (as the case may be) to the Lords Amendment as amended.
        (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown, That this House disagrees to a Lords Amendment.
        (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees to all the remaining Lords Amendments.
        (7) As soon as the House has agreed or disagreed to a Lords Amendment, or disposed of an Amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to, the Speaker shall put forthwith a separate Question on any other Amendment which is moved by a Minister of the Crown and relevant to the Lords Amendment.
Subsequent Stages
        6.--(1) Any further Message from the Lords on the Bill shall be considered forthwith without any Question being put.
        (2) Proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.
        7.--(1) This paragraph applies for the purposes of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 6.
        (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any Question which has already been proposed from the Chair and not yet decided.
        (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the Question already proposed from the Chair.
        (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown on any item.
        (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the Question, That this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Proposals.
Reasons Committee
        8.--(1) The Speaker shall put forthwith the Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons and the appointment of its Chairman.
        (2) A Committee appointed to draw up Reasons shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.
Miscellaneous
        9.--(1) This paragraph applies if--
          (a) a Motion for the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) has been stood over to Seven o'clock; but
          (b) proceedings to which this Order applies have begun before then.
        (2) Proceedings on that Motion shall stand postponed until the conclusion of those proceedings.
        10.--(1) No Motion shall be made to alter the order in which any proceedings on the Bill are taken.
        (2) No dilatory Motion with respect to, or in the course of, proceedings to which this Order applies shall be made except by a Minister of the Crown; and the Question on any such Motion shall be put forthwith.
        (3) No debate shall be permitted on any Motion to recommit the Bill (whether as a whole or otherwise), and the Speaker shall put forthwith any Question necessary to dispose of the Motion, including the Question on any Amendment.
        11. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to this Order.
        12.--(1) The Question on any Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order shall be put forthwith.
        (2) Standing Order No. 15(1) (Exempted business) shall apply to the proceedings to which this Order applies.
        (3) If the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the time at which any proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion under paragraph 1, 4 or 6, no notice shall be required of a Motion made by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of this Order.
        13. Proceedings to which this Order applies shall not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.
        The Speaker will put the Question not more than three hours after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 83). This period may continue or commence after 10.00 p.m. if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

At 10.00 p.m.
+     BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate]
 The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, the Motion on Northern Ireland Bill (Programme) may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15)

+  3   NORTHERN IRELAND BILL:    Second Reading. (Queen's Consent to be signified).    [Up to 7 hours]
Remaining stages may also be taken.
 
        If the Motion on Northern Ireland Bill (Programme) is agreed to, proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee and on Third Reading shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion four, six and seven hours respectively after the commencement of proceedings on that Motion.
        If the Motion on Northern Ireland Bill (Programme) is agreed to and the Bill is committed to a Committee of the whole House, further proceedings on the Bill shall stand postponed, and, as soon as the proceedings on the Motion on Northern Ireland Bill [Money] have been concluded, the House will immediately resolve itself into a Committee on the Bill.
For Amendments in Committee, see separate Paper.
+  4   NORTHERN IRELAND BILL [MONEY]:    Queen's Recommendation signified.    [No debate]
 Mr Stephen Timms
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Northern Ireland Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of--
        (1) any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State attributable to the Act;
        (2) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act.
        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).
+  5   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
Mr Secretary Mandelson
 
        That, at the sitting on 10th February, the House shall not adjourn until the Speaker shall have reported the Royal Assent to any Act agreed upon by both Houses.
        If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
6   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Finance for flood and storm protection in the South West (Mr Anthony Steen).
        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 B 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Freedom of Information Bill.
2   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Terrorism Bill.
3   Standing Committee E 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Transport Bill.
4   Standing Committee F 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill.
5   Standing Committee G 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill.
SELECT COMMITTEES
6   Foreign Affairs 9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
(private)
         Subject: Kosovo.
        Witnesses: Mr Mark Littman QC, Professor Christopher Greenwood QC, Professor Vaughan Lowe.
7   International Development 9.50 a.m. Room 7 (private)
8   Trade and Industry 10.00 a.m. Room 541,
7 Millbank
(private)
9   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
         Subject: The Double Jeopardy Rule.
        Witnesses: Criminal Bar Association and Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society.
10   Environmental Audit 10.30 a.m. Room 19 (private)
11   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
12   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
         Subject: The Council of Economic and Finance Ministers (ECOFIN).
        Witnesses: Dawn Primarolo MP, Paymaster General, and Miss Melanie Johnson MP, Economic Secretary and officials of HM Treasury.
13   Welsh Affairs 10.30 a.m. Room 17 (private)
14   Administration 5.00 p.m. Room 13 (private)
15   Statutory Instruments Immediately
after the
meeting of
the Joint
Committee
on Statutory
Instruments
Room 7 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEE
16   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 7th February for answer today++
1  
  
Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made with Government plans to establish Partnerships UK; and if he will make a statement.
(109298)
2  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has approved the terms of reference for the South East and East of England Regional Air Services Study; and how he will ensure consistency in evaluating the demands for, and constraints on, airports and air service development in the South East and East of England Regional Air Services Study.
(109353)
3  
  
Mr Keith Darvill (Upminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what guidance he has given the Disability Rights Commission on discharging its functions.
(109354)
4  
  
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proposals she has to change the 1999-2000 departmental expenditure limit or running costs limit for the Cabinet Office.
(109355)
5  
  
Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proposals she has to change the 1999-2000 departmental expenditure limit of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioners; and for what reasons.
(109356)
6  
  
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the PPP project for the Army Foundation College at Harrogate.
(109357)
7  
  
Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress has been made on strengthening links between the Royal Navy and the French Navy.
(109358)
8  
  
Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about the rates of pay offered to the chairmen of regional development agencies.
(109434)
9  
  
Mr Clive Efford (Eltham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement about the change of Chief Executive at the Millennium Dome.
(109501)
10  
  
Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how his Department will take forward reform of the Public Trust Office following the Quinquennial Review of its executive agency status, published on 18th November 1999.
(109502)

 
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