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Order of Business Thursday 17 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 11.30 a.m.Prayers
Afterwards 
        Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Private Business
Second Reading
1.  Kent County Council Bill [Lords] (By Order.)
    Mr Derek Wyatt
    Ms Fiona Jones
    Mr Andrew Mackinlay
    Mr Lindsay Hoyle
    Mr Dennis Skinner
    Mr Ronnie Campbell
        On Second Reading of the Kent County Council Bill [Lords], to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months.
2.  Medway Council Bill [Lords] (By Order.)
    Mr Derek Wyatt
    Ms Fiona Jones
    Mr Andrew Mackinlay
    Mr Lindsay Hoyle
    Mr Dennis Skinner
    Mr Ronnie Campbell
        On Second Reading of the Medway Council Bill [Lords], to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months.
3.  Mersey Tunnels Bill (By Order.)
    Mr Ben Chapman
    Mrs Louise Ellman
    Mr Frank Field
    Mr Robert N. Wareing
    Mr John McDonnell
    Mr Alan Simpson
        On Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months.

Afterwards 
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*1 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    What measures he proposes to assist schools in deprived areas to secure the private sector funding required to achieve specialist status.
(109128)
*2 Mr David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion):    If he will make a statement on his Department's plans for the development of the New Deal for the over 25.
(109129)
*3 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    When he next plans to visit Redbridge to discuss the level of education spending.
(109130)
*4 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    If he will make a statement on inequalities in education standard spending assessment per pupil between local education authorities.
(109131)
*5 Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    What assessment he has made of the effect of Government policies on applications for higher education from mature students.
(109132)
*6 Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    If he will make a statement on support for mature students in higher education.
(109135)
*7 Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    What recent representations he has received about the new teachers' pay arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(109136)
*8 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    If he will make a statement on selection in schools.
(109137)
*9 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    What support his Department is giving to the Maths Year 2000.
(109138)
*10 Mr Ernie Ross (Dundee West):    What role he plans for intermediary organisations in widening access to the labour market.
(109140)
*11 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If he will make a statement on the introduction of performance-related pay for teachers.
(109141)
*12 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What proportion of secondary schools he expects to have specialist school status by May 2002.
(109142)
*13 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What steps he will take to increase the equity of funding for school education.
(109143)
*14 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    What steps he is taking to increase the provision of adult and continuing education.
(109144)
*15 Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    What steps he is taking to raise the educational and training aspirations of young people from deprived areas.
(109145)
*16 Mr Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    What plans his Department has to extend access to information and learning technology among those who do not own computers.
(109146)
*17 Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal, specifying the total number of businesses that have participated to date.
(109147)
*18 Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    If he will make a statement on the proposed learning and skills councils.
(109148)
*19 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    If he will make a statement on the average size of secondary school classes in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999.
(109149)
*20 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If he will make a statement on post-16 education in Lancashire.
(109150)
*21 Mr William Cash (Stone):    If he will make a statement on the funding of schools.
(109151)
*22 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement regarding his plans for summer schools aimed at encouraging young people to apply for higher education.
(109152)
*23 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    If he will make a statement on the increase in the number of full-time equivalent students at further education colleges in England and Wales (a) in 1992 to 1997 and (b) since May 1997.
(109153)
*24 Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    How many millennium volunteer projects have been approved; and if he will make a statement on progress.
(109154)
*25 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What plans he has to develop more specialist schools.
(109155)
*26 Mrs Diana Organ (Forest of Dean):    If he will make a statement on the Neighbourhood Support Fund.
(109156)
*27 Mr David Drew (Stroud):    What plans he has to increase the funding of secondary schools in Gloucestershire.
(109158)
*28 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on his latest discussions with teachers' professional bodies on performance-related pay.
(109159)
*29 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    How he intends to ensure that young people have access to work-based learning.
(109160)
*30 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What assessment his Department has made of the measures required to improve labour market access for the most disadvantaged groups; and what policies are in place to address this situation.
(109161)
*31 Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    What measures the Government has taken to raise the status of those who work in early years education since May 1997.
(109162)
*32 Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    If he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Sure Start programme.
(109163)
*33 Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    What plans he has to re-direct resources for training and further education from spending on administration to vocational and academic education.
(109164)
*34 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    What steps his Department plans to take to implement Disability Rights Task Force proposals as they affect education.
(109165)
*35 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    If he will make a statement on class sizes in primary and secondary schools since May 1997.
(109166)
*36 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    When he last met the UK anti-drugs coordinator to discuss the use of illegal drugs in schools and places of work.
(109167)

At 12.30 p.m.Private Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)


Main Business
+  1   ARMED FORCES DISCIPLINE BILL [LORDS]:    Second Reading.    [Until 7.00 p.m.]
 Mr William Hague
Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Robert Key
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot
 
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords    ] because it adds unnecessary administrative burdens and costs to Her Majesty's Forces, proposes hasty and impractical solutions to the administration of military law for forces on active service, transfers to civilians powers which rightly lie with the chain of military command, and, furthermore, because it fails to address urgent issues affecting the fundamental human rights of military personnel and their dependants, including deficiencies in the provision of legal aid and delays in the processes of military law, such as redress of grievance procedures, and because it has the effect of postponing yet again both consolidation of the Army, Navy and Air Force Discipline Acts and consideration of a single tri-service Discipline Act.
        The Fourth Report from the Defence Committee of Session 1999-2000, on the Armed Forces Discipline Bill (HC 253), is relevant.
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.
+  2   ARMED FORCES DISCIPLINE BILL [LORDS] [MONEY]:    Queen's Recommendation signified.    [No debate]
 Mr Stephen Timms
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords    ], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of--
        (a) any expenditure incurred in consequence of the establishment by the Act of summary appeal courts; and
        (b) any additional expenditure on the armed forces which is attributable to the Act.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).
+  3   LONDON GOVERNMENT    [No debate]
 Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the draft Greater London Authority (Disqualification) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  4   THE 1999 REVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION AND RADIO SPECTRUM POLICY    [No debate]
 Ms Patricia Hewitt
        That this House takes note of European Union Documents Nos. 12838/99, the Commission's Fifth Report on the implementation of the telecommunications regulatory package, 12839/99, Commission Communication: Towards a new framework for electronic communications infrastructure and associated services: the 1999 Communications Review, 14320/98, Commission Green Paper on radio spectrum policy in the context of European Community policies such as telecommunications, broadcasting, transport and research and development, and 12840/99, Commission Communication, The next steps in radio spectrum policy--Results of the public consultation on the Green Paper; welcomes these Communications; and supports the Government's proposed response to them.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
+  5   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
        That the Sessional Orders [25th October 1999] relating to Thursday sittings and Meetings of standing committees and the Sessional Order [24th May 1999] relating to sittings in Westminster Hall shall apply to times of sitting on Tuesday 22nd February as if that day were a Thursday.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
6   ADJOURNMENT
 
        Proposed subject: Role of primary care in the treatment of cancer     (David Taylor    ).
        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 25th October 1999).

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
STANDING COMMITTEES
1   Standing Committee A 10.00 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Utilities Bill.
2   Standing Committee E 9.00 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Transport Bill.
3   Standing Committee F 10.00 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
(public)
        Further to consider the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill.
4   Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 9.55 a.m. Room 10 (public)
        To consider the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-Rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000.
5   Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 9.55 a.m. Room 5 (public)
        To consider the draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999.
SELECT COMMITTEES
6   Culture, Media and Sport 10.00 a.m. Room 15 (public)
        Subject: Libraries.
        Witnesses: The Local Government Association; the Library Campaign and Libraries for Life for Londoners (at 10.50 a.m.); Manchester City Council (at 11.50 a.m.).
7   Health 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
        Subject: Winter Pressures in the NHS.
        Witnesses: Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust, South Cheshire Health Authority, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and North Essex Health Authority; Ms Gisela Stuart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 16th February for answer today++
1  
  
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what was the total net price in sterling of the 56 items surveyed in the AC Nielsen report for each of the four countries included in the project.
(111059)
2  
  
Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what impact the fundamental review of Employment Service Annual Performance Agreement will have on the Annual Performance Agreement for 2000-01.
(111060)
3  
  
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he has received the report of the Security Commission on the case of Steven John Hayden.
(111061)
4  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many jobs have been created in the hospitality industry by the New Deal; and if he will indicate the methods by which he calculated this figure.
(111118)
5  
  
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what budget requirements he has set for the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, the London Development Agency, the Metropolitan Police Authority and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority for 2000-01; and what will be the Greater London Authority's precepts for that year.
(111119)
6  
  
Mr Ivan Lewis (Bury South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the export of demining equipment to the HALO Trust in Kosovo.
(111120)
7  
  
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report his Department has received from Sheffield University on NHS Direct.
(111121)
8  
  
Ms Fiona Jones (Newark):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to make court transcripts available via the Internet.
(111223)
9  
  
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he will make an announcement about the establishment of a panel to advise on works of art which may have been looted during the Nazi era.
(111224)
10  
  
Mr Phil Hope (Corby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the arrangements for the publication of the Charity Commission's Annual Report.
(111225)
11  
  
Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Boundary Commission for England intends to start the next general review of constitutencies in England.
(111226)
12  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proposals he has for changes to the 1999-2000 Departmental Expenditure Limits and running costs limits within his responsibility.
(111227)
13  
  
Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what changes he intends to make to the Discretionary Social Fund.
(111228)
14  
  
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has received the consultants report he commissioned on regional Eurostar services; and if he will make a statement.
(111272)
15  
  
Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase charges in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(111237)
16  
  
Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if his Department has completed the report into the affairs of the Custodian of Enemy Property Palestine.
(111238)
17  
  
Mr Christopher Leslie (Shipley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects the Health and Safety Executive and BNFL to report on the situation at Sellafield; and if he will make a statement.
(111334)
18  
  
Lorna Fitzsimons (Rochdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish the findings of Government research into women's incomes over their lifetimes.
(111335)

Standing Committee Notices
    Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 22nd February at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. further to consider the Utilities Bill.
    Standing Committee E will meet on Tuesday 22nd February at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. further to consider the Transport Bill.
    Standing Committee F will meet on Tuesday 22nd February at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. further to consider the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill.

 
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