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Order of Business Tuesday 29th February 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.
Second Reading
Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill (By Order.).
    Mr Andrew F. Bennett
    Mr Andrew Mackinlay
        On Second Reading of the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill, to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months.

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What progress has been made since May 1997 in extending team midwifery.
*2 Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    What plans he has to review the level of ancillary staff pay in the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.
*3 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    If he will make a statement on the development of intermediate care services.
*4 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    If he will make a statement about the work of the trolley task force.
*5 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    When the National Institute for Clinical Excellence will conclude its assessment of Beta Interferon.
*6 John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead):    If he will make a statement on the development of intermediate care services.
*7 Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    If he will make a statement on the number of knee replacement operations carried out in the NHS in 1998-99.
*8 Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith (Wealden):    What assessment he has made of the role the independent hospitals can play in easing demands on National Health Service hospitals.
*9 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What progress is being made in reducing the waiting times for cataract operations.
*10 Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    If he will make a statement on the number of NHS acute hospital beds and staff to support them.
*11 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    When he expects to report on Government proposals for the reform of the Mental Health Act 1983.
*12 Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    What plans the Government has to issue guidelines to primary care trust executives regarding the provision of complementary therapies.
*13 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What support he plans to give to the development of community hospitals.
*14 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden):    If he will publish on a regular basis waiting times for patients for appointments with consultants in each specialty at each NHS hospital.
*15 Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    If he will make a statement on the number of hernia operations carried out in the NHS in 1998-99.
*16 Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    What representations he has received regarding increases in drug and medicine costs.
*17 Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    What assessment he has made of the time that patients are waiting for treatment at hospital accident and emergency departments.
*18 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement on the future provision of hospital services by Wakefield Health Authority.
*19 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What criteria he applies in respect of appointments to health authorities and trusts, with particular reference to political balance.
*20 Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    If he will make a statement on the role of the General Medical Council.
*21 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the current situation regarding the prescription of Infliximab.
*22 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    What plans he has to increase acute bed numbers in North East London.
*23 Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    What assessment he has made of the selection and appointment system for posts in NHS trusts, authorities and boards; and if he will make a statement.
*24 Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    If he will make a statement on his policy towards general practitioners' co-operatives.
*25 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    If he will make a statement on acute waiting times.
*26 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What plans he has to increase the quality of work and efficiency of primary care groups; and if he will make a statement.
*27 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    If he will make a statement on his measures to ensure the protection of young people from the dangers of tobacco smoking.
*28 Mr Andrew Reed (Loughborough):    What steps he is taking to increase the number of hospital beds in Leicestershire.
*29 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    If he will investigate ways in which the NHS could make greater use of private sector resources.
*30 Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    If he will make a statement on the funding of Northamptonshire Health Authority since 1992.
*31 Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    What steps he will take to increase the professional accountability of dentists.
*32 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    What preparation is normally used to insert necessary fillings into the teeth of pregnant women under NHS treatment; and for what reason this is used.
*33 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    If he will make a statement about the development of breast cancer services in the NHS.
*34 Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    If he will make a statement on the number of cataract operations carried out in the NHS in 1998-99.
*35 Steve Webb (Northavon):    What assessment he has made of delays in the provision of in-patient ear, nose and throat treatment at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
*36 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If he will make a statement on his Department's funding of the use of palladium-based precious metals in dentistry.
*37 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    If he will estimate the costs to the public purse of PFI bids for the reconstruction of the Whittington Hospital.

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
 Mr Jim Cunningham
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by extending powers to environmental health officers to intervene in neighbourly disputes involving hedgerows in residential areas; 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   GOVERNMENT RESOURCES AND ACCOUNTS BILL: As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.    [Until any hour]
For Amendments, see separate Paper.
Third Reading may also be taken.
        The Fourth and Ninth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999-2000, (HC 127 and 159), are relevant.
Debate may continue until any hour 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 Government Resources and Accounts Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Scotch Whisky export refunds     (Mr Desmond Browne).
        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).
1   Scottish Grand Committee 10.30 a.m. Room 10 (public)
        (i) To consider a substantive Motion for adjournment of the Committee debate on the New Deal and Youth Employment in Scotland.
        (ii) Half-Hour Adjournment: Mr David Stewart (The future of oil fabrication in Scotland).
2   Standing Committee A 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
        Further to consider the Utilities Bill.
3   Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
        Further to consider the Postal Services Bill.
4   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m. Room 5 (public)
        To consider the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords].
5   Standing Committee E 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
        Further to consider the Transport Bill.
6   Standing Committee F 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
        Further to consider the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill.
7   Agriculture 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
        Subject: The Implications for UK Agriculture and EU Agricultural Policy of Trade Liberalisation and the WTO Round.
        Witnesses: National Farmers' Union.
8   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 20 (private)
9   Environmental Audit 10.30 a.m. Room 16 (private)
10   Trade and Industry 10.30 a.m. Room 7 (private)
11   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: The Bank of England February Inflation Report.
        Witnesses: The Governor of the Bank of England and members of the Monetary Policy Committee.
12   Welsh Affairs 10.30 a.m. Room 17 (private)
13   Foreign Affairs 11.00 a.m. Room 8 (private)
14   Agriculture 3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: Rural Development Regulation.
        Witness: The Rt. Hon. Nicholas Brown MP, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
15   Education and Employment 3.45 p.m. Room 18 (private)
16   Administration 5.00 p.m. Room 13 (private)
17   Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry 5.00 p.m. Room 16 (private)
18   Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Room 7 (private)
19   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 28th February for answer today++
Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on further progress on the Tax Law Rewrite Project.
Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on his plans for the location of the local arms of the Learning and Skills Council.
Dr David Clark (South Shields):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he plans to make a statement on the proposed by-laws for a 10 mph speed limit on Lake Windermere.
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the plans of Sir Denis Mahon with regard to his collection of paintings.
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to address delays in the asylum decision-making process.
Ms Candy Atherton (Falmouth and Camborne):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has appointed a reviewer for those sections of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 which are not already included in the existing review of anti-terrorism legislation.
Mr Phil Hope (Corby):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on the Police Service Radio Communications Project; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will make a statement about the future of the Mobility Equipment Fund and Drivers Fund.

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