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Order of Business Tuesday 7th March 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 the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*1 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    If he will make a statement on the implementation of tenant participation compacts.
*2 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    If he will make a statement on his proposals to strengthen regional policy.
*3 Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    How much will be spent on motorway and A road noise mitigation in 2000-01.
*4 Mr Nigel Beard (Bexleyheath and Crayford):    What progress has been made in reducing the number of rough sleepers.
*5 Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    If he will make a statement on the potential role of regional assemblies in tackling social exclusion.
*6 Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):    When he last met representatives of the Association of Train Operating Companies to discuss train reliability and punctuality.
*7 Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    When he plans to de-trunk the A10.
*8 Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings and Rye):    What steps the Government is taking to encourage local authorities to develop services for young people at risk of social exclusion.
*9 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What his strategy is for the regeneration of coastal towns.
*10 Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    When he plans to establish the National Walking Forum to implement the National Walking Strategy.
*11 Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    What steps the Government is taking to encourage local authorities to develop services for young people at risk of social exclusion.
*12 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If he will make a statement on the results of his enquiry into the safety and maintenance of the Forth Rail Bridge.
*13 Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    If he will make a statement on housing investment.
*14 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    Under what circumstances he would make available public subsidy to support Eurostar services north of London.
*15 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    If he will make a statement on his plans for regional government.
*16 Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    If he will make a statement on the progress towards the establishment of a National Park in the South Downs.
*17 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    If he will make a statement on the authorisation process for the Sellafield MOX plant.
*18 Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    When he last travelled on official business on the London Underground.
*19 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    If he will make a statement on the progress made in giving council tenants a greater role in running their own estates.
*20 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What proposals he has to encourage the building of council-owned homes in inner London.
*21 Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    If he will make a statement on the cost to public funds of regional development agencies.
*22 Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    What assessment he has made of his Department's contribution to the future programmes of EU Objective One regions.
*23 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    If he will make a statement on the Commission for Integrated Transport.
*24 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    What steps the Government is taking to regenerate disadvantaged communities.
*25 Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):    What assessment his Department has made of the steps taken by local authorities to provide best value in their services.
*26 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    What steps he is taking to regenerate the economy in the North West.
*27 Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough):    How many foreign HGVs his Department inspected in each of the last three years.
*28 Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    If he will make a statement on the Government's actions to promote urban renewal.
*29 Mr Kerry Pollard (St. Albans):    What steps the Government is taking to improve access for disabled people to transport services.
*30 Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    If he will make a statement on light rail services.
*31 Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    If he will make a statement on his Department's review of the local government standard spending assessment system.
*32 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    If he will make a statement on the role of emissions trading in limiting global carbon dioxide emissions.
*33 Ms Fiona Jones (Newark):    What assessment he has made of the Best Value pilot schemes in the East Midlands.
*34 Mr Martin Salter (Reading West):    If he will make a statement on measures taken to improve rail safety following the Paddington rail crash in October 1999.
*35 Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    If he will make a statement on progress in his policies to encourage re-cycling.
*36 Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    What assessment he has made of the accountability of quangos based in Yorkshire and Humberside to the people of that region.
*37 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    What recent representations he has received regarding the level of business rates for small businesses.
*38 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What recent discussions he has had with representatives of the railway industry about investment in the railway infrastructure and in train services in Worcestershire; and if he will make a statement.
*39 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    When he last had a meeting with Railtrack to discuss safety on the railways.

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1   SEX DISCRIMINATION (AMENDMENT) (No. 2)    [Up to 20 minutes]
 Joan Ruddock
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 with respect to the selection by political parties of candidates for parliamentary or local government elections.
        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business
+  2   CRIMINAL JUSTICE (MODE OF TRIAL) (No. 2) BILL:    Second Reading.    [Until 10.00 p.m.]
 Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Andrew F. Bennett
Ms Oona King
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Brian Sedgemore
              Mr Austin Mitchell
Mr Llew Smith
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Jeremy Corbyn
Paul Flynn
Mr David Kidney
Sir Raymond Powell
Mr Denzil Davies
Mr Martin Caton
Lynne Jones
Tom Cox
Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Tony Benn
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill which, while making provision for determining the mode of trial in the case of offences triable either summarily or on indictment, fails properly to safeguard or maintain the right to trial by jury in either way offences which may result in serious punishment and loss of livelihood.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
 Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Simon Hughes
Mr John Burnett
Jackie Ballard
Mr Paul Tyler
        After Second Reading of the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill, to move, That the Bill be committed to a Special Standing Committee.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 63(2)).
 Mr John MacGregor
        (1) in pursuance of Section 1 of the Parliamentary and other Pensions Act 1987, Mr A. J. Beith and Mrs Sylvia Heal be appointed Managing Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pensions Fund in the room of Dr Vincent Cable and Ms Gisela Stuart; and
        (2) in pursuance of Section 2 of the House of Commons Members' Fund Act 1939, Mr A. J. Beith and Mrs Sylvia Heal be appointed Managing Trustees of the House of Commons Members' Fund in the room of Dr Vincent Cable and Ms Gisela Stuart.
        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 1.5 hours after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 16).
At the end of the sitting:
        Proposed subject: Phoenix companies     (Mr Phil Willis    ).
        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 11 (public)
        Further to consider the Utilities Bill.
2   Standing Committee B 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
        Further to consider the Postal Services Bill.
3   Standing Committee D 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
        Further to consider the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords].
4   Standing Committee E 10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
        Further to consider the Transport Bill.
5   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.
6   Second Reading Committee 10.30 a.m. Room 5 (public)
        To consider the Royal Parks (Trading) Bill.
7   Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee 9.00 a.m. Lichfield District
Council Chambers
        Subject: Travelling Fairs.
        Witnesses: The Showmen's Guild of Great Britain; Local Government Association (at 9.40 a.m.); Thurrock District Council, Nottingham City Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council (at 10.20 a.m.).
8   Deregulation 10.00 a.m. Room 18 (private)
9   International Development 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: After Seattle-The World Trade Organisation and Developing Countries.
        Witness: Mr Mike Moore, Director General of the World Trade Organisation.
10   Trade and Industry 10.00 a.m. Room 8 (public)
        Subject: The Future of BNFL.
        Witnesses: Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; Environment Agency.
11   Home Affairs 10.15 a.m. Room 20 (private)
12   Environmental Audit 10.30 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
        Subject: EU Policy and the Environment-Follow-up.
        Witnesses: European Environment Agency and Eurostat.
13   Standards and Privileges 10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
14   Treasury 10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
        Subject: Resource Accounting and Budgeting.
        Witnesses: Professor David Heald, Mr Ken Wild, FCA, Deloitte and Touche, and Mr Vernon Sore, Policy and Technical Director, CIPFA; Professor Andrew Likierman, Chief Accountancy Adviser to HM Treasury and Head of the Government Accountancy Service, and other officials of HM Treasury (at 11.45 a.m.)
15   Procedure 4.00 p.m. Room 8 (private)
16   Statutory Instruments Immediately after the meeting of the Joint
Committee on
Statutory Instruments
Room 7 (private)
17   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 6th March for answer today++
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what is the current position on the investigation into the murder of Rosemary Nelson.
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the British Library review.

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