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Order of Business Monday 10th April 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
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
*1 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What is the predicted net change in police numbers in London for the financial year 2000-01 over 1999-2000.
( 116785 )
*2 Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    By what date he estimates the police forces of England and Wales will have returned police strength to March 1997 levels; and if he will make a statement.
( 116786 )
*3 Mr Phil Hope (Corby):    If he will make a statement on the work of the Active Community Unit.
( 116787 )
*4 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What discussions he has had with local authorities outside the South East about the policy of dispersal of asylum seekers.
( 116788 )
*5 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    How many police officers the Metropolitan Police will have by the end of 2000-01; and what the figure was in 1997.
( 116789 )
*6 Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    What plans he has to stop accused persons from changing their appearance prior to an identity parade.
( 116790 )
*7 Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    If he will make a statement on the availability of drug treatment facilities for offenders.
( 116791 )
*8 Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    What recent discussions he has had with chief constables about increasing the amount of police officers' time spent on front-line operations against crime and disorder.
( 116792 )
*9 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden):    What progress is being made with measures to combat domestic violence.
( 116793 )
*10 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    If he will estimate how many asylum seekers are currently residing in Eastbourne.
( 116794 )
*11 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What assistance he proposes for schools and local authorities to combat truancy.
( 116795 )
*12 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What was the average time taken during 1999 to decide applications for refugee status for asylum seekers admitted into the United Kingdom.
( 116796 )
*13 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    Which categories of offenders are eligible for release from custodial sentences subject to electronic tagging.
( 116797 )
*14 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What is his target date for reducing the backlog of asylum seekers to the same level as May 1997.
( 116798 )
*15 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If he will call for a report on the case of Hilda Murrell of Shrewsbury from the West Mercia Police.
( 116799 )
*16 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    What measures are being taken to reduce the backlog of immigration applications at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.
( 116800 )
*17 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    If he will make a statement on the number of convictions secured in the past three years.
( 116802 )
*18 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    How many asylum applications have been lodged by Iraqi nationals since 1st May 1997; and how many of those applications have been approved.
( 116804 )
*19 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on progress in the use by local authorities of anti-social behaviour orders.
( 116805 )
*20 Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):    If he will make a statement about the speeding up of sentencing for persistent young offenders.
( 116806 )
*21 Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North):    What encouragement he is giving to local partnerships to use the orders made available under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
( 116807 )
*22 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What steps he is taking to ensure the greater involvement of victims and their families in the assessment process of prisoners for early release on parole.
( 116809 )
*23 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What recent assessment he has made of the impact on crime levels of CCTV in small towns; and if he will make a statement.
( 116810 )
*24 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    If he will make a statement about the speeding up of sentencing for persistent young offenders.
( 116811 )
*25 Joan Ryan (Enfield North):    What discussions he has had with local authorities outside the South East about the policy of dispersal of asylum seekers.
( 116812 )
*26 Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    If he will make a statement on the obtaining of firearms licences by foreign nationals.
( 116813 )
*27 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    What help he proposes to give schools and local authorities in combating truancy.
( 116814 )
*28 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What plans he has to reform the governance of non-territorial police forces.
( 116815 )
*29 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What progress has been made on improving the standard of health care in prisons; and if he will make a statement.
( 116817 )
*30 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What measures he plans to take to support farm and neighbourhood watch schemes.
( 116818 )
*31 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    How many cases of indiscriminate use of CS spray have been the subject of police disciplinary proceedings.
( 116819 )
*32 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    If he will make a statement on the Government's plans to speed up the processing of asylum claims.
( 116820 )
*33 Mr Stephen Day (Cheadle):    What plans he has to bring forward legislation to increase the number of mandatory minimum sentences for persistent offenders.
( 116821 )
*34 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    If he will make a statement on the Government's plans for the role of the Information Commissioner.
( 116822 )
*35 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    If he will make a statement on regulation of the private security industry.
( 116823 )
*36 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    If he will make a statement on the funding of West Mercia Police.
( 116824 )

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

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

Main Business

+  1  

NUCLEAR SAFEGUARDS BILL [LORDS]: Second Reading.    [Until 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Eric Forth

        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Nuclear Safeguards Bill [Lords] because it is not satisfied that its provisions are in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998.

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  2  


Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

At 10.00 p.m.



The Prime Minister

        That, at this day's sitting, the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

+  3  

BANANA IMPORTS    [No debate]

Ms Joyce Quin

        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13048/99, a draft Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EEC) No. 404/93 on the common organisation of the market in bananas; and supports the Government's objective of achieving a revised EU banana regime which will not be challenged in the World Trade Organisation and which will reflect EU commitments to Caribbean and African countries, particularly the UK's traditional suppliers in the Caribbean.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).


WELSH AFFAIRS COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection

        That Mr Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West) be discharged from the Welsh Affairs Committee, and Mr John Smith 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: Central Government funding for Magistrates' Courts (Mr John Burnett).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).



1Education and Employment: Education Sub-Committee3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Student Finance.
Witnesses: Mr Andrew Pakes, Chairman, National Union of Students; Professor Roderick Floud, Chancellor, London Guildhall University, Professor Joan Stringer, Principal, Queen Margaret University College, Mr David Caldwell, Director, Committee of Scottish Higher Education Principals and Mr Tony Bruce, Director of Policy, Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals.
2Information4.30 p.m. Room 13 (private)
3Public Accounts4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
Subject: HMC&E: Revenue from Gambling Duties.
Witnesses: Mr Richard Broadbent, Chairman, Mr Mike Norgrove, Director, Operational Policy and Mr David Howard, Director, Excise & Central Policy, HM Customs and Excise.
4Science and Technology5.20 p.m.
5.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Cancer Research—A Fresh Look.
Witnesses: Professor George Radda CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Diana Dunstan, Director, Research Management Group, Professor Janet Darbyshire, Director, MRC Clinical Trials Unit and Dr Max Parmar, Head of Cancer Division, MRC Clinical Trials Unit, the Medical Research Council.

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]


Written Questions tabled on Friday 7th April for answer today++

1 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on UK policy towards Sierra Leone.
( 118769 )
2 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the Government will publish the findings of the joint Women's Unit and Home Office's dialogue with young people.
( 118770 )
3 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will set out detailed future spending plans for his Department.
( 118771 )
4 Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, when he will introduce legislation to treat people who are deported to the UK as being habitually resident in the UK.
( 118799 )
5 Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what action is being taken by his Department to monitor the quality of advice given by SEMA Medical Service doctors about the awarding of incapacity benefit on the basis of scrutiny of documents without commissioning a medical examination.
( 118800 )
6 Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to the oral statement by the honourable Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr of 3rd April, Official Report, column 624, on the state pension, if he will give a breakdown for the figure of 800m.
( 118801 )


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