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Order of Business Monday 15th May 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 Social Security
*1 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policies towards pensioners.
( 120936 )
*2 Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    If he will make a statement on progress in combating housing benefit fraud.
( 120937 )
*3 Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    If he will make a statement about the appointment of part-time sessional doctors engaged by Medical Services (SEMA) and Nestor Disability Analysis Ltd as medical members of appeal tribunals.
( 120938 )
*4 Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    If he will make a statement on his role as the Champion for Older People.
( 120939 )
*5 Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    How many claimants receive attendance allowance; and what plans he has to improve the application process for this benefit.
( 120940 )
*6 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal for Lone Parents.
( 120941 )
*7 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    If he will estimate the cost in the next financial year of linking pensions to the rise in average earnings.
( 120942 )
*8 Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    How many pensioners in the Kettering constituency are benefiting from the minimum income guarantee; and what steps he is taking to encourage further take-up of this benefit.
( 120944 )
*9 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    If he will make a statement on the future of the minimum income guarantee for pensioners.
( 120945 )
*10 Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What plans he has to shorten the appeal process for disability-related benefits.
( 120946 )
*11 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What proportion of pensioners entitled to minimum income guarantee are receiving it.
( 120947 )
*12 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What as a percentage of average earnings was the single person's old age pension in May (a) 2000, (b) 1999, (c) 1998, (d) 1997 and (e) 1996.
( 120949 )
*13 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policies towards the disabled.
( 120950 )
*14 Mr David Drew (Stroud):    What plans he has to introduce a benefits disregard for local exchange trading schemes.
( 120951 )
*15 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What progress he has made in tackling housing benefit fraud.
( 120952 )
*16 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    If he will make a statement on progress in tackling housing benefit fraud.
( 120954 )
*17 Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    What plans he has to reform invalid care allowance.
( 120956 )
*18 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam):    What estimate he has made of the number of people entitled to but awaiting their first payment of basic state pension.
( 120957 )
*19 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    If he will make a statement on the operation of the housing benefit system and his proposals for reform.
( 120958 )
*20 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    How changes in government spending since 1997 have affected the incomes of (a) poorer pensioners and (b) pensioners with small savings.
( 120960 )
*21 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What impact the minimum income guarantee will have on incentives to save for low earners.
( 120961 )
*22 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What provision is available for a mother to demand a second DNA test to determine the father of her child.
( 120962 )
*23 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    What recent representations he has received regarding fraud in the social security system.
( 120963 )
*24 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What proposals he has to reform housing benefit.
( 120966 )
*25 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What representations he has received on assistance for pensioners with small occupational pensions; and if he will make a statement.
( 120967 )
*26 Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    How many pensioners in North West Norfolk he estimates will benefit from the minimum income guarantee for pensioners in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.
( 120968 )
*27 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement about the take-up of the minimum income guarantee for pensioners.
( 120969 )
*28 Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    What representations he has received about the proposed scheme for providing redress to those who were not informed about the benefit changes to SERPS.
( 120970 )
*29 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What percentage of GDP his Department's spending on people of above pensionable age represented in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.
( 120972 )
*30 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If he will estimate the annual cost of providing that the state pension should not count against taxable allowances in respect of occupational pensions.
( 120973 )
*31 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    What proposals he has to encourage older benefit claimants back into employment.
( 120975 )

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   

FUR FARMING (PROHIBITION) BILL:       Second Reading.    [Until any hour]

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

+  2   

FUR FARMING (PROHIBITION) BILL [MONEY]:       Queen's Recommendation signified.    [No debate]

Mr Stephen Timms

        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown in consequence of any compensation scheme made under the Act.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

At 10.00 p.m.



The Prime Minister

        That, at this day's sitting, the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

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

At 7.00 p.m.


OPPOSED PRIVATE BUSINESS: CITY OF LONDON (WARD ELECTIONS) BILL: Further Consideration of Bill, as amended. (By Order.).    [Until 10.00 p.m.]

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Harry Cohen
Mr Andrew Mackinlay
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

        On Further Consideration of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill, as amended, to move, That the Bill be considered upon this day six months.

For Amendments, see Notice Paper relating to Private Business.

Set down by the Chairman of Ways and Means under Standing Order No. 20

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  3   

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (MODE OF TRIAL) (NO. 2) BILL    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That, during the proceedings on the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No. 2) Bill, the Standing Committee on the Bill shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.


SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection

        That Mr Nigel Jones be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr Paddy Ashdown 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: Age discrimination and the NHS. (Mr Paul Burstow).

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



1Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Companies Act 1985 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000.


2Welsh Affairs11.30 a.m.
12 noon
Council Chamber,
Cardiff University,
Subject: Social Exclusion in Wales.
Witnesses: National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux; Community Enterprise Wales (at 2.00 p.m.); Age Concern and Help the Aged (at 3.00 p.m.).
3Health3.45 p.m. Room 8 (private)
4Information4.30 p.m. Room 13 (private)
5Public Accounts4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
Subject: Protecting the Consumer from Unfair Trading Practices.
Witnesses: Mr John Bridgeman, Director General, Miss Caroline Banks, Director, Consumer Affairs, Ms Rosemary Heyhoe, Director, Resources and Services, Office of Fair Trading.
6European Scrutiny5.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)

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


Written Questions tabled on Friday 12th May for answer today++

1 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the consolidation of the Service Discipline Acts.
( 122507 )
2 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress he has made on drug treatment and testing orders; and if he will make a statement.
( 122508 )
3 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to raise the advisory cost limit of #500 for answering written parliamentary questions; and if he will make a statement.
( 122509 )
4 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the new electricity trading arrangements.
( 122510 )


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