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Order of Business Tuesday 16th May 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 2.30 p.m.       Prayers
Afterwards

Private Business

        Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.

Third Reading

City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords]. (By Order).

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Andrew Mackinlay

        On Third Reading of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords], to move, That the Bill be read the third time upon this day six months.


Second Reading

Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill. (By Order).

Mr Andrew F. Bennett
Mr Andrew Mackinlay
Mr John McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

        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.


NOTICE OF PRESENTATION OF BILL AT THE TIME OF PRIVATE BUSINESS

Mr Secretary Reid

        Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Bill: Bill to confirm a Provisional Order under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, relating to Railtrack (Waverley Station) (to be presented under section 8 of the Act).


Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    If he will make a statement about the UK's bilateral relations with the People's Republic of China.
( 120870 )
*2 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What representations he has received calling for the suspension of Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth.
( 120871 )
*3 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement about Britain's relations with Japan.
( 120872 )
*4 Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    What steps he is taking to promote democratic rights in Burma.
( 120873 )
*5 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What steps he is taking to promote trade with and economic development in southern African countries.
( 120874 )
*6 Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge):    What actions Her Majesty's Government has taken to convey its disapproval of recent events in Zimbabwe.
( 120875 )
*7 Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    If he will make a statement on the role of British Trade International in securing inward investment into the UK.
( 120876 )
*8 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What his policy is on arms sales to India.
( 120877 )
*9 Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    If he will make a statement on the Government's relations with Afghanistan.
( 120878 )
*10 Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    What progress has been made on implementation of the Stability Pact in South-East Europe.
( 120879 )
*11 Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    What steps he is taking to promote dialogue between South and North Korea.
( 120880 )
*12 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    What recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iran concerning the treatment of Jews, Christians and B'hais.
( 120881 )
*13 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What proposals he has to improve the UK's relations with Slovenia.
( 120882 )
*14 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    If he will make a statement on progress in the Middle East peace process.
( 120883 )
*15 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the situation in Zimbabwe.
( 120884 )
*16 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What progress has been made with preparatory work for legislation to restore full British citizenship to residents of the Island of St. Helena.
( 120885 )
*17 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    When he last met the President of the European Commission to discuss proposals to be agreed at Nice.
( 120886 )
*18 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What discussions he has had recently with governments in the North Caucasus regarding the situation in Chechnya.
( 120887 )
*19 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    If he will make a statement regarding the proposed gift of public money to fund the acquisition of white-owned farms in Zimbabwe.
( 120889 )
*20 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What support the Government is giving to the government of Indonesia to help it combat the problems of ethnic conflict.
( 120890 )
*21 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    What assessment he has made of when the peace accords between (a) the Palestinian Authority and Israel, (b) Lebanon and Israel and (c) Syria and Israel will be signed; and if he will make a statement.
( 120891 )
*22 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    If he will make a statement on Anglo-Swiss relations.
( 120892 )
*23 Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    What steps the Government is taking to assist the holding of free and fair elections in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.
( 120893 )
*24 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    If he will make a statement on progress in the application of Cyprus to join the European Union.
( 120894 )
*25 Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    What recent reports he has received relating to street children in Central America.
( 120896 )
*26 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    If he will make a statement on his latest contacts with the government of Zimbabwe.
( 120898 )
*27 Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    If he will make a statement on Franco-British co-operation in international affairs.
( 120899 )
*28 Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    What assessment he has made of the outcome of the Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York.
( 120900 )
*29 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What his policy is in relation to increasing the number of permanent members of the UN Security Council.
( 120901 )
*30 Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):    If he will make a statement on the recent visit to the UK of the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
( 120902 )
*31 Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington):    What contacts he has had with the new Government of Italy.
( 120903 )
*32 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    How his Department's establishments (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) overseas marked (i) St George's Day and (ii) Europe Day.
( 120904 )
*33 Mr David Drew (Stroud):    What his current assessment is of the Middle East peace process.
( 120905 )
*34 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What progress has been made by Her Majesty's Government on tackling the international drugs trade.
( 120906 )
*35 Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    If he will make a statement on the recent visit to the UK of the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
( 120907 )
*36 Mr John McFall (Dumbarton):    If he will make a statement on the recent Peruvian presidential elections.
( 120908 )
*37 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    If he will make a statement on the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.
( 120909 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

+  1   

POLICE (NORTHERN IRELAND)    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Mandelson

        Bill to make provision about policing in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute rule Motion

  2   

JUVENILE JUSTICE    [Up to 20 minutes]

Miss Anne McIntosh

        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that a young person indicted for a serious criminal offence shall be brought to trial within a period of 110 days; 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).


Main Business

  3   

OPPOSITION DAY [10th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]

UK MANUFACTURING AND ENTERPRISE

Mr William Hague
Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Richard Ottaway
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House condemns the Government for failing to encourage an enterprise economy, for reducing the UK's competitiveness and burdening all sectors of business with extra regulatory costs and taxation and for adding to the pressure on manufacturing, resulting in many sectors relocating outside the UK; demands that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry outlines the Government's strategy for manufacturing as a matter of urgency, so that industry can plan for the future; and calls upon the Government to commit itself to reduce the overall cost of tax and regulation to business without delay, allowing UK firms to compete in the global market place and to retain a UK manufacturing base.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (UK Manufacturing and Enterprise):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Mr Secretary Byers

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises that industry does not want a return of the boom and bust policies of the previous Government, with interest rates of 15 per cent, inflation above 10 per cent and soaring budget deficits; welcomes the Government's decisive action in taking politics out of interest rate decisions; notes that employment is currently 880,000 higher than it was when the Government came into office, and that long-term interest rates over the past year have been at their lowest for 35 years; welcomes the measures that the Government has taken to encourage enterprise, investment and innovation which particularly help manufacturing businesses; welcomes the Government's view that where firms are in difficulty the Government has a role in helping people through change as opposed to the previous Government's laissez-faire approach; and condemns the Opposition for its record in government, when manufacturing employment declined by 2 million.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr Brian Cotter
Norman Baker
Mr Paul Tyler

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `condemns the Government for failing to encourage an enterprise economy, reducing the United Kingdom's competitiveness and burdening all sectors of business with extra regulatory costs and taxation, for adding to the pressure on manufacturing resulting in many sectors relocating outside the United Kingdom and above all for failing to heed the growing evidence of a seriously overvalued exchange rate and the pleas of the CBI, TUC and British industry to address this acute problem; demands that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry outlines the Government's strategy for manufacturing as a matter of urgency, so that industry can plan for the future; and calls upon the Government to commit itself to reduce the overall cost of tax and regulation to business without delay, allowing United Kingdom firms to compete in the global market place and to retain a United Kingdom manufacturing base, this to be achieved primarily by announcing a clear and explicit entry strategy for EMU at a sustainable and competitive exchange rate and for management of the exchange rate to secure that objective.'.

FUTURE OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION

Mr William Hague
Mrs Theresa May
Mr James Clappison
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House notes the failure of the Government to meet its target for recruitment into initial teacher training and the failure of Government schemes to encourage maths and science graduates into the teaching profession; views with concern the recent poll which showed that over half the profession expects to leave in the next decade and the fact that more teachers are leaving the profession than joining; deplores the Government's failure to deal with the bureaucratic workload faced by teachers, despite teachers' concerns and evidence that this is one of the key factors causing teachers to leave; recognises that this leads to children suffering in the quality of their education; and calls upon the Government to take urgent action to reduce the bureaucratic workload on teachers, to trust the professionals and to let teachers teach.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Future of the Teaching Profession):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the substantial steps taken by the Government to improve teaching and the rewards for teaching, which include the introduction of a General Teaching Council, the development of better pay for good teaching, the introduction of training salaries to improve teacher recruitment, new measures to improve the training of headteachers, the Better Regulation Task Force Report on `Red Tape Affecting Headteachers', administrative support for schools, more classroom assistants, lower infant and junior class sizes, reform of induction and teacher training, and significant improvements in funding for school budgets and school modernisation; and notes that these measures have already reversed a legacy of budget cuts, rising class sizes and inadequate training inherited from the previous administration.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Phil Willis
Mr Richard Allan
Ms Sandra Gidley
Mr Paul Tyler

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `condemns the failure of successive Labour and Tory Governments to recruit, train and retain an adequate supply of teachers to meet the needs of the nation's schools; views with alarm the record numbers of teacher vacancies and the increasing desire by teachers to leave the profession; deplores the failure of successive governments to provide an adequate pay, career and professional development structure; fears that the imposition of performance-related pay will create needless division in schools without improving the quality of education; accuses successive governments of failing to adequately seek and act upon the views of teachers about the future of their profession; recognises that increased inspection, target setting, bureaucracy and administration coupled with a lack of appreciation for the dedicated and committed work of the vast majority of teachers have seriously undermined morale and are adversely affecting the education of children; and calls upon the present Government to recognise that creative teachers cannot be bred in captivity.'.

        The selection of the matter to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  4   

NORTHERN IRELAND    [Up to 1½ hours]

Mr Secretary Mandelson

        That the draft Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 15th May, be approved.

        The Instrument has not yet been considered by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.

        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 1½ hours after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 16).

+  5   

NORTHERN IRELAND    [Up to 1½ hours]

Mr Secretary Mandelson

        That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) (No. 2) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 10th May, be approved.

        The Instrument has not yet been considered by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments.

        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 1½ hours after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 16).

+  6   

COMPANIES    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Byers

        That the draft Companies Act 1985 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 3rd May, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  7   

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.

At the end of the sitting:

  8   

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Government policy on autism. (Dr Stephen Ladyman).

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


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Welsh Grand Committee10.30 a.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
(public)
(i) To take oral questions.
(ii) To consider the matter of the Welsh economy.
2Standing Committee A10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Local Government Bill [Lords].
3Standing Committee B10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill.
4Standing Committee F10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Learning and Skills Bill [Lords].
5Standing Committee H10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Finance Bill.
6Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation10.30 a.m. Room 6 (public)
To consider the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2000.
7Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 5 (public)
To consider the draft National Minimum Wage (Increase in Development Rate for Young Workers) Regulations 2000.

SELECT COMMITTEES

8Deregulation9.30 a.m. Room 20 (private)
9Education and Employment9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: DfEE Funding: Departmental Report 2000.
Witnesses: Sir Michael Bichard KCB, Permanent Secretary, and officials, Department for Education and Employment.
10Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee9.45 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
Subject: UK Biodiversity.
Witnesses: The British Trust for Ornithology; Professor Colin Reid, University of Dundee, and Professor William Sutherland, University of East Anglia (at 10.40 a.m.); officials from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (at 11.20 a.m.).
11Foreign Affairs10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
Subject: FCO Annual Report.
Witness: Sir John Kerr KCMG, Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
12Home Affairs10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Drugs and Prisons.
Witness: The Rt. Hon. Paul Boateng MP, Minister of State, Home Office.
13Standards and Privileges10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
14Treasury10.30 a.m. Room 7 (private)
15Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the meeting of the Joint Committee on Statutory InstrumentsRoom 7 (private)

JOINT COMMITTEE

16Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m. Room 7 (private)

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Monday 15th May for answer today++

1 Mr Phil Hope (Corby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he intends to accelerate police recruitment under the Crime Fighting Fund; and if he will make a statement.
( 122564 )
2 Mr Phil Hope (Corby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce new sentencing arrangements.
( 122565 )
3 Angela Smith (Basildon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about Government plans for providing support for vulnerable people; and how he intends to take forward, Supporting People.
( 122566 )
4 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the Defence Transport and Movements Agency for the financial year 2000-01.
( 122567 )
5 Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to complete the review of the 1999 European parliamentary elections.
( 122568 )
6 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency for the financial year 2000-01.
( 122569 )
7 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what key targets have been set for the British Forces Post Office Agency for the financial year 2000-01.
( 122570 )
8 Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made with the setting up of an advisory body on performance standards in building control.
( 122679 )
9 Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to implement the Gas Directive (98/30/EC).
( 122714 )
10 Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Quinquennial Review of the Insolvency Service will take place; and what the terms of reference for the review will be.
( 122715 )
11 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what progess has been made on the review of institutional investment by Mr Paul Myners.
( 122716 )
12 Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will publish the report of the independent Husbandry Panel on Cattle TB.
( 122717 )
13 Joan Ryan (Enfield North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the final shortlist for the proposed uses for the Millennium Dome after the millennium celebration will be announced.
( 122718 )



 

 
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