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Order of Business Wednesday 24th 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.

Further Consideration of Bill, as amended

City of London (Ward Elections) Bill. (By Order.)

Mr Andrew Mackinlay
Mr Jeremy Corbyn
Mr John McDonnell

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

        [For Amendments see pp 262 to 270 of the Notice Paper relating to Private Business.]


PROVISIONAL ORDER BILL

Second Reading

Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Bill.


Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
*1 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    What recent representations he has received with regard to small businesses in Wales.
( 122174 )
*2 Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    What discussions he has had with industry in Wales about energy policy.
( 122177 )
*3 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the economic impact on North Wales of the introduction of new trains.
( 122178 )
*4 Mr Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth):    What discussions he has had with businesses in Wales about the prospects for the Welsh economy.
( 122180 )
*5 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the number of patients waiting over six months for an out-patient appointment.
( 122181 )
*6 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    What recent discussions he has had with the Agriculture Secretary of the National Assembly about agriculture in Wales.
( 122182 )
*7 Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    What recent representations he has received about the protection of areas of outstanding natural beauty in Wales.
( 122183 )
*8 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What recent representations he has received on state aid for pig farmers in Wales.
( 122184 )
*9 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the impact of funding on the change in NHS waiting list times in Wales for those waiting over six months since 1st May 1997.
( 122185 )
*10 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary and the Welsh Health Secretary with regard to the number of people currently waiting over 18 months for an operation.
( 122186 )
*11 Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    What progress he has made in securing agreement to an upgrading of the A483 North-South Wales road in the Mid-Wales and North Shropshire area.
( 122187 )
*12 Ms Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry about the effect of the value of the pound and the euro on manufacturing industry in Wales.
( 122188 )
*13 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    What consultations he plans to hold with (a) the Home Secretary and (b) the First Secretary on policing in Wales.
( 122189 )
*14 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    If he will make a statement on implementation of the New Deal for the over 50s in Wales.
( 122190 )
*15 Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the state of farming in Wales.
( 122191 )
*16 Mr Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    What discussions he has had with the National Assembly on the impact of the Learning and Skills Bill [Lords] on skill levels in Wales.
( 122192 )
*17 Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary about health funding in Wales.
( 122193 )
*18 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary with regard to the employment implications of the A3XX project coming to Airbus UK in Broughton.
( 122194 )
*19 Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the number of patients waiting over 18 months for an operation on the NHS.
( 122195 )
*20 Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the present level of the pound against the euro on the Welsh economy; and what discussions he has had with the First Secretary.
( 122196 )
*21 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    If he will make a statement on discussions he has had with the First Secretary about strategic trunk roads.
( 122197 )
*22 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary on the implementation of the New Deal for Young People in Wales.
( 122198 )
*23 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the value of sterling on Welsh manufacturing employment.
( 122199 )
*24 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary about health funding in Wales.
( 122200 )
*25 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    What recent discussions he has had with companies providing rail services in Wales.
( 122201 )
*26 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    What recent discussions he has had with representatives of the rail industry in Wales.
( 122202 )
*27 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales concerning provision in the comprehensive spending review of additional funds to match spending under European Structure Fund programmes; and if he will make a statement.
( 122203 )

At 3.00 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122204 )
*Q2 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122205 )
*Q3 Mr Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122206 )
*Q4 Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122207 )
*Q5 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122208 )
*Q6 Mrs Ray Michie (Argyll and Bute):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122209 )
*Q7 Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122210 )
*Q8 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122211 )
*Q9 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122212 )
*Q10 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122213 )
*Q11 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122214 )
*Q12 Mr John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122215 )
*Q13 Dan Norris (Wansdyke):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122216 )
*Q14 Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122217 )
*Q15 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122218 )
*Q16 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122219 )
*Q17 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122220 )
*Q18 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122221 )
*Q19 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122222 )
*Q20 Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th May.
( 122223 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion

  1   

STRATEGIC EXPORT CONTROLS (BREACH OF EMBARGO)    [Up to 20 minutes]

Mr Harry Cohen

        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit the involvement of British subjects and companies and other persons under United Kingdom jurisdiction in the supply of armaments and associated items to countries to which arms embargoes apply.

        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).


Main Business

  2   

OPPOSITION DAY [11th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]

GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON TACKLING CRIME

Mr William Hague
Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House regrets that police strength in England and Wales has fallen by more than 2,300 since the Government came to power, that crime is now rising, and that the Government has released early from prison thousands of drug dealers, sex offenders, burglars and violent criminals; notes the criticism of the Government's crime reduction targets, and further that police officers are unable to devote much of their time to fighting crime because of unnecessary bureaucracy; notes with surprise that none of the Government's local child curfews have been issued and that anti-social behaviour orders have been issued at the rate of less than one per week since they became available; further notes that, in contrast to the Government's failure to tackle crime, the Opposition propose to reverse the decline in police numbers that has occurred since the Government came to power, to provide effective and appropriate punishment and rehabilitation for offenders and to put the interests of victims at the heart of the criminal justice system; calls on the Home Secretary to reconsider his proposed changes to Immigration Rule 320(18) that would remove the prohibition on foreign sex offenders and drug traffickers entering the United Kingdom; and calls on the Government to work to restore public confidence in the criminal justice system and the police, to restore police morale, and to implement effective policies to tackle rising crime.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Government Policies on Tackling Crime):

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

(a)

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the fact that recorded crime has fallen by 7 per cent. since March 1997, with domestic burglary down by 20 per cent. and vehicle crime down by 14 per cent.; applauds the Government's investment to boost police recruitment; supports the Government's strategy for tackling crime and the causes of crime through better prevention, improving the performance of crime and disorder partnerships, the police and the criminal justice system, more effective punishment of offenders and securing greater support and protection for victims and witnesses; backs the radical reforms of the youth justice system, including swifter punishment for persistent offenders; and notes that all this is in sharp contrast to the record of the previous administration when crime doubled and the number of offenders convicted fell by a third.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Simon Hughes
Jackie Ballard
Mr John Burnett
Mr Paul Tyler

(b)

        Line      2,      leave out from `since' to end and add `the Labour Government came to power three years ago and that the decline in police numbers which started under the last Conservative Government has since accelerated such that even if this Parliament runs until 2002 police numbers will still be lower at the end of this Labour Government than at the beginning; notes that, against a worrying background of further rises in crime generally and violent crime in particular and an almost unbroken increase in prison numbers, the public do not need knee-jerk and simplistic responses but policies that work effectively to prevent and detect crime, catch and deal with its perpetrators and minimise reoffending; and calls on the Government urgently to set up a standing conference on policing and seek an independent report on the number of police the country needs, allocate sufficient funds so that rural and urban communities have adequate policing, and ensure enough qualified workers to minimise drug abuse everywhere, particularly by previous offenders, and so concentrate more on policies for the reduction of crime rather than be distracted by policies which reduce the liberties of the subject.'.

TRANSPORT TAXATION, SPENDING AND INVESTMENT

Mr William Hague
Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr Robert Syms [R]
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House notes that, while government spending on transport has fallen in comparison with the period before the 1997 General Election, taxation on the motorist has been raised to record levels, so that #1 in every #7 now spent by the Government is raised from the motorist; condemns the Government for presiding over ever-worsening congestion without any policies to deal with continuing road traffic growth; welcomes the increasing investment in transport industries that were privatised during the previous administration; laments the failure of the Government to build on these achievements and that total public and private investment levels in transport are still well below what is required by people, business and industry; and condemns ministers for failing to secure increased funding for anything except for the growing costs of running the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions which is the Government's largest and least effective Department of State.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Transport Taxation, Spending and Investment):

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

(a)

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the fact that the Government has substantially increased spending on transport from the levels planned by the previous Government; notes that this Government ended the automatic fuel duty escalator begun by the previous Government; deplores the previous Government's record of under-investment in transport, which left an investment backlog in important areas like road maintenance, rail and London Underground; notes that under the last Government the number of cars per mile of road went up from 70 to 100, that yearly carbon dioxide emissions from road transport increased by 26 per cent. and that by May 1997 Railtrack was #700 million behind on its rail investment and maintenance programme; and welcomes the Government's approach on an integrated transport strategy which will be delivered by an integrated Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and its plans to increase spending and modernise the transport system further through its Ten Year Plan for transport investment.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Don Foster
Mr Michael Moore
Mr Tom Brake
Mr Paul Tyler

(b)

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and insert `notes that government spending has fallen in comparison with the period before the 1997 General Election; condemns the Labour Government and its Conservative predecessor for presiding over ever-worsening congestion without any commitment to deal with continuing road traffic growth; regrets that the Government intends selling off NATS and part-privatising London Underground; believes that the Government should support the travelling public, pilots and unions in their call to allow NATS to remain under public control; urges the Government to reconsider the proposals put forward by the Liberal Democrats and the new Mayor of London to fund investment in London Underground by issuing bonds; and calls on the Government to deliver on its promise to `establish and develop an integrated transport policy' in the interests of users of private and public transport alike.'.

        The Ninth Report from the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1998-99, Integrated Transport White Paper, HC 32-I, and the Government's response thereto, HC 708 of Session 1998-99, are relevant.

        The selection of the matters 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.

+  3   

POWERS OF CRIMINAL COURTS (SENTENCING) BILL [LORDS]: Second Reading.    [No debate]

Remaining stages may also be taken.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 58).

+  4   

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Byers

        That the draft Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000, which were laid before this House on 3rd May, be approved.

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

+  5   

LONDON GOVERNMENT    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Prescott

        That the draft Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 19th April, be approved.

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

+  6   

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Reid

        That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Functions) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 8th May, be approved.

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

+  7   

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Reid

        That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 8th May, be approved.

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

At the end of the sitting:

  8   

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Reclassification of gammahydroxybutyrate as a controlled drug (Mr Ben Chapman).

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


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

STANDING COMMITTEE

1Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
To consider the Government's Assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000-01, and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000-01, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

SELECT COMMITTEES

2Education and Employment: Education Sub-Committee9.00 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 18 (private)
(public)
Subject: Early Years.
Witnesses: Early Childhood Education Forum; Local Authority Early Years Co-ordinators Network; and the National Early Years Network.
3Defence10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Annual Major Procurement Projects Review.
Witnesses: Sir Robert Walmsley, Chief of Defence Procurement, Vice-Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capabilities), and Mr Nick Witney, Director General, Equipment, Ministry of Defence.
4Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs10.00 a.m. Room 8 (private)
5Social Security10.00 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
(public)
Subject: Housing Benefit.
Witnesses: National Housing Federation; Homeless Network (at 11.45 a.m.).
6Education and Employment: Employment Sub-Committee3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 18 (private)
(public)
Subject: Recruiting Unemployed People.
Witnesses: Mr Nigel Meager and Mr John Atkinson, Institute for Employment Studies, and Mr Chris Hasluck, Institute for Employment Research.
7Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Transport Sub-Committee3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
(public)
Subject: Air Service Agreements between the United Kingdom and the United States.
Witnesses: Federal Express and UPS (UK) Limited; British Cargo Airlines Alliance (at 4.30 p.m.); British Midland Airways Limited (at 5.00 p.m.).
8Health3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Provision of NHS Mental Health Services.
Witnesses: The Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn MP, Secretary of State for Health, Mr John Hutton MP, Minister of State for Health, and The Rt. Hon. Paul Boateng MP, Minister of State, Home Office.
9Northern Ireland Affairs3.45 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
Subject: Northern Ireland Railways.
Witnesses: Department of Regional Development.
10Science and Technology3.45 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
(public)
Subject: The Proposed New Synchrotron Facility.
Witness: The Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Minister for Science, Department of Trade and Industry.
11European Scrutiny4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
12Trade and Industry4.00 p.m. Room 15 (public)
Subject: Vehicle Manufacturing in the UK.
Witness: Mr Ian McAllister, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of Britain.
13Public Administration4.15 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
(public)
Subject: Making Government Work.
Witnesses: Sir Peter Kemp, Professor Peter Hennessy, and Professor Robert Hazell.
14Selection4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
15Public Accounts4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
Subject: Maintaining and Regulating the Railways.
Witness: Mr Tom Winsor, Rail Regulator, Office of the Rail Regulator.

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 23rd May for answer today++

1 Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell and Wishaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on measures to clarify the Government's support for British firms trading internationally.
( 123866 )
2 Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements he is making to ensure that the Government is able to draw on expert advice in considering options for countering the illicit trade in antiquities.
( 123930 )
3 Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 16th May; and if he will make a statement.
( 124029 )
4 Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the relationship between British Trade International and the Invest in Britain Bureau.
( 124030 )
5 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what use will be made of the powers in the Electronic Communications Bill to remove statutory barriers to the electronic delivery of Government services.
( 124031 )
6 Mr Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is being done to increase the representation of women, members of ethnic minority groups and disabled people on the boards of public bodies.
( 124032 )
7 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the British Board of Film Classification's Annual Report for 1999 will be published; and if he will make a statement.
( 124077 )
8 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to strengthen immigration legislation to tackle abuse of the United Kingdom's immigration control.
( 124078 )
9 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the terms of reference are for the Law Commission's review of the law governing prosecution appeals in criminal proceedings.
( 124079 )
10 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to review the policies in the United Kingdom Management Plan for Exports and Imports of Waste.
( 124080 )
11 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will publish the waste strategy; and if he will make a statement.
( 124081 )



 

 
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