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Order of Business Monday 3rd July 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
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
*1 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What recent representations he has received on the proposed US national missile defence system and its effects on the UK.
( 127255 )
*2 Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    What progress has been made since the Helsinki Summit in improving European defence co-operation.
( 127256 )
*3 Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town):    How many British troops are deployed in Sierra Leone.
( 127258 )
*4 Christine Russell (City of Chester):    What progress is being made in achieving the target for disposal of surplus assets contained in the Strategic Defence Review.
( 127259 )
*5 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    If he will make a statement on the Medicine Man exercises which will take place this year at the British Army Training Unit, Suffield.
( 127260 )
*6 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    How many Army personnel are deployed overseas.
( 127261 )
*7 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    Which RAF aircraft are armed with cannon; and if he will make a statement.
( 127262 )
*8 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    How much funding his Department has allocated to naval operations this year.
( 127263 )
*9 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):    When he will make a statement on compensation for former British prisoners of war held by the Japanese.
( 127264 )
*10 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    How many extra personnel the Government aims to recruit to the Defence Medical Services over the next three years.
( 127265 )
*11 Mr Christopher Fraser (Mid Dorset and North Poole):    What the current strength is of the Territorial Army.
( 127266 )
*12 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What progress he has made in the procurement of (a) new aircraft carriers and (b) future carrier-borne aircraft.
( 127268 )
*13 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    If he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Government's defence procurement policies.
( 127269 )
*14 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    How many British armed forces personnel are allocated to UN operations; and in how many places.
( 127270 )
*15 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    With what weaponry the Eurofighter will be armed when it first enters service with the RAF.
( 127271 )
*16 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    When he expects to make an announcement on the SA80 modification programme.
( 127272 )
*17 Mr George Galloway (Glasgow, Kelvin):    What operations Her Majesty's armed forces have been engaged in over Iraq in the last month; and if he will make a statement.
( 127273 )
*18 Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    What assessment he has made of the contribution of Territorial Army soldiers serving in the Balkans.
( 127274 )
*19 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What assessment he has made concerning the level of computer failures in his Department, its agencies and the armed forces.
( 127275 )
*20 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What steps he is taking to address the issue of bullying in the armed forces.
( 127276 )
*21 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    How many Royal Navy submarines are operationally available.
( 127277 )
*22 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What recent representations he has received calling for improved support for homosexual servicemen and women; and if he will make a statement.
( 127278 )
*23 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What meetings he has had with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to discuss defence procurement; and if he will make a statement.
( 127279 )
*24 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    With what weaponry the Eurofighter will be armed when it first enters squadron service with the RAF.
( 127280 )
*25 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What recent meetings he has had with his opposite numbers in EU member states to discuss European Security and Defence Identity issues; and if he will make a statement.
( 127281 )
*26 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    How much his Department plans to spend on operations in Kosovo this year.
( 127282 )
*27 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the armed forces of the United Kingdom's continental European allies in the context of the European Security and Defence Identity.
( 127283 )
*28 Mr Ernie Ross (Dundee West):    What progress has been made by each of the three armed services in meeting their targets for recruitment amongst Britain's ethnic minorities.
( 127284 )
*29 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    When he will make an announcement on the award of a contract for roll-on, roll-off vessels.
( 127285 )
*30 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement about progress in combating bullying in the Army.
( 127286 )
*31 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What recent representations he has made to the USA and NATO on the proposed new missile defence system.
( 127287 )
*32 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    How many extra personnel the Government aims to recruit to the Defence Medical Services in the next three years.
( 127288 )
*33 Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):    What percentage of the Army is (a) committed to (b) preparing for and (c) recovering from military operations.
( 127289 )
*34 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    How many armed forces personnel are serving overseas.
( 127290 )
*35 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    If he will make a statement on Army recruitment.
( 127291 )
*36 Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    What the value is of the contracts awarded so far for the design of the future generation of aircraft carriers.
( 127292 )
*37 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    What progress has been made by each of the three armed services in meeting their targets for recruitment amongst Britain's ethnic minorities.
( 127293 )
*38 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What steps he is taking to help young unemployed people who want to join the armed forces attain the necessary fitness levels.
( 127294 )

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

Main Business

  1   

OPPOSITION DAY [16th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]

THE GOVERNMENT'S EARLY RELEASE OF PRISONERS

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

        That this House condemns the Government's policy of giving prisoners special early release on the Home Detention Curfew scheme; deplores the fact that more than 20,000 convicted criminals, including thousands of drug dealers and traffickers, robbers, burglars and violent offenders, have been released from prison under the scheme before serving even half the sentences they were given by the courts; regrets that child sex offenders and others have been released on the scheme before serving the minimum period required by law and contrary to the explicit assurances given to the House by Ministers; notes the contradiction between the recent comments of the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister's spokesman that violent criminals should serve longer prison sentences and the Government's policy that has resulted in the special early release of thousands of violent criminals on the scheme; calls on the Home Secretary to act on his word and end the release of robbers and other violent criminals on the scheme immediately; calls for the scheme to be abolished completely; and calls on the Home Secretary urgently to clarify the Government's prisons policy.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (The Government's early release of prisoners):

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

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `notes that the introduction of Home Detention Curfew with electronic tagging as in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 was specifically welcomed in the unanimous Third Report of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Session 1997-98 (HC 486-I), whose members endorsing the report at that time included the honourable Members for Woking, Surrey Heath and Aldershot; believes that one of the major factors contributing to re-offending is an inadequate transition between custody and life outside prison in the community; applauds the work initiated by HM Government better to manage that transition, through Home Detention Curfew, more effective drug treatment, Welfare to Work and greater emphasis on education, work and offender behaviour programmes; notes that short term prisoners are only released on Home Detention Curfew after a careful risk assessment, that about 94 per cent. of prisoners have completed Home Detention Curfew successfully, and that the latest information indicates that fewer than 2 per cent. have been arrested, prosecuted or convicted for offences committed on Home Detention Curfew; applauds the Government's toughening of the sentencing regime, its practical approach to honesty in sentencing, and its establishment of a comprehensive review of the sentencing framework; and further notes the Opposition's action in opposing strong measures against anti-social behaviour, benefit sanctions for probation offenders and reform of mode of trial, comforting only the miscreant at the expense of the victim and the community.'.

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

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `notes that the vast majority of prisoners are eventually released but that currently 50 per cent. of offenders reoffend within two years; calls for more concerted efforts both in prisons and in the community to aid rehabilitation and reduce reoffending; believes that a staged sentence which moves people after the period of custody to a period of restricted activity curbed by electronic tagging can be a useful means of helping to reintegrate prisoners back into the community, but demands an independent review of the home detention curfew scheme to ensure that risk assessment of prisoners provides adequate protection to the public and that offenders are subject to proper support and supervision in the community; still believes that one of the greatest failures of law and order policy under this and previous governments is that too few criminals are caught and too few crimes are cleared up; and believes that if the Government had been really concerned about the level of violent crime it should not have allowed police numbers to have fallen by over 2000 since 1997 and should now ensure there is a real increase in police strength.'.

NEILL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO MINISTERS AND SPECIAL ADVISERS

Mr William Hague
Sir George Young
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mrs Ann Winterton
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House notes the recommendations in the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Reinforcing Standards", concerning Ministers and Special Advisers; regrets that the Government has failed to respond to that report; notes that the Prime Minister will not accept responsibility for adjudicating on the compliance of Ministers with the Ministerial Code of Conduct; further notes that the number and cost of Special Advisers continue to increase; believes that Ministers should be accountable for conflicts of interest and failures to comply with the spirit as well as the letter of the Ministerial Code of Conduct; further believes that the number, and activities, of Special Advisers is prejudicing the impartiality of the Civil Service and accountability of government; and calls upon the Government to accept in full the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life in relation to Ministers and Special Advisers.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's Motion (Neill Committee Recommendations relating to Ministers and Special Advisers):

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Paul Tyler
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Andrew Stunell

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `notes recommendations in the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Reinforcing Standards," concerning Ministers and Special Advisers; regrets that the Government has failed to respond to that report; further notes that the number of Special Advisers employed by Government has more than doubled since 1997; regrets that the Government's obsession with spin doctors has reinforced public antipathy towards the political process; is concerned that vague governing rules make the Government Information and Communication Service susceptible to politicisation; reminds the Labour Government and the Conservative Opposition that the Civil Service is not the property of the Government of the day but a fundamental component of the constitution, which should be subject to parliamentary scrutiny and debate; and calls on the Government to introduce a Civil Service Act to underline the political neutrality of the Civil Service.'.

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

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the statement by Lord Neill that there is now less cause for concern about standards in public life than when the cash for questions affair led to the setting up of the Committee in 1994; restates the Government's commitment to maintaining a non-political permanent civil service; agrees with the Sixth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that special advisers have a valuable role to play"; acknowledges that the Report deals with the serious issues across a wide range of subjects; and notes that the Government plans to respond before the summer recess.'.

        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.

+  2   

NORTHERN IRELAND    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Mandelson

        That the draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 8th June, be approved.

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

+  3   

DELEGATED LEGISLATION    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That the Stakeholder Pension Scheme Regulations 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

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

At the end of the sitting:

  4   

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Airport regulation (Dr Vincent Cable).

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


COMMITTEES

SELECT COMMITTEES

1Information4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: The Future of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).
Witnesses: Dr Ian Gibson MP, Chair of the POST Board, Lord Flowers FRS, Vice-Chair of the POST Board and Professor David Cope, Director of POST.
2Joint Meeting: Social Security Committee and Employment Sub-Committee4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: The Creation of a New Agency for People of Working Age.
Witnesses: The Rt. Hon. David Blunkett MP, Secretary of State for Education and Employment and the Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Social Security.
3Science and Technology5.30 p.m.
6.00 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
(public)
Subject: Are We Realising Our Potential?
Witnesses: British Telecommunications plc, Imperial Chemical Industries plc and Rolls Royce plc.

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


Written Question tabled on Friday 30th June for answer today++
1 Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Treasury's residual holding of British Telecom plc shares.
(129190)


 

 
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