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Order of Business Thursday 6th 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 11.30 a.m.       Prayers
Afterwards

Private Business

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

Second Reading

Mersey Tunnels Bill. (By Order.)

Mr Ben Chapman
Mrs Louise Ellman
Mr Frank Field
Mr Robert N. Wareing
Mr John McDonnell
Mr Alan Simpson

        On Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months.


Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*1 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St. Edmunds):    If he will make a statement on the funding of further education.
( 127920 )
*2 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    What his policy is on selection in schools.
( 127921 )
*3 Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    If he will make a statement on Access funds in further education.
( 127922 )
*4 Mr Keith Darvill (Upminster):    If he will make a statement on foundation degrees.
( 127923 )
*5 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    What plans the Government has to extend the specialist schools programme.
( 127924 )
*6 Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    What steps the Government has taken to improve standards of literacy and numeracy in schools.
( 127925 )
*7 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What recent representations he has received about Computers for Teachers.
( 127926 )
*8 Ms Hazel Blears (Salford):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of New Deal pilot schemes for people aged over 50 years.
( 127927 )
*9 Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West and Penistone):    If he will make a statement on the Small Schools Support Fund.
( 127928 )
*10 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What steps he is taking to improve access to higher education for students from lower socio-economic groups; and if he will make a statement.
( 127929 )
*11 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on the Community Learning Centre being established at Plessington Catholic High School Technology College.
( 127930 )
*12 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    If he will make a statement on the average size of secondary school classes.
( 127931 )
*13 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the New Deal programme.
( 127932 )
*14 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    If he will make a statement on progress towards his target of 80 per cent. of pupils achieving level 4 in literacy tests at Key Stage 2.
( 127933 )
*15 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What measures he is taking to increase knowledge of the Internet among those in full-time education.
( 127934 )
*16 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    What the function is of the personal job account in the operation of employment zones.
( 127935 )
*17 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    What further steps his Department proposes to take to extend the provision of nursery education.
( 127936 )
*18 Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow, Govan):    If he will make a statement on the impact of the Government's employment policies for older people.
( 127937 )
*19 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on his policy on the testing of aptitude in schools.
( 127938 )
*20 Alice Mahon (Halifax):    If he will make a statement on the Small School Support Fund.
( 127940 )
*21 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What support his Department is continuing to give to schools for the teaching of numeracy skills.
( 127941 )
*22 Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    What plans he has to raise standards in foundation and advanced modern apprenticeships.
( 127943 )
*23 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    What provision he is making for the teaching of physical education in courses of initial teacher training.
( 127944 )
*24 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    If he will make a statement on the educational responsibilities of the regional development agencies.
( 127945 )
*25 Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    What recent representations he has made to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the review of standard spending assessments for education.
( 127946 )
*26 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What steps have been taken to encourage the recruitment of childcare workers.
( 127947 )
*27 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    What progress has been made in connecting schools to the Internet over the last three years.
( 127948 )
*28 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    What measures he is taking to support rural schools.
( 127949 )
*29 Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    If he will make a statement on his plans for foundation degrees.
( 127950 )
*30 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    What estimate he has made of the proportion of people on the New Deal schemes who gain permanent employment on leaving.
( 127951 )
*31 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What progress he has made on standardising the work of external examiners in the higher education sector.
( 127952 )
*32 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What progress he is making on reducing class sizes in primary schools.
( 127953 )
*33 Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    What representations she has received on skills training for mothers returning to work.
( 127954 )
*34 Mr Kerry Pollard (St. Albans):    What action his Department is taking to ensure that Learning and Skills councils will deliver optimum assistance to small and medium sized enterprises.
( 127955 )
*35 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What proportion of teachers have applied for the performance-related pay scheme.
( 127956 )
*36 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What recent research he has undertaken into the proportion of undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge universities who come from schools in the maintained sector; and what conclusions he has reached.
( 127957 )
*37 Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    If he will make a statement on the deployment of the Department's Rapid Response Fund within the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
( 127958 )

At 12.30 p.m.Private Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business

+  1   

ESTIMATES DAY [2nd allotted day]                [Until 7.00 p.m.]

ESTIMATES 2000-01

Class XII, Vote 4            [Up to 3 hours]

Mr Stephen Timms

        That a further, revised sum, not exceeding 482,077,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Customs and Excise Department on the administration of taxation; the operation of customs and revenue controls and other Customs and Excise-related services; and payments in respect of Shipbuilder's Relief and the Customs and Excise National Museum.

        Relevant documents:

        Second Report from the Treasury Committee, Session 1999-2000, on HM Customs and Excise, HC53, and the Government's response thereto, HC442.

        HM Customs and Excise Departmental Report 2000: The Government's Expenditure Plans 2000-2001 to 2001-2002, Cm 4616.

        Debate on this Estimate is to be interrupted not later than three hours after its commencement (Resolution of 27th June).

Class XII, Vote 3            [Until 7.00 p.m.]

Mr Stephen Timms

        That a further, revised sum, not exceeding 1,110,424,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending on 31st March 2001 for expenditure by the Department of Social Security on administration, for agency payments, expenditure incurred as part of the Welfare to Work initiative, expenditure on behalf of the Department of Health, and for certain other services including grants to local authorities and voluntary organisations and other organisations.

        This Estimate is to be considered in so far as it relates to medical services (Resolution of 27th June).

        Relevant documents:

        Third Report of the Social Security Committee, Session 1999-2000, on Medical Services, HC183, and the Government's response thereto, Cm 4780.

        Social Security Departmental Report: The Government's Expenditure Plans 2000-2001 to 2001-2002, Cm 4614.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

        Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motions will be deferred until 7.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 54(4) and (5) and Order of 25th October 1999).

+  2   

ESTIMATES AND SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES 2000-01    [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

Mr Stephen Timms

        That a further sum not exceeding 133,029,399,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges for Defence and Civil Services for the year ending on 31st March 2001, as set out in HC 374, 375, 376, 377 and 567.

        To be decided at 7.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 54 (4) and (5) and Order of 25th October 1999.

        A Bill is to be brought in upon the three Motions in the name of Mr Stephen Timms, relating to Estimates and Supplementary Estimates, if they are agreed to by the House.

At the end of the sitting:

  3   

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Anti-social behaviour, crime and damage caused by illegal camping (Mr Mark Todd).

        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 25th October 1999).


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Standing Committee A9.00 a.m. Room 12 (public)
To consider the Children (Leaving Care) Bill [Lords].
2Standing Committee B2.30 p.m. Room 11 (public)
Further to consider the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill.
3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m. Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2000.

SELECT COMMITTEES

4Treasury Sub-Committee9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject:    HM Treasury.
Witnesses:    Sir Alan Bailey (former Permanent Secretary, Department of Transport, 1986-91) and Sir Peter Kemp (former Second Permanent Secretary and Next Steps Project Manager, Cabinet Office, 1988-92).
5Environmental Audit10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Costing the Environment: Setting Water Prices for 2000-2005.
Witnesses: Sir Ian Byatt, Director-General of Water Services and Mr Kevin Ridout, Senior Environmental Quality Analyst, OFWAT.
6International Development10.00 a.m. The European
Commission Buildings,
Brussels
(private)
7Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs10.15 a.m. Room 16 (private)
8Health11.00 a.m. Room 6 (private)

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 5th July for answer today++

1 Mr Paul Clark (Gillingham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reimburse local authorities for their expenditure on the Kosovan Humanitarian Evacuation programme during the current financial year.
( 129759 )
2 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the safety implications of the cost reductions in the operations of National Air Traffic Services recommended by the economic regulation group of the Civil Aviation Authority; and if he will make a statement.
( 129760 )
3 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what representations he has received from (a) the management of NATS and (b) IPMS about the cost reductions in the operations of National Air Traffic Services recommended by the economic regulation group of the Civil Aviation Authority.
( 129761 )
4 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what his forecast is of capital spending by NATS in the current year and each of the next five years; and what increases in capital spending are anticipated as a result of the proposed public-private partnership.
( 129762 )
5 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the companies or organisations that have expressed interest in becoming the strategic partner in National Air Traffic Services Ltd; and if he has received representations from them about forecast capital spending in NATS.
( 129763 )
6 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will place a copy of the paper entitled, NATS' Response to ERG's Second Consultation Paper, dated 26th May, in the Library.
( 129764 )
7 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the annual report of the Financial Services Authority to be published.
( 129789 )
8 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend): To ask the Prime Minister, if there are any changes in the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the assembly of the Western European Union.
( 129909 )
9 Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement about his plans for charging at the Dartford river crossings.
( 129910 )
10 Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the export of demining equipment to Armenia.
( 129911 )
11 Angela Smith (Basildon): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many people receive child benefit by area in Great Britain.
( 129912 )
12 Mr Derek Foster (Bishop Auckland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will provide financial assistance to Wear Valley District Council under the Bellwin Scheme in respect of costs incurred following flooding in the district on the weekend of 3rd and 4th June.
( 129913 )
13 Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed in the Civil Service under the New Deal for the young and unemployed.
( 129914 )
14 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what action he is taking to check if United Kingdom crops have been affected by GM contamination of French maize crops.
( 129915 )

Standing Committee Notices

     Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 11th July at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and Thursday 13th July at 9.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Children (Leaving Care) Bill [Lords].

     The Second Reading Committee will meet on Tuesday 11th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Trustee Bill [Lords].

     The Scottish Grand Committee will meet on Monday 10th July at 10.30 a.m. to consider the United Kingdom Government's policies relating to employment and the delivery of fairness at work in Scotland.

     The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 10th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000.

     The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 13th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Code of Practice on Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers.

     The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 13th July at 9.55 a.m. to consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 64) on the Special Grant for Activities undertaken by Beacon Councils (House of Commons Paper No. 564).

     The Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 13th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Legal Aid (Functions) Order 2000 and the draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Order 2000.

     The Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 11th July at 10.30 a.m. to consider the draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2000.

     The Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 12th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Sheep and the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000.

     The Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 10th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 63) on the Invest to Save Grant (House of Commons Paper No. 538).

     The Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 12th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Social Security Amendment (Students) Regulations 2000.

     The Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 13th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Local Government Finance Special Grant Report (No. 67) on Heads', Deputies' and Advanced Skills Teachers' Performance Pay Progression and Deputies' Assimilation (House of Commons Paper No. 569) and the Local Government Finance Special Grant Report (No. 66) on Threshold and Leadership Group Payments (House of Commons Paper No. 568) .

     The Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 10th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) (Variation) Order 2000 and the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2000.

     The Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 13th July at 9.55 a.m. to consider the draft Insider Dealing (Securities and Regulated Markets) (Amendment) Order 2000.

     The Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 13th July at 9.55 a.m. to consider the Stakeholder Pension Schemes Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 1403).




 

 
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