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Order of Business Thursday 20th 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.


NOTICE OF MOTION AT THE TIME OF PRIVATE BUSINESS

        The Chairman of Ways and Means

        Standing Orders (Private Business): That the Amendments to Standing Orders relating to Private Business set out in the Schedule be made.

SCHEDULE

                  Table of Fees
                                          line 2, leave out `3,500' and insert `4,000'.
                                          line 3, leave out `3,500' and insert `4,000'.
                                          line 23, leave out `3,500' and insert `4,000'.
                                          line 29, leave out `1,750' and insert `2,000'.
                                          line 35, leave out `1' and insert `1.60'.

        [An explanatory note on the proposed amendments is available in the Private Bill Office.]


Afterwards
Oral Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
*1 Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    How many enquiries have been received by the working families tax credit response line from the North West Region.
( 130128 )
*2 Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):    What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the implementation of the National Changeover Plan within the National Health Service.
( 130129 )
*3 Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    If he will make a statement on progress with the implementation of the working families tax credit.
( 130130 )
*4 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    What his policy is on encouraging people to save.
( 130131 )
*5 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What his policy is on promoting potential membership of the single currency in advance of an assessment of the five economic tests.
( 130132 )
*6 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    What proposals he has for simplifying the tax system.
( 130133 )
*7 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    What proportion of gross domestic product was represented by net taxes and social security contributions at the latest date for which information is available.
( 130134 )
*8 Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge and Chryston):    If he will make a statement on the impact of his Department's policies on the levels of employment and unemployment in Scotland.
( 130135 )
*9 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs about his policy on the single currency.
( 130136 )
*10 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    If he will make a statement on the changes made to the level of NHS spending as a result of his Budget announcements.
( 130137 )
*11 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    If he will make a statement on the charging of VAT on the renovation of listed buildings.
( 130138 )
*12 Mr John Butterfill (Bournemouth West):    What recent representations he has received on his policy on business taxation.
( 130139 )
*13 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    What progress is being made with the introduction of the children's tax credit.
( 130140 )
*14 Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    What progress he has made in completing financial arrangements for the United Kingdom's European Objective 1 regions.
( 130141 )
*15 Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    How many families in Scotland will benefit from the children's tax credit when it is introduced next April.
( 130142 )
*16 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the Financial Services Authority's role in respect of the mis-selling of endowment mortgages.
( 130143 )
*17 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    What steps he has taken to measure public opinion on the question of the United Kingdom joining the single European currency.
( 130144 )
*18 Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    What recent representations he has received concerning business taxes introduced since May 1997.
( 130146 )
*19 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    If he will make a statement on the IMF's role in reducing the debts of Third World countries.
( 130147 )
*20 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What the estimated cost is to public funds of his plans for investment in education in each of the next four years.
( 130148 )
*21 Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    What assessment he has made of the effect his tax relief on computer and IT investments will have on e-commerce in the UK.
( 130149 )
*22 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What proposals he has to reduce the mis-selling of financial products.
( 130150 )
*23 Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    What representations he has received on the tax changes he has made since May 1997.
( 130151 )
*24 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    How many families in the West Midlands Region will benefit from the children's tax credit.
( 130152 )
*25 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What recent discussions he has had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary about the UK's eventual membership of a European single currency.
( 130153 )
*26 Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on the percentage of GDP which was accounted for by net taxes and social security contributions in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1999-2000.
( 130154 )
*27 Mr Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    What steps he is taking to promote the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises.
( 130155 )
*28 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What assessment he has made of the effect on the finances of an average-income family of changes to indirect taxation since May 1997.
( 130156 )
*29 Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    What recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues concerning his policy on the euro.
( 130157 )
*30 Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    How many families in the North West Region will benefit from the children's tax credit when it is introduced in April 2001.
( 130158 )
*31 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on the effectiveness of current measures to ensure the security of taxpayers' information.
( 130159 )
*32 Angela Smith (Basildon):    What assessment he has made of the effect his Department's policies have had on levels of employment in the Eastern Region since May 1997.
( 130160 )
*33 Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    If he will make a statement on the policies announced in the Budget to increase employment.
( 130161 )
*34 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What representations he has received following the abolition of the married persons' tax allowance; and if he will make a statement.
( 130162 )
*35 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    If he will commission an independent assessment at the appropriate time of whether the five economic tests for entry into the single currency have been met.
( 130163 )
*36 Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    What recent representations he has received on his policy on the euro.
( 130164 )
*37 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    If he will make a statement on the inflation forecasts set out in the Red Book.
( 130165 )

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

Main Business

+  1   

ADJOURNMENT    [Until 7.00 p.m.]

The Prime Minister

        That this House do now adjourn.

        Proposed subject for debate: Public Expenditure.

The Minutes of Evidence taken before the Treasury Committee on 10th May (Spending Review 2000), HC 485-i, are relevant.
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

  2   

CHURCH OF ENGLAND (GENERAL SYNOD) (MEASURE)    [Up to 1½ hours]

Mr Stuart Bell

        That the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure, passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for Her Royal Assent in the form in which the said Measure was laid before Parliament.

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

At the end of the sitting:

  3   

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Home to school transport (Mr Alan Hurst).

        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).


COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m. Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Patents Regulations 2000.
2Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
To consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 68) on the 2000-01 Special Grant for Kosovan Evacuees (House of Commons Paper No. 636).

SELECT COMMITTEES

3Environmental Audit9.30 a.m. Room 19 (private)
4Liaison9.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
5Treasury9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Spending Review 2000.
Witnesses: Mr Carl Emmerson, Professor Colin Talbot, Mr David Walton and Mr Martin Weale.
6Health9.45 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
Subject: Public Health.
Witnesses: Department of Health officials.
7Trade and Industry10.00 a.m. Room 15 (public)
Subject: The Post Office.
Witnesses: The Post Office.
8Welsh Affairs10.30 a.m. Room 17 (private)
9Home Affairs2.15 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Physical Controls at UK Port of Entry.
Witnesses: Hope Hanlan, UK Representative, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Oxford; Mr Nick Hardwick, Chief Executive, Refugee Council, and Nicola Rogers and Nadine Finch, Barristers, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (at 3.30 p.m.).

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 19th July for answer today++

1 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to adjust the reporting of data in the school performance tables to provide a more accurate picture of schools which take in pupils from overseas with English language difficulties.
( 132063 )
2 Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce his conclusions based on the responses received to Fit For The Future; and if he will make a statement.
( 132064 )
3 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the damage to the environment caused by cyclists in (a) rural areas and (b) areas of outstanding natural beauty.
( 132065 )
4 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he intends to allocate in the current year the money recently agreed for police forces in rural areas.
( 132066 )
5 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to replace the current application forms for foreign nationals wishing to apply for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
( 132067 )
6 Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will announce the outcome of the invitation to tender for the Criminal Records Bureau Information Systems and Services; and if he will make a statement.
( 132068 )
7 Mr Chris Pond (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how he plans to meet urgent expenditure relating to the new National Probation Service for England and Wales prior to the enactment of the Criminal Justice and Court Service Bill.
( 132069 )
8 Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what asistance the Government provides to people who have recently suffered a bereavement or who are considering funeral arrangements.
( 132231 )
9 Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the closure of HMS `Cambridge'.
( 132232 )
10 Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park and Kensington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the 1999-2000 Annual Report and Accounts of the Medical Devices Agency.
( 132233 )
11 Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will receive the Annual Report of the Medicines Commission for 1999; and if he will publish it.
( 132234 )
12 Ms Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the Annual Report and Accounts of the Medicines Control Agency.
( 132235 )
13 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about Table 2.4 in the Economic and Financial Strategy Report of March 2000.
( 132236 )
14 Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Solicitor General, when the Director of the Serious Fraud Office intends to publish her Annual Report.
( 132237 )
15 Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Key Targets have been set for the Duke of York's Royal Military School for the financial year 2000-01.
( 132238 )
16 Mr Christopher Leslie (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Key Targets have been set for the Defence Estates Agency for the financial year 2000-01.
( 132239 )
17 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the pattern of military low flying activity in the United Kingdom during the training year 1999-2000.
( 132240 )
18 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what are the most recent figures for deaths amongst (a) Gulf veterans and (b) the comparison group.
( 132241 )
19 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North and Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what data he has collated on the general pattern of chemical warfare agent alerts during the Gulf conflict.
( 132242 )
20 Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will make an announcement about the compensation scheme for those distant water trawlermen who lost their jobs with the closure of Icelandic fishing.
( 132304 )
21 Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he proposes to publish a draft code of practice on the management of records under the proposals contained in the Freedom of Information Bill.
( 132305 )
22 Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he intends to publish a policy statement on electronic records management.
( 132306 )
23 Mr Dale Campbell-Savours (Workington): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he will publish the 1999-2000 Annual Report for the Central Science Laboratory.
( 132367 )
24 Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the Government Response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's 21st report (Setting Environmental Standards) will be published.
( 132371 )

Standing Committee Notices

     European Standing Committee C will meet on Monday 24th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider European Community Document No. 13540/99, relating to a General Framework for Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation.

     The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 24th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Salary of the Data Protection Commissioner, from 1st April 2000.

     The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 24th July at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 65): Invest to save Grant (House of Commons Paper No. 707).




 

 
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