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Order of Business Monday 6th November 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.

NOTICE OF MOTION AT THE TIME OF PRIVATE BUSINESS

The Chairman of Ways and Means

        Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill: That the promoters of the Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present session and that all fees due up to that date have been paid;

        That on the fifth sitting day in the next session the bill shall be presented to the House by deposit in the Private Bill Office;

        That a declaration signed by the agent shall be annexed to the bill, stating that it is the same in every respect as the bill presented in this House in the present session;

        That on the next sitting day following presentation, the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay the bill on the Table of the House;

        That in the next session the bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the present sesssion, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

        That no further fees shall be charged to such stages;

        That all petitions relating to the bill which stand referred to the committee on the bill, shall stand referred to the committee on the bill in the next session;

        That no petitioners shall be heard before the committee unless their petition has been presented within the time provided for petitioning or has been deposited pursuant to Private Business Standing Order 126(b);

        That, in relation to the bill, Private Business Standing Order 127 shall have effect as if the words under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against bill)" were omitted.


Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
*1 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    What proposals he has to support theatre venues in market towns.
( 135336 )
*2 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    What action he is taking to promote the take-up of digital television.
( 135337 )
*3 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What steps he is taking to give schoolchildren greater access to qualified coaching in the major sports.
( 135338 )
*4 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    How many mutual football supporters' trusts have been set up with the help of Supporters Direct.
( 135339 )
*5 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What discussions he has had with local authorities in east London and the Greater London Authority about the future of the Millennium Dome.
( 135340 )
*6 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What estimate he has made of the number of viewers who can receive BBC Choice and BBC Knowledge.
( 135341 )
*7 Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk):    What plans he has to address regional anomalies in television reception where viewers cannot receive appropriate regional variations of free to air broadcasts.
( 135342 )
*8 Mr Phil Hope (Corby):    What steps he is taking to improve the architectural quality of public buildings.
( 135343 )
*9 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Millennium Dome after 31st December.
( 135344 )
*10 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    When he expects the first grants will be made to primary schools under the Space for Sport and Arts Scheme.
( 135345 )
*11 Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    How much (a) National Lottery and (b) Treasury money has been spent on the Millennium Dome.
( 135346 )
*12 Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    If he will make a statement on recent trends in the tourism figures for Great Britain.
( 135347 )
*13 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What steps he is taking to ensure that there are sufficient resources available for the development of smaller theatres and theatre groups.
( 135348 )
*14 Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    What recent assessment he has made of the future viability of arts centres and venues for live theatre and music in small towns.
( 135349 )
*15 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    What assessment he has made of the latest annual library plans submitted to his Department.
( 135350 )
*16 Mr Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough and Whitby):    What steps his Department is taking to support North Yorkshire's seaside resorts.
( 135351 )
*17 Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    If he will make a statement on the measures he is taking to ensure that former coalfield areas gain a fair share of National Lottery funding, and the effectiveness of those measures to date.
( 135352 )
*18 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    How much money has been raised for good causes by the National Lottery since its inception.
( 135353 )
*19 Ms Fiona Jones (Newark):    If he will take steps to ensure access to Premiership and national football matches through terrestrial television channels.
( 135354 )
*20 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    What his policy is for improving opportunities for young musicians.
( 135355 )
*21 Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    What views he has expressed to the Royal Parks Agency concerning the options for traffic management in Richmond Park.
( 135356 )
*22 Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    What assessment he has made of the latest annual library plans submitted to his Department.
( 135357 )
*23 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    If he will take steps to put the Press Complaints Commission on a statutory basis.
( 135358 )
*24 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    What representations he has received about the impact of the change of ownership of HTV on broadcasting in Wales.
( 135359 )
*25 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What plans he has to provide financial support for British contenders for the next Olympic Games.
( 135360 )
*26 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    How many grants have been awarded by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts; and what proportion of funding has been allocated to (a) science, (b) technology and (c) the arts.
( 135361 )
*27 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What plans he has for the future of the Dome.
( 135362 )
*28 Mr Ivor Caplin (Hove):    What steps he is taking to increase investment in grassroots football facilities.
( 135363 )
*29 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    When he expects the contract for the new Picketts Lane athletic stadium to be signed.
( 135364 )

At 3.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, and to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission
*30 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Commissioners will make recommendations to parochial church councils regarding the financing of mobile phone masts on church property.
( 135365 )
*31 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent representations the Commissioners have received on the reduction of VAT on church repairs.
( 135366 )
*32 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of clergy pensions.
( 135367 )
*33 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome): To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, what discussions he has had with the Comptroller and Auditor General on the resources available to the NAO to review the effectiveness and economy of the privatisation of public assets.
( 135368 )
*34 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the future of the remaining bishops' palaces.
( 135369 )
*35 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the rights of congregations to purchase churches made redundant by church authorities.
( 135372 )
*36 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will report on the contribution made by the Church Commissioners to clergy stipends and pensions.
( 135373 )
*37 Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the honourable Member for Middlesborough, representing the Church Commissioners, what changes have taken place in the past 10 years in the Church's spending on Bibles in ethnic minority languages.
( 135374 )

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

Main Business

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OPPOSITION DAY [19th allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]

  

PENSIONS AND PENSIONERS

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Steve Webb
Mr Matthew Taylor
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Paul Tyler

        That this House believes that pensioners have been betrayed by both Conservative and Labour Governments over the last twenty years; notes that the Conservatives devalued the basic state pension, slashed future SERPS entitlements and oversaw the scandalous mis-selling of personal pensions; notes that the Labour Manifesto promised that pensioners would `share fairly in the increasing prosperity of the nation', but that the Government now spends a smaller share of national income on pensioners than when Labour came to power; notes that pensioner poverty rose by 400,000 in the first two years of the present Government and that there were nearly 50,000 excess winter deaths in 1998-99 alone, mainly among pensioners; further notes that this year's 75p pension rise was an insult to pensioners and that despite a multi-million pound take-up campaign half a million pensioners still do not receive the means-tested assistance to which they are entitled; believes that the failure to adopt the recommendations of the Royal Commission on long-term care will still leave tens of thousands of pensioners having to sell their homes to pay for care; is concerned that hundreds of thousands of pensioners have faced delays in receiving their pension because of the Government's failure to deal with the problems of the NIRS2 computer system; and therefore calls upon the Chancellor of the Exchequer to announce a substantial increase in the rate of the basic state pension, with additional increases for the oldest pensioners, and to apologise for failing to deliver a decent pension to all pensioners.

        As an Amendment to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Pensions and Pensioners):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Darling
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Mr Secretary Milburn

Mr Secretary Smith

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `endorses the Government's approach to pensions and other policies for pensioners; notes that the Government has already committed #6½ billion more to pensioner benefits during this Parliament than was planned by the Conservatives, while ensuring that this additional expenditure is funded prudently and consistently with the Government's fiscal rules; strongly agrees with the Government that the basic state pension should be retained as the foundation of pension provision, and that most should be done for those pensioners who need most help through the Minimum Income Guarantee; supports the additional help for pensioner households, including winter fuel payments, which now gives them the equivalent of a further #3 a week and free TV licences for the over 75s, which were introduced from 1st November 2000; also supports the wide range of other measures taken by the Government for pensioners, the record investment in the National Health Service, free eye tests, help with home insulation and concessionary public transport fares and reductions in income taxation; and further agrees with the Government that the next priority should be to help pensioners with moderate savings and small occupational pensions to ensure that their thrift is rewarded and that they are able to share in the rising prosperity of the nation.'.

  

PRIVATISATION

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

        That this House notes public concern about the effects of railway privatisation and about current plans to privatise National Air Traffic Services and London Underground and opposes the dogmatic pursuit of privatisation in public services.

        As an Amendment to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Privatisation):

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 `deplores the previous Government's incompetent privatisation of the railways which left the network fragmented, cost taxpayers billions of pounds and brought rail travellers hours of delays; welcomes the Government's creation of the Strategic Rail Authority to give direction to the industry from an industry-wide perspective rather than from the narrow interests of individual companies; recognises that the Government's 10-year plan is delivering the largest investment programme for the railways for generations to tackle the problems caused by years of under-investment in the public and private sectors; welcomes the Government's pragmatic policy of developing Public Private Partnerships for National Air Traffic Services and the London Underground, enabling much needed investment and private sector financial and management skills to be introduced to the public services while safeguarding safety and the public interest; and regrets the official Opposition's dogmatic pursuit of privatisation for the London Underground and the National Air Traffic Services.'.

        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party (Standing Order No. 14 (2)).

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  2   

SOCIAL POLICY AGENDA    [No debate]

Tessa Jowell

        That the House takes note of European Union Document No. 9964/00, a European Commission Communication on a European Social Policy Agenda for the next five years; and supports the Government's welcome for the Commission's analysis of the challenges facing employment and social policy in the next five years and for the emphasis placed on increasing employability, on combating social exclusion, on promoting entrepreneurship, whilst opposing proposals that impose unnecessary burdensome new legislation particularly upon business, and remaining convinced of the need for proposals to codify, adapt or improve existing legislation or for new legislation to be made clear and workable; and notes the Government's intention to negotiate to this end, and to ensure that the proposals take proper account of the legitimate concerns of employers and the need to raise employment rates across the Community.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).

+  3   

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That at the sitting on Wednesday 8th November, the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister for the Adjournment of the House may be proceeded with, though opposed, after Ten o'clock; and shall lapse three hours after it has been made, if not previously disposed of.

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

+  4   

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That at the sitting on Tuesday 7th November the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Margaret Beckett relating to Programming of Bills and Deferred Divisions not later than Eight o'clock, and such Questions shall include the Questions on any amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved.

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

At the end of the sitting:

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ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Future of horticulture research (Mr John Grogan).

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


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

SELECT COMMITTEE

1Trade and Industry4.00 p.m. Room 15 (public)
Subject: UK Steel Industry.
Witnesses: Iron and Steel Trades Confederation/AEEU; UK Steel Association.

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


 

 
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