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Order of Business Thursday 18th January 2001

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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.

Further Consideration of Bill, as amended

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

[For Amendments, see Notice Paper relating to Private Business.]


Afterwards
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NOTICE OF MOTION FOR UNOPPOSED RETURN        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Smith

        That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there will be laid before this House a Return of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting now in the possession of the Tate Gallery by the Right honourable Sir David Hirst.

No debate.


Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
*1 Mr John Healey (Wentworth):    What assessment he has made of the operation of the new provisions of the Employment Relations Act 1999 setting up the statutory arrangements for trades union recognition.
( 144527 )
*2 Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    If he will make a statement on recent steps he has taken to ensure consumers receive value for money.
( 144528 )
*3 Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    What recent discussions he has had with the UK tyre manufacturing industry regarding UK production.
( 144529 )
*4 Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    What the cost of setting up and running the Post Office Universal Bank will be to (a) the Post Office and (b) the Government.
( 144530 )
*5 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What recent representations he has received on the proposed European directive on information and consultation.
( 144531 )
*6 Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    What assessment he has made of the recent performance of manufacturing industry in the North West of England.
( 144532 )
*7 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What plans he has to reform the method of setting the figure for the national minimum wage.
( 144533 )
*8 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    What guidance he gives to businesses about protection of their intellectual property; and if he will make a statement.
( 144534 )
*9 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    What assessment he has made of the cost of regulations and directives emanating from the European Union on small business enterprise in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.
( 144535 )
*10 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What measures he is taking to ensure the liberalisation of the energy market.
( 144536 )
*11 Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    What discussions he has had with his Right honourable Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food regarding the impact of trade liberalisation on British agriculture.
( 144538 )
*12 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on the state of the automotive manufacturing and components industry.
( 144539 )
*13 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on the prospects for future employment in the textiles industry in the North West.
( 144540 )
*14 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on the Government's strategy about the potential for the supply of electricity from nuclear sources.
( 144541 )
*15 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    What discussions he has had with non-governmental organisations regarding the content of a draft bill on strategic arms exports.
( 144542 )
*16 Mr John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon):    What plans he has to assess the operation of the Insolvency Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
( 144543 )
*17 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    When he last met the Federation of Sub-postmasters to discuss the future of the network.
( 144545 )
*18 Mr Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    How many companies have benefited from the Small Business Service's Smart initiative since its inception.
( 144546 )
*19 Tom Cox (Tooting):    What assessment he has made of the performance of manufacturing industry in the London region; and if he will make a statement.
( 144547 )
*20 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What progress he has made in implementing proposals in the White Paper, Modern Markets: Confident Consumers.
( 144548 )
*21 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    What arrangements he has made for benefit payments to be made by way of Post Office accounts.
( 144549 )
*22 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    If he will make a statement on the progress being made on payments under the coal industry health compensation settlement.
( 144550 )
*23 Mr John Cryer (Hornchurch):    If he will make a statement on his policy regarding the UK car industry.
( 144551 )
*24 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What future role he plans for small generators in the electricity market.
( 144552 )
*25 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    What assessment he has made of the impact on manufacturing industry of the recent rise in the price of gas.
( 144553 )
*26 Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    If he will make a statement on progress towards protecting the sub-post office network.
( 144554 )
*27 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    If he will make a statement on progress with establishment of the Universal Bank.
( 144555 )
*28 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    What representations he has had regarding the new Employment Agency Regulations; and when he expects them to come into force. [R]
( 144556 )
*29 Mr Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    If he will make a statement on the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry.
( 144557 )
*30 Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    What recent assessment he has made of performance in the manufacturing industry in the West Midlands region.
( 144558 )
*31 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    How many compensation claims he has paid to miners and widows at the latest date for which figures are available.
( 144559 )
*32 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    If he will make a statement on trends in case numbers in employment tribunals.
( 144560 )
*33 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    What action he is taking to make setting up a business more realistic for people from all social backgrounds.
( 144561 )
*34 Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    If he will make a statement on the assistance given to small businesses.
( 144562 )
*35 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    How many new spin-out companies have emerged from British biotechnology in the last year.
( 144563 )
*36 Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on progress towards the establishment of a universal bank.
( 144564 )
*37 Ms Tess Kingham (Gloucester):    If he will make a statement on his Department's involvement with the Ilisu dam project in Turkey.
( 144565 )
*38 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    If he will provide additional resources to assist with the processing of health compensation claims from former miners in the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire coalfields.
( 144566 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

+  1   

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND POLICE    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Straw

        Bill to make provision for combatting crime and disorder; to make provision about the disclosure of information relating to criminal matters and about powers of search and seizure; to amend the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 and the Terrorism Act 2000; to make provision about the police, the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad; to make provision about the powers of the courts in relation to criminal matters; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.


Main Business

  2   

OPPOSITION DAY [1st allotted day]    [Until 7.00 p.m.]

  

TEACHER SUPPLY AND STANDARDS IN EDUCATION

Mr William Hague
Mrs Theresa May
Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Graham Brady
Mr John Hayes
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House views with deep concern the crisis of teacher shortages which is hitting schools across the country and which has led to some schools operating a four day week, children being sent home early, increased class sizes and the use of non-specialist and unqualified staff; deplores the Government's complacency in the face of this crisis; notes that many teachers are leaving the profession because of the increased red tape and bureaucratic burdens imposed by this Government; recognises that the teacher shortages are damaging standards in schools; and calls on the Government to revive the teaching profession by getting rid of the excessive bureaucratic burdens faced by teachers, setting schools free and letting teachers teach.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Teacher Supply and Standards in Education):

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 `welcomes the enormous strides taken over the last three years to make teaching a more attractive profession; particularly welcomes the introduction of a new career structure and performance-related pay to assist retention, a greater emphasis on continuing professional development and the development of golden hellos in shortage subjects and teacher training salaries, which mean that there are more people training to be teachers now than at any time in the last eight years; further welcomes the practical steps taken by the Government to assist headteachers facing recruitment problems in some areas and the measures which have been taken to reduce needless bureaucracy in schools; applauds the improved achievement levels by both primary and secondary pupils, the big reduction in infant class sizes since 1997 and the substantial increase in teaching assistants and learning mentors to offer practical support to pupils and teachers; and notes that the number of teachers in post is higher than at any time in the last decade as a direct result of greater investment in education by the Government, and that the School Teachers' Review Body will report soon.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Phil Willis
Mr Richard Allan
Dr Evan Harris
Mr Paul Tyler

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `congratulates the teaching profession on its high standards and commitment to the future of the nation's children; views with deep concern the crisis of teacher shortages which is hitting schools across the country and which has led to some schools operating a four day week, children being sent home early, increased class sizes and the use of non-specialist and unqualified staff; deplores the complacency of successive Governments in failing to adequately recruit and retain teachers; notes that many teachers are leaving the profession because of the increased red tape and bureaucratic burdens imposed by successive Governments; recognises that the teacher shortages and increased bureaucracy are affecting standards in schools and damaging teacher morale; and calls on the Government to support the teaching profession by offering realistic incentives to attract post-graduates into teaching, appropriate pay and conditions of service to retain teachers, getting rid of the excessive bureaucratic burdens faced by teachers, trusting the teaching profession and demonstrating that every child in the country's schools matters.'.

  

MAINTENANCE OF AN ADEQUATE POLICE FORCE

Mr William Hague
Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House condemns the Government's failure to fulfil its manifesto commitment strongly to support the police; notes that police numbers in England and Wales were rising when the Government came into office; regrets the decline in police numbers of more than 2,500 since the General Election, including the loss of 1,900 constables, contrary to the Government's manifesto pledge to get more officers back on the beat; further regrets the dramatic decline of one third in the number of special constables; notes the comments of senior police figures that policing is in a state of crisis; condemns the Government's decision to release before serving half their prison sentences more than 200 criminals convicted of assaulting police officers; notes with regret the low level of police morale and the 60 per cent. rise in voluntary resignations from the police since the Government came to power; and calls on the Government urgently to take measures to improve morale in the police force, to restore police numbers at least to the levels they inherited, and to increase the visibility of the police in order better to protect the public at a time when violent crime is soaring.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Maintenance of an Adequate Police Force):

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 number of police officers in England and Wales fell by 1,476 between 1993 and 1997-98 under budgets set by the previous administration, whilst the strength of the Metropolitan Police Service was allowed to fall by 1,773 between 1993 and 1997-98; notes too that morale of the service was badly damaged by the 1993 Sheehy Report, and recruitment made difficult especially in London and the South East by the abolition in 1994 of the housing allowance for officers; welcomes the establishment of the crime fighting fund to bring officer numbers to record levels by 2003-04, the recent rise in police numbers, the 74 per cent. increase in the numbers of recruits entering training in the first nine months of this financial year compared to the same period last year, the 1,000 increase in civilian staff since March 1997, and the very substantial rise in police funding announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Spending Review 2000; and congratulates the police service on securing a 7 per cent. reduction in recorded crime since March 1997.'.

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

        Line      8,      leave out from `crisis' to end and add `and calls on the Government to take urgent measures to improve morale in the police service, boost visibility and increase numbers by an additional 6,000 officers over the number employed as of April 2000, to introduce a scheme which will allow good officers approaching retirement to stay on for five years and officers recently retired to return for up to five years, to create a category of retained officers and, in conjunction with local government, a community safety force, to assign named officers to each community, and to set up a standing conference on the police which will give regular independent advice on minimum police strength and most efficient use of police in deterring and detecting crime.'.

        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 7.00 p.m.

+  3   

SPORT    [No debate]

Kate Hoey

        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. COM(99)643, a Commission Communication entitled `Community Support Plan to Combat Doping in Sport', European Union Document No. COM(99)644, the Helsinki Report on Sport and the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 23rd November 2000, submitted by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport relating to the Declaration on Sport; considers that the special nature and role of sport should be recognised in applying Community rules to sporting activity; and supports the Government's intention to ensure that Europe is effectively represented in the deliberations of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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

+  4   

DRAFT DEREGULATION (SUNDAY LICENSING) ORDER 2000    [No debate]

Mr Secretary Straw

        That the draft Deregulation (Sunday Licensing) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 8th December, be approved.

        The Deregulation Committee has reported on the proposal for this Order in its First Report of Session 1999-2000, HC 334, and on the draft Order in its Second Report of Session 2000-01, HC 37.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 18(1)(a)).

+  5   

SITTINGS IN WESTMINSTER HALL    [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That, following the Order [20th November 2000], Mr Nicholas Winterton, Mr John McWilliam, Mr Barry Jones and Frank Cook be appointed to act as additional Deputy Speakers at sittings in Westminster Hall during this Session.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

+  6   

SELECT COMMITTEES (JOINT MEETINGS)    [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett
Paddy Tipping

        That, for the current Session of Parliament, Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be amended as follows:

    Line 37, before the word `European' insert the words `Environmental Audit Committee or with the'.

    Line 46, before the word `European' insert the words `Environmental Audit Committee or with the'.

    Line 48, at the end insert the words:—

      `(4A) notwithstanding paragraphs (2) and (4) above, where more than two committees or sub-committees appointed under this order meet concurrently in accordance with paragraph (4)(e) above, the quorum of each such committee or sub-committee shall be two.'

        As an Amendment to Margaret Beckett's Motion (Select Committees (Joint Meetings)):

Mr Eric Forth

        Line      11,      leave out `two' and insert `four'.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

+  7   

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 2nd and 9th February, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March, 6th and 27th April, 11th and 18th May, 8th and 15th June and 20th July.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:

  8   

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Young offenders in London (Dr Vincent Cable).

        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 20th November 2000).


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill Programming Sub-Committee (of Standing Committee F) 9.00 a.m. Room 5 (private)
2Hunting Bill Programming Sub-Committee (of Standing Committee B) 9.30 a.m. Room 6 (private)
3Health and Social Care Bill Programming Sub-Committee (of Standing Committee E) 9.30 a.m. Room 7 (private)
4Standing Committee A9.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Vehicles (Crime) Bill.
5Standing Committee B2.00 p.m. Room 14 (public)
To consider the Hunting Bill.
6Standing Committee D9.45 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Homes Bill.
7Standing Committee E2.30 p.m. Room 12 (public)
To consider the Health and Social Care Bill.

SELECT COMMITTEES

8Environmental Audit9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Pre-Budget Report: fuel duties.
Witnesses: Mr John Mumford, Director, BP Oil UK and Mr Paul Beckwith, Fuel and Environment Manager, BP Oil; Mr Detlef Frank, Director of Science and Traffic Policy, BMW Ag, Mr Bernard Carey, Director, London Liaison Office, BMW Group; Mr Malcolm Fergusson, Senior Fellow, Institute of European Environmental Policy.
9Liaison9.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
10Health9.45 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Public Health.
Witnesses: British Heart Foundation and Sport England; Kate Hoey MP, Minister for Sport, Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
11Armed Forces Bill10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
Subject: Armed Forces Bill.
Witnesses: MoD Officials.
12Culture, Media and Sport10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: The Operation of the National Lottery.
Witness: The National Lottery Commission.
13Education and Employment: Education Sub-Committee4.15 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
5.30 p.m.
Room 18 (private)
(public)
(private)
Subject: Higher Education; Student Retention.
Witness: Sir Howard Newby, President of Universities UK and Chief Executive-Designate, The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

JOINT COMMITTEE

14Tax Simplification Bills10.30 a.m. Room 3 (private)
To choose Chairman and to consider course of proceeding.

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 17th January for answer today++

1 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress he has made in reviewing the current heritage notification arrangements in London.
( 146447 )
2 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what delegations have been made in 2000 under the Civil Service (Management Functions) Act 1992; to whom these delegations were made; and what the main conditions attached to them were.
( 146459 )
3 Mr Ivan Lewis (Bury South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the Government's proposals in response to the claim concerning the View of Hampton Court Palace by Jan Griffier the Elder at the Tate Gallery.
( 146570 )
4 Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of the Minister for the Cabinet Office of 11th December 2000, Official Report, column 48W, what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative party policies his Department has (i) undertaken and (ii) advised upon in the previous 12 months; and if he will place copies of such costings and relevant background documents in the Library.
( 146618 )

Standing Committee Notices

     Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 23rd January at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. further to consider the Vehicles (Crime) Bill.

     The Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee B in respect of the Hunting Bill will meet on Thursday 18th January at 9.30 a.m.

     Standing Committee B will meet on Thursday 18th January at 2.00 p.m. to consider the Hunting Bill.

     Standing Committee D will meet on Thursday 18th January at 9.45 a.m. and 2.30 p.m., Tuesday 23rd January at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and Thursday 25th January at 9.45 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Homes Bill.

     The Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee E in respect of the Health and Social Care Bill will meet on Thursday 18th January at 9.30 a.m.

     Standing Committee E will meet on Thursday 18th January at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Health and Social Care Bill.

     The Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee F in respect of the Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill will meet on Thursday 18th January at 9.00 a.m.

     Standing Committee F will meet on Tuesday 23rd January at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to consider the Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill.

     The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 22nd January at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Contruction Board) Order 2001 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Contruction Board) Order 2001.

     The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 24th January at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3325) and the Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3324).

     The Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 22nd January at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001.

     The Fouth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 23rd January at 10.30 a.m. to consider the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2001.

     The Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 24th January at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2001 (S.I., 2000, No. 3231).




 

 
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