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Order of Business Wednesday 24th 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 2.30 p.m.       Prayers
Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
( 145474 )
*2 Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    When he expects decommissioning of illegally held arms and explosives in Northern Ireland to begin.
( 145475 )
*3 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    If he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.
( 145476 )
*4 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    If he will make a statement on international support for developing the peace process in Northern Ireland.
( 145477 )
*5 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    How much the Saville Inquiry has cost to date.
( 145478 )
*6 Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings and Rye):    If he will make a statement on what steps are being taken to tackle organised crime in Northern Ireland.
( 145479 )
*7 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    What undertakings by the Government remain to be fulfilled to enable verifiable total disarmament of terrorist weaponry.
( 145480 )
*8 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    What the Government's policy is for reducing violent crime in Northern Ireland.
( 145481 )
*9 Mr Ivan Lewis (Bury South):    If he will make a statement on the peace process in Northern Ireland.
( 145482 )
*10 Mr Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    If he will make a statement on steps he is taking to prevent criminals from profiting from unlawful activities in Northern Ireland.
( 145483 )
*11 Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    How many illegal weapons have been decommissioned by each of the terrorist organisations in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement.
( 145484 )
*12 Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    If he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000.
( 145485 )
*13 Mr Phil Sawford (Kettering):    What progress has been made on reform of policing in Northern Ireland.
( 145486 )
*14 Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    What progress has been made on the decommissioning of illegally held arms and explosives in Northern Ireland.
( 145487 )
*15 Mr Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What further discussions have been held with General John de Chastelain about the decommissioning of illegally held weapons in Northern Ireland.
( 145488 )
*16 Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    What further steps he is taking to create a normal security environment in Northern Ireland.
( 145489 )
*17 Mr Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton):    If he will make a statement on developments in the peace process in Northern Ireland.
( 145490 )
*18 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What assessment he has made of Provisional IRA involvement in recent terrorist incidents.
( 145491 )
*19 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What progress there has been towards arms decommissioning; and if he will make a statement.
( 145492 )
*20 Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    If he will make a statement on decommissioning of arms in Northern Ireland.
( 145493 )
*21 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    If he will make a statement on the progress made concerning the decommissioning of paramilitary weapons.
( 145494 )
*22 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    If he will make a statement on international support for the peace process in Northern Ireland.
( 145495 )
*23 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the peace process on inward investment in Northern Ireland.
( 145496 )
*24 Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    What discussions he plans to hold with the Chief Constable concerning the level of on-street violence in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
( 145497 )
*25 Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    What steps he is taking to help achieve agreement between interested parties which will enable previously controversial parades to proceed without causing public disorder in future.
( 145498 )
*26 Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    What estimates he has made of the volume of arms under the control of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland.
( 145499 )
*27 Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    What assessment he has made of the impact of a stable security environment on economic development.
( 145500 )
*28 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What progress he is making in reforming the police service in Northern Ireland.
( 145501 )
*29 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement about the level of paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.
( 145502 )

At 3.00 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr William Cash (Stone):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145503 )
*Q2 Mr David Chidgey (Eastleigh):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145504 )
*Q3 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145505 )
*Q4 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145506 )
*Q5 Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145507 )
*Q6 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145508 )
*Q7 Mr Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145509 )
*Q8 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145510 )
*Q9 Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145511 )
*Q10 Mr John M. Taylor (Solihull):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145512 )
*Q11 Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145513 )
*Q12 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145514 )
*Q13 Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145515 )
*Q14 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145516 )
*Q15 Mr Nigel Beard (Bexleyheath and Crayford):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145517 )
*Q16 Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145518 )
*Q17 Sir David Madel (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145519 )
*Q18 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145520 )
*Q19 Ms Claire Ward (Watford):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24th January.
( 145521 )

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

Relevant interest declared.

Main Business

  1   

OPPOSITION DAY [2nd allotted day]    [Until 10.00 p.m.]

  

JOB LOSSES IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

Mr William Hague
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory [R]
Mr Nick Gibb
Mr Richard Page [R]
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House is alarmed at the continuing job losses in manufacturing industry, which now total over 300,000 since the 1997 election; condemns the Government for having abandoned this sector of the economy while burdening it with additional taxes and regulations; and demands that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry brings forward a strategy for restoring the competitiveness of British manufacturing industry in world markets.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Job Losses in Manufacturing Industry):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Straw
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Mr Secretary Byers

        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the low inflation and low interest rates that this Government has brought and which bring the economic stability needed by the manufacturing sector; welcomes the measures that this Government has taken to encourage investment, innovation and productivity which will particularly help manufacturing businesses; welcomes the Government's approach in helping businesses and people through structural change as opposed to the previous Government's laissez-faire approach; and condemns the Opposition's record on manufacturing, where employment declined by 2 million during its period in office.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr Matthew Taylor
Mr Brian Cotter
Mr Paul Tyler

        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `is alarmed at the continuing job losses in manufacturing industry, which now total over 300,000 since the 1997 election; notes that the growth of manufacturing output, investment and profitability since 1997 lags behind the rest of the British economy and its overseas competitors; attributes this failure to the decline in competitiveness caused primarily by a seriously over-valued exchange rate; notes that growing numbers of investors are voting with their feet on account of exchange-rate volatility; and urges the Government to make clear its preferred timetable and entry rates for joining the European Monetary Union in the next Parliament.'.

  

GOVERNMENT'S PUBLIC HEALTH AGENDA

Mr William Hague
Dr Liam Fox
Mr Philip Hammond
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Desmond Swayne
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House notes with concern the failures of Her Majesty's Government's public health policy, particularly relating to immunisation and communicable diseases; and calls on the Government to consider urgent measures to reduce the risks to public safety and to take urgent action to allay public concerns.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Government's Public Health Agenda):

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

        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `condemns the widening health inequalities between 1979 and 1997 and the failure of Conservative governments to acknowledge health inequality or address the growing health gap between rich and poor; and supports initiatives to improve public health and tackle health inequalities, including new vaccination programmes for influenza and Meningitis C, the allocation of an extra #450 million to improve cancer and coronary heart disease services in England, the extension of the breast screening programme to women aged between 65 and 70, the strategy to reduce teenage pregnancies, the largest-ever investment in smoking cessation services and the proposed ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Nick Harvey
Dr Peter Brand
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Paul Tyler

        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `regrets the lamentable record of the previous Conservative Government on public health; calls upon the Government to make an early commitment to the introduction of a wider programme of health screening, improved health education in schools and the reduction of environmental pollution; notes the adverse effects on public health of poor standards of housing, particularly on those people on low incomes; and urges the Government to make a substantial improvement in the co-ordination of policy between the Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Department for Education and Employment and local government to ensure the delivery of higher standards of public health.'.

        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 GRAND COMMITTEE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Secretary Mandelson

        That—

    1.    The matter of human rights and equality in Northern Ireland, being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    2.    The Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 8th February at 2.30 p.m.; and

    3.    At that meeting—

      (a)    the Committee shall take questions for oral answer; and shall then consider the matter of human rights and equality in Northern Ireland, referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

      (b)    the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings at 5 p.m.; and

      (c)    at the conclusion of those proceedings a Motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be moved by a Minister of the Crown pursuant to Standing Order No. 116(5) (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).

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

+  3   

SOCIAL SECURITY    [No debate]

Dawn Primarolo

        That the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 30th November, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

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

+  4   

SITTINGS IN WESTMINSTER HALL: Adjourned Debate on Question [23rd January].    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

        Motion made and Question proposed, 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— (Paddy Tipping).

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

+  5   

SELECT COMMITTEES (JOINT MEETINGS)    [No debate after 10.00 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 10.00 p.m.

+  6   

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

Margaret Beckett

        That, at the sitting on Wednesday 31st January, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall—

    (i)    put the Question on the Motion in the name of Mr Secretary Straw relating to Police Grant Reports (England and Wales) not later than Seven o'clock; and

    (ii)    put the Questions on the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Prescott relating to Local Government (Finance) not later than Ten o'clock.

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

At the end of the sitting:

  7   

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Planning guidance for mobile phone masts (Mr Paul Burstow).

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


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
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).
2Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 12 (public)
To consider the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 3) Order 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 3231).

SELECT COMMITTEES

3Education and Employment: Education Sub-Committee9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Higher Education: Student Retention.
Witness: Sir Michael Bett.
4Modernisation of the House of Commons9.30 a.m. Room 21 (private)
5Agriculture10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: New Covent Garden Market.
Witness: Mr Leif Mills, CBE, Chairman, Covent Garden Market Authority.
6Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs:
Transport Sub-Committee
10.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Transport-related Executive Agencies of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
Witnesses: Highways Agency; Maritime and Coastguard Agency (at 11.00 a.m.).
7Defence10.30 a.m. Room 16 (private)
8Science and Technology3.45 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Genetics and Insurance.
Witness: Professor Martin Bobrow, CBE, Professor of Medical Genetics, Cambridge University.
9Education and Employment:
Employment Sub-Committee
4.00 p.m. Room 18 (private)
10European Scrutiny4.00 p.m. Room 19 (private)
11Public Administration4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Making Government Work.
Witnesses: Dr David Clark MP; Lord Simon of Highbury; The Rt. honourable Michael Heseltine MP.
12Environment, Transport
and Regional Affairs
4.15 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Urban White Paper.
Witnesses: The Rt. honourable John Prescott MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and officials of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
13Selection4.15 p.m. Room 13 (private)
14Public Accounts4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
Subject: Supporting Innovation: Managing Risk in Government Departments.
Witness: Ms Mavis McDonald CB, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office.

JOINT COMMITTEE

15Tax Simplification Bills10.30 a.m.
10.35 a.m.
Room 3 (private)
(public)
Subject: Capital Allowances Bill.
Witnesses: Mr Adam Broke; Members of the Tax Law Rewrite Project, Inland Revenue.

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 23rd January for answer today++

1 Mr Patrick Hall (Bedford): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he has made a decision on the future of the Insolvency Service.
( 147366 )
2 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he will make a decision on the mini-power station at Nursling, near Southampton.
( 147367 )
3 Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
( 147368 )
4 Dr George Turner (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he received the 2000 Annual Report of the Government Chemist; and if he will make a statement.
( 147369 )
5 Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the contract will be awarded in respect of the new transporters for the Challenger II tanks; and if he will make a statement.
( 147410 )
6 Jean Corston (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his oral Answer of 22nd January, Official Report, column 646, if he will make a statement on the involvement of Ministers in the sponsorship of the Faith Zone at the Millennium Dome by the Hinduja brothers.
( 147442 )



 

 
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