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Order of Business Monday 12th February 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 Defence
*1 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    When he plans to meet the US Defense Secretary to discuss the European Security and Defence Policy.
( 148218 )
*2 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    If he will make a statement on European defence cooperation.
( 148219 )
*3 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If he will make a statement on the involvement of K-For forces as a consequence of Albanian insurgency into Macedonia and Southern Serbia.
( 148220 )
*4 Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    If he will make a statement on progress in the implementation of the Strategic Defence Review.
( 148221 )
*5 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What the level of underspending in the defence budget is.
( 148222 )
*6 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    If he will make a statement on the steps taken to improve retention in the armed forces.
( 148223 )
*7 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What assessment he has made of the desirability of anti-missile defence.
( 148224 )
*8 Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    What plans he has to introduce new equipment for the Army.
( 148225 )
*9 Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    When his Department will complete its evaluation of the tenders for the future offshore vehicles contract; and if he will make a statement.
( 148226 )
*10 Mr Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What expenditure has been incurred at Fylingdales in preparation for national missile defence.
( 148227 )
*11 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    What steps he is taking to improve pay and conditions of Royal Navy personnel.
( 148228 )
*12 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on the role of British troops in K-For.
( 148229 )
*13 Mrs Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What progress he has made with enhancing front-line equipment for the Royal Navy.
( 148230 )
*14 Mr Alan W. Williams (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):    How much total expenditure on defence was as a percentage of gross domestic product in the last financial year.
( 148231 )
*15 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    When he last met the NATO Secretary General to discuss European security.
( 148232 )
*16 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    If he will make a statement on the change in the total number of service personnel since 1979.
( 148233 )
*17 Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    What assessment his Department has made of the numbers of skilled craft people required for the Government's warship building programme; and if he will make a statement.
( 148234 )
*18 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on the state of readiness of the Royal Navy's Type 42 frigates.
( 148235 )
*19 Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):    What his assessment is of the threat to the UK and the rest of Europe from ballistic missiles.
( 148236 )
*20 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    If he will make a statement on the Type 45 destroyer.
( 148237 )
*21 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    If he will make a statement on the steps being taken to improve retention in the armed forces.
( 148238 )
*22 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What assessment he has made of the perceived threat of attack on the United Kingdom by states with rogue governments.
( 148239 )
*23 Rachel Squire (Dunfermline West):    When he next plans to visit Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement.
( 148240 )
*24 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What steps he is taking to enhance front-line equipment for the Army.
( 148241 )
*25 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement about the role of the reserve forces in supporting the regular army in Bosnia and Kosovo.
( 148242 )
*26 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    What savings his Department expects to realise from the Smart Procurement programme.
( 148243 )
*27 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    What recent representations he has received concerning posthumous medals; and if he will make a statement.
( 148244 )
*28 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    When he plans to meet the US Defense Secretary to discuss defence co-operation.
( 148245 )
*29 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What his policy is regarding the transfer of RAF equipment to new DERA following privatisation.
( 148246 )
*30 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    What recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterparts about ballistic missile defence.
( 148247 )
*31 Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    If he will make a statement on UK military operations in Sierra Leone.
( 148248 )
*32 Ms Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central):    How many jobs have been created as a result of procurement decisions announced since May 1997.
( 148249 )
*33 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    How many jobs he estimates have been (a) created and (b) sustained as a result of procurement decisions announced since May 1997.
( 148250 )
*34 Ann Keen (Brentford and Isleworth):    If he will make a statement on progress in multinational defence cooperation.
( 148251 )
*35 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    What is the manpower strength of the Royal Air Force.
( 148252 )
*36 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    What steps he is taking to improve (a) morale and (b) retention in the armed forces.
( 148253 )
*37 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the repair of HMS Tireless and other vessels in that class.
( 148254 )
*38 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    When he plans to meet the new United States Secretary for Defense to discuss the European rapid reaction force.
( 148255 )
*39 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    If he will make a statement on women in the armed forces serving in frontline combat roles.
( 148256 )
*40 Ann Coffey (Stockport):    If he will make a statement on progress in implementation of the Strategic Defence Review.
( 148257 )

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

Main Business

  1   

OPPOSITION DAY [5th allotted day]        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

  

CONDITIONS IN HER MAJESTY'S PRISONS

Mr William Hague
Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr John Bercow
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
Mr James Arbuthnot

        That this House notes with concern the comments of the Director General of the Prison Service, in which he criticised intolerable conditions and referred to a number of prisons as `hell holes', and the Reports of the Chief Inspector of Prisons which described appalling conditions at certain prisons; and calls on the Government to take urgent action to improve conditions in Her Majesty's Prisons, in order to enable them better to fulfil their role of protecting the public.

        As Amendments to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (Conditions in Her Majesty's Prisons):

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 `supports the policy of Her Majesty's Government to make prisons work better to reduce reoffending and thus cut crime; welcomes the improved investment in the Service, and the improved performance of the Service in terms of security, literacy and numeracy, offender behaviour programmes, the reduction in drug taking and in under-18 regimes; offers its gratitude to staff and the many volunteers attached to prisons; but notes the significant and unacceptable variation in the effectiveness of different Prison Service establishments as highlighted by the Director General and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, and endorses the measures being put in place to secure higher and more consistent standards across establishments.'.

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

        Line      3,      after `hell holes"', insert `and the comments made by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, in his lecture on 31st January about prison policy and in particular prison overcrowding,'.

  

`SHIFTING THE BALANCE'

Mr William Hague
Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Nicholas Winterton
Mr David Davis
Mr Peter Brooke
Mr David Curry

        That this House believes that the First Report of Session 1999-2000 from the Liaison Committee, Shifting the Balance: Select Committees and the Executive, HC300, provides the right basis for the further development of the Select Committee system as a means of increasing the scrutiny and accountability of Government; and invites the Liaison Committee and the Government to bring forward the necessary Standing Orders for detailed consideration by the House.

        As an Amendment to Mr William Hague's proposed Motion (`Shifting the Balance'):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Straw
Margaret Beckett
Marjorie Mowlam

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `notes the First Report from the Liaison Committee, Session 1999-2000, Shifting the Balance: Select Committees and the Executive, HC300, and the Government response thereto, Cm 4737; considers that the Select Committee system has proved its worth as a means of increasing the scrutiny and accountability of Government, endorsing in particular the Liaison Committee's judgement of the value of Select Committees (in particular paragraphs 4, 5 and 24 of the Committee's First Report); commends the initiatives already taken by the Government and by the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons to improve the accountability of Ministers to Parliament, including the provision in Westminster Hall of the opportunity for some 200 extra back bench debates each Session, and over 20 debates on Select Committee reports; but does not believe that concentrating patronage in the hands of three senior Members of the House would increase the transparency or effectiveness of the Committee system.'.

        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   

PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION OF TERRORISM        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Straw

        That the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice for Examining Officers) Order 2001, which was laid before this House on 16th January, be approved.

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

+  3   

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE: Adjourned Debate on Question [31st January].        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

        Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Select Committee on Science and Technology shall have leave to meet concurrently with any committee of the Lords on science and technology or any sub-committee thereof, for the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence, and to communicate to any such committee its evidence or any other documents relating to matters of common interest— (Paddy Tipping).

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

+  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 Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments) be amended as follows:

        Line 40, before the word `European' insert the words `Environmental Audit Committee or with the'.

        Line 50, before the word `European' insert the words `Environmental Audit Committee or with the'.

        Line 52, 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.'

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

+  6   

LANGUAGE OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That—

    (1) this House approves the First Report from the Procedure Committee, Session 2000-01 (HC 47); and

    (2) the Resolution of 5th June 1996 on the Language of Parliamentary Proceedings be amended accordingly by inserting, after the word `Wales,', the words `and at Westminster in respect of Select Committees'.

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

At the end of the sitting:

  7   

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Investment in rail freight (Mr Kelvin Hopkins).

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


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

STANDING COMMITTEES

1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
To consider the Companies and Business Names (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 259).
2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Transport Act 2000 (Designation of Transferee) Order 2001.

SELECT COMMITTEES

3Information4.30 p.m. The Boothroyd Room,
Portcullis House
(private)
4Public Accounts4.30 p.m. Room 16 (public)
Subject: The Post Office Acquisition of German Parcel.
Witnesses: Sir Michael Scholar, KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, and Mr John Roberts, Chief Executive, Post Office.
5Home Affairs4.45 p.m.
5.00 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Criminal Records Bureau.
Witness: Mr Charles Clarke, MP, Minister of State, Home Office.

JOINT COMMITTEE

6Human Rights5.30 p.m. Room 4 (private)

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Friday 9th February for answer today++

1 Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to address the concerns of tenants living in local authority sheltered housing that their landlords could be forced to raise charges for warden services in order to implement the Supporting People policy.
( 150380 )
2 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his current estimate of the cost of answering (a) a written and (b) an oral parliamentary question.
( 150381 )
3 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the Anglo-French Summit of 9th February.
( 150382 )
4 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the BSE Inquiry report.
( 150420 )



 

 
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