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43. Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the President of the Council if she will make a statement on the average time the half-hour Adjournment debate on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays began in each parliamentary Session in this Parliament. 
Mrs. Beckett: In the session 1997-98, the House began the adjournment debate on the days in question at 10.34 pm; in 1998-99 at 10.32 pm; in 1999 to 2000 at 11.09 pm and in the current session at 11.23pm.
47. Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the President of the Council if she will make a statement on the effect of the use by the Government of programming for the debating of legislation in the House. 
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Mr. Tipping: The House of Lords Appointments Commission will make its recommendations to the Prime Minister on the appointment of non-party political peers as soon as it has completed its assessment process.
Mrs. Beckett: I understand that the House of Lords Appointments Commission, which is responsible for recommendations for non-political peerages, is making good progress with the identification of names to submit to the Prime Minister.
49. Mr. MacShane: To ask the President of the Council if she will make a statement on the Government's responses to the recommendations of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons since 1997. 
Mrs. Beckett: The overwhelming majority of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons has been implemented. Rules relating to the conduct of Members in the Chamber and to access by the press have been modernised and the House is experimenting with a parallel chamber in Westminster Hall, revised sitting hours on Thursdays, programming of legislation and deferred divisions.
50. Helen Jackson: To ask the President of the Council what plans she has to bring forward proposals to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons on electronic voting in the House. 
Mrs. Beckett: Following its launch in September, I am very pleased to report that the Unit, which is located in my Department, has made excellent progress. In just a short space of time it has improved access to Ministers for the business community, through its co-ordination of invitations received across Whitehall.
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The initiative has been extremely well received both by the business community and the agencies that represent business. I am also pleased to say that this initiative is an excellent example of Government working together--the support the Unit has received from Regional Government Offices has been a key factor in its success.
Mr. Tipping: As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said on 16 March 2001, Official Report, column 753W to my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgend (Mr. Griffiths), this will be a matter for decision by Parliament and will be put before the House to decide in due course.
53. Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the President of the Council when she intends to respond to the recent review of parliamentary pay and allowances report published by the Review Body on Senior Salaries. 
Mrs. Beckett: As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said on 16 March 2000, Official Report, column 753W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgend (Mr. Griffiths), this will be a matter for decision by Parliament and will be put before the House to decide in due course.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been spent on works of art and antiquities since 1 May 1997; and where the items purchased are on display. 
Mr. Kirkwood: Voted expenditure on acquisitions by the Advisory Committee on Works of Art since May 1997 has been £424,649. Most of the acquisitions are on display in the public rooms, lobbies and corridors of the Palace of Westminster, in Portcullis House and in the House of Commons outbuildings. Some minor items are in Members' offices.
Mrs. Gorman: To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee what plans there are to erect memorials in the Palace of Westminster to commemorate the achievements of former female Members of the House. 
Sir Sydney Chapman: There are always plans to commission, or purchase, works of art commemorating the achievements of serving or former hon. Members--whether male or female. In the last decade the Advisory Committee on Works of Art has commissioned a number of portraits of contemporary and recent parliamentarians for the permanent collection of Works of Art at the House of Commons, including a number of women parliamentarians; a bronze portrait roundel by Michael Rizzello of Lady Astor, a bronze bust by Shenda Amery of Baroness Boothroyd and most recently a commission has been let for a statue by Neil Simmons of Baroness
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Mrs. Beckett: The Prime Minister commissioned this report. Sir Michael Perry, Chairman of the Senior Salaries Review Body, wrote to the Prime Minister in late February enclosing a copy of the report. The Government published the report on 16 March.
4. Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she last met representatives of business and trade unions to discuss manufacturing industry in Scotland; and if she will make a statement. 
Mrs. Liddell: I have regular meetings with representatives of business and trade unions to discuss issues of interest to the manufacturing and other sectors of the Scottish economy. We aim to strengthen the competitive edge of our traditional industries while also looking increasingly to the areas of growth for the future, such as the creative and financial services industries.
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