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Weekly Information Bulletin: 20th January 2001

Business of the House of Commons
15 - 19 January 2001

Monday 15 January

The House sat at 2.30pm

Oral Questions - Defence

Private Notice Question - Mr Tam Dalyell on El Salvador, reply by Mr George Foulkes

Statement - Neighbourhood Renewal - Ms Hilary Armstrong

Debate - 1) Tax Simplification (Joint Committee) (Agreed to on division) 2) Membership of Joint Committee on Tax Simplification (Agreed to, no division)

Legislation - Capital Allowances Bill (2nd Reading agreed to on division)

Debate -Joint Committee on Human Rights (Division deferred until 17 January)

Adjournment - Mr John Healey on the Coal Authority and records of former mine shafts.

The House rose at 1.59am

Tuesday 16 January

The House sat in Westminster Hall between 9.30am and 2.00pm

Westminster Hall: Private Members' Debates

Mr David Prior on policing in rural areas

Dr Ian Gibson on the health of air passengers

Mr John Whittingdale on teacher shortages in Essex

Mr Paul Marsden on the condition of buildings at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Mrs Angela Browning on road and Rail transport in the Tiverton and Honiton constituency

Ms Tess Kingham on cystic fibrosis screening for babies

The House sat at 2.30pm

Oral Questions - Environment, Transport and the Regions

Private Notice Question - Dr Liam Fox on Bedford Hospital, reply by Mr Alan Milburn

Legislation - Children's Commissioner for Wales (Amendment by Mr Nigel Evans negatived on division, 2nd Reading agreed to, no division)

Programme Motion - Children's Commissioner for Wales (Agreed to on division)

Delegated Legislation - The Education (School Teachers' Pay and Conditions) (No.4) Order 2000 (Debate adjourned)

Adjournment - Mr Archy Kirkwood on the better Government for older people programme

The House rose at 11.59pm

Wednesday 17 January

The House sat in Westminster hall between 9.30am and 2.00pm

Westminster Hall: Private Members Debates

Sir George Young on the Government's proposals for electoral reform at Westminster

Mr Colin Breed on radioactive discharges into the River Tamar

Mr Austin Mitchell on the benefits of devolution in the United Kingdom

Mrs Linda Gilroy on the NHS Plymouth Derriford Hospital Trust

Mr Simon Burns on the Process for determining City status

The House sat at 2.30pm

Oral Questions - Minister for the Cabinet Office; Prime Minister

Legislation - Hunting Bill (Committee Stage): Clause 3 agreed to on division; Clauses 1, 2 & 4 disagreed to on division; New Clause, as amended, agreed to on division)

Adjournment - Mr Mike Wood on NHS treatment of people suffering dystonia

The House rose at 11.46pm

Thursday 18 January

The House sat at 11.30am

Oral Questions - Trade and Industry

Business Statement - Leader of the House

Debate - on an Opposition Motion by Mrs Theresa May, viewing with deep concern the crisis of teacher shortages and calling on the Government to revive the teaching profession by getting rid of the excessive bureaucratic burderns faced by teachers. (Negatived on division)

Amendment by Mr David Blunkett welcoming the enormous strides taken over the last 3 years to make teaching a more attractive profession and noteing that the number of teachers in post is higher than at any time in the last decade. (Agreed to on division)

Debate - on an Opposition Motion by Miss Ann Widdecombe regretting the decline in police numbers and calling on the Government to restore police numbers at least to the levels they inherited. (Negatived on division)

Amendment by Mr Jack Straw noting that the number of police officers fell under budgets set by the previous administration and welcoming the establishment of the crime fighting fund to bring officer numbers to record levels by 2003-04. (Agreed to on division) - 1st Allotted Day

Adjournment - Dr Vincent Cable on young offenders in London

The House sat in Westminster Hall between 2.30pm and 5.30pm

Westminster Hall: Adjournment Debate - Environmental Audit Committee's 5th Report on the Greening Government Initiative: First Annual Report from the Green Ministers' Committee, HC 341

The House rose at 7.53pm

Friday 19 January

The House will not be sitting

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