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Order of Business Thursday 25 October 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
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
*1 Clive Efford (Eltham):    If she will make a statement on her plans to widen participation in further education.
( 6685 )
*2 Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    By what means her Department will ensure that educational standards are maintained when the private sector is involved in school management.
( 6687 )
*3 Brian White (North East Milton Keynes):    What support her Department gives to post-graduate students.
( 6688 )
*4 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What her estimate is of the rate of return of capital in schools funded wholly or partly by PFI contracts.
( 6689 )
*5 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    What assessment she has made of the relationship between class size and examination results.
( 6690 )
*6 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If she will make a statement on the funding of failing schools and strategies to improve them.
( 6692 )
*7 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    If she will make a statement on this year's A level results.
( 6693 )
*8 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What plans she has to establish more sixth form colleges.
( 6694 )
*9 Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    What assessment she has made of teaching staff shortages in (a) further and (b) higher education.
( 6695 )
*10 Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    If she will make a statement on the Connexions service for young people.
( 6696 )
*11 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    What plans she has to reintroduce targets for the reduction of exclusions from schools.
( 6697 )
*12 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What impact she expects the expansion of the specialist school scheme to have on the standards of those schools which remain outside the scheme.
( 6700 )
*13 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    What plans she has to encourage people who have left the profession to return to teaching.
( 6701 )
*14 Linda Perham (Ilford North):    What action she is taking to reduce junior class sizes.
( 6702 )
*15 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    What plans she has to alter the franchise for ballots on the future of grammar schools to include those parents whose children attend the school.
( 6703 )
*16 Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    What assessment she has made of the contribution made by the Union Learning Fund.
( 6704 )
*17 Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    When she expects to publish the findings of the review of teacher workload being carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
( 6705 )
*18 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What plans she has to review student finance.
( 6706 )
*19 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    If she will make a statement on this year's A-level results.
( 6707 )
*20 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If she will make a statement on learning and skills councils.
( 6708 )
*21 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    If she will make a statement on her plans to improve standards in further education colleges.
( 6709 )
*22 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What plans she has to review with the Higher Education Funding Council the operation of the 2001 Research Assessment exercise.
( 6710 )
*23 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If she will make a statement on the progress of the specialist schools status programme.
( 6711 )
*24 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What plans she has to alter the system of holding ballots on the future of grammar schools.
( 6712 )
*25 Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    What plans she has to reintroduce targets for the reduction of exclusions from schools.
( 6713 )
*26 Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    When she will issue new guidance following the review of Curriculum 2000.
( 6714 )
*27 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    What representations she has received from Oxfordshire County Council concerning teacher shortages.
( 6715 )
*28 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What meeting she has had with the National Union of Teachers to discuss the Government's White Paper on Education.
( 6716 )
*29 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What arrangements her Department has made to monitor and evaluate the impact of funding changes on access to higher education.
( 6717 )
*30 Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East):    What effect the Connexions service has had on levels of participation and attainment.
( 6718 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Solicitor General
*31 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What assessment she has made of the success of the efforts of the CPS in implementing the Youth Justice Pledge.
( 6719 )
*32 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    When she expects to introduce legislation to allow courts to take account of the views of the victims of crime.
( 6720 )
*33 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):    What progress has been made towards the Government's target of bringing persistent young offenders before court more speedily.
( 6721 )
*34 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What plans she has for the CPS to work in partnership with other agencies to combat domestic violence.
( 6722 )
*35 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    If she will make a statement on the policy of the CPS in connection with allegations of child sex abuse in children's homes.
( 6724 )
*36 Vera Baird (Redcar):    What criteria apply in deciding whether to prosecute (a) serious fraud and (b) other criminal offences.
( 6725 )
*37 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If she will make a statement on her plans to reform the CPS.
( 6726 )
*38 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If she will make a statement on progress with the report of Mrs Sylvia Denman on racism within the CPS.
( 6727 )
*39 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What proportion of cases passed by the police to the CPS for prosecution are subsequently dropped.
( 6728 )

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

Main Business

  1  

OPPOSITION DAY [3rd allotted day—first part]        [Until 4.00 p.m.]

  

STUDENT FINANCE

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel
Mr Andrew Stunell

        That this House believes that the best possible education of its citizens is both a principal duty of, and an immeasurable benefit to, any civilised society, and therefore deplores the rising levels of student debt and the resulting disincentive to continue in education post-school; condemns the failure of the Government to invest in Higher Education all the extra resources provided by the abolition of maintenance grants and the introduction of tuition fees; regrets that the conclusions drawn from reviews of student finance in Scotland and Wales have been ignored in Westminster; congratulates the Scottish Executive on abolishing tuition fees and restoring grants for students from low income backgrounds; believes that part-time students and students in Further Education should be treated fairly in comparison with full-time students in Higher Education; notes the recent decision by the Government to review student finance more widely; and calls upon the Government to abolish tuition fees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and to put in place a fully funded support system, which will encourage more students, particularly those from low income backgrounds, to go into higher education.

As Amendments to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Student Finance):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Secretary Estelle Morris

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the approach the Government has taken to higher education since 1997, particularly the extra investment the Government is making in Higher Education, meaning an extra £1.7 billion of publicly planned funding in the six years to 2003-04; further welcomes the Government's commitment to widening participation so that half of under-30 year olds will benefit from the opportunities of higher education by the end of the decade; supports the Government's reforms of student support, introduced in 1998, which have increased the resources available to higher education establishments; agrees with the principle, underlying these reforms, that those who benefit from the considerable advantages that higher education can offer are asked to contribute when they can afford to; recognises that the Government has always been committed to monitor and to review the impact of these reforms; and further welcomes the Secretary of State for Education and Skills' recent announcement of this review.'.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr Damian Green
Alistair Burt
Mr Graham Brady
Mrs Eleanor Laing
David Maclean

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `believes that the actions of this Government have dissuaded students from less well off backgrounds from attending university; regrets the present crisis in recruitment and retention of teachers and lecturers in both the further and higher education sectors; notes the massive increase in the burden and cost of bureaucracy on universities; urges the Government to ensure that they address the funding crisis for universities as well as for students; notes that the recent announcement by the Government of a review of the system of student support constitutes a massive U-turn that has led to uncertainty and confusion amongst students; and calls on the Government to ensure that all students are able to take advantage of the type of education that is best for them.

        The selection of the matter to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party (Standing Order No. 14(2)).

Debate may continue until 4.00 p.m.

  2  

SOCIAL SECURITY (S.I., 2001, No. 3210)

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Willetts
Mr James Clappison
Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Julian Brazier
David Maclean

        That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Social Security (Jobcentre Plus Interviews) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3210) dated 21st September 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 26th September, be annulled.

        The Speaker will put the Question after 1

+  3  

EUROPEAN FOOD LAW        [Up to 1

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Milburn
Ms Hazel Blears

        That this House takes note of European Union document no. 14174/00, a draft Council regulation laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food; and supports the Government's objective of the introduction of effective arrangements to re-establish and maintain consumer confidence in the regulation of food safety at European Union level.

        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 1

At the end of the sitting:

  4  

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Cervical cancer screening (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).


COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEE

1Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2001.

SELECT COMMITTEE

2Public Administration10.00 a.m.


10.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Public Service Reform.
Witness: Mr John Edmonds, General Secretary, GMB Union.

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 24th October for answer today++

1 Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how he plans to consider childcare as part of the 2002 Spending Review.
( 10822 )
2 Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will list the applicants for the grant of a Lord Mayoralty or Lord Provostship to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
( 10823 )

Standing Committee Notices

     The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 29th October at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Registered Designs Regulations 2001.

     The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 29th October at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001.

     The Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 29th October at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce (Abolition) Regulations 2001 and the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001.

     The Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 29th October at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Technical Advisory Board) Order 2001.

     The Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 30th October at 10.30 a.m. to consider the draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Amendment of Enactment) Order 2001.

     The Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 30th October at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001, No. 3411).

     The Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 1st November at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft European Communities (Privileges of the European School) Order 2001, the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European School) Order 2001, the draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation) Order 2001, the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation) Order 2001 and the draft Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001.




 

 
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