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Order of Business 13 November 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 a.m.      Prayers
Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):    If he will make a statement on the work of University Hospital, Durham and the North Durham NHS Trust.
( 12105 )
*2 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    If he will make a statement on progress in meeting targets for the recruitment of nurses under the NHS Plan.
( 12106 )
*3 Mr Marsha Singh (Bradford West):    If he will make a statement on recruitment and retention of doctors and nurses working in the NHS.
( 12107 )
*4 Mr John McFall (Dumbarton):    If he will make a statement on progress on smoking cessation services.
( 12108 )
*5 Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    If he will make a statement on how the national care standards for residential care homes will reflect the treatment needs of those with drug and alcohol problems.
( 12109 )
*6 Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden):    If he will make a statement on the availability of digital hearing aids through the NHS.
( 12110 )
*7 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    If he will make a statement on sending NHS patients for treatment in overseas hospitals.
( 12111 )
*8 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What plans he has for involving district nurses in profiling the health needs of their community.
( 12112 )
*9 Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):    When he expects the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to publish its recommendations on the prescribing of the atypical anti-psychotic medicines for schizophrenia.
( 12113 )
*10 Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    What plans he has to improve the retention of nursing staff.
( 12114 )
*11 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    Whether Swale primary care trusts have undertaken an audit of GP needs in the constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey.
( 12115 )
*12 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    When he will complete the evaluation of the proposals for refurbishment of the Whittington Hospital.
( 12116 )
*13 Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire):    What initiatives he has in place to improve the morale of the staff in the health service.
( 12117 )
*14 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What steps he is taking to ensure the NHS in East Lancashire remains focused on service delivery during the process of organisational changes.
( 12118 )
*15 Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):    If he will make a statement on the number of heart operations carried out in the NHS in the last 12 months.
( 12119 )
*16 Mr Don Foster (Bath):    What are his Department's plans for the funding of digital hearing aids during 2002-03.
( 12120 )
*17 Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth):    If he will make a statement on progress on raising standards of hospital cleanliness.
( 12121 )
*18 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    What recent progress has been made on improvement of diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients in the NHS.
( 12122 )
*19 Clive Efford (Eltham):    If he will make a statement on variations in practice relating to the prescription of TNF Alpha Blockade.
( 12124 )
*20 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    How many beds there were in elderly care homes in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.
( 12125 )
*21 Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    Which health authorities fund GP referrals for homeopathic treatment on the NHS; and what plans he has to improve equality of access for such treatment.
( 12126 )
*22 Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):    How much of the National Blood Supply was used on cancer patients as part of their treatment; and, on average, how old that blood was when it was given to them, in the last 12 months.
( 12127 )
*23 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement about Barnet Hospital.
( 12128 )
*24 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    What assessment he has made of the use of private finance within the NHS.
( 12129 )
*25 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    If he will make a statement on progress in raising standards of hospital cleanliness.
( 12130 )
*26 Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    If he will make a statement on the use of agency nurses in the NHS.
( 12132 )
*27 Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What recent steps he has taken to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses in the NHS.
( 12133 )
*28 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    If he will make a statement on improving the efficiency of accident and emergency departments in London.
( 12134 )
*29 Phil Sawford (Kettering):    What action he is taking to ensure that more hospitals have access to an MRI scanner.
( 12135 )
*30 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on orthopaedic waiting times.
( 12136 )
*31 Patrick Mercer (Newark):    If he will make a statement on waiting times for MRI scans in the hospitals in Newark and Retford.
( 12137 )
*32 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    How many beds in elderly care homes there were (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available.
( 12138 )
*33 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If he will make a statement on long-term stay patients at Ashworth Hospital.
( 12139 )
*34 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What assessment he has made of the use of private finance within the NHS.
( 12140 )
*35 Bob Russell (Colchester):    When he last had discussions with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about the health of school children.
( 12141 )
*36 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What needs he has recently identified for a further cardio-thoracic surgical unit in the East of England.
( 12142 )
*37 John Cryer (Hornchurch):    If he will make a statement on the number of (a) general and (b) acute beds in NHS hospitals.
( 12143 )

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.]

  

THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S HANDLING OF THE DECISIONS RELATING TO RAILTRACK

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mrs Theresa May
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Malcolm Moss
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
David Maclean

        That this House deplores the fact that there are discrepancies between accounts given by the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions to the House of his meetings with the Chairman of Railtrack and his discussions with the Rail Regulator relating to the putting into administration of Railtrack, and their accounts of these discussions; notes the concerns of overseas investors such as those expressed by David Winters, portfolio manager for Franklin Mutual, that `a bigger risk premium is to be attached to investing in British companies now'; condemns the Secretary of State for failing to inform the House fully; notes that his failure to set the record straight has further undermined his, and the Government's, credibility; and calls on the Secretary of State to resign his post before further damage is inflicted on the Government's reputation, both in the business world and the country at large.

        As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (The Secretary of State's handling of the decisions relating to Railtrack):

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Don Foster
Tom Brake
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr Andrew Stunell

        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises the inherent problems on the railways created by the Conservative Government's privatisation, leading to conflict between passenger safety and shareholder profit; notes the failure of the Conservative Party to offer any solutions to such problems; notes Railtrack's increasing financial and operating difficulties; believes that structural change was long overdue; welcomes the Secretary of State's decision to create a not-for-profit alternative to Railtrack plc but regrets the confusion arising from the way he has handled the issue; and calls on him to end the confusion and set out clear proposals for the development of a safe, reliable and affordable railway.'.

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

        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises that many of the problems of the railways stem from the years of underfunding of the industry by the previous Conservative Government and the shambles of their rushed and ideologically driven privatisation of Railtrack; welcomes the decisive action that Ministers have taken in regard to Railtrack which will be welcomed by the travelling public; congratulates the Government for developing contingency plans for the industry as soon as it was told of the company's plight; rejects the policies of the Opposition, who would have offered the company a blank cheque and even now wish to pay over £1bn to compensate shareholders; and welcomes the work of Ministers in developing positive policies to take the industry forward in terms of a successor to Railtrack and to put the interests of passengers first.'.

        The transcripts of evidence taken before the Transport Sub-Committee of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee on Wednesday 17th October, HC 239-i, Wednesday 24th October, HC 239-ii, Wednesday 31st October, HC 239-iii, and Wednesday 7th November, HC 239-iv, in relation to the Sub-Committee's inquiry into Passenger Rail Franchising and the Future of Railway Infrastructure, are relevant.

  

THE GOVERNMENT'S STAKEHOLDER PENSION SCHEME

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Willetts
Mr James Clappison
Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
David Maclean

        That this House regrets the Government's failure to deliver stakeholder pensions to its target group of `those with moderate incomes of between £10,000 and £20,000 a year'; condemns the failure to reform the obligation to purchase an annuity at age 75, which is a disincentive to taking out stakeholders and other forms of personal pension; regrets the spread of means-testing which acts as a disincentive to saving; condemns the burdens on company pension schemes which are causing employers to close them to new members; and calls on the Government to review its pension policies so as to reverse the decline in funded pensions.

        As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (The Government's Stakeholder Pension Scheme)

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

        Line 1, leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's reformed framework for pensions, which ensures that today's pensioners share in the country's rising prosperity and that tomorrow's pensioners are encouraged to save for their retirement, building on the foundation of the basic state pension; believes that pensioner poverty must be tackled through the minimum income guarantee; supports the reform of SERPS to create the State Second Pension which will give more help to low paid earners and people with broken work records, such as carers and disabled people; further supports stakeholder pensions which provide a low cost, flexible option for moderate or higher earners who do not have access to a good occupational scheme; welcomes the Government's plans to ensure that pensioners with modest savings or a small occupational pension are rewarded for their thrift through the new pension credit; and supports the need for an effective system of financial regulation through the FSA and other measures to build public confidence.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Steve Webb
Mr David Heath
Paul Holmes
Mr Andrew Stunell

        Line 5, after `saving', insert `notes that means-testing has been increased by the decline in the real value of the basic state pension that has occurred under successive Conservative and Labour administrations;'.

        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  

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

Mr Robin Cook
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Paul Tyler

        That, in respect of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill, notices of amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.

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

+  3  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Byers

        That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No.   88) (HC 305) on Special Grant for Activities Undertaken by Beacon Councils, which was laid before this House on 25th October, be approved.

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

+  4  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Byers

        That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No.   81) (HC   276) on 2001-02 Special Grant for Gypsy Sites Refurbishment, which was laid before this House on 29th October, be approved.

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

At the end of the sitting:

  5  

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Role of the NHS in tackling domestic violence (Margaret Moran).

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


COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEE

1Standing Committee B10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
To consider the Proceeds of Crime Bill.

SELECT COMMITTEES

2Defence10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Threat from Terrorism.
Witnesses: Dr Magnus Ranstorp, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews, Dr Graham Pearson, former Director, Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down and Visiting Professor, University of Bradford, and Mr Alastair Hay, University of Leeds; Professor Lawrence Freedman, King's College, London (at approximately 11.45 a.m.).
3Foreign Affairs10.00 a.m.Room 13 (private)
4International Development10.00 a.m.Room 5 (private)
5Trade and Industry10.00 a.m.


10.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Energy Policy—Security of Supply.
Witnesses: British Nuclear Industry Forum; The Gas Forum (at about 11.00 a.m.).
6Treasury10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Regulation of Equitable Life.
Witnesses: Sir Howard Davies, Chairman, and other officials of the Financial Services Authority.
7Culture, Media and Sport10.30 a.m.Room 7 (private)
8Trade and Industry4.00 p.m.


4.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Energy Policy—Security of Supply.
Witnesses: Confederation of UK Coal Producers (COALPRO); UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) (at about 5.00 p.m.); Combined Heat and Power Association (at about 5.45 p.m.).
9Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the meeting of the Joint Committee on Statutory InstrumentsRoom 7 (private)

JOINT COMMITTEE

10Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Monday 12th November for answer today++

1 Gillian Merron (Lincoln): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent changes there have been to United Nations sanctions against (a) Somalia, (b) the former Republic of Yugoslavia and (c) Sudan.
( 14970 )
2 Gillian Merron (Lincoln): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the outcome was of the General Affairs Council held in Luxembourg on 29th October.
( 14971 )
3 Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she will publish the Government's response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's Report on the Communications White Paper.
( 15012 )
4 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he will bring the Freedom of Information Act 2000 into force.
( 15143 )



 

 
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