Thursday, 13 November 1997
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Ordered,That the Amendments to the Standing Orders relating to Private Business set out in the Schedule be made.
The Secretary of State was asked—
What steps the Government are taking to prevent fraud against training and enterprise councils. 
By how much he estimates that enrolment in 1998 in higher education will change, relative to the average levels of the previous three years. 
What proportion of the young unemployed in rural areas cite lack of available transport as a barrier to employment opportunities. 
What measures he has taken to ensure that options offered to young people on the new deal are of high quality. 
If he will make a statement on funding problems in respect of students resident in England studying at Scottish universities. 
What measures he proposes for the improvement of the present admissions procedure to secondary schools in the Hertfordshire area. 
What recent representations he has received concerning the special educational needs of children. 
What assessment he has made of the coalfields learning initiative partnership; and if he will make a statement on the long-term financial security of grassroots lifelong learning projects in...
What proposals he has for further support for Church schools; and if he will make a statement. 
How he will ensure that small and medium enterprises are able to be involved in the Government's new deal to help young people move from welfare to work. 
If he will make a statement on the level of financial support for universities in 1998–99. 
What has been the response of employers to the new deal for young unemployed people. 
What representations he has received regarding proposals to restrict colleges to offering degree courses by only one validating university. 
May I ask the Leader of the House to give next week's business?
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Ordered,That, at the sitting on Monday 17th November, the Speaker shall not later than Ten o'clock put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion on Standards and Privileges...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Jamieson.]
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