Thursday, 11 June 1998
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Order for Third Reading read.
The Secretary of State was asked—
How he intends to ensure that people from ethnic minorities have equal access to the new deal. 
What responses he has received during the period of consultation before his Department issues regulations governing partnership between local education authorities and independent schools. 
If he will make a statement on primary school class sizes in Leicestershire. 
If he will make a statement on the (a) performance and (b) level of funding of Bury's schools. 
What advice he has given to local education authorities regarding school exclusions and the making of alternative arrangements for the education of children who are excluded; and if he will make...
What assistance he proposes to give to those universities that wish to increase the numbers of students from mainstream comprehensives. 
What plans he has to modify teacher qualifications to take account of shortages. 
What plans he has to promote equal opportunities for ethnic minorities in training and employment. 
What plans he has to allow part-time further education and higher education students to have access to income-contingent loans. 
What was the real-terms percentage change per pupil in the education standard spending assessment of Worcestershire for 1998–99 compared to 1997–98. 
What plans he has to help unemployed people over the age of 25 years move from benefits into work. 
What plans he has to review arrangements for home-to-school transport. 
When he plans to extend the new deal to older workers in north-east Lincolnshire. 
If he will make a statement on the number of new students at British universities (a) starting in autumn 1998 and (b) who started in autumn 1997. 
When he plans to publish an employment impact assessment of the effect of the EU tobacco advertising directive on UK employment. 
If he will meet the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals to discuss problems faced by postgraduate researchers on temporary contracts. 
With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a statement. The comprehensive spending review has been the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of Government spending and priorities...
I should like to make a statement about the business for next week. MONDAY 15 JUNE—Consideration in Committee of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill. TUESDAY 16 JUNE—Opposition...
[Relevant documents: Minutes of Evidence taken by the Foreign Affairs Committee on 2nd June (HC 387-ii); White Paper on Developments in the European Union July-December 1997 (Cm 3961); and...
I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified Her Royal Assent to the following Acts: Petroleum Act 1998Audit Commission Act 1998Community...
Question again proposed, That this House do now adjourn.
Ordered,That the following provisions shall apply to proceedings on the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill.
1.—(1) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed at two sittings.
2.—(1) Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be completed at one sitting and shall, unless previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion three hours after commencement.
3.—(1) For the purpose of concluding any proceedings which are to be brought to a conclusion at a time appointed by this Order, the Chairman or Speaker shall forthwith put the following...
4. Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) shall not apply to proceedings on the Bill.5. No Motion shall be made, except by a Minister of the Crown, to alter the order in which proceedings on...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Ms Bridget Prentice.]
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