Thursday, 18 March 1999
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
What is his assessment of the effectiveness of the literacy hour in primary schools; and if he will make a statement. 
How many primary schools will be acquiring new classrooms in the current academic year. 
What support he is providing to further education colleges to raise standards. 
How much has been spent on the new deal in West Sussex to date. 
How many young people in (a) Scarborough and Whitby, (b) North Yorkshire and (c)the United Kingdom have obtained employment through the new deal to date. 
What role individual learning accounts will play in the university for industry. 
What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new deal programme; and if he will make a statement. [755841
If he will estimate the number of new classrooms to be provided by September 1999.
What plans he has to help unemployed people aged 25 years and over in employment zones to find employment.
What is the role of the personal adviser service in respect of disabled people seeking work and training.
What estimate he has made of the numbers of adults with literacy problems; and what support is being given to them.
If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the provision of (a) playgroups and (b) nursery classes for early-years education.
If he will make a statement about progress in establishing the university for industry. 
What proposals his Department has to ensure that young people on the gateway section of new deal have the skills needed to hold down full-time jobs.
Will the Leader of the House give the House the business for next week?
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. You will be aware of the understandable anger in the road haulage industry about the costs that the Government are imposing on it, and their complacent...
Mr. Alan Simpson, supported by Mr. Cynog Dafis, Mr. Matthew Taylor, Mr. Peter Bottomley, Mr. John McAllion, Mrs. Margaret Ewing, Mr. Clive Efford, Sir Teddy Taylor, Ms Roseanna Cunningham, Mr....
[7TH ALLOTTED DAY]
Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 2000 a number not exceeding 48,340 all ranks be maintained for Naval Service, a number not exceeding 18,330 for Service in the Reserve Naval and...
Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 2000 a number not exceeding 135,420 all ranks be maintained for Army Service, a number not exceeding 76,700 for Service in the Reserve Land...
Resolved,That during the year ending on 31st March 2000 a number not exceeding 58,070 all ranks be maintained for the Air Force Service, a number not exceeding 26,000 for Service in the Reserve...
Resolved,That a sum not exceeding £2,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to make good excesses of certain grants for Defence and Civil Services for the year ended on...
Resolved,That a further supplementary sum not exceeding £2,946,254,000 be granted to Her Majesty out of the Consolidated Fund to complete or defray the charges for Defence and Civil Services...
Mrs. Barbara Roche accordingly presented a Bill to apply certain funds out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31 March 1998 and 1999: And the same was read the First...
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Hill.]
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