Thursday, 29 April 1999
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
When the General Teaching Council will be operational; and if he will make a statement on its introduction. 
If he will make a statement about the inclusion of information about (a) average class sizes and (b) money spent per pupil in future published tables of test results at ages 11 and 14; and if...
What progress has been made in increasing the number of out-of-school child care places. 
What discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for Social Security and Environment, Transport and the Regions about help with housing costs for students. 
When he will next meet the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals to discuss post—devolution funding arrangements. 
What has been the total increased capital allocation to schools in Hendon since May 1997. 
What representations he has received concerning the outcome of the new deal for schools: capital programme phase 3. 
In what ways the additional funding for research announced in the comprehensive spending review will be used by the universities. 
What was the percentage of school leavers going on to further or higher education in the local authority areas with the (a) lowest and (b) highest percentages in the most recent year for which...
If he will make a statement on his proposals for the use of and access to learning mentors. 
When he plans to launch the code of practice on age diversity in employment; and what responses he has had to the draft code. 
When he last discussed with the European Commission the harmonisation of policies to stimulate employment within the EU. 
If he will make a statement on the number of bids received for education action zone status in the latest round. 
What steps have been taken to support early years education and quality child care through pre-schools and playgroups. 
The House may care to know that it is my understanding that the divisional court has decided that following Fiona Jones's successful appeal against her conviction, the Newark seat is not vacant....
May I ask the Leader of the House to give us the business for next week?
We now come to the next debate. [Interruption.] Order. Hon. Members should be quiet in the Chamber, and the House must come to order. Madam Speaker has selected the amendment in the name of the...
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),
That the draft European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, which were laid before this House on 13th April, be approved.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
Queen's recommendation having been signified—
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Robert Ainsworth.]
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