Thursday, 23 March 2000
The House met at half-past Eleven o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
Orders for Second Reading read.
The Secretary of State was asked—
What steps he has taken to tighten the sanctions regime for violation of new deal option obligations. 
What further encouragement by way of pay awards and training the Government will offer to develop further teachers' classroom skills in addition to the pay threshold. 
What further plans he has to encourage sport in schools. 
If he will make a statement on secondary school class sizes since May 1997. 
What plans he has to tackle literacy problems among secondary school pupils. 
How many specialist schools there are in the UK; and what the projected number is by 2001. 
What action he is taking to provide jobseekers with more flexible training opportunities. 
If he will make a statement on top-up fees in higher education. 
What his policy is on school playing fields; and if he will make a statement. 
What steps his Department is taking to broaden participation in the labour market in former coal-mining areas. 
What support his Department has given to the national numeracy strategy; and if he will make a statement. 
If he will make a statement on the impact of school selection policies on the availability of secondary school places in south-west London. 
Could I ask the Leader of the House to give us the business for next week?
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [21 March].
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Ordered,That the Competition Act 1998 (Director's Rules) Order 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—[Mr. Mike Hall.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Mike Hall.]
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