Brazil


David Alton brought to the attention of the House of Commons the serious problem of the street killings of Brazilian children and the selling of other children into sex slavery.

Business of the House

4.16 pm

The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Tony Newton) : With permission, Madam Speaker, I should like to make a short business statement.

The business for today and for the remainder of this week will now be as follows :

Today—-Debate on the Earth summit in Rio on a motion for the Adjournment of the House.

Mr. Dennis Skinner (Bolsover) : I suggested that yesterday.

Mr. Newton : I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s suggestion. I am glad, for once, to accommodate him.

Sir Peter Emery (Honiton) : Not too often.

Mr. Newton : I accept that as well.

Thursday 4 June—-Proceedings on the Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Bill [Lords] , followed by proceedings on the Mauritius Republic Bill [Lords].

Friday 5 June—-The same business I proposed when I made my statement last week–a debate entitled “Tenants’ Rights, Opportunities and Participation” on a motion for the Adjournment of the House. I shall, of course, be making a statement tomorrow, in the normal way, on the business for next week.

Madam Speaker : Before I call hon. Members to ask questions on the business statement, I remind the House that it is a supplementary statement and that it deals only with the business for today and tomorrow. It would be totally out of order to ask other questions ; I would not accept them.

Mr. David Alton (Liverpool, Mossley Hill) : I welcome today’s debate on the Rio summit but will there be a statement during the debate on the Government’s attitude towards the assassination of street children in Brazil? Bearing in mind that the number of killings has increased in the run-up to the summit, does the Leader of the House agree that this is an urgent matter which requires the intervention of the Prime Minister during his visit to Rio and a statement during today’s debate?

Mr. Newton : My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, who will speak in the debate, is in his place and will have heard what the hon. Gentleman said. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made a reference to the matter in response to a question during Prime Minister’s Question Time on Tuesday.