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Order of Business 2 July 2003

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* indicates a question for oral answer.
[R] indicates that the Member has declared a relevant interest.
Questions for oral answer not reached receive a written answer.
Supplementary questions will also be asked. Other Ministers may also answer.

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.

At 11.30 a.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
*1 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    What plans he has to visit Llansantffraid-Ym-Mechain and Knockin to discuss (a) the impact of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill and (b) the funding of higher education as they affect communities near the border of England and Wales.
( 122060 )
*2 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What recent assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed new European constitution on the National Assembly for Wales.
( 122062 )
*3 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on prospects for manufacturing investment in Wales.
( 122063 )
*4 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli, Pembrokeshire):    What recent discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) National Assembly Secretaries on progress in rolling out broadband services in West Wales.
( 122064 )
*5 Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    If he will make a statement on discussions with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Common Agricultural Policy in Wales.
( 122065 )
*6 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    What plans he has for overseas visits to promote inward investment in Wales in the next six months.
( 122066 )
*7 Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on the economic future of South Wales valley communities.
( 122067 )
*8 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make a statement on the review of Ombudsman Services for Wales.
( 122068 )
*9 Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary regarding investment in manufacturing in North Wales.
( 122069 )
*10 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the implementation of the Objective 1 programme in West Wales and the Valleys.
( 122070 )
*11 Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    What discussions he has had with Treasury Ministers about the impact on Wales of proposed changes in the organisation of anti-smuggling work by HM Customs and Excise.
( 122071 )
*12 Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    What recent discussions he has held with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) National Assembly Secretaries on rolling out broadband services in North Wales.
( 122072 )
*13 Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health concerning treatment of patients from Wales in English hospitals.
( 122073 )
*14 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    How many people were employed in the public sector in Wales (a) in 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months.
( 122074 )
*15 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What representations he has received regarding the commercial cultivation of GM crops in Wales.
( 122075 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 2nd July.
( 122849 )
*Q2 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    
( 122850 )
*Q3 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    
( 122851 )
*Q4 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    
( 122852 )
*Q5 Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):    
( 122853 )
*Q6 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    
( 122854 )
*Q7 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    
( 122855 )
*Q8 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    
( 122856 )
*Q9 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    
( 122858 )
*Q10 Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow, Pollok):    
( 122859 )
*Q11 Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):    
( 122860 )
*Q12 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    
( 122861 )
*Q13 Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    
( 122862 )
*Q14 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What use he has made of prerogative powers in the last three months; and if he will make a statement.
( 122863 )

At 12.30 p.m.Urgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr John Smith
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to place a responsibility on airlines for the health, welfare and well-being of their passengers; in that connection, to amend the Carriage by Air Act 1961; and for connected purposes.

        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

[R] Relevant registered interest declared.

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY (12th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Tim Collins
      Mr Christopher Chope
      Miss Anne McIntosh
      Mr Patrick McLoughlin
      David Maclean
        That this House notes that since 1997 the fastest expansion in rail services, carriage of freight and passenger numbers in a century, huge forward orders for rolling stock, the fall of fares in real terms and the arrival on time of 90 per cent. of trains, have been replaced by cutbacks in train services, the axing of rail freight grants, abandonment of targets for growth in passenger numbers, a decision to increase fares in real terms and the arrival of 80 per cent. of trains on time; recognises that Network Rail has, to date, delivered a substantially worse performance at vastly higher cost to the taxpayer than Railtrack, and promises only to return to 2000 levels of train punctuality by 2010; condemns the fact that an increase since 1997 of over £10 billion per annum in taxes on the motorist has not been accompanied by any significant upgrading of the national road network; and calls for fair treatment for passengers, motorists and taxpayers alike.

            As an Amendment to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Road and Rail Transport):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Darling
      Peter Hain
 Mr David Jamieson      
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's continuing commitment to investment of £180 billion through the Ten Year Transport Plan; applauds the decisive steps it has taken to set the country's railway system on the way to recovery following the shambles it inherited from the last Government's botched privatisation; recognises the balanced approach it has taken to maintaining and improving the trunk road network, taking account of wider environmental objectives; and notes achievements already evident in, for example, improved rolling stock for rail passengers, more reliable services for bus users, better maintenance of trunk roads for motorists and falling numbers of road accidents.'.



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Mr Henry Bellingham
      Michael Fabricant [R]
      Mr Laurence Robertson
      David Maclean
        That this House deplores the impact of Government policy on small and medium-sized enterprises; condemns the Government for increasing the burden of regulation, taxation and bureaucracy, for blurring the economic and social agenda and for wasting money on Government branding and quangoes; and calls for fair treatment for small businesses to allow British enterprise to create jobs and wealth for the benefit of the whole community.

            As an Amendment to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Small Businesses):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Darling
      Secretary Patricia Hewitt
      Peter Hain
 Nigel Griffiths      
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `agrees that small and medium-sized businesses are crucial to the prosperity of the nation and will be responsible for many of the new jobs and much of the future innovation in the economy; welcomes the steps that the Government has taken to make it easier than ever before for people to start their own business; acknowledges that the Government has created the economic conditions of macro-economic stability and low and stable interest rates in which small business can grown and prosper; believes that the Government has created a pro-enterprise tax environment; and applauds the Government for improving access to finance for small and medium-sized businesses, removing unnecessary regulations and providing world class business support.'.

        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Paul Boateng
        That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in Budget 2003 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6) and Order of 4th June).

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Treatment of endometriosis (Miss Anne Begg).

        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 29th October 2002).



1Standing Committee F (Programming Sub-Committee) (Hunting Bill)6.15 p.m.Room 13 (private)
2European Standing Committee C2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider European Union Document No. 7505/02 relating to Additives in Animal Nutrition.
3Standing Committee C2.00 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the Retirement Income Reform Bill.


4Defence9.30 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Lessons of Iraq.
Witnesses: Ms Audrey Gillan, The Guardian, Mr Gavin Hewitt, BBC, Mr Bill Neely, ITN, and Mr Jeremy Thompson, Sky News.
5Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Child Support Agency.
Witnesses: Mr Doug Smith, Chief Executive, and Mr Vince Gaskell, Director, Child Support Agency, and Mr Mark Neale, Director, Department for Work and Pensions.
6Northern Ireland12.30 p.m.Room 167, 7 Millbank (private)
7Procedure2.00 p.m.

2.15 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Sessional Orders and Resolutions.
Witnesses: Mr Roger Sands, Clerk of the House, Sir Michael Cummins, Serjeant at Arms, House of Commons.
8Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Alternative Uses for Crops (Biofuels).
Witnesses: British Sugar and Cargill Plc; National Farmers' Union of England and Wales.
9Treasury: Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Inland Revenue Departmental Report and other matters.
Witness: Rt. Hon. Dawn Primarolo MP, Paymaster General.
10Defence2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Lessons of Iraq.
Witnesses: Mr Mark Urban, BBC, Mr Alex Thomson, Channel 4 News, and Mr Martin Ivens, The Sunday Times.
11Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: The Work of the Driving Standards Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
Witnesses: Driving Standards Agency; Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (at approximately 4.00 p.m.).
12European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
13Trade and Industry2.30 p.m.Room T, Portcullis House (private)
14Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 8 (public)
Subject: The Sheep Annual Premium Scheme.
Witnesses: Mr Pat Toal, Accounting Officer, Mr Gerry Lavery, Director of Finance, and Mr Ronnie Jordan, Director of Rural Payments, Department for Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland.
15Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.

3.50 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Greening Government and Timber Procurement.
Witness: Fiona Mactaggart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office.
16Welsh Affairs3.30 p.m.Room 17 (private)
17Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


18Draft Corruption Bill4.15 p.m.Room 5 (private)

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Deputy Prime Minister:      Property consultation arrangements.
2    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Review of controls on the import of animal products for the financial year 2002-03.
3    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Animal Movement Regime.
4    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Article 13 Employment Directive: Launch of `Age Matters' the second consultation on age.
5    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Export licences granted for military list goods to Iraq.
6    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Provisional outturn for public expenditure in 2002-03.
7    Secretary of State for Defence:      Key Targets for the Defence Housing Executive for the financial year 2003-04.
8    Secretary of State for Defence:      Defence Estates corporate plan key targets 2003-04.
9    Secretary of State for Defence:      Business Process Review of the Management and Delivery of Defence Housing.
10    Secretary of State for Defence:      Update on events in al Majarr al Kabir, Iraq—24th June 2003.
11    Secretary of State for Health:      Tackling health inequalities.
12    Secretary of Culture, Media and Sport:      Quinquennial Review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.


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