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Order of Business 24 November 2004

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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



      Secretary Tessa Jowell
        That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there will be laid before this House a Return of the Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting now in possession of Glasgow City Council by the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst.

No debate.

Urgent Questions (if any) Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business

Notices of Presentation of Bills

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[No debate]

      Mr David Lammy
        Bill to make new provision relating to persons who lack capacity; to establish a superior court of record called the Court of Protection in place of the office of the Supreme Court called by that name; to make provision in connection with the Convention on the International Protection of Adults signed at the Hague on 13th January 2000; and for connected purposes.

        Formal first and second reading: no debate or decision (Standing Order No. 80A and Order of 11th October).

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[No debate]

      Secretary Tessa Jowell
        Bill to make provision about gambling.

        Formal first and second reading: no debate or decision (Standing Order No. 80A and Order of 1st November).

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[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        Bill to provide for the establishment and functions of the Serious Organised Crime Agency; to make provision about investigations, prosecutions, offenders and witnesses in criminal proceedings and the protection of persons involved in investigations or proceedings; to provide for the implementation of certain international obligations relating to criminal matters; to amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; to make further provision for combatting crime and disorder, including new provision about powers of arrest and search warrants; to make further provision about the police and policing and persons supporting the police; to make provision about criminal records; to provide for the Private Security Industry Act 2001 to extend to Scotland; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

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[No debate]

      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        Bill to make provision for the appointment of Commissioners to exercise functions presently vested in the Commissioners of Inland Revenue and the Commissioners of Customs and Excise; for the establishment of a Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

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[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
        Bill to make provision for school travel schemes; and for connected purposes.

        Formal first and second reading: no debate or decision (Standing Order No. 80A and Order of 28th October).

Main Business

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QUEEN'S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS):      Adjourned Debate on Question (23rd November).

[Until 7.00 p.m.]

        Motion made, and Question proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

        Most Gracious Sovereign,

        We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament—(Mr George Howarth).

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Paul Tyler
      Mr Paul Keetch
      Matthew Taylor
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        As an Amendment to the Address, at end add `but regrets that the Gracious Speech contains no commitment to introduce legislation to clarify the responsibility of the Prime Minister to Parliament, particularly in relation to the prerogative powers and the role of Parliament in matters of war and peace; and calls for a special Select Committee of the House to consider these matters.'.

        Proposed subjects for debate: Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

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[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Peter Hain

        (a)   the matter of the Government's Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;

        (b)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 7th December at twenty five minutes past Nine o'clock and between Two o'clock and half-past Four o'clock to consider the matter of the Government's Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen's Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales, under Standing Order No.   107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)).

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

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[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
      Mr Peter Hain

        (1)   the matter of a multi-agency approach to tackling racially motivated attacks and harassment in Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

        (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 9th December, at half-past Two o'clock; and

        (3)   at that sitting—

      (a)   the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No.   110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

      (b)   the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the matter referred to the Committee; and

      (c)   at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

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[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That Private Members' Bills shall have precedence over Government business on 4th and 25th February; 4th and 18th March; 8th, 15th and 22nd April; 13th and 20th May; 17th and 24th June; 1st July and 14th October 2005.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: UK relations with Iran (Sir Teddy Taylor).

        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).



1Science and Technology9.00 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Human reproductive technologies and the law.
Witnesses: Professor Robert Edwards, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Professor Catherine Peckham, Institute of Child Health, Professor Henry Leese, University of York; Professor Roger Pedersen, University of Cambridge, Professor Alison Murdoch, Newcastle Fertility Centre, Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, National Institute for Medical Research (at approximately 10.15 a.m.).
2Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education.
Witness: Mike Tomlinson CBE, Chairman, Working Group on 14-19 Reform.
3Work and Pensions9.15 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Pension Credit.
Witnesses: Mr Adair Turner, Mr John Hills and Ms Jeannie Drake, Pensions Commission; Ms Alison O'Connell and Mr Chris Curry, Pensions Policy Institute (at approximately 10.45 a.m.).
4Modernisation of the House of Commons9.30 a.m.Room 18 (private)
5Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 19 (private)
6Defence2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Future Capabilities.
Witness: Admiral Sir Alan West GCB DSC ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Ministry of Defence.
7Welsh Affairs2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Police Service, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wales.
Witnesses: Louise Casey, Director of Anti-Social Behaviour, Margaret O'Mara, Director of Crime and Stephen Rimmer, Director of Policing Policy, Home Office.
8Environmental Audit3.00 p.m.
3.20 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: International Leadership on Climate Change.
Witnesses: Friends of the Earth; Mr Steve Rayner (at approximately
9Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 8 (public)
Subject: Department of Trade & Industry: The United Kingdom's Civil Space Activities.
Witnesses: Sir Robin Young KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Trade & Industry, Dr Colin Hicks FRSC, Director General, British National Space Centre, Professor Ian Halliday, Chief Executive, The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, and Professor Colin Pillinger CBE FRS, Head of Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open University.
10Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      HM Treasury Consultation on the Regulation of Investment Trust Companies.
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      Publication of Draft New Minerals Planning Policy and Good Practice Guidance.
3    Deputy Prime Minister:      Licensing in the Private Rented Sector—A Consultation Paper on the Implementation of Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licensing.
4    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Publication of the National Policing Plan 2005-2008.
5    Secretary of State for International Development:      Post-Conflict Reconstruction Unit.
6    Leader of the House:      Electronic Parliamentary Community.
7    Leader of the House:      Leader of the House of Commons Website.
8    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Publication of the second annual report of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Cross Foundation.
9    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      New appointments to the Board of Advantage West Midlands.
10    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      New appointments to the Board of Yorkshire Forward.
11    Secretary of State for Transport:      Air Traffic Control—North Atlantic.
12    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate Good Practice Review of Herefordshire Council.

Standing Committee Notice

The Speaker has appointed 10 o'clock on Thursday 2nd December and Committee Room 10 as the time and place for holding the Ballot for Private Members' Bills.


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