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Order of Business Tuesday 7th November 2000

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Notes:
* 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 2.30 p.m.       Prayers
Afterwards

Private Business

        Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.

Third Reading

City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords]. (By Order.)

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Andrew Mackinlay

        On Third Reading of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [Lords], to move, That the Bill be read the third time upon this day six months.

Second Reading

Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords]. (By Order.)

Mr Andrew Mackinlay

        On Second Reading of the Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [Lords], to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months.


Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    If he will make a statement on the agenda for the current Intergovermental Conference regarding Community law.
( 135160 )
*2 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What support has been received from other EU member states for the ideas on modernisation of EU institutions expressed in the Prime Minister's speech in Warsaw.
( 135161 )
*3 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    If he will make a statement on telecommunications in Gibraltar.
( 135162 )
*4 Mr Robert N. Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Kosovo.
( 135163 )
*5 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement about progress on the establishment of an international criminal court.
( 135164 )
*6 Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Israel and the occupied territories.
( 135165 )
*7 Mr Donald Anderson (Swansea East):    If he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Iraq and those items which the Iraqi Government is currently allowed to import.
( 135166 )
*8 Mr Martin Linton (Battersea):    What assessment he has made of the state of relations between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of Sweden.
( 135167 )
*9 Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Sierra Leone.
( 135168 )
*10 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    If he will make a statement about conflict diamonds.
( 135169 )
*11 Alice Mahon (Halifax):    What help the UK will be giving the new Government of Yugoslavia to further advance its integration into Europe.
( 135170 )
*12 Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    If he will make a statement on the impact of sanctions on the humanitarian situation in Iraq.
( 135171 )
*13 Mr John McFall (Dumbarton):    What discussions he has had with the Cayman Islands authorities on the White Paper on Overseas Territories.
( 135172 )
*14 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    If he will make a statement about conflict diamonds.
( 135173 )
*15 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    What the outcome was of the EU Council at Biarritz; and if he will make a statement.
( 135174 )
*16 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will make a statement on his funding for BBC activities.
( 135175 )
*17 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey):    What solar energy projects in African Sub-Saharan countries he is funding.
( 135176 )
*18 Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford):    If he will make a statement on the UK's relationship with Zimbabwe.
( 135177 )
*19 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    What recent progress he has made in widening recruitment to the Foreign Office.
( 135179 )
*20 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What progress has been made in the past year towards the restoration of full British citizenship for the people of the Island of St Helena.
( 135181 )
*21 Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    What discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU, the USA, Japan and China with regard to his decision to normalise diplomatic relations with North Korea; and if he will make a statement.
( 135182 )
*22 Mr Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on UK relations with Guatemala.
( 135183 )
*23 Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    If he will make a statement on the Middle East peace process.
( 135184 )
*24 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    If he will make a statement on the situation of Jews in Iran.
( 135185 )
*25 Mr Derek Twigg (Halton):    What action Her Majesty's Government took to help secure the release of James Mawdesley from imprisonment in Burma.
( 135186 )
*26 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    When he last met representatives of the French Government to discuss the EU's common foreign and security policies; and if he will make a statement.
( 135187 )
*27 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    What assessment he has made of the bilateral relations between the UK and Latvia; and what plans he has to visit Latvia.
( 135188 )
*28 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    If he will make a statement about the political situation in the Middle East.
( 135189 )
*29 Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    If he will make a statement about relations with the Czech Republic.
( 135190 )
*30 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What communication he has had with the Iraqi Government as a result of the involvement of British citizens in the recent aeroplane hijack and hostage situation in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
( 135191 )
*31 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's position regarding the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize.
( 135192 )
*32 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on the peace process in the Middle East.
( 135193 )
*33 Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    If he will make a statement on preparations for the revision of voting structures within the EU in the forthcoming Treaty of Nice.
( 135194 )
*34 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    If he will make a statement on the situation in the Middle East.
( 135195 )
*35 Mr Eric Forth (Bromley and Chislehurst):    If he will make a statement on preparations for the EU Council at Nice as regards changes to the relationships amongst the EU institutions.
( 135196 )
*36 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    If he will make a statement about conflict in Sri Lanka.
( 135197 )
*37 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Yugoslavia.
( 135198 )
*38 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on the Middle East crisis.
( 135199 )

At 3.30 p.mPrivate Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).


Main Business

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [Until any hour]

Margaret Beckett

        That at today's sitting the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Margaret Beckett relating to Programming of Bills and Deferred Divisions not later than Ten o'clock, and such Questions shall include the Questions on any amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; and those Questions may be decided, though opposed, after the expiration of the time for opposed business.

Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.


At 10.00 p.m.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate]

The Prime Minister

        That, at this day's sitting, the Motion on Business of the House relating to Programming of Bills and Deferred Divisions in the name of Margaret Beckett may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).


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PROGRAMMING OF BILLS    [Until 10.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That in the next Session of Parliament Orders A to I below shall have effect:

A. Programme Motions
 
        (1) If, before second reading of a bill, notice of a motion providing for--
 
          (a) committal of the bill, and
 
          (b) an allocation of time to proceedings in committee on the bill,
is given by a Minister of the Crown, the motion may be made immediately after second reading and Standing Order No. 63 (committal of bills) shall not apply to the bill.
 
        (2) Such a motion is to be called a programme motion.
 
        (3) An order made by the House as the result of a programme motion is to be called a programme order.
 
        (4) A motion to vary or supplement a programme order is also to be called a programme motion.
 
        (5) The question on a programme motion to vary or supplement a programme order shall be put forthwith unless paragraph (7) applies.
 
        (6) Otherwise, any question necessary to dispose of proceedings on a programme motion shall be put not later than three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of the proceedings.
 
        (7) This paragraph applies to a programme motion to--
 
          (a) reduce the amount of time allocated under a programme order for any proceedings on the bill (whether or not it also increases the amount of time allocated for other proceedings on the bill);
 
          (b) bring forward the date on which the bill is to be reported to the House in accordance with a programme order; or
 
          (c) add to the proceedings to which a programme order applies.
 
        (8) Standing Order No.15(1) (exempted business) applies to proceedings on a programme motion.
 
        (9) Standing Order No.83 (allocation of time) does not apply to a programme motion.
 
        (10) If a programme order applies to a bill, neither Standing Order No. 82 (Business Committee) nor Standing Order No. 120 (Business Sub-Committee) applies to the bill.
B. Programming Committees
 
        (1) This order applies if a bill is subject to a programme order which makes provision for proceedings in committee of the whole House or on consideration and third reading.
 
        (2) There is to be a committee for the bill consisting of--
 
          (a) the Chairman of Ways and Means (who is to be chairman of the committee); and
 
          (b) not more than eight other Members, nominated by the Speaker.
 
        (3) The committee is to be called the Programming Committee.
 
        (4) The quorum of the Programming Committee is four.
 
        (5) The Programming Committee shall--
 
          (a) consider the allocation of periods of time to such of the proceedings in committee of the whole House (or on consideration and third reading) as it thinks appropriate to designate; and
 
          (b) report any resolution which it makes to the House.
 
        (6) On a motion being made in the House in the terms of a resolution of the Programming Committee, any question necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion shall be put not later than half an hour after the commencement of those proceedings.
 
        (7) If such a motion is agreed to, its provisions shall have effect as if they were included in the programme order for the bill.
 
        (8) Proceedings on a motion made under paragraph (6) may be entered upon and decided, though opposed, at any hour.
 
        (9) Resolutions of the Programming Committee--
 
          (a) may be reported from time to time; and
 
          (b) subject to the powers of the Speaker or Chairman to select the amendments, new clauses and new schedules to be proposed, may include alterations in the order in which designated proceedings on the bill are to be taken.
C. Programming Sub-Committees
 
        (1) If a bill is subject to a programme order which commits it to a standing committee, the order stands referred to the committee and shall be considered by a sub-committee of the committee.
 
        (2) The sub-committee is to be called the Programming Sub-Committee.
 
        (3) The Programming Sub-Committee shall consist of--
 
          (a) the chairman or one of the chairmen of the committee (who is to be chairman of the sub-committee); and
 
          (b) seven members of the committee, nominated by the Speaker.
 
        (4) The quorum of the Programming Sub-Committee is four.
 
        (5) The Programming Sub-Committee shall report to the committee any resolution which it makes about--
 
          (a) the number of sittings to be allotted to the consideration of the bill in the committee;
 
          (b) the allocation of the proceedings to each sitting;
 
          (c) the time at which any proceedings, if not previously concluded, are to be brought to a conclusion.
 
        (6) On a motion being made in the committee in the terms of a resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee, any question necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion shall be put not later than half an hour after the commencement of those proceedings.
 
        (7) If such a motion is agreed to, its provisions shall have effect as if they were included in the programme order for the bill.
 
        (8) Resolutions of the Programming Sub-Committee--
 
          (a) may be reported from time to time; and
 
          (b) subject to the powers of the chairman to select the amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be proposed, may include alterations in the order in which specified proceedings are to be taken.
D.Programme orders: conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee or in Committee of the whole House
 
        (1) This order applies for the purpose of bringing proceedings in standing committee or in committee of the whole House to a conclusion in accordance with a programme order.
 
        (2) The chairman shall put forthwith the following questions (but no others)--
 
          (a) any question already proposed from the chair;
 
          (b) any question necessary to bring to a decision a question so proposed;
 
          (c) the question on any amendment, new clause or new schedule selected by the chairman for separate division;
 
          (d) the question on any amendment moved or motion made by a Minister of the Crown;
 
          (e) any other question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.
 
        (3) On a motion made for a new clause or a new schedule, the chairman shall put only the question that the clause or schedule be added to the bill.
 
        (4) If two or more questions would fall to be put under paragraph (2)(d) on successive amendments moved or motions made by a Minister of the Crown, the chairman shall instead put a single question in relation to those amendments or motions.
 
        (5) If two or more questions would fall to be put under paragraph (2)(e) in relation to successive provisions of the bill, the chairman shall instead put a single question in relation to those provisions.
 
        (6) On conclusion of the proceedings in a committee, the chairman shall report the bill (or such of the bill's provisions as were committed to it) to the House without putting any question.
E. Programme orders: conclusion of proceedings on consideration or third reading
 
        (1) This order applies for the purpose of bringing proceedings on consideration and third reading to a conclusion in accordance with a programme order.
 
        (2) The Speaker shall put forthwith the following questions (but no others)--
 
          (a) any question already proposed from the chair;
 
          (b) any question necessary to bring to a decision a question so proposed;
 
          (c) the question on any amendment, new clause or new schedule selected by the Speaker for separate division;
 
          (d) the question on any amendment moved or motion made by a Minister of the Crown;
 
          (e) any other question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded.
 
        (3) On a motion made for a new clause or a new schedule, the Speaker shall put only the question that the clause or schedule be added to the bill.
 
        (4) If two or more questions would fall to be put under paragraph (2)(d) on successive amendments moved or motions made by a Minister of the Crown, the Speaker shall instead put a single question in relation to those amendments or motions.
F. Programme orders: conclusion of proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments
 
        (1) This order applies for the purpose of bringing proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments to a conclusion in accordance with a programme order.
 
        (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any question which has been proposed from the chair and not yet decided.
 
        (3) If that question is for the amendment of a Lords Amendment, the Speaker shall then put forthwith--
 
          (a) a single question on any further amendments of the Lords Amendment moved by a Minister of the Crown; and
 
          (b) the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown that this House agrees or disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment or (as the case may be) in their Amendment as amended.
 
        (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith--
 
          (a) a single question on any amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown to a Lords Amendment; and
 
          (b) the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown that this House agrees or disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment or (as the case may be) in their Amendment as amended.
 
        (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown that this House disagrees with the Lords in a Lords Amendment.
 
        (6) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question that this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords Amendments.
 
        (7) As soon as the House has--
 
          (a) agreed or disagreed with the Lords in any of their Amendments, or
 
          (b) disposed of an amendment relevant to a Lords Amendment which has been disagreed to,
 the Speaker shall put forthwith a single question on any amendments moved by a Minister of the Crown relevant to the Lords Amendment.
G. Programme orders: conclusion of proceedings on further messages from the Lords
 
        (1) This order applies for the purpose of bringing proceedings on any further message from the Lords to a conclusion in accordance with a programme order.
 
        (2) The Speaker shall first put forthwith any question which has been proposed from the chair and not yet decided.
 
        (3) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown which is related to the question already proposed from the chair.
 
        (4) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister on or relevant to any of the remaining items in the Lords message.
 
        (5) The Speaker shall then put forthwith the question that this House agrees with the Lords in all the remaining Lords proposals.
H. Programme orders: Reasons Committee
 
        (1) This order applies in relation to any Committee to be appointed to draw up Reasons after proceedings have been brought to a conclusion in accordance with a programme order.
 
        (2) The Speaker shall put forthwith the question on any motion made by a Minister of the Crown for the appointment, nomination and quorum of a Committee to draw up Reasons and the appointment of its chairman.
 
        (3) The Committee shall report before the conclusion of the sitting at which it is appointed.
 
        (4) Proceedings in the Committee shall be brought to a conclusion not later than half an hour after their commencement.
 
        (5) For the purpose of bringing any proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph (4), the chairman shall--
 
          (a) first put forthwith any question which has been proposed from the chair and not yet decided; and
 
          (b) then put forthwith successively questions on motions which may be made by a Minister of the Crown for assigning a Reason for disagreeing with the Lords in any of their Amendments.
 
        (6) The proceedings of the Committee shall be reported without any further question being put.
I. Programme orders: supplementary provisions
 
        (1) The provisions of this order apply to proceedings in the House or in Committee of the whole House on a bill which is subject to a programme order.
 
        (2) Standing Order No. 15(1) (exempted business) applies to the proceedings for any period after ten o'clock (or on Thursday, seven o'clock) allocated to them in accordance with the programme order.
 
        (3) The proceedings may not be interrupted under any Standing Order relating to the sittings of the House.
 
        (4) If, on a day on which the bill has been set down to be taken as an order of the day, a motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No 24 (emergency debates) would, apart from this order, stand over to seven o'clock--
 
          (a) that motion stands over until the conclusion of any proceedings on the bill which, in accordance with the programme order, are to be brought to conclusion at or before that time; and
 
          (b) the bringing to a conclusion of any proceedings on the bill which, in accordance with the programme order, are to be brought to a conclusion after that time is postponed for a period of time equal to the duration of the proceedings on that motion.
 
        (5) If a day on which the bill has been set down to be taken as an order of the day is one to which a motion for the adjournment of the House under Standing Order No.24 stands over from an earlier day, the bringing to a conclusion of any proceedings on the bill which, in accordance with the programme order, are to be brought to a conclusion on that day is postponed for a period equal to the duration of the proceedings on that motion.
 
        (6) No dilatory motion may be made in relation to the proceedings except by a Minister of the Crown; and the question on any such motion is to be put forthwith.
 
        (7) If at any sitting the House is adjourned, or the sitting is suspended, before the expiry of the period at the end of which proceedings are to be brought to a conclusion under a programme order, no notice is required of a motion made at the next sitting by a Minister of the Crown for varying or supplementing the provisions of the programme order.
 
        
          As Amendments to Margaret Beckett's Motion (Programming of Bills):
 Mr Eric Forth
 
        Line    1,    leave out 'Session of'.                            (a)
 Mr Eric Forth
 
        Leave out lines 14 and 15.                                    (b)
 Mr Eric Forth
 
        Line    16,    leave out 'Otherwise'.                            (c)
 Mr Eric Forth
 
        Line    17,    leave out 'three quarters of an hour' and insert 'three hours'.                                                        (d)
 
Mrs Anne Campbell
Joan Ruddock
Ms Julie Morgan
Ms Tess Kingham
Ms Oona King
Barbara Follett

Glenda Jackson
Julia Drown
Mr James Plaskitt
Ms Sandra Osborne
Mr David Lammy
Mr Roger Casale
Mr Paul Clark
Mr Desmond Browne
Mr Gareth R. Thomas
Chris McCafferty
Mr Martin Linton
Mr Douglas Alexander
Mr Bill Tynan
Shona McIsaac
Mr Nigel Griffiths
Mrs Betty Williams
Ann Keen
Valerie Davey
John Austin
Mr Tony Worthington
Ms Candy Atherton
Mrs Caroline Flint
Charlotte Atkins
Laura Moffatt
Miss Anne Begg
Mr Lawrie Quinn
Dr Peter Brand
Joan Walley
Dr Jenny Tonge
Norman Baker
Dr David Clark
Mr Frank Dobson
Paul Flynn
Mr Denis MacShane
Mr Mike Gapes
Ms Sally Keeble
Mr Doug Henderson
Ms Margaret Moran
 
        Line      32,      at end insert—            (g)

     
    `(11)    On a day on which a programme motion is to be moved, the Speaker shall put the Question on a second reading of the bill to which that Motion applies not later than 9.30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 6.30 p.m. on Thursdays'.
 
        Mr Eric Forth

 
        Line      50,      leave out `half an hour' and insert `three hours'.    (e)

 
        Mr Eric Forth

 
        Line      81,      leave out `half an hour' and insert `two hours'.    (f)

 
        
      Relevant documents:
 
        
      Second Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons, Session 1999-2000, HC 589, on the Programming of Legislation and Timing of Votes.
 
        
      First Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons, Session 1997-98, HC 190, on the Legislative Process.
 
        
      Report from the Select Committee on Sittings of the House, Session 1991-92, HC 20.

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DEFERRED DIVISIONS

Margaret Beckett

        That in the next Session of Parliament the following Order shall have effect:

        (1)    Except as provided in paragraph (2), Standing Order No. 38 (Procedure on divisions) shall not apply if, after the time for the interruption of business, the opinion of the Speaker as to the decision on a question is challenged in respect of any question.
        (2)    Standing Order No. 38 (Procedure on divisions) shall apply (and this order shall not apply) to questions—
    (a)    on motions or amendments in the course of proceedings on bills or allocating time to or programming such proceedings;

    (b)    on motions which may be made without notice;

    (c)    on motions to be disposed of immediately following the disposal of amendments proposed thereto, and on such amendments;

    (d)    on motions made under—

        (i)    paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business);
        (ii)    paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 51 (Ways and Means motions);
        (iii)    sub-paragraph (1)(a) of Standing Order No. 52 (Money resolutions and Ways and Means resolutions in connection with bills);
        (iv)    paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates); and
        (v)    paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.); and
        (e)    on motions made under paragraph 3 below or to which an order made under that paragraph applies.

        (3)    After the moment of interruption and the conclusion of proceedings under any other Standing Order which fall to be taken immediately after it, a minister of the Crown may make a motion to the effect that this order shall not apply to questions on any specified motions; such motion may be proceeded with, though opposed, and the question thereon shall be put forthwith.
        (4)    If the opinion of the Speaker is challenged under paragraph (1) of this order, he shall defer the division until half-past Three o'clock on the next Wednesday on which the House shall sit.
        (5)    On any Wednesday to which a division has been deferred under paragraph (4) above—
        (a)    Members may record their votes on the question under arrangements made by the Speaker;
        (b)    votes may be recorded for one and a half hours after half-past Three o'clock, no account being taken of any period during which the House or committee proceeds to a division; and
        (c)    the Speaker, or the Chairman, shall announce the result of the deferred division as soon as may be after the expiry of the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) above.
        As Amendments to Margaret Beckett's Motion (Deferred Divisions):

Mr Eric Forth

        Line      1,      leave out `Session of'.    (a)

Joan Ruddock
Mrs Anne Campbell
Ms Oona King
Barbara Follett
Mr James Plaskitt
Ms Julie Morgan

Charlotte Atkins
Ms Tess Kingham
Mr Geraint Davies
Dr Jenny Tonge
Dr Peter Brand
Dr David Clark
Paul Flynn
Mr Doug Henderson
Mr Denis MacShane
Joan Walley
John Austin
Julie Drown
Glenda Jackson
Valerie Davey
Mr Malcolm Savidge
Miss Anne Begg
Mr Tony Worthington
Ms Margaret Moran
Mrs Caroline Flint
Ms Candy Atherton
Laura Moffatt
Kali Mountford
(e)
        Line      1,      after `effect' insert `and the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons shall bring forward proposals for electronic voting for deferred divisions'.'

Mr Eric Forth

        Leave out lines 28 to 30.    
(b)
Mr Eric Forth

(c)
        Line      30,      at end add `, except that if no fewer than 20 Members rise in their places and signify their objection thereto the division shall be proceeded with forthwith'.

Mr Eric Forth

        Line      33,      leave out from begining to end of line 40 and insert—    
(d)
    `(a)    a list of the deferred divisions to be taken on that day shall be printed in that day's Order Paper;

    (b)    deferred divisions shall be taken at the commencement of public business; and

    (c)    Standing Orders No. 38 (Procedure on divisions), No. 39 (Voting) and No. 41 (Quorum) shall apply to deferred divisions.'

        The Second Report from the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons, Session 1999-2000, HC 589, on the Programming of Legislation and the Timing of Votes, is relevant.

        The Speaker will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above two Motions in the name of Margaret Beckett not later than Ten o'clock, if the Business of the House Motion in the name of Margaret Beckett is agreed to.

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COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Keith Bradley

        That Mr Charles Wardle and Mr David Curry be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts and Mr Simon Burns and Mr David Faber be added to the Committee.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE    [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Margaret Beckett

        That at the sitting on Wednesday 8th November, the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister for the Adjournment of the House may be proceeded with, though opposed, after Ten o'clock; and shall lapse three hours after it has been made, if not previously disposed of.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:

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ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Flooding in Portsmouth (Mr Mike Hancock).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Standing Committee B10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Insolvency Bill [Lords].
2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m. Room 9 (public)
To consider the Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) (No. 2) Scheme 2000 (S.I., 2000, No. 2911).

SELECT COMMITTEES

3Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Environment Sub-Committee9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
(public)
Subject: Delivering Sustainable Waste Management.
Witnesses: Composting Association and Community Composting Network; National Farmers' Union (at 10.30 a.m.); South West England Environmental Trust (at 11.00 a.m.); Greenpeace (at 11.30 a.m.).
4Foreign Affairs10.00 a.m. Room 16 (private)
5International Development10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Witnesses: The Rt. Hon. Clare Short MP, Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Tony Faint, Director, International Institutions, and Margaret Cund, Head, International Financial Institutions Department, Department for International Development.
6Standards and Privileges10.30 a.m. Room 13 (private)
7Treasury10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Financial Services Authority.
Witnesses: Sir Howard Davies, Chairman, and other officials of the Financial Services Authority.
8Welsh Affairs10.30 a.m. Room 17 (private)
9Education and Employment4.00 p.m. Room 18 (private)
10Standards and Privileges4.00 p.m. Room 13 (private)
11Trade and Industry4.00 p.m. Room 5 (private)
12Home Affairs4.15 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Physical Controls at UK Ports of Entry.
Witness: The Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department.
13Foreign Affairs4.30 p.m. Room 16 (private)
14Administration5.00 p.m. The Grimond Room, Portcullis    House (private)
15Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the meeting
of the Joint
Committee on
Statutory Instruments
Room 7 (private)

JOINT COMMITTEE

16Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m. Room 7 (private)

COMMITTEE ON PRIVATE BILLS

17Opposed Bills Committee10.00 a.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 6 (public)
(public)
To consider the Kent County Council Bill [Lords] and Medway Council Bill [Lords].

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Monday 6th November for answer today++

1 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what goods subject to strategic export controls have recently been approved for export to Iraq.
( 137357 )
2 Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what resources he will make available to local authorities that were reorganised on 1st April 1998 in respect of reorganisation costs incurred by them in 2000-01; and if he will make a statement.
( 137358 )
3 Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what arrangements have been made to improve the co-ordination and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
( 137359 )
4 Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans she has to amend the Central Office for Information departmental expenditure limit for 2000-01.
( 137360 )
5 Mr Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the armed forces to undertake a joint exercise in Oman in Autumn 2001.
( 137361 )
6 Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on Mr Justice Colman's report following the re-opened formal investigation into the loss of the MV Derbyshire.
( 137362 )
7 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans she has to change the 2000-01 departmental expenditure limit or running cost limit for the Cabinet Office.
( 137363 )
8 Mr John Healey (Wentworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he will announce the results of the consultation exercise on the needs indices to be used in the allocation of 2001-02 housing capital resources to local authorities and registered social landlords.
( 137364 )
9 Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement about grant aid to encourage the safe operation of fishing vessels.
( 137406 )
10 Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Canning Town): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many sex offenders subject to the Sex Offenders Act 1997 have been placed on the home detention curfew scheme since 28th January 1999.
( 137407 )
11 Mr Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when the last meeting of green ministers took place; what was discussed; and which departments were represented by (a) ministers and (b) officials.
( 137484 )
12 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he plans to bring the Postal Services Act 2000 into force; and if he will make a statement.
( 137485 )
13 Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the use of Sponsored Reserves.
( 137548 )



 

 
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