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Order of Business Tuesday 18th December 2001

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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

Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill


Afterwards

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
*1 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What steps he is taking to minimise the disruption to road users by cable companies.
( 21556 )
*2 Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    If he will make a statement on future investment on the Cambrian Coast Line.
( 21557 )
*3 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement on progress in implementing his integrated transport network.
( 21558 )
*4 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What representations he has received from passengers and passenger organisations regarding his decision to put Railtrack into receivership.
( 21559 )
*5 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on the level of accidents involving cyclists without lights on their bikes over the past five years.
( 21561 )
*6 Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):    If he will make a statement on the reform of local government.
( 21562 )
*7 Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    What assessment his Department has made of the need for a deprivation factor in the formula used to distribute central government finance to local authorities.
( 21563 )
*8 Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    If he will make a statement on his policy on traffic speed cameras.
( 21564 )
*9 John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    If he will make a statement on progress towards the implementation of recommendations made on rail safety by recent reports from the Health and Safety Commission.
( 21565 )
*10 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    If he will make a statement on the roles of the Strategic Rail Authority and the Rail Regulator.
( 21566 )
*11 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What discussions he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority on devolving rail services on a regional basis.
( 21567 )
*12 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the working of the area cost adjustment.
( 21568 )
*13 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    What his estimate is of the total cost of necessary capital works in public sector housing in (a) the London Borough of Southwark and (b) Greater London; and how much has been allocated for expenditure in the (i) current and (ii) next financial years.
( 21569 )
*14 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What plans he has to improve the ability of rural local authorities to provide services.
( 21570 )
*15 Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    What plans he has to reform the planning system.
( 21571 )
*16 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    What plans he has to reform local government finance.
( 21572 )
*17 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What inter-departmental co-ordination there is on speeding up the eviction of anti-social tenants.
( 21573 )
*18 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What guidance he gives to local authorities on minimising traffic disturbance connected to roadworks undertaken by utilities; and if he will make statement.
( 21574 )
*19 Ann Coffey (Stockport):    What plans he has to reform local government finance.
( 21575 )
*20 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    What plans he has to reform local government finance.
( 21576 )
*21 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What percentage of trains were subject to delay in (a) September and (b) November.
( 21577 )
*22 Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    If he will take steps to allow the phased release of receipts from council house sales to the appropriate local authorities.
( 21578 )
*23 Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    What plans he has to improve public housing in areas of high deprivation.
( 21579 )
*24 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    What plans he has to maintain the effective operation of the transport system during the Christmas period.
( 21580 )
*25 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What recent assessment he has made of the progress made with investment programmes within the rail sector.
( 21581 )
*26 Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden):    What plans he has to exempt office space in domestic properties from business rates.
( 21582 )
*27 Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    What recent assessment he has made of the performance of unitary authorities in seaside and coastal towns.
( 21583 )
*28 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    When his Department last met the office of the Rail Regulator to discuss the quality of the service provided by Virgin trains between Euston and North Wales; and if he will make a statement.
( 21584 )
*29 Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    What plans he has to establish an independent body to review the electoral system for local government elections in England.
( 21585 )
*30 Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    What involvement his Department had in European Car Free Day 2001.
( 21586 )
*31 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What representations he has received from local authorities in country districts on the grant settlement for 2002-03.
( 21587 )
*32 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    If he will make a statement on levels of reliability of train services; and what the levels were (a) one and (b) two years ago.
( 21589 )
*33 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    What plans he has for upgrading Norfolk's trunk roads; and if he will make a statement.
( 21590 )
*34 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will release the minutes of the meetings that took place between 1st July and 30th September between the Government, Railtrack and Credit Suisse First Boston.
( 21591 )
*35 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    What plans he has to limit the vectoring off from approved routes by National Air Traffic Control when residential areas are affected.
( 21592 )
*36 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What response he has given to proposals from train franchisees to acquire and run vertically integrated operations.
( 21593 )
*37 Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    If he will make a statement on the rail franchise renewal process.
( 21594 )
*38 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What recent discussions he has had with the East of England Development Agency on the region's transport infrastructure.
( 21595 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

+  1  

JUSTICE (NORTHERN IRELAND)        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Reid

        Bill to make provision about the judiciary in Northern Ireland and to amend section 6 of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876; to make provision about the law officers and other legal officers and the courts in Northern Ireland; to establish a Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland, a Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland and a Northern Ireland Law Commission; to amend the law of youth justice in Northern Ireland; to make provision for making available to victims of crime information about the release of offenders in Northern Ireland; to make provision about community safety in Northern Ireland; to amend the law of legal aid in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute rule Motion

  2  

ELECTIONS (ENTITLEMENT TO VOTE AT AGE 16)        [Up to 20 minutes]

Matthew Green

        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 to provide that a person aged 16 years or over is entitled to vote in a parliamentary or local government election.

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



Main Business

+  3  

TAXES        [No debate]

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

        That the Variation of Stamp Duties Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 3746), dated 27th November 2001, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th November, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  4  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Milburn

        That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 89) (HC 415) on Children's Services (Quality Protects) Special Grants for 2000-01 and 2001-02, which was laid before this House on 30th November, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  5  

FACILITIES OF THE HOUSE        [Until any hour]

Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Reid

    That, with effect from 8th January 2002, those Members who have chosen not to take their seats and thus do not qualify to participate in the proceedings in Parliament may use the facilities within the precincts of the House and the services of departments of the House, and may claim support for their costs as set out in the Resolution of 5th July 2001, relating to Members' Allowances, Insurance &c., and the allowances relating to travel within the United Kingdom for Members, their families and staff.

As Amendments to Mr Robin Cook's proposed Motion (Facilities of the House):

Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

            (a)

        Line 1, leave out `with effect from 8th January 2002' and insert `from the date on which they have publicly dissociated themselves from any contact with any terrorist or paramilitary organizations by signing a pledge'.

Mr David Wilshire
The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Mrs Iris Robinson
Mr Nigel Dodds
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (b)

        Line 1, leave out `8th January 2002' and insert `the completion of the decommissioning of all weapons, ammunition and explosives in the possession of terrorist organizations with which'.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (c)

        Line 1, leave out `8th January 2002' and insert `31st December 2005'.

Mr Jonathan Sayeed
Mr David Ruffley
Alistair Burt

            (d)

        Line 1, leave out `8th January 2002' and insert `a date three months after full decommissioning has been certified by the de Chastelain Commission'.

Mr Frank FieldKate Hoey
Mr David Wilshire

            (e)

        Line 1, leave out `8th January 2002' and insert `the date when the de Chastelain Commission has announced that decommissioning has been successfully completed'.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Trimble
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Eric Forth

            (q)

        Line 1, leave out `8th January 2002' and insert `the completion of decommissioning, as verified by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning'.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Trimble
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Eric Forth

            (r)

        Line 1, leave out `8th January 2002' and insert `25th February 2003'.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Trimble
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Eric Forth

            (s)

        Line 1, leave out `8th January 2002' and insert `25th February 2007'.

Mr Gerald Howarth

            (y)

        Line 1, after `2002', insert `and subject to their publicly renouncing violence in advance of that date'.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Trimble
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Eric Forth

            (t)

        Line 1, leave out `chosen not to take their seats' and insert `not affirmed or sworn the oath of allegiance'.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Trimble
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Eric Forth

            (u)

        Line 2, leave out `do not' and insert `have chosen not to'.

Mr David Wilshire
The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Mrs Iris Robinson
Mr Nigel Dodds
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (f)

        Line 3, after `Parliament', insert `are associated'.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (g)

        Line 3, after `Parliament', insert `provided they denounce the recent attacks on military installations in Northern Ireland'.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (h)

        Line 3, after `Parliament', insert `provided they renounce terrorism and the use of violence for political ends'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (aa)

        Line 3, after `Parliament', insert `and who have signed and deposited with the Speaker the prescribed undertaking set out below,

      I, . . . . . . . . . ., being the elected Member of Parliament for the . . . . . . . . . . constituency, and not having taken the oath or affirmed allegiance, do hereby solemnly swear (affirm) that while using the facilities or being present in the curtilage of the Palace of Westminster, I will do nothing to disturb or threaten the peace of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.'.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (i)

        Line 3, leave out `the facilities within the precincts of the House and'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (bb)

        Line 3, leave out `within the precincts of the House' and insert `that are made available in 2 The Abbey Garden, or such other separate building that the Serjeant at Arms shall allocate'.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Trimble
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Eric Forth

            (v)

        Line 3, leave out `the precincts of the House' and insert `such precincts of the House as can be guaranteed as secure for Members, Officers and staff'.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (k)

        Line 3, leave out `and the services of departments of the House'.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (l)

        Line 3, leave out from `House' to end.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (j)

        Line 4, after `House', insert `provided, before entry to the precincts of the House, they pass through all the security screening imposed on members of the public'.

Mr Gerald Howarth
Mr David Wilshire

            (z)

        Line 4, after `House', insert `subject to satisfactory completion of appropriate security checks applied to those Members and their staff.'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (cc)

        Line 4, after `House', insert `provided that they make available to authorised servants of the House details of such use and certify that it is not in connection with the activities of any proscribed organisation'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (dd)

        Line 4, after `House', insert `on non-sitting days'.

Mr Alan Duncan
Sir Michael Spicer
Mr Nicholas Winterton
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Mark Francois
Mr Mark Field

Miss Ann WiddecombeMr Andrew MitchellMr David Wilshire
            (m)

        Line 4, leave out `and may claim' and insert `but may claim no'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (ee)

        Line 4, leave out from `costs' to end and add `as is provided for members of the Belfast City Council.'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (ff)

        Line 4, leave out from `costs' to end and add `as may be decided by the independent Top Salaries Committee having taken into account the significant reduction in responsibilities of Members who have not taken their seats.'.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (n)

        Line 5, leave out from `&c.' to end.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (gg)

        Line 6, leave out from `Kingdom' to end and add `except that secretarial and office costs shall relate only to those incurred in Northern Ireland.'.

Mr David Wilshire
Mr Laurence Robertson

            (o)

        Line 6, after `Members', insert `but not for'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (hh)

        Line 6, leave out `their families'.

Mr David Wilshire

            (p)

        Line 7, at end add `but their staff may not use the services or facilities of the House, nor be issued with passes.'.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Trimble
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Eric Forth

            (w)

        Line 7, at end add `and staff such as have fulfilled the requirements of the Palace of Westminster Pass Application and Security Questionnaire.'.

The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Mrs Iris Robinson
Mr Nigel Dodds
Mr David Wilshire

            (x)

        Line 7, at end add `but all such facilities will be withdrawn if the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirms that any organization with which such Members are associated has been involved in any act of terrorism.'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (ii)

        Line 7, at end add `provided that any such staff shall neither be nor have been a member of a proscribed organisation, nor have been convicted of any imprisonable offence.'.

Mr John Gummer
Mr Anthony Steen

            (kk)

        Line 7, at end add `provided that the Member certifies that he or she has not in the last three years subscribed money to any proscribed organisation.'.

Mr Frank Field
Kate Hoey

            (jj)

        Line 7, at end add `provided that any person drawing salaries or costs shall have satisfied the Department of the Serjeant at Arms on their absence of links to terrorism.'.

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


At 10.00 p.m.

+    

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE        [No debate]

The Prime Minister

        That, at this day's sitting, the Motion in the name of Mr Robin Cook and Mr Secretary Reid may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

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


+  6  

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BILL [LORDS]: As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

Third Reading may also be taken.

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:

  7  

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Parental choice for Kent secondary schools (Miss Ann Widdecombe).

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


COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Standing Committee on Regional Affairs10.00 a.m.Room 14 (public)
To consider the matter of Regional Governance in England.
2Special Standing Committee10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Adoption and Children Bill.
3Standing Committee B10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Proceeds of Crime Bill.
4Standing Committee F10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Employment Bill.
5Standing Committee G10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Education Bill.

SELECT COMMITTEES

6International Development10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
Subject: The effectiveness of the reforms of European Development Assistance.
Witnesses: Costanza de Toma, BOND's EU Policy Officer, Helen O'Connell, One World Action's Head of Policy, Vice-Chair of BOND and delegate to the NGO Liaison Committee in Brussels, and Ruth Coles, International Service and former Chair of BOND's EC Funding Group.
7Home Affairs10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: The Government's Drug Policy: Is It Working?
Witnesses: Dr Gerrit van Santen, Medical Director of Public Mental Health, Amsterdam Municipal Public Health Authority, and Professor Juergen Rehm, Director and CEO, Addiction Research Institute, Zurich, Switzerland.
8Culture, Media and Sport10.30 a.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9Standards and Privileges10.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
10Transport, Local Government and the Regions10.45 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Planning Green Paper.
Witness: Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions.
11Welsh Affairs2.00 p.m. to
2.15 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 8 (private)

(public)
Subject: The Children's Society in Wales.
Witness: The Children's Society.
12Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry (Quadripartite Committee)4.00 p.m.Room 15 (private)
13Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the meeting of the Joint Committee on Statutory InstrumentsRoom 7 (private)

JOINT COMMITTEE

14Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Monday 17th December for answer today++

1 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what measures are being taken to speed up delivery from multi-modal studies.
( 24259 )
2 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, when he will publish his consultation document on planning obligations.
( 24260 )
3 Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what further developments there have been in the Tax Law Rewrite Project.
( 24319 )
4 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to publish a revised edition of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government and the devolved administrations.
( 24329 )
5 Laura Moffatt (Crawley): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what additional key performance targets have been agreed for the Public Guardianship Office.
( 24364 )
6 Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which sectors are to be covered by a Trailblazer Sector Skills Council.
( 24365 )
7 Jim Knight (South Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans she has to announce the quinquennial review of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
( 24366 )
8 Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what was discussed at the human rights dialogue held between the United Kingdom and China in November.
( 24367 )
9 Mr Ivan Henderson (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to open an embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
( 24368 )
10 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has concerning the deployment of British troops in Sierra Leone.
( 24369 )
11 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement about the Quinquennial Review of the Ministry of Defence Police Agency.
( 24370 )
12 Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the question tabled by the honourable Member for Lewes on 23rd October relating to the cost at that point of Operation Enduring Freedom, Ref. 8769, has not yet been answered; and if he will make a statement.
( 24398 )
13 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to announce the outcome of the recent consultation on proposed boundaries for new health authorities in England.
( 24399 )
14 Kali Mountford (Colne Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to publish the fifth report to Parliament on the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.
( 24400 )
15 James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when a liquidator will be appointed for the New Millennium Experience Company.
( 24402 )
16 Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she intends to publish the findings of the research contract about access to water for sport and recreation.
( 24403 )
17 Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he intends to invite the members of the Boundary Commission for Wales to serve a second term; and if he will make a statement.
( 24404 )
18 Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, if he will make a statement on rail franchising policy.
( 24405 )
19 Brian White (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has for identifying and improving poorly performing prisons.
( 24433 )
20 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to her Answer of 6th November, Official Report, column 91, to the honourable Member for Glasgow, Anniesland, when she plans to launch her consultation exercise on the size of the Scottish Parliament.
( 24542 )
21 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about British diplomatic representation in Kabul.
( 24543 )
22 Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the report of the Quinquennial Review of the Independent Living Funds will be published.
( 24544 )
23 Ian Stewart (Eccles): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what progress has been made in relation to the future use of the Millennium Dome.
( 24724 )
24 Mr Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if he will provide more specific information about the consideration given to human rights issues by Government bills.
( 24725 )



 

 
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