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Order of Business 5th March 2002

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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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers

Private Business

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

Second Reading

Mersey Tunnels Bill. (By Order.)

Mr Ben Chapman
Stephen Hesford
Mr Robert N. Wareing

        On Second Reading of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months.

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
*1 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    When the Government will publish a national homelessness strategy.
( 36643 )
*2 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What recent assessment he has made of the need for new passenger rail services to relieve motorway congestion in the East Midlands.
( 36645 )
*3 Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    What recent representations he has received on the expansion of rail freight.
( 36646 )
*4 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    What discussions he has had with the SRA on the allocation of track space on the West Coast Main Line between different operators.
( 36647 )
*5 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    What representations from environmental groups he has received concerning the Planning Green Paper.
( 36648 )
*6 Mr Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    What the estimated cost to date is of Railtrack being in administration.
( 36649 )
*7 Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    What role regional assemblies will have in the determination of planning decisions and housing and transport policy.
( 36650 )
*8 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What progress the Bed and Breakfast Unit has made in reducing the number of homeless households in bed and breakfast accommodation.
( 36651 )
*9 Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    What progress he has made on proposals for elected regional government in England.
( 36652 )
*10 Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    If he will make a statement on the progress towards establishing a company limited by guarantee to take over Railtrack plc's responsibilities relating to running the network.
( 36653 )
*11 Phil Sawford (Kettering):    When construction work will commence on the A6 Rothwell/Desborough bypass.
( 36654 )
*12 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    What representations from environmental groups he has received concerning the Planning Green Paper.
( 36655 )
*13 Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed Terminal 5 at Heathrow on the air services of the nations and regions of the UK.
( 36656 )
*14 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What plans he has to review his strategy for airport development in relation to local council borrowing.
( 36657 )
*15 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What progress is being made on implementing the recommendations of the Cullen Report.
( 36658 )
*16 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What changes he proposes to introduce to the performance assessment for local authorities.
( 36659 )
*17 Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):    What discussions he has had with the Environment Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on improving road links between Mid Wales and the West Midlands.
( 36660 )
*18 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    What percentage of the debt of the PPP deal for London Underground will be guaranteed by the Government.
( 36661 )
*19 Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    How he intends to improve the accountability of the successor to Railtrack to its passengers.
( 36662 )
*20 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on the level of investment projected for the West Coast Main Line as included in the Strategic Rail Authority's 10-year plan.
( 36663 )
*21 Margaret Moran (Luton South):    What measures he intends to take to monitor and cap salaries of registered social landlord chief executives.
( 36664 )
*22 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    If, in referendum to establish a regional assembly, he will make it his policy to require a majority of the votes cast in each county, metropolitan or unitary council area constituting the region to be cast in favour of establishing such an assembly before approving its establishment.
( 36665 )
*23 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    When he will introduce regulations to extend fuel duty rebate to community transport services.
( 36666 )
*24 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What research his Department has undertaken to ascertain the transport needs of the North West for the decade from 2001.
( 36667 )
*25 Ann Coffey (Stockport):    What plans he has to introduce a more coherent and integrated system of local government performance measures.
( 36668 )
*26 Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    Whether regional assemblies will levy a precept on council tax.
( 36670 )
*27 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    If he will make a statement on the amount of empty private sector housing in particular local authorities.
( 36671 )
*28 Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    What proposals he has to review allowances for councillors; and if he will make a statement.
( 36672 )
*29 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden):    What plans he has to introduce new methods of voting in local government.
( 36673 )
*30 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What steps he is taking to increase the number of council houses being built (a) for and (b) by local authorities.
( 36674 )
*31 Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    What recent assessment he has made of government policies to tackle small areas of deprivation.
( 36675 )
*32 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    If he will make a statement on the proposal for reform of capital financing for local government contained in the Local Government White Paper.
( 36676 )
*33 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    What plans his Department has to increase the role of regional planning.
( 36677 )
*34 Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow, Cathcart):    If he will make a statement on the provision of direct Eurostar services between Scotland and continental Europe.
( 36678 )
*35 Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    What assessment he has made of the demand for train travel in the South East over the next 10 years.
( 36679 )
*36 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    What measures he is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour amongst tenants in the private rented sector.
( 36680 )
*37 Jean Corston (Bristol East):    What measures he is taking to improve roadside safety outside schools.
( 36681 )
*38 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    How many housing authorities have been designated consistently as Band I authorities since this designation was introduced.
( 36682 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



Mr Andrew Turner

        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State, in setting standards for slaughterhouses, to have regard to the desirability of reducing the length and duration of animals' journeys to slaughter, and for related purposes.

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

Mr Secretary Murphy

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY        [Until 10.00 p.m.]



Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Alex Salmond
Mr Simon Thomas
Adam Price
Hywel Williams
Pete Wishart

        That this House is gravely concerned about the Prime Minister's role in supporting LNM/Ispat International's contract for the SIDEX steel plant in Romania and is unimpressed with the explanations given hitherto; notes Lakshmi Mittal's non-domicile resident status and his donation of £125,000 to the Labour Party; condemns the Government's support for a company that is actively lobbying in the United States against the interests of the UK steel industry; notes the potentially devastating effect on the domestic steel industry posed by Mittal-inspired steel import tariffs imposed by the US Administration; calls for urgent action to be taken to help support the UK steel industry as a consequence of any US-imposed tariffs; urges the Prime Minister to publish guidelines regarding Government support for companies that are also substantial donors to the governing party; and demands a full public inquiry into the Government's support for the Romanian SIDEX steel plant deal.

        As Amendments to Mr Elfyn Llwyd's proposed Motion (Government Support for Mr Mittal and the Domestic Steel Industry):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Straw
Ms Secretary Hewitt

Mrs Secretary Liddell

        Line      1,      leave out from 'House' to end and add 'recognises the fundamental strengths of the British steel indusry, which is amongst the most efficient in the world; believes that, despite the regrettable decision of Corus to cut UK steel capacity, the industry has a long term future in Britain, as recently demonstrated by the decision of Corus to invest in the Port Talbot works; further recognises that the success of economic restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe, together with the enlargement of the European Union, is essential for the future of the British steel industry and other British manufacturing as it will extend markets and reduce hidden subsidies; congratulates the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for its work on restructuring the Romanian and other Eastern European companies, including through supporting the successful sale of the SIDEX steel corporation; and further welcomes measures put in place by the Government and the National Assembly for Wales to train and retrain former steel workers and regenerate communities affected by Corus job losses.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Dr Vincent Cable
Lembit O­pik
John Thurso
Mr Andrew Stunell

        Line      8,      after `Administration', insert `condemns the US Administration for the provocative and politically cowardly step of unilaterally threatening trade measures, rather than necessary domestic adjustment, since trade protection could well result in spiralling trade warfare; and therefore urges the UK Government, through the European Union, to pursue urgent resolution of this dispute in the WTO.'.



Mr Alex Salmond
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Mike Weir
Pete Wishart
Annabelle Ewing
Angus Robertson

        That this House notes that planning consents for nuclear and other power stations over 50 MW require consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, and that in Scotland section 36 powers are the responsibility of Scottish ministers accountable to the Scottish Parliament; further notes the confusion in Government policy on this matter in light of the reported remarks by the Hon Member for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley on Wednesday 27th February, suggesting that Westminster would have the final say over approving nuclear power stations in Scotland; reaffirms that in all circumstances Scottish ministers accountable to the Scottish Parliament should have full planning powers over the siting of nuclear and other new power stations above 50 MW in Scotland; believes that planning decisions on nuclear power in Wales should be taken in accordance with the views of the National Assembly for Wales; and calls for the development of energy strategies in Scotland and Wales which make full use of indigenous energy resources, including gas, clean coal technology, and the enormous potential for renewable supply.

        As an Amendment to Mr Alex Salmond's proposed Motion (Process of consent for new nuclear power stations in Scotland and Wales):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Murphy
Mrs Secretary Liddell
Ms Secretary Hewitt

        Line      1,       leave out from `House' to end and add `has confidence in the process of granting planning consent for new nuclear power stations in Scotland and Wales; notes the benefits of addressing issues relating to energy policy within a UK framework; welcomes the contribution of the recent PIU Energy Review to the debate on energy policy; and welcomes the intention of HM Government and the devolved administrations to work in partnership in implementing an energy policy to ensure energy supplies are secure, competitively priced and sustainable.'.

        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leaders of the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru (Order of 25th February and Standing Order No. 14(2)).

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  3  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Byers

        That the draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 7th February, be approved.

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

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Preliminary technical work for assessing the five economic tests for euro entry (Mr David Laws).

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



1Scottish Grand Committee10.30 a.m.Room 14 (public)
(i)   To consider a substantive motion for the adjournment of the Committee on Defence in Scotland.
(ii)   Half-Hour Adjournment: Mr Alan Reid MP (EU legislation on maritime transport services within member states).
2Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Contracting Out (Local Education Authority Functions) (England) Order 2002.


3Deregulation and Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 20 (private)
4Transport, Local Government and the Regions9.30 a.m.Room 15 (private)
5Transport, Local Government and the Regions: Urban Affairs Sub-CommitteeImmediately after the Meeting of the Main Committee 10.00 a.m.Room 15 (private)

Subject: The Need for a New European Regeneration Framework.
Witnesses: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; New East Manchester Urban Regeneration Company and Sheffield One Urban Regeneration Company (at 10.30 a.m.); English Heritage and English Partnerships (at 11.00 a.m.); Regional Development Agencies, Advantage West Midlands, Yorkshire Forward, South West RDA (at 11.25 a.m.).
6Trade and Industry10.00 a.m.

10.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: UK Productivity and Competitiveness.
Witnesses: The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA).
7Welsh Affairs10.00 a.m.

10.40 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Broadband Cabling in Wales.
Witnesses: NTL.
8Home Affairs10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Police Reform Bill.
Witnesses: Mr John Wadham, Director and Mark Littlewood, Campaigns Director, Liberty.
9Culture, Media and Sport10.15 a.m.

10.45 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Communications.
Witnesses: National Consumer Council; Scottish Media Group (at 11.30 a.m.), News Internationl plc (at 12.15 p.m.).
10Standards and Privileges10.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
11Procedure4.40 p.m.
4.45 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Parliamentary Questions and Electronic Tabling of Questions and Motions.
Witnesses: Mr Tam Dalyell MP, Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody MP, Mr Mark Prisk MP, Mr Lawrie Quinn MP, and Mr John Taylor MP.
12Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the Meeting of the Joint Committee on Statutory InstrumentsRoom 7 (private)


13Statutory 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 4th March for answer today++

1 John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes he plans to make to the special voucher scheme.
( 40868 )
2 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when he will publish a consultation paper on proposals to amend the law in relation to payments to witnesses and pre-trial publicity.
( 40869 )
3 Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what action is being taken in respect of private sewers.
( 40937 )
4 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what further plans he has to publicise the rule changes to inherited SERPS.
( 40938 )
5 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the time taken to reply to written questions tabled for answer by his Department.
( 41128 )
6 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made to review and identify further areas under the Urban Waste Water Treatment (England and Wales) Regulations 1994; and if she will make a statement.
( 41242 )


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