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Order of Business 6 May 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers

Private Business

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

Consideration of Bill as amended

Mersey Tunnels Bill. (By Order.)

      Mr Ben Chapman
      Stephen Hesford
      Mr Andrew Miller
        On Consideration of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, to move, That the Bill be considered upon this day six months.

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the effect of EU tariffs on the Ukraine.
( 111594 )
*2 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the role of Iraqi opposition leaders in the Iraq crisis.
( 111595 )
*3 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    If he will make a statement on progress with the road map for peace between Israel and Palestine.
( 111596 )
*4 Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    What representations he has made to the Hong Kong Government about Article 23 of the Basic Law.
( 111597 )
*5 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    What progress has been achieved with the road map for the Middle East; and if he will make a statement.
( 111598 )
*6 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the implications for security in Africa of UK policy towards the regime in Zimbabwe.
( 111599 )
*7 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the Coalition's plans for elections in Iraq.
( 111600 )
*8 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    If he will make a statement concerning the United Kingdom's bilateral relations with South Africa.
( 111601 )
*9 John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland):    If he will make a statement on the political situation in Rwanda.
( 111602 )
*10 Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Zimbabwe.
( 111603 )
*11 Helen Southworth (Warrington South):    If he will make a statement on progress on the Middle East road map.
( 111604 )
*12 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What plans he has to meet the new Palestinian Prime Minister to discuss the Middle East peace process; and if he will make a statement.
( 111605 )
*13 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    What plans he has to meet representatives of Arab countries to discuss the road map for peace in the Middle East; and if he will make a statement.
( 111606 )
*14 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What steps the Government is taking to press the Nigerian government to prevent the stoning to death of Amiha Lawal for adultery.
( 111607 )
*15 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    If he will make a statement on the Government's attempts to secure a Middle East peace settlement.
( 111608 )
*16 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What his policy is on the role of the UN in building international recognition for political developments in the Middle East.
( 111609 )
*17 Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):    What recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States of America on safeguarding Iraq's archaeological heritage in the course of war.
( 111610 )
*18 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    What steps he is taking to encourage reform of the Iraqi criminal justice system in line with international human rights standards.
( 111611 )
*19 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):    What discussions he has had with the US administration on progress towards a two state solution for the Israeli and Palestinian people.
( 111612 )
*20 Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    What steps his Department is taking to encourage reform of the Iraqi criminal justice system in line with international human rights standards.
( 111618 )
*21 Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    What plans he has to visit North Korea to discuss their nuclear weapon programme.
( 111613 )
*22 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    What recent discussions he has held with representatives of the governments of Pakistan and India on monitoring by the United Nations of alleged border incursions and terrorism.
( 111615 )
*23 Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):    What recent discussions he has held on reform of UN processes for dealing with states where major human rights abuses occur.
( 111616 )
*24 Jim Knight (South Dorset):    What recent discussions he has had with the government of Iran concerning the Middle East peace process.
( 111617 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Debra Shipley
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prevent food and drink advertising during pre-school children's television programmes and related scheduling.

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

Main Business

+  2  

FINANCE BILL:      Second Reading.

[Until any hour]

      Mr Alex Salmond
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Finance Bill on the grounds that it contains no proposals for amending the fiscal regime that will address its adverse effects on the Scottish economy, particularly as regards support for indigenous industries, and the widening disparity between the level of economic growth in Scotland and in the United Kingdom as a whole.

      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Michael Howard [R]
      Mr Howard Flight [R]
      Mr Stephen O'Brien
      Mr Mark Prisk
      David Maclean
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Finance Bill because the provisions contained in its two volumes of 447 pages increase the burden of taxation on the economy, fail to take account of the effects of inflation and will lead to a further decline in the competitiveness and relative attractiveness of the UK as a location for investment.

        Minutes of Evidence from the Treasury Committee, Session 2002-03, on the 2003 Budget, HC 652-i to -iii, are relevant.

Debate may continue until any hour.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Dr John Reid
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Finance Bill:


        1.—(1)   Clauses 1, 4, 5, 9, 14, 22, 42, 56, 57, 124, 130 to 135, 138, 139, 148 and 184 and Schedules 5, 6, 19, 21, 22 and 25, and any new Clauses and Schedules tabled by Friday 9th May 2003 relating to excise duty on spirits or R&D tax credits for oil exploration, shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

        (2)   The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

        2.   Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in two days.

        3.—(1)   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 12th June 2003.

        (2)   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

        4.   When the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if it had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee.

        Other proceedings

        5.   Any other proceedings on the Bill may be programmed.

To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002).



[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr Andrew Mitchell be discharged from the Work and Pensions Committee and Mr Nigel Waterson be added to the Committee.

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

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Asthma (Mr David Chaytor).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 29th October 2002).



1Standing Committee C4.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the National Lottery (Funding of Endowments) Bill.
2Standing Committee D4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Licensing Bill [Lords].
3Standing Committee G10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
To consider the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill.
4First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 120) (HC 578) on grants for local authorities classed as excellent" under the comprehensive performance assessment framework.


5Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
6Health: Maternity Services Sub-Committee2.00 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
7Culture, Media and Sport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: British Film Industry.
Witnesses: Directors Guild of Great Britain; Gurinder Chadha (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); New Producers Alliance (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
8Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Broadband in Rural Areas Sub-Committee3.00 p.m.

3.05 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Broadband in Rural Areas.
Witnesses: Broadband Stakeholder Group; Mr David Edmonds, Director General of Telecommunications, Office of Telecommunications (Oftel).
9Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS).
Witnesses: NAGALRO; Association of Lawyers for Children and Law Society (Children Law Sub-committee) (at approximately 4.50 p.m.); CAFCASS Managers Association (at approximately 5.25 p.m.).
10Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development, Trade and Industry (Quadripartite Committee)4.00 p.m.Room 6 (private)
11Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meetingRoom 7 (private)
12Foreign Affairs7.00 p.m.Room 15 (private)


13Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Lorry Road-User Charge Second Progress report.
2Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Publication of Oversight Commissioner's Report.
3Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Business Development Service, Land Registers NI, and NI Statistics and Research.
4Secretary of State for Education and Skills:      Schools Budgets 2003-04.
5Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Government response to the Strategy Unit Report `Waste Not, Want Not'.
6Secretary of State for International Development:      UNESCO.
7Deputy Prime Minister:      Home Improvement Agency development and reform.
8Deputy Prime Minister:      Combination of Local, European and Greater London Authority Elections in 2004: Response to consultation.


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