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Order of Business 20 November 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

                        NOTICE OF MOTION FOR AN UNOPPOSED RETURN        [No debate]

      The Chairman of Ways and Means
        SESSIONAL RETURNS: Returns for Session 2001-02 of information and statistics relating to—

No debate.

Oral Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):    When he will make a statement about the resources necessary to deliver the decent homes standard.
( 81538 )
*2 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    What action his Department is taking to help victims of domestic violence.
( 81539 )
*3 Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    If he plans to repeal the restrictions on the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities.
( 81540 )
*4 Dr John Pugh (Southport):    What plans he has to increase the resources and funding of the Local Government Commission.
( 81541 )
*5 Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):    When he expects to consult the English regions to determine which ones will be first to hold referendums on Regional Government.
( 81542 )
*6 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    What discussions he has had with the Confederation of British Industry on regional assemblies.
( 81543 )
*7 Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    If he will make a statement on the role of parish and town councils in his planned revisions to the planning system.
( 81544 )
*8 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What representations he has received had about the Government's proposal to establish a Single Equality Commission.
( 81545 )
*9 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    If he will make a statement on his policy on assessing local readiness for referendums on regional elected assemblies.
( 81546 )
*10 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on the siting of mobile phone masts.
( 81547 )
*11 Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    What discussions he had with local authorities in England and Wales prior to the fire-fighters' strike as regards local emergency contingency plans.
( 81548 )
*12 Hugh Bayley (City of York):    What additional help will be given to cities and towns in the north of England which have an acute shortage of affordable housing.
( 81549 )
*13 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    When his Department will announce the level of floors to grant changes as a result of the Government consultation reviewing the formula grant distribution system.
( 81551 )
*14 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    How many new affordable housing units were built in rural areas in each of the last five years.
( 81552 )
*15 Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    If he will make a statement on his plans to introduce legislation to improve housing standards and standards of management of private rented accommodation.
( 81553 )
*16 John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland):    If he will make a statement on climate change talks he has held since July.
( 81556 )
*17 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What initiatives he intends to take to reduce the number of empty homes in England.
( 81557 )
*18 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    If he will make a statement on the work programme of the Social Exclusion Unit.
( 81558 )
*19 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    What estimate he has made of the cost of establishing an elected North West Regional Assembly.
( 81559 )
*20 Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):    What plans his Department has to grant local authorities more power to raise taxation.
( 81560 )
*21 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    How many new affordable homes were built in the United Kingdom in the past 12 months.
( 81561 )
*22 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make a statement on the future programme of the British-Irish Council.
( 81562 )
*23 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What Boundary Commission reviews are planned ahead of the referendums on regional assemblies.
( 81565 )
*24 Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish):    If he will make a statement about use of Census data in setting next year's council budgets.
( 81566 )
*25 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    What progress has been made in solving the firefighters' dispute.
( 81567 )

At 3.00 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80903 )
*Q2 Lady Hermon (North Down):    What plans he has to visit Northern Ireland.
( 80904 )
*Q3 Angus Robertson (Moray):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80905 )
*Q4 Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80906 )
*Q5 Hugh Bayley (City of York):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80907 )
*Q6 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80908 )
*Q7 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80909 )
*Q8 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80910 )
*Q9 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80911 )
*Q10 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80912 )
*Q11 Paul Clark (Gillingham):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80913 )
*Q12 Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80914 )
*Q13 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on the theft of sensitive documents appertaining to Northern Ireland from police and government departments.
( 80915 )
*Q14 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80916 )
*Q15 Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80917 )
*Q16 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80918 )
*Q17 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80919 )
*Q18 Andy Burnham (Leigh):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80920 )
*Q19 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80921 )
*Q20 Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 20th November.
( 80922 )

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

Main Business

+  1  

QUEEN'S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): Adjourned Debate on Question (13th November).        [Until 10.00 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 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 Foulkes).

      Mr Alex Salmond
      Mr Elfyn Llwyd
      Mr Michael Weir
      Mr Simon Thomas
      Pete Wishart
      Hywel Williams
            As an Amendment to the Address, at end add—
        `But humbly regret that the Gracious Speech contains no proposals to help the struggling agriculture, manufacturing, fishing and North Sea industries; fails to provide any further transfer of powers to Wales and Scotland; and does not provide an adequate platform for the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales to tackle the pressing issues and problems of these nations.'.

      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr James Paice
      Mr Dominic Grieve [R]
      Mr Humfrey Malins [R]
      Mr Nick Hawkins [R]
            As an Amendment to the Address, at end add—
        `Welcome measures in the Gracious Speech to improve criminal justice, despite the failure of the Government's previous 12 such Acts to deliver improvement; further welcome measures to reform the excessively bureaucratic legislation previously introduced to curb anti-social behaviour, and other measures, proposed by Her Majesty's Official Opposition, to protect the public from sex offenders; but deplore proposals within the European Arrest Warrant that could lead to the arrest of people in Britain for actions which are not crimes in Britain, or to the deportation of British people for trial in judicial systems where there is no presumption of innocence; will study with concern any proposals for the restriction of the double jeopardy" rule, or the introduction of past convictions into court proceedings; and regret the failure of the Government to address the central issues of crime today, such as the lack of true neighbourhood policing, the falling rates of detection and the lack of a coherent strategy to lift young people off the conveyor belt to crime.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Mr A. J. Beith
      Simon Hughes
      Matthew Taylor
      Mr Phil Willis
      Dr Evan Harris
 Norman Baker   Mr Andrew Stunell   
            As an Amendment to the Address, at end add—
        `But humbly regret that the Gracious Speech distracts from sound policies which deal effectively with crime and its causes by proposing further untried quick fixes and measures which threaten civil liberties and the rights of defendants; believe that Government proposals for health and social care unfairly punish social services for Government failure, fail to provide proper democratically accountable decentralisation and create inequitable distinctions in funding between foundation hospitals and others; regret the lack of provision for free personal care for elderly and disabled people and the failure to tackle the pension crisis; note that the Government has failed to put the environment at the heart of its legislative agenda and address the crisis in the public transport system; note the 7 per cent. real terms reduction in funding per student by Government since 1997, and the failure to rule out top-up fees, allow the Welsh Assembly to operate its own student funding arrangements for Wales or re-open the Tomlinson Inquiry into A Level grade fixing; regret the continued failure of the Government to provide for a referendum on a fair voting system for the House of Commons; and regret the absence of the promised Bill to protect the Civil Service from politicisation and of Government measures to tackle the steep inequalities which continue to afflict the most disadvantaged members in society.'.

        Proposed subject for debate: Home Affairs.

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  2  

POLICE        [No debate]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That the draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Amendment) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 23rd October, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

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

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Renewable energy in urban areas (Dr Alan Whitehead).

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



1European Standing Committee B10.30 a.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider European Union Document No. 12839/02 Addenda 1-13: European strategy paper on enlargement and reports on progress by applicant countries.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2002.


3Catering9.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
4Education and Skills9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Secondary Education: Diversity of Provision.
Witnesses: Professor Stephen Gorard, Professor Richard Pring and Professor James Tooley.
5Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Departmental Annual Report and Estimates 2002.
Witnesses: Lord Rooker, Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Regeneration; Officials of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (at approximately 11.00 am).
6Defence10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Strategic Defence Review New Chapter.
Witness: Colonel (retired) Michael Taylor CBE TD, DL, Chairman, Colonel (retired) Sir David Trippier RD DL and Colonel (retired) Richard Putnam CBE TD DL from The Council of Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations; Mr John Bridgeman, National Employers Advisory Board for the Reserves of the Armed Forces (at approximately 11.45 a.m.).
7Scottish Affairs10.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
Subject: Futureskills Scotland.
Witness: Scottish Enterprise.
8European Scrutiny10.30 a.m.

10.40 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Convention on the Future of Europe.
Witnesses: Rt Hon. Peter Hain MP, Government Representative to the Convention on the Future of Europe.
9Work and Pensions10.30 a.m.

10.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Future of UK Pensions.
Witnesses: Professor Blake, Pensions Institute, Professor Disney, University of Nottingham, Ms Alison O'Connell, Pensions Policy Institute, and Mr Peter Robinson, Senior Economist, Institute for Public Policy Research.
10Northern Ireland Affairs3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Control of Firearms in Northern Ireland and the Draft Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2002.
Witnesses: Commissioner James Hart, Association of Chief Police Officers; Gun Control Network; Mr Hugh Orde, Chief Constable, and Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland, Operations Department, Police Service Northern Ireland; Mr David Penn, Chairman of the Firearms Consultative Committee.
11Transport3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: Multi-Modal Studies.
Witnesses: Freight Transport Association and Rail Freight Group; M25 and West Midlands Area study consultant teams (at approximately 4.30 p.m.); M1 (East Midlands), South East Manchester and M6 study consultant teams (at approximately 5.00 p.m.); South East England Regional Assembly and West Midlands Local Government Association (at approximately 5.30 p.m.)
12Environmental Audit4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: WSSD 2002: Turning Rhetoric into Reality.
Witnesses: Mr Robert Lowson, Director, Environment Protection Strategy, Caroline Smith, Joint Head of the Sustainable Development Unit, and Mr Andrew Randall, Policy Advisor, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
13Public Accounts4.00 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
14Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Towards a Non-Carbon Fuel Economy: Research, Development and Demonstration.
Witnesses: Distribution network operators; National Grid and Ofgem; construction companies; BP and Shell.
15Selection4.15 p.m.Room 13 (private)
16Accommodation and Works4.30 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
17Treasury: Sub-Committee4.45 p.m.

5.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Royal Mint Annual Report 2001-02.
Witnesses: Officials from the Royal Mint; Ms Ruth Kelly MP, Financial Secretary, HM Treasury (at approximately 5.45 p.m.).

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1      Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Regulatory impact assessments published during the latest six-month period.
2      Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Publication of National Policing Plan 2003-06.
3      Secretary of State for Health:      Publication of Cross-Cutting Review on Health Inequalities.
4      Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Transfer of responsibility for international policing in Bosnia and Hercegovina.
5      Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Regional development agencies' output levels.
6      Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of the London Borough of Islington.
7      Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Extending the pet travel scheme to USA and Canada.
8      Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Publication of the Strategy Unit Report on Risk.


Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 19th November for answer today++

1 Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of individuals with dangerous severe personality disorder in (a) prison and (b) the general population; and what assessment he has made of trends in the number of people with DSPD.
( 82426 )
2 Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many murders have been committed by persons with mental disorders in the community but not taking their medicine in the periods (a) 1990 to 1993, (b) 1993 to 1997, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 2000 to 2002.
( 82806 )


Private Members' Bills

     The Speaker has appointed 10.00 a.m. and Committee Room 10 as the time and place for holding the Ballot for Private Members' Bills on Thursday 21st November.


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