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Order of Business 25 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
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
*1 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    How many employees pay into a final salary pension scheme.
( 81269 )
*2 Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    What steps he is taking to improve the service of the telephone complaint lines for social security clients.
( 81270 )
*3 Linda Perham (Ilford North):    What representations he has received regarding incapacity benefit assessments carried out by SchlumbergerSema.
( 81271 )
*4 Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    What assessment he has made of the most recent employment statistics.
( 81272 )
*5 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    What steps the Government is taking to encourage each individual to plan for independence in retirement.
( 81273 )
*6 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What action he plans to take to assist older people living below the official poverty line.
( 81274 )
*7 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    If he will make a statement on the future of final salary pension schemes.
( 81275 )
*8 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    What plans he has to improve health and safety in the workplace.
( 81276 )
*9 Clive Efford (Eltham):    If he will help unemployed people with their travel-to-work costs when they first obtain a job.
( 81277 )
*10 Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    What targets the Government have set for increasing the proportion of pensioners' incomes that come from the state.
( 81278 )
*11 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the take-up of stakeholders pensions since their inception.
( 81279 )
*12 Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    If he will make a statement on housing benefit reform.
( 81280 )
*13 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What plans he has to improve the take-up of benefits for pensioners.
( 81281 )
*14 Dr John Pugh (Southport):    What plans his Departments has to encourage flexible retirement.
( 81282 )
*15 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will make a statement on the need for pension reform.
( 81283 )
*16 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    What plans he has to help unemployed people with travel-to-work arrangements.
( 81284 )
*17 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    What steps his Department is taking to support employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
( 81286 )
*18 Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):    What his targets are for the reduction of household poverty.
( 81287 )
*19 Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    What assessment he has made of the most recent unemployment figures.
( 81288 )
*20 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement concerning the work of his Department in assisting the Selby coalfield taskforce.
( 81289 )
*21 Phil Sawford (Kettering):    What the change has been in the level of unemployment in the Kettering constituency since May 1997.
( 81290 )
*22 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    What impact the New Deal for 25 plus has had on levels of unemployment.
( 81291 )
*23 Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    What assessment he has made of recent unemployment statistics for the United Kingdom in comparison with other EU countries.
( 81292 )
*24 Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    What his targets are for the reduction of benefit fraud.
( 81293 )
*25 Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    If he will bring forward proposals to extend child care provision for those in work.
( 81294 )
*26 Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    What assessment he has made of user reaction to Jobcentre Plus.
( 81295 )
*27 Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    What steps he is taking to reduce household poverty.
( 81296 )
*28 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    What impact on passported benefits the move from severe disablement allowance to incapacity benefit has had on the standard of living of young disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
( 81297 )
*29 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    What discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence to discuss the loss of jobs following the announcement in July of the proposed closure of several experimental air bases; and if he will make a statement.
( 81298 )
*30 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    If he will take steps to enhance IT expertise for Job Centre staff.
( 81299 )
*31 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    What the change in the level of unemployment in the Workington constituency has been since 1997.
( 81300 )
*32 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the protection awarded to final salary scheme pensioners when companies are wound up.
( 81301 )
*33 Angus Robertson (Moray):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of the universal bank account scheme on pensioners living in rural communities.
( 81303 )
*34 John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland):    What the change is in the level of unemployment in the Glasgow Anniesland constituency since May 1997.
( 81304 )
*35 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    What measures he is taking to reduce the number of households in poverty.
( 81305 )
*36 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the Action for Jobs programme.
( 81306 )
*37 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    If he will make a statement about the number of fatalities in the construction industry in the last year for which figures are available.
( 81307 )
*38 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What action he is taking to end age discrimination in employers' recruitment practices.
( 81308 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

+  1  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Prescott

        Bill to make provision about finance, and other provision, in connection with local and certain other authorities; to provide for changing the dates of local elections in 2004; to amend the Audit Commission Act 1998; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business

+  2  

UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1441        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

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

        That this House supports UNSCR 1441 as unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council; agrees that the Government of Iraq must comply fully with all provisions of the Resolution; and agrees that, if it fails to do so, the Security Council should meet in order to consider the situation and the need for full compliance.

      As Amendments to the Prime Minister's proposed Motion (UN Security Council Resolution 1441):

John McDonnell
Jeremy Corbyn
Alan Simpson
Llew Smith
Mr Neil Gerrard
Alice Mahon

John Cryer
Paul Flynn
Mr Terry Lewis
Mr Robert N. Wareing
Harry Cohen
Mr Michael Clapham

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `notes UNSCR 1441 as unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council; considers that this Resolution does not confer the authority for any country or coalition of countries to launch a war against Iraq; and calls upon the Government of the United Kingdom to work to secure a peaceful settlement to the current situation in the Middle East, ensuring the fullest authority of Parliament and the United Nations at each stage of this peace process.'.

    Mr Iain Duncan Smith
    Mr Michael Ancram
    Mr Bernard Jenkin
    Mr Alan Duncan
    Mr Gerald Howarth
    David Maclean

        Line      2,      after `Council;', insert `endorses the terms of the Resolution that this is the final opportunity" for Iraq to comply and that continued violation of its obligations will result in Iraq facing serious consequences;'.

    Mr Tam Dalyell
    Ms Diane Abbott
    Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews
    Alice Mahon
    Lynne Jones
    Alan Simpson

Mr Michael Clapham
Mr George Galloway
Mr Terry Lewis
Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Harold Best
Paul Flynn
Mr Robert N. Wareing
Harry Cohen

        Line      4,      at end add `and declines to support military action by the USA against Iraq without the explicit authority of this House, given in advance, for engagement by British forces.'.

    Mr Graham Allen
    Tony Wright
    Dr Ian Gibson
    Derek Wyatt
    David Taylor
    Ian Lucas

Lynne Jones
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr Harold Best
Frank Cook
Mr David Drew
Dr Desmond Turner
Julia Drown
Jane Griffiths
Mr Hilton Dawson
Mr Roger Berry

        Line      4,      at end add—

    `Provided that—

    (1)   Parliament shall have the opportunity to consider and approve any decision by Her Majesty's Ministers to commit the United Kingdom's armed forces to hostilities in Iraq—

      (a)   before such a commitment is made by Her Majesty's Government, where circumstances permit, or

      (b)   where circumstances do not permit, no later than 20 days after deployment; and

    (2)   for this purpose—

      (a)   the Prime Minister shall present a report to Parliament setting out—

      (i)   the circumstances necessitating the commitment of the armedforces;

      (ii)   the extent of the commitment, the mandate to be given to the armed forces, and the chain of command in circumstances where joint participation with other nations is anticipated; and

      (iii)   the current or anticipated scope and duration of the hostilities.'.

    Mr Charles Kennedy
    Mr A. J. Beith
    Mr Menzies Campbell
    Mr Paul Keetch
    Dr Jenny Tonge
    Mr Andrew Stunell

Mr Paul Marsden
Sir Robert Smith
Annette Brooke
Mr Michael Moore
Mr David Rendel
Mr Phil Willis
Andrew George
Steve Webb
Mr John Burnett
Lembit O­pik
Mr Adrian Sanders
Lynne Jones
Brian Cotter
Mr David Chidgey
Mr Richard Allan
Norman Lamb
Mr Mark Oaten
Mr Paul Tyler
Mr Don Foster
Dr Vincent Cable
Dr Evan Harris
Mr Alan Reid
Paul Holmes
Norman Baker
Mr David Heath
Sue Doughty
Mrs Patsy Calton
Mr David Laws
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Edward Davey
Mr Roger Williams
Tom BrakeJohn Barrett
Bob Russell

        Line      4,      at end add `and believes that any decision that Iraq is in material breach of Resolution 1441 is for the UN Security Council as a whole to determine and that no military action to enforce Resolution 1441 should be taken against Iraq without a mandate from the UN Security Council; and further believes that no British forces should be committed to any such military action against Iraq without a debate in this House and a substantive motion in favour.'.

    Mr Elfyn Llwyd
    Mr Alex Salmond
    Angus Robertson
    Mr Simon Thomas
    Pete Wishart
    Hywel Williams


    Line      4,      at end add `and further agrees that a specific mandate for military action against Iraq in the form of a further United Nations Security Council Resolution is required before any commitment of UK forces.'.

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  3  NORTHERN IRELAND        [No debate]
Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 24th October, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  4  CUSTOMS AND EXCISE        [No debate]
Ruth Kelly

        That the Excise Duties (Personal Reliefs) (Revocation) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2691), dated 28th October, a copy of which was laid before this House on 29th October, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

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

+  5  PRISONS        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Blunkett

        That the draft Release of Short-Term Prisoners on Licence (Amendment of Requisite Period) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 29th October, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

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

+  6  REGULATORY REFORM        [No debate]

Ms Secretary Hewitt

        That the draft Regulatory Reform (Removal of 20 Member Limit in Partnerships etc.) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 24th October, in the last Session of Parliament, be approved.

      The Regulatory Reform Committee has reported on the draft Order in its Fourteenth Report, Session 2001-02, HC 1303, and on the proposal for the Order in its Twelfth Report, Session 2001—02, HC 1102.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 18(1)(a)).

+  7  

COUNTRIES        [No debate]

Mr Denis MacShane

        That this House takes note of European Union document No. 12839/02, the Commission Strategy Paper and Report on progress towards accession by each of the candidate countries with Addenda 1 to 13, the 2002 Regular Reports on progress by individual candidate countries; welcomes the Government's continuing commitment to European Union enlargement; and supports the Government's aim that the European Union complete negotiations with 10 candidates by the end of this year, so that they can participate in the European Parliament elections in 2004 as Member States.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Gibraltar (Andrew Rosindell).

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



1Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 2002


2International Development2.45 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
Subjects: (i) Afghanistan: the transition from humanitarian relief to reconstruction and development assistance, (ii) The humanitarian crisis in southern Africa.
Witnesses: (i) Dr Mukesh Kapila, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, (UNAMA); (ii) Ms Judith Lewis, Regional Director for Southern Africa, World Food Programme (WFP).
3Education and Skills3.45 p.m.

4.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Individual Learning Accounts and the National Skills Strategy.
Witness: Mr Ivan Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Adult Skills, Department for Education and Skills.
4Public Accounts4.00 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Tackling pensioner poverty: encouraging take-up of entitlements.
Witnesses: Sir Richard Mottram KCB, Permanent Secretary, and Ms Alexis Cleveland, Chief Executive, Pensions Service, Department for Work and Pensions.

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1      Secretary of State for Health:      Fourth Report of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on developments in human genetics and embryology.
2      Minister for the Armed Forces:      Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme.
3      Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      DARD modernisation.
4      Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Progress on the Review of policing arrangements in Northern Ireland.
5      Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Revision to Ministerial authorisation under section 19D of the Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended).

Written Question tabled on Monday 25th November for answer today++
1 Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has in relation to tariff-setting arrangements for those convicted of murder.


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