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Order of Business 3 December 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 Health
*1 Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):    What estimate he has made of legal costs to the NHS incurred by patients taking legal action in the last five years.
( 82616 )
*2 Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):    If he will make a statement on levels of funding for children's hospices.
( 82617 )
*3 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    What discussions he has had about funding for the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Care Trust.
( 82618 )
*4 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    If he will make a statement on the incidence of hospital-acquired infections in the last 12 months.
( 82619 )
*5 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on further measures he proposes to combat smoking and tobacco use.
( 82620 )
*6 John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross):    When he next plans to meet the Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency to discuss the Meat Hygiene Service.
( 82621 )
*7 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    What assessment he has made of the Buteyko method of asthma management.
( 82622 )
*8 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    If he will make a statement on funding for Eastbourne District General Hospital in 2002-03.
( 82624 )
*9 Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    What recent assessment he has made of the health of prisoners.
( 82625 )
*10 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    If he will make a statement on access to primary care for disabled people.
( 82626 )
*11 Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    If he will make a statement on the financial and legal relationship between the Department of Health and foundation hospital trusts.
( 82627 )
*12 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the amount spent on agency and bank nurses over the Christmas period 2001.
( 82628 )
*13 Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    Whether general practitioner vacancies have gone up since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
( 82629 )
*14 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on progress towards meeting his targets on cancer care.
( 82630 )
*15 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What proposals he has to review the scale of payment made to dentists undertaking NHS work.
( 82631 )
*16 Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    If he will make a statement on integration of the information technology system in the NHS.
( 82632 )
*17 Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    What proportion of adults are registered with an NHS dentist.
( 82633 )
*18 Steve Webb (Northavon):    What assessment he has made of the adequacy of health provision, with particular reference to mental health, for inmates of HMP Eastwood Park.
( 82634 )
*19 Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    If he will make a statement on borrowing mechanisms for foundation hospitals.
( 82635 )
*20 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What steps he is taking to consult patients' representatives on the delivery of primary care.
( 82636 )
*21 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    Whether the provision of palliative care is a core service.
( 82637 )
*22 Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    If he will increase financial support for services for children with mental health problems and their families.
( 82638 )
*23 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    If he will review the regulation governing the accreditation of osteopaths.
( 82639 )
*24 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    If he will make a statement on the implementation of the Carson Report.
( 82640 )
*25 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the establishment of NICE on the variations in prescription practice between different areas.
( 82641 )
*26 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What the level of delayed discharges was in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England on (i) 1st April 1997 and (ii) 1st April 2002.
( 82642 )
*27 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    What measures he is taking to improve dental health in those areas where there is the greatest need for improvement.
( 82643 )
*28 Stephen Hesford (Wirral West):    What progress has been made in the production, formulation and presentation of a new mental health bill.
( 82644 )
*29 Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    When he will publish the prospectus for Foundation Hospital status bids.
( 82645 )
*30 Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    What representations he has received concerning the future care of heart and lung transplant patients from the Sheffield area.
( 82646 )
*31 Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    If he will make a statement on the future funding of PHLS laboratories located in district hospitals.
( 82647 )
*32 Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    What action the Government is taking to tackle child obesity.
( 82648 )
*33 Hugh Bayley (City of York):    What steps his Department is taking to stimulate an increase in the number of nursing and residential care home beds and the availability of domiciliary care services in York.
( 82649 )
*34 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What he plans to do to prevent early deaths from heart disease in the areas where this is most common.
( 82650 )
*35 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If he will make a statement on the availability of smallpox vaccine.
( 82651 )
*36 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    If he will make a statement on his policy on the use of private health facilities by the NHS.
( 82652 )
*37 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What steps he will take to reduce the number of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
( 82653 )
*38 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):    If he will make a statement on measures to tackle obesity amongst young people.
( 82654 )
*39 Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):    If he will make a statement on acrylamide.
( 82655 )

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

        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

+  1  

HUNTING        [No debate]

Secretary Margaret Beckett

        Bill to make provision about hunting wild mammals with dogs; to prohibit hare coursing; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business

+  2  

COMMUNICATIONS BILL:      Second Reading.        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Simon Thomas
Pete Wishart
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Alex Salmond

        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Communications Bill because it fails to ensure the representation of Wales and Scotland on the Office of Communications (OFCOM); does not address the needs of people with disabilities adequately; does not regulate sufficiently cross-media ownership; does not protect against a monopoly of ownership; fails to ensure access for all to digital broadcasting and broadband communications; and further weakens democratic scrutiny and regulation of industries which are vital to citizenship.

        The Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Bill, Session 2001-02, HL 169-I and HC 876-I, and the Government Response thereto, Cm 5646, are relevant.

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  3  


Mr Robin Cook
Secretary Tessa Jowell

        That the following provisions shall apply to the Communications Bill—


        (1)   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

        (2)   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 6th February 2003.

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

Consideration and Third Reading

        (4)   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

        (5)   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

        (6)   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

        (7)   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

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

+  4  

COMMUNICATIONS BILL [MONEY]: Queen's recommendation signified.        [No debate]

Ruth Kelly

        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Communications Bill (the Act"), it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

        (1)   any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State—

      (a)   for or in connection with the carrying out of any of his functions under the Act; or

      (b)   in the making of payments to OFCOM in respect of the establishment, installation or use by the Crown of stations or apparatus for wireless telegraphy; and

        (2)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which are payable out of money so provided under any other Act.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

+  5  


Ruth Kelly

        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Communications Bill (the Act"), it is expedient to authorise—

        (1)   provisions by virtue of which persons are or may be required to pay sums to the Office of Communications in respect of allocations of telephone numbers;

        (2)   provisions by virtue of which holders of licences granted under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 or of grants of recognised spectrum access are or may be required to pay sums to the Office of Communications in connection with such licences or grants;

        (3)   provisions by virtue of which holders of licences granted under the Broadcasting Act 1990 or the Broadcasting Act 1996 are or may be required to pay sums to the Office of Communications in connection with such licences;

        (4)   provisions by virtue of which holders of television licences granted under the Act are or may be required to pay sums to the British Broadcasting Corporation;

        (5)   provisions by virtue of which fees are chargeable under the Enterprise Act 2002;

        (6)   any incidental charges to tax which may arise from amendments made by the Act to references to public telecommunication systems or telecommunication apparatus in enactments relating to income tax; and

        (7)   the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

At 10.00 p.m.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE        [No debate]

The Prime Minister

        That at this day's sitting the Motion relating to Estimates, 2001-02 in the name of Ruth Kelly may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

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

+  6  

ESTIMATES, 2001-02        [Until any hour]

Ruth Kelly

        That the limits on non-operating appropriations in aid set for the purposes of section 2 of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 for the year that ended on 31st March 2002 be modified in accordance with HC 121.

A Bill is to be brought in upon the above Motion, if it is agreed to by the House.
Debate may continue until any hour, if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

+  7  


Mr Secretary Prescott

        That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 107) (HC60) on Special Grant for Activities Undertaken by Beacon Councils, which was laid before this House on 14th November, be approved.

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

+  8  

NORTHERN IRELAND        [No debate]

Mr Secretary Murphy

        That the draft Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, which was laid before this House on 21st November, be approved.

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

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Famine in Ethiopia (Mr Laurence Robertson).

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



1Standing Committee A10.30 a.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
To consider the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation10.30 a.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft International Development Association (Thirteenth Replenishment) Order 2002.
3Eleventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation10.30 a.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002.
4Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Statutory Powers to Stop and Search) Order 2002.


5Trade and Industry9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Royal Mail.
Witnesses: Royal Mail Group plc; PostWatch (at approximately 11.00 a.m.); National Federation of Sub-Postmasters (at approximately 11.30 a.m.); Amicus MSF and Communication Workers Union (at approximately 12 noon).
6Foreign Affairs10.00 a.m.Room 16 (private)
7Treasury10.00 a.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
8Home Affairs10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: The Work of the Youth Justice Board.
Witnesses: Lord Warner of Brockley, Chairman, and Mr Mark Perfect, Chief Executive, Youth Justice Board.
9International Development10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
Subject: The humanitarian crisis in southern Africa.
Witnesses: Dr Stephen Devereux; Christian Aid and Save the Children Fund UK (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
10Culture, Media and Sport10.30 a.m.Room 7 (private)
11Standards and Privileges10.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
12Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Mid-Term Review of the CAP Sub-Committee4.15 p.m.

4.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Mid-term Review of the CAP.
Witness: Mr Joe Walsh TD, Minister for Agriculture and Food, Government of the Republic of Ireland.
13Foreign Affairs4.30 p.m.Room 16 (private)
14Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI MeetingRoom 7 (private)


15Statutory 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

1Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Allocation of the Civil Defence Grant for 2003-04.
2Secretary of State for Defence:      Repair of HMS Nottingham.
3Secretary of State for Defence:      Taxation of service pensions.
4Secretary of State for Transport:      Government response to the Motorists' Forum Report on Car Sharing and Car Clubs.
5Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Public service pensions.
6Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Government's updated drug strategy.
7Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      New radio ownership scheme.
8Deputy Prime Minister:      Performance of the armed forces over the 8-day period of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union.
9Prime Minister:      Annual report for 2001-02 of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner appointed under section 91(1)(a) of the Police Act 1997.
10Deputy Prime Minister:      Bellwin Scheme for South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Written Question tabled on Monday 2nd December for answer today++

1 Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for Tooting of 25th November, Official Report, column 64W, when information relating to vehicle seizures by Customs and Excise in 2001-02 will be published.

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