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Order of Business 14 January 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 11.30 a.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What recent discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales in relation to NHS dentistry.
( 90189 )
*2 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on the role of specialist stroke units at NHS acute hospitals.
( 90190 )
*3 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    If he will make a statement on progress on reducing waiting lists and times in the NHS.
( 90191 )
*4 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    If he intends to ensure that foundation hospitals are treated equally with non-foundation hospitals when strategic health authorities are considering hospital re-organisation.
( 90192 )
*5 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement about the reform of consultant contracts.
( 90193 )
*6 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    What discussions he has had with Primary Care Trusts regarding improved access to NHS dental services.
( 90194 )
*7 Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    What his estimate is of the waiting time for MRI scans in the Yeovil constituency.
( 90195 )
*8 Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What steps he has taken to improve the availability of dental treatment on the NHS.
( 90196 )
*9 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What new proposals he has to reduce nicotine deaths.
( 90197 )
*10 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    What estimate he has made of the number and proportion of missed appointments with general practitioners in each of the last five years.
( 90198 )
*11 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement on financial independence for foundation hospital trusts.
( 90199 )
*12 Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    If he will make a statement on his Department's assessment of the likely effect that foundation hospitals will have on staff retention in non-foundation hospitals.
( 90200 )
*13 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    What plans he has to increase the provision of NHS dentistry.
( 90201 )
*14 Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    What representations he has received about the impending closure of King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst.
( 90202 )
*15 Mr David Tredinnick (Bosworth):    What steps he is taking to improve GPs' understanding of acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal medicine and homeopathy.
( 90203 )
*16 Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    What discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence about the impact of Project Allenby on the provision of NHS services in South Wiltshire; and if he will make a statement.
( 90204 )
*17 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What his assessment is of the speed and efficiency of procedures to assess the competence of overseas qualified doctors; and if he plans to revise them.
( 90205 )
*18 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    If he will make a statement on the reconfiguration of health services in East Kent.
( 90206 )
*19 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    What the cost to the NHS of medical negligence compensation payments was in the last year for which figures are available.
( 90207 )
*20 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on the retention of nurses.
( 90208 )
*21 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What priority his Department places on the prevention of illnesses.
( 90209 )
*22 Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    If he will make a statement about the re-financing of the PFI project for Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust.
( 90210 )
*23 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    If he will make a statement on the financial position of the Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust.
( 90211 )
*24 Andrew George (St Ives):    What recent assessment he has made of the prescription plus initiative in respect of sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
( 90212 )
*25 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    What recent discussions he has had on the funding of hospices for children; and if he will make a statement.
( 90213 )

At 12.30 p.m.Urgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business

Notice of presentation of Bill

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      Mr Secretary Darling
        Bill to make provision about railways, including tramways; to make provision about transport safety; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute rule Motion


LITTER AND FOULING OF LAND BY DOGS        [Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Bob Blizzard
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make further provision relating to litter and the fouling of land by dogs and to allow a local authority to retain the revenue from fixed penalty notices for such offences issued in its area for the purposes of enforcement.

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

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY        [Up to 3 hours]



      Mr David Trimble
      Mr Roy Beggs
      The Reverend Martin Smyth
      Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
      David Burnside
      Lady Hermon
 Mr Damian Green      
        That this House urges the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to honour the clearly expressed preference of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland to retain a selection procedure for transfer to post-primary schools, thus limiting the damage flowing from the administrative vandalism of the former Education Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly; congratulates governors, principals, staff and pupils in Northern Ireland schools on achieving higher qualification levels at post-primary level than their counterparts in England and Wales; calls on the Government to maintain the levels of excellence achieved at so many schools while striving to enhance the performance and status of schools with a lesser level of achievement; regrets that too many able students from local grammar and secondary schools cannot obtain university places in Northern Ireland; calls for a change in household income thresholds to encourage higher uptake of discretionary awards; and urges the Government to honour its pledges to ensure a fair allocation of resources to education in Northern Ireland, including adequate research funding for Queen's University, Belfast and the University of Ulster.

            As Amendments to Mr David Trimble's proposed Motion (Future of Education in Northern Ireland):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Robin Cook
      Mr Secretary Murphy
      Jane Kennedy
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `congratulates governors, principals, teachers and other school staff on the contribution they make to educating young people in Northern Ireland; welcomes the high qualifications achieved by many pupils but acknowledges that there are also large numbers of young people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, leaving school with low qualifications; urges the Secretary of State to continue to take forward the review of post-primary education with the objective of putting in place new post-primary arrangements that will maintain those high standards of achievement and build a modern and fair education system that enables all children in Northern Ireland to achieve their full potential; and further welcomes the additional higher education places and the Secretary of State's decision to increase Government funding for research and knowledge transfer at Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.'.

      Lembit O­pik
      Mr Alistair Carmichael
      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Mr A. J. Beith
      Andrew Stunell
      Mrs Patsy Calton
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to `congratulates' in line 5 and insert `recognises and pays tribute to the integrated education movement in Northern Ireland in bringing together pupils, staff and governors, regardless of background, in bringing up children to live as adults in a pluralist society, accepting what separates them as well as what they hold in common, and in providing a working model of how students can be educated in a more inclusive environment;'.

        The selection of the matter to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.

        Debate may continue until 4.00 p.m., or three hours after it has been entered upon, whichever is the later, and Standing Order No. 31(2) will apply (Order of 7th January).

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ADJOURNMENT        [Up to 3 hours]

      The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.

        Proposed subject for debate: The 2012 Olympics bid.

        Debate may continue for three hours after the Motion for the adjournment of the House has been entered upon (Order of 7th January).

+  5  

ELECTRICITY (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL        [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Robin Cook
        That, in respect of the Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, Notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

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HUMAN RIGHTS        [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Robin Cook
        That Mr Norman Baker be discharged from the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the Lords as the Joint Committee on Human Rights and Mr David Chidgey be added.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Public services on the Isle of Wight (Mr Andrew Turner).

        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 29th October 2002).



1Standing Committee A9.25 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
Further to consider the European Parliament (Representation) Bill.
2Standing Committee B9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Criminal Justice Bill.
3Standing Committee D9.25 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
Further to consider the Extradition Bill.
4Standing Committee E8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
Further to consider the Communications Bill.
5Standing Committee F8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
Further to consider the Hunting Bill.
6Standing Committee G8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 16 (public)
Further to consider the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill.
7European Standing Committee A8.55 a.m.Room 8 (public)
To consider EU Document 13438/01 relating to a community strategy for dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls.


8International Development9.15 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: The humanitarian crisis in southern Africa.
Witnesses: Mr Max Lawson, Policy Adviser, and Dr Graham Mackay, Humanitarian Coordinator for Southern and West Africa, Oxfam, and Professor Jonathan Kydd and Dr Andrew Donward, Imperial College at Wye.
9Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
10Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
11Treasury9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
12Treasury9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Wilson Room,
Portcullis House
Subject: The UK and the Euro.
Witnesses: Mr Phillip Stevens, Financial Times, Dr Diane Coyle, Enlightenment Economics, and Mr Peter Riddell, The Times.
13Culture, Media and Sport9.45 a.m.

10.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: London Olympic Bid 2012.
Witnesses: Arup; London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest (at approximately 10.45 a.m.); International Olympic Committee (UK) (at approximately 11.30 a.m.); British Olympic Association (at approximately 12.15 p.m.).
14Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions10.45 a.m.Room 15 (private)
15Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 8 (private)
16Liaison Sub-Committee4.00 p.m.Room 6 (private)
17Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meeting.Room 7 (private)


18Tax Law Rewrite Bills10.30 a.m.
11.15 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
Subjects: (i) To choose Chairman and consider course of proceedings (Private) (ii) Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill.
Witnesses: Tax Law Rewrite Project officials.
19Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)
20Tax Law Rewrite Bills4.30 p.m.Room 5 (public)
Subject: Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Bill.
Witnesses: Tax Law Rewrite Project officials.

[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 Transport:      Tenth Anniversary of the Braer Oil Spill.
2Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Publication of the latest Progress Report on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.
3Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Revocation of Licences under the Northern Ireland (Remission of Sentences) Act 1995.
4Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Northern Ireland Prison Service Estate Review.
5Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Race Equality—The Home Secretary's Employment Targets—Milestone Report (3rd Annual Report on Progress).
6Secretary of State for Health:      Improving the patient environment.
7Secretary of State for Defence:      Iraq: Continuing Preparatory Activities (details).


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