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Order of Business 20 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
*1 Linda Perham (Ilford North):    What support his Department provides for court-based drug workers.
( 91422 )
*2 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    What proposals he has to increase police numbers in Sussex.
( 91423 )
*3 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    If he will make a statement on his plans to develop a refugee resettlement programme with the UNHCR.
( 91424 )
*4 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    How many representations he has received on the allocation of Rural Funding to police forces in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
( 91425 )
*5 John Mann (Bassetlaw):    What assessment he has made of the likely impact of Custody Plus and Custody Minus sentences upon the re-offending levels of heroin-misusing offenders.
( 91426 )
*6 Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What measures he will take to simplify the procedure for the removal of travellers from unauthorised sites.
( 91427 )
*7 Martin Linton (Battersea):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of street wardens.
( 91428 )
*8 Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):    What measures he is taking to tackle persistent youth offending.
( 91429 )
*9 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on measures he proposes to improve the administration of Lunar House in Croydon.
( 91430 )
*10 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the financial settlement to Gloucestershire constabulary for the forthcoming financial year.
( 91432 )
*11 Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    How much (a) crack cocaine and (b) heroin has been seized by the police in each year since 1997.
( 91433 )
*12 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    What plans he has to introduce targets to reduce gun crime.
( 91434 )
*13 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    If he will make a statement on the funding of Police Community Support Officers.
( 91435 )
*14 Dr John Pugh (Southport):    What recent assessment he has made of the efficiency and value for money of private firms who deliver prisoners to court.
( 91437 )
*15 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    What the consultation period is for the siting of reception centres for refugees and asylum seekers.
( 91438 )
*16 Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on gun crime.
( 91439 )
*17 Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South):    What plans he has to support communities in the fight against drugs.
( 91440 )
*18 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What discussions his Department has had with representatives of local constabularies about the allocation of police resources used in the investigation of crime.
( 91441 )
*19 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement on police numbers in Gwent.
( 91442 )
*20 Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    What progress his Department is making in tackling gun crime.
( 91443 )
*21 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What plans there are to implement a common drugs policy throughout the European Union.
( 91444 )
*22 Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth):    What international evidence he has taken into consideration in developing policies to tackle youth crime.
( 91445 )
*23 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    What discussions he has had with the Lord Chancellor's Department regarding prosecutions for child murderers involving joint enterprise.
( 91446 )

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

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY [3rd allotted day]        [Until 10.00 p.m.]



Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Willetts
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Julian Brazier
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
David Maclean

        That this House expresses its deep concern at current arrangements for winding-up occupational pension schemes, which leave many people receiving much less than expected for their retirement; deplores the lack of action by the Government to address this issue; notes that present workers near to retirement after long service with the employer often receive less than those who retired early after less service; recognises the great urgency of the issue because of the large number of schemes now moving towards wind-up; welcomes the proposals in the National Association of Pension Funds document, Pensions—Plain and Simple, for a possible new schedule of priorities on winding-up a final salary scheme with an insolvent employer; further notes that the Government in its Green Paper, Simplicity, Security and Choice, was prepared to consider such a measure; further notes that there is widespread support in Parliament for such changes; and urges the Government to take early action to address the crisis and speedily to introduce new winding-up priorities which take proper account of the age and length of service of non-retired scheme members.

      As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Winding-up arrangements for occupational pensions):

The Prime MinisterMr Secretary PrescottMr Chancellor of the ExchequerMr Robin CookMr Secretary BlunkettMr Secretary Smith

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `acknowledges the crucial contribution of the UK tradition of occupational pension provision; welcomes the range of measures in the recent Green Paper to strengthen that tradition and to renew the pensions partnership between employers, employees, the financial services industry and Government; supports, in particular, the promotion of occupational pensions as a means to recruit and to retain good staff through the employer task force and other measures; notes the proposal to give employees the right to be consulted on changes to an employer's pension scheme; further notes the Government's consideration of a range of options to bolster member protection in cases where schemes are wound up, including options for a fairer sharing of assets when schemes close, with more priority for workers closer to retirement or those with more years of contributions; believes that there should be 100 per cent. protection in cases of fraud; supports the appointment of a new proactive regulator to investigate fraud and maladministration; further notes the proposed £150-£200 million administrative savings which will encourage firms to open new schemes and keep existing schemes running; and further welcomes the establishment of the independent Pension Commission to assess how effectively the current voluntarist approach is developing and to make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on whether there is a case for moving beyond that approach.'.

Mr Charles KennedyMr A. J. BeithSteve WebbPaul HolmesSir Robert SmithMr Andrew Stunell

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `is concerned that growing numbers of members of occupational pension schemes are facing a situation where the pension that they draw on retirement is significantly smaller than the pension that they expected; notes that this situation particularly affects those close to retirement age with long periods of service with a single employer; deplores the failure of successive governments effectively to tackle this problem and believes that the Government's recent Green Paper is another example of indecision and delay in this regard; and further believes that this issue can only be effectively dealt with by a wide-ranging strategy which will ensure that under-funding of schemes is detected and acted upon at an earlier stage, and that in the event of a wind-up a greater proportion of the fund will go to present and future pensioners and less to those appointed to wind-up the scheme, that wind-ups are undertaken more efficiently, that greater priority is given to the claims of those who both have long service with the employer in question and who are close to retirement age, but that those who retire immediately prior to wind-up on the basis of inside information are not allowed to benefit at the expense of other workers.'.



Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Dr Liam Fox
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Tim Loughton
Mr Chris Grayling
David Maclean

        That this House notes that the Food Supplements Directive includes a list of nutrients and nutrient sources that may be used in supplements and that there are nearly 300 safe nutrient sources on the UK market which are missing from the list; further notes that unless full safety dossiers are submitted for consideration by the European Scientific Committee for Food by July 2005 these nutrients will be illegal; observes that the cost of commissioning research to include within a dossier, and the compilation of such dossiers, makes the task prohibitively expensive and that some 270 safe and popular nutrient sources will be lost to the UK industry and its consumers; and declines to approve the proposed statutory instruments implementing the Directive unless and until the Government secures an amendment to the Directive so as to allow to remain on the national market those products which would otherwise fall outside the Directive's technical restrictions; further notes that the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive would require dossiers to be submitted to the Medicines Control Agency and would impose costs of tens of thousands of pounds per product on manufacturers; regrets that it would not allow any overseas product which had not been on the European market for 10 years even if it were demonstrably safe; and urges the Government to renegotiate the main provisions of this flawed Directive.

      As an Amendment to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (European Directives on Food Supplements and Herbal Products):

The Prime MinisterMr Secretary PrescottMr Chancellor of the ExchequerMr Robin CookMs Secretary HewittMr Secretary Milburn

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises, in relation to the Food Supplements Directive, the Government's firm commitment to the view that the law should allow safe and properly-labelled food supplements to be freely marketed; welcomes its intention to take advantage of flexibility, secured by the UK, to permit continued use of substances not on the permitted lists where products comply with existing UK food safety legislation; notes that the impact on the long-term availability of products currently on the market will depend upon future developments on maximum limits and lists of permitted nutrients; supports the Government's efforts to press the case for any maximum limits which may be established at EU level to be based on thorough scientific risk assessments; further recognises that the proposed Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products would introduce regulatory arrangments to set safety and quality standards for unlicensed herbal remedies, and introduce systematic consumer information about the safe use of products and permit companies to make claims; further notes that the proposed Directive is supported by most interest groups, who believe it will protect public health and boost consumer confidence in herbal medicines; further welcomes the progress of the Government in negotiations for more flexibility to take account of valid evidence of traditional use from outside the European Union and to permit herbal nutrient combination remedies; and further welcomes the stated willingness of the Herbal Forum, representing all UK manufacturers' trade associations in the sector, to work with the Medicines Control Agency to minimise regulatory impact, consistent with the need to protect public health.'.

        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  2  


Mr Michael Meacher

        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13438/01, Commission Communication on a Community strategy for dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls; and supports the Government's objective that effective and proportionate measures are taken across the European Union in order to reduce emissions of, and exposure to, these substances, and to meet national, other regional and global commitments.

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

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Dog welfare policy (Andrew Rosindell).

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



1Education and Skills3.45 p.m.

4.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Diversity of Provision.
Witnesses: Sir Cyril Taylor, Chairman, Technology Colleges Trust; Professor David Jesson, University of York; Dr John Dunford OBE, General Secretary, and Mrs Kate Griffin, President, Secondary Heads Association.
2Public Accounts4.00 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Inland Revenue Accounts 2001-02 Standard Report.
Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB, Chairman, Mr David Hartnett CB, Director General (Policy and Technical), and Mr Steve Heminsley, Director, National Services, Inland Revenue.
3Regulatory Reform4.00 p.m.Room 19 (private)
4Information4.30 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
1Deputy Prime Minister: Balance of Funding Review.
2 Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Government response to the Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures.
3 Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Public appointment.
4 Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      The Quinquennial Review of Horticulture Research International.


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