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Order of Business 29 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

Private Business

        Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.

Second Reading

Transas Group Bill

[Bill to be referred to the Examiners]

Oral Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    When he will announce the Government's response to the consultation on the provisional grant settlement for 2003-04.
( 93766 )
*2 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    What discussions he has had with the Department of Health on the impact of bed-blocking charges on local authorities.
( 93767 )
*3 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What steps his Department has taken to respond to representations from Lancashire County Council on the expected level of council tax in Lancashire in 2003-04.
( 93768 )
*4 Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):    What estimate he has made of changes in the number of firefighters in urban areas up to December 2006.
( 93769 )
*5 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    If he will make a statement on the grant settlement for Havering.
( 93770 )
*6 Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    If he will make a statement on the future of floors and ceilings in the proposed new local government funding system.
( 93771 )
*7 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley):    If he will make a statement on the outcome of the recent Urban Summit in Birmingham.
( 93772 )
*8 Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    When he expects to receive the National Audit Office report on council stock transfers; and whether his review of council housing finances will be published before he has received the report.
( 93773 )
*9 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    If he will make a statement on recent progress in resolving the industrial action by firefighters.
( 93774 )
*10 John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    How many Armed Forces Breathing Apparatus Rescue Teams and Rescue Equipment Support Teams were on fire cover during the 24 hour strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union on Tuesday 21st January.
( 93775 )
*11 Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal for Communities.
( 93776 )
*12 Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    What steps he is taking to increase the number of houses and flats available to key workers.
( 93777 )
*13 Dr John Pugh (Southport):    In which year the ceilings and floors arrangements in the local government settlement 2003-04 will finish.
( 93778 )
*14 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    If he will make a further statement on the firefighters' dispute.
( 93779 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 29th January.
( 93750 )
*Q2 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    
( 93751 )
*Q3 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley):    
( 93752 )
*Q4 Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    
( 93753 )
*Q5 Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    
( 93754 )
*Q6 Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge):    
( 93755 )
*Q7 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    
( 93756 )
*Q8 Phil Sawford (Kettering):    
( 93757 )
*Q9 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    
( 93758 )
*Q10 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    
( 93759 )
*Q11 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    
( 93760 )
*Q12 David Cairns (Greenock & Inverclyde):    
( 93761 )
*Q13 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    
( 93762 )
*Q14 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    
( 93763 )
*Q15 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    
( 93764 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr John Baron
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require local authorities to provide a designated number of permanent sites for the traveller community; to make additional provision in relation to the powers available to local authorities in relation to unauthorised development of greenbelt and greenfield land; and for connected purposes.

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

Main Business



[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Edward Leigh
      Mr Alan Williams
      Mr David Rendel
        That this House takes note of the 1st to 63rd Reports of the Committee of Public Accounts of Session 2001-02, and of the Treasury Minutes on these Reports (Cm 5393, 5450, 5470, 5477, 5481, 5487, 5512, 5524, 5549, 5600, 5612, 5636 and 5676; and HC 1261, Session 2001-02).

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Valuation Office Agency—Council Tax bandings in Crestview Drive, Lowestoft (Mr Bob Blizzard).

        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).



1European Standing Committee B8.55 a.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Documents Nos. 11079/02 and 14664/02, relating to financial penalties.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.


3Environment, Food and Rural Affairs9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Future of Waste Management.
Witnesses: Waste and Resources Action Programme, and Waste Watch.
4European Scrutiny10.00 a.m.Room 19 (private)
5Procedure2.00 p.m.
2.15 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Procedures for Debates and Private Members' Bills, and the Powers of the Speaker.
Witnesses: Mr Peter Riddell, Vice-Chairman, Commission on the Scrutiny of Parliament, and Mr Alex Brazier, Senior Researcher on Parliament and Government programmes, Hansard Society.
6Accommodation & Works2.30 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
7Work and Pensions2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Future of UK Pensions.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP, Minister for Pensions, Mr Paul Gray, Second Permanent Secretary and Managing Director, Pensions and Disability, and Mr Peter Searle, Head of Pensions Reform, Department for Work and Pensions.
8Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.
3.50 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Winning the War on Waste.
Witnesses: Mr Andy Doran, Vice Chairman and Policy Officer, and Mr Durk Reyner, Vice Chairman, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC); Mr Dirk Hazell, Chief Executive, Environmental Services Association (ESA), Mr Michael Morris, Nabarro Nathanson and Member of ESA, and Mr Michael Green, Managing Director, G&P Batteries Ltd and Member of ESA (at approximately 4.20 pm); Mr Andrew Price, Chair of the Topic Group, and Mr Roger Hockney, Chair of the Waste Planning Advisory Group, Planning Officers Society (at approximately 4.55 p.m.).
9Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Director of Innovation, DTI: Introductory Session.
Witnesses: Dr David Hughes, Director-General, Innovation Group, and Dr Alistair Keddie, Director, Technical Innovation and Sustainable Development, Department of Trade and Industry.
10Northern Ireland Affairs4.15 p.m.Room 19 (private)
11Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
1Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Quarterly performance statistics for local authority administration of housing benefit and council tax benefit.
2 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Angus Council.
3Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Iraq.


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