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Order of Business 25 February 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Mr Harold Best (Leeds North West):    If he will make a statement about the situation in Zimbabwe.
( 98782 )
*2 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    What assessment he has made of the outcome of the referendum held by the government of Gibraltar on 7th November 2002.
( 98783 )
*3 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    What recent discussions he has had with EU partners about Iraq.
( 98784 )
*4 Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    What the Government's policy is on Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
( 98785 )
*5 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What action he is taking regarding human rights abuses by the government of Zimbabwe.
( 98786 )
*6 Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    If he will make a statement on his policy aims in the Convention on the Future of Europe.
( 98787 )
*7 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    If he will make a statement on the implications for global security of securing a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
( 98788 )
*8 John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland):    What recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the USA about the International Criminal Court.
( 98789 )
*9 Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):    If he will make a statement on enlargement of the EU; and what progress is being made in respect of the Czech Republic's application to join the EU.
( 98790 )
*10 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    If he will make a statement on the political situation in Serbia and Montenegro.
( 98791 )
*11 Claire Ward (Watford):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
( 98792 )
*12 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    If he will make a statement on the political situation in Afghanistan.
( 98793 )
*13 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What steps he is taking to assist in tackling human rights abuses in Iran.
( 98794 )
*14 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    What recent discussions he has had with President Assad of Syria regarding kidnapped Israeli soldiers.
( 98795 )
*15 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    If he will make a statement on Iraq.
( 98796 )
*16 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    What discussions he has had with the government of South Africa on the search for a peaceful settlement to the Zimbabwe crisis.
( 98797 )
*17 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the Annan plan for Cyprus.
( 98799 )
*18 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    When he last met his French and German counterparts to discuss EU foreign and security policy.
( 98800 )
*19 Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    If he will make a statement on the future of the European Security and Defence Policy.
( 98801 )
*20 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    What discussions he has had with the United States Government on establishing a Palestinian state; and if he will make a statement.
( 98802 )
*21 Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):    When he next plans to raise the issue of human rights with his Iranian counterparts.
( 98803 )
*22 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    What recent steps he has taken to promote a settlement in Cyprus.
( 98804 )
*23 Martin Linton (Battersea):    If he will table a resolution under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter to impose a duty on Israel to halt and withdraw illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories.
( 98805 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Mark Prisk
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require each item of legislation to be subject to a statement as to how each measure included in it affects the freedom of expression, assembly, conscience and association; and why the benefits of the measure outweigh any loss of freedom.

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

Main Business

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COMMUNICATIONS BILL: As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered [1st allotted day] (Queen's and Prince of Wales's Consent to be signified on Third Reading).

[Until 7.00 p.m.]

For Amendments see separate paper.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m. (Order of 10th February 2003).
+  3  


[No debate]

      Secretary Peter Hain
        That the draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 30th January, be approved.

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

+  4  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Robin Cook
        That, in accordance with the Resolution of the Standing Committee dated 13th February 2003, the programme order of 7th January 2003 in relation to the Local Government Bill shall be amended by the substitution for paragraphs 4 and 5 (proceedings on consideration and Third Reading to be completed in one day) of the following—

      4.      Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be completed in two days.
      4A.      Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on each of the days as shown in the following Table and shall be taken in the order so shown, and each part of the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the third column of the Table.

DayProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
1stNew Clauses, other than new Clauses relating to Chapter 1 of Part 8; new Schedules, other than new Schedules relating to Chapter 1 of Part 8; and Amendments to Clauses 1 to 19, Schedule 1, Clauses 20 to 42, Schedule 2 and Clauses 43 to 92The moment of interruption
2ndNew Clauses relating to Clauses 93 to 117; new Schedules relating to Clauses 93 to 117; and Amendments to Clauses 93 to 100, Schedule 3, Clauses 101 to 105, Schedule 4, Clause 106, Schedule 5 and Clauses 107 to 1175 hours before the moment of interruption
2ndNew Clauses relating to Clause 119; new Schedules relating to Clause 119; and Amendments to Clause 11921/2 hours before the moment of interruption
2ndNew Clauses relating to Clause 118; new Schedules relating to Clause 118; Amendments to Clauses 118 and 120 to 124, Schedules 6 and 7 and Clauses 125 and 126; and remaining proceedings on consideration1 hour before the moment of interruption

5.      Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the second of the days."
        To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th November 2001 and 29th October 2002).

+  5  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Robin Cook
        That, during proceedings on the National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill [Lords], the Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

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

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Robin Cook

        (1)   the matter of progress in developing the role of the Government Offices in the Regions (GOs), being a matter relating to regional affairs in England, be referred to the Standing Committee on Regional Affairs;

        (2)   the Committee do meet at a quarter-past Two o'clock on Thursday 6th March at Westminster to consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

        (3)   the proceedings at the meeting be brought to a conclusion at a quarter-past Five o'clock.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 117).

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Council housing (Mr Alan Hurst).

        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 B9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Criminal Justice Bill.
2Standing Committee D8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
Further to consider the Railways and Transport Safety Bill.
3Standing Committee E8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
To consider the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill.
4Standing Committee F8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
Further to consider the Hunting Bill.
5Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Codes B to E) Order 2003.


6International Development9.15 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda.
Witness: His Excellency Mr Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
7Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Bank of England February 2003 Inflation Report.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Sir Edward George GBE, Governor of the Bank of England, and Members of the Monetary Policy Committee.
8Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Planning for Sustainable Housing and Communities.
Witnesses: Rt Hon John Prescott MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Lord Rooker, Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration, and Neil McDonald, Programme Director, Communities Plan, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport, and Mr Elliot Morley MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (at approximately 11.30 a.m.).
9Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Delivery of Education in Rural Areas Sub-Committee2.00 p.m.

2.05 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Delivery of Education in Rural Areas.
Witnesses: National Governors' Council; National Association or Special Educational Needs; National Association for Small Schools.
10Culture, Media and Sport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Privacy and Media Intrusion.
Witnesses: Professor Eric Barendt, Mr Michael Tugendhat QC; Mr Rabinder Singh QC and Mr James Strachan (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); Mr Max Clifford (at approximately 4.15 p.m.); Mr Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail and Editor-in-Chief of Associated Newspapers, Mr Robin Esser, Executive Managing Editor and Mr Eddie Young, Legal Manager, Daily Mail (at approximately 5.30 p.m.).
11Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.Room 15 (private)
12Welsh Affairs3.00 p.m.Room 18 (private)
13Trade and Industry3.15 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the draft Electricity (Trading and Transmission) Bill.
Witness: Ofgem.
14Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meetingRoom 7 (private)


15House of Lords Reform10.00 a.m.Room 4 (private)
16Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)
17Public Accounts Commission4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subjects: (i) The National Audit Office's Main Estimate for 2003-04; (ii) The Northern Ireland Audit Office's Main Estimate for 2003-04.
Witnesses: Sir John Bourn KCB, Comptroller and Auditor General, and officials of the National Audit Office; Mr John Dowdall, Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland, and officials of the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

[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 the Home Department:      Juvenile Reconviction Rates.
2Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Amending the Duty of Care Regulations 1991, to allow waste collection authorities the right of access to businesses' duty of care waste transfer notes.
3Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Launch of the Vulnerable Groups Consultation Paper.
4Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Animal Movements: Publication of Emerging Findings from Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis.
5Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      HM Treasury Review of Cash Ratio Deposits.
6Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Inheritance Tax: Extra Statutory Concession F7.
7Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Consultation—The Financial System and Major Operational Disruption.
8Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Self Assessment Returns Filing Results for 2003.
9Prime Minister:      Security and Intelligence Agencies' Vote
10Deputy Prime Minister:      Local Retention of Non-Domestic Rates.
11Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Cyprus.
12Secretary of State for Health:      Modernising Medical Careers.
13Secretary of State for Transport:      Managing the Accidental Obstruction of the Railway by Road Vehicles.
14Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      Historic Environment.


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