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Order of Business 26 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

Private Business

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

Second Reading

Transas Group Bill. (By Order).

      Mr Chris Pond
        On Second Reading of the Transas Group Bill, to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months.

[Bill to be referred to the Examiners]

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
*1 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What recent discussions she has had with NGOs about rebuilding health services in Afghanistan.
( 98726 )
*2 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What aid is planned for Iraq following the resolution of the current political situation.
( 98727 )
*3 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    What contingency plans she has in place for aid to Iraqi displaced persons following possible conflict with Iraq; and if she will make a statement.
( 98728 )
*4 Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    What progress her Department is making towards rebuilding Afghanistan.
( 98729 )
*5 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    If she will make a statement on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
( 98730 )
*6 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    What steps she is taking to improve girls' access to education in developing countries.
( 98732 )
*7 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If she will make a statement on the humanitarian consequences of war against Iraq, with special reference to medical aid.
( 98733 )
*8 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    If she will make a statement on humanitarian aid to southern Africa.
( 98734 )
*9 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    What further aid she plans to give to the displaced people in Burma.
( 98735 )
*10 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When she next expects to meet Commonwealth colleagues to discuss international aid efforts to Zimbabwe.
( 98736 )
*11 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    When she last met representatives of the Kurdish people to discuss human rights in Iraq.
( 98737 )
*12 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    If she will make a statement on the level of aid pledged by the international community for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
( 98738 )
*13 Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East):    What action she is taking to improve the availability of clean and affordable water in developing countries.
( 98739 )
*14 Tom Cox (Tooting):    How much funding her Department is giving to education projects in overseas countries in 2002-03.
( 98740 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 26th February.
( 98741 )
*Q2 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    
( 98742 )
*Q3 Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):    
( 98743 )
*Q4 Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    
( 98744 )
*Q5 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What steps he is taking to reduce his workload; and if he will make a statement.
( 98745 )
*Q6 John Mann (Bassetlaw):    How many drug addicts in treatment are (a) in residential rehabilitation, (b) on a course of methadone, (c) on a course of naltraxone and (d) on a course of buprenorphine.
( 98746 )
*Q7 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    
( 98747 )
*Q8 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    
( 98749 )
*Q9 Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    
( 98750 )
*Q10 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    
( 98751 )
*Q11 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    
( 98752 )
*Q12 Mr Terry Davis (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):    
( 98753 )
*Q13 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    
( 98754 )
*Q14 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    
( 98755 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Laura Moffatt
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the protection from needle stick injury and resulting infections of persons employed in the health care sector and of other persons engaged in activities at work which carry a significant risk of such injuries and infections; to establish requirements relating to the recording and publication of information about such injuries and infections; to establish standards relating to the supply and use of certain equipment for work which carries a significant risk of such injury and infections; 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

+  2  


[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Robin Cook
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Hoon
 Michael Fabricant   Peter Bottomley   
        That this House takes note of Command Paper Cm 5769 on Iraq; reaffirms its endorsement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441, as expressed in its Resolution of 25th November 2002; supports the Government's continuing efforts in the United Nations to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction; and calls upon Iraq to recognise this as its final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations.

        As Amendments to the Prime Minister's proposed Motion (Iraq):

      Jeremy Corbyn
      Alice Mahon
      Alan Simpson
      John McDonnell
      Ms Diane Abbott
      Mr Robert N. Wareing
 Mr Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Roger Berry
Mr Mike Wood
John Cryer
Mr Tam Dalyell
Mr Ronnie Campbell
Mr George Galloway
Mr Dennis Skinner
John Austin
Mr Kerry Pollard
David Taylor
Adam Price
Mr Jim Marshall
Neil Gerrard
Marsha Singh
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Simon Thomas
Hywel Williams

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `declines to support war against Iraq.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Mr Menzies Campbell
      Mr Paul Keetch
      Dr Jenny Tonge
      Mr Michael Moore
      Mr Andrew Stunell
 Mr Richard Allan
John Barratt
Tom Brake
Annette Brooke
Mr John Burnett
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr David Chidgey
Mr Edward Davey
Mr Don Foster
Sandra Gidley
Mr Mike Hancock
Nick Harvey
Paul Holmes
Mr Nigel Jones
Norman Lamb
Mr Paul Marsden
Lembit O­pik
Mr Alan Reid
Bob Russell
Sir Robert Smith
Mr Paul Tyler
Mr Phil Willis
Richard Younger-Ross
Norman Baker
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Colin Breed
Malcolm Bruce
Mr Paul Burstow
Mrs Patsy Calton
Brian Cotter
Sue Doughty
Andrew George
Matthew Green
Dr Evan Harris
Mr David Heath
Simon Hughes
Sir Archy Kirkwood
Mr David Laws
Mr Mark Oaten
Dr John Pugh
Mr David Rendel
Mr Adrian Sanders
Matthew Taylor
John Thurso
Steve Webb
Mr Roger Williams
Mr Alistair Carmichael
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `supports the United Nations' objective to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction; recognises that the United Nations weapons inspectors must be given sufficient time to complete their investigations in Iraq; believes that recourse to war should only be as a last resort and that political and diplomatic channels have not yet been exhausted; and does not support any military action unless sanctioned by resolution of the United Nations Security Council, and a vote on a substantive motion by this House.'.

      Mr Chris Smith
      Mr Douglas Hogg
      Mr Peter Kilfoyle
      Mr Edward Leigh
      Angus Robertson
      Mr Elfyn Llwyd
 Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tony Lloyd
Mr Graham Allen
Mr Martin Caton
Mr Tony Banks
Derek Wyatt
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Terry Lewis
Mrs Helen Clark
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Tom Clarke
Mr Jeremy Corbyn
Mr George Galloway
Joan Ruddock
Mr Joe Benton
Mr Peter Pike
Albert Owen
Llew Smith
Mr Robert N. Wareing
Alan Simpson
Mr Roger Berry
Dr Doug Naysmith
Chris McCafferty
Mr Michael Clapham
Mr Jim Cousins
Paul Farrelly
Brian White
Mr Gordon Prentice
Mr Harold Best
Dr Hywel Francis
Jon Trickett
Mr Frank Doran
Mrs Jackie Lawrence
Mr Malcolm Savidge Diana Organ
John McDonnell
Mr Huw Edwards
Mrs Betty Williams
Mr David Chaytor
Mr Neil Gerrard
Mr Brian Sedgemore
Mr Doug Henderson
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Michael Connarty
Richard Burden
Alice Mahon
Paul Flynn
Mr Paul Truswell
Dr Desmond Turner
Ann McKechin
Frank Cook
Julie Morgan
David Taylor
Mr Martin Salter
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews
Joan Walley
Mr David Lepper
Mr Simon Thomas
Mr Alex Salmond
Mr Michael Weir
Hywel Williams
Annabelle Ewing
Pete Wishart
Mrs Ann Cryer
John Cryer
Valerie Davey
Mr Robert Walter
Tom Cox
Mr Mike Wood
Phil Sawford
Mr Jim Marshall
Mr David Drew
Mr Eric Illsley
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Tony Worthington
Mr Hilton Dawson
Mr Ronnie Campbell
Mr Mohammed Sarwar
John Austin
Mr George Stevenson
Glenda Jackson
Mr Jim Cunningham
Mr Kerry Pollard
Harry Cohen
Mr Bill Etherington
Linda Perham
Mr David Marshall
Chris Mole
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Battle
Mr Colin Challen
Mr Mark Lazarowicz
Ms Diane Abbott
Mr Iain Luke
Adam Price
Mr Iain Coleman
Jim Dobbin
Mr Brian H. Donohoe
Lynne Jones
Mr Andrew Tyrie
Mr Peter Ainsworth
Mr Andrew Turner
Helen Jackson
Mr Khalid Mahmood
Dr Rudi Vis
Mark Fisher
Mr John Hume
Mr Edward O'Hara
Mr Kenneth Clarke
Mr John Gummer

        Line      4,      leave out from `destruction' to end and add `but finds the case for military action against Iraq as yet unproven.'.

      Mr Tony Wright
      Mr Peter Kilfoyle
      Mr Gordon Prentice
        Line      6,      at end add `and declares its commitment to a further vote in the House if a decision to engage British troops in hostilities is taken, such a vote to be held prior to any such engagement.'.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: The Council of Europe and the EU Convention on the Future of Europe (Mr David Atkinson).

        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 B2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document No. 10625/1/05 relating to Protecting the Community's Financial Interests.
2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation8.55 a.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the draft Code of Guidance on Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Encouraging Positive Partnerships.
3Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 112) on Special Grants for the Local e-Government Programme.
4Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
To consider the draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2003.


5Education and Skills9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Higher Education Funding.
Witnesses: National Union of Students, The Mixed Economy Group of Further Education Colleges [MEG], and The Standing Conference of Principals.
6European Scrutiny10.00 a.m.Room 19 (private)
7Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Future of Waste Management.
Witnesses: Bath and North East Somerset Council; Environmental Services Association.
8Work and Pensions2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Employment for all: helping people with disabilities and health problems into work.
Witnesses: Disability Rights Commission, and Trades Union Congress.
9Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.Room 20 (private)
10Modernisation of the House of Commons3.30 p.m.Room 17 (private)
11Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: The management of substitution cover for teachers (Northern Ireland).
Witnesses: Mr Gerry McGinn, Permanent Secretary, and Mr John Caldwell, Acting Head of Resource Allocation Division, Department of Education (Northern Ireland), Mr Donal Flanagan, Chief Executive of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, and Mr Jackie Fitzsimons, Chief Executive of the South Eastern Education and Library Board.
12Transport3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Overcrowding on Public Transport.
Witnesses: Angel Trains, HSBC Rail, and Porterbrook Leasing Company; Mr Richard Bowker, Chairman, Strategic Rail Authority (at approximately 4.40 p.m.).
13Selection4.45 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
1 Deputy Prime Minister:      Planning guidance for tourism.
2Deputy Prime Minister:      Intervention and Engagement Protocol with LGA.
3Deputy Prime Minister:      Social Exclusion Unit Report on Transport and Social Exclusion.
4Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Review of the PPERA 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland parties etc) Order 2001.
5Secretary of State for Transport:      Implementation of the Recommendations of the Reports of the Thames Safety Inquiry and formal investigation into the loss of the Marchioness.
6Secretary of State for Education and Skills:      Building schools for the future.
7Secretary of State for Health:      Food Standards Agency annual report and accounts 2001-02.

Written Question tabled on Tuesday 25th February for answer today++
1       Roger Casale (Wimbledon):      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he will respond to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Inquiry into Intelligence, Assessments and Advice prior to the terrorist bombings on Bali on 12th October 2002.


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