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Order of Business 3 March 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 Defence
*1 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    What the level of preparedness is of British armed forces deployed in the Gulf region.
( 99846 )
*2 Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):    If he will make a statement on the deployment of troops in the Gulf.
( 99847 )
*3 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    What recent meetings he has had with Central and East European defence ministers to discuss developments in the Middle East.
( 99848 )
*4 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    What percentage of the army is deployed to the Gulf region.
( 99849 )
*5 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What assessment he has made of the morale of the Iraqi armed forces.
( 99850 )
*6 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement on the role of the Territorial Army in the deployment of forces to Iraq.
( 99852 )
*7 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    How many reservists have been called up to participate in Operation Telic.
( 99853 )
*8 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    If he will make a statement on recruitment to the armed forces since January.
( 99854 )
*9 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the time taken for UK aerospace companies to be paid for the work they carry out on the Eurofighter project.
( 99855 )
*10 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    When he last held discussions with the US Defence Secretary on Iraq.
( 99856 )
*11 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the progress being made towards inoculating British forces in the Gulf against diseases which could be spread by weapons of mass destruction.
( 99857 )
*12 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    If he will make a statement on the size of United Kingdom armed forces on duty in the Gulf.
( 99858 )
*13 Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    What his Department's age retirement policy is.
( 99862 )
*14 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    How many British troops are stationed in the Gulf.
( 99863 )
*15 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    When he will make an announcement on the award of a service medal for veterans of the Suez Canal campaign in 1951-54.
( 99864 )
*16 Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw):    If he will make a statement on his plans for the future involvement of British forces in combating international terrorism.
( 99865 )
*17 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What plans he has to pursue a private finance initiative for the Defence Fire Service.
( 99866 )
*18 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What the approved strength of the Army is; and how many vacancies there are.
( 99867 )
*19 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    When he next plans to visit the Defence Aviation Repair Agency at RAF St Athan to discuss the Red Dragon Project.
( 99868 )
*20 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If he will make a statement on the deaths which have occurred at Deepcut Barracks.
( 99870 )

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

Main Business

+  1  


[Up to 1½ hours]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That the draft Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Continuance in force of sections 21 to 23) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 23rd January, be approved.

The Fifth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2002-03, on the Continuance in force of sections 21-23 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, HC 462, is relevant.
        The Speaker will put the question necessary to dispose of proceedings not later than one and a half hours after their commencement (Standing Order No. 16).

+  2  


[Until 10.00 p.m.]

      The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.

        Proposed subject for debate: Intelligence and Security Committee Report on the Terrorist Bombings in Bali.

The Intelligence and Security Committee Report, Inquiry into Intelligence, Assessment and Advice prior to the Terrorist Bombings on Bali, 12th October 2002, CM5724, and the Government response thereto, CM 5765, are relevant.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Robin Cook
        That the Local Authority (Overview and Scrutiny Committees Health Scrutiny Functions) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3048), Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Functions) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3007) and Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 3038) be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

+  4  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Robin Cook
        That the Greater London Authority (Allocation of Grants for Precept Calculations) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 225), be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

+  5  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Keith Hill
        That Angela Eagle be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts and Mr Sio(r)n Simon be added.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

+  6  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Keith Hill
        That Roger Casale be discharged from the European Scrutiny Committee and John Robertson be added.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Proposed refugee centre, Coniston Hotel, Sittingbourne (Derek Wyatt).

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



1Welsh Affairs1.45 p.m.

2.00 p.m.
Committee Room 1, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff (private)
Subject: Empowering Children and Young People in Wales.
Witnesses: Children in Wales, Save the Children and the Wales Youth Agency; Representatives from Ynys Mon Isle of Anglesey County Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, City and County of Swansea Council, Torfaen County Borough Council, Wrexham County Borough Council and the Welsh Local Government Association (from approximately 3.30 p.m.).
2Education and Skills3.45 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
3Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions: Urban Affairs Sub-Committee4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: The Evening Economy and the Urban Renaissance.
Witnesses: The British Beer and Pub Association, J D Wetherspoon Plc and Business in Sport and Leisure; The Civic Trust and Open All Hours (at approximately 5.00 p.m.); The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) (at approximately 5.30 p.m.).
4Public Accounts4.00 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Tackling Benefit Fraud.
Witnesses: Sir Richard Mottram KCB, Permanent Secretary, Mr Rod Clark, Director, Fraud, Planning and Presentation, and Mr Mark Fisher, Director, Performance and Product Management, Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions.
5Information4.30 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)


6Human Rights4.30 p.m.Room 3A (private)

[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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Ruddy Duck control in the United Kingdom.
2    Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:      Bermuda: Order in Council.
3    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Civil contingency planning to deal with terrorist attack.
4    Secretary of State for Defence:      QinetiQ—Long Term Partnering Agreement.


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