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Order of Business 4 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 11.30 a.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
*1 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    When the new local authorities' guide for the setting of speed limits will be published.
( 100177 )
*2 Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    What discussions he has had in recent weeks with the Strategic Rail Authority about journey times to Plymouth.
( 100178 )
*3 Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    If he will make a statement on the integration of bus services with other forms of transport in Worcestershire.
( 100179 )
*4 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What measures he has taken to improve access to rail services for citizens of South Derbyshire.
( 100180 )
*5 Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    If he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the A46-A47 Link Road.
( 100181 )
*6 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    What steps he is taking to improve the level and quality of services into Waterloo Station.
( 100182 )
*7 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    If he will make a statement on his policy on reducing the use of aviation fuel.
( 100183 )
*8 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the timetable for introducing guidelines on exemptions and concessions in relation to congestion charging.
( 100184 )
*9 Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    What recent assessment he has made of the plans Network Rail have to improve the signalling and track from Nottingham to London.
( 100185 )
*10 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on airport security.
( 100186 )
*11 Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    If he will make a statement about the public bond issue by Metronet.
( 100188 )
*12 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What recent assessment he has made of the impact of modern, reliable bus services on reducing car usage; and if he will make a statement.
( 100189 )
*13 John Mann (Bassetlaw):    What plans he has to upgrade the A1 in Bassetlaw.
( 100190 )
*14 Steve Webb (Northavon):    What his strategy is for encouraging greater reliance on bus transport in areas where bus services are deregulated.
( 100191 )
*15 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the Environment Agency's submissions on the proposed site of a new airport east of Rugby.
( 100192 )
*16 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement about the level of investment in the national railway infrastructure in the last financial year.
( 100193 )
*17 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    What assessment he has made of the cost to businesses of the overrunning of road works contracts which obstruct entry to business premises in the last five years.
( 100194 )
*18 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on the Cycling Projects Fund.
( 100195 )
*19 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What plans he has to improve road links in the eastern part of the Eastern region.
( 100196 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
*20 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the Third Report of the Public Administration Committee on Ombudsman Issues, with special reference to the role of the Cabinet Office.
( 100197 )
*21 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on steps he is taking to reduce the length of time taken by Ministers to reply to honourable Members' letters.
( 100198 )
*22 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will list the subjects on which Lord Birt has advised the Strategy Unit in the last six months.
( 100199 )
*23 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    What plans he has to review whether the requirement that each civil service agency undergoes a quinquennial review of its public sector status should continue.
( 100200 )
*24 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    If he will make a statement on progress with the introduction of e-government.
( 100201 )
*25 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    What recent progress has been made in improving ethnic minority recruitment into the civil service.
( 100202 )
*26 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    What progress has been made on proposals for civil service legislation.
( 100203 )
*27 Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    What discussions he has had in recent weeks with the Delivery Unit about Government targets in the health sector.
( 100204 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute Rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Chris Mullin
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit the keeping of laying hens in enriched cages.

        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to 10 minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business

+  2  


[No debate]

      Mr Robin Cook
      Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the programme order of 10th February in relation to the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] shall be amended by the substitution in paragraph 2 (conclusion of proceedings in standing committee) for `Tuesday 4th March' of `Thursday 6th March'.

To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002).
+  3  

COMMUNICATIONS BILL: As amended in the Standing Committee, to be further considered [2nd 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.

Third Reading will also be taken.

        Proceedings on consideration (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at Six o'clock and proceedings on Third Reading (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at Seven o'clock (Order of 10th February).

+  4  


[No debate]

      Ruth Kelly
        That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. OJ C295, Vol. 45, European Court of Auditors' 2001 Annual Report, and No. 10625/1/02, the Commission's 2001 Annual Report on protecting the financial interests of the Communities; and supports the Government's continuing efforts to promote measures to improve financial management and combat fraud against the European Community's financial interests.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
+  5  


[No debate]

      Secretary Margaret Beckett
        That the draft Code of Guidance on Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Encouraging Positive Partnerships, which was laid before this House on 5th February, be approved.

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


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 112) on Special Grants for the Local e-Government Programme, a copy of which was laid before this House on 3rd February, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
+  7  


[No debate]

      Secretary Tessa Jowell
        That the draft Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 28th January, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Regulation of transmission masts (Mr Richard Spring).

        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)
Further to consider the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords].
4Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation8.55 a.m.Room 14 (public)
To consider the draft Climate Change Levy (Use of Fuel) (Amendment) Regulations 2003.


5Home Affairs8.45 a.m.
9.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Asylum and Immigration: Removals.
Witnesses: Beverley Hughes MP, Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Community Cohesion, Mr Bill Jeffrey, Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, and Angela Ramlagan-Singh, Immigration Service, Home Office.
6Treasury8.45 a.m.

9.00 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The UK and the Euro.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Sir Edward George GCB, Governor, Mr Bill Allen, Director for Europe, and Mr Paul Richards, Specialist Adviser, Bank of England.
7Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.Room 8 (private)
8International Development9.30 a.m.Room 6 (private)
9Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
10Culture, Media and Sport10.30 a.m.Room 7 (private)
11Health10.00 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Foundation Trusts.
Witness: Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP, Secretary of State for Health.
12Foreign Affairs1.45 p.m.

2.00 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Foreign Policy Aspects of the War Against Terrorism.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State, Mr Peter Ricketts CMG, Director General, Political, and Mr Rob Macaire, Head, Counter Terrorism Policy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
13Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.
2.15 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
Subject: Homeworkers in Scotland and the Minimum Wage.
Witnesses: Mr Alan Johnson MP, Minister of State (Employment Relations, Industry and the Regions), Department of Trade and Industry, and officials from the Department of Trade and Industry and Inland Revenue.
14Culture, Media and Sport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Privacy and Media Intrusion.
Witnesses: Presswise; National Union of Journalists and National Council for the Training of Journalists (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); Mr Simon Kelner, The Independent (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
15Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meetingRoom 7 (private)


16Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (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:      Town and Country Planning Use Classes Order.
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      English heritage/CABE guidance on Tall Buildings.
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      Call Out Order.


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