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Order of Business 5 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

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 Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    When he plans to bring forward legislation to license (a) rogue landlords and (b) houses in multiple occupation.
( 100648 )
*2 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What steps he is taking to ensure that there is adequate affordable housing in south Swindon.
( 100650 )
*3 Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    If he will make a statement on regional government in the South West.
( 100651 )
*4 Linda Perham (Ilford North):    What additional freedoms and flexibilities he plans to make available to high performing councils.
( 100652 )
*5 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the provision of low cost housing in (a) the South East and (b) the Midlands.
( 100653 )
*6 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    If he will make a statement on the number of parish councillors who have stood aside because of the Parish Council Code of Conduct.
( 100654 )
*7 Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    What assessment he has made of the ways in which the Comprehensive Performance Assessment will improve performance of local government.
( 100655 )
*8 Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West):    If he will set out the Social Exclusion Unit's plans over the next 12 months.
( 100657 )
*9 Vera Baird (Redcar):    What assistance he will give to areas with significant housing regeneration needs which are not Pathfinder areas.
( 100658 )
*10 Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):    What representations he has received from Bedfordshire following publication of his plans `Sustainable Communities in the East of England'.
( 100659 )
*11 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    What progress he has made in establishing regional governments in England.
( 100660 )
*12 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will make a statement on the local government settlement for councils in East Sussex.
( 100661 )
*13 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    What representations he has received from south eastern local authorities regarding the local government funding settlement.
( 100662 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 5th March.
( 100633 )
*Q2 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    
( 100634 )
*Q3 Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    
( 100635 )
*Q4 Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East):    
( 100637 )
*Q5 Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):    
( 100638 )
*Q6 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    
( 100639 )
*Q7 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    
( 100640 )
*Q8 Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    
( 100641 )
*Q9 Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    
( 100642 )
*Q10 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    
( 100643 )
*Q11 Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    
( 100644 )
*Q12 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    
( 100645 )
*Q13 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    
( 100646 )

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

Main Business

+  1  


[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 further amended by the substitution in paragraph 2 (conclusion of proceedings in standing committee) for Thursday 6th March" of Tuesday 11th March".

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

+  2  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL:      As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered [1st day].

[Until 7.00 p.m.]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m. (Order of 25th February).

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Robin Cook
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That, in accordance with the Resolution of the Standing Committee of 4th March 2003, the programme order of 4th December 2002 in relation to the Criminal Justice Bill shall be further varied as follows—

Consideration and Third Reading

      (1)   Paragraphs (4), (5) and (6) of the Order (Consideration and Third Reading) shall be omitted.

      (2)   Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be concluded in three days and shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the last of those days.

To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002).
+  4  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Robin Cook
        That the Sea Fisheries (Restrictions on Days at Sea) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 299), be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Coal industry social welfare organization (Mr Michael Clapham).

        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).



1Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Financial Assistance for Industry (Increase of Limit) Order 2003.


2Education and Skills9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Higher Education Funding.
Witnesses: Sir Howard Newby CBE, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia, and Dr Peter Knight, Vice-Chancellor, University of Central England.
3Procedure2.00 p.m.

2.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Procedures for debates, private Members' bills and the powers of the Speaker.
Witnesses: Mr Tam Dalyell MP and Dr Richard Taylor MP.
4Accommodation and Works2.30 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
5Defence2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: SDR New Chapter.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Secretary of State, Mr Simon Webb CBE, Policy Director, and Air Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup KCB AFC, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability), Ministry of Defence.
6Welsh Affairs3.00 p.m.Room 19 (private)
7Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Safety, quality, efficacy: regulating medicines in the UK.
Witnesses: Dr Gordon Munro, Acting Chief Executive, Medicines Control Agency, and Mr Andy McKeon, Director of Policy and Planning, Department of Health.
8Transport3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: The Work of the Highways Agency.
Witness: Mr Tim Matthews, Chief Executive, Highways Agency.
9Catering4.00 p.m.Room 18 (private)
10European Scrutiny4.00 p.m.Room 17 (private)
11Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: The Scientific Response to Terrorism.
Witnesses: Public Health Laboratory Service, Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, National Focus for Chemical Incidents, National Radiological Protection Board; British Medical Association, Royal College of General Practitioners, British Infection Society (at approximately 5.15 p.m.); Whittington NHS Trust, Ambulance Service Association, Salford Royal Hospital Trust (at approximately 5.45 p.m.).
12Selection4.45 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    Secretary of State for Defence:      Collocation of the Research Acquisition Organisation.
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      Local Authority Social Housing Grant—transitional arrangements.
3    Deputy Prime Minister:      New SEU Projects on Enterprise/Jobs in Deprived Areas and Mental Health.
4    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Sex offenders and foreign travel.
5    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Date of the Budget.


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