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Order of Business 12 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 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on the future of (a) policing and (b) police based at airports and seaports within Northern Ireland.
( 101439 )
*2 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    If he will make a statement on the PSNI recruiting patterns.
( 101440 )
*3 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on the Strategic Investment Programme.
( 101441 )
*4 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What recent progress has been made towards decommissioning terrorist weapons.
( 101442 )
*5 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 101443 )
*6 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    What recent representations he has received about (a) punishment beatings and (b) forced exiles in Northern Ireland.
( 101444 )
*7 Lady Hermon (North Down):    If he will make a statement on progress on a future Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.
( 101445 )
*8 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What steps he is taking to improve educational standards in deprived areas of Northern Ireland.
( 101446 )
*9 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on the quantities of illegally held (a) weapons and (b) explosives which have been decommissioned under the Good Friday Agreement.
( 100447 )
*10 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the decommissioning of arms held by the IRA.
( 101448 )
*11 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    If he will make a statement on the extent of verifiable decommissioning of unlawfully held weaponry.
( 101449 )
*12 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    If he will make a statement on his most recent discussions in respect of the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland.
( 101450 )
*13 Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    How many individuals in Northern Ireland are in receipt of funding to help them prepare for the next two Olympic Games.
( 101451 )
*14 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the state of IRA decommissioning.
( 101452 )
*15 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make a statement on progress towards Acts of Completion.
( 101453 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Peter Bradley (The Wrekin):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 12th March.
( 102266 )
*Q2 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    
( 102267 )
*Q3 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    
( 102268 )
*Q4 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    
( 102269 )
*Q5 Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    
( 102270 )
*Q6 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    What plans he has to visit Indonesia to discuss the campaign against international terrorism with the President of Indonesia.
( 102271 )
*Q7 Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    
( 102272 )
*Q8 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    
( 102273 )
*Q9 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    
( 102274 )
*Q10 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    
( 102275 )
*Q11 Andrew George (St Ives):    
( 102276 )
*Q12 Andy Burnham (Leigh):    
( 102277 )
*Q13 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    
( 102278 )
*Q14 Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    
( 102279 )
*Q15 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    
( 102280 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bills

+  1  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Milburn
        Bill to amend the law about the National Health Service; to make provision about quality and standards in the provision of health and social care, including provision establishing the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection and the Commission for Social Care Inspection; to amend the law about the recovery of NHS costs from persons making compensation payments; to provide for the replacement of the Welfare Food Schemes; to make provision about appointments to health and social care bodies; and for connected purposes.

Formal First Reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Sue Doughty
        Bill to require the drawing up and implementation of a strategy to promote sustainability among local communities; to make provision for the inclusion of targets and indicators in the strategy; to make provision for councils to implement the strategy in their area; to make provision in respect of the powers of electors in relation to the implementation of the strategy; and for connected purposes.

Formal First Reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute Rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Nick Hawkins
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make it an offence to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled drug; to provide powers for police officers to undertake roadside drug tests on drivers; to provide that statistics of drug-related road accidents and deaths are collected and collated; and for connected purposes.

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

Main Business

+  4  

CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL: Second Reading

[No debate]

        The Questions on Second and Third Reading of the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill will be put without debate (Standing Order No. 56).

+  5  


[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.

        Proposed subject for debate: Welsh Affairs.

        The Third Report from the Welsh Affairs Committee, Session 2002-03, The Work of the Committee in 2002, HC 263, and the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Welsh Affairs Committee on 15th October 2002 [The Wales Office Departmental Report 2002], HC 1216, Session 2001-02, are relevant.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  6  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Robin Cook
        That, during proceedings on the Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) Bill, 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.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Rail services to Hassocks (Mr Howard Flight).

        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).



1Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 113) on the special grant in aid of the revenues of the London Borough of Hackney for 2002-03.
2Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the Education (Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (Primary Schools) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2903) and Education (Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (Secondary Schools) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2904).


3Education and Skills9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Annual Report of HM Chief Inspector of Schools.
Witnesses: Mr David Bell, HM Chief Inspector, Mr Maurice Smith, Acting Director of Early Years, Mr David Taylor, Director of Inspection, and Miss Elizabeth Passmore, Director of Inspection.
4Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Future of Waste Management.
Witnesses: Local Government Association; Bath and North East Somerset Council (at approximately 3.10 p.m.); and the Composting Association (at approximately 3.50 p.m.)
5Administration2.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)
6Defence2.30 p.m.Room 16 (private)
7Work and Pensions2.30 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
8Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.Room 20 (private)
9Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Building an Air Manoeuvre Capability: The Introduction of the Apache Helicopter.
Witnesses: Sir Kevin Tebbit KCB CMG, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Major General Andrew Figgures CBE, Capability Manager (Manoeuvre), and Mr Ian Fauset, Executive Director 1, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence.
10Transport3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Aviation.
Witnesses: BA and BA Citiexpress; bmi, Virgin Atlantic, and BAR UK (at approximately 4.40 p.m.); The Charter Airline Group of the UK (at approximately 5.20 p.m.).
11Broadcasting4.00 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
12Science and Technology4.00 p.m.Room 17 (private)
13Northern Ireland Affairs3.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
14Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


15Unopposed Bills3.00 p.m.Room 9 (public)
Mersey Tunnels Bill.

[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 Home Department:      Bind Overs—A Consultation Document.
2    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Proposal to increase capacity of the combined heat and power station at Polimeri Europe Ltd. at Hythe, Hampshire.
3    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Proposal for an offshore wind farm at Kentish Flats in the Thames Estuary.
4    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Proposal for an offshore wind farm off Walney Island, Cumbria.
5    Secretary of State for Defence:      Future Integrated Soldier Technology (FIST).
6    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Conclusions of the Flood and Coastal Defence Funding Review.
7    Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department:      Reform of the Tribunal System.


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