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Order of Business 18 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 Health
*1 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement on mental health services in Barnet.
( 103193 )
*2 James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    If he will make a statement on the Private Finance Initiative in hospitals.
( 103194 )
*3 Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    How many children are looked after by private foster carers.
( 103195 )
*4 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    What estimate he has made of the number of people in the North West who are no longer able to get on the list of an NHS dentist.
( 103196 )
*5 Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    If he will make a statement on budget deficits in primary health care services.
( 103197 )
*6 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on smaller community hospitals.
( 103198 )
*7 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    If he will make a statement on foundation hospitals.
( 103199 )
*8 Bob Russell (Colchester):    When he last met the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to discuss the health of school pupils.
( 103200 )
*9 Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    What progress has been made with the establishment of centres of excellence for the treatment of endometriosis.
( 103201 )
*10 Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    What assessment he has made of the impact on medical staffing in acute hospitals of extending the Working Time Directive to junior doctors.
( 103202 )
*11 Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    If he will make a statement on planning for the event of deliberate release of biological weapons.
( 103203 )
*12 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What progress he has made in establishing the commissioning of NHS dentistry by primary care trusts.
( 103204 )
*13 Margaret Moran (Luton South):    What further measures he intends to take to tackle child mortality in Luton.
( 103205 )
*14 Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    What recent advice he has given to (a) strategic health authorities and (b) local health economies on dealing with projected budget deficits.
( 103206 )
*15 Andy Burnham (Leigh):    If he will make a statement on the implications for his Department of the Office of Fair Trading report on community pharmacies.
( 103207 )
*16 Joyce Quin (Gateshead East & Washington West):    If he will make a statement on the operation of the free fruit scheme in schools.
( 103208 )
*17 Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    If he will make a statement on the availability of NHS dentistry in the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
( 103209 )
*18 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    If he will make a statement on the progress his Department has made in reducing the number of healthcare-acquired infections.
( 103210 )
*19 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
( 103211 )
*20 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    What recent representations he has received about capitation funding in Bedfordshire.
( 103212 )
*21 Mr Paul Truswell (Pudsey):    What recent representations he has received regarding the Office of Fair Trading report on community pharmacies.
( 103213 )
*22 Andrew George (St Ives):    If he will make a statement on the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis.
( 103214 )
*23 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What discussions he has had with the Department for Education and Skills on teaching basic first aid to children in schools.
( 103215 )
*24 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    In how many cases primary care trusts are withholding money from acute trusts; and what the (a) individual and (b) total value is of the amounts being disputed.
( 103216 )
*25 Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    If he will make a statement on hospital reconfigurations.
( 103217 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute Rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Jim Cunningham
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to give pensioner members of occupational pension schemes the statutory right to be member-nominated trustees of such schemes, and to guarantee the final payments of such schemes; 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).

        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 7.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

Main Business

+  2  


[Until 10.00 p.m.]

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Hoon
        That this House notes its decisions of 25th November 2002 and 26th February 2003 to endorse UN Security Council Resolution 1441; recognises that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and long range missiles, and its continuing non-compliance with Security Council Resolutions, pose a threat to international peace and security; notes that in the 130 days since Resolution 1441 was adopted Iraq has not co-operated actively, unconditionally and immediately with the weapons inspectors, and has rejected the final opportunity to comply and is in further material breach of its obligations under successive mandatory UN Security Council Resolutions; regrets that despite sustained diplomatic effort by Her Majesty's Government it has not proved possible to secure a second Resolution in the UN because one Permanent Member of the Security Council made plain in public its intention to use its veto whatever the circumstances; notes the opinion of the Attorney General that, Iraq having failed to comply and Iraq being at the time of Resolution 1441 and continuing to be in material breach, the authority to use force under Resolution 678 has revived and so continues today; believes that the United Kingdom must uphold the authority of the United Nations as set out in Resolution 1441 and many Resolutions preceding it, and therefore supports the decision of Her Majesty's Government that the United Kingdom should use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction; offers wholehearted support to the men and women of Her Majesty's Armed Forces now on duty in the Middle East; in the event of military operations requires that, on an urgent basis, the United Kingdom should seek a new Security Council Resolution that would affirm Iraq's territorial integrity, ensure rapid delivery of humanitarian relief, allow for the earliest possible lifting of UN sanctions, an international reconstruction programme, and the use of all oil revenues for the benefit of the Iraqi people and endorse an appropriate post-conflict administration for Iraq, leading to a representative government which upholds human rights and the rule of law for all Iraqis; and also welcomes the imminent publication of the Quartet's roadmap as a significant step to bringing a just and lasting peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians and for the wider Middle East region, and endorses the role of Her Majesty's Government in actively working for peace between Israel and Palestine.

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

      Mr James Plaskitt
      Mr David Kidney

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `calls upon Her Majesty's Government to seek a new Security Council Resolution that would confirm Iraq's material breach of its disarmament obligations but would allow a further defined period during which Iraq would be given specified disarmament tasks at the end of which, in the event of non-compliance, it would authorise military action.'

      Mr Chris Smith
      Mr Douglas Hogg
      Mr Menzies Campbell
      Mr Peter Kilfoyle
      Mr Edward Leigh
      Angus Robertson
 Mr Simon Thomas
Mr Kenneth Clarke
Mr John Gummer
Mr Terry Davis
Mr Hilton Dawson
Mr Andrew Stunell
Joan Ruddock
Mr Michael Weir
Derek Wyatt
Mr Tony Banks
Dr Desmond Turner
Patrick Hall
Phil Sawford
Mr David Drew
Annabelle Ewing
Mr Michael Clapham
Mr Jon Owen Jones
Mr Malcolm Savidge
Linda Perham
Richard Burden
Mr Frank Doran
Mr Mark Lazarowicz
Albert Owen
Mr Martin Salter
Mrs Betty Williams
Mr Paul Truswell
Ann McKechin
Mrs Patsy Calton
Mr Mike Hancock
Mr Richard Allan
Tony Worthington
Mr Ian Davidson
Mr Eric Illsley
Paul Holmes
Mr Frank Dobson
Mr Tony Lloyd
Mr Paul Keetch
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Glenda Jackson
Mr Harold Best
David Hamilton
Mr Alex Salmond
Adam Price
Mr David Hinchliffe
Mr Fabian Hamilton
John Cryer
Mr Brian Sedgmore
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Peter Ainsworth
Mr Jim Marshall
Clive Efford
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Andy Reed
Jim Dobbin
Julie Morgan
Mr Jim Cousins
Mr Tony McWalter
Mr Martin Caton
Mrs Joan Humble
Mr Phil Willis
Mr Michael Connarty
Mr Alistair Carmichael
Mr Don Foster
Nick Harvey
Mr Paul Tyler
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
Bob Russell
Mr Michael Moore
Mr Graham Allen
Mr Doug Henderson
Dr Jenny Tonge
Mr John Randall
Mr Roger Berry
Mr David Lepper
Pete Wishart
Hywel Williams
Mr Richard Page
Mr John Battle
Llew Smith
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews
Dr Doug Naysmith
Mr Iain Luke
Mr Ian Taylor
Ms Karen Buck
Lynne Jones
Dr Hywel Francis
Andrew George
Dr Evan Harris
Mr Huw Edwards
Jon Trickett
Sir Robert Smith
Simon Hughes
Annette Brooke
John Thurso
Lembit O­pik
Ms Diane Abbott
Mr Ken Purchase
Steve Webb

        Line      2,      leave out from `1441' to `in' in line 21 and insert `believes that the case for war against Iraq has not yet been established, especially given the absence of specific United Nations authorisation; but, in the event that hostilities do commence, pledges its total support for the British forces engaged in the Middle East, expresses its admiration for their courage, skill and devotion to duty, and hopes that their tasks will be swiftly concluded with minimal casualties on all sides'.

The Fourth Report from the International Development Committee, on Preparing for the humanitarian consequences of possible military action against Iraq, HC444-I, is relevant.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m., if the 7.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

At 7.00 p.m.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE        [No debate]

      The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister relating to Iraq may be proceeded with, though opposed, until Ten o'clock.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Immigration statistics (Mr Nicholas Soames).

        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 C2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Co-Operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill.
2Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation8.55 a.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Education (Admission Forums) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2900).
3Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation8.55 a.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 111) (HC421) on the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.


4Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department9.00 a.m.
9.10 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: Courts Bill.
Witnesses: Professor Lee Bridges, Legal Research Institute, University of Warwick, and Mrs Nicola Padfield, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; Mr Nick Smedley, Director, Criminal Justice, Mr Kevin Sadler, Director, Criminal Courts Development, Mr Martin Jones, Head of Legislation Management Branch, and Deborah Matthews, Programme Manager, Unified Administration Programme, Lord Chancellor's Department (at approximately 9.45 a.m.).
5International Development9.15 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: The Operation of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Witness: Mr Desmond de Silva QC, Deputy Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone.
6Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The UK and the Euro.
Witnesses: Mr Sam Younger, Chairman, and Mr Roger Creedon, Chief Executive, the Electoral Commission; Mr Mark Damazar, Deputy Head of News, and Ms Anne Sloman, Chief Political Adviser, BBC (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
7Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
8Trade and Industry9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Electricity (Trading and Transmission) Bill.
Witnesses: Combined Heat and Power Association; Electricity Association (at 10.15 a.m.); Energywatch (at 11.00 a.m.); Association of Energy Producers (at 11.30 a.m.).
9Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions10.00 a.m.Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne (public)
Subject: Regional Disparities in Economic Prosperity.
Witnesses: North East Regional Assembly and One North East; Durham Council, Middlesbrough Council and Northumberland Council (at approximately 11.30 a.m.).
10Work and Pensions10.00 a.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
11Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions1.15 p.m.Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne (public)
Subject: Regional Disparities in Economic Prosperity.
Witnesses: Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health; Government Office for the North East and NEXUS (at approximately 2.00 p.m.).
12Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 19 (private)
13Trade and Industry3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Electricity (Trading and Transmission) Bill.
Witnesses: Brian Wilson MP, Minister for Energy and Construction, and officials, Department of Trade and Industry.
14Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meetingRoom 7 (private)


15Statutory 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     Secretary of State for International Development:      Pakistan: Supporting the poverty reduction strategy.
2    Secretary of State for Transport:      Light Dues.
3     Deputy Prime Minister:      The Home Ownership Task Force.
4    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      The future of enriched cages in England after 2012.
5     Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      The `QUALITY' Parish and Town Council Initiative.
6     Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Publication of Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2002.
7     Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      British Sign Language.
8     Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Implementation of sections 134 to 139 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.
9     Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Processing asylum claims.


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