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Order of Business 26 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 International Development
*1 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    How far UK aid and support for heavily indebted poor countries are conditional upon (a) human rights, (b) corruption and (c) governance.
( 104775 )
*2 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If she will make a statement on her Department's responsibilities for British Overseas Territories.
( 104776 )
*3 Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    What representations she has received about the impact of the collapse of coffee prices on poverty reduction in Ethiopia.
( 104777 )
*4 John Mann (Bassetlaw):    What plans she has to provide alternative occupations to those involved in the farming of the opium poppy.
( 104778 )
*5 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    If she will make a statement on the proportion of reconstruction costs in Iraq which will be met by the use of Iraqi oil revenues.
( 104779 )
*6 Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    What response she has made to the UN appeal on behalf of refugees from eastern Congo; and if she will make a statement.
( 104780 )
*7 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If she will make a statement on the use of NGOs to distribute British aid in the reconstruction of Iraq.
( 104781 )
*8 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If she will make a statement on humanitarian relief for Iraq.
( 104782 )
*9 Sue Doughty (Guildford):    What discussions she has had with the UN co-ordinator for Eritrea regarding food shortages.
( 104783 )
*10 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    What the Government's health priorities are within its development aid policies.
( 104784 )
*11 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    What recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of aid operations in Afghanistan.
( 104785 )
*12 Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    If she will make a statement on her contingency plans to work with UK and international NGOs to help relieve the humanitarian situation in Iraq.
( 104786 )
*13 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If she will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Iraq.
( 104787 )
*14 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What overseas aid projects she is supporting in Zimbabwe in the forthcoming financial year.
( 104788 )
*15 Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    What steps she is taking to use the International Finance Facility to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
( 104789 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 26th March.
( 104854 )
*Q2 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    What plans he has to visit Iran.
( 104855 )
*Q3 Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    
( 104856 )
*Q4 Norman Baker (Lewes):    
( 104857 )
*Q5 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):    
( 104858 )
*Q6 Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    
( 104859 )
*Q7 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    
( 104860 )
*Q8 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    
( 104861 )
*Q9 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    
( 104862 )
*Q10 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    
( 104863 )
*Q11 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    
( 104864 )
*Q12 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Iraq.
( 104865 )
*Q13 Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    
( 104866 )
*Q14 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    
( 104867 )
*Q15 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    
( 104868 )

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

Main Business

+  1  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
      Mr Ben Bradshaw
        That the programme order of 10th February 2003 in relation to the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] be further varied as follows—

Consideration and Third Reading

        1.   Paragraphs 4 and 5 of the order shall be omitted.

        2.   Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be concluded in two days.

        3.   Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on each of those days as shown in the first column of the following Table and shall be taken in the order so shown.

        4.   Proceedings on the first day shall be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on that day or at the conclusion of the proceedings set down for that day, whichever is the earlier.

        5.   The proceedings shown in the first column of the table shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the second column of the Table.


ProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
First day
New Clauses relating to district policing partnerships, New Schedules relating to district policing partnerships and amendments relating to Clauses 13 to 15Six and a half hours after the commencement of the proceedings
Second day
Amendments relating to Clauses 23, 22, 18, 9, 10, 21, 11, 12, New Clauses relating to appointments to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, amendments relating to Clause 19, New Clauses relating to members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland engaged on other police service, amendments relating to Clauses 16, 20 and 24, amendments relating to Schedule 1, amendments relating to Clauses 4, 25 and 26, amendments relating to Schedule 2, amendments relating to Clauses 27 to 36 and 1, New Clauses relating to codes of practice, amendments relating to Clauses 2, 17, 3, 5 to 8, 37 to 39, amendments relating to Schedule 3, amendments relating to Clauses 40 and 41, remaining New Clauses, remaining New Schedules and remaining proceedings on consideration6.00 p.m.

        6.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 7.00 p.m. on the second of those days.

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

+  2  

POLICE (NORTHERN IRELAND) BILL [LORDS]:      As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered [1st day].

[Up to 6

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

        The Third Report of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, The Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, HC 233, and the Government's response thereto, Second Special Report, HC 555, are relevant.

        Debate may continue for up to 6

+  3  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Ben Bradshaw
        That, on Wednesday 9th April, the sitting in Westminster Hall shall begin at half-past Nine o'clock and conclude at half-past Eleven o'clock.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

+  4  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Ben Bradshaw
        That, not withstanding paragraph (5) of the Order of the House of 29th October 2002 (New provision for earlier sittings on Wednesdays, and for Thursdays and Fridays), the House shall sit on Friday 11th April.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Green Belt in East Hertfordshire (Mr Mark Prisk).

        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 C9.30 a.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill.
2European Standing Committee A2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider European Union Document No. 10665/02 relating to sustainable use of pesticides.
3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 116) (HC494) Maintenance of Roads Grant 2003-04.
4Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 2003.
5Sixteenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Education (Variation of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2898) and the Education (Admission Appeals Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2899).


6Education and Skills9.00 a.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
7European Scrutiny9.30 a.m.
9.40 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
Subject: Report of the Convention's Working Group X on freedom, security and justice.
Witnesses: Statewatch and Fair Trials Abroad.
8Health10.00 a.m.Room 15 (private)
9Work and Pensions10.00 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10Defence10.50 a.m.

11.00 a.m.
Portsmouth Civic Offices, Hampshire (private)
Subject: Defence and Security in the UK.
Witnesses: Commodore Amjad Hussain, Ministry of Defence, Mr Roger Ching, Acting Chief Executive, Portsmouth City Council, Sheila Clark, Chief Executive, Portsmouth City Primary Care Trust, Captain Martin Putman, Port Manager, Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port, Mr Paul Kernaghan QPM, Chief Constable, Hampshire Constabulary, Mr Richard Mawson, Chief Ambulance Officer, Hampshire Ambulance Service Trust, and Mr Malcolm Eastwood CBE, QFSM, Chief Fire Officer, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
11Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)
12Transport2.00 p.m.
3.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Aviation.
Witnesses: Mr David Stewart MP; Isle of Man Airport and Northern Ireland Consumer Council (at approximately 4.00 p.m.); IATA (at approximately 4.40 p.m.); and London Chamber of Commerce and CBI (at approximately 5.20 p.m.).
13Procedure2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 18 (private)
Subject: Procedure for debates and Private Members' Bills and the powers of the Speaker.
Witnesses: Mr Andrew Dismore MP, Chris Grayling MP, Norman Lamb MP, and Ann McKechin MP.
14Work and Pensions2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Affordable Childcare.
Witnesses: Daycare Trust, Kids Club Network, National Childminding Association, and Pre-school Learning Alliance.
15Welsh Affairs2.45 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
Subject: Empowering Children and Young People in Wales.
Witnesses: Voices from Care (Cymru); The Howard League for Penal Reform; Youth Justice Board for England and Wales; and NACRO Cymru.
16Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.
3.40 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: World Summit on Sustainable Development: From Rhetoric to Reality.
Witness: Johanne Gelinas, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Canada.
17Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 6 (public)
Subject: National Weights and Measures.
Witnesses: Sir Robin Young KCB, Permanent Secretary, and Mr Jonathan Reese, Director, Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate, Department of Trade and Industry, and Dr Jeff Llewellyn, Chief Executive, and Mr Richard Frewin, Trading Standards Adviser, National Weights and Measures Laboratory.
18Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: The Implications for Science of the Higher Education White Paper.
Witness: Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
19Northern Ireland Affairs4.15 p.m.

4.30 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Illegal Drugs Trade and Drug Culture in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: Mr Des Flanagan, Senior Social Worker/Practitioner, Ballymena, and Northern Ireland Representative of UK Harm Reduction Alliance, Mr Mark Gordon, Kilcooley Community Forum, Mr Nicky Kwok, Community/Outreach Worker, Belfast, and Mr Eoin Ryan, Community/Outreach Worker, Ballymena.
20Selection4.45 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     Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department:      Effective enforcement.
2    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Pathways to Work pilots.
3    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Export Credits Guarantee Department.
4    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Publication of the community interest companies consultation document (Enterprise for Communities).
5    Secretary of State for Education and Skills:      Adjustments to grants for local education authorities for 2003-04.
6    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Finance Bill measures.


Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 25th March for answer today++

1 Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) post on the departmental website on a daily basis the battle damage assessment for Coalition forces in their invasion of Iraq.
( 105543 )
2 Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what depleted uranium munitions have been used by Coalition forces in Iraq; and what steps are being taken to clean up the toxic and radiological pollution arising from their use.
( 105544 )
3 Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Iraqi civilians have been (a) killed and (b) severely injured since the Coalition forces invaded Iraq; and if he will place in the Library, on a daily basis, details of new deaths or severe injuries caused to Iraqi civilians by the use of military force in the invasion of Iraq.
( 105563 )


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