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Order of Business 31 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
*1 Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    If he will make a statement on the deployment of British armed forces to the Gulf region.
( 105447 )
*2 Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    How many reservists are deployed in the Gulf region.
( 105448 )
*3 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    What his policy is towards the commitment of British forces to long-term peacekeeping missions in urban areas in Iraq.
( 105449 )
*4 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    If he will make a statement on the present involvement of British forces in Iraq.
( 105450 )
*5 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction in the war in Iraq and the preparedness of British forces to meet these dangers.
( 105451 )
*6 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    If he will make a statement on military operations in the Gulf.
( 105452 )
*7 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    If he will make a statement on NATO reorganisation.
( 105454 )
*8 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    What progress is being made in developing the proposed new aircraft carriers.
( 105455 )
*9 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on use of cluster bombs by the UK.
( 105456 )
*10 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on his policy on co-operation between UK armed forces and private security companies working overseas.
( 105457 )
*11 Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    In what ways his Department supports the police national chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear centre at Winterbourne Gunner; and if he will make a statement.
( 105458 )
*12 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    How many members of the Territorial Army have been mobilised for the Iraq conflict.
( 105459 )
*13 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    Whether he expects more UK troops to be deployed to Iraq.
( 105460 )
*14 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on Iraqi defections.
( 105461 )
*15 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What assessment he has made of the effects of the use of (a) cluster bombs and (b) depleted uranium weapons by UK forces in Iraq since the start of the current conflict.
( 105462 )
*16 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What steps he is taking to secure the Iraq/Iran border.
( 105463 )
*17 Mr David Drew (Stroud):    If he will make a statement on his working relationship with the media during the conflict with Iraq.
( 105464 )
*18 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    If he will make a statement on military co-ordination of humanitarian aid in Iraq.
( 105465 )
*19 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    If he will make a statement on the role of the Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the Gulf region.
( 105466 )
*20 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    If he will make a statement on Iraq.
( 105467 )
*21 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    If he will make a statement on the military situation in Iraq.
( 105468 )
*22 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    If he will make a statement on the future of the European Security and Defence Policy.
( 105469 )
*23 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    What percentage of the Army is deployed or warned to deploy on operations.
( 105470 )
*24 Patrick Mercer (Newark):    What plans he has to replace units currently engaged in the Gulf.
( 105471 )

At 3.30 p.m.Urgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business

+  1  

RAILWAYS AND TRANSPORT SAFETY BILL:      As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.      (Queen's and Prince of Wales's Consent to be signified on Third Reading.)

[Until 10.00 p.m.]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

Third Reading will also be taken.

        Proceedings on Consideration shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 9.00 p.m. and proceedings on Third Reading, so far as not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 10.00 p.m. (Order of 28th January).

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[No debate]

      Mr Elliot Morley
        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 10665/02, Commission Communication, entitled Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides; and supports the Government's view that this document is a useful step towards a strategy that will help reduce risks and hazards to health and the environment from the use of pesticides.

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

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Milburn
        That the draft General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 3rd March, be approved.

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

+  4  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Ben Bradshaw
        That, at the sitting on Thursday 3rd April, the Motion for the Adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment may be proceeded with, though opposed, for three hours, or until Six o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Government support for learning-disabled athletes (Mr Martin Caton).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).



1Standing Committee D (Programming Sub-Committee) (Licensing Bill [Lords])6.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2003.


3Welsh Affairs1.00 p.m.

1.15 p.m.
Committee Room 1, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff (private)
Subject: Empowering Children and Young People in Wales.
Witnesses: Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, Children and Youth Justice, Welsh Assembly Government and officials; Peter Clarke, Children's Commissioner for Wales and Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick, Disability Rights Commissioner for Wales; Dr Howard Williamson, Cardiff University; End Child Poverty Network Cymru.
4Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Broadband in Rural Areas Sub-Committee4.00 p.m.

4.05 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Broadband in Rural Areas.
Witnesses: South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) on behalf of the Regional Development Agencies; Blewbury Broadband Campaign Group; Country Land and Business Association.
5Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Improving social housing through transfers.
Witnesses: Ms Mavis McDonald CB, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Dr Norman Perry, Chief Executive, The Housing Corporation.


6Human Rights4.30 p.m.Room 3A (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 Northern Ireland:      Final decisions response to the O'Hare Report.
2    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Youth Justice Agency.
3    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Finance Bill Measures: Landfill Tax.
4    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Head office location for the proposed Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
5    Secretary of State for Health:      Revised public service agreement target for the education of children in care.
6    Deputy Prime Minister:      Regional planning guidance for the North West (RPG13).
7    Deputy Prime Minister:      Housing Bill: consultation on legislation.
8    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      UK-USA: Bilateral Extradition Treaty.
9    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Employer Task Force on Pensions.
10    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      JobCentre Plus.
11    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Reorganisation of diplomatic representation in Africa.
12    Secretary of State for Defence:      Launch of Defence Medical Education and Training Agency.
13    Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department:      Key performance indicators and targets for the National Archives Executive Agency for 2003-04.
14    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      The merger of the British Cattle Movement Service with the Rural Payments Agency.


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