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Order of Business 2 April 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 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    What steps he is taking to enable the socially excluded to gain access to the internet; and if he will make a statement.
( 106159 )
*2 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    If he will visit Nottingham North to discuss regeneration in the constituency.
( 106160 )
*3 Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    If he will make a statement on the level of council taxes in England for the 2003-04 financial year.
( 106161 )
*4 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston):    What action he is taking to encourage partnership work between local authorities and business.
( 106162 )
*5 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    What the role of sport is in his campaign against social exclusion.
( 106163 )
*6 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on his recent meeting with the Federation of Postmasters and Postmistresses.
( 106164 )
*7 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    What plans he has to increase the proportion of local government funding raised locally.
( 106165 )
*8 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    What plans he has to review the powers of county councils.
( 106166 )
*9 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    If he will make a statement on the operation of the code of conduct for parish councils.
( 106167 )
*10 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    If he will make a statement on the availability of affordable housing in Somerset.
( 106168 )
*11 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    If he will make a statement on the responses that have been received in respect of his proposals for regional referendums.
( 106169 )
*12 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    What definition he uses of the term new localism.
( 106170 )
*13 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    What recent discussions he has had with representatives of the New Towns.
( 106171 )
*14 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the number of responses received to, and how much support there was for, the Government's proposal for a referendum on a regional assembly for the East of England.
( 106172 )
*15 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What representations he has received from organisations representing disabled people in connection with the consultation on the establishment of a single equality body.
( 106173 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 2nd April.
( 106144 )
*Q2 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    
( 106145 )
*Q3 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    
( 106146 )
*Q4 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    
( 106147 )
*Q5 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    
( 106148 )
*Q6 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    
( 106149 )
*Q7 Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    
( 106150 )
*Q8 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    
( 106151 )
*Q9 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    
( 106152 )
*Q10 Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):    
( 106153 )
*Q11 Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    
( 106154 )
*Q12 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    
( 106155 )
*Q13 Mr John Baron (Billericay):    
( 106156 )
*Q14 Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    
( 106157 )
*Q15 Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    
( 106158 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Tony Baldry
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish an Independent Funding Commission to have responsibility for allocating grants and funds to local authorities in England and Wales and replacing the standard spending assessment powers of Ministers; 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

+  2  


[Up to 45 minutes]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Ben Bradshaw
        That, in accordance with the resolution of the Programming Committee of 1st April and pursuant to the Programme Order of 4th December 2002 relating to the Criminal Justice Bill, as amended by the Orders of 4th February and 5th March:

    (1)   Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on each of the three days allowed by the Order as shown in the second column of the following Table, and shall be taken in the order so shown.

    (2)   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.

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

    (4)   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on the third day.


DayProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
First dayClauses 1 to 6, Clause 8, Schedule 1, New Clauses relating to Part 3, Clauses 18 to 22, New Clauses relating to Part 4, Clause 23, Schedule 2, Clauses 24 to 26, New Clauses relating to Part 8, Clauses 44 to 49Two and a half hours after the commencement of the proceedings on a motion relating to this resolution
Clauses 99 to 120, Schedule 6, Clauses 121 to 126Three and a half hours after the commencement of those proceedings
New Clauses relating to Part 11, Clauses 82 to 98, Schedule 5Six and a half hours after the commencement of such proceedings
Second dayNew Clauses relating to Part I, Clause 7, Clauses 9 and 10, New Clauses relating to Part 2, Clauses 11 to 17, New Clauses relating to Part 5, Clauses 27 to 34, New Clauses relating to Part 6, Clause 35, Schedule 3, New Clauses relating to Part 7, Clauses 36 to 43, New Clauses relating to Part 9, Clauses 50 to 62, New Clauses relating to Part 10, Clause 63, Schedule 4, Clauses 64 to 81Six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill
Third dayNew Clauses relating to Part 12, Clauses 127 to 163, Schedule 7, Clause 164, Schedule 8, Clauses 165 to 171, Schedule 9, Clauses 172 to 176, Schedule 10, Clauses 177 to 201, Schedule 11, Clauses 202 to 206, Schedule 12, Clauses 207 to 211, Schedules 13 and 14, Clause 212, Schedule 15, Clauses 213 to 221, Schedule 16, Clauses 222 to 246, Schedule 17, Clause 247, Schedule 18, Clause 248, Schedules 19 and 20, Clauses 249 to 251, Schedule 21, Clause 252, Schedule 22, Clauses 253 and 254, Schedule 23, Clauses 255 to 258, Schedule 24, Clauses 259 to 265, Schedule 25, Clauses 266 to 268, Schedule 26, Clauses 269 to 273, Schedule 27, Clause 274, Schedule 28, Clause 275, Schedule 29, Clauses 276 to 280, remaining New Clauses, New Schedules, any remaining proceedings on the BillFive and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill

        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 45 minutes after proceedings begin (Order B(8) relating to Programming of Bills of 28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002).

+  3  

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

[Up to 6

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

        Proceedings may continue for six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Criminal Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 4) Motion if the Criminal Justice Bill (Programme) (No. 4) Motion is agreed to.

+  4  


[No debate after 7.00 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 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Higher education in Plymouth (Linda Gilroy).

        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 B (Programming Sub-Committee) (Waste and Emission Trading Bill [Lords])6.00 p.m.Room 13 (private)
2Standing Committee C2.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the Aviation (Offences) Bill.
3Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the ACAS draft code of practice on Time Off for Trade Union Duties and Activities.


4Committee on the Lord Chancellor's
9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The role of the Lord Chancellor.
Witness: Rt Hon Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, Lord Chancellor.
5European Scrutiny9.30 a.m.
9.40 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Report of the Convention's Working Group X on freedom, security and justice.
Witness: Justice.
6Work and Pensions2.30 p.m.
3.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Childcare for working parents.
Witnesses: One Parent Families, and One Plus.
7Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Future of Waste Management.
Witness: Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP, Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
8Health2.45 p.m.Room 17 (private)
9Transport3.00 p.m.

3.10 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Aviation.
Witnesses: ABTA; Sustainable Development Commission (at approximately 3.50 p.m.); Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (at approximately 4.40 p.m.); and Airport Watch and RSPB (at approximately 5.20 p.m.).
10Treasury3.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)
11Defence3.30 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Defence and Security in the UK.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Minister of State for Local Government and the Regions, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Assistant Commissioner David Veness CBE QPM, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police, and Mr Zyg Kowalczyk, Director, London Resilience Team.
12Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.
3.50 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Energy White Paper: Follow-up.
Witness: Mr Brian Wilson MP, Minister of Energy and Construction, Department of Trade and Industry.
13Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Improving service quality: Action in response to the Inherited SERPS problem.
Witnesses: Sir Richard Mottram KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, and Ms Rachel Lomax, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport.
14Modernisation of the House of Commons3.45 p.m.Room 21 (private)
15Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: The Scientific Response to Terrorism.
Witnesses: Acambis, PowderJect, Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry and GlaxoSmithKline; Department of Health, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Police Scientific Development Branch (at approximately 5.15 p.m.).
16Northern Ireland Affairs4.15 p.m.

4.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Electoral Registration in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: The Chief Electoral Officer, The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland, and the Electoral Commission.
17Selection4.45 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Forestry Commission's executive agencies.
2     Deputy Prime Minister:      Announcement of the changed arrangements for appointing inspectors for inquiries into road schemes.
3     Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Co-operation in fighting terrorism and on civil resilience.
4     Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department:      Key performance targets for Her Majesty's Land Registry for 2003-04.
5     Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union: April to October 2003.


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