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Order of Business 28 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
*1 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What plans he has to establish reception centres outside the EU for processing asylum applications.
( 109755 )
*2 Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    If he will make a statement on the gun amnesty.
( 109756 )
*3 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    What plans he has to increase the protection of jury members from intimidation and threats.
( 109757 )
*4 Tom Cox (Tooting):    How many police officers are serving in the Metropolitan Police Force; and how many were serving in May 1997.
( 109758 )
*5 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    What extra resources he has committed to combat terrorism in the UK in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
( 109759 )
*6 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    What the expected waiting time is for an asylum seeker to hear whether an application has been successful.
( 109760 )
*7 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    What recent assessment he has made of the treaties governing asylum to which the UK is a signatory.
( 109761 )
*8 Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    What plans he has to increase the provision for Community Support Officers.
( 109762 )
*9 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What the evidential basis was for his statement in the United States on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
( 109763 )
*10 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    What proportion of (a) male and (b) female prison inmates have dependent children.
( 109764 )
*11 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    How many anti-social behaviour orders have been (a) sought and (b) granted in 2003; and if he will make a statement.
( 109765 )
*12 Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    If he will make a statement on plans to introduce identity cards.
( 109766 )
*13 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What guidance he gives the police in addressing the problems posed by illegal encampments.
( 109767 )
*14 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What new measures he intends to bring forward to tackle street crime.
( 109768 )
*15 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    What plans he has to implement the child rescue alert scheme piloted by Sussex Police nationwide.
( 109769 )
*16 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    What measures he has taken to implement the recommendation of Lord Carlile of Berriew's review on counter-terrorism.
( 109770 )
*17 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What proportion of asylum claims receive a decision within two months.
( 109771 )
*18 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    How many asylum seekers have been given permission to remain in the UK in each of the past three years.
( 109772 )
*19 Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    What recent assessment he has made of the link between acquisitive crime and drug addiction.
( 109773 )
*20 Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    When he plans to visit the Appeals Processing Centre in the Home Office to discuss the backlog of cases.
( 109774 )
*21 Bob Russell (Colchester):    Whether it is his policy to restore the strength of the Special Constabulary to the number of officers who were in post at May 1997.
( 109775 )
*22 Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    If he will make a statement on police numbers in Somerset.
( 109776 )
*23 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What priority the Home Office attaches to rural policing.
( 109777 )
*24 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    What his most recent estimate is of the number of persons unlawfully resident in the United Kingdom.
( 109778 )
*25 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What actions are open to him upon receipt of reports of HM Inspector of Police.
( 109779 )

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

        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 10.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

Main Business

+  1  


[No debate]

      Dr John Reid
      Yvette Cooper
        That the following provisions shall apply to the European Parliament (Representation) Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 10th December 2002—

Consideration of Lords Amendments
      1.   Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after their commencement.

Subsequent stages
      2.   Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question put and proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002).
+  2  

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (REPRESENTATION) BILL:      Consideration of Lords Amendments.

[Up to three hours]

For Motions and Amendments relating to the Lords Amendments, see separate Paper.
Proceeding shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion three hours after their commencement, if the European Parliament (Representation) Bill (Programme) (No. 2) Motion is agreed to.
+  3  

NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE (ENFORCEMENT NOTICES) BILL [LORDS]: As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.

[Until any hour]

Third Reading may also be taken.

Proceedings may continue until any hour, if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.
At 10.00 p.m.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE        [No debate]

      The Prime Minister
        That at this day's sitting proceedings on the National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

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

+  4  


[No debate]

        Dr John Reid

        That this House, at its rising on Thursday 1st May, do adjourn till Tuesday 6th May 2003.

        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Proposed merger of the Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Trusts (Peter Bradley).

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



1Education and Skills3.45 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions4.00 p.m.

4.15 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: Reducing Regional Disparities in Prosperity.
Witnesses: Middlesbrough Council, Durham County Council and Northumbria County Council; Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health (at approximately 4.40 p.m.); Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Minister for Women (at approximately 5.15 p.m.).


3Human 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 Defence:      Defence Vetting Agency Key Targets 2003-04.
2    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Focus: closure of the programme and next steps.
3    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Military-listed exports to Bosnia.

Standing Committee Notices

     Standing Committee B will meet on Tuesday 29th April at 8.55 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords].

     Standing Committee C will meet on Wednesday 30th April at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Fireworks Bill.

     Standing Committee D will meet on Tuesday 29th April at 8.55 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Licensing Bill [Lords].

     Standing Committee E will meet on Tuesday 29th April at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Marine Safety Bill.

     The Programming Sub-Committee of Standing Committee G in respect of the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill will meet on Tuesday 29th April at 4.30 p.m.

     The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 29th April at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Care Homes (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 534).


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