House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2002 - 03
Publications on the internet
Summary Agendas and Orders of Business

Order of Business 29 April 2003

Here you can browse the House of Commons Order of Business for 29 April 2003.

* 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.

Consideration of Bill as amended

Mersey Tunnels Bill. (By Order.)

      Mr Ben Chapman
      Stephen Hesford
      Mr Andrew Miller
        On Consideration of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, to move, That the Bill be considered upon this day six months.

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    What plans he has to devolve resources and decision making to front line staff.
( 109800 )
*2 Mr Michael Foster (Worcester):    What assessment he has made of the performance of the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
( 109801 )
*3 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):    If he will make a statement on services provided to patients with dual diagnosis of mental health and addiction problems.
( 109802 )
*4 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on needlestick injuries.
( 109803 )
*5 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    If he will review the level of provision of NHS dentistry in South Devon.
( 109804 )
*6 Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    What plans he has to increase the number of care workers being trained in Kent.
( 109805 )
*7 Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the number of finished consultant episodes in the NHS in England in each of the last four years.
( 109806 )
*8 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    If he will make a statement on progress towards the target of no patient's waiting over 48 hours for a GP appointment.
( 109807 )
*9 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What recent representations he has received in relation to his plans for foundation hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
( 109808 )
*10 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    If he will make a statement on waiting times for angiogram services.
( 109810 )
*11 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    What resources the Health Protection Agency will devote to bio-defence issues; and if he will make a statement.
( 109811 )
*12 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    What proportion of targets in the NHS Plan relating to primary care he expects will not be met.
( 109813 )
*13 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    By what date he expects all hospitals to have foundation status.
( 109814 )
*14 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What plans he has to improve the (a) assessment and (b) screening of children for autism.
( 109815 )
*15 Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury & Atcham):    If he will make a statement on the provision of prison healthcare.
( 109816 )
*16 Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    How many nurses he expects to be recruited from agencies in the year to April 2004.
( 109817 )
*17 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    How many patients (a) died and (b) had limbs amputated as a result of infections acquired in NHS hospitals in the most recent year for which estimates are available.
( 109818 )
*18 Andrew George (St Ives):    What recent assessment he has made of the progress of the prescription plus system.
( 109819 )
*19 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    If he will make a statement on the prevalence of acrylamide in cooked and prepared food.
( 109820 )
*20 Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):    Whether the NHS performance star ratings in 2003 will take the same form as in 2002.
( 109821 )
*21 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    How many nurses were recruited from agencies in 2002.
( 109822 )
*22 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on the use in the NHS of PET scanners.
( 109823 )
*23 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    If he will make a statement on the availability of training for NHS nurses in the practical elements of treatment for lymphodoema.
( 109824 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Tony Banks
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a national scheme of community service for 16 and 17 year olds.

        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY (5th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      David Davis
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Dr Liam Fox
      Mr Damian Green
      David Maclean
        Mr Alan Duncan
        Mr David Cameron
        Michael Fabricant
        Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Hugo Swire
Bob Spink
Mr John Taylor
Mr Peter Luff
Mr Adrian Flook
Mr Desmond Swayne
        That this House expresses its deep concern at the collapse of community services in Britain and the adverse effect on social inclusion, neighbourhood renewal, regional prosperity, and the quality of community life; condemns the policies of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, which have resulted in the unfair distribution of local authority grant, causing divisive regional disparities, and centralised decision-making and services; regrets that the only solution the Government has to these problems is an expensive unnecessary additional layer of regional government; further condemns the Government's failure to improve local health care provision by tackling the necessary reform of NHS services; deplores the absence of policies to protect rural communities from the effects of the deep recession in farming; and recognises the Government's total failure to protect community services, resulting in a crisis in school funding, an increase in violent crime, a deteriorating transport system, and a threat to important local services including community pharmacies, sub-post offices and residential care homes.

        As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Impact of Government policies on community services):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Milburn
      Mr Secretary Clarke
 Mr Nick Raynsford   Mr David Miliband   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `commends the Government's policies on community services and applauds its commitment to neighbourhood renewal, social inclusion and the quality of urban and rural community life through the protection and enhancement of key local services; further applauds the Government's achievements of a stable economy, improved economic prosperity and social justice, increased community services investment, reduced crime and safer communities; welcomes this year's increased funding for education of over £2.6 billion, 11.6% extra, and more than £250 million greater than pressures; notes that since 1997-98 spending per pupil has risen in real terms every year compared with a 4% real terms cut between 1992-93 and 1997-98; further welcomes the Government's NHS and social services modernisation to devolve power and resources locally to Primary Care Trusts and to end delayed discharges from hospital; notes that between 2003-04 and 2005-06 social care funding will grow in real terms by 6% per annum on average, building on the improvements already made to community services through the 20% real terms increase since 1997; welcomes this year's fairer funding of local government, producing, for the first time ever, an above inflation grant increase for every local authority and region in England, with a 25% real terms increase in grant since 1997, compared with a 7% cut under the last 4 years of the last Conservative government; notes that Conservative councils have imposed on average 16.2% increase in council tax; and condemns the cynical opportunism of trying to blame the Government for irresponsible tax increases by Conservative councils.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Mr Edward Davey
      Simon Hughes
      Dr Evan Harris
      Mr Phil Willis
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      6,      leave out from `services' to `regional government' in line 7 and insert `regrets that in these respects the Labour Government appears to have learnt nothing from the 18 years of the former Conservative Government, whose policies in many areas they appear to be copying; calls on the Government first to cut by £100 and then abolish the Council Tax which the Conservatives introduced and which Labour have made worse because it is so unfair, particularly to pensioners, replacing it with a local tax related to ability to pay;'.

        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Organ retention (Mr Andrew Lansley).

        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 G (Programming Sub-Committee) (Anti-Social Behaviour Bill)4.30 p.m.Room 13 (private)
2Standing Committee B8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
Further to consider the Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [Lords].
3Standing Committee D8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Licensing Bill [Lords].
4Standing Committee E2.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the Marine Safety Bill.
5First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Care Homes (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 534).


6Committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS).
Witnesses: Katherine Gieve, The Solicitors Family Law Association, and representatives from The Law Society; Judith Timms OBE, National Youth Advocacy Service, Vicky Leach, NCH, and Chris Osborne, The Children's Society (at approximately 9.50 a.m.); Mr Harry Fletcher, Mr Graham Walsh and Fiona Roberts, NAPO (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
7Home Affairs9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Sexual Offences Bill.
Witness: Hilary Benn MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office.
8Health2.00 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9International Development2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Trade Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda.
Witnesses: Co-operative Retail, and Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd; Members of the Food and Drink Federation (at approximately 3.30 p.m.).
10Culture, Media and Sport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: British Film Industry.
Witnesses: Writers Guild of Great Britain; Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT) (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); Mr Barnaby Thompson, Mr Michael Kuhn and Mr Jeremy Thomas (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
11Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Foreign Policy Aspects of the War Against Terrorism.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and officials.


12House of Lords Reform10.00 a.m.Room 4 (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:      Publication of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland Business Plan 2003-04.
2       Secretary of State for Transport:      Agencies' Performance Targets and Business Plans.
3       Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Implementation of recommendations made in Lord Carlisle's report on the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000.
4       Secretary of State for International Development:      Statement on the humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
5       Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Child Support Agency annual performance targets.
6       Secretary of State for Defence:      Pay and Personnel Agency Key Targets 2003-04.
7       Secretary of State for Defence:      Defence Bills Agency key targets 2003-04.
8       Secretary of State for Defence:      Chemical Protection Programme.
9       Secretary of State for Defence:      MoD review of the defence vetting process.
10       Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Review of the Office of the Subsidence Adviser.
11       Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union: May to November 2003.


House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries index

© Parliamentary copyright 2003
Prepared 29 April 2003