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Order of Business 7 May 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 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What overseas aid projects she is supporting in Zimbabwe in 2003.
( 111516 )
*2 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    If she will make a statement on aid being provided to Afghanistan.
( 111517 )
*3 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If she will make a statement on the relief of poverty in southern Africa.
( 111518 )
*4 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    If she will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Iraq.
( 111519 )
*5 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    What plans she has to increase aid to Zimbabwe; and if she will make a statement.
( 111520 )
*6 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If she will make a statement on debt relief for Iraq.
( 111521 )
*7 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    What support her Department is giving to coffee farmers who face poverty as a result of the collapse of coffee prices.
( 111522 )
*8 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on delivering humanitarian aid to Iraq.
( 111523 )
*9 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    What role her Department is playing in the de-mining operations in Sudan.
( 111524 )
*10 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What steps she takes to ensure that aid monies allocated have a positive or neutral environmental consequence.
( 111525 )
*11 Andrew George (St Ives):    What recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
( 111526 )
*12 Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):    When she next expects to visit Tanzania to discuss international aid.
( 111527 )
*13 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    If she will make a statement on reconstruction in Iraq.
( 111528 )
*14 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If she will make a statement on the humanitarian relief programme in Iraq.
( 111529 )
*15 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    If she will make a statement on the activities of her Department relating to Zimbabwe.
( 111530 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    
( 111502 )
*Q2 Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West):    
( 111503 )
*Q3 Norman Baker (Lewes):    
( 111504 )
*Q4 Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    
( 111505 )
*Q5 Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    
( 111506 )
*Q6 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    
( 111507 )
*Q7 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North):    
( 111508 )
*Q8 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    
( 111509 )
*Q9 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    
( 111510 )
*Q10 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    
( 111511 )
*Q11 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    
( 111512 )
*Q12 Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    
( 111513 )
*Q13 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    
( 111514 )
*Q14 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):    
( 111515 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr David Atkinson
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to reform the law in England and Wales as it applies to gypsies and travellers.

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

Main Business

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[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      Helen Jones
      Mr Kevan Jones
      Mr George Mudie
      Dr Desmond Turner
      Julia Drown

Angela Eagle
Alice Mahon
Mr Chris Smith
Mr George Stevenson
John Austin
Dr Rudi Vis
Mr Brian Sedgemore
Mr Michael Connarty
Mrs Janet Dean
David Taylor
Mrs Ann Cryer
Alan Simpson
Mr Harry Barnes
Chris McCafferty
John McDonnell
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Robert N. Wareing
Mr Ian Davidson
Ms Diane Abbott
Jeremy Corbyn
Clive Efford
Mr Iain Coleman
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody
Mr Terry Lewis
Mr Ken Purchase
Mr Gordon Prentice
Mr Frank Dobson
Alan Keen
Glenda Jackson
Mr Tony Lloyd
Mr Neil GerrardPhil Sawford
Lynne Jones
John Cryer
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Jim Marshall
Dr Ian Gibson
Jim Dobbin
Mr Stephen Pound
Joan Walley
Valerie Davey
Mr Roger Berry
Mr Gerry Steinberg
Mr Harold Best
Mr Paul Truswell
Dr Doug Naysmith
Mr Peter Kilfoyle
Mr Doug Henderson
Mrs Joan Humble
Mr Dai Havard
Mr Michael Clapham
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews
Andrew BennettKate Hoey
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to a Bill which, by establishing Foundation Trusts and introducing other layers of bureaucracy, would increase disparities between hospitals and detract from the Government's commitment to a primary care led NHS, free from excessive bureaucracy, and believes that alternative ways of encouraging accountability in the NHS should be considered and a consensus established before legislation is introduced.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Mr Menzies Campbell
      Dr Evan Harris
      Mr Paul Burstow
      Mrs Patsy Calton
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        That this House declines to give the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill a Second Reading because it fails to provide for an independent Commission for Health Care Audit and Inspection or for an independent Commission for Social Care Inspection by forcing them to use centrally imposed political targets as a measure of quality of care; because the process by which hospitals are selected for Foundation status is divisive and falsely elitist and because such hospitals will not be free from central political control exerted through their contracts with purchasers; because the Bill fails to provide the radical decentralisation and democratisation of the health care commissioning and planning functions of the health service which is required to make the NHS properly responsive to the needs of the local public and patients; and because the Bill omits to provide for the necessary expansion of capacity in the NHS or for the less wasteful use of health service funding.

The Second Report from the Health Committee, Session 2002-03, on Foundation Trusts, HC 395, is relevant.
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

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[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Milburn
      Dr John Reid
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill:


        1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Standing Committee

        2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 19th June 2003.

        3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

        4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

        5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

        6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made by the House on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

        7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords amendments or any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

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

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[No debate]

      Ruth Kelly
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

    (a)   the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (i)      any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act, and

      (ii)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act; and

    (b)   the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

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[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Dr John Reid
        That the Order of 1st April (Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [Lords] (Programme)) be amended by the substitution in paragraph 2 (time for conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee) of the words `26th June' for the words `22nd May'.

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

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Unlawful discrimination in Wales under section 157 of the Housing Act 1985 (Mr Dominic Grieve).

        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 on the Convention3.15 p.m.Room 10 (public)
2Standing Committee E8.55 a.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Deceased Fathers) Bill.
3Standing Committee F2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the High Hedges (No. 2) Bill.
4Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Value Added Tax (Supply of Services) (Amendment) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1055).
5Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2003, the draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Rights of Access of Comptroller and Auditor General) Order 2003 and the draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Health Service Bodies) Order 2003.


6Education and Skills9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Secondary Education: Pupil Achievement.
Witnesses: Mr David Miliband MP, Minister of State for School Standards and Mr Stephen Twigg MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools.
7Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions: Urban Affairs Sub-Committee9.00 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Living Places: Cleaner, Safer, Greener.
Witnesses: ENCAMS; Wrigley Company Ltd and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd (at approximately 10.00 a.m.); and Groundwork (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
8Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
9Procedure2.00 p.m.Room 18 (private)
10Transport2.00 p.m.
2.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Aviation.
Witnesses: London Redhill Aerodrome and Regional Airports Ltd; The Thames Estuary Airport Ltd (at approximately 2.45 p.m.); GATCO and Prospect (at approximately 3.15 p.m.); easyJet and My Travel Lite (at 4.30 p.m.); Association of International Courier and Express Services and British Cargo Airlines Alliance (at approximately 5.10 p.m.).
11Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Gangmasters.
Witnesses: Fresh Produce Consortium; Farmforce; National Farmers' Union of England and Wales.
12Defence2.30 a.m.Room 6 (private)
13European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 21 (private)
14Trade and Industry2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Future of the UK Steel Industry.
Witnesses: Engineering Employers Federation; Iron and Steel Trades Confederation; Steel Action; Amicus-AEEU.
15Work and Pensions2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: European Social Fund.
Witnesses: Mr Karl-Johan Lo­nnroth, Deputy Director-General, Employment and Social Affairs, and Mr Paul Vandermeeren, European Commission; Mr David Cragg, Mr Ken Pascoe, and Ms Chris Minett, Learning and Skills Council (at approximately 3.30 p.m.).
16Accommodation & Works3.00 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
17International Development3.15 p.m.UK Mission Geneva (private)
18Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.Room 20 (private)
19Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Improving access to, and education about, the moving image through the British Film Institute.
Witnesses: Sue Street, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Mr John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Film Council, and Mr Adrian Wootton, Acting Director, British Film Institute.
20Modernisation of the House of Commons3.45 p.m.Room 17 (private)
21Catering4.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)
22Northern Ireland Affairs4.15 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
Subject: Peace II.
Witnesses: Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, Rural Development Council, Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, and Educational Guidance Survey for Adults; and Special EU Programmes Body (at approximately 5.15 p.m.).
23Welsh Affairs5.00 p.m.
5.15 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Empowering Children and Young People in Wales.
Witnesses: Connexions, and Children and Young People's Unit.


24Draft Corruption Bill4.15 p.m.Room 134, 2 Millbank (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 Transport:      Short period medical driving licence renewals—reimbursement of fees.
    2     Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Education and Library Boards Accounts 1999-2000.
    3     Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      National Report from the 2001 Census for England and Wales.
    4     Secretary of State for International Development:      Intellectual property rights.
    5     Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Foreign Secretary's statement on Iraq and Israel/Palestine, 28th April 2003.
    6     Secretary of State for Defence:      Research into possible post-conflict health effects.


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