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Order of Business 13 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.

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 Transport
*1 Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton):    If he will make a statement on plans for Crossrail.
( 112567 )
*2 Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    If he will make a statement on plans to improve security (a) at airports and (b) on board aircraft.
( 112568 )
*3 Mr Paul Tyler (North Cornwall):    If he will make a statement on the (a) objectives and (b) management of the communications strategy of the Strategic Rail Authority.
( 112569 )
*4 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on the policing of Mersey Tunnels.
( 112570 )
*5 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the consultation on airport provision for South East England.
( 112571 )
*6 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on investment in the trunk road infrastructure in the North West of England.
( 112572 )
*7 Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    What progress is being made towards the establishment of a National Rail Academy.
( 112573 )
*8 Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    If he will review the arrangements for the removal of litter from the side of trunk roads; and if he will make a statement.
( 112574 )
*9 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What the estimated value was of the time lost due to congestion on the M6 in 2002.
( 112575 )
*10 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What recent assessment he has made of the viability and desirability of re-opening the (a) Skipton to Colne and (b) Skipton to Grassington railways.
( 112576 )
*11 Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):    What plans he has to increase the volume of freight carried on the rail network, with particular reference to changes in funding arrangements.
( 112577 )
*12 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    What improvements he plans to make to the A556 link between the M6 and the M56.
( 112578 )
*13 Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    If he will make a statement on the future of Crossrail.
( 112579 )
*14 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What his policy is on the provision of village by-passes.
( 112580 )
*15 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on rail services to and from Gloucestershire.
( 112581 )
*16 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If he will make a statement on the detrunking of roads in Lancashire.
( 112582 )
*17 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    If he will take steps to facilitate joint ticketing between public transport companies.
( 112583 )
*18 David Cairns (Greenock & Inverclyde):    What discussions he has had with the Chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority regarding the actions of Network Rail in relation to the redevelopment of Gourock station.
( 112584 )
*19 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    What discussions he has had with Network Rail about the proposed construction of a telecommunications mast in front of Totnes Castle.
( 112585 )
*20 Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East):    What action he is taking to improve public ground transport links to airports.
( 112586 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
*21 Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    If he will make a statement on progress made towards the Government's target of getting all services online by 2005.
( 112587 )
*22 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What representations he has received on the proposed Civil Contingencies Bill.
( 112588 )
*23 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    What recent discussions his office has had with other departments about statistics published by the Central Office of Information.
( 112589 )
*24 Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):    What steps the Government has taken towards improving access to public digital services.
( 112590 )
*25 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    When the Code of Practice on ministerial conduct was last reviewed.
( 112591 )
*26 David Wright (Telford):    If he will make a statement on the role of the Advisory Panel on Crown Copyright.
( 112593 )
*27 Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East):    What progress is being made to increase the number of members of ethnic minorities who take up public appointments.
( 112594 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Siobhain McDonagh
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for local authorities to remove graffiti from street furniture owned by statutory undertakers; to enable local authorities to recover costs from the statutory undertakers; and for connected purposes.

        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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[Up to 45 minutes]

      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Dr John Reid
        That in accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Committee of 12th May and pursuant to the Programme Order of 6th May relating to the Finance Bill (proceedings in Committee), as amended by the Order of 8th May—

      (1)   proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be taken on each of the two 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 the motion for this Order or, if earlier, at the conclusion of the proceedings set down for that day; and

      (3)   proceedings on the second day 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.


Day Proceedings
First dayClauses 1, 4, 5, 9, 14, 22, 42 and 56, Schedule 5, Clause 57, Schedule 6, Clause 124, Schedule 19
Second dayClauses 130 to 135, 138, 139 and 148, Schedule 25, Clause 184, new Clauses tabled by Friday 9th May 2003 relating to excise duty on spirits or R&D tax credits for oil exploration

        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  

FINANCE BILL:      (Clauses Nos. 1, 4, 5, 9, 14, 22, 42, 56, 57, 124, 130 to 135, 138, 139, 148 and 184 and Schedules Nos. 5, 6, 19 and 25, and any new Clauses and Schedules tabled by Friday 9th May 2003 relating to excise duty on spirits or R&D tax credits for oil exploration):      Committee. [1st day]

[For up to 6½ hours]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

        Debate may continue for six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Finance Bill (Programme) (No. 3) Motion if the Finance Bill (Programme) (No. 3) Motion is agreed to.

+  4  


[No debate]

      Dr John Reid
        That this House, at its rising on Thursday 22nd May, do adjourn until Tuesday 3rd June 2003.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).
+  5  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Dr John Reid
        That at the sitting on Thursday 22nd May, 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: Impact of student tuition and top-up fees in Cornwall (Matthew Taylor).

        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 D8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Licensing Bill [Lords].
2Standing Committee E8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
To consider the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.
3Standing Committee G9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
To consider the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill.
4First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 121) on Invest to Save Budget Round 5 Projects, Local E-Government Programme and E-Voting.


5Treasury9.15 a.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
6Home Affairs9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Asylum Applications.
Witnesses: Mr Peter Gilroy, Strategic Director of Social Services, Kent County Council, Mr Martin Howe QC, and Harriet Sargeant.
7Environmental Audit: Education for Sustainable Development Sub-Committee11.00 a.m.

11.15 a.m.
Eco House, Nottingham (private)
Subject: Learning the Sustainability Lesson.
Witnesses: Penney Poyser and others, Eco Team, Nottingham.
8Health: Maternity Services Sub-Committee2.00 p.m.
2.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Inequalities in Access to Maternity Services.
Witnesses: Institute of Education, University of London, Disabled Parents Network, Maternity Alliance.
9Public Administration2.00 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
10International Development2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda.
Witnesses: South African Sugar Association (SASA); Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) London Sugar Group (at approximately 2.50 p.m.); The Ethical Trading Initiative (at approximately 3.20 p.m.).
11Culture, Media and Sport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: British Film Industry.
Witnesses: Working Title; Motion Picture Association (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); Screen Finance, Scotts Atlantic, British Screen Advisory Council (at approximately 4.15 p.m.); Lord Attenborough CBE (at approximately 5.00 p.m.).
12Defence2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: Defence Procurement.
Witnesses: Sir Richard Evans, Chairman, Defence Industries Council, and Chairman, BAE Systems; Mr Nick Prest, Vice-Chairman, Defence Industries Council and Chairman and Chief Executive, Alvis-Vickers, Mr John Howe, CBE, OBE, Vice Chairman, Thales Defence UK, and Mr Colin Green, President, Defence Aerospace, Rolls Royce.
13Trade and Industry2.30 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
14Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meetingRoom 7 (private)


15Draft Corruption Bill4.15 p.m.
5.00 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
Witness: Transparency International UK.
16Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1Deputy Prime Minister:      Consultation on temporary accommodation for homeless households.
2Secretary of State for Health:      Update on severe acute respiratory syndrome.
3Secretary of State for Defence:      Defence Analytical Services Agency—Business Review.
4Secretary of Work and Pensions:      Jobcentre Plus.
5Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Britons shot in the Occupied Territories.


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