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Order of Business 14 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 Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement on his policy for (a) improving the quality of and (b) increasing the quantity of social housing.
( 112970 )
*2 Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West):    What resources he will give to local authorities to speed up the planning system
( 112941 )
*3 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on his policy on the construction of retail developments on the outskirts of urban areas.
( 112942 )
*4 Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    What recent assessment he has made of the cost of maintaining the Millennium Dome each month.
( 112943 )
*5 Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):    What impact Housing Renewal Pathfinders are having on the areas they cover.
( 112944 )
*6 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on plans for regional government in the North West of England.
( 112945 )
*7 Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    What steps he is taking to improve the condition of houses in multiple occupation.
( 112946 )
*8 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What assessment his Department has made of the links between transience and social exclusion in seaside and coastal towns.
( 112947 )
*9 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What plans he has for further changes to the formula used to distribute Government grant to English local authorities.
( 112949 )
*10 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If he will make a statement on the funding of the North West Regional Assembly.
( 112950 )
*11 Claire Ward (Watford):    What recent response he has received from local councils on the restriction of the right to buy discount.
( 112951 )
*12 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    What funding arrangements are in place to enable the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority to prepare for terrorist attacks in London.
( 112952 )
*13 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    If he will make a statement on budget allocations to local authorities.
( 112953 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 14th May.
( 112955 )
*Q2 Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    
( 112956 )
*Q3 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    
( 112957 )
*Q4 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    
( 112958 )
*Q5 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What instructions Coalition forces have received about seizing documents in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry and Secret Police Headquarters that are likely to form the basis of legal action.
( 112959 )
*Q6 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    
( 112960 )
*Q7 Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    
( 112961 )
*Q8 Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):    
( 112962 )
*Q9 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    
( 112963 )
*Q10 Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):    
( 112964 )
*Q11 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    If he will make an official visit to Gaia House near Denbury in South Devon.
( 112965 )
*Q12 Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle):    
( 112966 )
*Q13 Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):    
( 112967 )
*Q14 Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    
( 112968 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mrs Patsy Calton
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to restrict the permitted development rights of railway or light railway undertakings in respect of telecommunications masts.

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

Main Business

+  2  

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 [2nd day] (Progress reported 13th May).

[For up to 6½ hours]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

        Debate may continue for six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings (Order of 13th May).

        Note: The House may be asked to consider any Lords Messages and Amendments that may be received.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Protecting shop workers from criminal attacks (Mr Tom Watson).

        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).

        The Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Message from the Lords shall have been received and until any Committee to draw up Reasons which has been appointed at this sitting has reported (Order of 8th May).



1Standing Committee F2.00 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Bill.
2European Standing Committee B2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider European Union Document No. 7280/03 relating to racism and xenophobia.
3European Standing Committee C2.00 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider European Union Document No. 13982/02 and Agenda 1-3 relating to a better environment for business in the EU, and European Union Document No. 5765/03 relating to enterprise in Europe.
4Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 118) on special grant for local authorities rated excellent and 3* education performers and the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 119) on special grant for the excellence in cities and excellence cluster programmes.


5Transport1.30 p.m.The Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness (public)
Subject: Aviation.
Witnesses: Inverness Chamber of Commerce and Highland Enterprises; Hitrans and Highlands and Islands Airport (at approximately 2.10 p.m.); Highlands Council and City of Edinburgh Council (at approximately 2.50 p.m.).
6Procedure2.00 p.m.
2.15 p.m.
Room 17 (private)
Subject: Procedures for debates and Private Members' Bills and the powers of the Speaker.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Lord Carter, Rt Hon Lord Cope of Berkeley, and Chloe Mawson, Government Chief Whip's Office, House of Lords.
7Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Animal By-products Regulations.
Witness: Mr Elliot Morley MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Fisheries, Water and Nature Protection), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
8Defence2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Lessons of Iraq.
Witness: Rt Hon Geoffrey Hoon MP, Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence.
9European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)
10Trade and Industry2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Future of the UK Steel Industry.
Witnesses: Corus; Alan Johnson MP, Minister of State for Employment Relations, Industry and the Regions, Department of Trade and Industry.
11Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.
3.50 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Export Credits Guarantee Department and Sustainable Development.
Witnesses: Mr Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Mr Phil Michaels, Legal Advisor, and Mr Nicholas Halyard, Strategic Advisor, Friends of the Earth; Jules Peck, Global Policy Adviser, Sally Nicholson, Head of Global Policy, and Jody Thorpe, Consultant, WWF (at approximately 4.40 p.m.).
12Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Improving Service Delivery: The Food Standards Agency.
Witnesses: Dr Jon Bell, Chief Executive, and Ms Pat Stewart, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Resources and Strategy, Food Standards Agency.
13Modernisation of the House of Commons3.45 p.m.Room 19 (private)
14Programming Committee: Criminal Justice Bill3.45 p.m.Chairman of Ways and Means Conference Room (private)
15Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: The Scientific Response to Terrorism.
Witnesses: Academy of Medical Sciences, Research Councils UK, Association of Heads of University Administration and Mr David Harrison, Head of Health and Safety, Birmingham University; The Royal Society, Research Councils UK, and the UK Biosciences Federation (at approximately 5.15 p.m.).
16Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


17Draft Corruption Bill2.00 p.m.
2.05 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
Subject: The draft Corruption Bill.
Witnesses: Mr Robert Wardle, Director, Serious Fraud Office, and Sir David Calvert-Smith QC, Director of Public Prosecutions.

[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:      Publication of Defra Departmental Report 2003.
2 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate of compliance with the Race Relations Act.
3 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Measuring Child Poverty Consultation: Preliminary Conclusions.
4 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Targets for 2003-04.
5 Secretary of State for Health:      Applications for National Health Service foundation status.


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