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Order of Business 9 June 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 Work and Pensions
*1 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What steps he has taken to ensure that all pensioners have been fully informed about the changes in the methods of paying benefits.
( 117282 )
*2 Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    If he will make a statement on the current value of private pension funds.
( 117283 )
*3 Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow):    If he will make a statement on the future of his Department's offices in Hebburn.
( 117284 )
*4 Bob Russell (Colchester):    How many people have been prosecuted for making false statements to the Child Support Agency.
( 117285 )
*5 Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the Child Support Agency.
( 117286 )
*6 Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    What plans he has to improve the operation of the Pension Service.
( 117288 )
*7 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    Which proposals in the recent Pensions Green Paper are designed to help female pensioners.
( 117289 )
*8 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    What steps the Government is taking to promote financial independence in retirement.
( 117290 )
*9 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What progress has been made on Housing Benefit pathfinders in the Midlands.
( 117291 )
*10 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    What steps the Government has taken to inform pensioners of changes regarding direct payment of benefits.
( 117292 )
*11 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    What the impact is on an incapacity benefit claimant of the receipt of an armed forces pension.
( 117293 )
*12 Vera Baird (Redcar):    What plans his Department has to tackle anti-social behaviour through Housing Benefit sanctions.
( 117294 )
*13 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If he will make a statement on the future of employers' liability insurance.
( 117295 )
*14 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    What the role will be of Childcare Partnership Managers in Jobcentre Plus Districts.
( 117296 )
*15 Ann McKechin (Glasgow, Maryhill):    What progress his Department has made towards the introduction of the Pension Credit.
( 117297 )
*16 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    What plans he has for an exceptions service for elderly and disabled people who are unable to receive their benefits by direct payment.
( 117298 )
*17 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    What effect the human resource initiatives outlined in the Government's response to the Committee of Public Accounts' 55th Report of Session 2001-02, Fraud and Error in Income Support, had in reducing the variations in performance beween local offices.
( 117299 )
*18 Sue Doughty (Guildford):    What plans he has to introduce legislation to tackle age discrimination.
( 117300 )
*19 David Cairns (Greenock & Inverclyde):    What progress has been made on the Pathways to Work Incapacity Benefit reform pilots he announced last year.
( 117301 )
*20 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    How many pensioners will be in receipt of means-tested benefits as a result of the introduction of the Pension Credit.
( 117302 )
*21 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    If he will make a statement about the level of Housing Benefit fraud.
( 117303 )
*22 Mr Jonathan Sayeed (Mid Bedfordshire):    When the new definition of poverty will be announced.
( 117304 )
*23 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    If he will make a statement on the number of occupational pensions schemes that have closed in the last year.
( 117305 )
*24 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    Whether he plans to change the rules on the pre-existing child support arrangements with regard to student loan payments.
( 117306 )

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  

COURTS BILL [LORDS]: Second Reading.

[Until 11.00 p.m.]

Debate may continue until 11.00 p.m., 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, the Courts Bill [Lords] may be proceeded with, though opposed, until Eleven o'clock.

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

+  2  


[No debate]

      Dr John Reid
      Yvette Cooper
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Courts Bill [Lords]—


        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 10th July 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 five and a half hours after their commencement.

        5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration.

        6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made 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 on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed.

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

+  3  

COURTS BILL [LORDS] [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      Ruth Kelly
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Courts Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

    (a)   any expenses of the Lord Chancellor under that Act, and

    (b)   any increase attributable to that Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.

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

+  4  


[No debate]

      Ruth Kelly
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Courts Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise—

    (a)   provision amending section 329AA of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, and

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

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

+  5  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
        That the draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 12th May, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  6  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
        That the draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Supply of Services) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 12th May, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  7  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
        That the draft Contracting Out (Administration of the Teachers' Pensions Scheme) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 28th April, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  8  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That the draft Referral Orders (Amendment of Referral Conditions) Regulations 2003, which were laid before this House on 1st May, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  9  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Dr John Reid
        That the Prosecution of Offences (Youth Courts Time Limits) (Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 917), be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Prevention of crime in small businesses (Mr Nigel Evans).

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



1Northern Ireland Grand Committee5.00 p.m.Room 14 (public)
To consider the matter of Reinvestment and Reform Initiative: Investing in Northern Ireland's Future.
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Race Relations Act 1976 (Seamen Recruited Abroad) Order 2003.


3Welsh Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
Committee Room 1, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff (private)
Subject: Draft Public Audit (Wales) Bill.
Witnesses: Welsh Local Government Association; Ann Lloyd, Director, NHS Wales (at approximately 3.45 p.m.); Professor Colin Talbot, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan (at approximately 4.30 p.m.); Sue Essex AM, Minister for Finance, Local Government and Public Services (at approximately 5.00 p.m.).
4International Development2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Trade and Development: Aspects of the Doha Agenda.
Witnesses: Members of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa: Dr Rob Davies, Chair, and Ms Connie September and Mr Mark Lowe, National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, and Mr B Tolo, Chair, National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Economic and Foreign Affairs.
(Witnesses will be giving evidence via video-link.)
5Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Vets and Veterinary Services Sub-Committee3.50 p.m.

4.00 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Vets and Veterinary Services.
Witnesses: Mr Elliot Morley MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Fisheries, Water and Nature Protection), Mr Jim Scudamore, Chief Veterinary Officer and Mr Martin Atkinson, Director, State Veterinary Service, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
6Information4.30 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
7Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Tackling Fraud against the Inland Revenue.
Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB, Chairman, Mr David Hartnett CB, Director General (Policy and Technical), and Mr John Middleton, Director, Cross Cutting Policy and Compliance Strategy, Inland Revenue.
8Science and Technology5.00 p.m.
5.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Light Pollution and Astronomy.
Witnesses: Royal Astronomical Society, British Astronomical Association, Campaign for Dark Skies; Professor Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Professor John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland (at approximately 6.00 p.m.).


9Human 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    Deputy Prime Minister:      Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002—Implementation.
2    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Widowed mother's allowance and widowed parent's allowance.
3    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Extradition Bill: Consultation on Draft Code of Practice.


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