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Order of Business 11 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 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 Minister of State, Department for International Development
*1 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    What discussions the Department has had with representatives of the South African government about tackling HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
( 118377 )
*2 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    If he will make a statement on humanitarian aid to Ethiopia.
( 118378 )
*3 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    If he will make a statement on the efforts being made in co-operation with the international community to increase the availability of clean water in the developing world.
( 118379 )
*4 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on aid to Cuba.
( 118380 )
*5 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):    If he will make a statement on humanitarian needs in the West Bank and Gaza.
( 118381 )
*6 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    If he will make a statement on humanitarian aid to Iraq.
( 118382 )
*7 Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):    If he will make a statement on British aid policy in respect of Zimbabwe.
( 118383 )
*8 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    What assessment the Department has made of the preparedness of Ethiopian government departments to handle direct aid payments for humanitarian relief in famine areas.
( 118384 )
*9 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If the Secretary of State will visit St Helena to discuss progress towards the construction of an airfield.
( 118385 )
*10 Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    What steps the Department is taking to ensure that (a) medical and (b) food aid is reaching those most urgently in need in Iraq.
( 118386 )
*11 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What aid the Department gives to refugees (a) in Burma and (b) near the Burmese-Thai border.
( 118388 )
*12 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    When the Secretary of State last met non-governmental organisations to discuss aid to Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.
( 118389 )
*13 Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    What action the Department is taking to support the indigenous Indian communities of the Amazon.
( 118390 )
*14 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If he will make a statement on his Department's role in the distribution of food aid in Iraq.
( 118391 )

At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a question without notice.

*Q1 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 11th June.
( 118362 )
*Q2 Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    
( 118363 )
*Q3 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    
( 118364 )
*Q4 Margaret Moran (Luton South):    
( 118365 )
*Q5 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    
( 118366 )
*Q6 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    
( 118367 )
*Q7 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    
( 118368 )
*Q8 Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    
( 118369 )
*Q9 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):    
( 118371 )
*Q10 Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    
( 118372 )
*Q11 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    
( 118373 )
*Q12 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    
( 118374 )
*Q13 Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    
( 118375 )
*Q14 Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):    
( 118376 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill



[No debate]

      Mr Paul Burstow
        Bill to establish a Children's Commissioner for England; to make provision for the Commissioner's duties including monitoring complaints procedures for children, overseeing arrangements for children's advocacy, monitoring legislation to ensure that the needs of children are taken into account, overseeing child death reviews and carrying out inquiries into major child abuse cases and child deaths; and to make provision to ensure that the work of the Commissioner is compatible with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Formal First Reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr David Cameron
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision in relation to grants from the Community Fund for village halls.

        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 (8th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Michael Ancram
      Mr Alan Duncan
      Mr Richard Spring
      Mr Patrick McLoughlin
      David Maclean
 Mr John Butterfill   Sir Nicholas Winterton   
        That this House believes that any Treaty providing a constitution for the European Union should only be ratified by Parliament once it has received the consent of the British people, democratically given in a referendum.

            As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Referendum on a new European Treaty):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Hain
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `notes that previous governments rejected referendums on previous constitutional treaties such as the Single European Act and Maastricht, both of which involved greater change than the draft Treaty proposed by the Convention on the Future of Europe; believes that since the proposals of the Convention do not involve any fundamental change in the relationship between the EU and its Member States, there is no case for a referendum; and notes that any proposals from the Convention are a matter for unanimous agreement by an Inter-Governmental Conference, and then endorsement by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Mr Menzies Campbell
      Mr Michael Moore
      Dr Jenny Tonge
      Mr Mark Oaten
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises the importance of the ongoing work of the Convention on the Future of Europe; notes that its conclusions will be considered by an inter-governmental conference which will determine the contents of any future Treaty; and believes that any such Treaty must be considered by Parliament and that if there are constitutional implications a referendum of the British people should be held.'.

      Mr Alex Salmond
      Mr Elfyn Llwyd
      Pete Wishart
      Mr Simon Thomas
      Angus Robertson
      Hywel Williams
        Line      3,      leave out from `consent' to end and add `of the people, democratically given in a referendum, and that the result of any such referendum should be broken down and published for each of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom.'.



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr David Willetts
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Mr Oliver Heald
      Mr Andrew Robathan
      David Maclean
 Mr John Butterfill Mr Andrew Turner Sir Nicholas Winterton   Mr Andrew Turner Mr Eric Forth   Mr Andrew Tyrie Mr Owen Paterson
        That this House believes that those Post Office customers who wish to continue receiving their benefits, pension payments and tax credits through the Post Office, following the introduction of ACT in April, should be allowed to do so through a post office card account opened at the counter of a post office or sub-post office; further believes that customers should be offered a genuine choice between the options available, including a post office card account; supports the National Federation of Subpostmasters' call that there should be no administrative obstacles to customers opening a post office card account; notes the importance of post office card accounts to the future financial viability of sub-post offices; and calls upon the Government to ensure that there is a level playing field in the marketing, promotion and advertising of the banking options from all Government departments and agencies, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Inland Revenue and the Veterans Agency.

            As an Amendment to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Post Office Card Accounts):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Dr John Reid
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Secretary Patricia Hewitt
 Mr Secretary Smith   Mr Stephen Timms   Malcolm Wicks
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises that more people than ever are choosing to receive their benefits and pensions straight into accounts and welcomes the significant steps the Government has taken to modernise the payment of benefits and enable customers to choose the account that suits them best; welcomes the introduction of the Post Office Card Account as one important option; further recognises the major benefits the move to Direct Payment will have in cutting fraud and crime and the important role it will play in extending financial inclusion; recognises the importance of this programme, which alongside other initiatives such as Pension Credit, increases opportunities for elderly people; applauds the Post Office and the cross-departmental programme that ensured the new system was delivered on time at the start of April; and believes that the move to Direct Payment is central to the future of a successful modern Post Office.'.

        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.

+  4  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Dr John Reid
        That the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1387), be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

+  5  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Dr John Reid
        That the Immigration and Asylum Appeals (Fast Track Procedure) Rules 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 801), be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

+  6  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Dr John Reid
        That the Order [12th June 2002] relating to the Standing Committee on the Convention be amended in paragraph (4)(b), by leaving out the words `or be counted in the quorum'.

An explanatory memorandum relating to this Motion is available from the Vote Office.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

+  7  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Dr John Reid
      Mr Secretary Murphy

    (1)   the matter of the future direction of community relations policy in Northern Ireland, being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 26th June at half-past Two o'clock; and

    (3)   at that sitting—

      (a)   the Committee shall consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

      (b)   the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two hours after their commencement.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Proposed closure of the Pharmacy Department at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Kent (Mr Michael Howard).

        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 C2.00 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Sustainable Energy Bill.
2European Standing Committee B2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider European Union Document No. 8475/03 relating to the broad economic policy guidelines.
3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003.


4Education and Skills9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Secondary Education: Teacher Retention.
Witnesses: Professor John Howson, Managing Director, Education Data Surveys Ltd and Visiting Professor, Oxford Brookes University, Professor Bob Moon and Mrs Elizabeth Bird, Centre for Research in Teacher Education, The Open University.
5Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
6Defence9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: The appointment of the new Chief of the Defence Staff.
Witness: General Sir Michael Walker GCB CMG CBE ADC, Chief of Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence.
7Procedure2.00 p.m.

2.15 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Procedures for Debates, private Members' bills and the powers of the Speaker.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Eric Forth MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.
8Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.25 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: OFWAT Annual Report.
Witness: Mr Philip Fletcher, Director-General, Office of Water Services (OFWAT).
9Defence2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Lessons of Iraq.
Witnesses: Air Marshal Brian Burridge CBE, UK National Contingent Commander, Operation Telic, Ministry of Defence.
10Welsh Affairs2.45 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 17 (private)
Subject: Draft Public Audit (Wales) Bill.
Witnesses: Sir John Bourn KCB, Auditor General for Wales, and Mr Ian Summers, Financial Director, National Audit Office, Wales; Mr James Strachan, Chairman, Audit Commission and Mr Clive Grace, Director-General, Audit Commission in Wales (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
11Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.
3.50 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: The Budget 2003 and Aviation.
Witnesses: British Airports Authority; British Airways (at approximately 4.30 p.m.); British Air Transport Association (at approximately 5.10 p.m.).
12Transport3.45 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Aviation.
Witnesses: Mr Ludolf Van Hasselt, Head of Unit, Air Transport Agreements, DG TREN and Mr Frank Benyon, Principal Advisor at the Legal Service, European Commission.
13Broadcasting4.00 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
14Northern Ireland Affairs4.15 p.m.

4.30 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Illegal Drugs Trade and Drug Culture in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: Northern Ireland Prison Service and the Probation Board Northern Ireland.
15Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


16Draft Corruption Bill4.15 p.m.
4.20 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
Subject: The Draft Corruption Bill.
Witnesses: Mr John Cridland, Deputy Director General, CBI, and officials.

[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 the Home Department:      Review of family visitor appeals.
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      Planning Inspectorate key performance targets 2003-04 England.
3    Deputy Prime Minister:      Guidelines for aggregates provision in England.
4    Secretary of State for Defence:      The Meteorological Office key performance targets for financial year 2003-04.
5    Secretary of State for Defence:      The security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
6    Secretary of State for Defence:      Iraq: Further UK force level adjustments.
7    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Tackling local worklessness.

Written Question tabled on Tuesday 10th June for answer today‡

1 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Prime Minister, whether a decision has been reached on the award of a medal to those who served in the Suez Canal Zone between 1951 and 1954.
( 119054 )


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