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Order of Business 17 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.

Further Consideration of Bill, as amended

Mersey Tunnels Bill. (By Order).

      Mr Ben Chapman
      Stephen Hesford
      Mr Andrew Miller
        On further Consideration of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, as amended, to move, That the Bill be further considered upon this day six months.

[For Amendments, see pp. 127 to 132 of the Notice Paper relating to Private Business]

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
*1 Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive about the levying of tolls on the Skye Bridge.
( 119402 )
*2 Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):    What recent assessment he has made of the safety of school buses in England and Wales.
( 119403 )
*3 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    If he will make a statement on his practice in relation to meeting delegations from Worthing and Adur to discuss the need for a bypass around Worthing and Lancing.
( 119404 )
*4 Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    What plans he has to secure access to (a) Gatwick and (b) Heathrow for regional air services.
( 119405 )
*5 Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    What representations he has received about the implementation of first-wave Multi-Modal Studies.
( 119406 )
*6 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What action he is planning to take to increase use of bus transport.
( 119407 )
*7 Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    What action he has taken to promote the use of rail services for the delivery of (a) mail and (b) other freight; and if he will make a statement.
( 119408 )
*8 Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    What plans he has to increase the resourcing to the British Transport Police to cope with increased demands for policing of football.
( 119409 )
*9 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    What plans he has to seek changes to European Union regulations regarding state aid to maritime transport services; and if he will make a statement.
( 119410 )
*10 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What action he is taking to tackle road safety issues arising from drivers using mobile phones.
( 119411 )
*11 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    If he will make a statement on the change in low cost air (a) passenger numbers and (b) traffic movements in the last five years.
( 119412 )
*12 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    If he will make a statement on congestion charging in metropolitan areas outside London.
( 119414 )
*13 Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    What recent discussions he has had with Network Rail on the maintenance of level crossings.
( 119415 )
*14 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When he plans to make a full response to the recent Health and Safety Executive report into the Potters Bar rail disaster.
( 119416 )
*15 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What recent assessment he has made of the effect (a) congestion charging and (b) motorway road pricing may have on (i) road safety and (ii) congestion.
( 119417 )
*16 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What recent discussions his Department has had with bus companies about improvements in the accessibility of bus services for disabled people.
( 119418 )
*17 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    What plans he has to visit Cefn Cribwr as part of his assessment of overall rail policy objectives.
( 119419 )
*18 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    What recent representations he has received about rail services on the Cotswold Line; and if he will make a statement.
( 119420 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
*19 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    What his policy is on the use of sunset clauses in subordinate legislation; how many such clauses have been introduced since June 1997; and if he will make a statement.
( 119452 )
*20 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on progress towards introducing e-government.
( 119453 )
*21 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What steps are being taken to encourage members of the public to take up public appointments.
( 119454 )
*22 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    If he will make a statement on appointments to the magistracy in the Duchy of Lancaster.
( 119456 )
*23 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What new proposals he has to extend e-government services.
( 119457 )
*24 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    Pursuant to the Government's response to the Committee of Public Accounts' 54th Report of Session 2001-02, Improving Public Service Delivery Through E-government, what level of efficiency savings departments have realised through increased use of electronic service delivery.
( 119459 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      David Taylor
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the establishment of an Older People's Rights Commissioner to promote and protect the human rights of older people; to make provision in respect of the recognition of such rights by public and private bodies; to assist older people in respect of such rights; to make provision for the powers and duties of the Commissioner; 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


OPPOSITION DAY (9th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mrs Jacqui Lait
      Mr Nigel Evans
      Mr Eric Forth
      Mr William Cash
      David Maclean
        That this House notes the far-reaching constitutional implications of the changes to the machinery of Government announced in the Government reshuffle last week; deplores the total lack of consultation before the changes were announced and the confusion that has ensued since; is gravely concerned that the Prime Minister is abolishing the historic office of Lord Chancellor without any idea of what will take its place, and, in particular, how the independence of the judiciary is to be maintained; is unclear about the relationship between the spokesmen for Scotland and Wales in the House of Commons and the new Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, who appears to have executive responsibility for the functions of the Scotland and Wales Offices; regrets that the Prime Minister clearly regards the jobs of the Secretary of State for Transport and Leader of the House as part-time; further notes that the NHS in England and Wales is now to be run by a Secretary of State who has no control over health policies in his own constituency, and whose constituents will not be affected by the decisions he takes as Secretary of State for Health; and calls on the Prime Minister not to proceed with his plans for change until he has properly consulted on them.

              As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Constitutional Implications of the Prime Minister's Reshuffle):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Reid
      Mr Secretary Darling
      Mr Peter Hain
 Mr Christopher Leslie      
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's continuing drive to modernise the constitution and public service by creating a new Department for Constitutional Affairs focused on improving the criminal justice system, by consulting on establishing an independent Judicial Appointments Commission, by consulting on establishing a Supreme Court, and by consulting the House of Lords on the appointment by the House of its own Speaker, and putting in place better arrangements for the conduct of Scottish and Welsh business after the successful bedding-down of devolution; further welcomes the continued accountability of the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales to the House; further welcomes the appointment of the new Secretary of State for Health who will continue the drive to reform and modernise the National Health Service; and supports the Government in its continued commitment to invest and reform the public services.'.

      Pete Wishart
      Mr Alex Salmond
      Mr Elfyn Llwyd
      Mr Simon Thomas
      Annabelle Ewing
      Adam Price
        Line      2,      leave out from `week' to end and add `objects to an unelected peer being given departmental responsibility for Scottish and Welsh matters at Westminster, which renders the titles of Secretary of State for Scotland and Wales meaningless; expresses surprise that an honourable Member for a Scottish constituency has been appointed as Secretary of State for Health for England when any reforms he may introduce for England and Wales will not affect his own Hamilton North and Bellshill constituency; and believes that instead of the back-of-the-envelope restructuring of government departments in London, effective and efficient government would be best served by transferring all powers, along with the current budget for the Scotland Office, to the Scottish Parliament and to reinstate the Wales Office to provide a voice for Wales in Government pending the transfer of primary legislative power to the National Assembly for Wales'.



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Dr Liam Fox
      Mr Andrew Robathan
      Chris Grayling
      David Maclean
        That this House believes community pharmacies play a vital role in providing for local healthcare needs, with highly qualified pharmacists able to advise on general and over-the-counter medicines and to dispense and to advise on prescription-only medicines; notes that community pharmacies are truly local, with nine out of ten people considering it easy to get to a community pharmacy; and is concerned about any change which might lead to a reduction in the excellent services or accessibility currently provided by community pharmacies.

              As an Amendment to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Community Pharmacies):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Reid
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Secretary Patricia Hewitt
 Ms Rosie Winterton   Mr Gerry Sutcliffe   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `agrees that the OFT report on the Control of Entry Regulations and Retail Pharmacy Services in the UK" provides a useful analysis of the market impact of the current control of entry regulations on consumers and competition and highlights the need for the present regime governing pharmacies to be updated; favours change to open up the market and improve quality and access without diminishing the crucial role that community pharmacies play, especially in poorer areas; and supports the need for a balanced package of measures which plays to the strengths of community pharmacies and enhances the role of pharmacists in the modern NHS.'.

        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.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Saltash Tunnel (Mr Colin Breed).

        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 A9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [Lords].
2Standing Committee B8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
Further to consider the Finance Bill.
3Standing Committee E8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
Further to consider the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill.
4Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 and the draft Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003.


5Foreign Affairs9.00 a.m.

10.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)

Subject: The Decision to go to War in Iraq.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Robin Cook MP; Rt Hon Clare Short MP (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
6Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
Room 16 (private)

Subject: Draft Housing Bill.
Witnesses: Council of Mortgage Lenders; National Association of Estate Agents (at approximately 9.45 a.m.); Consumers' Association (at approximately 10.10 a.m.); M. Coleman Estate Agents (at approximately 10.35 a.m.); Norman Parkinson, King's College, London (at approximately 10.55 a.m.).
7Trade and Industry9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)

Subject: Support to business from the Regional Development Agencies.
Witnesses: Trades Union Congress; British Chambers of Commerce.
8Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Subject: Bank of England May 2003 Inflation Report.
Witnesses: Professor Sheila Dow, University of Strathclyde, Mr David Walton, Goldman Sachs, Professor David Miles, Imperial College Management School, University of London, and Professor Andrew Scott, London Business School.
9Home Affairs9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
8 (private)
Subject: Asylum Applications.
Witness: Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP.
10Health: Maternity Services Sub-Committee2.00 p.m.

2.15 p.m.
16 (private)

Subject: Maternity Services.
Witnesses: Association for improvements in the Maternity Services, Association of Radical Midwives, Independent Midwives Association, National Childbirth Trust, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
11Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.

2.15 p.m.
15 (private)

Subject: Scotland Office Departmental Report 2003.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, Mrs Anne McGuire MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Constitutional Affairs and Mr David Crawley, Head of Department at the former Scotland Office.
12International Development2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
6 (private)

Subject: Department for International Development Departmental Report 2003.
Witnesses: Mr Suma Chakrabarti, Permanent Secretary, Mr Mark Lowcock, Director General for Corporate Performance and Knowledge Sharing, and Ms Susanna Moorehead, Deputy Director, Policy Division, Department for International Development.
13Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Poultry Farming in the United Kingdom Sub-Committtee2.25 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Subject: Poultry Farming in the United Kingdom.
Witnesses: British Egg Industry Council; British Poultry Council.
14Culture, Media and Sport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Subject: British Film Industry.
Witnesses: Mr Alexander Walker; Mr Stelios Haji-loannou (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State, and Rt Hon Lord McIntosh of Haringey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Tourism, Film and Broadcasting, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
15Foreign Affairs3.00 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Subject: The Decision to go to War in Iraq.
Witness: Dr Gary Samore, Director of Studies, International Institute for Strategic Studies.
16Education and Skills6.00 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
17Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meeting7 (private)


18Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.7 (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 Northern Ireland:      Annual Report of the Registry for Credit Unions for Northern Ireland for year 2001-02.
2    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Annual Report of the Companies Registry for Northern Ireland for year 2001-02.
3    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Changes to immigration practice.
4    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Security for small retailers.
5    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Publication of FSA's Annual Report.


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