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Order of Business 26 June 2003

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Notes:
* 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.

This is an ordinary written question of which no previous notice has been given. For other questions for written answer today see the 'Question Book'
Timings are indicative only.


At 11.30 a.m.      Prayers
Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
*1 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    What progress has been made in areas of traditionally low higher education take-up in improving that position over the last six years.
( 121694 )
*2 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What proportion of students entered higher education from social classes D and E in autumn (a) 2002 and (b) 1997.
( 121695 )
*3 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    What recent discussions he has had with local education authorities in the south of England about funding of schools; and if he will make a statement.
( 121696 )
*4 Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    When he proposes to announce his response to the consultation on the White Paper on Higher Education.
( 121697 )
*5 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What assessment he has made of the use by schools of their reserves to meet funding shortages.
( 121698 )
*6 Norman Baker (Lewes):    How many local education authorities have failed to passport 100 per cent. of resources to schools in the present financial year.
( 121700 )
*7 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If he will visit the Colchester Sixth Form College to discuss funding for the College.
( 121701 )
*8 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What plans he has to extend testing of school children throughout England to those aged 14.
( 121702 )
*9 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What representations he has received from schools about the adequacy of financial resources for 2003-04 to deliver the Government's standards targets.
( 121703 )
*10 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What criteria he uses to assess applications for redesignations of schools as specialist schools.
( 121704 )
*11 Martin Linton (Battersea):    What plans he has to use his powers under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to compel Wandsworth Borough Council to increase its schools budget.
( 121705 )
*12 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):    What the increase in average pay for teachers has been since 1997.
( 121706 )
*13 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What estimate he has made of the average debt of students leaving higher education in (a) Wales and (b) England in the last three years.
( 121707 )
*14 Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    What proportion of students in higher education are from social classes D and E; and what the proportion was in 1997.
( 121708 )
*15 Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):    If he will make a statement on school funding in 2003-04.
( 121709 )
*16 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    If he will make a statement on the standards of English teaching in secondary schools.
( 121710 )
*17 Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    What estimate he has made of the cost of reaching his Department's higher education participation target.
( 121711 )
*18 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    What steps he is taking to reduce the workload of teachers in schools.
( 121712 )
*19 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What assessment he has made of the impact of school funding on teacher morale.
( 121713 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Solicitor General
*20 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What plans she has to train more Crown Prosecution Service staff to become qualified lawyers.
( 121686 )
*21 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    How many successful prosecutions there were in respect of environmental offences during 2002.
( 121687 )
*22 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If she will make a statement on co-operation on extraditions between her office and her opposite numbers in (a) EU and (b) EU accession states.
( 121689 )
*23 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the introduction of a pilot scheme to confer an automatic punishment on those found to have breached (a) bail orders and (b) other orders; and if she will make a statement.
( 121690 )
*24 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If she will make a statement on her policy on prosecuting offences relating to fly-tipping.
( 121691 )
*25 Julia Drown (South Swindon):    What representations she has received on introducing the powers allowing for exclusion orders under section 40A of the Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act 2000.
( 121692 )

At 12.30 p.m.

Main Business

+   1 STANDARDS AND PRIVILEGES        [Until 6.00 p.m.]
      Peter Hain
That this House takes note of the Eighth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Cm. 5663), the Response to that Report by the House of Commons Commission (HC 422), and the Second Report of the Committee on Standards and Privileges (HC 403); and agrees with the recommendation in paragraph 50 of that Report that, in appropriate cases, the House should impose a penalty of withholding a Member's salary for a specified period without suspending the Member.
+   2 STANDARDS AND PRIVILEGES: AMENDMENTS TO STANDING ORDERS
      Peter Hain
That— (1)   Standing Order No. 149 (Committee on Standards and Privileges) be amended in line 39, after second `time', by inserting `, to appoint legal advisers'; and(2)   Standing Order No. 150 (Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards) be amended as follows:

    (a)   line 33, at end add `unless the provisions of paragraph (2A) apply.
        (2A)   No report shall be made by the Commissioner if, in any case where the Member concerned has agreed that he has failed to register or declare an interest, it is the Commissioner's opinion that the interest involved is minor, or the failure was inadvertent, and the Member concerned has taken such action by way of rectification as the Commissioner may have required within any procedure approved by the Committee for this purpose.
        (2B)   The Commissioner may at any time in the course of investigating a complaint, and if so requested by the Committee on Standards and Privileges shall, appoint an Investigatory Panel to assist him in establishing the facts relevant to the investigation.
        (2C)   An Investigatory Panel shall—
                          (a)   consist of the Commissioner, who shall be Chairman of the Panel, and two assessors, one of whom shall be a legally qualified person appointed by the Commissioner and the other shall be a Member, who shall not be a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, appointed by the Speaker; and
                          (b)   meet in private.
        (2D)   The Commissioner—
                          (a)   shall determine the procedures of the Panel, subject to the provisions of this Order; and
                          (b)   may appoint counsel for the purpose of assisting the Panel.
        (2E)   Any report that the Commissioner may have made to the Committee on Standards and Privileges in relation to the complaint before the appointment of the Panel shall be made available to the Panel by the Committee.
        (2F)   Any Member who is the subject of the complaint under investigation shall, if he so requests, be heard by the Panel; may call witnesses; and may examine other witnesses.
        (2G)   When the Panel has completed its proceedings—
                          (a)   the Commissioner shall report as in paragraph (2)(e);
                          (b)   the legal assessor shall report to the Committee on Standards and Privileges his opinion as to the extent to which its proceedings have been consistent with the principles of natural justice; and
                          (c)   the Member assessor may report to the Committee on Standards and Privileges his opinion as to the extent to which its proceedings have had regard to the customs and practice of the House and its Members.
        (2H)   The Commissioner shall report each year to the House on the exercise by him of his functions.'.

    (b)   line 34, leave out paragraph (3) and add—
        `(3)   The Commissioner may be dismissed only following a resolution of the House, moved for by a Member of the House of Commons Commission, after the Committee on Standards and Privileges has reported to the House that it is satisfied that the Commissioner is unfit to hold his office or unable to carry out his functions; and any such report shall include a statement of the Committee's reasons for its conclusion.'
An explanatory memorandum relating to this Motion is available from the Vote Office.
+   3 PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER FOR STANDARDS: TERM OF OFFICE
      Peter Hain
That this House agrees with the proposals of the House of Commons Commission in paragraphs 8 to 10 of its response to the Eighth Report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life (HC 422), that—

    (a)   any future appointment to the office of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards shall be for a period of five years, and shall not be renewable; and

    (b)   notwithstanding the Resolution of the House of 13th February 2002, the appointment of the current Commissioner shall expire on 25th June 2008, and shall not be renewable.
The First Special Report from the Committee on Standards and Privileges, Session 2002-03, HC 516, is relevant.
The Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Peter Hain not later than Six o'clock; the Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; the Questions may be decided after the moment of interruption; and the Orders of the House of 28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002 relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply (Order of 23rd June).
At the end of the sitting
  4  ADJOURNMENT
Proposed subject: Teaching of quadratic equations in schools (Mr Tony McWalter).
Debate may continue until 6.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 29th October 2002).

COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEES
1 Standing Committee D 9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
To consider the Courts Bill [Lords].
2 Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation 2.30 p.m. Room 12 (public)
To consider the Health Protection Agency (Yr Asiantaeth Diogelu Iechyd) (Establishment) Order 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 505) and the Health Protection Agency (Yr Asiantaeth Diogelu Iechyd) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 506).
SELECT COMMITTEES
3 Liaison: Sub-Committee 9.30 a.m. Room 6 (private)
4 Health 10.00 a.m.


10.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Obesity.
Witnesses: International Diabetes Association, Cancer Research UK and Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
5 Public Administration 10.00 a.m. The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (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:    Council tax and non-domestic rates collection rates.
2 Secretary of State for the Home Department:    Home Office strategic framework.
3 Secretary of State for the Home Department:    Deputy chairs and commissioners of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
4 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:    Annual Report for 2002-03 of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
5 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:    Forensic Science Northern Ireland Corporate Plan 2003 to 2006 and Annual Business Plan 2003-04.
6 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:    Publication of the Annual Report for Forensic Science Northern Ireland 2001-02.
7 Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:    OSCE arms embargo.
8 Secretary of State for Education and Skills:    Building schools for the future.
9 Secretary of State for Defence:    Ministry of Defence Police Agency key targets 2003-04.
10 Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:    Foot and mouth disease: Defra response to independent consultancy report on environmental and public health impacts of disposal sites.
11 Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:    Draft Mental Incapacity Bill.


Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 25th June for answer today‡

1 Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Prime Minister, when he will publish the list of Ministerial Committees of the Cabinet. (122619)

Standing Committee Notices

Standing Committee D will meet on Tuesday 1st July at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Courts Bill [Lords].

Standing Committee C will meet on Wednesday 2nd July at 2.00 p.m. to consider the Retirement Income Reform Bill.

European Standing Committee A will meet on Monday 30th June at 4.30 p.m. to consider European Union Document No. 7623/03, relating to the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.

European Standing Committee C will meet on Wednesday 2nd July at 2.00 p.m. to consider European Union Document No. 7505/02, relating to additives in animal nutrition.

The Northern Ireland Grand Committee will meet on Thursday 3rd July at 2.30 p.m. to consider the draft Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 30th June at 4.30 p.m. to consider section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 3rd July at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1387).

The Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 3rd July at 9.55 a.m. to consider the draft Community Care Plans (Disapplication) (England) Order 2003.

The Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 1st July at 8.55 a.m. to consider the draft Electricity and Gas (Modification of Standard Conditions of Licences) Order 2003.

The Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 1st June at 2.30 p.m. to consider the draft Contracting Out (Function in relation to the Management of Crown Lands) Order 2003.

The Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 2nd July at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Value Added Tax (Finance) Order 2003.

The Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 3rd July at 8.55 a.m. to consider the draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2003.

The Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 3rd July at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Canada) Order 2003 and the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Mauritius) Order 2003.

The Tenth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 3rd July at 2.30 p.m. to consider the draft Greater London Authority Elections (Election Addresses) Order 2003.


 

 
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