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Order of Business 16 September 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.

Consideration of Bill Ordered to lie upon the Table

London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [Lords].

[Amendments to be proposed by the Promoters.]

        [Copies of the proposed amendments may be obtained by Members from the Vote Office or inspected in the Private Bill Office.]

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 Health
*1 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    What recent representations he has received from NHS trusts about the Government's plan for foundation hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
( 129948 )
*2 Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):    What steps he is taking to increase support available for older people to stay in their own homes.
( 129949 )
*3 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will take steps to increase funding for the provision of long-term care.
( 129950 )
*4 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    What the latest estimate is of the costs of the Paddington Health Campus.
( 129951 )
*5 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make a statement on the development of ambulatory care units in the NHS.
( 129952 )
*6 Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):    What plans the Department has to extend the private sector's role in the provision of NHS services in the coming year.
( 129953 )
*7 Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes):    What plans he has to introduce private health insurance for non-emergency health care; and if he will make a statement.
( 129954 )
*8 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    What his strategy is for recruiting professionals in the NHS.
( 129955 )
*9 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    What progress his Department is making with improving NHS dental service provision.
( 129956 )
*10 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What progress has been made in encouraging health care assistants to re-train as nurses; and if he will make a statement.
( 129957 )
*11 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    If he will make a statement on the enhanced role he plans for (a) nurse practitioners and (b) community pharmacists in the provision of health care.
( 129958 )
*12 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If he will make a statement on the measures taken by the Government to reduce shortages of general practitioners.
( 129959 )
*13 Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    If he will meet the Haemophilia Society to discuss the proposed financial compensation scheme for those who contracted Hepatitis C from contaminated blood products.
( 129960 )
*14 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    What recent guidance the Chief Medical Officer has issued to the public regarding the incidence of acrylamide in baked and fried food.
( 129962 )
*15 Mr James Wray (Glasgow Baillieston):    What measures are in place to control the levels of charging for (a) repairing teeth from mottling and (b) other cosmetic dental work by NHS dentists.
( 129963 )
*16 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What his Department's strategy is for tackling prostate cancer.
( 129964 )
*17 Mrs Marion Roe (Broxbourne):    If he will make a statement on retention of nurses.
( 129965 )
*18 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    If he will make a statement on the recruitment and retention of nurses.
( 129966 )
*19 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What assessment he has made of the overall capacity of the acute hospital sector in Worcestershire.
( 129967 )
*20 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    What assessment he has made of the patient environment action team programme.
( 129968 )
*21 Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    What action his Department is taking to prevent patients from catching infections in healthcare settings.
( 129969 )
*22 Mr Peter Duncan (Galloway & Upper Nithsdale):    How much has been spent on locum consultants in the NHS in the last year for which figures are available.
( 129970 )
*23 James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    If he will make a statement on the hospital building programme.
( 129971 )
*24 Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    What representations he has received about the disposal of the Atkinson Morley Hospital site in Wimbledon.
( 129972 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Joyce Quin
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to allow pensioners and disabled persons in England to benefit from free travel on buses in current travel concession authority areas and in the vicinity of those areas; 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 (17th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Mr Tim Collins
      Mr Laurence Robertson
      Mr Christopher Chope
      David Maclean
        That this House is greatly concerned about the security of the electricity supply; recognises the crucial importance of reliable supplies to every aspect of domestic and business life, including transport; believes that the Government is neglecting the risk of power cuts this winter and in the longer term; condemns the Government's Energy White Paper for planning to make Britain dependent on gas imports from unreliable sources and for not balancing the need for secure supplies with environmental responsibilities; notes that the consequences of the recent power cut on the London Underground may have been worsened by the inadequacies of the Public Private Partnership negotiated and imposed by the Government; and calls for urgent action to ensure no repetition of the alarming experiences endured by hundreds of thousands of people in London and the South East.

            As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Security of the Electricity Supply and London Underground):
      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Mr Menzies Campbell
      Dr Vincent Cable
      Mr Don Foster
      Tom Brake
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `notes that concerns about the security of electricity supply have been fuelled by the failure of the Government to announce a programme of implementation of the long-delayed White Paper on Energy Policy, exacerbated by the fact that the Energy Minister is the fifth in six years of Labour government and that his diverse ministerial portfolio prevents him giving exclusive attention to this policy area; believes that this has left the electricity generation industry in crisis, with long-term investment stalled and energy supply mis-selling and greenhouse gas emissions on the increase; regrets that security of supply may have been compromised, for instance on the London Underground, as privatised supply companies attempt to sustain profits by management and maintenance short cuts; and therefore calls on the Government to ensure that policies capable of achieving the UK's Kyoto commitment and the long-term targets of the Royal Commission on Environmental Health Report are announced in the forthcoming Queen's speech and made the responsibility of a full-time Minister who is charged with mitigating the negative impacts of privatisation and implementing an integrated UK Energy Policy, including the protection of the security of electricity supply.'.

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Darling
      Secretary Patricia Hewitt
 Mr Stephen Timms   Dr Kim Howells   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `regrets the problems that have recently occurred on the National Grid and the disruption that was caused particularly to transport services; further notes that the report published by the National Grid last Wednesday shows that the problem was not caused by under-investment on the network, shortage of capacity or its contractual relationship with any of its customers but rather by a local transmission failure; notes that security of supply is one of the key responsibilities of the regulator, that Ofgem is considering the incident in the light of the National Grid's licence obligations and will be reporting at the end of September; and further notes that the Government's engineering inspectorate will also be conducting its own investigation.'.



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Michael Ancram
      Mr William Cash
      Mr Richard Spring
      Mr Patrick McLoughlin
      David Maclean
        That this House believes that the draft Constitution, presented by the Convention on the Future of Europe to the Inter-Governmental Conference on 20th June at Thessalonica, constitutes a fundamental change to the relationship between the European Union and the Member States and should therefore only be implemented if the British people have freely consented to it in a referendum.

            As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Referendum on the EU Constitution):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Peter Hain
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's commitment to keeping Parliament fully informed of the progress of the IGC negotiations, including through the publication of a White Paper, and to continued intense Parliamentary scrutiny of the draft Constitutional Treaty; believes the proposals from the Convention on the Future of Europe are a good starting point for discussions between the elected governments of the EU's member states; further believes that, as the proposals do not alter the fundamental constitutional relationship between the EU and its Member States, and the role of national parliaments is strengthened, there is no reason to depart from the precedent set by previous governments, which rejected referendums on previous constitutional treaties; and notes that it will be for Parliament to decide on whether it should become part of UK law.'.

      Mr Alex Salmond
      Pete Wishart
      Annabelle Ewing
      Angus Robertson
      Mr Michael Weir
        Line      4,      leave out from `Member States' to end and add `; deplores that as a part of that fundamental change the UK Government failed to give priority to vital Scottish interests in the negotiation of the proposed Constitution, including allowing the damaging proposal for fisheries policy to be an exclusive competence of the EU to stand; and believes that the Constitution should only be implemented if the people of the UK have freely consented to it in a referendum, and that the results of any such referendum should be broken down according to the nations and regions of the UK.'.

        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.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Ben Bradshaw
        That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 7623/03, Commission Communication towards uniform and effective implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, and No. 10509/03, Commission Communication on compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy: `Compliance work plan and scoreboard'; takes note of the Government's support for the work plan; and supports the Government's objective of playing a constructive part in detailed discussion of the proposals to improve co-operation between enforcement agencies and of the feasibility study on the proposed Community Fisheries Control Agency.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Future of Royal Hospital Haslar (Mr Peter Viggers).

        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 B9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
Further to consider the Sexual Offences Bill [Lords].
2Standing Committee D8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
To consider the Water Bill [Lords].
3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Vienna Document 1999 (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2003.


4Constitutional Affairs9.00 a.m.
9.15 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subjects: (i) The Office of Lord Chancellor and the Establishment of a Judicial Appointments Commission and Supreme Court; (ii) Legal Services Commission Annual Report 2002-03.
Witnesses: (i) Rt Hon Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT; (ii) Mr Philip Ely OBE, Chairman and Ms Clare Dodgson, Chief Executive, Legal Services Commission (at approximately 10.00 a.m.).
5Trade and Industry9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room,
Portcullis House
Subject: Electricity Companies Responses to the Storms of October 2002.
Witnesses: EdF Energy, Electricity Association, Ofgem, Energywatch, Department of Trade and Industry.
6Welsh Affairs9.45 a.m.

10.00 a.m.
Committee Room 1,
National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
Subject: Manufacturing and Trade in Wales.
Witness: Mr Calvin Jones, Welsh Economy Research Unit.
7Home Affairs9.30 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Asylum Applications.
Witness: Simon Hughes MP.
8Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 7 (private)
9Culture, Media and Sport10.15 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room,
Portcullis House
Subject: London Olympic Bid 2012.
Witnesses: Ms Barbara Cassani, Chairman of London 2012 and colleagues.
10Northern Ireland Affairs11.00 a.m.The Europa Hotel, Belfast (public)
Subject: The Introduction of the Aggregates Levy in Northern Ireland: One Year On.
Witnesses: Quarry Products Association, Northern Ireland; British Aggregates Association; Construction Employers' Federation, Northern Ireland.
11Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 21 (private)
12International Development2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room,
Portcullis House
Subject: Development Assistance and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Witnesses: Department for International Development; Mr Alan Seatter, Directorate General for External Relations, European Commission (at approximately 3.30 p.m.).
13Trade and Industry2.30 p.m.The Grimond Room,
Portcullis House
14Select Committee on Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meetingRoom 7 (private)


15Draft Civil Contingencies Bill9.30 a.m.The Boothroyd Room,
Portcullis House
Witnesses: Scottish Executive, Mr Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice, Mr Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister, National Assembly for Wales.
16Draft Gambling Bill9.30 a.m.Room 3 (private)
To choose Chairman and consider course of proceeding.
17Draft Mental Incapacity Bill3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m.
Room 4B (private)
Witness: Making Decisions Alliance.
18Draft Civil Contingencies Bill4.30 p.m.The Boothroyd Room,
Portcullis House
Witnesses: Liberty, Justice.
19Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 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 the Home Department:      Home Secretary's Advisory Board on Restricted Patients.
2    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Annual Report (2002-03) of the Police Complaints Authority.
3    Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Public Guardianship Office's Annual Report and Accounts for 2002-03.
4    Minister of State, Department for International Development:      St Helena: Access by Air.
5    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Oversight Commissioners 8th Report.
6    Secretary of State for Defence:      Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) Programme—Commencement of Assessment Stage 3.
7    Deputy Prime Minister:      End-to-End Review of the Housing Corporation's interactions with registered social landlords and other organisations.
8    Deputy Prime Minister:      Allocation of the Residual Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) Resources for 2004-05 and 2005-06.
9    Secretary of State for Health:      Development of services for people with a mental illness in England—Thirteenth report.
10    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Discretionary Social Fund: Minor changes from 6th October 2003.


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