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Order of Business 16 October 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
Oral Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
*1 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What support he has received from EU partners for his International Finance Facility proposal.
( 132053 )
*2 Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):    What recent assessment he has made of the progress of the highly indebted poor countries initiative; and what further action he proposes to take.
( 132055 )
*3 Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    If he will make a statement on progress towards the target of 0.7 per cent. national income being devoted to international aid.
( 132056 )
*4 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    If he will make a statement on his aim to achieve full employment.
( 132057 )
*5 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    If he will make a statement on changes in the level of state pension in the last three years.
( 132058 )
*6 Vera Baird (Redcar):    What plans he has to direct public investment to the Tees Valley sub-region.
( 132059 )
*7 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    How many events he has attended as part of the Government's euro information campaign launched in June.
( 132062 )
*8 Mr John McFall (Dumbarton):    If he will make a statement on the International Finance Facility.
( 132063 )
*9 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    When the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices measure of inflation has been below one per cent. since January 2000; and if he will make a statement.
( 132064 )
*10 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What recent measures he has taken to support families on low incomes; and if he will make a statement.
( 132065 )
*11 Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    If he will make a statement on the impact of insurance premium levels on the service sector of the economy.
( 132066 )
*12 Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):    If he will make a statement on planned levels of central government capital investment in Wolverhampton South West in 2003-04.
( 132067 )
*13 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley):    What recent discussions he has had with African finance ministers on debt and the millennium development targets.
( 132068 )
*14 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    When he expects to complete the review of North Sea oil and gas taxation.
( 132069 )
*15 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    What representations he has received regarding the provision of a subsidy through the tax system towards the cost of health care in the private sector.
( 132070 )
*16 Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    If he will make a statement on the projections for United Kingdom growth made by (a) the Treasury and (b) independent forecasters at the time of the (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003 budget.
( 132071 )
*17 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    What his policy is on support for financial mutual organisations; and if he will make a statement.
( 132072 )
*18 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    If he will make it his policy to index-link personal tax allowances at least in line with inflation.
( 132073 )
*19 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    When he next plans to meet the new Governor of the Bank of England to discuss the Chancellor's Budget forecasts on the public sector deficit for 2004-05.
( 132074 )
*20 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    What assessment he has made of the recent change in the budget deficits (a) in Germany, (b) in France and (c) on average in the eurozone.
( 132075 )
*21 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What assessment he has made of the effect of the level of youth unemployment on the economy; and if he will make a statement.
( 132076 )

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

Main Business

+  1  


[Until 6.00 p.m.]

      The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.

        Proposed subject for debate: Defence Policy.

        The Sixth Report from the Defence Committee of Session 2002-03, A New Chapter to the Strategic Defence Review (HC 93-I and II) and the Government's Response thereto, Third Special Report, Session 2002-03, HC 975, are relevant.

Debate may continue until 6.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Compensation for British Coal surface workers (Mr Kevan Jones).

        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).



1Standing Committee A9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
Further to consider the Planning and Compulsory Purchase (Re-committed) Bill.
2Standing Committee D8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
Further to consider the Water Bill [Lords].
3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Electronic Communications (Network and Services) (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) Order 2003.


4Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room,
Portcullis House

Subject: Transparency of Credit Card Charges.
Witnesses: Mr Matthew Barrett, Group Chief Executive, Barclays Plc, Mr Eric Daniels, Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB, Mr Fred Goodwin, Chief Executive, Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, Mr James Crosby, Group Chief Executive, HBOS Plc, and General Charles C Krulack, Chief Executive, MBNA Europe Bank Limited.
5Liaison9.30 a.m.The Boothroyd Room,
Portcullis House
6Health10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Public Expenditure 2003.
Witnesses: Department of Health officials.
7International Development2.00 p.m.

3.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room,
Portcullis House
Subject: Trade and Development at the WTO: after Cancu«n.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State, and Ms Dianna Melrose, Head, International Trade Department, Department for International Development, and Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State, and Dr Elaine Drage, Director, Trade and Development, Department of Trade and Industry.


8Draft Civil Contingencies Bill3.30 p.m.

3.35 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room,
Portcullis House
Subject: Civil contingencies.
Witness: Mr Douglas Alexander MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office.

[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:      Animal Procedures Committee 2002 Report.
2    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      Dstl key targets 2003-04.
4    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Ratification of Protocol 13 to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
5    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Court Service Annual Report and Accounts for 2002-03.
6    Deputy Prime Minister:      Supporting People.

Standing Committee Notices

     Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd October at 9.10 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Planning and Compulsory Purchase (Re-committed) Bill.

     Standing Committee D will meet on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd October at 8.55 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Water Bill [Lords].

     The Northern Ireland Grand Committee will meet on Thursday 23rd October at 2.30 p.m. to consider the future direction of community relations policy in Northern Ireland.

     The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Tuesday 21st October at 9.55 a.m. to consider the Local Government Finance (England) Special Grant Report (No. 127) on Special Grants for reducing fire deaths in those areas in England suffering highest fatality rate.

     The Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 22nd October at 8.55 a.m. to consider the Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1684).


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