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Order of Business 21 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

Private Business

        Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.

Third Reading

Transas Group Bill.

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 Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    If he will make a statement on discussions with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the Royal Mail's decision to end mail transport by rail.
( 132959 )
*2 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    If he will make a statement on the Ramsbottom to Manchester rail link.
( 132960 )
*3 Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):    What plans he has for improved regulation of bus companies.
( 132961 )
*4 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What assessment he has made of the conclusions of the West to East Midlands Multi-Modal Study.
( 132962 )
*5 Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    When he expects to publish his White Paper on airports.
( 132964 )
*6 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    What recent representations he has received about congestion on the A34 and A40 in Oxfordshire; and if he will make a statement.
( 132965 )
*7 Andy Burnham (Leigh):    What assessment he has made of the need to increase rail services and stations in the North West.
( 132966 )
*8 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    What plans he has to require the train operating companies to tackle overcrowding on trains during the rush hour.
( 132967 )
*9 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):    What proposals he has to increase powers of local authorities in relation to untaxed and abandoned vehicles.
( 132968 )
*10 Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    What the criteria are for awarding railway franchises; and what plans he has to allow the Strategic Rail Authority to run franchises under section 212 (30) of the Transport Act 2000.
( 132969 )
*11 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make a statement on future contracts for maintenance of the rail network.
( 132970 )
*12 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What steps the Strategic Rail Authority is taking to improve the speed of inter-city train journeys.
( 132971 )
*13 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What changes have been recorded in the number of fatal accidents on roads where speed cameras have been deployed in the past two years.
( 132972 )
*14 Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    What assessment he has made of proposals by train operating companies to install television in railway carriages.
( 132973 )
*15 Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    What assessment he has made of the possibility of Channel Tunnel Rail Link domestic service trains stopping in the Medway towns.
( 132974 )
*16 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    What recent steps his Department has taken to disseminate best practice within the bus industry.
( 132975 )
*17 Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    What recent discussions he has had with other government departments on the relationship between home to school transport and children's health.
( 132976 )
*18 Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):    What studies he has undertaken to assess the impact of bus deregulation in metropolitan areas.
( 132977 )
*19 Nick Harvey (North Devon):    If he will make a statement on the relationship between transport provision and access to public services.
( 132978 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
*20 Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):    What age restrictions there are on public appointments.
( 132951 )
*21 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What age restrictions apply to public appointments.
( 132952 )
*22 David Cairns (Greenock & Inverclyde):    What steps the Government has taken towards inequalities in access to digital services.
( 132953 )
*23 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    If he will make a statement on the recent work of the Strategy Unit.
( 132954 )
*24 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    What steps the Government is taking to ensure that the design of government websites is focused on the needs of the general public.
( 132955 )
*25 Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):    What age restrictions there are on public appointments.
( 132956 )
*26 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What steps he is taking to encourage the appointment of women at a senior level in the Civil Service.
( 132958 )

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

Main Business

+  1  


[Until 7.00 p.m.]

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  2  


[No debate]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Christopher Leslie
        That the following provisions shall apply to the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill:


        1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

        2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 30th October 2003.

        3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

        4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

        5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

        6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

        7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th June 2001 and 29th October 2002).

+  3  


[No debate]

      Ruth Kelly
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill it is expedient to authorise—

    (1)   the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (a)   any expenses of the Secretary of State in making arrangements for the purposes of the Act in connection with the holding of the European Parliamentary general election of 2004;

      (b)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums so payable under any other enactment.

    (2)   the payment out of the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of that Fund.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

+  4  


[No debate]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Christopher Leslie
        That, if at the conclusion of this Session of Parliament, proceedings on the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill have not been completed, they shall be resumed in the next Session.

To be decided without debate (Order of 29th October 2002).

+  5  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
        That the draft Electronic Communications (Networks and Services) (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 8th September, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Sports lottery bids: North-South divide (Stephen Hesford).

        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 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].
3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 12 (public)
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 the highest fatality rate.


4Constitutional Affairs9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room,
Portcullis House

Subject: Immigration and Asylum: the Government's proposed changes to publicly funded immigration and asylum work.
Witnesses: Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, Law Society, and Refugee Legal Centre; Mr John Scampion CBE, Immigration Service Commissioner, and Rt Hon Lord Newton of Braintree OBE, Chairman, Council on Tribunals (at approximately 10.00 a.m.).
5Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
Room 15
Subject: The Financial Services Authority.
Witnesses: Mr Callum McCarthy, Chairman, and Mr John Tiner, Chief Executive, Financial Services Authority.
6Home Affairs9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Asylum Applications.
Witnesses: Beverley Hughes MP, Minister of State, Home Office, and Home Office officials.
7Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 20 (private)
8Office of the Deputy Prime Minister; Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.55 a.m.

10.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room,
Portcullis House

Subject: Fire Service.
Witnesses: Greater Manchester County Fire Service, Kent Fire Brigade, and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA); Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Friends of Merseyside Fire Service, Loop Customer Management Limited—Fire Service Direct and Cheshire Fire Service (at approximately 10.30 a.m.); South West Forum of Fire Authorities (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
9Culture, Media and Sport10.00 a.m.Room 7 (private)
10Select Committee on Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after JCSI meetingRoom 7 (private)


11Draft Gambling Bill9.30 a.m.Room 5 (private)
12Draft Mental Incapacity Bill3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Witnesses: Changing Perspectives, People First, Values into Action, Mr Simon Cramp; Rescare, Care UK (at approximately 4.45 p.m.).
13Draft Civil Contingencies Bill4.00 p.m.

4.05 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room,
Portcullis House

Witnesses: Office of Strategic Health Authorities, North Wales Health Emergency Planning Group, West Yorkshire SHA; British Telecom, Western Power Distribution, United Utilities (at approximately 4.30 p.m.); Red Cross, St John Ambulance, National Voluntary Aid Society Emergency Committee, Salvation Army, Women's Royal Voluntary Service (at approximately 5.20 p.m.).
14Joint 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    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      National Statistics Annual Report for 2002-03.
2    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      Culture online.
3    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister:      Regional housing allocations and key worker housing.
4    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Police performance monitors.
5    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Evaluation of Language Analysis Pilot.
6    Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Security Information for Business Initiative.
7    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Local Museum and Heritage Review.
8    Secretary of State for Transport:      Consultation on the new working time legislation for the road transport sector—EU Directive 2002/15/EC.


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