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Order of Business 27th 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
*1 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    What recent assessment he has made of the balance between the number of police officers and police administrative support staff.
( 134158 )
*2 Patrick Mercer (Newark):    What progress has been made in promulgating the lessons learned from exercise OSIRIS II to other (a) regions and (b) local authorities.
( 134159 )
*3 Mr John Denham (Southampton, Itchen):    If he will allow police officers to raise money from licensed premises to pay for additional police officers and community support officers.
( 134160 )
*4 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What new proposals he has to reduce the use of illegal drugs.
( 134161 )
*5 Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    If he will make a statement on the funding of Greater Manchester Police.
( 134162 )
*6 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What guidance he gives to chief constables on policing professional football matches.
( 134163 )
*7 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    What plans he has to visit Bridgend in 2003 to discuss with relevant parties his agenda for tackling crime in Bridgend.
( 134164 )
*8 Vera Baird (Redcar):    What plans he has to make the products of telephone taps admissible evidence in criminal trials.
( 134165 )
*9 Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):    What further plans he has to support communities in tackling illegal drugs.
( 134166 )
*10 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    What his policy is on limiting police authority council tax increases.
( 134167 )
*11 Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    What steps he is taking to increase the opportunities for prisoners to find employment after release.
( 134168 )
*12 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What estimate he has made of (a) the costs of introducing identity cards and (b) the annual revenue and capital costs of such a scheme for each of the next five years.
( 134169 )
*13 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What steps are being taken to tackle racism in the police.
( 134170 )
*14 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    How many asylum seekers are held in detention under immigration law.
( 134171 )
*15 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    If he will make a statement on the potential role of whistle blowing in tackling alleged racism in police forces.
( 134172 )
*16 Nick Harvey (North Devon):    How many hours per week on average prisoners spent in education in the last year for which figures are available.
( 134173 )
*17 Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    What change there was in the number of asylum applications between October 2002 and September 2003.
( 134174 )
*18 Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    If he will make a statement on the recruitment of community support officers.
( 134175 )
*19 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    What progress has been made in taking forward the recommendations on recruiting volunteers to provide support to victims in high crime areas made in the Committee of Public Accounts' 17th Report of 2002-03 'Helping Victims and witnesses: the work of Victim Support'.
( 134176 )
*20 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    What assessment his Department has made of the extent to which the extension of powers for police forces to retain DNA samples of suspects could (a) help prevent miscarriages of justice and (b) increase detection rates.
( 134177 )
*21 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    How many special constables there were in each of the last three years.
( 134178 )
*22 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    If he will make a statement on the development of UK border controls in Northern France.
( 134179 )
*23 Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    If he will make a statement on the role of local communities in tackling anti-social behaviour.
( 134180 )
*24 Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    What anti-social behaviour measures his Department will introduce to tackle the problem of abandoned cars.
( 134181 )
*25 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on his Department's role in assisting the police to improve detection of crime.
( 134182 )

At 3.30 p.m.Urgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY (20th allotted day)

[Until 10.00 p.m.]



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Mr Michael Ancram
      Mr Bernard Jenkin
      Mr Richard Spring
      Mr Gerald Howarth
      David Maclean
        That this House believes in the importance of European nations' building up their military capabilities to contribute more to European and global defence and security through NATO; notes that the `Berlin Plus' agreement provides the EU with assured access to NATO assets to plan and conduct military operations under NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, who is always a European military officer; condemns proposals for the European Union to conduct the planning and leadership of operations independent of NATO means and capabilities; further notes that this represents a threat to NATO, which was developed in the 1998 St. Malo Declaration and would be given superiority under the draft EU constitution; and further believes that such proposals discriminate against non-EU members of NATO, decouple EU security policies from NATO and duplicate existing NATO structures and assets without increasing real military capability in any way whatsoever.

            As an Amendment to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (NATO and EU Defence Policy):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Hoon
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `believes that NATO is, and should remain, the cornerstone of Europe's collective defence; believes in the importance of European nations building up their military capabilities to contribute more to their defence and security through NATO and the EU; welcomes the development of the European Security and Defence Policy as a part of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, including its role in undertaking operations where NATO as a whole is not engaged; welcomes the Berlin Plus" agreement which provides the EU with assured access to NATO planning and presumed access to NATO assets and capabilities for military operations; and welcomes the success of the ESDP operation undertaken in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the continuing military operation in Macedonia and police operation in Bosnia.'.



      Mr Iain Duncan Smith
      Dr Liam Fox
      Mr Simon Burns
      Tim Loughton
      Chris Grayling
      Mr John Baron
 David Maclean      
        That this House notes that the Government's obsession with target-setting now pervades almost every aspect of healthcare; believes that the volume of centrally set targets and the way in which these have been imposed is having a detrimental effect on clinical outcomes, since the welfare of the patient becomes a secondary consideration to the achievement of the target; further believes that the imposition of these targets is seriously demoralising the professional staff within the NHS, diverting them from spending time with patients to additional paperwork and bureaucracy; is appalled that pressure on managers to achieve targets has led to distortions in reporting on performance, so that the public has no confidence in claims that are made about achievements in the NHS; and calls on the Government to do away with their reliance on the target-setting culture, to re-invest the money saved on bureaucracy into front line medical care and to trust doctors, nurses and other professional staff to get on with their jobs with minimal interference, in the interests of all of their patients.

            As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Effect of Government Targets on the Provision of Health Care):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Secretary Reid
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's record extra investment in the National Health Service; supports the Government's policy of linking investment to reform; notes that setting targets and monitoring performance against them are a vital part of the accountability process; welcomes the Government's determination to devolve power in the health service to the front line backed by three-year allocations of money to NHS organisations and clear delivery targets for the next three years; welcomes the positive effect of the right targets on staff morale, motivation and standards; welcomes the increases in capacity and workforce numbers, the greater availability of new and better drugs, the shorter waiting times and the greater choice available to all patients; notes that expenditure on NHS management as a proportion of the total NHS budget is falling; and supports the Government's commitment to a high quality NHS, responsive to the needs of patients, available to all free at the point of need.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Mr Menzies Campbell
      Mr Paul Burstow
      Mrs Patsy Calton
      Mr Paul Marsden
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      14,      at end add `; and to introduce real local democratic accountability so that local people have control over their local health services.'.

        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 10.00 p.m.

+  2  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the Special Grant Report (No. 127) (HC 1049) on special grant for 2003-04 for reducing fire deaths in those areas of England suffering the highest fatality rate, dated 12th August 2003, a copy of which was laid before this House on 8th September, be approved.

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

+  3  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, at the sitting on Thursday 30th October, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to pay for chairmen of select committees not later than Six o'clock; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; the Questions may be put 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.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.



[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr David Borrow be discharged from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and Joan Ruddock be added.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Concessionary television licences for the elderly (Mr Jimmy Hood).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).



1European Standing Committee B4.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document 11817/03 relating to Reduced Rates of VAT.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Commission for Health Improvement (Functions) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1587).
3Standing Committee B (Programming Sub-Committee) (European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill)6.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)


4Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Government Support for Nanotechnology.
Witnesses: Dr Kevin Matthews, Oxonica Ltd, Professor Phil Bartlett, Nanotecture Ltd, and Ottilia Saxl, Institute of Nanotechnology; Sir John Chisholm, QinetiQ, Mr Alan McKinnon, Unilever (at approximately 5.00 p.m.); Mr John Mackie, British Venture Capital Association, Mr Stephen Lowery, Mr Robert Jelski, 3i, and Mr John Bates, London Business School (at approximately 5.45 p.m.).
5Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 8 (public)
Subject: Community Fund: Review of grants made to the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns.
Witnesses: Mr Richard Buxton, Chief Executive, Community Fund, and Mr Richard Martineau, former Chairman, England Grants Committee.
6Information4.30 p.m.The Grimond Room,
Portcullis House



7Human Rights4.30 p.m.Room 3A (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:      Immigration and Asylum.
2    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Government Actuary's Quinquennial Review of the National Insurance Fund.
3    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Incapacity benefit reform.
4    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Social Fund cold weather payment review 2003-04.
5    Deputy Prime Minister:      New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC).


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