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Order of Business 29th 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 the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 134143 )
*2 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    If he will make a statement on the political negotiations relating to elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
( 134144 )
*3 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    If he will make a statement on the progress with the peace process.
( 134145 )
*4 Patrick Mercer (Newark):    What plans he has to increase security surveillance of traffic through the Province's (a) ports and (b) airports.
( 134146 )
*5 John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):    What progress has been made by the Independent Monitoring Commission towards verifying decommissioning by paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland.
( 134147 )
*6 Lady Hermon (North Down):    How many attacks there have been on (a) serving and (b) former prison officers in Northern Ireland in each of the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
( 134148 )
*7 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    What recent assessment he has made of the level of co-operation between the British and Irish governments in tackling organised crime in Northern Ireland.
( 134149 )
*8 Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    What assessment he has made of recent developments in the political situation in Northern Ireland.
( 134150 )
*9 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    How many acts of decommissioning have taken place in Northern Ireland since April 1998.
( 134151 )
*10 Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East):    If he will make a statement on the Government's proposal for water charging in Northern Ireland.
( 134152 )
*11 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    When he expects elections to be held for the Northern Ireland Assembly.
( 134153 )
*12 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on implementation of the Belfast Agreement.
( 134154 )
*13 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    What assessment he has made of the level of co-operation between British and Irish governments in tackling organised crime in Northern Ireland.
( 134155 )
*14 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If he will make a statement on unemployment levels in Northern Ireland since 1997.
( 134156 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Sio¤n Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 29th October.
( 134876 )
*Q2 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    
( 134877 )
*Q3 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    
( 134878 )
*Q4 Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    
( 134879 )
*Q5 Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire):    
( 134880 )
*Q6 Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    
( 134881 )
*Q7 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    
( 134882 )
*Q8 Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    
( 134883 )
*Q9 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    
( 134884 )
*Q10 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    
( 134885 )
*Q11 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    
( 134886 )
*Q12 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    
( 134887 )
*Q13 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    
( 134888 )
*Q14 Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    
( 134890 )

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

Main Business

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[No debate]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Christopher Leslie
        That the Order of 21st October 2003 (European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (Programme)) shall be amended by the substitution in paragraph 2 (time for conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee) for the words Thursday 30th October" of the words Tuesday 4th November".

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

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      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That the draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2003, which was laid before this House on 11th September, be approved.

        The Third Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2001-02, on The Government's Drugs Policy: Is it Working?, HC 318-I, and the Government response thereto, Cm 5573, together with the Home Office Departmental Report 2003, Cm 5908, and the Sixth Report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Session 2002-03, on The Illegal Drugs Trade and Drug Culture in Northern Ireland: Interim Report on Cannabis, HC 353, and the Government response thereto, Sixth Special Report from the Committee, HC 935, are relevant.

        The Speaker will put the question necessary to dispose of proceedings not later than one and a half hours after their commencement (Standing Order No. 16).

Immediately after Government business


OPPOSED PRIVATE BUSINESS: MERSEY TUNNELS BILL: Further consideration of Bill, as amended. (By Order.)        [Until any hour]

      Mr Ben Chapman
      Stephen Hesford
      Mr Andrew Miller
        On further consideration of the Mersey Tunnels Bill, to move, That the Bill be further considered upon this day six months.

For Amendments, see pages 201-06 of Notice Paper relating to Private Business.

Set down by the Chairman of Ways and Means under Standing Order No. 20.

Third Reading may also be taken (Standing Order 204A).

        Proceedings on the Private Business set down by the Chairman of Ways and Means shall be entered upon at the conclusion of Government business (whether before, at or after Four o'clock), and may then be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour (Order of 23rd October).

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Return of cultural artefacts held in national collections (Mr Andrew Dismore).

        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).



1European Standing Committee C2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document No. 6090/03 relating to Official Feed and Food Controls.
2Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the Health Professionals Council (Registration and Fees) Rules Order of Council 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 1572).
3Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2003.
4Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003.


5Education and Skills9.00 a.m.The Wilson Room,
Portcullis House

6Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room,
Portcullis House

Subject: Delivery of Services to People from Minority Ethnic Communities.
Witnesses: Help the Aged, Public and Commercial Services Union, Citizen's Advice; Commission for Racial Equality (at approximately 10.45 a.m.).
7Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room,
Portcullis House

Subject: Water Pricing.
Witness: Water UK.
8Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: The Adjudicator's Office Annual Report 2003.
Witness: Dame Barbara Mills DBE QC, The Adjudicator.
9Defence2.30 p.m.The Thatcher Room,
Portcullis House

10European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
11Trade and Industry2.30 p.m.The Grimond Room,
Portcullis House

12Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: The Future of the Railways.
Witnesses: ATOC, Chiltern, GNER, Connex South Eastern, and Merseyrail Electrics; PTE Group (at approximately 3.25 p.m.); RMT and TSSA (at approximately 3.55 p.m.); and Mr Tom Winsor, the Rail Regulator (at approximately 4.25 p.m.).
13Northern Ireland3.00 p.m.Room 20 (private)
14Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Purchasing and Managing Software Licences.
Witnesses: Mr Peter Gershon CBE, Chief Executive and Mr Hugh Barrett, Chief Executive,, Office of Government Commerce.
15Environmental Audit3.40 p.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: GM Food-Evaluating the farm scale trials.
Witness: Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP.
16Modernisation of the House of Commons3.45 p.m.Room 21 (private)
17Catering4.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)
18Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (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 Education and Skills:      Contingency Fund borrowing for the teachers' pension scheme.


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