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Order of Business 1st December 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.

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

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[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
        Bill to make provision relating to spatial development and town and country planning; and the compulsory acquisition of land.

Formal first and second reading: no debate or decision (Orders of 29th October 2002 (Carry-over of Bills) and 10th June).

Main Business

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QUEEN'S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): Adjourned Debate on Question (26th November)

[Until 10.00 p.m.]

        Motion made, and Question proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

        Most Gracious Sovereign,

        We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament—(Mr John McFall).

        Proposed subjects for debate: Local Government, Environment and Transport.

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Government policy on AIDS reduction in the developing world (Tom Brake).

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



1Standing Committee on the Inter-Governmental Conference3.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)


2Education and Skills3.45 p.m.Slough Borough Council, Town Hall, Bath Road, Slough (public)
Subject: Secondary Education: Schools Admissions.
Witnesses: Parents, parent-governors, a headteacher, and chair of governors of Slough Schools.
3Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: The Work of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
Witnesses: Professor Julia Goodfellow, Chief Executive, Mr Steve Visscher, Director of Finance and Administration, and Professor Robert Freedman, Member, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
4Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 8 (public)
Subject: Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ): New Accommodation Programme.
Witnesses: Sir David Omand KCB, Permanent Secretary, Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator, Cabinet Office; Sir Francis Richards, Director, and Dr David Pepper, Director GCHQ.

[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 Northern Ireland:      Fisheries Conservancy Board for Northern Ireland Annual Report 2002.
2    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Defra Winter Supplementary Estimate.
3    Secretary of State for International Development:      Humanitarian situation in Southern Africa.
4    Secretary of State for International Development:      UK's Call for Action on HIV/AIDS.
5    Solicitor General:      CPS Autumn Performance Report.
6    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Social Fund Commissioner.
7    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Housing Benefit Subsidy Reform.
8    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      British Energy: Temporary increases of the Credit Facility Agreement.
9    Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Departmental Autumn Performance Report.
10    Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Report on Sickness Absence in the Civil Service during 2002.
11    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Criminal Records Bureau.
12    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Independent monitor for entry clearance.

Standing Committee Notices

     The Speaker has appointed 10 o'clock on Thursday 4th December and Committee Room 10 as the time and place for holding the Ballot for Private Members' Bills.

     The Standing Committee on the Inter-Governmental Conference on the Future of Europe will meet on Monday 1st December at 3.30 p.m. to consider the work of the Inter-Governmental Conference.


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