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Order of Business 11 November 2004

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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 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    What steps he is taking to promote take-up of the childcare element of working tax credit.
( 197384 )
*2 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    If he will allow money spent by a person on private dental insurance to be tax deductible where that person's dentist has opted out of NHS dentistry.
( 197385 )
*3 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    What recent discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England regarding mortgage interest rates.
( 197386 )
*4 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    If he will make a statement on progress made with meeting the criteria for joining the euro.
( 197387 )
*5 Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    What assessment he has made of the influence of levels of taxation on the state of the economy.
( 197388 )
*6 James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    What recent discussions he has had with his G8 colleagues on using the International Finance Facility to meet the millennium development goals.
( 197389 )
*7 Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    If he will make a statement on the relationship between the level of skills in the workforce and economic growth.
( 197390 )
*8 Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    How many jobs have been lost in manufacturing in (a) Manchester Central constituency, (b) the City of Manchester, (c) Greater Manchester and (d) the North West in the last 10 years.
( 197391 )
*9 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues regarding levels of public spending on international development in 2004-05.
( 197392 )
*10 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What steps the Treasury takes to ensure that there is adequate access to venture capital in all regions.
( 197393 )
*11 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the recovery of overpayment of tax credits.
( 197394 )
*12 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on legitimate ways available to avoid paying inheritance tax.
( 197395 )
*13 Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    Whether the UK will retain independent control of domestic interest rates in the event of the European Constitutional Treaty being adopted.
( 197396 )
*14 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    What the most recent growth projections for the British economy are.
( 197397 )
*15 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    If he will make a statement on plans to change the tax status of Business Link organisations.
( 197398 )
*16 Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    What assessment he has made of the impact on start-up companies of section 22 of the Finance Act 2003.
( 197399 )
*17 Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):    What changes he has made to his forecasts for growth in the North West since this year's Budget.
( 197400 )
*18 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):    What steps he is taking to achieve progress towards full employment.
( 197401 )
*19 Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    If he will make a statement on the change in the level of indirect taxation between 1997 and 2004.
( 197402 )
*20 Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    What recent discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the effects on the economy of developing workforce skills.
( 197403 )
*21 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    When he last met G8 leaders to discuss progress towards reducing Third World debt.
( 197405 )
*22 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on the role of economic instruments in tackling climate change and global warming.
( 197406 )
*23 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    What progress has been achieved in meeting the millennium goals.
( 197407 )
*24 Clive Efford (Eltham):    If he will make a statement on the economic objectives of the UK's presidency of the G7.
( 197408 )

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

Main Business



[Up to three hours]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Andrew Lansley
      Mr John Baron
      Mr Simon Burns
      Tim Loughton
      Dr Andrew Murrison
David Maclean
        That this House places the highest importance on the role of general medical practitioners, working with allied healthcare professionals, constituting a family doctor service; regards this service as the lynch-pin of NHS primary care services and central to public health promotion; appreciates that general practitioners are best placed to provide care for patients, to facilitate their access to NHS services and to manage care of those suffering from chronic diseases and co-morbidities; is concerned by the continuing level of general practitioner vacancies and workload pressures; regrets the Government's devaluation of the family doctor's role in favour of an emphasis on diverse means of access to the NHS; deplores the failure to maintain the out-of-hours service as a general practitioner-led service and the loss of Saturday morning surgeries; calls on the Government to ensure that the NHS Programme for information technology delivers the choice of suppliers and functionality which general practitioners need; further regards the Government's abandonment of general practitioner fundholding and commissioning as a severe misjudgement and urges the reintroduction of the benefits of fundholding through the adoption of practice-led commissioning; and believes that the development of family doctor-led commissioning, alongside increasing patient choice, offers the best means of delivering an effective NHS which is responsive to patients' needs and wishes.

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Family Doctor Services):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Reid
      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr John Hutton
Ms Rosie Winterton

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the increase in general practitioner numbers; supports the expansion of primary care provision through walk-in centres and NHS Direct to meet the needs of patients; welcomes the new arrrangements for the National Health Service out-of-hours services that provide an opportunity to integrate primary, secondary and social care, whilst guaranteeing high quality urgent care across the country including Saturday mornings and improving the quality of life for general practitioners; acknowledges the progress made on the NHS Programme for information technology; supports the introduction of practice-based commissioning which fosters clinical engagement whilst mitigating the worst excesses of general practitioner fundholding; and believes that the general development of practice-based commissioning will deliver improved patient care.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Paul Burstow
      Mrs Patsy Calton
      Sarah Teather
      Mr Andrew Stunell

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add: `places the highest importance on the role of family health services, and the provision of care closer to home; greatly values the hard work and dedication of GPs, allied health professionals, nurses, pharmacists and other staff; recognises the importance of GPs and primary care services in public health promotion; believes that more should be undertaken in primary care and a higher priority should be placed on primary care services, particularly in the management of chronic diseases; is concerned by the high vacancy levels for GPs and community nurses; welcomes a wider range of services to provide access to the NHS, but recognises that these services should be evaluated and expresses concern that they should not have a negative impact by increasing staff shortages in primary care and emergency services; calls on the Government to increase the involvement of frontline clinicians in the development of the National Programme for information technology and ensure that patients have clear information about how to access out of hours primary care services under the new GP contract; further believes that more could be done at a local level to improve public health promotion, including local authorities having a greater role in health improvement; further calls on the Government to reduce the burden of administration and targets that GPs face; and believes also that further development of practice-based commissioning could provide benefits for patients but must be carefully evaluated, and that there should be flexibility at a local level to decide the best way of commissioning services for patients.'.

        The selection of the matter to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition.

        Debate may continue for up to three hours, and Standing Order No. 31(2) will apply (Order of 4th November).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Off-road motorcycle provision (Huw Irranca-Davies).

        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 A9.25 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the School Transport Bill.
2Standing Committee B9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
Further to consider the Gambling Bill.
3Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Landfill Allowances and Trading Scheme (England) Regulations 2004 and the draft Landfill (Maximum Landfill Amount) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004.


4Public Administration9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Government by Inquiry.
Witnesses: Mr John Gieve CB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office, Sir Brian Bender KCB, Permanent Secretary, DEFRA, and Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health; Rt Hon Lord Heseltine CH and Rt Hon Frank Dobson MP (at approximately 10.45 a.m.).
5Environmental Audit Sub-Committee on Environmental Crime10.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Environmental Crime: Corporate Crime.
Witness: The Ministry of Sound.
6Health10.00 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Witnesses: Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Nursing, National Pharmaceutical Association, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and Bulletin of Medical Ethics.

[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 Defence:      Cote D'Ivoire.
2    Secretary of State for Defence:      MOD Police Operational Report 2003-04.
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      Project Aquatrine.
4    Secretary of State for Defence:      Joint Working Arrangements between Defence Estates and English Partnerships.
5    Secretary of State for Education and Skills:      Winter Supplementary Estimate 2004-05.
6    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Accounts of the Youth Council for Northern Ireland 2002-03.
7    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Annual Report 2004.
8    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      New appointments to One North-East Regional Development Agency.
9    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      New appointments to East Midlands Development Agency.
10    Secretary of State for Transport:      GoSkills Funding.
11    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Inspection Report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Eastbourne Borough Council.
12    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Inspection Report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of London Borough of Lambeth Council.
13    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Inspection Report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Swale Borough Council.

Standing Committee Notice
Standing Committee B will meet on Tuesday 16th November at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Gambling Bill.


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