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Order of Business 6 January 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 the Secretary of State for Transport
*1 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on plans to improve rail links between London and Gloucestershire.
( 145864 )
*2 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on rural bus services.
( 145865 )
*3 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement on his proposals for school transport.
( 145866 )
*4 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    If he will set a date for revisiting the decisions announced in The Future of Air Transport White Paper in relation to demand for additional runways to be built at Glasgow International and Edinburgh Airports.
( 145867 )
*5 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    If he will make a statement on his plans for traffic congestion reduction.
( 145868 )
*6 Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    What recent representations he has received on speed cameras.
( 145869 )
*7 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What discussions he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority on providing for the projected increase in rail passenger numbers.
( 145870 )
*8 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    What progress is being made on the upgrade of the West Coast main line.
( 145871 )
*9 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What his policy is on the introduction of quieter road surfaces on motorways.
( 145872 )
*10 Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    What steps he is taking to reduce aircraft noise at regional airports.
( 145874 )
*11 Bob Russell (Colchester):    When he expects work will start on the junction of the A12 Colchester Northern By-pass and the Northern Approach Road.
( 145875 )
*12 Mr Don Foster (Bath):    If he will make a statement on the role of his Department in the dissemination of best practice on bus services.
( 145876 )
*13 Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    What assistance his Department gives to local government in respect of formulating bids for (a) light rail and (b) other transport schemes.
( 145877 )
*14 Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):    If he will make a statement about the (a) amount of and (b) uses of revenue from speed cameras.
( 145878 )
*15 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What recent representations he has received on making the wearing of seat belts on school transport compulsory.
( 145879 )
*16 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    If he will make a statement on the latest statistics on train punctuality.
( 145880 )
*17 Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    If he will make a statement on the dualling of the A303.
( 145881 )
*18 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    To what extent he proposes details of development at airports in the South East of England under The Future of Air Transport White Paper should remain a matter of local determination through the planning system.
( 145882 )
*19 Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    If he will make a statement on his Department's strategy for (a) increasing cycling journey numbers and (b) reducing cycling injuries and deaths.
( 145883 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
*20 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When he next expects to meet the Chairman of the Better Regulation Task Force to discuss employment regulation.
( 145856 )
*21 Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    If he will make a statement on the recent UN technology summit in Geneva on the digital divide.
( 145857 )
*22 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    What evidence he has collected on the extent to which the launch of Policy Hub has led to improvements in policy making; and what plans there are to evaluate Policy Hub.
( 145858 )
*23 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What action he is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on business.
( 145859 )
*24 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    If he will make a statement on the recent UN technology summit on the digital divide.
( 145860 )
*25 Norman Baker (Lewes):    How much has been allocated this financial year to the Government Information and Communication Service.
( 145861 )
*26 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    How many personnel are working on the better regulation brief in the department.
( 145862 )
*27 Ian Stewart (Eccles):    What steps the Government takes to ensure that people appointed to public bodies are representative of the society that they serve.
( 145863 )

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 Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill:


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

Standing Committee

        2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 15th January 2004.

        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 by the House 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 message from the Lords) may be programmed.

        To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003).

+  3  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That the draft Charities (Alexandra Park and Palace) Order 2003 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Proposals for a sixth form college in Carlisle (Mr David Maclean).

        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 A9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
To consider the Child Trust Funds Bill.


2Constitutional Affairs9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Judicial appointments and a Supreme Court (court of final appeal).
Witnesses: Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, and officials.
3Home Affairs9.30 a.m.Room 8 (private)
4Trade and Industry9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Support for Business from Regional Development Agencies.
Witness: The Small Business Service.
5Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.Room 15 (private)
6International Development2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Migration and Development.
Witnesses: Professor Richard Black, Director, and Professor Ron Skeldon and Dr Ben Rogaly, Members, University of Sussex Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty, and Dr Priya Deshingkar, Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute.
7Home Affairs2.15 p.m.Room 8 (private)
8Welsh Affairs3.00 p.m.Room 17 (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 Defence:      Contract placement for the GBAD Phase 1 Assessment Phase.
2    Secretary of State for Defence:      European Court of Human Rights judgements: implications for service courts-martial.
3    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Citizen Information Project.
4    Secretary of State for Health:      HFEA code of practice.


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