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Order of Business 12 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
*1 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement on the future of the New Deal programme.
( 146781 )
*2 Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):    If he will establish a public inquiry to assess the overall debts in occupational pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.
( 146782 )
*3 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    How many pensioners are not receiving their pension credit entitlement (a) in England and (b) in London; and if he will make a statement.
( 146784 )
*4 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    How many pensioners currently use a pension book.
( 146785 )
*5 Claire Ward (Watford):    How many pensioners in the Watford constituency are receiving pension credit.
( 146786 )
*6 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    Whether all pensioners who request a home visit from the Pension Service will receive one.
( 146787 )
*7 Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    What plans his Department has to increase the take-up of pension credit.
( 146788 )
*8 Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West):    What progress has been made in reforming housing benefit.
( 146789 )
*9 Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    What estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people who will be claiming pension credit by 2006.
( 146790 )
*10 Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    What assessment his Department has made of work opportunities for the long-term unemployed in the private sector in 2004.
( 146791 )
*11 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    What measures will be taken to address the problems surrounding the closure of final salary pension schemes.
( 146792 )
*12 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When he next expects to meet representatives of staff in his Department's East Anglia offices to discuss restructuring plans.
( 146793 )
*13 Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    What assessment he has made of how progress in tackling child poverty in the UK compares with developments in other European Union member states.
( 146794 )
*14 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    What plans he has to protect the pensions of past and present members of final salary pension schemes.
( 146795 )
*15 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    If he will make a statement on the draft Disability Discrimination Bill.
( 146796 )
*16 Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):    What assessment he has made of progress in reducing child poverty.
( 146797 )
*17 Hugh Bayley (York, City of):    What progress the Government has made in reducing the number of children living in poverty; and what measures it will take to reduce it further.
( 146799 )
*18 Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):    What plans he has to provide childcare in schools to help people to move from welfare into work.
( 146800 )
*19 Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):    What progress he has made in enabling disabled people to play a full and active role in society.
( 146801 )
*20 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    When the earnings disregard for war disablement pensioners in receipt of income support was last updated.
( 146802 )
*21 Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):    What action he is taking to ensure that workers who have lost their pensions through no fault of their own and are not covered by the pension protection fund are adequately compensated.
( 146803 )
*22 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What plans he has to undertake research into the take-up of disability benefits.
( 146804 )
*23 John Mann (Bassetlaw):    What assessment he has made of the value for money of Progress2Work.
( 146805 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bills

+  1  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
        Bill to make provision about fire and rescue authorities and their functions; to make provision about employment by, and powers of employees of, fire and rescue authorities; to make provision about education and training and pension schemes; to make provision about the supply of water; to make provision about false alarms of fire; to provide for the funding of advisory bodies; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading; no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Roger Gale
        Bill to amend the law of England and Wales by making provision for exempting from civil and criminal liability in specified circumstances persons acting in defence of persons or property.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Oliver Heald
        Bill to make provision with regard to the Civil Service; to establish a Civil Service Commission; to make provision for and in connection with the removal of general restrictions as to nationality which apply to persons employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

[R] Relevant registered interest declared.

Main Business

+  4  

HOUSING BILL:      Second Reading.

[Until 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Edward Davey
      Matthew Green
      Richard Younger-Ross
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        That this House declines to give the Housing Bill a Second Reading because making the proposed home information packs compulsory before marketing represents an unnecessary state intervention in the housing market, will lead to fewer homes being marketed and sold and will make Britain's affordable housing crisis even worse; because the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings can be transposed into UK law as effectively by making it compulsory prior to sale rather than prior to marketing; because the proposed regulation of the houses in multiple occuption sector fails to define the sector properly and excludes much student accommodation; and because the Bill fails to include measures for a tenancy deposit scheme, for a definition of over-crowding, for fairer regulation of park homes and for tackling the problem of empty homes.

      Mr Michael Howard [R]
      Mr David Curry [R]
      Mr Eric Pickles
      Mr John Hayes
      Mr Robert Syms [R]
      David Maclean
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to a bill which introduces burdensome, ineffective and bureaucratic information packs; fails to provide a sufficiently clear licensing regime; weakens tenants' right to buy; is unclear on the rules and standards that regulate private sector access to Housing Corporation funds; and, overall, acts as a disincentive to offering property for letting in the UK's weak private rented sector.

        The Tenth Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, Session 2002-03, HC 751-I, on the Draft Housing Bill, and the Government's response thereto, Cm 6000 are relevant.

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Housing Bill:


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

Proceedings in Standing Committee

        2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 24th February 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 that day.

        6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made 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).

+  6  

HOUSING BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      Ruth Kelly
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Housing Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

        (1)   any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act, and

        (2)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

+  7  


[No debate]

      Secretary Margaret Beckett
        That the draft Solvent Emissions (England and Wales) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 11th December, be approved.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Financial settlement for Southend Borough Council for 2004-05 (Mr David Amess).

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



1Standing Committee D6.00 p.m.Room 13 (private)
(Programming Sub-Committee) (National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill).


2Education and Skills3.45 p.m.

4.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education.
Witnesses: Mr Chris Humphries CBE, Director General, The City and Guilds of London Institute and Professor Alison Wolf, King's College, University of London.
3Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Protecting England and Wales from plant pests and diseases.
Witnesses: Sir Brian Bender KCB, Permanent Secretary, Dr Stephen Hunter, Head of Plant Health Division, and Mr Chris Furk, Principal Inspector, Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
4Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: The use of Science in UK International Development Policy.
Witnesses: Mr Paul Spray, Head of Research, Mr Julian Lob-Levyt, Chief Human Development Adviser, and Mr Jim Harvey, Head of Rural Livelihoods, Department for International Development.
5Information4.30 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)


6Human Rights4.15 p.m.
4.45 p.m.
Room 3 (private)
Subject: Deaths in Custody.
Witnesses: Howard League for Penal Reform, Prison Reform Trust, Inquest and Bail for Immigration Detainees.

[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:      Change to immigration rules: the investors scheme.
2    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Compensation and support for victims of crime.
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      Civil contingencies reaction forces.
4    Secretary of State for Defence:      Veterans' Initiative: Education Programme.
5    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Pension credit.
6    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Shipbuilders' relief.


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