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Order of Business 14 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

Private Business

        Note: Private Business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.


London Local Authorities Bill [LORDS]. (By Order.)

        Motion made and Question proposed, That the promoters of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] may, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders or practice of this House, proceed with the Bill in the present Session; and the Petition for the Bill shall be deemed to have been deposited and all Standing Orders applicable to it shall be deemed to have been complied with;

        That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the present Session, a declaration signed by the agent shall be deposited in the Private Bill Office, stating that the Bill is the same in every respect as the Bill brought from the Lords in the last Session;

        That the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay upon the Table of the House a certificate, that such a declaration has been deposited;

        That in the present session the Bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it passed in the last Session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

        That no further fees shall be charged to such stages.—(The Chairman of Ways and Means)

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 David Burnside (South Antrim):    What discussions he has had with the government of the Irish Republic on police investigations into whether the Provisional IRA is raising money through criminal activities to fund Sinn Fein's election campaigns.
( 146806 )
*2 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 146807 )
*3 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    How many (a) punishment beatings and (b) expulsions were administered by terrorist organisations in Northern Ireland in 2003; and if he will make a statement.
( 146808 )
*4 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What assessment he has made of the results of the Assembly elections.
( 146809 )
*5 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    What discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Sports Council about a new national sports stadium for Northern Ireland.
( 146810 )
*6 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    What plans he has to increase investment in infrastructure in Northern Ireland.
( 146811 )
*7 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What steps he is taking to improve educational attainment in disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland.
( 146812 )
*8 Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):    If he will make a statement on Government action to develop essential skills in Northern Ireland.
( 146813 )
*9 Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    When the review of the Good Friday Agreement will commence.
( 146814 )
*10 John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):    If he will make a statement on measures to improve the security of older people in Northern Ireland.
( 146815 )
*11 John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    What progress is being made towards the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland.
( 146816 )
*12 Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East):    What progress had been made since the November elections to create a working Northern Ireland Executive.
( 146817 )
*13 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the peace process following the elections of the November 2003.
( 146818 )
*14 Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    What plans he has to increase investment in the broadband infrastructure in Northern Ireland.
( 146819 )
*15 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    What recent assessment he has made of the success of measures to interdict the smuggling of drugs into Northern Ireland.
( 146820 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 14th January.
( 147480 )
*Q2 Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):    
( 147481 )
*Q3 Mr John Baron (Billericay):    
( 147482 )
*Q4 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    
( 147483 )
*Q5 Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):    
( 147484 )
*Q6 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    For what reason his official spokesman Mr Tom Kelly described Dr David Kelly as a Walter Mitty character, in conversation with journalists.
( 147485 )
*Q7 Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    
( 147486 )
*Q8 Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston):    
( 147487 )
*Q9 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    
( 147488 )
*Q10 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    
( 147489 )
*Q11 Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow Pollok):    
( 147490 )
*Q12 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    
( 147491 )
*Q13 Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    
( 147492 )
*Q14 Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    
( 147493 )
*Q15 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What action the Government has taken to improve social behaviour; and if he will make a statement.
( 147494 )

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]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Employment Relations 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 26th 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 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 messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Proposed testing of driving instructors (Mr David Heath).

        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 A2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document No. 12179/03 relating to Controls on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases.
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Charities (Alexandra Park and Palace) Order 2003.
3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Primary Medical Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.


4Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Child Poverty in the UK.
Witnesses: Holly Sutherland, Microsimulation Unit, Cambridge University, Mr Mike Brewer and Alissa Goodman, Institute of Fiscal Studies, Mr Don Draper and Mr Len Beighton, CARE.
5Procedure2.00 p.m.Room 17 (private)
6Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Implementation of CAP Reform in the UK.
Witnesses: Professor Sir John Marsh; Tenant Farmers' Association (at approximately 3.15 p.m.); Country Land and Business Association (at approximately 4.00 p.m.).
7Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Office of Government Commerce.
Witnesses: Sir Peter Gershon, Chief Executive, Mr John Oughton, Deputy Chief Executive, Mr Bryan Avery, Executive Director, Corporate Services, and Mr Martin Sykes, Executive Director, Supplier and Government Marketplace Development, Office of Government Commerce.
8Administration2.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)
9European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
10Education and Skills2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Higher Education Bill.
Witness: Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
11Welsh Affairs3.00 p.m.Room 20 (private)
12Modernisation of the House of Commons3.30 p.m.Room 6 (private)
13Northern Ireland Affairs3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.
Witness: Sir George Quigley.
14Broadcasting4.00 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
15Selection4.45 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 Health:      National Service Framework for renal service.
2    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      British Irish Council Summit, St Fagans.
3    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Review of the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO).
4    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Government response to Street Ahead report.
5    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Changes to the Home Detention Curfew Scheme.
6    Secretary of State for Transport:      Urban Bus Challenge 2003.
7    Deputy Prime Minister:      Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill—county council amendment.
8    Deputy Prime Minister:      Further detailed allocations from the £164 million growth areas fund.
9    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Export licence applications.
10    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Forthcoming employment regulations in 2004.


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