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Order of Business 19 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 the Home Department
*1 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What plans he has to increase the number of offenders with drug problems who enter treatment.
( 148323 )
*2 Mrs Anne Campbell (Cambridge):    What action he is taking to protect children from paedophiles operating on the internet.
( 148324 )
*3 Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    What steps he is taking to reduce crime in Morley and Rothwell.
( 148325 )
*4 Claire Ward (Watford):    What plans he has to penalise parents who do not enforce anti-social behaviour contracts placed on their children.
( 148326 )
*5 Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):    If he will make a statement on the role of local communities in tackling anti-social behaviour.
( 148327 )
*6 John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):    What the cost will be during (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 of establishing the National Offender Management Service at (i) national and (ii) regional levels.
( 148328 )
*7 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    How many hours per week on average prisoners spent in education in 2003.
( 148329 )
*8 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    If he will increase the length of sentences for those convicted of sexually abusing children.
( 148330 )
*9 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    How many posts are vacant in the probation service.
( 148332 )
*10 Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    What action he is taking to reduce passport fraud.
( 148333 )
*11 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What discussions his Department has had about current controls on the sale of knives.
( 148334 )
*12 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    What steps he is taking to improve public confidence in the criminal justice system.
( 148337 )
*13 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    When the powers contained in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 will be introduced.
( 148338 )
*14 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement about the future of the Forensic Science Service.
( 148339 )
*15 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    If he will make a statement on projected levels of immigration.
( 148340 )
*16 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    What assessment he has made of the effects of the forthcoming recategorisation of cannabis in (a) London and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.
( 148341 )
*17 Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    What guidance has been issued to police forces in respect of enforcement of new regulations to control fireworks.
( 148342 )
*18 Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    When the powers contained in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 on (a) graffiti and (b) fly-posting will be introduced.
( 148343 )
*19 Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):    If he will make a statement on increases in police precept by local authorities in 2004-05.
( 148344 )
*20 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When he next expects to meet chief constables from East Anglia to discuss policing budgets for 2004-05.
( 148345 )
*21 Mrs Ann Cryer (Keighley):    When he will introduce legislation to combat the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children within the UK; and if he will make a statement.
( 148346 )
*22 Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    Whether the plans contained in the report Reducing Crime, Changing Lives will be the subject of parliamentary scrutiny.
( 148347 )

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

Main Business

+  1  


[Until 10.00 p.m.]

The following documents are relevant: Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Civil Contingencies Bill, Session 2002-03, HL Paper 184 & HC 1074; Seventh Report from the Defence Committee, Session 2002-03, HC 557 on the Draft Civil Contingencies Bill; Fifteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Session 2002-03, HL Paper 149 & HC 1005; and the Government's Response to the Reports of the Joint Committee and of the Defence Committee, Cm 6078.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  2  


[No debate]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Douglas Alexander
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Civil Contingencies 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 10th 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.

Programming Committee

        6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Programming of proceedings

        7.   All 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).

+  3  

CIVIL CONTINGENCIES BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

      Ruth Kelly        [No debate]
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Civil Contingencies Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (1)   expenditure of a Minister of the Crown in connection with the Act, and

      (2)   any increase attributable to the Act in sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under another enactment.

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

+  4  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the draft Primary Medical Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 17th December, be approved.

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

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Elliot Morley
        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 12179/03, draft Regulation on certain Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases; supports the Government's position on reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and notes that the Regulation is in line with the policy on fluorinated gases as set out in the United Kingdom Climate Change Programme and that the Regulation is designed to achieve emission reductions of HFCs, PFCs and SF6 and will assist the European Community and Member States to meet their targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Post Office closures (Joan Walley).

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



1Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiative) Order 2003.
2Standing Committee E (Programming Sub-Committee) (Housing Bill)5.15 p.m.Room 13 (private)
3Standing Committee D (Programming Sub-Committee) (Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill)6.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)


4Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Toxins in Shellfish Sub-Committee3.00 p.m.

3.10 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Toxins in Shellfish.
Witnesses: The Shellfish Association of Great Britain, Kershaws; Food Standards Agency.
5Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: EU Chemicals Legislation.
Witnesses: Mr Andrew Lee, WWF-UK, and Mr Mark Strutt, Greenpeace; Mr Nigel Smith, British Retail Consortium, and Mr Mike Barry, Marks and Spencer (at approximately 5.00 p.m.); Emily McIvor, Dr Gill Langley, and Mr David Thomas, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (at approximately 5.30 p.m.).
6Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 8 (public)
Subject: Difficult Forms: How government agencies interact with citizens.
Witnesses: Mr Paul Gray CB, Second Permanent Secretary, Managing Director for Pensions and Disability Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions, Mr Nick Sanders CB, Higher Education Adviser and Acting Director, Student Finance Group, Department for Education and Skills, Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB, Chairman, Inland Revenue, and Mr Bernard Herdan, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Passport Service.


7Human Rights4.30 p.m.Room 5 (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 the Home Department:      Schengen Article 40: carriage of firearms to the UK by foreign surveillance officers.
2    Secretary of State for Health:      Applications for NHS foundation trust status.
3    Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Report of the Independent Review of Government Communications.
4    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Falkland Islands.
5    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      National Allocation Plan of the Emission Trading Scheme.


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