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Order of Business 27 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.
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    What discussions he has had with the Slovak government concerning prospects for a referendum in Slovakia on a European Constitution; and if he will make a statement.
( 150687 )
*2 Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):    What discussions his Department has had with the Irish Government about its plans for the EU Presidency.
( 150688 )
*3 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    If he will make a statement on relations with Iran.
( 150689 )
*4 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on progress towards enlargement of the European Union on 1st May.
( 150690 )
*5 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What progress is being made towards democratic elections in Iraq.
( 150691 )
*6 Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    What assessment he has made of restrictions announced by the government of Israel on the right to travel to Palestinian-controlled areas from Israel.
( 150692 )
*7 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on Zimbabwe.
( 150693 )
*8 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    What advice he has given to the Governing Council of Iraq on the setting up and operation of the Iraqi Special Tribunal for Crimes Against Humanity.
( 150694 )
*9 Mr Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):    If he will make a statement on the current state of the United Kingdom relationships with South and Central American countries.
( 150695 )
*10 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    What discussions he has had with the Slovene Government concerning prospects for a referendum in Slovenia on a proposed European Constitution; and if he will make a statement.
( 150696 )
*11 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What assessment he has made of the progress of political reform in Iran; and if he will make a statement.
( 150697 )
*12 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    What the status is of the United Kingdom's red lines in the current Intergovernmental Conference on the proposed Constitution for Europe.
( 150698 )
*13 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What discussions he has had with the European Union about the barring of reformist candidates by the Council of Guardians in Iran.
( 150699 )
*14 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    If he will make a statement on relations with the government of Zimbabwe.
( 150700 )
*15 Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    What recent discussions he has had with representatives of the United Nations concerning its future role in Iraq.
( 150701 )
*16 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What representations he has made in the past three months to applicant nations to the European Union on the human rights of their Roma citizens.
( 150702 )
*17 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What discussions he has had with his United States counterpart regarding the possibility of early elections in Iraq.
( 150703 )
*18 John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):    What steps he is taking to encourage (a) the Israeli Government to dismantle settlements in the Occupied Territories and (b) the Palestinian Authority to prevent further suicide attacks in Israel.
( 150704 )
*19 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    What progress is being made in securing proper judicial process for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
( 150706 )
*20 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    If he will make a statement on the application by Mr Hamdi Acikgoz, in Istanbul, for a visa to visit the United Kingdom.
( 150707 )
*21 Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    What recent representations he has received concerning restrictions on movement within and into the Occupied Palestinian Territories by (a) Palestinians and (b) foreign nationals; and if he will make a statement.
( 150708 )
*22 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    What discussions he has had with the Dutch government on prospects for a referendum in the Netherlands on a proposed European Constitution; and if he will make a statement.
( 150709 )
*23 David Cairns (Greenock & Inverclyde):    What recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority concerning terrorism.
( 150710 )
*24 Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East):    If he will make a statement on the political situation in Burma.
( 150711 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr David Cairns
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require electricity and gas suppliers to compensate customers whose supplier is erroneously transferred; and for connected purposes.

The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

(a)   any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act, and(b)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which by virtue of any other Act are payable out of money provided by Parliament;

Main Business

+  2  

HIGHER EDUCATION BILL:      Second Reading.

[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Douglas Hogg
        That this House, whilst supporting the principle that universities and other institutions of higher and further education should have the ability to charge tuition fees and to determine the level of those fees, declines to give a Second Reading to the Higher Education Bill because that part of the Bill which provides for variable top-up fees is a clear breach of a commitment which the Government gave in the manifesto on which it fought the 2001 General Election.

      Sir Patrick Cormack
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to a Bill which deprives universities of their ultimate right to select their own students, seeks arbitrarily to prescribe what fees, regardless of circumstances, they will charge, and does not give sufficient incentive for widespread and generous bursaries.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Higher Education 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 Thursday 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 that day.

        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).

+  4  

HIGHER EDUCATION BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      Ruth Kelly
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Higher Education Bill, it is expedient to authorise—

      (1)   the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (2)   the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.

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

+  5  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, on Wednesday 28th January, the sitting in Westminster Hall shall be suspended from half-past Eleven o'clock until Four o'clock, and may then continue for a further two and a half hours (exclusive of any period of suspension owing to a division being called in the House or a Committee of the whole House).

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Information technology and retail crime (Mr Tom Watson).

        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 A9.25 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
To consider the Traffic Management Bill.
2Standing Committee B9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
Further to consider the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants. Etc.) Bill.
3Standing Committee D9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill.
4Standing Committee E9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
Further to consider the Housing Bill.
5Standing Committee F9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
To consider the Civil Contingencies Bill.
6Standing Committee G9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (public)
To consider the Human Tissue Bill.
7First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 8 (public)
To consider the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3242)
8Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 8 (public)
To consider the draft Betting and Gaming (Northern Ireland) Order 2004.


9Constitutional Affairs9.00 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.
9.15 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Social Cohesion.
Witnesses: Leicester Mercury, and Carlton Television; Mr Matthew Baggott, Chief Constable of Leicestershire Constabulary and Head of Racism & Diversity, Association of Chief Police Officers (at approximately 9.40 a.m.); Coventry City Council, and Luton Borough Council (at approximately 10.05 a.m.); West London Community Cohesion Pathfinder (at approximately 10.40 a.m.).
11Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Restoring Confidence in Long-Term Savings.
Witnesses: Mr Sandy Crombie, Group Chief Executive, Standard Life, Mr Jonathon Bloomer, Group Chief Executive, Prudential PLC, Mr David Prosser, Group Chief Executive, Legal & General, Mr Richard Harvey, Group Chief Executive, Aviva, and Mr Andy Haste, Group Chief Executive, Royal & Sun Alliance.
12Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
13Culture Media and Sport9.40 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: National Lottery Reform.
Witnesses: The New Opportunity Fund, The Community Fund, and Awards for All; Arts Council England (at approximately 10.30 a.m.); Sport England (at approximately 11.15 a.m.).
14Home Affairs2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: The Work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Witnesses: Professor Graham Zellick, Chairman, Mr John Weeden, and Mr David Kyle, Commission Members, and Ms Jacky Courtney, Chief Executive, Criminal Cases Review Commission.
15Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: South Africa.
Witnesses: Mr Christopher Paterson, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., and Mr Ashley Roe, Severn Trent Water International Ltd; Mr Richard Dowden, Royal African Society, and Dr Steve Kibble, Catholic Institute for International Relations (at approximately 3.45 p.m.).
16Liaison5.00 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)


17Draft Gambling Bill9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
Witnesses: British Amusement Catering Trades Association, Casino Machine Manufacturers Group; British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions Ltd, British Beer and Pub Association, Operators of Adult Gaming Centres (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
18Draft Gambling Bill2.00 p.m.
2.15 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
Witness: British Greyhound Racing Board.
19Draft Disability Discrimination Bill2.30 p.m.Room 16 (private)
20Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (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 Transport:      Highways Agency 2002-03 Annual Report and Accounts.
2    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Disability and Carers Service.
3    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Inspection Report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Northampton Borough Council.
4    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Housing benefit.
5    Deputy Prime Minister:      Arson Control Forum Implementation Fund.
6    Secretary of State for Defence:      Race Equality Scheme.


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