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Order of Business 4 February 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.): Adjourned debate on Question (7th January)

        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 Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    If he will make a statement on the formula funding settlement component for elderly people.
( 152479 )
*2 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley):    What progress has been made with the Balance of Funding review.
( 152480 )
*3 Bob Russell (Colchester):    How many council houses have been built since May 1997.
( 152482 )
*4 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    If he will make a statement on the siting of mobile phone network transmitters.
( 152483 )
*5 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on allotment provision.
( 152484 )
*6 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    If he will make a statement on council tax increases in England.
( 152485 )
*7 Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    If he will make a statement on homelessness.
( 152486 )
*8 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    What plans he has to encourage councils to adopt registered social landlords as principal agents for development.
( 152487 )
*9 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    What measures he is taking to encourage greater energy efficiency in new house building.
( 152489 )
*10 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on the review of local government boundaries.
( 152490 )
*11 Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):    What discussions he has had with Essex County Council on his plans to regionalise the Fire Service.
( 152491 )
*12 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    When he will set a date for the referendum on regional government in the North West.
( 152492 )
*13 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    If he will meet a delegation from Worcestershire to discuss the report by Professor David Blanchflower and Professor Andrew Oswald on the calculation of an appropriate regional funding adjustment for the county.
( 152493 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 4th February.
( 152494 )
*Q2 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    
( 152495 )
*Q3 Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):    
( 152496 )
*Q4 Patrick Mercer (Newark):    
( 152497 )
*Q5 Matthew Green (Ludlow):    
( 152498 )
*Q6 Mr Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire):    
( 152499 )
*Q7 Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    
( 152501 )
*Q8 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    
( 152502 )
*Q9 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    
( 152503 )
*Q10 Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire):    
( 152504 )
*Q11 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley):    
( 152505 )
*Q12 Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):    
( 152506 )
*Q13 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    
( 152507 )
*Q14 Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    Whether (a) he and (b) his Ministers have visited the members of the Iraq Survey Group in Basra; and what assessment he has made of their personal safety as they carry out their task.
( 152508 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Jonathan Djanogly
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision in respect of the effect on persons and businesses of regulations made under section 2 of the European Communities Act 1972.

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

Main Business

+  2  


[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.

        Proposed subject for debate: Lord Hutton's Report.

        The Intelligence and Security Committee's Report, Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction - Intelligence and Assessments, Cm 5972, is relevant.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Safety of laser eye surgery (Dr Ashok Kumar).

        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 Scrutiny9.15 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
Subject: Implementation of EC external assistance, in preparation for enlargement.
Witness: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development.
2Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Child Poverty in the UK.
Witness: Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister for Children, Young People and Families, Department for Education and Skills.
3Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Administrative Costs of Tax Compliance.
Witnesses: Mr Neil Hamper, Federation of Small Businesses, Mr Derek Brownlee, Institute of Directors, Kate Upcraft, and Mr Norman Green, Institute of Payroll and Pensions Management.
4Administration2.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)
5Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: School Transport.
Witnesses: Local Government Association, Surrey County Council, and Hampshire County Council; National Association of Head Teachers, and Secondary Heads Association (at approximately 3.35 p.m.); SUSTRANS, FirstGroup, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, and Sutton Trust (at approximately 4.00 p.m.); David Jamieson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport (at approximately 4.45 p.m.).
6Welsh Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Manufacturing and Trade in Wales.
Witnesses: Ford Motor Company and Matsushita Electric Europe (HQ) Ltd (Panasonic); Corus (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
7Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.
3.50 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Pre-Budget Report 2003.
Witnesses: The Association for the Conservation of Energy and the Sustainable Energy Partnership; the Energy Saving Trust (at approximately 4.20 p.m.); the Carbon Trust (at approximately 4.50 p.m.).
8Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Identifying and Tracking Livestock in England.
Witnesses: Sir Brian Bender KCB, Permanent Secretary, Mr Malcolm Hunt, Head of Livestock Identification Division, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Mr David Evans, Director of the British Cattle Movement Service, Rural Payments Agency.
9Selection4.45 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 Transport:      Bus quality contracts.
2    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of Wokingham District Council.
3    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      BBC News 24.
4    Parliamentary Under Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Advisory Group on Enforcement Service Delivery.
5    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Regional Development Agencies' output levels.
6    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Invest to Save Budget: Round 6.
7    Deputy Prime Minister:      Response to the fire at Rosepark Nursing Home.


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