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Order of Business 11 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 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):    If he will make a statement on the funding of political parties in Northern Ireland.
( 153155 )
*2 Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):    If he will make a statement on the review of the Belfast Agreement.
( 153156 )
*3 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    What representations he has received on the separation of paramilitary prisoners from other prisoners at Maghaberry prison.
( 153157 )
*4 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.
( 153158 )
*5 Jim Knight (South Dorset):    What discussions he has had with interested parties in Northern Ireland about the promotion of the arts.
( 153159 )
*6 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    Whether the religious education core syllabus for grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland seeks to ensure that children understand both Catholic and Protestant versions of Christianity; and if he will make a statement.
( 153160 )
*7 Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East):    What steps he is taking to eradicate paramilitary-style assaults on the civil population of Northern Ireland.
( 153161 )
*8 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make a statement on the work of the Parades Commission.
( 153162 )
*9 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If he will make a statement on the work of the Organised Crime Taskforce.
( 153163 )
*10 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will make a statement on the reform of the 11-plus in Northern Ireland.
( 153164 )
*11 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What progress has been made in securing agreement to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland.
( 153165 )
*12 Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East):    If he will make a statement on his negotiations with Northern Ireland political parties for the commencement of political institutions.
( 153166 )
*13 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on the future of power sharing in the Province.
( 153167 )
*14 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What progress has been made on arms decommissioning.
( 153168 )
*15 Martin Linton (Battersea):    If he will make a statement on the reform of the 11-plus in Northern Ireland.
( 153169 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 11th February.
( 154044 )
*Q2 Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle):    
( 154045 )
*Q3 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    
( 154046 )
*Q4 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    If he will visit Nottingham North to discuss social behaviour.
( 154047 )
*Q5 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    
( 154048 )
*Q6 David Burnside (South Antrim):    
( 154049 )
*Q7 Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    
( 154050 )
*Q8 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    
( 154051 )
*Q9 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    
( 154052 )
*Q10 Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    
( 154053 )
*Q11 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    
( 154054 )
*Q12 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    
( 154055 )
*Q13 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    For what reasons he has not dismissed Mr Tom Kelly as his official spokesman following the publication of Lord Hutton's criticism of him.
( 154056 )
*Q14 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    
( 154057 )
*Q15 John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    
( 154058 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

+  1  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Smith
        Bill to make provision relating to pensions and financial planning for retirement and provision relating to entitlement to bereavement payments, and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Archie Norman
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision in respect of the audits of regulatory impact assessments.

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

Main Business

+  3  


[Up to 1½ hours]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 14th January, be approved.

        The Speaker shall put the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings not later than one and a half hours after their commencement (Standing Order No. 16).


OPPOSITION DAY (5th allotted day - first part)

[Up to three hours]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr David Curry
      Mr Eric Pickles
      Mr Bernard Jenkin
      Mr Philip Hammond
      David Maclean
        That this House notes that the Government's proposals for elected regional assemblies as set out in their White Paper, Your Region, Your Choice grant the proposed assemblies limited powers, many of which are taken from local government; further notes that the Deputy Prime Minister has made statements suggesting that elected regional assemblies may acquire additional powers not reflected in the White Paper and that he intends that elected regional assemblies should open up the debate about the Barnett formula and public spending in the regions; and urges the Government to publish a draft Bill and to clear up this confusion by the end of June so that Parliament can debate the proposals in good time before the summer adjournment.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Powers of the Proposed Elected Regional Assemblies):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Secretary Clarke
 Mr Nick Raynsford      
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `notes the Government's proposals for elected regional assemblies set out in their White Paper, Your Region, Your Choice: Revitalising the English Regions, based on the principles of increasing prosperity, pride and democracy in the regions; further notes that the White Paper also set out the way in which the Government intends to build into its policy development the opportunities offered by the creation of elected regional assemblies to further decentralise responsibility for policy and delivery where this will improve regional outcomes; applauds the opportunity afforded to people in the three northern regions of England to have their say about whether they want an elected assembly for their region; commends the Government's endeavours to ensure that people voting in the referendums have information on which to base their choice; notes that the principal confusion about the proposed powers and role of elected regional assemblies appears to be on the Opposition benches; and condemns the continuing attempts by the party opposite both to deny people a say in how they want to be governed and to denigrate the value of that choice.'.

        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).

        Proceedings may continue, though opposed, for three hours and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of (Order of 2nd February).

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That the draft Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) (Amendment) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 15th January, be approved.

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

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That the draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 15th January, be approved.

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

+  7  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, at the sitting on Tuesday 24th February,—

    (1)   notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Smith relating to Social Security and Pensions not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first Motion; proceedings may continue after the moment of interruption; and the Orders of the House of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply; and

    (2)   notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (2)(c)(i) of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr Michael Howard may continue, though opposed, for three hours, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of; and the Orders of the House of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Cervical screening and liquid-based cytology (Mr Gary Streeter).

        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 C2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document 14886/03 relating to European Space Policy.
2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2004 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2004.


3Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Social Cohesion.
Witnesses: Commission for Racial Equality; Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, Department for Education and Skills, and Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Department of Health (at approximately 9.55 a.m.); Yvette Cooper MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Fiona Mactaggart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Race Equality, Community Policy and Civil Renewal), Home Office (at approximately 10.25 a.m.).
4Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Child Poverty in the UK.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mr Tom Taylor, Head of the Family Poverty and Financial Exclusion Division, Department of Work and Pensions.
5Procedure2.00 p.m.
2.15 p.m.
Room 17 (private)
Subject: Programming of Legislation.
Witnesses: Mr Roger Sands, Clerk of the House, Mr Douglas Millar, Clerk Assistant, and Mr Alan Sandall, Public Bill Office.
6Welsh Affairs2.00 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Manufacturing and Trade in Wales.
Witnesses: BAE Systems and Airbus UK; Professor Grapios, South West Economy Centre, University of Plymouth (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
7European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
8Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Cars of the Future.
Witnesses: The Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders, Toyota, PSA Peugeot Citroen, and Ricardo; ippr, and Institute for European Environmental Policy (at approximately 3.45 p.m.); UK Petroleum Industry Association (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
9Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.
3.50 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Pre-Budget Report 2003.
Witnesses: The Aviation Environment Federation; British Airways Plc (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
10Environment, Food and Rural Affairs3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Implementation of CAP Reform in the UK.
Witnesses: Dr James Jones, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Mr Richard Lole, Barclays PLC and Mr Steve Ellwood, HSBC Bank; Lord Whitty, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
11Modernisation of the House of Commons3.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)
12Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 8 (public)
Subject: Risk Management: The Nuclear Liabilities of British Energy plc.
Witnesses: Sir Robin Young KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, and Mr Adrian Montague CBE, Chairman, British Energy.
13Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


14Draft Disability Discrimination Bill2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Witnesses: Mr Bert Massie, Chair, and Caroline Gooding, Special Adviser, Disability Rights Commission.

[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:      Review of Part IV of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act Act 2001.
2    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Immigration and Nationality Department Independent Monitor Appointment.
3    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Statistics on police use of firearms 2002—03.

Written Question tabled on Tuesday 10th February for answer today‡

1 Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on Common Agricultural Policy reform.
( 155186 )


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