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Order of Business 2 March 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
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    What the budget for reconstruction in Afghanistan is in 2003-04; and what it was in 2002-03.
( 157411 )
*2 Ann McKechin (Glasgow Maryhill):    What recent discussions he has had about peace and human rights in Northern Uganda.
( 157412 )
*3 Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow):    What communications he has received from other governments regarding surveillance of delegates to the UN Security Council during the period before military action against Iraq.
( 157413 )
*4 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What discussions he has had with the Government of Kazakhstan about human rights.
( 157414 )
*5 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    What assistance he will be providing to the international monitoring of the forthcoming presidential election in Cameroon.
( 157415 )
*6 Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):    If he will make a statement on progress towards a settlement in Cyprus.
( 157416 )
*7 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    What steps he will be taking to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of British possession of Gibraltar.
( 157417 )
*8 Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):    How many British passport holders in Zimbabwe renewed their passports at the British High Commission in Harare in 2003.
( 157418 )
*9 Linda Perham (Ilford North):    What efforts are being made by his Department and other EU governments to combat the rise in anti-semitism.
( 157419 )
*10 Hugh Bayley (York, City of):    If he will make a statement on the prospects for holding elections in Iraq.
( 157421 )
*11 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    When he last held discussions with representatives of the Government of the Slovak Republic about the arrangements for its entry into the European Union.
( 157422 )
*12 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    What discussions he has had with the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments about their border dispute over Badme; and if he will make a statement.
( 157424 )
*13 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What assessment he has made of the results of efforts to reduce poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.
( 157425 )
*14 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the Iraq Survey Group.
( 157426 )
*15 Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):    What steps he will be taking to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of British possession of Gibraltar.
( 157427 )
*16 Mr Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool, Walton):    What steps have been taken to establish who was responsible for forging documents relating to attempts by Iraq to obtain uranium from Niger.
( 157428 )
*17 Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on sanctions against Zimbabwe.
( 157429 )
*18 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If he will make a statement on the progress of action taken to break up the network of Abdul Quader Khan since 18th December 1979.
( 157430 )
*19 Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    What action he has taken following the recent massacre and ensuing violence in Northern Uganda.
( 157431 )
*20 Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):    Where Saddam Hussein is being held; and what legal procedures are to be taken against him.
( 157432 )
*21 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What recent discussions he has had with the UN about its future involvement in Iraq.
( 157433 )
*22 Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What his assessment is of the current state of the relationship between India and Pakistan.
( 157434 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Alex Salmond
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union; to amend the Fisheries Limits Act 1976; to make provision about the exercise of functions under that Act by Scottish Ministers, the National Assembly for Wales, Northern Ireland Ministers and the Secretary of State; to provide that that Act shall have effect regardless of the provisions of the European Communities Act 1972; to define Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish waters; 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).

Main Business

+  2  

PENSIONS BILL:      Second Reading.

[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr David Willetts
      Mr Paul Goodman
      Mr Nigel Waterson
      David Maclean
        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Pensions Bill because it fails to provide encouragement for individuals to save for their retirement or for companies to keep open existing pension schemes or start new ones and does nothing to mitigate the effect on the savings culture of the expansion of means-tested benefits in retirement; it omits measures permitting simplification and amendment of pension schemes' terms, abolishing compulsory AVC provision, simplifying anti-franking provisions, permitting people to continue working part-time for a company after retirement, abolishing or modifying Guaranteed Minimum Pensions, and new vesting arrangements; and further fails to provide help for the estimated 60,000 people who have already lost all or most of their pension entitlement.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Smith
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Pensions Bill:


        1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Standing Committee

        2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 22nd April 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 message from the Lords) may be programmed.

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

+  4  

PENSIONS BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      Ruth Kelly
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Pensions Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (a)   any expenditure of the Secretary of State or the Lord Chancellor under the Act, and

      (b)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.

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

+  5  


[No debate]

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

    (1)   the levying of charges under the Act—

      (a)   for the purpose of meeting expenditure of the Secretary of State relating to the establishment or expenses of the Board of the Pension Protection Fund;

      (b)   for the purposes of the Pension Protection Fund maintained under the Act;

      (c)   for the purpose of meeting expenditure payable out of the Fraud Compensation Fund maintained under the Act;

    (2)   the levying of charges under the Pension Schemes Act 1993 for the purpose of meeting—

      (a)   the expenses of the Pensions Regulator (including the expenses of establishing it);

      (b)   the costs of the legal assistance scheme established in connection with proceedings before the Pensions Regulator Tribunal;

      (c)   the expenses of the Pensions Compensation Board;

    (3)   the making of payments into the Consolidated Fund.

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

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 10th February, be approved.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Freedom of movement of citizens from EU states (Keith Vaz).

        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 D9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Employment Relations Bill.
2Standing Committee G9.25 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
Further to consider the Fire and Rescue Services Bill.
3Standing Committee H9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
Further to consider the Higher Education Bill.
4Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2004.


5Constitutional Affairs9.00 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
6Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
7Culture, Media and Sport10.30 a.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
8Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: South Africa.
Witnesses: Mr Chris Mullin MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and officials.
9Trade and Industry2.30 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
10Defence and Home Affairs2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Homeland Security.
Witnesses: Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department, and officials.
11Environmental Audit2.45 p.m.
3.50 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Water: The Periodic Review 2004 and the Environmental Programme.
Witnesses: Baroness Young of Old Scone, Chief Executive, Environment Agency; Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and English Nature (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
12Standards and Privileges3.30 p.m.Room 13 (private)
13Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after JCSIRoom 7 (private)


14Draft Gambling Bill9.30 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
Witnesses: Yvette Cooper MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Victoria Thomson, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
15Statutory 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 Health:      Statutory regulation of healthcare practitioners.
2    Secretary of State for Health:      NHS pharmaceutical services.
3    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Lord Chancellor's ecclesiastical functions.


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