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Order of Business 3 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 International Development
*1 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    What representations he has received on the problems caused to international rescue dog teams by the operation of the animal quarantine rules.
( 157871 )
*2 Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    What aid his Department has given to Belize in the last 10 years.
( 157872 )
*3 Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    Whether reproductive health supplies security is a key requirement for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
( 157873 )
*4 Mr David Stewart (Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber):    If he will make a statement on aid to Iraq.
( 157874 )
*5 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    What discussions he has had on ensuring that aid is targeted towards the poorest areas of Africa.
( 157875 )
*6 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    What contribution his Department is making to the development of education in Bangladesh.
( 157876 )
*7 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on aid to Haiti.
( 157877 )
*8 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    What discussions he has held with the Department of Trade and Industry concerning the involvement of UK companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
( 157878 )
*9 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What plans he has to increase aid to India.
( 157879 )
*10 Mr Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford):    If he will make a statement on the significance for developing countries of completing the Doha trade round.
( 157880 )
*11 Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    What the extent is of collaboration with other EU donors to ensure that humanitarian aid to Uganda is effective.
( 157881 )
*12 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    What proportion of his Department's budget will be spent in Commonwealth countries in 2003-04; and what percentage change upon the budget for 1998-99 this represents.
( 157882 )
*13 Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):    What action his Department is taking to tackle HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
( 157883 )
*14 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on development assistance to Ethiopia.
( 157884 )
*15 Vera Baird (Redcar):    If he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to the global campaign to tackle AIDS.
( 157885 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 3rd March.
( 157886 )
*Q2 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    
( 157887 )
*Q3 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    
( 157888 )
*Q4 Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    
( 157889 )
*Q5 Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    
( 157890 )
*Q6 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    
( 157891 )
*Q7 Mr Richard Bacon (South Norfolk):    
( 157892 )
*Q8 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    
( 157893 )
*Q9 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    
( 157894 )
*Q10 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    
( 157895 )
*Q11 Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    
( 157896 )
*Q12 Martin Linton (Battersea):    
( 157897 )
*Q13 Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing Southall):    
( 157898 )
*Q14 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    
( 157899 )
*Q15 Charles Hendry (Wealden):    
( 157900 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Bob Spink
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable local planning authorities to determine the number of houses built in their areas.

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

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY [6th allotted day]

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Michael Ancram
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr John Bercow
      Mr James Arbuthnot
      David Maclean
 Sir Nicholas Winterton      
        That this House shares the concern of the Trade Justice Movement about the plight of the poorest people in the world, and congratulates the Movement on bringing their conditions to the attention of the public; notes with concern the fact that more than one billion people live on less than one dollar a day, that life expectancy in many African countries is declining, that 28 million people in Africa have HIV/AIDS, and that the poorest countries' share of world trade has fallen sharply in the last two decades; recognises that the combination of trade distorting subsidies by rich countries and barriers to products from poor countries have gravely damaged the latter; believes that trade liberalisation and increased international trade offer the best hope of alleviating poverty in the developing world; regrets the breakdown of the WTO talks in Cancu«n; and urges the Government both to press for the talks to restart and to publish its proposals for the reform of agricultural subsidies and the reduction of trade barriers to give poor countries the fair deal on international trade that will allow them to compete and grow.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Trade Justice for the Developing World):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Mr Secretary Benn
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes this debate and congratulates the Trade Justice Movement on its efforts to raise public awareness of this vital issue; reiterates the commitment made in the White Paper Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor to improve international trade rules; urges the European Union to make further progress on reforming the Common Agriculture Policy regimes for cotton, sugar, tobacco and olive oil; welcomes the UK's call for action on HIV/AIDS; congratulates the Government on the £160 million it has allocated to trade-related capacity building in developing countries since 1998; welcomes the fact that the UK's aid budget for Africa will rise to over £1 billion by 2005; welcomes the launch of a new initiative, the Commission for Africa, to take a fresh look at the challenges Africa faces; notes that a successful Doha Round could contribute substantially to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; congratulates the Government on the lead it has taken within the EU and the WTO to promote free and fair trade; believes that significant progress must be made to improve access for developing country exports to both developed and developing country markets, including through substantial reductions in trade distorting agricultural subsidies; calls on all WTO members to continue to demonstrate their commitment to the Doha Development Agenda; and underlines this House's commitment to ensuring the Doha Round produces real benefits for the poor.'.

        Relevant documents:

        Seventh Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2002-03, on Trade and Development at the WTO: Issues for Cancu«n, HC 400, and the Government's response thereto, HC 1093; and

        First Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2003-04, on Trade and Development at the WTO: learning the lessons of Cancu«n to revive a genuine development round, HC 92, and the Government's response thereto, HC 353.



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Mr Andrew Lansley
      Mr Tim Collins
      Tim Loughton
      David Maclean
 Sir Nicholas Winterton      
        That this House notes that is is now more than 13 months since Lord Laming's Report on Victoria Climbie« and that 25th February 2004 marked the fourth anniversary of her tragic death; regrets that the Government has wasted too much time before bringing forward practical measures to make vulnerable children safer despite Laming's contention that 84 of his recommendations could be implemented within six months and even now social services departments are in limbo awaiting Government recommendations in the Children's Bill; is alarmed at the Government's complete inability to clarify the position on data sharing between agencies, which is crucial to child protection measures; condemns the Government's failure to address the crisis in recruitment of child protection social workers without whom the necessary improvements will not be achievable; is gravely concerned at their response to the recent Appeal Court judgements involving children taken away from parents on questionable expert witness testimonies, which has failed to take account of potentially thousands of other miscarriages of justice in the family courts; notes the additional pressures that this is adding on already overstretched social services departments; further notes the continued failure of the Government to produce the long promised National Service Framework for Children; condemns recent moves to cut already committed grants to important Children's Fund projects working with vulnerable children; and calls upon the Government to give vulnerable children the priority they need and deserve.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Protection of Vulnerable Children):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Margaret Hodge
      Dr Stephen Ladyman
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the fact that this Government acknowledged the importance of children's issues by appointing the first ever Minister with responsibility for children and young people; congratulates the Government's commitment to Lord Laming's report on safeguarding children, shown in the Green Paper Every Child Matters, and its determination to turn words into action by publishing the Children's Bill in the other place today; acknowledges that the £885 million Quality Protects Programme is already improving the life chances of vulnerable children; commends the Government for the 8.7% increase in funding for children's social services in the next financial year; and is alarmed by the Opposition's proposals to freeze spending on children's services.'.

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

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Peter Hain
        That in accordance with the Resolution of the Standing Committee of 2nd March 2004, the Programme Order of 27th January in relation to the Higher Education Bill shall be further amended by the substitution in paragraph 2 (time for conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee) for the words `Thursday 4th March' of the words `Tuesday 9th March'.

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

+  4  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, at the sitting on Tuesday 9th March, paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments) shall apply to the proceedings on any Motions in the name of Mr Alex Salmond or Mr Elfyn Llwyd as if the day were an Opposition Day; and proceedings on such Motions may continue, though opposed, for six hours after the first of them has been entered upon, or until Seven o'clock, whichever is the later.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      Future of rail services in Worcestershire (Sir Michael Spicer).

        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 C9.30 a.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the draft Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Election 2004) Order 2004, draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) England (Amendment) Regulations 2004, draft Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2004, draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004, and the draft Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) Regulations 2004.
3Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004.
4Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2003 (S.I., 2003, No. 3311).
5Sixth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Children (Leaving Care) Social Security Benefits (Scotland) Regulations 2004.


6Education and Skills9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education.
Witness: Mr Mike Tomlinson CBE, Chairman, Working Group on 14-19 Reform.
7Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
8Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9Defence10.00 a.m.Room 16 (private)
10Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.

2.15 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Proposed Whisky Strip Stamp.
Witness: The Scotch Whisky Association.
11Defence2.30 p.m.Room 16 (private)
12Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subjects: (i) School Transport (ii) Cars of the Future.
Witnesses: (i) Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills; Mr Garth Goddard, County Transport Co-ordinator, Cheshire County Council (at approximately 3.30 p.m.) (ii) Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP, Minister for Industry and the Regions and Deputy Minister for Women and Equality, Department of Trade and Industry (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
13Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Agriculture and EU Enlargement.
Witnesses: Professor Secondo Tarditi, University of Siena, Professor Emil Erjavec, University of Ljubljana, and Professor Stefan Tangermann, Director for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, OECD.
14Catering3.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)
15Welsh Affairs3.00 p.m.Room 17 (private)
16Environmental Audit3.30 p.m.
3.50 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Water: The Periodic Review 2004 and the Environmental Programme.
Witnesses: Water UK, Northumbrian Water, South West Water; Ofwat (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
17Modernisation of the House of Commons3.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)
18Northern Ireland Affairs3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.
Witnesses: Community Relations Council, Committee on the Administration of Justice, and Democratic Dialogue.
19Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


20Draft Disability Discrimination Bill2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Witness: Disabilities Charities Consortium.

[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 Culture, Media and Sport:      Welsh language assessor for independent review of S4C.
2    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Main estimates and spring reports.
3    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      HM Treasury review of cash ratio deposits.
4    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Tax avoidance.
5    Secretary of State for International Development:      Afghanistan: election registration funding.


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