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Order of Business 15 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
*1 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    If he will hold discussions with the Treasury and the Department of Health on changing his Department's definition of remunerative employment to include student nurses on clinical placements.
( 160831 )
*2 Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    What measures he is taking to combat fraud in the benefit system.
( 160834 )
*3 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What recent estimate he has made of the number of eligible pensioners in the East Midlands who have yet to make an application for pension credit; and if he will make a statement.
( 160835 )
*4 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    What advice is being given by his Department regarding the value of the state retirement pension for those people born after 1962.
( 160836 )
*5 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on the level of benefit fraud in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.
( 160838 )
*6 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    If he will make a statement on the number of people claiming disability living allowance.
( 160839 )
*7 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    What the take-up rate of means-tested benefits was in Greater London at the beginning of 2004.
( 160840 )
*8 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    If he will introduce a fund to compensate those who have lost their pensions as a result of insolvency.
( 160842 )
*9 Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):    How the Government will continue to measure progress towards eradicating child poverty.
( 160844 )
*10 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    How many pensioners are not receiving their pension credit entitlement.
( 160845 )
*11 Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of initiatives to get people to move from temporary to permanent employment since 1997.
( 160846 )
*12 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What plans he has to help people make informed choices about their retirement.
( 160847 )
*13 Mr Jim Marshall (Leicester South):    If he will make a statement on helping people on incapacity benefit to get back to work.
( 160849 )
*14 Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What assessment he has made of the effect of pension credit on the incomes of the poorest pensioners in the Elmet constituency.
( 160850 )
*15 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    If he will make a statement on the level of economic inactivity in the economy.
( 160851 )
*16 Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    What assessment he has made of the contribution of his Department's policies towards increasing levels of employment.
( 160852 )
*17 Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    If he will make a statement on pension credit.
( 160853 )
*18 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    How many people in Plymouth, Sutton are in receipt of pension credit.
( 160854 )
*19 Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):    What recent representations he has received on changes to the savings ratio.
( 160855 )

At 3.30 p.m.Urgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business

+  1  

CONSOLIDATED FUND (No. 2) BILL: Second Reading.

[No debate]

        The Questions on Second and Third Reading of the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill will be put without debate (Standing Order No. 56).

+  2  

FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES BILL:      As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.

[Until 10.00 p.m.]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

Third Reading will also be taken.

        Proceedings on Consideration shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 9.00 p.m. and proceedings on Third Reading shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 10.00 p.m. (Order of 26th January).

+  3  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, at the sittings on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th March—

    (1) consideration of any Lords Message relating to a Government Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour; and

    (2) the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Lords Message relating to such a Bill has been received or any Reasons Committee appointed at that sitting has reported.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.



[No debate after 10.00 p.m]

      Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr Harry Barnes be discharged from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and Mr Stephen Hepburn be added.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject:      MMR vaccinations and autism (Dr Evan Harris).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m., or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).



1Standing Committee B (Programming Sub-Committee) (Pensions Bill)6.00 p.m.Room 11 (private)
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Courts Boards Orders (Appointment and Procedure) Regulations 2004 and the draft Courts Boards Areas Order 2004.


3International Development2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Migration and Development.
Witnesses: Professor Alan Winters, University of Sussex, and Dr Christian Dustmann, University College London.
4Education and Skills3.45 p.m.

4.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education.
Witnesses: Cathy Bereznicki, Guidance Council, and Deidre Hughes, Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby; Carolyn Caldwell, National Association of Connexions Partnerships, Chris Heaume, Connexions Central London, and Kieran Gordan, Greater Merseyside Connexions (at approximately 5.00 p.m.).
5Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions: Urban Affairs Sub-Committee4.00 p.m.

4.20 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Role and Effectiveness of the Housing Corporation.
Witnesses: Presentation Housing Association, Consortium of Associations in the South East (CASE) Group, and the Places for People Housing Group; Chartered Institute of Housing, and the National Housing Federation (at approximately 5.00 p.m.); Local Government Association, and Manchester City Council (at approximately 5.40 p.m.).
6Science and Technology4.00 p.m.

4.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: The Use of Science in UK International Development Policy.
Witnesses: Dr Nick Brown, Oxford Forestry Institute, Dr Guy Poulter, Natural Resources Institute, Professor George Rothschild, Chairs of the independent advisory committees for DFID's research programmes; Professor John Lawton CBE, Natural Environment Research Council, Professor John Pickett FRS, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and Dr Tony Burne, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (at approximately 5.15 p.m.).
7Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Criminal Records Bureau: Delivering Safer Recruitment.
Witnesses: Mr Leigh Lewis CB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office, Mr Vince Gaskell, Chief Executive, and Mr Bernard Herdan, former Chief Executive, Criminal Records Bureau, Passport and Records Agency, and Mr Paul Pindar, Chief Executive, Capita Group Plc.
8Information4.30 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)


9Draft Gambling Bill2.30 p.m.Room 5 (private)
10Human Rights4.30 p.m.

5.00 p.m.
Room 3 (private)
Subject: Human Rights and Deaths in Custody.
Witnesses: Police Complaints Authority; Prison Service (at approximately 5.40 p.m.).

[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:      Alcohol harm reduction stategy.
2    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Research findings from the Interim Evaluation of Pilots for Penalty notices for Disorder.
3    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Public sector.
4    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Fifth Report from the Low Pay Commission and the Government's response.
5    Deputy Prime Minister:      Taking forward the Growth Areas.
6    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      DCMS Spring Supplementary Estimates.


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