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Order of Business 21 April 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 Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    What the relationship would be between an elected regional assembly and the Regional Development Agency in the North West.
( 166251 )
*2 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on local accountability in relation to the planning system.
( 166253 )
*3 Keith Vaz (Leicester East):    What proposals he has to change the rules relating to planning gain.
( 166254 )
*4 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on green belt policy.
( 166255 )
*5 Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    What assessment he has made of the state of readiness of the Fire Service and other emergency services to deal with catastrophic events in London.
( 166256 )
*6 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    How many public planning inquiries he has ordered in the last 12 months.
( 166257 )
*7 Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):    What progress there has been on the New Deal for Communities programme; and if he will make a statement.
( 166258 )
*8 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    What assessment he has made of the effect on business of elected regional assemblies in the North of England.
( 166261 )
*9 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley):    What action his Department is taking to make deprived communities better places to live.
( 166262 )
*10 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What studies his Department will be making of the impact of his latest housing policies on the North West of England.
( [R]166263 )
*11 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What plans he has to increase the amount of affordable housing for rent in rural areas.
( 166264 )
*12 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    What the average council tax increase from 2003-04 to 2004-05 was in shire counties.
( 166265 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21st April.
( 166266 )
*Q2 Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    
( 166267 )
*Q3 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    
( 166268 )
*Q4 Martin Linton (Battersea):    
( 166269 )
*Q5 Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    
( 166270 )
*Q6 Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    
( 166271 )
*Q7 Vera Baird (Redcar):    
( 166272 )
*Q8 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    
( 166273 )
*Q9 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    
( 166274 )
*Q10 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    
( 166275 )
*Q11 Mr Eric Forth (Bromley & Chislehurst):    
( 166276 )
*Q12 Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    
( 166277 )
*Q13 Mr Dennis Turner (Wolverhampton South East):    
( 166278 )
*Q14 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    
( 166279 )
*Q15 John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):    
( 166280 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr George Howarth
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Fireworks Act 2003.

        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 [9th allotted day]

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr Andrew Lansley
      Dr Andrew Murrison
      David Maclean
        That this House notes the forthcoming implementation of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) in relation to junior hospital doctors; further notes the changes to General Practitioner out-of-hours services following the implementation of the new GP contract; is concerned by the British Medical Association's estimate that, from August 2004, the EWTD requirements could lose the NHS the equivalent of 3,700 junior doctors; is alarmed by the failure of Ministers to quantify adequately the likely demands of the EWTD in medical manpower and money costs; is further alarmed by the Government's complacency over the `SIMAP/Jaeger' judgements made by the European Court of Justice and the disproportionate impact they will have on smaller hospitals; notes that cost estimates for GP out-of-hours cover are rising yet the extent of cover is likely to decline; deplores the failure by Ministers to anticipate the impact that the new GP contract will have on community hospitals and notes with alarm that several are already under threat; and wishes to see the implementation of out-of-hours cover in a form that maintains a GP-led service in which the high standards of care and accessibility traditionally associated with primary care in England are maintained.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Doctors' Hours in the NHS):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Reid
 Mr John Hutton   Ms Rosie Winterton   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the overall aims of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) to ensure humane working hours for doctors in training; further welcomes the Government's lobbying of the European Commission and other EU Member States which has resulted in the Commission's giving assurances that they will bring forward legislative proposals on the EWTD before the summer; notes the dramatic reduction in the hours of doctors in training which means that 95 per cent. of them now work for 56 hours or fewer; congratulates the Goverment on the increases in workforce numbers and medical school places, which mean there are now almost 7,000 more consultants and 55,000 more nurses than there were in 1997, and that 6,030 students entered medical school in England in autumn 2003; welcomes the work being done in the National Health Service in implementing new ways of working that contribute to modernising and improving services and meeting the obligations of the Directive; and joins the Chairman of the BMA's General Practititioners Committee in welcoming the new GP contract as being better for patients and better for everyone working in general practice" and notes that it will allow primary care trusts to offer patients a safe, high quality service, with care delivered by the most appropriate professional, through better use of more joined-up services.'.



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mrs Caroline Spelman
      Mr Eric Pickles
      Mr Mark Field
      Angela Watkinson
      David Maclean
        That this House takes pride in London's heritage and status as a leading global capital city; notes that its outstanding success over many centuries has depended upon its rich mix of people, innovation and energy; further notes that it is an international leader in financial services, the arts, media, higher education, medicine and scientific research and tourism; regrets that this enviable competitive advantage is now threatened by the diminution in the quality of life of Londoners and those who come to work in the capital; recognises that insecurity brought about by the threat of terrorist action and rising levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, failing public services, overcrowded and unreliable transport, alongside an ever increasing tax burden on all Londoners, will undermine the capital's global reputation as a great place to live and do business; and calls upon the Government and its Mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone, to address the needs of the people of London and improve the quality and choice of services in the capital.

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (London):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Secretary Tessa Jowell
      Mr Secretary Darling
 Mr Peter Hain   Mr Secretary Clarke   Keith Hill
        Line      5,      leave out from `tourism' to end and to add `welcomes the Government's commitment to London's continuing economic, social and cultural success, and to enhancing its status as a world class city; applauds London's high levels of productivity and success in attracting inward investment that benefits the whole of the UK; recognises that this success is backed by record levels of funding from this Government for education, health, the arts, culture, creative industries, crime prevention, transport and other key public services that have resulted in substantially higher employment, substantially lower unemployment, record police numbers including more community support officers and police on the beat, massive increases in bus services and people using them, with an extra 100 million bus trips and an extra 180 million Tube journeys taken a year; applauds the leadership of the Mayor of London, working in partnership with the Government in the key areas of transport, planning, economic development and policing; praises the work of the police and security services in remaining vigilant to keep the capital safe; and condemns outright Opposition attempts to talk down and undermine the continued success of our great capital city.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Simon Hughes
      Mr Paul Burstow
      Dr Vincent Cable
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      5,      leave out from `tourism' to end and add `regrets that this enviable competitive advantage was put at risk by severe underfunding of public services during 18 years of Conservative government and remains at risk until Greater London is a city where crime is greatly reduced, where public transport is reliable and where the quality of life is not marred by dirty streets, far too few affordable homes for London's residents, and the highest regional unemployment rate in England; believes that our capital city needs new leadership under a new mayor who will serve equally all outer and inner London's communities and spare Londoners excessive increases in council tax; and calls on the Government urgently to play a more constructive part by approving Crossrail and the East London Line Extension and agreeing to a new financial settlement for London and all its people.'.

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.

At 7.00 p.m.


DEFERRED DIVISIONS        [No debate]

      The Prime Minister
        That at this day's sitting, the Orders of the House of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply to the Motion in the name of Mr Ben Bradshaw relating to Protection of Animals during Transport.

        To be decided without debate (Paragraph 3 of Orders of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 relating to deferred Divisions).

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Ben Bradshaw
        That this House takes note of European Documents No. 7969/01 and ADD1, Report from the Commission and draft Regulation on the ventilation in road vehicles, carrying livestock on long journeys and No. 11794/03, Commission Communications and draft Regulation on the protection of animals during transport and related operations and amending Directives 64/432/EEC and 93/119/EEC; and supports the Government's objectives of seeking a significant improvement in animal welfare during transport and better enforcement of those rules throughout the European Union.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Laryngectomy (Mr Tom Clarke).

        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 B (Programming Sub-Committee) (Pensions Bill)4.00 p.m.Room 11 (private)
2European Standing Committee B2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document No. 10243/03 relating to Asylum Systems.
3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Merchant Shipping (Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) (Amendment) Order 2004.


4Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education.
Witnesses: Mr David Miliband MP, Minister of State for School Standards, and Mr Ivan Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills and Vocational Education, Department for Education and Skills.
5Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Strategic Export Controls.
Witnesses: UK Working Group on Arms: Mr Roy Isbister, Saferworld, Mr Ed Cairns, Oxfam, and Mr Robert Parker, Amnesty International; Representatives of Industry: Mr David Hayes, Rolls-Royce plc, Mr Tim Otter, Mr David Balfour, SABRE Ballistics, and Mrs Susan Griffiths, MBDA UK Ltd (at approximately 10.45 a.m.).
6Science and Technology9.30 a.m.

10.00 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Scientific Publications.
Witnesses: Mrs Lynne Brindley, The British Library, Mr Peter Fox, Cambridge University Library, Mr Frederic J Friend, Joint Information Systems Committee, and Ms Di Martin, University of Hertfordshire; Mrs Jane Carr, Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society, Professor M James C Crabbe, University of Reading, Professor John C Fry, Cardiff University, Professor Nigel J Hitchin, University of Oxford, and Professor David F Williams, University of Liverpool (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
7Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Health and Safety.
Witnesses: Ms Mary Boughton and Dr Jacqueline Jeynes, Federation of Small Businesses, Mr Gary Booton, EEF, The Manufacturers' Organisation, Dr Janet Asherson and Mr Keith Sexton, Confederation of British Industry; Mr David Marshall, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (at approximately 10.45 a.m.).
8Procedure2.00 p.m.
2.15 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
Subject: Programming of Legislation.
Witness: Mr Oliver Heald MP, Shadow Leader of the House.
9Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.Room 8 (private)
10Treasury Sub-committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
Subject: Administrative Costs of Tax Compliance.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Paymaster General and John Healey MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury, Robin Martin, Director, Better Regulation, Inland Revenue, and Jen Little, VAT Compliance Adviser, Customs & Excise.
11Accommodation and Works2.30 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
12European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
13Welsh Affairs2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Manufacturing and Trade in Wales.
Witnesses: TUC and Wales TUC Cymru; General Dynamics and Outokumpu Stainless Ltd (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
14Northern Ireland Affairs3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Hate Crime in Northern Ireland.
Witness: Equality Commission.
15Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Improving Procurement: Progress by the Office of Government Commerce in improving departments' capability to procure cost-effectively.
Witnesses: Mr John Oughton, Chief Executive, Sir Peter Gershon KCB, former Chief Executive, Office of Government Commerce, Mr David Smith, Director, Commercial and Estate Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions, Mr Peter Unwin, Director General, Corporate Strategy and Resources, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Jeff Belt, Finance and Process Director, Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
16Defence4.00 p.m.Room 15 (private)
17Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


18Draft Disability Discrimination Bill2.30 p.m.Room 6 (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 Defence:      Tomahawk Land Attack Missile—Block IV Procurement.
2    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Discretionary Social Fund
3    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Youth Justice Agency of Northern Ireland Corporate Plan and Business Plan.
4    Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Election guidance.
5    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Launch of the consultation, Taking it on: developing UK sustainable development strategy, on 21st April.
6    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      New child support scheme—progress report.
7    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Pension Credit.


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