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Order of Business 29 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 Secretary of State for Education and Skills
*1 Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    What assessment he has made of the supply of skilled construction workers.
( 169204 )
*2 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):    What measures he is taking to encourage higher education institutions to compete effectively for (a) the market for overseas students and (b) the market for students from the Gulf states.
( 169205 )
*3 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on funding for local colleges.
( 169206 )
*4 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What guidance he provides to schools on maintaining appropriate relations between pupils and staff.
( 169207 )
*5 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on university staff salaries.
( 169208 )
*6 Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the draft School Transport Bill on traffic congestion.
( 169210 )
*7 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Education Maintenance Allowance in raising levels of participation in post-16 education.
( 169211 )
*8 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What resources are available to support innovative projects that bring nine to 19 year olds closer to an understanding of science, engineering and technology in industry.
( 169212 )
*9 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    What progress has been made in reaching a 50 per cent. participation rate in higher education.
( 169213 )
*10 Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    What assessment he has made of the effect of the Sure Start programme in Chatham.
( 169214 )
*11 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    If he will rank the local education authorities for the East Midlands by their level of educational attainment.
( 169215 )
*12 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What steps he is taking to promote civic awareness through educational activities for students aged 14 to 19 years.
( 169216 )
*13 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    What recent representations he has received regarding funding of schools in Norfolk.
( 169217 )
*14 Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):    When he will respond to the proposals made in the report by Professor Smith on post-14 mathematics teaching.
( 169218 )
*15 Bob Russell (Colchester):    When he will announce additional funding for schools with a large proportion of children of military personnel under the terms of the turbulence factor.
( 169219 )
*16 Claire Ward (Watford):    What representations he has received regarding the Independent Adjudicator's decision on school selection in Hertfordshire.
( 169220 )
*17 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What support he will give to schools to enable them to deal with disruptive pupils.
( 169221 )
*18 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have (i) soft drinks machines and (ii) free water dispensers for pupils.
( 169222 )
*19 Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    What assessment he has made of the impact of Centres of Vocational Excellence upon standards in further education colleges.
( 169223 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Solicitor General
*20 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What plans she has to introduce statutory reviews of domestic violence murders.
( 169197 )
*21 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If she will make a statement on measures taken by the Crown Prosecution Service to prevent non-attendance by witnesses at trials.
( 169198 )
*22 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    If she will make a statement on her policy towards prosecution of anti-semitic hate crimes.
( 169199 )
*23 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What her policy is on the prosecution of United Kingdom nationals for treason.
( 169200 )
*24 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    If she will make a statement on the work of the Crown Prosecution Service with the Nottingham Criminal Justice Board.
( 169201 )
*25 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    If she will make a statement on the progress she is making in identifying prosecutions that may be affected by the Appeal Court's judgement in the appeal against the conviction of Angela Cannings.
( 169202 )
*26 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    What recent representations she has received regarding Government measures to eradicate fraudulent schemes targeted at small businesses.
( 169203 )

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

        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 6.00 p.m. (Standing Order No.   15).

Main Business

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PLANNING AND COMPULSORY PURCHASE BILL:      Consideration of Lords Message [26th April].

[Up to one hour]

        For Motions and Amendments relating to the Lords Message, see separate Paper.

        Proceedings shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement (Order of 19th April).

At 6.00 p.m.



      The Prime Minister
        That at this day's sitting proceedings on the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).


OPPOSITION DAY (7th allotted day—second part)

[Up to three hours]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mrs Theresa May
      Mr John Whittingdale
      Mr James Gray
      Mr Owen Paterson
      Mr David Maclean
        That this House recognises the potential risk posed to British agriculture and to the environment of the UK by the importation of animal and plant diseases; acknowledges the crucial importance of preventing diseases from entering the country; notes with concern the increase in the number of diseases in Britain emanating from abroad and the spread of virulent epidemics across the world; recognises the implications for biosecurity of the enlargement of the European Union; condemns the Government for failing to learn the lessons from the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease; regrets the failure of the Government to address these problems and to instil confidence in the farming community; and calls on the Government to take urgent action to put in place the stringent measures necessary to prevent animal and plant disease from entering the UK.

        As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Government's Record on Animal and Plant Diseases):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Secretary Margaret Beckett
      Mr Secretary Darling
      Mr Secretary Murphy
 Mr Peter Hain   Mr Ben Bradshaw   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `commends the action taken by this Government to eradicate exotic plant and animal disease when it occurs, and to control endemic disease; congratulates the Government on its actions that have succeeded in reducing the number of BSE clinical cases to just 184 last year; further congratulates the Government on eradicating a major outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in seven months and on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Royal Society Inquiries so that Government is better prepared to tackle a future outbreak of a major livestock disease; welcomes the significant progress made to tackle illegal imports both by increasing enforcement activity at the border and by increasing public awareness; applauds the Government on its action taken against other animal and plant diseases, notably Salmonella Java and potato ring rot; and notes the Government's continuing commitment to prevent serious animal and plant disease.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Andrew George
      Mr Roger Williams
      Norman Baker
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises the serious risk posed to British agriculture and to the environment of the United Kingdom by past failures to prevent animal and plant diseases including those which have entered the country; notes the devastating impact which BSE has had upon British livestock and related sectors; further notes the increase in the number of diseases emanating from abroad; acknowledges the implications for bio-security of the enlargement of the European Union; believes that the Government should have undertaken a narrow and independent inquiry into the handling of the Dring Report intended for the Anderson Inquiry into lessons learned from the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak; further believes that effective bio-security controls should include intelligence-based prevention; and calls on the Government to put in place all necessary measures to increase confidence amongst farmers, growers and consumers that Britain's bio-security measures are adequate to maintain a successful and vibrant industry.'.

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

        Proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr Michael Howard may continue, though opposed, for three hours after their commencement and shall then lapse (Order of 19th April).

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[No debate after 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That the Lords Message of 19th April relating to a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider and report on any draft Charities Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, be now considered.

    That this House concurs with the Lords that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Charities Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee shall report on the draft Bill by 30th September 2004.

    That a Select Committee of six honourable Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Charities Bill.

    That the Committee shall have power—

      (i)   to send for persons, papers and records;

      (ii)   to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

      (iii)   to report from time to time;

      (iv)   to appoint specialist advisers;

      (v)   to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom.

        That the quorum of the Committee shall be two; and

        That Mr Alan Campbell, Mr George Foulkes, Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Alan Milburn, Mr Andrew Mitchell and Bob Russell be members of the Committee.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 6.00 p.m.

+  4  


[No debate after 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Bob Ainsworth
        That Richard Ottaway be discharged from the Committee on Standards and Privileges and that Mrs Angela Browning be added.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 6.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Future of rail transport in Kent and Medway (Jonathan Shaw).

        Debate may continue until 6.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 29th October 2002).



1Northern Ireland Grand Committee2.30 p.m.Room 14 (public)
To consider the matter of the Social Economy in Northern Ireland.
2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2004.
3Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Naval Discipline Act 1957 (Remedial) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 66) and the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2004.
4Eighth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Customs and Excise Duties (Travellers' Allowances and Personal Reliefs) (New Member States) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1002).
5Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation3.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement on Enlargement of the European Economic Area) Order 2004.


6Health9.30 a.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
7Public Administration9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Honours System.
Witnesses: Sir Richard Mottram KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions; Rt Hon Tony Benn (at approximately 10.45 a.m.).
8Environmental Audit: Sub-committee on Environmental Crime10.00 a.m.Room 20 (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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Defra 2004 Departmental Report.
2    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Devolution Note on Scottish legislative proposals.
3    Secretary of State for Health:      Department's annual report for 2004.
4    Secretary of State for Health:      Food Standards Agency's Departmental Report, Spring 2004.
5    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Departmental Report.
6    Secretary of State for International Development:      International Development Association (IDA).
7    Secretary of State for International Development:      Departmental Report 2004.
8    Solicitor General:      Crown Prosecution Service.
9    Secretary of State for Defence:      Individual training and education in the armed forces.
10    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      Annual Report 2004.
11    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Changes in immigration rules.
12    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Public inquiry into the death of Zahid Mubarek.
13    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Iran: Export Licence.
14    Secretary of State for Transport:      Driver, Vehicle and Operator Group (DVO) Secretary of State Targets for 2004-05.
15    Secretary of State for Transport:      Implementing the new working time legislation for the road transport sector—EU Directive 2002/15/EC.
16    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Northern Ireland Parliamentary Boundary Commission.

Standing Committee Notices

     The Ninth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will now meet on Thursday 29th April at 3.30 p.m. to consider the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement on Enlargement of the European Economic Area) Order 2004.

     Standing Committee A will meet on Thursday 6th May at 8.55 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to consider the Finance Bill.

     Standing Committee C will meet on Wednesday 5th May at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Promotion of Volunteering Bill.

     European Standing Committee C will meet on Wednesday 5th May at 2.00 p.m. to consider European Union Document No. 15529/03, relating to the Doha Development Agenda.

     European Standing Committee C will meet on Thursday 6th May at 2.00 p.m. to consider European Union Document No. 11646/03, relating to nutrition and health claims made on food.


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