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Order of Business 5 May 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 Wales
*1 Mr Martin Caton (Gower):    What representations he has received from the Children's Commissioner for Wales on the Children Bill.
( 169181 )
*2 Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    What discussions he has had with the Secretary for Economic Development of the National Assembly for Wales on encouraging closer working between manufacturing industry and universities in Wales.
( 169182 )
*3 Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on measures to reduce the levels of economic inactivity in Wales.
( 169183 )
*4 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What discussions he has held with (a) S4C and (b) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the current review of S4C.
( 169185 )
*5 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly about proposed Post Office branch closures in Wales.
( 169186 )
*6 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will meet the First Secretary to discuss strategies to combat anti-social behaviour in Monmouthshire.
( 169187 )
*7 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    What recent discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government on the funding of the NHS in Wales.
( 169189 )
*8 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    If he will make a statement about employment levels in (a) the Vale of Glamorgan and (b) Wales.
( 169190 )
*9 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What consultations he has had concerning the potential impact in Wales of changes in European structural funds after 31st December 2006.
( 169191 )
*10 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What discussions he has had with English local authorities and environmental bodies regarding dredging in the Dee Estuary.
( 169192 )
*11 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales concerning the relocation to Wales of Civil Service jobs.
( 169193 )
*12 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    What recent representations he has received from small business organisations in Wales regarding start-up schemes.
( 169194 )
*13 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary about progress in reducing waiting times.
( 169195 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 5th May.
( 170147 )
*Q2 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    
( 170148 )
*Q3 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    
( 170149 )
*Q4 Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    
( 170150 )
*Q5 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    
( 170151 )
*Q6 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    
( 170152 )
*Q7 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):    
( 170153 )
*Q8 Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    
( 170154 )
*Q9 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    
( 170155 )
*Q10 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    
( 170156 )
*Q11 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    
( 170157 )
*Q12 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    
( 170158 )
*Q13 Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    
( 170159 )
*Q14 Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    
( 170160 )
*Q15 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    
( 170161 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Tony Baldry
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about any Treaty on International Arms Transfers adopted by an International Conference held under the auspices of the United Nations.

        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 (10th allotted day—first part)



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mrs Caroline Spelman
      Mr Eric Pickles
      Mr Bernard Jenkin
      Mr John Hayes
      David Maclean
        That this House regrets the Government's failure effectively to address the worsening problems of housing affordability, homelessness, sustainable development and house price inflation; laments the failure to diagnose correctly the underlying causes of house price inflation, including the insecurity of savings under the present Government; notes the Council of Mortgage Lenders' survey which found that 81 per cent. of the population aspire to home ownership and believes that key workers should not be penalized by high property prices; further regrets the rising numbers of vulnerable people living in temporary accommodation; urges the Government to explore new options for accessing empty homes to meet demand for social housing, as well as enabling people to move from social housing to owning their own homes; further notes that there was no ministerial statement or debate in Government time in response to the Barker Review which itself fails to provide acceptable solutions to these acute problems and poses a serious threat to the nation's green fields, to sustainable communities and to robust local democracy by its recommendation that housing targets be set at a regional level.

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Government's Record on Housing):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Hain
      Mr Secretary Clarke
 Keith Hill   Yvette Cooper   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `commends the Government's record on housing, and the progress it has made in delivering sustainable communities, as set out in Making it Happen: The Northern Way and elsewhere; notes that one million more people own their homes now than in 1997, whilst mortgage rates are at their lowest since the 1950s; notes that since 1997 there are one million fewer social homes below the decency standard and welcomes the Government's approval of 58 new schemes that could make decent another 170,000 social homes; applauds the fact that the number of families with children in bed and breakfast accommodation for longer than six weeks has reduced by at least 99.3 per cent. since March 2002; supports the Government's plans in the Thames Gateway and newer growth areas to deliver new sustainable communities and provide an extra 200,000 homes; further welcomes the action the Government has taken to support the creation of 230,000 affordable homes since 1997, to help over 10,000 key workers into home ownership in areas of high demand, and to reduce rough sleeping to the lowest level since records began; further supports the Government's creation of a £500 million Market Renewal Fund to tackle the worst cases of low housing demand and abandonment; applauds the creation of regional housing boards to ensure investment is focused on regional priorities; and welcomes the fact that the Government has added 25,000 hectares to the greenbelt with a further 12,000 hectares in prospect, and is exceeding its brownfield target, having built 64 per cent. of new homes on previously developed land in 2003.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Edward Davey
      Matthew Green
      Richard Younger-Ross
      Andrew Stunell
        Line      15,      at end add `and therefore calls for a range of new policies including new powers for housing authorities such as compulsory leasing to tackle the problem of empty homes, the development of an intermediate housing market using section 106 agreements and the creation of a Right to Invest for social housing tenants to provide a bridge to home ownership.'.

        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 or until 4.00 p.m., whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of (Order of 27th April).

+  3  

CHRISTMAS DAY (TRADING) BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's Recommendation signified.

[Up to 45 minutes]

      Ruth Kelly
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Christmas Day (Trading) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided.

        As an Amendment to Ruth Kelly's proposed Motion (Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [Money]):

      Mr Eric Forth
        Line      2,      after `payment', insert `not exceeding £50,000'.

        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 45 minutes after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).

+  4  


      The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.

Proposed subject for debate: Genetically modified crops.
        The Second Report from the Environmental Audit Committee, Session 2003-2004, on GM Foods—Evaluating the Farm Scale Trials, HC90, and the Fifth Report from the Environmental Audit Committee, Session 2003-04, on GM Foods—Evaluating the Farm Scale Trials: the Government Response, HC564, are relevant.

        Proceedings on the Motion in the name of the Prime Minister may continue, though opposed, for three hours after their commencement or until 7.00 p.m., whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of (Order of 27th April).

+  5  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
      Mr Peter Hain

        (1)   the proposal for a draft Special Educational Needs and Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

        (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 20th May at half-past Two o'clock; and

        (3)   at that sitting-

      (a)   the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the legislative proposal referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

      (b)   the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the legislative proposal referred to the Committee; and

      (c)   at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Flytipping in Gloucester (Mr Parmjit Dhanda).

        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).




1European Standing Committee C2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document No 15529/03 relating to the Doha Development Agreement.
2Standing Committee C2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Promoting of Volunteering Bill.


3Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions: Urban Affairs Sub-Committee9.00 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Role and Effectiveness of the Housing Corporation.
Witnesses: West Midlands Regional Housing Board; Housing Corporation (at approximately 10.00 a.m.).
4Work and Pensions9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Health and Safety.
Witnesses: Mr David Marshall and Mr Colin Ettinger, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Ms Hope Daley and Ms June Chandler,UNISON,
5Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: School Transport Bill.
Witnesses: Tim Davies, Chairman, Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers, Sheena Pickersgill, Metro, Geoff Gardner, North Yorkshire County Council, and John Sykes, Hertfordshire County Council; Allan Edmondson, Head of Coach Services, and Steven Salmon, Operations Director, Confederation of Passenger Transport, Kathryn James, National Association of Head Teachers, Dr Chris Howard, Headteacher, Lewis School Pengam, Caerphilly, Dorothy Elliott, National Governors' Council, Martin Ward, Secondary Heads Association, and Tony Neal, Headteacher, De Aston School, Market Rasen (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
6Science and Technology9.30 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Scientific Publications.
Witnesses: Professor Sir Keith O'Nions, Director General of the Research Councils, Mr Rama Thirunamachandran, Higher Education Funding Council for England, and Professor John Wood, Research Councils UK.
7Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry10.00 a.m.Room 16 (private)
8European Scrutiny2.00 p.m.Room 19 (private)
9Procedure2.00 p.m.Room 17 (private)
10Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Climate Change, Water Security and Flooding.
Witnesses: Association of British Insurers; Broadland Agricultural Water Abstractors Group (BAWAG).
11Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Appointment Hearing: Chief Executive, Office of Government Commerce.
Witness: Mr John Oughton, Chief Executive, Office of Government Commerce.
12Defence2.30 p.m.
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Defence Procurement.
Witness: Defence Industries Council: Sir Richard Evans, Chairman BAE Systems, Nick Prest, Chairman and Chief Executive of Alvis plc, John Howe, Vice-Chairman Thales-UK, and Simon Frost, Chairman, Claverham Ltd.
13Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: European Union Competence and Transport.
Witnesses: BAA, Manchester Airport Group plc and Airport Operators Association; British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways (at approximately 3.20 p.m.); Civil Aviation Authority (at approximately 4.40 p.m.).
14Foreign Affairs2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State, and officials, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
15Environmental Audit3.00 p.m.Room 20 (private)
16Modernisation of the House of Commons3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m.
Room 18 (private)
Subject: Scrutiny of European Matters in the House of Commons.
Witnesses: Mr Jimmy Hood MP, Chairman, and Mr Dorian Gerhold, Clerk, European Scrutiny Committee.
17Northern Ireland Affairs3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Hate Crime in Northern Ireland.
Witness: Northern Ireland Council of Ethnic Minorities.
18Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: The Recovery of Debt by the Inland Revenue.
Witnesses: Miss Ann Chant CB, Acting Chairman, Mr Stephen Jones, Director of Finance, and Mr Gordon Smith, Director, Receivables Management Service, Inland Revenue.
19Catering4.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)
20Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


21Human Rights4.15 p.m.Room 5 (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 the Home Department:      Appointment of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Probation.
2    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
3    Secretary of State for International Development:      Humanitarian response in Darfur.
4    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA) consultation.
5    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      UK Debt Management Office: Targets and Business Plan 2004-05.
6    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Operating and financial review.
7    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Special shares in energy companies.
8    Secretary of Sate for Defence:      Future Rapid Effect System (FRES).
9    Deputy Prime Minister:      Decent homes announcement.


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