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Order of Business 18 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 Transport
*1 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    Whether he has discussed with the Chancellor of the Exchequer ring-fencing revenue raised from camera safety partnerships for road safety purposes.
( 173493 )
*2 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What assessment has been made of the role for the public sector in the provision of rail passenger services.
( 173494 )
*3 Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    What plans he has to revise the role of the Independent Rail Safety Regulator after completion of the Rail Review.
( 173495 )
*4 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    What his policy is on encouraging more freight to be transported around the UK through south coast ports.
( 173496 )
*5 Mr A.J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    If he will meet the A1 Safelink Campaign to discuss future strategy for the A1 north of Newcastle.
( 173497 )
*6 Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    What plans he has to reduce noise pollution from light recreational aircraft.
( 173498 )
*7 Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the Cambridge to Huntingdon A14 multi-modal study.
( 173499 )
*8 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    What forecasts he has received about traffic levels on the A34 and A40; and if he will make a statement.
( 173500 )
*9 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire):    What assessment he has made of the case for the Ormskirk by-pass.
( 173501 )
*10 Bob Russell (Colchester):    How many speed safety cameras have been removed in the past 12 months because they do not comply with the siting criteria.
( 173502 )
*11 Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick & Leamington):    What steps he is taking to ease congestion during road works on trunk routes.
( 173503 )
*12 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What assessment he has made of the reliability of information provided to passengers (a) on stations and (b) on trains about services and alterations to them.
( 173504 )
*13 Norman Baker (Lewes):    How many miles of railway lines have been reopened since 1st May 1997.
( 173505 )
*14 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement on progress in the Rail Review.
( 173506 )
*15 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on measures to address the problem of noisy roads.
( 173507 )
*16 Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    What assessment he has made of the threat to strategic road and rail routes from global warming.
( 173508 )
*17 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What recent discussions he has had with Nottingham City Council on transport issues in the city.
( 173509 )
*18 Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    What steps he has taken to ensure that shipping lanes are not impeded by off-shore wind farms.
( 173510 )
*19 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    What recent representations he has received concerning the introduction of free off-peak bus travel for pensioners.
( 173511 )
*20 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    If he will make a statement on the Crossrail project; and what the level of Government involvement in the project is.
( 173512 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
*21 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    What the civil contingencies grant for emergency planning was for Greater London, (a) in total and (b) broken down by borough, in each year since 2000.
( 173513 )
*22 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on e-delivery of Government services.
( 173515 )
*23 Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow Cathcart):    How the United Kingdom compares with other OECD member countries in the provision of internet access to Government services.
( 173516 )
*24 Andrew George (St Ives):    What recent progress has been achieved towards better regulation.
( 173517 )
*25 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):    What action is being taken to ensure that people with disabilities are represented throughout the Civil Service.
( 173518 )
*26 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    What plans he has to co-ordinate the activities of the Ombudsmen to ensure that they act in a consistent manner.
( 173519 )
*27 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When he next expects to meet the Better Regulation Taskforce to discuss its plans for 2004-05.
( 173520 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill



[No debate]

      Ms Debra Shipley
        Bill regarding the marketing, promotion and sale of food and drink to and for children; to make provision for education and the dissemination of information about children's diet, nutrition and health; to place certain duties on the Food Standards Agency; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Gordon Marsden
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to prohibit unsolicited household visits to sell property repairs, maintenance and improvements; to provide penalties and powers of arrest in connection with this prohibition; to require all doorstep vendors of property repairs, maintenance and improvements to give seven days' notice in writing of an intended visit to a home; and to extend property owners' rights to cancel any contract entered into for the provision of property repairs, maintenance or improvement; and for connected purposes.

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

Main Business

+  3  


[Up to 45 minutes]

      Mr Secretary Smith
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the Order of 2nd March 2004 (Pensions Bill (Programme)) as amended by the Order of 19th April 2004 be amended by the substitution for paragraphs 4 and 5 of the following—

         `4.   Proceedings on consideration shall be taken in the order shown in the first column of the following Table. In that column, any reference to new Clauses or Amendments relating to Part 1, 3, 4 or 5 does not include new Clauses or Amendments relating to any arrangements for financial assistance for members where pension schemes are wound up.

          5.   The proceedings shown in the first column of the Table shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the second column.

Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
New Clauses standing in the name of a Minister of the Crown, other than new Clauses relating to Part 2 or to any other arrangements for financial assistance for members where pension schemes are wound up; remaining new Clauses and Amendments relating to Part 1; remaining new Clauses and Amendments relating to Part 3; remaining new Clauses and amendments relating to Part 4; remaining new Clauses and amendments relating to part 5 At the moment of interruption on the first allotted day.
New Clauses and Amendments relating to any arrangements otherwise than through the Pension Protection Fund for financial assistance for members where pension schemes are wound up or relating to the categories of scheme in relation to which the Pension Protection Fund appliesTwo hours before the moment of interruption on the second allotted day.
New Clauses and Amendments relating to Part 2; remaining new Clauses and Amendments relating to Part 6; remaining new Clauses and Amendments relating to Part 7; remaining new Clauses; Amendments relating to Schedules; new SchedulesThree hours before the moment of interruption on the third allotted day.
      5A.   In the Table allotted day" means a day on which the Bill is put down on the main business as first Government Order of the Day.

      5B.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the third allotted day.'.

        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 45 minutes after proceedings begin (Order A(8) relating to Programming of Bills of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003).

+  4  

PENSIONS BILL:      As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered [1st allotted day].

[Until 7.00 p.m.]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  5  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That the Architects (Professional Conduct Committee) Amendment Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 655), dated 10th March 2004, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Benefits system and the case of John Redman (Dr Vincent Cable).

        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 A9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
Further to consider the Finance Bill (except Clauses Nos. 4, 5, 20, 28, 57 to 77, 86, 11 and 282 to 289 and Schedules Nos. 1, 3, 11, 12, 21 and 37 to 39).
2Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Pet Travel Scheme (Pilot Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 828).
3First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (Disclosure of Donor Information) Regulations 2004.
4Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Conditional Cautions: Code of Practice) Order 2004.


5Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Local Government Revenue.
Witnesses: Chris Pond MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions; ONE North East and North East Chamber of Commerce (at approximately 10.00 a.m.).
6Trade and Industry9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subjects: (i) The Post Office Urban Network Reinvention Programme (ii) Royal Mail Renewal.
Witnesses: (i) Postwatch; The National Federation of SubPostmasters (at approximately 10.00 a.m.); Post Office Ltd (at approximately 10.45 a.m.) (ii) Royal Mail Ltd (at approximately 11.45 a.m.).
7Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Regional Productivity.
Witnesses: Dr Peter Tyler, Cambridge University, Mr John Adams, IPPR and Professor Steve Fothergill, Sheffield University.
8Culture, Media and Sport10.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
9European Scrutiny10.30 a.m.Room 8 (private)
10Welsh Affairs10.45 a.m.

11.15 a.m.
The Art Gallery, North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Wrexham (private)
Subject: Manufacturing and Trade in Wales.
Witnesses: Greg Howard, Head of Enterprise Development, Mr Joe Tatler, Head of Engineering and Professor Michael Thomas, Academic Director, Medical Education, Health, Sports and Sciences, North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Wrexham.
11Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.Room 15 (private)
12Home Affairs2.30 p.m.Room 8 (private)
13Trade and Industry3.30 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (public)
Subject: Royal Mail Renewal.
Witnesses: Communication Workers Union.
14Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after JCSIRoom 7 (private)


15Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Deputy Prime Minister:      China Task Force.
2    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Inspection report of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate in respect of London Borough of Bromley Council.
3    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Employers' liability compulsory insurance.
4    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Pension Credit.


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