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Order of Business 25 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 Scotland
*1 Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    What representations he has made to other Government departments on securing the movement of public sector jobs to Scotland folllowing the publication of the Lyons Review.
( 174424 )
*2 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    What discussions he has had with the Royal Mail about post office branch closures in Scotland.
( 174425 )
*3 Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):    What steps he is taking to promote manufacturing in Scotland.
( 174427 )
*4 Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    What meetings he has attended to discuss the impact on Scotland of BP's decision to dispose of its olefins and derivatives business.
( 174428 )
*5 Pete Wishart (North Tayside):    When he last met the First Minister to discuss extending the power of the Scottish Parliament.
( 174430 )
*6 Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    What recent representations he has received regarding transport issues in Scotland.
( 174433 )
*7 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    What recent discussions he has held with Royal Mail regarding postal services in Scotland.
( 174434 )
*8 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on the security of energy supplies in Scotland.
( 174435 )
*9 Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Govan):    What discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Executive and (b) Glasgow City Council with regard to support for asylum seekers.
( 174436 )
*10 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    When he last discussed with (a) representatives of the Scottish Executive and (b) ministerial colleagues subsidies to ferry services.
( 174437 )
*11 Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    If he will make a statement on the performance of the Scottish economy.
( 174438 )
*12 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    How many post offices have closed in Scotland over the last three years.
( 174439 )

At 11.55 a.m.
Oral Questions to the Advocate General
*13 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What devolution issues she has considered since 27th April.
( 174440 )
*14 Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    What devolution issues have been raised since 27th April.
( 174441 )
*15 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    What devolution issues have been raised with her since 27th April.
( 174442 )

At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
*16 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    If he will make a statement on the performance of Community Legal Service Partnerships.
( 175296 )
*17 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the powers of the Upper House.
( 175297 )
*18 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the potential for political interference in the (a) funding of and (b) appointment to the proposed Supreme Court.
( 175298 )
*19 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    What steps the Government is taking to ensure wider participation in the democratic process.
( 175299 )
*20 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When he next expects to meet members of the lay magistracy in East Anglia to discuss the workings of the local justice system.
( 175300 )
*21 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    What progress the Secretary of State has made in identifying a site for the proposed Supreme Court.
( 175301 )
*22 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on proposals for reform of the legal professions.
( 175302 )
*23 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If the Lord Chancellor will attend the official start of building of the new court house in Colchester.
( 175303 )
*24 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    How many justices of the peace there are in England and Wales; and what the corresponding figure was for 1990.
( 175305 )
*25 Hugh Bayley (York, City of):    How much was spent on legal aid for immigration and nationality cases in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2003-04.
( 175306 )
*26 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    How many people have received legal aid in Greater London in the last seven years; and what the criteria are for eligibility for legal aid.
( 175307 )
*27 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    By what date all the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will be in force; and if he will make a statement.
( 175308 )
*28 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    When the Secretary of State expects to bring forward further proposals to reform the second chamber.
( 175309 )
*29 Vera Baird (Redcar):    If he will make a statement on the availability of legal aid in domestic violence cases.
( 175310 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Leader of the House and the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
*30 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask the Leader of the House, If he will submit plans to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons to simplify papers for standing committees.
( 175289 )
*31 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, If the House of Commons Commission will ban smoking in the Members' tearoom.
( 175290 )
*32 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): To ask the Leader of the House, What proposals he has to ensure greater representation of minority parties on departmental select committees.
( 175291 )
*33 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley): To ask the Leader of the House, If he will submit proposals to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons to open the House to visitors on Saturdays.
( 175292 )
*34 Hugh Bayley (York, City of): To ask the Leader of the House, How many bills have been introduced as draft bills.
( 175293 )
*35 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley): To ask the Leader of the House, What proposals he is putting to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons to help schools outside London and the South East of England with the costs of parliamentary visits.
( 175294 )
*36 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): To ask the Leader of the House, What plans he has to make proposals to enable more honourable Members to participate in debates.
( 175295 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Geraint Davies
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals; 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

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GENDER RECOGNITION BILL [LORDS]:      As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.

[Until 7.00 p.m.]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

Third Reading will also be taken.

The Nineteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2002-03 on the Draft Gender Recognition Bill, HC 1276-I and II, and the Fourth Report (HC 303) and Twelfth Report (HC 603) from the Committee of Session 2003-04, on its continuing scrutiny of bills, are relevant.
        Proceedings on Consideration shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 6.00 p.m. and proceedings on Third Reading shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 7.00 p.m. (Order of 23rd February).

+  3  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
      Mr Peter Hain

    (1)   the matter of the future direction of community relations policy in Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 17th June 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 matter 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 matter 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.

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[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, at the sitting on Tuesday 8th June, proceedings on the Motion for the adjournment of the House relating to the Future of Air Transport White Paper may continue, though opposed, for three hours or until Seven o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Provision of the personal and financial details of UK subjects travelling on British aeroplanes to the USA to American immigration services (Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody).

        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).
2Standing Committee B8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
Further to consider the Energy Bill [Lords].
3Standing Committee D9.25 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
To consider the Age-Related Payments Bill.
4First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1031).


5Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Local Government Revenue.
Witnesses: Association of North East Councils; CBI (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
6Constitutional Affairs9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Constitutional Reform Bill: the Government's proposals.
Witness: Professor I. R. Scott.
7Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Restoring confidence in long-term savings.
Witnesses: Mr Sandy Crombie, Standard Life, Mr Jonathon Bloomer, Prudential PLC, Mr David Prosser, Legal & General, and Mr Richard Harvey, Aviva.
8Defence9.30 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Defence Procurement.
Witnesses: Lord Bach, Minister for Defence Procurement, Sir Peter Spencer KCB, Chief of Defence Procurement, and Lieutenant General Rob Fulton, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability), Ministry of Defence.
9Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
10Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
11Culture, Media and Sport9.50 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: BBC Charter Renewal.
Witnesses: Mr Stuart Cooke, Nokia, Mr David Elstein, Broadcasting Policy Group, Professor John Naughton, Open University, Mr Richard Tait, Cardiff University, and Mr Damian Tambini, Oxford University.
12Trade and Industry10.15 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: UK-ASEAN Trade Relations.
Witnesses: The British Council.
13Home Affairs2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Rehabilitation of Prisoners.
Witnesses: Mike Newell, and Charles Bushell, The Prison Governors Association; Paul Goggins MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and Martin Narey, Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service, Home Office (at approximately 3.00 p.m.).
14International Development2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: DFID's Agriculture Policy.
Witnesses: Mr Stephen Carr OBE, and Mr Jonathan Coulter, University of Greenwich; Dr Colin Thirtle and Professor John Mumford, Imperial College London, Professor George Rothschild, Independent Advisory Committee of DFID, RNRRS Programmes, and Dr Michael Lipton, Sussex University (at approximately 3.15 p.m.).
15Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: European Council, June 2004.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State, Mr Kim Darroch CMG, and Mr David Frost, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
16Public Administration3.00 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Government by Inquiry.
Witness: Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor.
17Constitutional Affairs3.15 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)(public)
Subject: Constitutional Reform Bill: the Government's proposals.
Witnesses: Hon Margaret Wilson, Attorney General of New Zealand; Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias GNZM, Chief Justice, New Zealand Supreme Court and Rt Hon Thomas Gault DCNZM, President, New Zealand Court of Appeal (at approximately 4.00 p.m.); Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).


18Statutory 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    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Pesticides Safety Directorate: Performance targets for 2004-05.
2    Secretary of State for International Development:      Vietnam Programme.
3    Deputy Prime Minister:      Local Government Reviews: Boundary Committee's final recommendations.
4    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Iran: export licence application.


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