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Order of Business 15 June 2004

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Notes:
* 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
Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    What progress has been made in improving human rights in Sudan.
( 178625 )
*2 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    What representations he has received about anti-semitism in Europe.
( 178626 )
*3 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What further steps he will take to encourage the establishment of democracy in the Middle East.
( 178627 )
*4 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    When he next expects to visit Brazil to discuss bilateral relations.
( 178628 )
*5 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
( 178629 )
*6 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What assessment he has made of the implications for Indo-British relations of the election of a new government in India.
( 178630 )
*7 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    What recent representations he has made to the Vietnam government about the religious persecution of some of its citizens.
( 178631 )
*8 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    What progress has been made in the fight against the international drugs trade.
( 178632 )
*9 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What arrangements have been made for a trial for Tariq Aziz.
( 178633 )
*10 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    What links exist between his Department and the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division in preparing for national, regional and local elections in Iraq.
( 178634 )
*11 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    What representations he has made to the regime in Burma about human rights and the treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi.
( 178635 )
*12 Sandra Gidley (Romsey):    If he will make a statement on human rights in Turkey.
( 178636 )
*13 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    What assessment he has made of Turkey's preparedness to begin negotiations on joining the EU.
( 178637 )
*14 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What recent discussions he has had with the UN on the handover of sovereignty in Iraq.
( 178638 )
*15 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What recent discussions he has had with the (a) Greek and (b) Turkish governments on the future of Cyprus.
( 178639 )
*16 Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):    What his assessment is of the current state of Mr Sharon's plan to move out of Gaza and the effect of that on the road map.
( 178640 )
*17 John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):    If he will make a statement on progress in UK relations with Libya.
( 178642 )
*18 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    What recent advice he has given to British nationals resident in Saudi Arabia.
( 178643 )
*19 Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    What recent discussions he has had with the (a) Turkish and (b) Greek governments about the future of Cyprus.
( 178644 )
*20 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    What recent representations he has made to the regime in Burma about human rights and the treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi.
( 178645 )
*21 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What assessment he has made of the enlargement of the European Union on 1st May.
( 178646 )
*22 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    If he will make an official visit to St Helena.
( 178647 )
*23 Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):    If he will make a statement on negotiations on the European Constitution.
( 178648 )
*24 Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    If he will publish a list of the changes to the draft European Constitution demanded by the Government representative on the Convention on the Future of Europe.
( 178649 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion

  1  

TRADE UNIONS (POLITICAL FUNDS) REFORM

[Up to 20 minutes]

      John Mann
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to limit the requirement to re-ballot on the maintenance of trade union political funds to a total of three consecutive ballots.

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


Main Business

  2  

OPPOSITION DAY (10th allotted day—second part) GOVERNMENT'S TRANSPORT POLICY

      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Mr Damian Green
      Mr Christopher Chope
      Mr Greg Knight
      David Maclean
        That this House notes that the Government has failed to meet its target of reducing congestion on Britain's roads by 5 per cent., that congestion is set to rise by up to 20 per cent. by 2010 and that, according to the CBI, traffic congestion costs British industry £15 billion to £20 billion a year; recognises that the Government is failing to meet its targets for increased passenger and freight use of the railways and that rail freight declined by 0.3 billion net tonne kilometres in 2002; regrets the fact that one in five trains is still running late and that reliability on the railways has not even returned to the levels achieved before the Hatfield crash; condemns the Government's failure to decide the future of Crossrail, the East London Line Extension and Thameslink 2000 and the delay of improvements such as the upgrading of the East Coast Main Line; further notes that the Transport Committee stated that the Government has had `years to address the problems of the railway but failed to take effective action'; calls on the Government to acknowledge that its Ten Year Transport Plan has failed in all its key objectives; deplores the Government's failure to develop a coherent planning strategy for Britain's ports; further condemns the Government for the confusion and blight caused by the Aviation White Paper to many communities near airports; and further calls, in the light of these failures, for a re-evaluation of transport policy which properly recognises the needs of both drivers and users of public transport.

        As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Government's Transport Policy):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Darling
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Mr Tony McNulty
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises that the problems with the transport system stem from decades of under-investment; welcomes the Government's commitment to long-term funding for transport through the Ten Year Plan; acknowledges that one of the main reasons for the continuing pressure on transport networks is that the United Kingdom is enjoying the longest period of sustained economic growth for more than 200 years; supports the Government's determination to face the tough decisions which will be required to meet these pressures and put UK transport on a sustainable footing, including runway capacity at UK airports, management of road space and re-organising Britain's railways following a failed privatisation; and welcomes the early signs of success, including the halt in the decline in bus use, the biggest replacement programme for railway rolling stock ever seen in this country, the major programme of investment in the West Coast Main Line and the 22 per cent. decline in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the roads since the mid-1990s.'.

        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 8th June).

+  3  

NEW FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE AND EU REGIONAL POLICY

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
 Dawn Primarolo   Jacqui Smith   
        That this House takes note of European Union documents No. 6232/04, Commission Communication: Building our common future: Policy challenges and Budgetary means of the Enlarged Union 2007-2013, and No. COM(04) 107, Commission Communication: "Third report on economic and social cohesion"; supports the Government's efforts to refocus allocations within a budget of 1 per cent. of EU Gross National Income in support of the European Union's goals, with structural funding focused on the poorest member states; and in particular, supports the Government's view that the Commission's overall proposals are unrealistic and unacceptable, that its structural funds proposals are inconsistent with the United Kingdom's objectives for reform, and that the future European Union Budget should be reprioritised and refocused in line with the principles of subsidiarity and spending that adds value at the European Union level.

        As an Amendment to the Prime Minister's proposed Motion (New Financial Perspective and EU Regional Policy):

      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr Howard Flight
      Mr Mark Prisk
      Mr Andrew Tyrie
      David Maclean
        Line      12,      at end add `and calls on the Government to set out its principles and plans for those objectives and how it will achieve them.'.

        Relevant documents:

        Fifteenth Report from the European Scrutiny Committee, Session 2003-04, HC 42-xv, The EU's Financial Perspective for 2007-13 and Reform of the Structural and Cohesion Funds;

        21st Report from the European Scrutiny Committee, Session 2003-04, HC 42-xxi, paragraph 2, on regional and cohesion policy;

        22nd Report from the European Scrutiny Committee, Session 2003-04, HC 42-ii, paragraph 1, on the Financial Perspective 2007-13;

        Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny Committee from the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 20th April, Session 2003-04, HC 528-i;

        Minutes of Evidence taken before the European Scrutiny Committee from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on 4th May, Session 2003-04, HC 574-i.

        The Speaker will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings at 7.00 p.m. or three hours after their commencement, whichever is the later (Order of 8th June).

At the end of the sitting:

  4  

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Staffing levels at the Child Support Agency offices in Falkirk (Eric Joyce).

        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).


COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Standing Committee on Regional Affairs2.15 p.m.Room 14 (public)
2Standing Committee A9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
(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).
3Standing Committee B8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Energy Bill [Lords].
4Standing Committee D10.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
To consider the Patents Bill [Lords]

SELECT COMMITTEES

5Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
Subject: Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2004.
Witnesses: Mr Glyn Evans, Fire Brigades Union; DCFO Andy Marles and SDO Nigel Charlston, Chief Fire Officers' Association (at approximately 10.30 a.m.); Professor Rosemarie Everton, Professor of Fire Law, University of Central Lancashire (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
6Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
7Public Administration9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Government by Inquiry.
Witness: Lord Laming CBE DL.
8Home Affairs2.15 p.m.


2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Identity Cards.
Witnesses: Dr Chris Pounder, Editor, Data Protection and Privacy Practice, and Claire McNab, Vice-President, Press for Change; Dr John Chisholm CBE, Chairman, General Practitioners Committee, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, British Medical Association, and Trevor Phillips, Chair, Commission for Racial Equality (at approximately 3.15 p.m.)
9International Development2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
Subject: DfID's bilateral programme of assistance to India.
Witnesses: Dr Michael Lipton CMG, Poverty Research Unit, and Professor James Manor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; John Grimond and Christopher Lockwood, The Economist, and David Loyn, BBC (at approximately 3.15 p.m.).
10Scottish Affairs2.15 p.m.Room 15 (private)
11Constitutional Affairs3.15 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
12Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food Information Sub-Committee4.05 p.m.


4.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Food Information.
Witnesses: Dr Si(r)an Astley and Dr Nick Walton, Institute of Food Research; and Sue Davies and Michelle Smyth, Consumers' Association.
13Liaison Sub-Committee5.30 p.m.Room 7 (private)

JOINT COMMITTEE

14Statutory 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 Education and Skills:      New school inspection arrangements.
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      Regional Planning Guidance for the West Midlands.
3    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Control of odour and other nuisances from sewage treatment works.
4    Secretary of State for Defence:      Mrs Hulme and the Pensions Ombudsman v the Ministry of Defence.
5    Secretary of State for Defence:      Defence Estates Corporate Plan Key Targets 2004-05.
6    Secretary of State for Defence:      MET Office Key Performance Targets for financial year 2004-05.
7    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      UK gas quality exercise: allocation of phase 2 research contracts.
8    Secretary of State for Transport:      Safety Camera Programme.
9    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      British Indian Ocean Territory.
10    Solicitor General:      Prosecution of British soldiers.


 

 
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