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Order of Business 22 June 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

            NOTICE OF MOTION FOR AN UNOPPOSED RETURN        [No debate]

      Mr Secretary Blunkett
        That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Report on child protection procedures in Humberside Police and Cambridgeshire Constabulary, particularly the effectiveness of relevant intelligence-based record keeping, vetting practices since 1995 and information sharing with other agencies.

No debate.

+indicates Government Business. Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
*1 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the Translink guided busway proposed between Dunstable and Luton.
( 179609 )
*2 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    What steps his Department is taking to ensure that better facilities for the disabled are provided on the (a) rail network and (b) underground systems.
( 179610 )
*3 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What investment his Department will be making in the refurbishment of Blackpool Tramway.
( 179611 )
*4 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the funding arrangements for the British Transport Police.
( 179612 )
*5 Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):    What plans he has to increase the number of rail freight interchange facilities.
( 179613 )
*6 Mrs Patsy Calton (Cheadle):    What steps are being taken to reduce costs within the railway industry.
( 179614 )
*7 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What plans he has to change the number of speed cameras.
( 179615 )
*8 Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford):    What assessment he has made of the Strategic Rail Authority's proposed Integrated Kent Rail Franchise.
( 179616 )
*9 Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    When he intends to publish the results of the consultation on reducing the 21-month minimum waiting period for implementing a bus quality contract scheme.
( 179617 )
*10 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of acoustic barriers on the M1 near Junction 21.
( 179619 )
*11 Bob Russell (Colchester):    How many speed safety cameras have been removed in the past month because they did not comply with the siting criteria.
( 179620 )
*12 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    What recent discussions he has held with stakeholders in Wales on the future of the Strategic Rail Authority.
( 179621 )
*13 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What steps he will take to ensure that changes in the frequency of intercity rail services are accompanied by matching changes in connecting local (a) rail and (b) bus services.
( 179622 )
*14 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    If he will increase the funding to Derby City Council (a) to relieve traffic congestion and (b) to increase road safety in Derby.
( 179623 )
*15 Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    What progress he has made on reducing transport delays after road traffic incidents.
( 179624 )
*16 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What his latest estimate is of the date of the completion of the refurbishment of the West Coast Main Line.
( 179625 )
*17 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What assessment he has made of the potential (a) economic, (b) environmental and (c) social benefits of the reinstatement of passenger rail services to the National Forest Line in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire; and if he will make a statement.
( 179626 )
*18 Andy Burnham (Leigh):    What assessment he has made of the need for better transport in the Leigh area.
( 179627 )
*19 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What plans he has to relieve road congestion in the South East.
( 179628 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office
*20 Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    How people who cannot use the internet will be able to benefit from the directgov approach to service delivery.
( 179601 )
*21 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    What action is being taken to open up public appointments to groups who have traditionally been underrepresented.
( 179602 )
*22 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    What guidance he has issued to regulatory offices concerning policy development in their areas of regulation.
( 179603 )
*23 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will take steps to increase the accountability of unpaid advisers working (a) within his Department and (b) across Government.
( 179604 )
*24 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What plans he has to make public bodies more representative of the community.
( 179606 )
*25 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What progress he has made in reducing regulation across Government.
( 179607 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr David Kidney
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require all schools in England to have a food policy; to provide support for schools in drawing up, implementing and developing food policies; to make permanent the scheme for free fruit in schools and to extend it; to extend entitlement to free school meals, including to breakfasts; to amend the law relating to the nutritional values of school meals; 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


OPPOSITION DAY (13th allotted day)

[Until 8.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      David Davis
      Mr Alan Duncan
      Mrs Caroline Spelman
      Mr Bernard Jenkin
      David Maclean
        That this House notes the constitutional importance of the forthcoming referendums on the Government's proposed regional assemblies; expresses grave concern at the threat to the integrity of the British electoral system through the Government's ill-conceived widespread extension of exclusively all-postal voting in the recent elections against the advice of the Electoral Commission and in the face of opposition from across the political spectrum; notes the public concern over reported instances of fraud, corruption and electoral malpractice; believes that the fragmentation of voting systems and methods under this Government is confusing and off-putting to the electorate; expresses concern that the integrity of the electoral roll is becoming undermined; and calls on the Government to restore a person's right to vote in a secret ballot at a polling station should they so choose.

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Integrity of the electoral system):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Nick Raynsford
      Mr Christopher Leslie
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `recognises that the all-postal pilots in June 2004 were part of a process of testing alternative voting mechanisms for the benefit of making voting easier and more convenient for electors; further recognises that turnout in European elections had fallen to its lowest ever level in 1999 and that all-postal pilots assisted in making the 2004 European election turnout the UK's highest ever; welcomes the fact that voter participation for the European elections in the pilot regions more than doubled in 2004 compared with 1999; believes that allegations of fraud have been reported disproportionately and that there is currently no evidence to show that all-postal ballots are more susceptible to fraud than traditional elections; recognises that further reforms will be necessary to widen participation and engagement in the electoral system; and further believes that the integrity of elections and referendums, including the proposed referendums on elected regional assemblies, is adversely affected by declining turnout which puts in jeopardy the democratic mandate.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Paul Tyler
      Mr David Heath
      Sir Robert Smith
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `expresses grave concern at the damage inflicted on the perceived integrity of the British electoral system caused by the Government's ill-conceived determination to disregard the advice of the Electoral Commission in extending exclusively all-postal voting to four regions in the recent elections, in the face of opposition from across the political spectrum; applauds the efforts of returning officers and their staff to ensure electors received ballot papers, but regrets that so many were incorrectly printed or delivered, or missed electoral deadlines; notes the public concern over reported instances of fraud, corruption and electoral malpractice; calls on the Electoral Commission comprehensively to review all aspects of the elections, including the ballot process, the precautions against fraud and malpractice, the effects of irresponsible media reportage of opinion polls during the extended voting period, and the opportunities for those who wish to vote in person in a secret ballot; and believes the Government should not continue with such electoral experiments in future until and unless the Electoral Commission is satisfied that the arrangements proposed fulfil the requirements of the integrity of the voting system.'.

        The Seventh Report from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, Session 2003-04, HC 400-I, on Postal Voting, is relevant.



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Andrew Lansley
      Mr John Baron
      Mr Simon Burns
      Dr Andrew Murrison
      David Maclean
        That this House recognises the central role of NHS professionals in delivering high quality healthcare through the NHS; notes the need for substantial increases in NHS staffing to meet future demand for healthcare; further notes that the levels of bureaucracy, red tape and imposed targets within the NHS demoralise NHS staff; regrets the problems in the implementation of the consultant and GP contracts; further regrets the delay in progress on `Agenda for Change'; expresses its concern over staff shortages in general practice, hospital specialties, nursing, especially community nursing, midwifery, radiography and biomedical sciences; is alarmed at the extent of recruitment of health professionals from developing countries which are unable to sustain the loss of such staff; and urges the Government to give the NHS the freedoms and incentives needed to support a growing workforce.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (NHS staff recruitment and retention):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Reid
 Mr John Hutton   Ms Rosie Winterton   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's record extra investment in the National Health Service which has resulted in increases of 19,400 more doctors and 67,500 more nurses since 1997; supports the extra investment in training which has increased the intake of medical school students by 61 per cent. and nurse training students by 53 per cent. since 1997; notes that over one million NHS staff will benefit from improved terms and conditions; recognises that the international recruitment of healthcare professionals has already made a significant impact on the delivery of NHS services; notes the Government's commitment to ethical international recruitment, with its robust Code of Practice, the first of its kind in the world, ensuring that NHS organisations do not recruit staff from developing countries without the agreement of their government; and welcomes the sharing and transfer of experience and ideas that international recruitment brings to the health service.'.

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

                              Debate may continue until 8.00 p.m., if the 7.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

At 7.00 p.m.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE                [No debate]

      The Prime Minister
        That, at this day's sitting, the motion in the name of Mr Michael Howard relating to NHS staff recruitment and retention may be proceeded with, though opposed, until 8.00 p.m.

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

+  3  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That the Motion in the name of the Leader of the House relating to the Electoral Commission shall be treated as if it related to an instrument subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) in respect of which notice has been given that the instrument be approved.

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

+  4  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain

    (1)   the matter of the Draft Transport (Wales) Bill be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;

    (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 20th July at 25 minutes past Nine o'clock and between Two o'clock and half-past Four o'clock to consider the matter of the Draft Transport (Wales) Bill, under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)).

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

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
      Mr Peter Hain

    (1)   the draft Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

    (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 8th July at half-past Two o'clock; and

    (3)   at that sitting—

      (a)   the Committee shall consider the instrument referred to it under paragraph (1) above; and

      (b)   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)).

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 116(1)).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Restructuring of NHS services in East Sussex (Mr Nigel Waterson).

        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].
3European Standing Committee B2.00 p.m.Room 14 (public)
To consider Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 26th May 2004 from the Ministry of Defence relating to Establishing a European Defence Agency.
4Standing Committee E8.55 a.m.Room 11 (private)
(Programming Sub-Committee) (Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords]).
5Standing Committee E9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
To consider the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords].
6Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) Order 2004.


7Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Gypsy and Traveller Sites.
Witnesses: Dr Donald Kenrick and Dr Rob Home; Traveller Law Reform Coalition (at approximately 9.50 a.m.); The Gypsy Council (Romani Kris) (at approximately 10.20 a.m.).
8Trade and Industry9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Pub Companies.
Witnesses: Federation of Small Businesses; CAMRA Ltd (at approximately 10.00 a.m.); AB Jacobs (Solicitors) (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
9Public Administration9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Government by Inquiry.
Witnesses: Mr Tim Baxter, and Mr Alun Evans.
10Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
11Culture, Media and Sport10.00 a.m.

11.00 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: BBC Charter Renewal.
      Witnesses: Lord Burns GCB; Channel 4 and S4C (at approximately 11.45 a.m.).
12Trade and Industry12.00 noonThe Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (public)
Subject: Post Office Urban Reinvention Programme.
Witness: Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Energy, e-commerce and Postal Services, Department of Trade and Industry.
13International Development2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Department for International Development: Departmental Report 2004.
Witnesses: Mr Suman Chakrabarti, Permanent Secretary, Mr Masood Ahmed, Mr Mark Lowcock, and Dr Nicola Brewer CMG, Department for International Development.
14Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: FCO Annual Report 2003-04.
Witnesses: Nigel Chapman, Acting Director, and Andrew Hind, Chief Operating Officer, BBC World Service; Sir David Green KCMG, Director-General, Dr Robin Baker, and Mrs Margaret Mayne, British Council (at approximately 4.00 p.m.)
15Environement, Food and Rural Affairs: Food Information Sub-Committee2.35 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Food Information.
Witnesses: Dr Susan Jebb, Centre for Human Nutrition Research; Sustain; NFU; and Product Authentication Inspectorate.
16Trade and Industry2.45 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Fuel Disconnections.
Witnesses: Energywatch; Energy Retail Association (at approximately 3.45 p.m.); Help the Aged and National Energy Action (at approximately 4.30 p.m.); Ofgem (at approximately 5.15 p.m.).
17Constitutional Affairs3.15 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Draft Criminal Defence Service Bill.
Witnesses: JUSTICE; the Magistrates' Association, Justices' Clerks' Society (at approximately 4.00 p.m.); Rt Hon Lord Justice Judge, Deputy Chief Justice and Hon Mr Justice Richards (at approximately 4.45 p.m.).
18Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after JCSIRoom 7 (private)


19Statutory 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:      Temporary suspension of adoptions from Cambodia.
2    Secretary of State for Health:      National Health Service continuing care.
3    Secretary of State for Health:      The Toft Report.
4    Secretary of State for Defence:      Army Base Repair Organisation key targets for financial year 2004-05.
5    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Reviews of Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice.


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