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Order of Business 30 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
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    How many representations he has received about the future of grammar schools in Northern Ireland.
( 180480 )
*2 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    Whether an equality assessment was made of the impact of the decision not to pay double pensions through the Post Office Bank Account in Northern Ireland for 12th July.
( 180481 )
*3 Lady Hermon (North Down):    What alternatives to HMP Maghaberry have been identified by his Department as appropriate accommodation for asylum seekers in Northern Ireland.
( 180482 )
*4 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    What efforts he is making to eradicate paramilitary-style assaults on the civilian population of Northern Ireland.
( 180483 )
*5 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What recent assessment he has made of the prospects for the re-instatement of devolved government in Northern Ireland.
( 180484 )
*6 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What recent progress has been made on the decommissioning of illegally-held weapons and explosives.
( 180486 )
*7 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    Pursuant to his Oral Answer of 11th February, Official Report, columns 1403-4, on the core syllabus, what advice he has received from the working party on (a) the core syllabus in relation to religious education and (b) ensuring that children understand both Catholic and Protestant versions of Christianity; and if he will make a statement.
( 180488 )
*8 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the current security situation.
( 180489 )
*9 Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    What discussions he has had with Home First Community Trust regarding (a) the Twilight Nursing Service and (b) respite facilities for adults with learning difficulties in (i) Larne, (ii) Carrickfergus and (iii) Newtownabbey; and if he will make a statement.
( 180490 )
*10 David Burnside (South Antrim):    If he will attend, as a guest of the honourable Member for South Antrim, the 12th July celebrations of the Battle of the Boyne in Ballymoney, County Antrim.
( 180491 )
*11 Mr John Hume (Foyle):    What assessment he has made of the reasons for Northern Ireland being a net exporter of undergraduate students; and if he will make a statement.
( 180492 )
*12 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    What assessment the Government has made of the fitness of Sinn Fein (a) to hold office in the Northern Ireland Executive and (b) to enjoy the benefits of House of Commons membership in the light of the Independent Monitoring Commission's findings on Sinn Fein's responsibility for continuing terrorist activity and paramilitary involvement.
( 180493 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 30th June.
( 181146 )
*Q2 Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    
( 181147 )
*Q3 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    If he will make an official visit to Hazelwood House, Kingsbridge, Devon.
( 181148 )
*Q4 John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    
( 181149 )
*Q5 Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):    
( 181150 )
*Q6 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    If he will visit Indonesia after the presidential elections there later this year to discuss with the newly-elected President what further support the UK can give for its programme of reform.
( 181151 )
*Q7 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):    
( 181152 )
*Q8 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    
( 181153 )
*Q9 Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):    
( 181154 )
*Q10 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    
( 181155 )
*Q11 Mr John Randall (Uxbridge):    
( 181156 )
*Q12 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    
( 181158 )
*Q13 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    
( 181159 )
*Q14 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    
( 181160 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      The Reverend Martin Smyth
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for identification of persons in Northern Ireland with severe learning disability; to make provision for the assessment of their health, social care and other needs; to make provision for appropriate services for such persons and for independent advocates to act on their behalf; 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 (14th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mrs Caroline Spelman
      Mr Bernard Jenkin
      Mr Eric Pickles
      Mr Philip Hammond
      David Maclean
        That this House deplores the continuing confusion surrounding the Government's regional policy; notes in particular that the disagreement about all-postal voting between the Government and the Electoral Commission has thrown into doubt plans for the referendums in the autumn on the Government's proposed elected regional assemblies in the North of England; further notes the continuing splits in the Government over the powers that the proposed assemblies may be granted; regrets a similar lack of clarity relating to the projected costs of the proposed assemblies and of local government reorganisation; further notes that the Government's information campaign on elected regional assemblies fails to resolve any of this confusion; demands that the draft Bill, setting out in detail the proposed powers of elected regional assemblies promised by the Government, be published in good time to be debated by this House before rising for the summer recess and that Government time be provided for such a debate; and further demands that any referendums should be conducted by a system that restores the voters' choice to vote in person and in secret at polling stations on polling day, rather than by all-postal ballot.

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Regional government):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Nick Raynsford
 Phil Hope   Mr Christopher Leslie   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes progress the Government is making in implementing its proposals for elected regional assemblies set out in the White Paper, Your Region, Your Choice: Revitalising the English Regions, based on the principles of increasing prosperity, pride and democracy in the regions; applauds the opportunity afforded to people in the three northern regions of England to have their say about whether they want an elected assembly for their region; welcomes the decision to hold the referendum by all-postal ballot while noting the Government's preparedness to give a clear undertaking not to proceed with all-postal referendums as planned if the Electoral Commission produces convincing evidence leading to the conclusion that it would be unsafe to do so; welcomes the Government's decision to have one assistance and delivery point per 50,000 electors, giving the choice as to whether to return their vote by post, to deliver it by hand, or to vote at a place supervised by electoral officials; further notes the Boundary Committee's estimates of the savings from local government restructuring in regions which choose to establish an elected regional assembly; looks forward to the publication of the draft Bill which would establish elected assemblies, once the date for the referendums has been set by Parliament; commends the Government's endeavours to ensure that people voting in the referendums have information on which to base their choice; and notes that the principal confusion about regional policy appears to be on the Opposition benches.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Edward Davey
      Matthew Green
      Richard Younger-Ross
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      13,      leave out from `debate' to end and add `and calls for more powers for the proposed elected regional assemblies than are envisaged in the White Paper, including as a minimum powers over the Highways Agency, Learning and Skills Councils and environmental quangos.'.



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr Stephen O'Brien
      Mr Henry Bellingham
      David Maclean
        That this House regrets the decision of the Government to replace `deregulation' with `better regulation' and condemns its failure to deliver deregulation for British business; is alarmed that the Government is unable to quantify the number of new regulations generated since 1997; deplores the fact that the total cost of major regulations to business approved since 1998 now exceeds £30 billion, and notes

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Business deregulation):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Jacqui Smith
      Nigel Griffiths
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's commitment to better regulation and enterprise, which has contributed to the UK becoming one of the best locations in the world in which to start and run a business; welcomes the recent independent endorsements of the UK's light touch regulatory environment; applauds the deregulatory initiatives brought forward since 1997 which have contributed to a significant decline in the total number of regulations imposing a cost on British business; rejects outright the allegations claiming that the regulatory burden on business now exceeds £30 billion; supports measures taken to improve the regulatory environment for smaller businesses such as the removal of statutory audit requirements for small and medium-sized enterprises and the introduction of two specific commencement dates for employment regulations; congratulates the Government on signing up to the new European Constitution which promotes competitiveness and flexibility and which will ensure that national governments have new powers to scrutinise EU regulatory proposals; notes with concern proposals put forward by the Opposition which would damage Britain's relationship with Europe to the detriment of British business by withdrawing the UK from the world's largest common market; recognises the Government's constructive stance on the Agency Workers and Working Time Directives where it has maintained a position that promotes both fairness and flexibility; and calls on the Opposition to examine its own European policies which are consistently flouted by its own MEPs and Party members.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Malcolm Bruce
      Brian Cotter
      Sir Robert Smith
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `regrets the Government's failure to reduce regulation, introduce sunset clauses on new regulations or represent UK interests early and effectively on EU regulations, thus delivering the chaos of the UK application of European Council Regulation No. 2037/2000 requiring the removal of ozone-depleting substances from refrigeration equipment and uncertainty over end of life vehicles and electrical and electronic goods; further concludes that the single biggest act of deregulation should be the abolition of the Department of Trade and Industry with its staff of over 10,000 civil servants and a budget in excess of £6 billion per annum; calls for the establishment of a Minister for Deregulation and the ending of bureaucratic and complex selective assistance initiatives, task forces and working parties in favour of greater flexibility for Regional Development Agencies and tax relief for professional services for micro businesses; further recognises that effective single market regulations should simplify business relations with other EU member states by ensuring that one product specification will suffice for the market in all 25 states; believes that Conservative policies will once again provide British business with an empty chair at key EU negotiations and a loss of influence over EU directives and regulations; and concludes that British interests are best served by taking a pro-active role within EU institutions.'.

        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 7.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr David Lammy
        That the draft Maximum Number of Judges (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 10th June, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  4  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Darling
        That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers, etc.) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 20th May, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Darling
        That the draft Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 26th May, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Darling
        That the draft Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 26th May, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  7  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Darling
        That the draft Transport Act 2000 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 7th June, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  8  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
        That the draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 7th June, be approved.

The Regulatory Reform Committee has reported on the draft Order in its Eighth Report, HC 683, and on the proposal for the Order in its Second Report, HC 337.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 18(1)(a)).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Potters Bar derailment (Mr James Clappison).

        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 B2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the Preliminary Draft Budget 2005 (UEM).
2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Draft Discharge of Fines by Unpaid Work (Prescribed Hourly Sum) Regulations 2004.


3Science and Technology9.00 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Human reproductive technologies and the law.
Witnesses: Walter Merrick, David Gollanz, Becky Gardener, and Michelle Snead; Alan Masterton and Lousie Masterton (at approximately 10.10 a.m.); Sheena Young, Sharon Griffiths, and Tracey Sainsbury (at approximately 10.40 a.m.); Lisa Saffron, Maria Hurley, and Barbara Slater (at approximately 11.10 a.m.).
4Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Prison Education
Witnesses: Professor Andrew Coyle, King's College London, and Professor David Wilson, University of Central England.
5Modernisation of the House of Commons9.30 a.m.Room 17 (private)
6Work and Pensions2.00 p.m.

2.15 p.m.
Millennium Building, Wolverhampton University (private)
Subject: Service Delivery to Ethnic Minority Customers.
Witnesses: Council of Sikh Gurdwaras, Wolverhampton Inter Faith Group and Wolverhampton Mosques; Wolverhampton Citizens Advice and West Midlands African Caribbean Association (at approximately 3.00 p.m.).
7Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Dismantling defunct ships in the UK.
Witness: Chamber of Shipping.
8Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Inland Revenue Spring departmental Report 2004.
Witnesses: Ann Chant CB, Acting Chairman, Inland Revenue; Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Paymaster General, HM Treasury (at approximately 3.15 p.m.).
9Accommodation and Works2.30 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10Defence2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Duty of Care.
Witnesses: Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Richard Haes OBE; WRVS (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
11European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
12Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: Financial Protection for Air Travellers and Package Holidaymakers.
Witnesses: Air Transport Users Council, Federation of Tour Operators, and Association of British Travel Agents; British Airways, First Choice Airways and Ryanair (at approximately 3.25 p.m.); Civil Aviation Authority (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
13Northern Ireland Affairs Sub-Committee3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Social Housing Provision in Northern Ireland.
Witness: Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office.
14Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 8 (public)
Subject: Improving the Speed and Quality of Asylum Decisions.
Witnesses: Mr John Gieve CB, Permanent Under-Secretary of State and Departmental Accounting Officer and Mr Bill Jeffrey, Home Office, Mr Ian Magee CB, Chief Executive Operations and Second Permanent Secretary, and Mr Martin John, Department for Constitutional Affairs.
15Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


16Draft Charities Bill9.00 a.m.

9.10 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Public Benefit.
Witnesses: Dr Martin Stephen, High Master, Manchester Grammar School, Mr Anthony Seldon, Headmaster, Brighton College, Mr Jonathan Shephard, General Secretary, Independent Schools Council, Mr Jack Jones, Finance Director, Nuffield Hospitals, and Sir Ewan Harper, Chairman of the Church Schools' Council.
17Human Rights4.15 p.m.Room 5 (private)


18Unopposed BillsUniversity of Manchester Bill2.30 p.m.Room 9

[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 International Development:      Access to essential medicines.
2    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Annual Report of the Financial Services Authority 2003-04.
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      2003 general review of the government profit formula for non-competitive contracts.
4    Secretary of State for Defence:      Shatt al Arab incident.
5    Secretary of State for Defence:      Disposal Services Agency—key targets for financial year 2004-05.
6    Deputy Prime Minister:      Home loss payments.
7    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      New Chair for the Board of the East Midland Development Agency.
8    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance.
9    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Underfunded pension schemes affected by insolvency.


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