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Order of Business 8 September 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 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will reinstate the Northern Ireland Assembly without Sinn Fe"in in the light of the Independent Monitoring Commission report.
( 187641 )
*2 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What recent representations he has received on re-establishing the Northern Ireland Assembly.
( 187642 )
*3 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 187645 )
*4 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What progress he has made towards restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland.
( 187646 )
*5 Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):    If he will make a statement on genito-urinary medicine services in the Province.
( 187647 )
*6 Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):    What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the future of the home battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment.
( 187648 )
*7 Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    What plans he has to review the (a) membership and (b) remit of the Parades Commisson; and if he will make a statement.
( 187649 )
*8 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    If he will make a statement on the impact of the enlargement of the European Union on smaller family farms in Northern Ireland.
( 187650 )
*9 David Burnside (South Antrim):    What assessment he has made of the present (a) Republican and (b) Loyalist terrorist threat in the Province.
( 187651 )
*10 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    If he will make a statement on the security situation in the Province.
( 187652 )
*11 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    What mechanisms are in place to ensure the accountability of his Department's ministers to electors in Northern Ireland.
( 187653 )
*12 Mr John Hume (Foyle):    How many full-time undergraduate university students normally domiciled in Northern Ireland will be at university in the academic year 2004-05; and how many full-time undergraduate university places are available in Northern Ireland.
( 187654 )
*13 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What recent assessment has been made of the (a) value and (b) effectiveness of the decommissioning process.
( 187655 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr John Greenway (Ryedale):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 8th September.
( 187679 )
*Q2 Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    
( 187680 )
*Q3 Anne Picking (East Lothian):    
( 187681 )
*Q4 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    
( 187682 )
*Q5 David Winnick (Walsall North):    
( 187683 )
*Q6 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    If he will pay an official visit to Berry Pomeroy Castle, Marldon, Devon.
( 187685 )
*Q7 Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):    
( 187687 )
*Q8 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    
( 187688 )
*Q9 Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    
( 187689 )
*Q10 Vera Baird (Redcar):    
( 187690 )
*Q11 Lembit O­pik (Montgomeryshire):    
( 187691 )
*Q12 Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):    
( 187692 )
*Q13 Andrew George (St Ives):    
( 187693 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Annette Brooke
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about accessible formats for printed works for visually-impaired children.

        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 (16th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr David Willetts
      Mr Paul Goodman
      Mr Nigel Waterson
      David Maclean
        That this House regrets the Government's failure to tackle the pensions crisis; expresses concern that present and former employees of Turner & Newall and those in a similar position do not know what assistance, if any, they will get from either the Financial Assistance Scheme or the Pension Protection Fund; regrets the inadequacies of Government efforts to encourage people to build up retirement savings in funded pensions; condemns the spread of means-tested benefits; draws attention to the Government's recent failure to deliver benefits to pensioners competently; further regrets the Government's wider failure to reform the welfare system for older people; notes that the National Pensioners Convention is lobbying Parliament on 8th September; and calls for Government action to tackle the crisis in funded pensions and to ensure dignity and security in retirement for older people.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Funded pensions and Government policies for older people):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Malcolm Wicks
      Mr Chris Pond
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `supports the Government's strategy to enable people to save securely for their retirement and to promote retirement flexibility and informed choice; welcomes the Government's Pensions Bill and Pension Protection Fund, which will bring real security for over 10 million defined benefit pension scheme members if their employer becomes insolvent and their pension scheme winds up; further welcomes the £400 million Financial Assistance Scheme which will help people who have already lost out; believes that the Pensions Bill will enable many more people to save with confidence with a new proactive pensions regulator, measures to simplify pensions legislation and improved incentives to work past the state pension age; supports the pensions tax simplification proposals being taken forward in the Finance Act 2004, which will replace eight tax regimes with one simplified system; commends proposals in the Pensions Bill to allow individuals to defer their state pension and draw it as a lump sum; welcomes measures to enable people to make an informed choice in pension provision, including new pilots to provide information and advice in the workplace; condemns the inheritance of 1997, with the legacy of pension mis-selling and millions in poverty, whereby many were expected by the previous Government to live on under £69 a week; believes that the Opposition parties' policies will be unfair to the poorest pensioners, unaffordable and unsustainable; commends the Government's historic commitment to tackling pensioner poverty; and welcomes the extra £10 billion that the Government is spending on pensioners in 2004-05 compared with the 1997 system.'.



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Andrew Lansley
      Tim Loughton
      Dr Andrew Murrison
      Mr Patrick McLoughlin
      David Maclean
        That this House notes with deep concern the increased levels of hospital-acquired infection and, in particular, that the incidence of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has doubled since 1997; welcomes the report by the National Audit Office `Improving Patient Care by Reducing the Risk of Hospital-Acquired Infection: a Progress Report' (HC 876); regrets the lack of timely action by the Government which this discloses, including higher bed occupancies and the resultant impact of Government waiting list targets on infection control measures, lack of surveillance data other than hospital-wide MRSA and post-discharge surveillance and isolation facilities, and lack of progress on a national infection control manual; is deeply concerned that recommendations for bed or ward closures by infection control teams have been refused; and calls on the Government now to act urgently to secure the action needed to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Hospital-acquired infection):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Reid
      Mr Peter Hain
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's commitment to ensure that patients can have confidence that National Health Service hospitals are clean, safe environments with infection firmly under control; congratulates the Government on its action plans for reducing infection rates, `Winning Ways' and `Towards cleaner hospitals and lower rates of infection', which include the new target for a year-on-year reduction in MRSA, and the designation of directors of infection prevention and control to bring about local change; notes that the National Audit Office report concluded that the introduction in 2001 of mandatory MRSA surveillance raised the profile of infection control with senior managers; expects that the new target will act in a similar way, and deplores therefore the suggestion that the target be abolished; acknowledges that improving patient safety is a difficult medical issue that calls for the hard work and care that is the hallmark of NHS staff; welcomes therefore the 77,500 extra nurses and almost 19,400 extra doctors that have become a part of patient care since 1997; and therefore congratulates the Government on a comprehensive programme of investment and reform that has equipped the NHS to deliver improvements in patient safety, and to reduce hospital-acquired infections.'.

        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 Peter Hain
        That this House, at its rising on Thursday 16th September, do adjourn till Monday 11th October 2004.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Alderman Knight School (Mr Laurence Robertson).

        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 A2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document No. 9149/04 relating to the Establishment of a Community Fisheries Control Agency.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amendment of Minimum Age) Order 2004.


3Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Draft Regional Assemblies Bill.
Witnesses: Professor Robert Hazell and Dr Mark Sandford, Constitution Unit, University College London; Professor Tony Travers, London School of Economics (at approximately 10.15 a.m.); New Policy Institute, Policy Exchange, New Local Government Network, IPPR North (at approximately 10.40 a.m.); Boundary Committee for England and the Electoral Commission (at approximately 11.30 a.m.).
4Science and Technology9.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Human reproductive technologies and the law.
Witnesses: Ms Linda Ball, Mr Jayson Whitaker, Mr Peter Hingston and Mrs Fiona Hingston; Dr Simon Fishel, Centres for Assisted Reproduction (CARE), Professor Peter Braude, Women's Health, Guys, Kings and St Thomas' School of Medicine, Professor Tom Baldwin, Ethics & Law Committee, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (at approximately 10.40 a.m.)
5Education and Skills9.15 a.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
6Modernisation of the House of Commons9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 18 (private)
Subject: Scrutiny of European Matters in the House of Commons.
Witnesses: Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody MP and Mr Michael Jack MP.
7Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
8Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.00 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
9Home Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Police Reform.
Witnesses: Association of Chief Police Officers, Chief Police Officers' Staff Association, Police Federation and Police Superintendents' Association.
10Trade and Industry2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Pubcos
Witnesses: Small Independent Brewers Association; Office of Fair Trading (at approximately 3.15 p.m.).
11Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
Subject: The Statistics Commission's Annual Report 2003-2004.
Witnesses: Professor David Rhind, Chairman, Dame Patricia Hodgson DBE, Commissioner, and Mr Richard Alldritt, Chief Executive, Statistics Commission.
12Defence2.30 p.m.Room 17 (private)
13Environmental Audit3.00 p.m.Room 20 (private)
14Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee on the Draft Animal Welfare Bill3.00 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (public)
Subject: Government's Draft Animal Welfare Bill.
Witnesses: Mr Duncan Davidson, Veterinarian, Principal of Mitcham Veterinary Clinic; Animals in Mind; Council of Docked Breeds; Anti-Docking Alliance (at approximately 3.45 p.m.).
15Northern Ireland Affairs: Sub Committee3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subjects: (i) Waste Management Strategy in Northern Ireland (ii) Northern Ireland Departments' Resource Accounts 2002-03.
Witnesses: (i) Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) (ii) Department of Finance and Personnel and Department for Social Development officials.
16Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 6 (public)
Subject: Improving patient care by reducing the risk of hospital acquired infection: A progress report.
Witnesses: Sir Nigel Crisp KCB, Permanent Secretary/NHS Chief Executive, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson KCB, Chief Medical Officer, and Professor Brian Duerden, Inspector of Microbiology, Department of Health.
17Selection4.45 p.m.Room 17 (private)


18Draft Charities Bill9.00 a.m.Room 5 (private)
19Draft Charities Bill2.45 p.m.Room 5 (private)
20Human Rights4.15 p.m.Room 18 (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:      Publication of Draft New Planning Policy on Biodiversity and Geological Conservation and Accompanying Draft Circular.
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      The Standards Board for England Annual Report and Accounts 2003-04.
3    Secretary of State for Health:      Publication of Mental Health Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny.
4    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Information on countries of origin of asylum seekers.
5    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Consultation on review of charges for immigration applications.
6    Secretary of State for Defence:      Defence Procurement Agency key targets 2004-05.
7    Secretary of State for Defence:      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency key targets 2004-05.
8    Secretary of State for Defence:      Deployment of RAF Harrier GR7s to Afghanistan.
9    Secretary of State for Defence:      Naval Recruiting and Training Agency—partnering arrangements.
10    Secretary of State for Defence:      Training Group Defence Agency Key Targets 2004-05.
11    Solicitor General:      Iraq:      Prosecution of Trooper Williams.

Written Question tabled on Tuesday 7th September for answer today‡

1 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make a statement on the Hunting Bill.
( 188252 )


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