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Order of Business 14 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 Health
*1 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    What the Government's policy is on the optimum size of mental health care hospitals.
( 188501 )
*2 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What assessment he has made of the contribution children's hospices make to palliative care.
( 188502 )
*3 Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    If he will make a statement on the availability of care home places for the (a) elderly and (b) physically disabled.
( 188503 )
*4 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    If he will give the most recent rate of hospital-acquired infection for (a) the NHS and (b) private sector healthcare providers.
( 188504 )
*5 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):    What change there has been in the provision of general practitioners since 1997.
( 188505 )
*6 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    If he will make a statement on progress in the North West in providing NHS dental services.
( 188506 )
*7 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement on the financial situation of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
( 188507 )
*8 Bob Russell (Colchester):    How many acute hospital trusts have three stars; and how many trusts have lost this status since it was introduced.
( 188508 )
*9 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    What progress has been made in implementing Winning Ways, his Department's policy on hospital infections.
( 188509 )
*10 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    What recent representations he has received about out of hours cover for general practitioners; and if he will make a statement.
( 188510 )
*11 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the launch of the new five-in-one vaccine.
( 188511 )
*12 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What plans he has to establish new dental schools.
( 188512 )
*13 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    What the debt of (a) the Royal United Hospital, Bath and (b) Kennet and North Wiltshire Primary Care Trust is.
( 188513 )
*14 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What assessment he has made of out of hours provision by doctors in North Yorkshire since 1st April.
( 188514 )
*15 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What recent representations he has received on the Government's efforts to tackle obesity.
( 188515 )
*16 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    Whether he plans to set a target for reducing MRSA infections.
( 188516 )
*17 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What assessment he has made of arrangements put in place by primary care trusts for out of hours services.
( 188517 )
*18 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    If he will make a statement on the Government's public health priorities in relation to passive smoking.
( 188518 )
*19 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What action he is taking to reduce waiting and delivery times for diagnostic equipment.
( 188519 )
*20 Sue Doughty (Guildford):    If he will make a statement on the implementation of his Department's alcohol strategy.
( 188520 )
*21 Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough):    If he will make a statement on the guidance he issues to primary care trusts on the funding of children's hospices.
( 188521 )
*22 Andrew George (St Ives):    What recent assessment he has made of the demand on accident and emergency services.
( 188522 )
*23 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    What percentage of staff in the National Health Service is engaged in administration; and what the percentage was 10 years ago.
( 188523 )
*24 Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon):    What advice he has issued to the NHS about public consultations under sections 7 and 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 in respect of election periods.
( 188524 )
*25 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    If he will make a statement on the role of pharmacists in preventive health programmes.
( 188525 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Ms Meg Munn
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the order of names on ballot papers used in elections where more than one candidate is to be elected; 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 (17th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Phil Willis
      Mr David Rendel
      Dr John Pugh
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        That this House notes with regret the emerging consequences of the passage of the Higher Education Act 2004; believes that fees and expanding student debt create significant disincentives for those considering university entry, particularly from less well-off backgrounds; congratulates the efforts of those in the House of Lords who achieved significant concessions during the passage of the Higher Education Bill, particularly for part-time students; regrets that Her Majesty's Official Opposition has completely ignored the needs of part-time students in its new policy; notes that Conservative proposals ask students to pay for the abolition of tuition fees through higher interest payments on their loans, leaving them no better off; further notes the conclusion of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and others that Conservative proposals penalise the poor in order to subsidise the rich; notes the recent Times Higher Education Supplement/Opinion Panel Research opinion poll of students which finds that 47 per cent. support the Liberal Democrats, 20 per cent. support Labour and 23 per cent. are backing the Conservatives; and therefore calls for the immediate abolition of all tuition fees, the re-introduction of maintenance grants of up to £2,000 for students from low-income homes, and the development of a higher education system which brings together universities, further education and e-learning, opens up routes to vocational and technical as well as academic qualifications, and makes it easier for those who wish to study part-time.

        As an Amendment to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Fair access to higher education);

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Peter Hain
      Dr Kim Howells
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the passage of the Higher Education Act 2004; approves the further steps the Government is taking to widen participation, including the establishment of the Office for Fair Access, and enhanced bursaries; welcomes the improvement in support for part-time students being introduced by the Government, including the first ever grant package available from this autumn; rejects the Liberal Democrat policy of abolition of tuition fees, depriving universities of a dedicated income stream; congratulates the Government on maintaining fair and affordable loan repayment terms and rejects the policies proposed by the Official Opposition which would require those graduates who can least afford it to pay the most for their higher education; recognises the need to maintain UK universities at the forefront of world research and to equip the UK workforce with the high-level skills needed to compete in the global marketplace; congratulates the Government on record levels of investment in higher education, to almost £10 billion by 2005-06, with a 9 per cent. increase in research funding to 2007-08, additional income from variable fees, and further increases in Government funding to be announced shortly; looks forward to the introduction of a £2,700 maintenance grant for new students from 2006 alongside the improved student support package available from fee deferral, increased maintenance loans and loan write-offs for new students after 25 years; and welcomes the impact these policies will have on encouraging students from less well-off backgrounds to consider entering higher education.'.



      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Steve Webb
      Sandra Gidley
      Paul Holmes
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        That this House notes that women have historically always been the poorest pensioners and believes that they will continue to be so unless urgent action is taken; further notes that the average basic state pension entitlement of a newly retired woman is barely £50 per week; recognises that women's state pension rights are frequently damaged by periods of caring for children or people with disabilities and by periods of low paid employment; further notes that the improved rights for carers under the state second pension do not apply to women with children over the age of five, do not apply to carers not in receipt of carers benefits, will take decades to be fully implemented, and will still produce a pension that leaves most recipients needing a means-tested supplement during their retirement; condemns the policy of the Government to force pensioners to surrender their pension books, a policy which affects women in particular; expresses concern that age discrimination within the NHS means that many older women are not invited for routine breast cancer screening; expresses further concern that the Government has failed to abolish mixed-sex wards in all hospital trusts, a practice which many older patients find particularly distressing; and calls on the Government to introduce a decent state pension, based on a citizenship requirement, provide real choices for older people, take steps to tackle age discrimination, and put an end to mixed-sex wards.

        As an Amendment to Mr Charles Kennedy's proposed Motion (Impact of Government policy on older women):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Mr Secretary Reid
      Mr Secretary Johnson
 Malcolm Wicks   Mr Chris Pond   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Pensions Green Paper as the first ever statement of government policy to explicitly consider the needs of women; further welcomes the commitment by the Government to report next year on the pensions position of women; supports steps to improve the incomes of women pensioners and enable more women than ever to build up pensions; welcomes in particular the introduction of Pension Credit, benefiting over two million women, and the state second pension, helping millions of the lowest paid women and women with caring responsibilities to build up a second pension; believes that both main Opposition parties' policies are unaffordable, unworkable and do nothing for the very poorest; notes that the Liberal Democrat policies will be financed by scrapping DTI programmes, which boost the wealth of the nation through investment in research and innovation; supports the conclusion of the Pensions Policy Institute that `the average woman will lose' under proposed Conservative policy; notes that 99 per cent. of NHS trusts provide single-sex sleeping accommodation for planned admissions; and, as there are 10,000 wards in use across the NHS, congratulates the Government on this achievement; applauds the extension of breast screening to women aged 65 to 70, resulting in an additional 200,000 women being invited since April 2001; commends the Government's historic commitment to tackling pensioner poverty, which is continuing to do most for the poorest women pensioners; and welcomes the £10 billion extra that the Government is spending on pensioners this year compared with the 1997 system.'.

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

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Johnson
        That the draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 5th July, be approved.

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

+  4  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) (No. 2) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 8th July, be approved.

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

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the draft Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 7th September, be approved.

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

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
        That the draft Student Fees (Approved Plans) (England) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 7th September, be approved.

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

+  7  


[No debate]

      Mr David Jamieson
        That this House takes note of European Union document No. 15820/03, draft Directive on driving licences (Recasting); and endorses the Government's objective to combat driving licence fraud and improve road safety without imposing undue burdens on industry, private individuals or law enforcers.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Applications from Gurkhas for leave to enter and remain in the UK (Miss Ann Widdecombe).

        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 A8.55 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
To consider the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill [Lords].
2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Amendment) and Police Reform Act 2002 (Modification) Order 2004.


3Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.
9.15 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Draft Regional Assemblies Bill.
Witnesses: Richard Allan, Director of Regional Policy, Ian Scotter and Rob Smith, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Jonathan Blackie, Regional Director, Government Office for the North East; North East Regional Assembly, North West Regional Assembly, South East of England Regional Assembly, and the English Regions Network (at approximately 9.55 a.m.); ONE North East, Learning and Skills Council, and the Chamber of Commerce (North East) (at approximately 10.35 a.m.); Passenger Transport Executive Group, and the Commission for Integrated Transport (at approximately 11.15 a.m.).
4Constitutional Affairs9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.
Witnesses: Sarah Tyacke CB, Chief Executive, and Mrs W Jones, Director, Strategy, Finance and Resources, The National Archives.
5Education and Skills9.15 a.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
6Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Regional Productivity.
Witnesses: Mr Richard Lambert, Professor Patrick Dowling, Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey, and Mr Peter Reid, CEO, London Technology Network.
7Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 20 (private)
8Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 21 (private)
9Trade and Industry9.30 a.m.Conference Room A, 1 Parliament St. (private)
10International Development9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subjects: The humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Witnesses: CAFOD, MSF, and Oxfam.
11Culture, Media and Sport10.15 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: BBC Charter Renewal.
Witnesses: Mr John McVay, Chief Executive, and Mr Andrew Zein, Chairman, PACT, Mr Alan Clements, Chairman, IWC Media, and Mr John Woodward, Chief Executive, UK Film Council; Mr John Hambley, Chairman, Artsworld, Mr Geoff Metzger, Managing Director, and Mr Richard Melman, Channel Director, the History Channel (at approximately 11.15 a.m.).
12Northern Ireland Affairs10.15 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
Europa Hotel, Belfast (private)
Subjects: Hate Crime in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: Archbishop Sean Brady, Most Rev Lord Eames, Rev Dr Brian Fletcher, and Rev Dr Ken Newell; Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball Trust, Glen Cree Centre for Reconciliation, Dr Paul Connolly, Queens University Belfast, and Barney McNeany, Acting Northern Ireland Commissioner (at approximately 11.15 a.m.); Experiences of young children (at approximately 12 noon).
13Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 20 (private)
14Home Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Police Reform.
Witnesses: Association of Police Authorities and Metropolitan Police Service.
15Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
16Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after JCSIRoom 7 (private)


17Statutory 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:      Response to Fair Admissions to Higher Education: Recommendations for Good Practice, a report from Professor Steven Schwartz, Vice Chancellor, Brunel University.
2     Deputy Prime Minister:      Housing and Planning in the Regions—Consultation.
3     Deputy Prime Minister:      Improving the performance of poor planning authorities.
4     Deputy Prime Minister:      Elected regional assemblies: Publication of Consultation Paper on the Electoral Commission on drawing up constituencies for a North East Regional Assembly.
5     Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Hong Kong: Legislative Council elections.
6     Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Offers in the 22nd Offshore and 12th Onshore (Oil and Gas) Licensing Rounds.
7     Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      The Regulator of Community Interest Companies and sectoral regulators.
8     Secretary of State for International Development:      Hurricane Ivan.


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