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Order of Business 12 October 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    What representations he has made to the government of Bangladesh about its domestic security.
( 190314 )
*2 Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):    What representations the Government has made to the US Administration to encourage it to engage with international efforts to combat global warming.
( 190315 )
*3 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    If he will meet foreign secretaries of the G8 to discuss the case for bringing the (a) International Monetary Fund and (b) World Bank under parliamentary scrutiny.
( 190316 )
*4 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What recent representations he has made to the Turkish government on the equal rights of Turkish citizens from ethnic minorities.
( 190317 )
*5 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    What recent discussions he has had with the government of Uganda on the security situation in that country.
( 190318 )
*6 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What advice is given to the people of Diego Garcia currently living in Mauritius and the Seychelles who choose to take up their British passports and live in the UK.
( 190319 )
*7 Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):    What plans his Department has to increase its engagement with Maghreb countries during the UK's EU presidency in 2005.
( 190320 )
*8 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Iraq.
( 190322 )
*9 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley):    What discussions he has had with the government of Australia on combating terrorism in South East Asia.
( 190323 )
*10 Martin Linton (Battersea):    What representations he has made to the Israeli Prime Minister on his proposal to expand the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim on the West Bank.
( 190324 )
*11 Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    What representations the Government is making to the United States Administration to encourage its engagement with international efforts to combat global warming.
( 190325 )
*12 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    What recent assessment he has made of steps taken by the Sudanese government to resolve the crisis in Darfur.
( 190327 )
*13 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Iraq.
( 190328 )
*14 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    What representations he has made to Nigeria with respect to the arrest of Charles Taylor.
( 190329 )
*15 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    Whether the Lisbon Agenda will be one of the priorities of the British presidency of the EU.
( 190330 )
*16 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What assessment he has made of the impact on relations between the UK and North Korea of establishing diplomatic missions in the capitals of each country.
( 190331 )
*17 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What plans he has to consult Chagos Islanders on compensation for loss of livelihood.
( 190332 )
*18 Mr Michael Connarty (Falkirk East):    What arrangements he has made to (a) monitor and (b) assess the presidential elections in Afghanistan.
( 190333 )
*19 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    What plans he has to visit St Helena to discuss its economy.
( 190334 )
*20 The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    What his assessment is of the situation in Darfur.
( 190335 )
*21 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What estimate he has made of the number of Palestinians who have been separated from (a) their farmland and (b) their place of work by the Israel Wall impingeing into Palestinian territory.
( 190336 )
*22 Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):    What recent discussions he has had with the government of (a) India and (b) Pakistan on Kashmir.
( 190337 )
*23 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    What recent discussions he has had with North Korea on nuclear policy.
( 190338 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Frank Field
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish Civil Welcoming Ceremonies, Responsibility to Children Agreements and Coming of Age Ceremonies; to make provision as to their conduct; 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

+  2  


[Until 7.00 p.m.]

The Fifteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Session 2003-04, on the Civil Partnership Bill, HC 885, is relevant.
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]:


        1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

        2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 21st October 2004.

        3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

        4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

        5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

Programming Committee

        6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Programming of proceedings

        7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003).

+  4  

CIVIL PARTNERSHIP BILL [LORDS] [MONEY]:      Queen's Recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      Mr Stephen Timms
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Civil Partnership Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise—

    (1)   the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (a)   any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of the Act by a person holding office under Her Majesty or by a government department, and

      (b)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided, and

    (2)   the payment out of the Consolidated Fund of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of that Fund.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr David Lammy
        That the programme Order of 11th October 2004 in relation to the Mental Capacity Bill be amended by the substitution in paragraph 2 (time for conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee) for the words `28th October' of the words `4th November'.

To be decided without debate (Orders of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003).

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr David Lammy
        That the draft Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (Maximum Penalty) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 8th July, be approved.

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

+  7  


[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Stephen Timms
        That, for the purposes of their approval under section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, the Government's assessment as set out in the Budget 2004 shall be treated as if it were an instrument subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation).

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Ectopic pregnancy (Jane Griffiths).

        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 B9.25 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
To consider the Children Bill [Lords].


2Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.
9.15 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: ODPM Annual Report and Accounts 2004.
Witnesses: Dame Mavis McDonald DCB, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and officials.
3Trade and Industry9.00 a.m.Room P, Portcullis House (private)
4Constitutional Affairs9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.
Witnesses: Maurice Frankel, Director, Campaign for Freedom of Information; Christine Miles, Chief Executive, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham, Stephen Morris, Programmes and Performance Directorate, Department of Health and Dr John Grenville, General Practitioners Committee, British Medical Association (at approximately 10.00 a.m.); Deputy Chief Constable Ian Readhead, The Association of Chief Police Officers and Chief Inspector Paul Brooks, FOI Project Manager, Hampshire Constabulary (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
5Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The EU single market and financial services.
Witnesses: Which?, The Financial Services Consumer Panel; The Association of British Insurers, The Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers, The British Bankers Association and The Investment Management Association (at approximately 10.15 a.m.).
6Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
7Standards and Privileges9.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
8Health10.15 a.m.Room 21 (private)
9Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-committee on the draft Animal Welfare Bill10.20 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The draft Animal Welfare Bill.
Witnesses: Association of Chief Police Officers, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, LACORS and Paula Williamson, solicitor from Worcestershire County Council.
10Culture, Media and Sport12.00 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
11Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 19 (private)
12Home Affairs2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Police Reform.
Witnesses: Sir Keith Povey QPM, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, and Mr Paul Evans, Director, Police Standards Unit, Home Office.
13International Development2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Policy Coherence for Development and the Commission for Africa.
Witnesses: Mr Myles Wickstead, Head of Secretariat, Commission for Africa; Mr Robert Picciotto, Kings College, London (at approximately 3.15 p.m.).
14Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Western Balkans.
Witnesses: Gabriel Partos, BBC World Service and Dr Jonathan Eyal, Royal United Services Institute; Professor James Pettifer, UK Defence Academy and Dr David Chandler, University of Westminster (at approximately 4.00 p.m.).
15Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-committee on the draft Animal Welfare Bill3.25 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The draft Animal Welfare Bill.
Witnesses: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and British Veterinary Association; Mr Mike Radford, Reader of Law, University of Aberdeen (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
16Statutory InstrumentsAs soon as convenient after 4.15 p.m.Room 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 Defence:      Missile Defence—Agreement on Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.
2    Secretary of State for Defence:      Warship Support Agency for Financial Year 2004-05.
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      Support vehicle.
4    Deputy Prime Minister:      Bellwin Scheme for North Cornwall District Council.
5    Deputy Prime Minister:      Council Tax revaluation.
6    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      The Government's Response to the Review of Existing Private Sewers in England and Wales Consultation Paper.
7    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Middle East Peace Process: Settlements.
8    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Iraq.
9    Secretary of State for Health:      Mental Health Act Commission accounts 2003-04.
10    Secretary of State for International Development:      United Kingdom's response to Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne.
11    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Office of the Oversight Commissioner Report—11 September 2004.
12    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Fisheries Conservancy Board for Northern Ireland—Annual Report 2003.
13    Prime Minister:      Appointment of Surveillance Commissioner.
14    Prime Minister:      Replacement to OSCE delegation.
15    Solicitor General:      Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue prosecutions.
16    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Pensions: Challenges and Choices—The First Report of the Pensions Commission.


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