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Order of Business 18 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
*1 Andrew Bennett (Denton & Reddish):    What progress is being made with the review of burial law.
( 191190 )
*2 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    How many drive-by shootings have been recorded in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
( 191191 )
*3 Mr David Drew (Stroud):    What action is being taken to tackle the misuse of fireworks.
( 191192 )
*4 Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    What action he is taking in response to the latest incidents of gun crime in Nottingham.
( 191193 )
*5 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What provision is made for the supervision of mentally ill individuals on probation on release from prison.
( 191194 )
*6 Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    What steps he has taken to define objective measures of performance of policing to provide a standard base of funding for police forces in England.
( 191195 )
*7 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What forecasts he has made for the prison population over the next 10 years.
( 191196 )
*8 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    What recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the change in the numbers of women in prison over the past 10 years.
( 191197 )
*9 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    What restrictions there are on the firing of rifles in the open countryside.
( 191198 )
*10 Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):    What recent representations he has received about police numbers; and if he will make a statement.
( 191199 )
*11 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on animal rights terrorism.
( 191200 )
*12 Ms Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley):    What plans he has to introduce an offence of (a) causing harm to and (b) exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
( 191201 )
*13 Mr Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    What assessment he has made of the impact recent changes in legislation have had on asylum applications.
( 191202 )
*14 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    What steps he is taking to improve the circulation and dissemination of crime statistics.
( 191203 )
*15 Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries):    What action is being taken by his Department to tackle (a) fly-posting and (b) graffiti.
( 191204 )
*16 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    What criteria are used to determine which crimes are included in the British Crime Survey; and who determines the criteria.
( 191206 )
*17 Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    What measures he is taking to stop bogus colleges assisting illegal immigration.
( 191208 )
*18 Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr):    What plans he has to ensure that known sex offenders living in the community do not represent a threat to the public.
( 191209 )
*19 Mrs Helen Clark (Peterborough):    If he will make a statement on recent Government action to provide services for asylum seekers in Peterborough.
( 191210 )
*20 Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    How many police community support officers he expects will be deployed in West Yorkshire by the end of this financial year; and if he will make a statement.
( 191211 )
*21 James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    How many community support officers will be recruited in the next three years.
( 191212 )
*22 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    If he will make a statement on the (a) accreditation of police training modules and (b) accreditation agencies.
( 191213 )
*23 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What level of participation there has been in this year's Taking a Stand awards.
( 191214 )

At 3.30 p.m.Urgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

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[No debate]

      Secretary Tessa Jowell
        Bill to make provision about gambling.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

[R] Registered relevant interest declared.

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY [19th allotted day]

[Until 10.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      David Davis
      Mr Dominic Grieve
      Patrick Mercer
      Mr Andrew Mitchell
      David Maclean
        That this House notes the rising tide of firearms offences that has led to one gun crime being committed every hour; is appalled by the recent spate of gun-related incidents across the country; believes that after seven years the Government has failed to deal with the scourge of guns in towns and cities; further notes the link between gun crime and drugs; deplores the rise in violent crime; resolves that 40,000 more police are needed on the streets to reverse this trend; and believes that local communities should be given greater freedom to direct the efforts of their police force if streets are to be made safer.


As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Crime):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Secretary Blunkett
      Hazel Blears
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the record falls in crime achieved by this Government since 1997, recognising that the chances of becoming a victim of crime are now at their lowest level since records began and that gun crime fatalities are falling; recognises that these achievements are the result of record numbers of police officers on the streets, reinforced for the first time by Community Support Officers; welcomes the Government's achievements in reducing anti-social behaviour which has blighted the lives of too many of the most vulnerable people; and supports the Government's continuing programme of action to tackle crime, including the recruitment of 25,000 Community Support Officers and wardens, the provision of extra prison capacity and tougher penalties for those who break the law.'.



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Richard Ottaway
      Miss Anne McIntosh [R]
      Mr Stephen O'Brien
      David Maclean
        That this House recognises that climate change is a major challenge for the twenty-first century; regrets the Government's failure to maintain the progress of its predecessor in cutting carbon dioxide emissions; and urges the Government to promote a robust and effective international emissions trading system, introduce policies which ensure that Britain's emissions reduction targets are met through adoption of greener transport policies and the development of a wider mix of renewable energy sources including, hydro, off-shore wind, wave, tidal, solar, and bio-fuels and bio-mass, remove the barriers to combined heat and power, encourage microgeneration, promote energy efficiency through fiscal incentives, encourage progress towards the hydrogen economy, and thereby regain the international leadership which Britain once exercised on this issue.


As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Climate Change):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Secretary Margaret Beckett
      Mr Secretary Darling
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
 Mr Secretary Benn   Mr Peter Hain   Mr Elliot Morley
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the UK's global leadership on climate change; commends the UK's leadership on the international stage which is acknowledged and respected across the world; applauds the Prime Minister's decision to make climate change a top priority during the G8 and EU presidencies in 2005 and recognises that this has been warmly welcomed at home and abroad; further commends the wide range of measures put in place domestically to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, including introducing the climate change levy, taking action to meet the goal of renewable energy by 2010 and doubling rates of energy efficiency: further welcomes Government initiatives to encourage development of new energy sources from biomass, energy crops, wave and tidal energy and wind power; acknowledges that the UK is on track to exceed its Kyoto target and that by 2003 had cut greenhouse gases to 14 per cent. below 1990 levels; congratulates the Government on the UK being the first nation to introduce an Emissions Trading Scheme and on its leadership in developing the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme, the largest of its kind in the world; and endorses the Government's commitment to considering further action following the climate change review to meet the domestic target of 20 per cent. reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Norman Baker
      Sue Doughty
      Sir Robert Smith
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      1,      leave out from `challege' to end and add `and agrees with the Government's chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, that it is the most severe problem we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism; believes that the key global challenge is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that enables ecosystems to adapt and survive, while permitting sustainable food production and sustainable economic activity to continue; notes with concern that, since 1997, UK carbon dioxide emissions have increased by over 2 per cent., aviation and road traffic emissions have increased by 23 per cent. and 8 per cent. respectively, the latter of which would be considerably worsened by Tory massive roadbuilding proposals; notes also that since 1997 energy use is up 7 per cent. and power station emissions have risen 9 per cent.; further notes the complete failure of successive governments to invest in renewable technology, with just 2 per cent. of electricity so generated in 1997 and just 3 per cent. today; further notes how the reduction in emissions of the 1990s was as a consequence of a rapid licensing of combined cycle gas power stations rather than a coherent climate policy; acknowledges that investment in environmental protection and innovation is of benefit to the whole economy and creates jobs; calls on the Government to make better use of economic instruments to encourage good environmental behaviour; and, whilst welcoming the Prime Minster's commitment to tackling matters internationally, believes that he will have little success until he puts his own house in order.

        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 10.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the Order of 12th October 2004 (Civil Partnership Bill [Lords] (Programme)) be varied by the substitution in paragraph 2 (time for conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee) for the words `21st October 2004' of the words `26th October 2004'.

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

+  4  


[No debate]

      Mr David Lammy
        That the draft Legal Services Ombudsman (Extension of Remit) Regulations 2004, which were laid before this House on 15th July, be approved.

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

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the draft Roads (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 7th September, be approved.

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

+  6  


[No debate]

      Jacqui Smith
        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 8875/04, Commission Communication entitled Fostering Structural Change: an Industrial Policy for an Enlarged Europe; and supports the actions proposed by the Commission to facilitate the process of structural change, namely better lawmaking, better exploitation of synergies between different Community policies impacting on competitiveness and analysis of the specific needs of various sectors; but believes that such analysis should concentrate on sectors with potential for growth.

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

+  7  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1861), dated 19th July 2004, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.



[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Ruth Kelly be dischaged from the Committee of Public Accounts and Mr Stephen Timms be added.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Planning procedures and mobile phone masts (Mr Paul Truswell).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).



1Standing Committee A6.00 p.m.Room 7 (private)
(Programming Sub-Committee) (Mental Capacity Bill).
2Standing Committee D6.00 p.m.Room 13 (private)
(Programming Sub-Committee) (Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]).


3Education and Skills3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Education Outside the Classroom.
Witnesses: Outward Bound Trust UK, Real World Learning Campaign, RSPB, Royal Geographical Society and Field Studies Council.

[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 Health:      The 12th annual report of the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit.
2    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland Annual Report 2003-04.


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