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Order of Business 25 October 2004

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Notes:
* 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
Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
*1 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the future of defence equipment orders from UK companies.
( 193204 )
*2 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the CVF programme to design and build two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.
( 193205 )
*3 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    How many personnel are serving in Iraq.
( 193206 )
*4 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What work he is undertaking to strengthen the support services and logistics for frontline armed forces.
( 193207 )
*5 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    What steps his Department is taking to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict; and if he will make a statement.
( 193208 )
*6 Patrick Mercer (Newark):    If he will make a statement on manning levels in the Army.
( 193209 )
*7 David Burnside (South Antrim):    Whether, in the event of security normalisation in Northern Ireland, the three Home Battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment will be in addition to garrison strength in the Province.
( 193210 )
*8 Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    What progress has been made on the study to relocate HQ Land from Wilton.
( 193211 )
*9 Mr Michael Weir (Angus):    When he will make a statement on the future of (a) RM Condor and (b) other bases in Scotland.
( 193212 )
*10 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    If he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.
( 193213 )
*11 Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye):    If he will make a statement on procedures for training of Army recruits.
( 193214 )
*12 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    What sporting and fitness facilities are available to 45 Commando Royal Marines at Arbroath.
( 193215 )
*13 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    How many (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF personnel are stationed outside the UK; and what percentage this is of the total strength in each case.
( 193216 )
*14 Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw):    If he will re-introduce a free parcel delivery service to the Armed Forces serving in Iraq in time for Christmas.
( 193217 )
*15 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What NATO's role is in Iraq.
( 193218 )
*16 Eric Joyce (Falkirk West):    What progress is being made in transferring command in Bosnia from NATO to EUFOR.
( 193219 )
*17 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will make a statement on NATO's role in Iraq.
( 193220 )
*18 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make a statement on the role of British forces during the recent elections in Afghanistan.
( 193221 )
*19 Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the CVF programme to design and build two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.
( 193222 )
*20 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    What assistance the Department is providing to counter narcotics efforts in Afghanistan.
( 193223 )
*21 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    If he will make a statement on the role of the armed forces in combating international terrorism.
( 193224 )
*22 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    How many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries have been suffered by service personnel in Iraq since the start of hostilities.
( 193225 )
*23 Norman Baker (Lewes):    When he last refused a request from the United States Administration; and what the circumstances were.
( 193226 )
*24 Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    What further facilities will be made available to British forces, deployed on operations, to keep in touch with their families.
( 193227 )
*25 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    What plans he has to increase the size of the Territorial Army.
( 193228 )

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

Main Business

  1  

OPPOSITION DAY [20th allotted day]

[Until 10.00 p.m.]

  

UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS POLICY

      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Tim Collins
      Chris Grayling
      Charles Hendry
      Mr Mark Hoban
      Angela Watkinson
David Maclean
        That this House believes that universities should be solely and wholly in charge of their own admissions policies, without regard to any externally imposed quotas, targets or benchmarks; affirms that access to higher education should be determined on the basis of academic merit, not social, economic or geographical background; welcomes and supports the efforts of universities to seek out, find and encourage talent in all parts of society, endeavours which long pre-date Government intervention and which are threatened, not encouraged, by it; recognises that attempts to force universities to use politically-determined criteria threaten academic excellence and independence alike; notes that the Government's policies on these issues have sparked deep-seated anger and resentment among universities, whose leaders have in consequence warned Ministers not to interfere with university admissions policy and even openly contemplated self-privatisation as a means of escape; regrets the appointment of a University Access Regulator who has declared himself to be of the view that the principal issue facing higher education is class; and urges the immediate abolition of the Office of Fair Access and the removal of state interference from issues which lie at the heart of university independence, freedom and standards.

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (University admissions policy):
      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Phil Willis
      Mr David Rendel
      Dr John Pugh
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `believes that universities should be in charge of their own admissions, that these should be based on academic potential, that a fair system of access to higher education depends on high quality local schools which guarantee quality for all not choice for a few and that Conservative proposals would damage this objective; welcomes and supports the efforts of universities to seek out, find and encourage talent in all parts of society, endeavours which long pre-date Government intervention and which are threatened, not encouraged, by it; recognises that attempts to force universities to use politically determined criteria threaten academic excellence and independence alike; notes that the Government's policies on these issues have sparked deep-seated anger and resentment among universities, whose leaders have in consequence warned Ministers not to interfere with university admissions policy and even openly contemplated self-privatisation as a means of escape; regrets the appointment of a University Access Regulator, who has declared himself to be of the view that the principal issue facing higher education is class; and urges the immediate abolition of the Office of Fair Access.'.

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Peter Hain
      Dr Kim Howells
Mr Ivan Lewis
        Line      2,      leave out from `policies,' to end and add `a point which was repeatedly made clear during the passage of the Higher Education Act 2004 and is now enshrined in that legislation; notes that the Opposition opposed the passage of that Act; welcomes the annual publication of the higher education performance indicators which enable institutions to reflect on their own position; abhors the recent misinterpretation of those indicators as targets or quotas linked to funding; agrees that admissions to higher education should always be based on merit; further welcomes the recent report from Professor Schwartz on fair admissions to higher education; agrees that it is for institutions themselves to decide how to implement the Schwartz principles; supports the Government's policies to widen participation in higher education and open access for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the potential to benefit; congratulates the Government and the higher education sector on the steps they are taking to achieve this goal; notes that the most powerful driver of increased participation is to raise standards in schools; commends the new student support arrangements which will make higher education free at the point of use and fair at the point of repayment; further commends the establishment of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) which will result in more financial support for students and more outreach work to boost applications from under-represented groups; and further notes that universities' admissions policies will be outside OFFA's remit.'.

  

WIND FARMS

      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Tim Yeo
      Mr James Gray
      Miss Anne McIntosh
      Mr Stephen O'Brien
      David Maclean
        That this House recognises that climate change is a major challenge for the twenty-first century and that renewable energy can help to cut carbon dioxide emissions; regrets the fact that renewable energy supplies only 2.7 per cent. of Britain's energy needs; deplores the Government's policy of relying exclusively on onshore wind farms to meet its renewable energy targets; condemns changes to the planning system which may lead to the construction of wind farms in inappropriate places against the wishes of local communities; and urges the Government to develop a wider mix of renewable energy technologies including hydro, off-shore wind, wave, tidal, solar, and bio-fuels and bio mass, combined heat and power, microgeneration, and energy efficiency.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Wind farms):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Secretary Margaret Beckett
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Mr Mike O'Brien
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add ` recognises the passing of the Energy Act 2004 and the positive actions taken by the Government to increase the amount of energy supplied from renewable sources; welcomes the global leadership shown by the Government on climate change and commends actions taken to meet the UK's Kyoto targets; condemns the Official Opposition for opposing the development of renewables while claiming to support them in principle; notes the abject failure of the Official Opposition to provide coherent policy proposals to meet the climate change challenge and its continued opposition to the Climate Change Levy; praises the Government for providing significant resources and support to the development of wind energy, including £117 million for the development of offshore wind energy; further notes that a growing proportion of wind farm developments will occur offshore; supports steps taken by the Government to promote energy efficiency and notes with approval that the planning regime allows for wind farm proposals to be thoroughly considered in terms of their impacts on local communities and environments and their contributions to national energy needs and policies; commends the Government's commitment to diversifying the sources of the UK's energy supply and the related investment in a wide range of renewable technologies including energy crops, £60 million investment for biomass, £31 million towards photovoltaics and £50 million for wave and tidal; and further condemns the Official Opposition's energy policy that would drastically reduce the UK's investment in renewable technologies.

        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.

+  2  

LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ENGLAND AND WALES

[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Prescott
        That the draft Local Authorities (Indemnities for Members and Officers) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 21st July, be approved.

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

+  3  

VALUE ADDED TAX

[No debate]

      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        That the Value Added Tax (Disclosure of Avoidance Schemes) (Designations) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1933), dated 22nd July 2004, a copy of which was laid before this House on 22nd July, be approved.

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

+  4  

VALUE ADDED TAX

[No debate]

      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
        That the Value Added Tax (Groups: eligibility) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1931), dated 22nd July 2004, a copy of which was laid before this House on 22nd July, be approved.

The Select Committee on Statutory Instruments has drawn the special attention of the House to the Instrument in its Second Report, HC 949-ii.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  5  

NORTHERN IRELAND

[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the draft Financial Assistance for Young Farmers (Northern Ireland) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 15th September, be approved.

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

+  6  

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Reid
        That the draft Primary Medical Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 14th September, be approved.

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

+  7  

DAMAGES

[No debate]

      Mr David Lammy
        That the draft Damages (Variation of Periodical Payments) Order 2004, which was laid before this House on 16th September, be approved.

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

+  8  

INTEGRATION OF FINANCIAL MARKETS

[No debate]

      Mr Stephen Timms
        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 4156/04 and Addendum 1, Financial Services Committee Report on Financial Integration; and supports the United Kingdom's five priorities for the future approach to financial services in the European Union.

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

+  9  

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, at the sitting on Tuesday 26th October, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to Programming of Bills, Procedures for Debates, etc., Carry-over of Bills, Deferred Divisions, Short Speeches and Removal of References to Strangers not later than Six o'clock; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; the Questions may be put after the moment of interruption and the Orders of the House of 28th June 2001 and 6th November 2003 relating to Deferred Divisions shall not apply.

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

At the end of the sitting:

  10  

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Devon NHS Partnership Trust (Mrs Angela Browning).

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


COMMITTEES

SELECT COMMITTEES

1Northern Ireland Affairs9.30 a.m.


9.45 a.m.
Reception Room, Belfast City Hall, Belfast (private)
(public)
Subject: `Hate Crime' in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: CoSO, Rainbow Project, Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association, Queer Space, Lesbian Line, Gay and Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland; Chinese Welfare Association, Northern Ireland Filipino Association, Traveller Movement Northern Ireland, Anti-racism Network, Indian Community Centre, Belfast Jewish Community (at approximately 10.45 a.m.); Victims of `hate crime' case studies (at approximately 11.45 a.m.).
2Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Ministry of Defence: Battlefield Helicopters.
Witnesses: Sir Kevin Tebbit KCB CMG, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Sir Peter Spencer KCB, Chief of Defence Procurement, and Air Vice-Marshal Paul Luker OBE, Commander, Joint Helicopter Command, Ministry of Defence.

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]


Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Parliamentary Commissioner Order 2004.
2    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Pensions tax simplification—conducting business online.
3    Secretary of State for International Development:      Expansion of AU mission in Darfur.
4    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      New appointments to the regional development agencies.


 

 
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