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Order of Business 26 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 11.30 a.m.      Prayers
Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
*1 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    What discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department of Trade and Industry on ensuring that there is an integrated energy policy in Scotland.
( 192843 )
*2 Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston):    What discussions he has had with the Department of Work and Pensions about plans for the future of Jobcentre Plus in Lanarkshire.
( 192844 )
*3 Jim Sheridan (West Renfrewshire):    What assessment he has made of the future of the knowledge-based economy of Scotland.
( 192845 )
*4 Mr Frank Roy (Motherwell & Wishaw):    What plans he has to visit Jobcentres in Lanarkshire in the near future.
( 192846 )
*5 Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    When he last met the Secretary of State for Defence to discuss defence matters which relate to Scotland.
( 192847 )
*6 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    What discussions he has held with ministerial colleagues on the level of basic state pension received by women pensioners in Scotland.
( 192848 )
*7 Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    If he will make a statement on army recruitment to the Scottish regiments in Scotland.
( 192849 )
*8 Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    Whether he will be making recommendations on rural broadband in Scotland during the telecommunications review.
( 192850 )
*9 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    When he last discussed recruitment to the Scottish regiments with the Secretary of State for Defence.
( 192851 )
*10 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the Scottish economy.
( 192852 )
*11 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    What steps the Scotland Office has taken since 1st October to highlight the new obligations on service providers following the introduction of Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
( 192853 )
*12 Sir Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh & Berwickshire):    When he next plans to meet BT authorities in Scotland to discuss call boxes in rural areas.
( 192855 )
*13 Mr George Foulkes (Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley):    What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the future structure of the Army in Scotland.
( 192856 )
*14 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    What recent discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the Scottish infantry regiments.
( 192857 )

At 11.55 a.m.
Oral Questions to the Advocate General
*15 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What devolution issues she has considered since 7th September.
( 192858 )
*16 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    What human rights issues she has considered since 7th September.
( 192859 )
*17 Ann McKechin (Glasgow Maryhill):    What devolution issues she has considered since 7th September.
( 192860 )
*18 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    What devolution issues she has considered since 7th September.
( 192861 )
*19 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    How many representations she has received regarding prison conditions in Scotland.
( 192862 )

At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
*20 Mr Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central):    If the Secretary of State will bring forward proposals for a review commission to undertake scrutiny of judicial decisions.
( 193527 )
*21 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What recent assessment has been made of the constitutional implications of the use of the Parliament Act 1911.
( 193529 )
*22 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What steps the Department is taking to ensure that the maximum amount of information held by Government consistent with national security is available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
( 193530 )
*23 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    What recent discussions he has held with the Law Society about the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors.
( 193532 )
*24 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    If he will make a statement on the Secretary of State's plans for the magistracy.
( 193533 )
*25 Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Govan):    If the Secretary of State will bring forward proposals to include Network Rail within the statutory responsibilities of the Information Commissioner.
( 193534 )
*26 Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    What measures the Department is investigating to encourage witnesses and victims to come forward and give evidence in court.
( 193535 )
*27 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    If he will make a statement on the proposals for a Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
( 193536 )
*28 Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    If he will make a statement on the future composition of the House of Lords.
( 193537 )
*29 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    How much the Department spent on independent research into the operation of the legal aid system in the last year for which figures are available.
( 193538 )
*30 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    If he will make a statement on the availability of legal aid in domestic violence cases.
( 193539 )
*31 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What plans the Department has to make the judiciary more representative of the general public.
( 193540 )
*32 Mr Clive Soley (Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush):    Whether the Secretary of State's plans to extend the operation of Money Claim Online.
( 193541 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Leader of the House and the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission
*33 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): To ask the Leader of the House, what progress has been made in removing the barriers to the use of laptop computers in standing and other committees in the House.
( 193519 )
*34 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell): To ask the Leader of the House, when he intends to review the sitting hours of the House.
( 193520 )
*35 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Leader of the House, if he will carry out scrutiny of the number of offences (a) created and (b) repealed in the Government legislative programme in each session.
( 193521 )
*36 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many paintings and works of art are held in store by the House.
( 193522 )
*37 Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask the Leader of the House, what recent discussions he has had about the provision of information technology equipment and access for honourable Members.
( 193523 )
*38 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): To ask the Leader of the House, what proposals he has submitted to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons on sending a new voters guide to every 18 year old.
( 193524 )
*39 Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Leader of the House, what representations he has received regarding the September sitting of the House; and if he will make a statement.
( 193525 )
*40 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): To ask the Leader of the House, what proposals he has made to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons on providing childcare in the House of Commons.
( 193526 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute Rule Motion

  1  

PREPARED FOODS (PROVISION OF INFORMATION)

[Up to 20 minutes]

      Helen Southworth
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require manufacturers and retailers of prepared foods to provide information about the content and nutritional quality of the foods.

        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).


Main Business

+  2  

PROGRAMMING OF BILLS

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
    That the House takes note of the Fourth Report of the Procedure Committee, on Programming of Legislation, HC 325, and the Government's Response thereto (published as the Committee's Fifth Special Report of the current Session, HC 1169); and makes the following provision:

    That, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, the Orders of the House of 28th June 2001 relating to Programming of Bills be Standing Orders of the House, with the following Amendments:

    (1)   In Order A (Programme Motions), in paragraph (6), leave out `or where paragraph (8) of Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) applies,'.

    (2)   In Order A, in paragraph (10), leave out `In an excepted case' and insert `If any of the exceptions applies'.

    (3)   In Order B (Programming Committees), leave out paragraphs (8) to (10).

    (4)   In Order C (Programming Sub-Committees), in paragraph (1), after `and', insert `subject to paragraph (9A) of this order'.

    (5)   In Order C, after paragraph (9), insert—

                  `(9A)   A Minister of the Crown may make any motion in a standing committee which could have been the subject of a resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee; and for the purposes of this order the motion shall be treated as if it were in the terms of a resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee: provided that proceedings on such a motion shall lapse if any member of the committee signifies objection to it.'

    (6)   In Order D (Programme orders: conclusion of proceedings in Standing Committee or in Committee of the whole House), in paragraph (2), after `others)' insert `in the same order as they would fall to be put if this order did not apply'; and in sub-paragraph (c), leave out `division' and insert `decision'.

    (7)   In Order D, in paragraph (5), at end insert `, except that the question shall be put separately on any clause of or schedule to the bill which a Minister of the Crown has signified an intention to leave out'.

    (8)   In Order E (Programme orders: conclusion of proceedings on consideration or third reading), in paragraph (2), after `others)' insert `in the same order as they would fall to be put if this order did not apply'; and in sub-paragraph (c), leave out `division' and insert `decision'.

            As Amendments to Mr Peter Hain's proposed Motion (Programming of Bills):
      Sir Nicholas Winterton
      Sir Robert Smith
      Mr John Burnett
      Mr Tony McWalter
      David Hamilton
      Mr Desmond Swayne
(a)
    Line      4,      after `1169)', insert `approves the recommendation in paragraph 52 of the Report relating to a statement of clauses and schedules not debated in standing committee'.

      Sir Nicholas Winterton
      Sir Robert Smith
      Mr John Burnett
      Mr Tony McWalter
      David Hamilton
      Mr Desmond Swayne
(b)
    Line      7,      at end insert—

      `( )   In Order A (Programme Motions), leave out paragraph (1) and insert—

        "(1)   A motion, of which notice has been given, providing for any proceedings on a bill to be programmed may be made at or after the second sitting of the House after the bill has been read a second time and the question shall be put—
                    (a)   forthwith, if the motion stands in the name of members of three or more parties including a Minister of the Crown and a member of the party to which the Leader of the Opposition belongs; or
                    (b)   not later than one hour after the commencement of proceedings on the motion, in any other case.
        (1A)   Before putting the question under sub-paragraphs (a) or (b) above, the Speaker shall put the question on any amendment to the motion which has been selected by him which may then be moved.
        (1B)   Such a motion may also provide for committal of the bill (including the discharge of any order previously made in respect of the committal of the bill).".'.
      Sir Nicholas Winterton
      Sir Robert Smith
      Mr John Burnett
      Mr Tony McWalter
      David Hamilton
      Mr Desmond Swayne
(c)
    Line      9,      at end insert `and insert "or where paragraph (1) of this Order applies." .'.

      Sir Nicholas Winterton
      Sir Robert Smith
      Mr John Burnett
      Mr Tony McWalter
      David Hamilton
      Mr Desmond Swayne
(d)
    Line      21,      at end insert—

      `(5A)   In Order D (Programme orders: conclusion of proceedings in standing committee or in committee of the whole House), after paragraph (1), insert—

        "(1A)   The chairman of a standing committee shall defer the putting of any question in accordance with a programme order by a period equal to that for which that sitting of the committee has been suspended owing to divisions in the House or in a committee of the whole House; and the chairman may also defer the putting of any such question by a period not exceeding a quarter of an hour if he considers it to be for the general convenience of the committee.
        Provided that if the time at which a question falls to be put is thereby deferred beyond the hour specified in the proviso to paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees), the question shall be put instead at the corresponding time after the commencement of the next sitting of the committee.".'.
An explanatory memorandum is available in the Vote Office.

+  3  

PROCEDURES FOR DEBATES ETC.

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
    That this House takes note of the Fourth Report of the Procedure Committee, Session 2002-03, on Procedures for Debates, Private Members' Bills and the Powers of the Speaker, HC 333, and the Government's Response thereto (published as the Committee's Second Special Report of the current Session, HC 610); and endorses the proposals for an experiment with shorter back-bench speeches set out in paragraphs 13 to 15 of the Committee's Report; and

    That, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament until the end of the next but one Session of Parliament, the following Order be a Standing Order of the House:

    The Speaker may call Members between certain hours to speak for a specified maximum time (not being less than three minutes) and during this time the reference to eight minutes in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 47 (Short speeches) and the provisions of paragraph (2) of that order shall not apply.

+  4  

DEFERRED DIVISIONS

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, the Order of the House of 28th June 2001 relating to Deferred Divisions be a Standing Order of the House.

+  5  

CARRY-OVER OF BILLS

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
    That, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, the Order of the House of 29th October 2002 relating to Carry-over of Bills be a Standing Order of the House, with the following amendments:

    (1)   After paragraph (4), insert—

                  `(4A)   A carry-over motion may be made only in respect of a bill presented by a Minister of the Crown.

                  (4B)   The provisions of this order shall not apply to a carry-over motion made in respect of a bill brought from the Lords.'

    (2)   In paragraph (8)(a), after `committed', insert `to a standing committee', and leave out from first `Session' to end of the sub-paragraph.

    (3)   After paragraph (9) insert—

                  `(9A)   A programme order relating to a bill which is carried over to the next session of Parliament shall continue to apply in the next session.'.

An explanatory memorandum is available in the Vote Office.

+  6  

SHORT SPEECHES

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, Standing Order No. 47 (Short speeches) be amended by leaving out `between certain hours' in line 4 of paragraph (1), and inserting `at certain times'.

An explanatory memorandum is available in the Vote Office.

+  7  

REMOVAL OF REFERENCES TO STRANGERS

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
    That, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, the following amendments be made to the Standing Orders of the House:

      No. 89   (Procedure in standing committees): in paragraph (2), leave out `Strangers' and insert `The public';

      No. 125   (Strangers (select committees)): leave out the title and insert `Select committees (admission of the public)'; and in paragraph (1), leave out `strangers' and insert `the public';

      No. 149   (Committee on Standards and Privileges): in paragraph (8), leave out `strangers' and insert `the public';

      No. 161   (Duties of Serjeant at Arms with respect to strangers): in the title, leave out `strangers' and insert `the public'; in paragraph (1), leave out `stranger' in the two places where it appears and insert `member of the public' in each place, and leave out `strangers' and insert `the public'; and in paragraph (2), leave out `strangers' and insert `members of the public'.

      No. 162   (Places to which strangers are not admitted): in the title, leave out `strangers' and insert `the public'; and, in the Standing Order, leave out `stranger' and insert `member of the public'.

An explanatory memorandum is available in the Vote Office.

        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.

At the end of the sitting:

  8  

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Jaguar and the West Midlands industrial base (Mr Jim Cunningham).

        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).


COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Standing Committee A9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Mental Capacity Bill.
2Standing Committee D9.10 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
(public)
Further to consider the Civil Partnership Bill [Lords].

SELECT COMMITTEES

3Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions9.00 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Homelessness.
Witnesses: Centre for Housing Policy, York University; Shelter (at approximately 10.10 a.m.).
4Trade and Industry9.00 a.m.
9.15 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
(public)
Subject: The Department of Trade and Industry pre- and post-Gershon.
Witness: Sir Robin Young KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry.
5Constitutional Affairs9.15 a.m.


9.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.
Witnesses: Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and Andrew McDonald, Constitution Director, Department for Constitutional Affairs.
6Northern Ireland Affairs Sub-Committee9.15 a.m.


9.30 a.m.
Senate Chamber, Parliament Building, Stormont (private)
(public)
Subject: Waste Management Strategy in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: Department of the Environment; Queen's University Belfast School of Civil Engineering, and Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
7Treasury9.15 a.m.


9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Credit card charging and marketing.
Witnesses: Chief Executive, Barclays, Group Chief Executive, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Chief Executive Officer, MBNA Europe Bank Ltd, and Director and Chief Executive, HSBC Bank plc (UK).
8Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.
9.35 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Registration of Births and Deaths) (England and Wales) Order 2004.
Witnesses: UNISON and Society of Registration Officers; Federation of Family History Societies (at approximately 10.00 a.m.); National Council on Archives (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
9Culture, Media and Sport10.00 a.m.


10.15 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: BBC Charter Renewal.
Witness: Ofcom.
10Scottish Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 19 (private)
11Home Affairs2.00 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Police Reform.
Witnesses: Hazel Blears MP, Minister of State, Home Office, and officials.
12Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Western Balkans.
Witnesses: Dr Othon Anastasakis, Sir Anthony's College, Oxford, and Nicholas Whyte, Head of Europe Programme, International Crisis Group; Misha Glenny (at approximately 4.00 p.m.).
13Northern Ireland Affairs Sub-Committee2.30 p.m.


2.45 p.m.
Senate Chamber, Parliament Building, Stormont (private)
(public)
Subject: Waste Management Strategy in Northern Ireland.
Witness: Friends of the Earth.
14Trade and Industry2.30 p.m.


2.45 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: The Knowledge Driven Economy.
Witness: Cisco Systems Inc.
15Statutory InstrumentsAs soon as convenient after 4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)

JOINT COMMITTEE

16Statutory 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    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      The Court Service Business Plan 2004-05.
2    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Publication of Public Guardianship Office Annual Report and Accounts 2003-04.
3    Deputy Prime Minister:      Milton Keynes South Midlands Sub-Regional Strategy-Publication of the Deputy Prime Minister's Proposed Changes.
4    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Kyoto Protocol.
5    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      National Offender Management Service—Summary of the responses to the two Government consultation exercises.
6    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Probation Board for Northern Ireland Annual Report 2003-04.


 

 
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