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Order of Business 28 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 Education and Skills
*1 Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    What progress has been made in raising educational standards at each Key Stage; and if he will make a statement.
( 194091 )
*2 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If he will visit Colchester to meet the heads of schools with a high proportion of children from military families.
( 194093 )
*3 Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    How much the Government is investing on average in each of the current round of children's centres.
( 194094 )
*4 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What plans his Department has to promote healthy eating in schools; and if he will make a statement.
( 194095 )
*5 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    What progress has been made on improving healthy eating in schools.
( 194096 )
*6 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    How many pupils were being educated in grammar schools in England (a) on the latest date for which figures are available and (b) five years ago.
( 194097 )
*7 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):    If he will make a statement on the provision of children's centres.
( 194098 )
*8 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    How many parents did not secure their first choice of school in the last year for which figures are available.
( 194099 )
*9 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    How many secondary school closures there have been in Essex in the last five years.
( 194100 )
*10 Mr John McWilliam (Blaydon):    If he will make a statement on grading of Advanced Level examinations.
( 194101 )
*11 Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):    What assessment he has made of the likely impact of changes to the school admissions system made by local education authorities.
( 194102 )
*12 Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):    What the average standard spending assessment per secondary pupil is for (a) England and (b) Cornwall; and what the equivalent figures were in 1996-97.
( 194103 )
*13 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on access to higher education.
( 194104 )
*14 Dr John Pugh (Southport):    What problems have been reported to his Department concerning the new software available to local education authorities for the administration of student grants.
( 194105 )
*15 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    What assessment he has made of the contribution made by adult residential colleges to lifelong learning.
( 194106 )
*16 Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):    If he will make a statement on outreach work by universities in educationally-deprived communities.
( 194107 )
*17 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    How many higher education students are waiting to receive their student loans for the current academic year.
( 194108 )
*18 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    What his policy is on the funding of small schools on more than one site.
( 194109 )
*19 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    How many students in Coventry went on to higher education in 2004-05.
( 194110 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Solicitor General
*20 Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    What plans the Crown Prosecution Service has to assist in tackling the intimidation and harassment of witnesses.
( 194083 )
*21 Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    How many Counsels' names are on the panels maintained for Government legal work; and how other Counsel may have their name added to those panels.
( 194084 )
*22 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    Whether the Crown Prosecution Service has a role in the anti-social behaviour order procedure.
( 194085 )
*23 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What advice she has given to the Crown Prosecution Service about the prosecution of people who breach anti-social behaviour orders.
( 194086 )
*24 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What supervisory responsibilities the Attorney General has for the law as it relates to Service personnel.
( 194087 )
*25 Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    What guidance she gives to the Crown Prosecution Service on prosecutions for illegal trading.
( 194088 )
*26 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    What studies she has undertaken of recent trends in Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions in criminal cases in Blackpool.
( 194089 )
*27 Julie Morgan (Cardiff North):    What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on increasing the number of specialist domestic violence courts.
( 194090 )

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

Main Business

+  1  

SCHOOL TRANSPORT BILL:      Second Reading.

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Phil Willis
      Mr David Rendel
      Dr John Pugh
      Mr Andrew Stunell
        That this House declines to give the School Transport Bill a Second Reading as it fails to give appropriate powers to local authorities apart from empowering them to charge for services previously available free as a right; integrates poorly with the Government's own stated transport and educational choice policy; provides no guarantees of environmental benefit; and has potentially disastrous implications for school transport in rural areas.

        Relevant documents:

The Third Report from the Education and Skills Committee, Session 2003-04, HC 509-I, the Draft School Transport Bill, and the Government's response thereto, Cm. 6331.
The Eighth Report from the Transport Committee, Session 2003-04, School Transport, HC 318, and the Government's response thereto, Cm 6254.
        A summary of responses to the consultation on the draft bill is available in the Vote Office.

Debate may continue until 6.00 p.m.

+  2  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the School Transport Bill:


    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 11th November 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.

Other 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).

+  3  

SCHOOL TRANSPORT BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

      Mr Stephen Timms        [No debate]
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the School Transport Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment.

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

+  4  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Peter Hain
        That, if at the conclusion of this Session of Parliament proceedings on the School Transport Bill have not been completed, they shall be resumed in the next Session.

To be decided without debate (Order of 29th October 2002).

+  5  


[No debate after 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Bob Ainsworth
        That Mr Ross Cranston be discharged from the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges and Mr Wayne David be added.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 6.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Proposed post office closures in Burton-on-Trent (Mrs Janet Dean).

        Debate may continue until 6.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 29th October 2002).



1Standing Committee A9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
Further to consider the Mental Capacity Bill.
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation9.55 a.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 1861).


3Finance and Services9.45 a.m.Room 13 (private)
4Environmental Audit: Sub-Committee on Environmental Crime10.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: Environmental Crime: Corporate Crime.
Witnesses: Anglian Water and Thames Water; the Federation of Small Businesses (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
5Health10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Public Expenditure 2004.
Witnesses: Department of Health officials.

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Citizen Information Project.
2    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Judicial Appointments Annual Report.
3    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Gibraltar.
4    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      New Child Support Scheme: Progress Report.
5    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Annual Review of the Cold Weather Payments Scheme.

Standing Committee Notices

     Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th November at
     European Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 2nd November at 8.55 a.m. to consider European Union Document No. 1234/04, relating to marketing of oilseed rape genetically modified for glyphosate tolerance.

     European Standing Committee C will meet on Thursday 4th November at 2.00 p.m. to consider European Union Documents Nos. 9824/03, 7549/04 and 9643/04, relating to services of general interest.

     The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 1st November at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Fishing Boats (Satellite-Tracking Devices) (England) Scheme Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2467).

     The Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 3rd November at 2.30 p.m. to consider the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2004.

     The Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Wednesday 3rd November at 2.30 p.m. to consider the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004, the draft Scotland Act (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 2004 and the draft Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2004.

     The Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Thursday 4th November at 2.30 p.m. to consider the Companies (Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2621) and the Limited Liability Partnerships (Fees) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 2620).


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