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Order of Business 3 November 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 Wales
*1 Mr Jon Owen Jones (Cardiff Central):    What discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales Secretaries concerning the effects of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the publication of data on individual health trusts in Wales.
( 194551 )
*2 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on the impact of the Barnett formula on regeneration.
( 194552 )
*3 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    What recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the number of people who have benefited from the New Deal in Wales.
( 194553 )
*4 Ian Lucas (Wrexham):    What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on tackling anti-social behaviour in Wales.
( 194554 )
*5 Mr Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney):    What discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the latest figures for police numbers in Wales.
( 194555 )
*6 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    What consultations he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales on the effect of the Barnett formula on public expenditure in Wales in the next financial year.
( 194556 )
*7 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the impact in Wales of the recent changes in the minimum wage.
( 194557 )
*8 Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    What discussions he has had regarding a new Welsh Language Act.
( 194558 )
*9 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What recent discussions he has had with his colleagues in the National Assembly regarding the National Fallen Stock Collection Scheme.
( 194559 )
*10 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    How many police community support officers have been employed in Wales.
( 194560 )
*11 Albert Owen (Ynys Mon):    What discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the impact in Wales of recent changes in the minimum wage.
( 194561 )
*12 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When he next expects to meet representatives of small business organisations in Wales to discuss business regulation.
( 194562 )
*13 Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):    What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the impact in Wales of recent changes in the minimum wage.
( 194563 )
*14 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    What plans he has to discuss the railway service between London Euston and North Wales with the relevant train operating companies.
( 194564 )
*15 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales regarding recycling.
( 194565 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 David Wright (Telford):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 3rd November.
( 195552 )
*Q2 Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth):    
( 195553 )
*Q3 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly):    
( 195554 )
*Q4 Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye):    
( 195555 )
*Q5 Charles Hendry (Wealden):    
( 195556 )
*Q6 Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):    
( 195557 )
*Q7 Mr Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute):    
( 195558 )
*Q8 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    
( 195559 )
*Q9 Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):    
( 195560 )
*Q10 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    
( 195561 )
*Q11 Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    
( 195562 )
*Q12 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    
( 195563 )
*Q13 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green & Bow):    
( 195564 )
*Q14 Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    
( 195565 )
*Q15 Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    
( 195566 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion

  1  

SEX EQUALITY (DUTIES OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES)

[Up to 20 minutes]

      Angela Eagle
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision in relation to public authorities for the further prevention of sex discrimination and for the promotion of equality of opportunity for men and women.

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


Main Business

+  2  

MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES

[Up to three hours]

      Mr Peter Hain
    (1)   That this House notes the recommendations made in Chapter 4 of the report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on parliamentary pay and allowances

Staffing Allowance

    (2)   With effect from 1st April 2005, the Staffing Allowance should be increased to a base level of £72,000, rising to a maximum of £80,460, according to the number of full-time equivalent employees funded from the Staffing Allowance and based in London; and these sums should be adjusted on 1st April each year (beginning on 1st April 2005) in line with the Average Earnings Index for public and private sectors combined.

IT Provision

    (3)   With effect from the beginning of the next Parliament, the level of provision of IT equipment and support should be increased in line with recommendations 11 and 12 of the Review Body's report (Cm 6354-I).

London Supplement

    (4)   With effect from 1st April 2005, the London Supplement should be increased to £2,500, and this sum should be adjusted on 1st April each year (beginning on 1st April 2005) in line with the Average Earnings Index for public and private sectors combined; and it should not be payable to any Member who receives the Additional Costs Allowance.

Car Mileage Allowance and Parking

    (5)   With effect from 1st April 2005, the Car Mileage Allowance should be payable at the same rate as the car mileage rates approved by the Inland Revenue, with the higher rate payable up to a total of 10,000 miles and the lower rate thereafter or as determined in future by the Inland Revenue; and the cost of parking a car, motorcycle or bicycle, if wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred in the performance of parliamentary duties, should be reimbursed.

Incidental Expenses Provision

    (6)   That recommendation 8 of the Review Body's report (Cm 6354-I) be referred to the House of Commons Members Estimate Committee for further consideration.

            As Amendments to Mr Peter Hain's proposed Motion (Members' allowances):
      Mr Richard Page
      Sir Michael Spicer
      Matthew Taylor
      John Thurso
      Mr George Howarth
      Mr Frank Dobson        (g)
David Burnside
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Simon Hughes
Mr John Butterfill
Mr Michael Jack
Mr Edward Leigh
    Line      9,      leave out from first `to' to `and' in line 11 and insert `£80,460 for all Members with up to 10 per cent. of the Staffing Allowance being available to fund a Member's office in his or her constituency.'.

      Mr Mark Field        (f)
        Line      20,      leave out `to £2,500' and insert `in line with the combined London Allowance and Weighting awarded to officers of the Metropolitan Police'.

      Sir Nicholas Winterton
      Mr John Greenway
      Mr Ken Purchase
      Mr Tony McWalter
      Nick Harvey
      Richard Younger-Ross        (c)
The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Bill Wiggin
Sir John Butterfill
Mr Anthony Steen
Mr Edward Leigh
Mr Greg Knight
        Line      25,      leave out from `With' to `and' in line 28 and insert `immediate effect, the annual uprating of the higher and lower car mileage rates shall cease; with effect from the date on which the Inland Revenue higher car mileage rate first exceeds the higher car mileage rate payable to Members, the higher rate car mileage allowance payable up to a total of 20,000 miles to Members should be payable at the same rate as the higher car mileage rate approved by the Inland Revenue, and with effect from the date on which the Inland Revenue lower car mileage rate first exceeds the lower car mileage rate payable to Members, the lower car mileage allowance payable to Members should be payable at the same rate as the lower car mileage rate approved by the Inland Revenue.'.

      Norman Baker        (i)
    Line      28,      leave out from `Revenue' to end of paragraph.

      Norman Baker        (j)
    Line      28,      leave out from `Revenue' to end of paragraph and insert `that parking charges be introduced for the parliamentary estate at a level commensurate with publicly available parking nearby, and that such costs incurred by Members should not be reclaimable.'.

      Miss Ann Widdecombe
      Kate Hoey
      Hywel Williams
      Mr Eric Forth
      Mr Edward Garnier
      Mr Christopher Chope        (d)
Mr Andrew Robathan
Mr Andrew Turner
Mr Anthony Steen
Mr Simon Burns
Mr John Bercow
Mr Robert Walter
Mr Michael Jack
Sir Nicholas Winterton
Mr Howard Flight
Ms Diane Abbott
Sir Michael Spicer
Mr Mark Field
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Robert N. Wareing
Mr Wayne David
Mrs Irene Adams
Mr Terry Lewis
Mr Kelvin Hopkins
Paul Farrelly
Mr Graham Brady
Mr Gerald Howarth
Mr Ian Taylor
Jane Griffiths
Mr Jonathan Sayeed
Mr Graham Allen
Mr Frank Field
Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Douglas Hogg
Ann Winterton
The Reverend Martyn Smith
Mr Damian Green
Tony Baldry
Charles Hendry
Mr John Denham
Janet Anderson
Mr Stephen McCabe
Simon Hughes
Mr Robert Syms
Richard Ottaway
Mr David Amess
Lembit Öpik
Nick Harvey
Mr Paul Keetch
Matthew Green
Sir Menzies Campbell
        Line      31,      at beginning insert `Recognising that it is reasonable for honourable Members to employ two members of staff at Westminster,'.

      Mr Richard Page
      Sir Michael Spicer
      Matthew Taylor
      John Thurso
      Mr George Howarth
      Mr Frank Dobson        (h)
David Burnside
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Simon Hughes
Mr John Butterfill
Mr Michael Jack
Mr Edward Leigh
    Leave out lines 31 to 33.

      Mr Robert Syms
      Mrs Angela Browning        (b)
    Line      33,      at end add—

`Pooled Research Facilities for Members

    (7)   Any person in possession of a 9B class of Parliamentary pass and employed as a researcher in a pooled research facility, located in the Houses of Parliament, which provides services to Members (purchased in accordance with sections 5.3.1 and 6.6.3 of "The Green Book: Parliamentary Salaries, Allowances and Pensions" [Updated July 2004] issued by the Department of Finance and Administration of the House of Commons), shall be covered by the same employment, pension and dissolution arrangements that apply to Research Assistants employed directly by a Member.'.

      Mr Alex Salmond
      Pete Wishart        (e)
        Line      33,      at end add—

    `(7)   That the House of Commons Members Estimate Committee consider including as eligible under the additional cost allowance expenses accrued in overnight accommodation when conducting parliamentary business at potential and existing devolved Parliaments and Assemblies.'.

+  3  

PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (CONTRIBUTION RATE)

      Mr Peter Hain
    That this House notes recommendation 4 contained in the report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on parliamentary pay and allowances (Cm 6354-I), a copy of which was laid before this House on 21st October, that the contribution rate to the parliamentary pension scheme for those scheme members who have opted for the 1/40th accrual rate should be increased by 1 per cent. to 10 per cent. with effect from 1st April 2004, and is of the opinion that it should be implemented.

An explanatory memorandum is available in the Vote Office.

+  4  

PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (SURVIVOR BENEFITS AND EARLY RETIREMENT)

      Mr Peter Hain
    That this House notes recommendation 3 contained in the report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on parliamentary pay and allowances (Cm 6354-I), a copy of which was laid before this House on 21st October, and is of the opinion that, subject to consultation with the Trustees of the PCPF and the Government Actuary as to the detailed implementation, the proposals set out in paragraphs (1) to (3) below should be adopted as a package which is, overall, at least cost neutral to the Exchequer:

    (1)   Pensions calculated on the same basis as pensions for widows and widowers should be introduced for surviving unmarried partners of members in service on or after 3rd November 2004.

    (2)   Pensions for the widows, widowers and unmarried partners of members in service on or after 3rd November 2004 should be payable for life.

    (3)   The early retirement provisions which permit a member who has accrued at least 15 years service to retire before the age of 65 on favourable terms should be removed for those who become members of the scheme after 3rd November 2004 and phased out for existing members from 1st April 2009, or the day after the general election after next, whichever is the later.

An explanatory memorandum is available in the Vote Office.
        The Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions relating to Members' Allowances, Parliamentary Pensions (Contribution Rate) and Parliamentary Pensions (Survivor Benefits and Early Retirement) not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first Motion; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved (Order of 2nd November).

+  5  

SESSIONAL ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

      Mr Peter Hain
    That this House takes note of the Third Report of the Procedure Committee, Session 2002-03, on Sessional Orders and Resolutions, HC 855, and the Government's Response thereto (published as the Committee's Third Special Report of the current Session, HC 613); approves the proposals set out in paragraphs 9, 10 and 25 of the Report for changes in the practice of the House at the beginning of each Session; and, as recommended in paragraph 9(b), makes the following provision:

    That all Members of this House who are returned for two or more places in any part of the United Kingdom should choose for which of the places they will serve, within one week after it appears that there is no question about their election for that place.

        The Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to Sessional Orders and Resolutions not later than Seven o'clock, or three hours after their commencement, whichever is the later; 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 (Order of 2nd November).

At the end of the sitting:

  6  

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Future of Sharpness Docks (Mr David Drew).

        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

1Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2004.
2Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2004, the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 2004 and the draft Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2004.

SELECT COMMITTEES

3Education and Skills9.15 a.m.


9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: The Work of Ofsted.
Witnesses: Mr David Bell, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, Mrs Miriam Rosen, Director, Education, Mr Robert Green, Director, Corporate Services, Mr Maurice Smith, Director, Early Years, and Mr Jonathan Thompson, Director, Finance, Ofsted.
4Welsh Affairs9.30 a.m.


9.45 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Police Service, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wales.
Witness: Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom, North Wales Police.
5Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.


9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Pension Credit.
Witnesses: Citizens' Advice and Citizens' Advice Scotland; Fawcett Society and Equal Opportunities Commission (at approximately 10.45 a.m.).
6Trade and Industry11.00 a.m.Room 8 (private)
7Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)
8TreasuryImmediately after the Treasury Sub-CommitteeRoom 7 (private)
9European Scrutiny2.20 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
(public)
Subject: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
Witnesses: Jane Kennedy MP, Minister for Work, Department for Work and Pensions, and officials.
10Defence2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
(public)
Subject: Future Capabilities.
Witness: General Sir Mike Jackson KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence.
11Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.30 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
12Health2.30 p.m.


3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Public Expenditure 2004.
Witness: Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP, Secretary of State for Health.
13Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
(public)
Subject: Rural Rail.
Witnesses: Mr Ingmar Lundin, Director of JonkÖping Lanstrafik; Network Rail, and English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (at approximately 3.25 p.m.); ACoRP, Bittern Line and Wensleydale Railway (at approximately 4.00 p.m.).
14Welsh Affairs2.45 p.m.


3.00 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Police Service, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wales.
Witness: Chief Constable Mike Tonge, Gwent Police.
15Environmental Audit3.00 p.m.
3.20 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
(public)
Subject: Sustainable Housing.
Witnesses: The Housing Corporation, English Partnerships; The Environment Agency (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
16Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee on Water Pricing3.00 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (public)
Subject: Water Pricing.
Witnesses: Water UK; Watervoice (at approximately 4.00 p.m.); The Environment Agency (at approximately 4.45 p.m.).
17Northern Ireland Affairs3.30 p.m.
3.45 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: `Hate Crime' in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: Police Service of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Policing Board, Cookstown District Policing Partnership; Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (at approximately 4.00 p.m.).
18Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Department of Health: Improving Emergency Care in England.
Witnesses: Sir Nigel Crisp KCB, Permanent Secretary/NHS Chief Executive of Health, and Professor Sir George Alberti, National Director for Emergency Access, Department of Health.
19Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)

JOINT COMMITTEE

20Draft Mental Health Bill9.30 a.m.


9.45 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Witnesses: Mental Health Alliance; The Law Society and the Bar Council.

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


Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Deputy Prime Minister:      Publication of Planning Policy Statement 23.
2    Secretary of State for Health:      The pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.
3    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Youth Justice Board Annual Review.
4    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Northern Ireland Housing Executive Accounts 2003-04.


 

 
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