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Order of Business 25 November 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
AfterwardsUrgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business

Notices of Presentation of Bills

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[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Darling
        Bill to amend the law relating to the provision and regulation of railway services; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

+  2  


[No debate]

      Secretary Tessa Jowell
        Bill to make provision about the National Lottery.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business

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QUEEN'S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS):      Adjourned Debate on Question (23rd November).

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

        Motion made, and Question proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

        Most Gracious Sovereign,

        We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament—(Mr George Howarth).

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Mr Paul Tyler
      Mr Paul Keetch
      Matthew Taylor
      Mr Andrew Stunell
Mr David Heath
        As an Amendment to the Address, at end add—

        `but regret that the Gracious Speech contains no commitment to introduce legislation to clarify the responsibility of the Prime Minister to Parliament, particularly in relation to the prerogative powers and the role of Parliament in matters of war and peace; and call for a special Select Committee of the House to consider these matters.'.

        Proposed subjects for debate: Environment, Transport and Local and Devolved Government Affairs.

Debate may continue until 6.00 p.m.

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[No debate after 6.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That, at the sitting on Thursday 2nd December, proceedings on the Motion for the adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to fisheries may continue, though opposed, for three hours or until Six o'clock, whichever is the later, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Work of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Mr Tony Colman).

        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).



1Education and Skills9.15 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Admissions to Higher Education.
Witness: Professor Steven Schwartz, Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University, Chair of the Admissions to Higher Education Review.
2Public Administration9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Choice, Voice and Public Services.
Witnesses: Defend Council Housing, Newham Borough Council and Dr Tim Brown, Centre for Comparative Housing Research, De Montfort University; King's Fund Health Foundation, Professor Allyson Pollock, School of Public Policy, University College London, and British Medical Association (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
3Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Bank of England November Inflation Report.
Witnesses: Professor Christopher Pissarides, London School of Economics, Professor David Miles, Morgan Stanley, Professor Andrew Scott, London Business School and Mrs Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Consulting .
4Home Affairs9.30 a.m.Room 8 (private)
5Health10.00 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Witnesses: Mr Paul Flynn MP, Mr Phil Woolas MP, Ms Melinda Letts and Mr Cliff Prior, Rethink Severe Mental Illness; Mr Jim Thomson, Depression Alliance, Mr Glynn McDonald, MS Society, Dr Helen Wallace, GeneWatch and Mrs Jenny Hirst, Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (at approximately 11.45 a.m.).
6Standing Orders11.00 a.m.Ways and Means Conference Room (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:      Section 45 Code of Practice.
2    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Future of Queen's Counsel.
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      End-to-End Logistics Implementation: Air Depth Support.
4    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Indemnities for British Council Art Exhibitions Overseas.
5    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Iraq: Export Licence Application.
6    Secretary of State for Health:      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Annual Report 2003-04.
7    Secretary of State for Health:      National Health Service estate maintenance.
8    Secretary of State for Health:      Tackling Health Inequalities: the Spearhead Group of Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts.
9    Prime Minister:      Appointments to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of Western European Union.
10    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Government evidence to the Low Pay Commission.
11    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Government Response to the Consultation on the Operating and Financial Review and Director's Report.

Standing Committee Notices

     Standing Committee B will meet on Tuesday 30th November and Thursday 2nd December at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. further to consider the Gambling Bill.

     European Standing Committee B will meet on Wednesday 1st December at 4.00 p.m. to consider European Union Documents Nos. 9824/04, 7549/04 and 9643/04 relating to services of general interest.

Private Members' Bills

     The Speaker has appointed 10 o'clock on Thursday 2nd December and Committee Room 10 as the time and place for holding the Ballot for Private Members' Bills.


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