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Order of Business 1 December 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 Northern Ireland
*1 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on progress by participants in the Belfast Agreement in using their influence to achieve the decommissioning of all paramilitary arms.
( 199398 )
*2 Hugh Bayley (York, City of):    What effect the recent depreciation of sterling against the euro has had on cross-border trade with the Republic of Ireland.
( 199399 )
*3 David Burnside (South Antrim):    How many parties represented in the Stormont Assembly retain links with terrorist organisations; and what his latest estimate is of the terrorist threat posed by such links.
( 199400 )
*4 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What steps he has taken to combat religious bigotry in schools.
( 199401 )
*5 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the current security situation in Northern Ireland.
( 199402 )
*6 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    If he will make a statement on arms decommissioning.
( 199403 )
*7 John Barrett (Edinburgh West):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 199404 )
*8 Mr David Trimble (Upper Bann):    If he will make a statement on the funding of education in Northern Ireland.
( 199405 )
*9 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    How many incidents of (a) punishment beatings, (b) expulsions and (c) criminal extortion from the owners of commercial enterprises have been committed by Republican sympathisers over the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
( 199406 )
*10 Lady Hermon (North Down):    What reasons determined the length of the consultation period in relation to Belfast City Airport's application to increase the number of seats for sale.
( 199734 )
*11 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on recent discussions held in Northern Ireland on the restoration of devolved government.
( 199735 )
*12 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 199736 )
*13 Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):    If he will make a statement on the political situation in Northern Ireland.
( 199737 )
*14 Angela Watkinson (Upminster):    If he will make a statement on developments in the peace process.
( 199738 )
*15 Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    If he will make a statement on recent talks regarding the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland.
( 199739 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1st December.
( 200667 )
*Q2 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    
( 200668 )
*Q3 Hugh Bayley (York, City of):    
( 200669 )
*Q4 Mr Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):    
( 200670 )
*Q5 Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):    
( 200671 )
*Q6 Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):    
( 200672 )
*Q7 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    What assessment the Government has made of the activities of animal rights extremists.
( 200673 )
*Q8 Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):    
( 200674 )
*Q9 Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    
( 200675 )
*Q10 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    
( 200676 )
*Q11 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    
( 200677 )
*Q12 Charles Hendry (Wealden):    
( 200678 )
*Q13 Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):    
( 200679 )
*Q14 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    
( 200680 )
*Q15 Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    
( 200681 )

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

Main Business

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

[Until 7.00 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
Sandra Gidley
Mr David Rendel
Mrs Patsy Calton
Andrew George
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Don Foster
Sir Robert Smith
Matthew Green
John Thurso
Dr Jenny Tonge
Mr Colin Breed
Norman Baker
Annette Brooke
Sarah Teather
Mr Parmjit Singh Gill
Steve Webb
Mr Alan Reid
Mr Nigel Jones
Mr Roger Williams
Bob Russell
John Barrett
Norman Lamb
Paul Holmes
Dr John Pugh
Simon Hughes
Richard Younger-Ross
Sue Doughty
        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.'.

      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr Stephen O'Brien
      Mr John Redwood
      Mr David Willetts
      David Maclean
        As an Amendment to the Address, at end add—

        `but regret that the Gracious Speech contains nothing that will reduce regulation, cut excessive bureaucracy or give the taxpayer value for money; condemn the Treasury for sponsoring 70 new regulations per working day, for blocking real reform of public services and for the consequent failure to deliver cleaner hospitals, school discipline, controlled immigration, more police on the streets and a lower tax economy; further regret that the Gracious Speech contains no measures to reverse the Chancellor's punitive taxation of pension funds and reductions in tax incentives to save which have contributed to cutting the savings ratio by one third whilst household debt now exceeds one trillion pounds; are disturbed that more pensioners are means tested than ever before whilst 2 million pensioners live in poverty; note that the Treasury's failure to provide taxpayer value and the waste of billions of pounds on unnecessary expenditure means that another round of stealth tax rises is inevitable under this Government; and further deplore the fact that there are no measures in the Gracious Speech to reverse the Government's policy of high levels of regulation and taxation which have resulted in the UK slipping from fourth to eleventh in the international competitiveness league and having a lower GDP per head than Ireland.'.

        Proposed subject for debate: Economic affairs.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Coroners courts (Mr David Kidney).

        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).


1European Standing Committee C4.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Documents Nos 9824/03, 7549/04 and 9643/04 relating to Services of General Interest.


2Science and Technology9.00 a.m.
9.15 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
10.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subjects: (i) Science Question Time; (ii) The future of the National Institute for Medical Research.
Witnesses: (i) Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry; (ii) Sir Anthony Cleaver, Chairman, Professor Colin Blakemore, Chief Executive, and Professor John Savill, Council Member, Medical Research Council; Sir John Skehel, Director, Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, and Dr Steve Gamblin, National Institute for Medical Research (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
3Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Secondary Education.
Witness: Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
4Defence9.45 a.m.

10.00 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Duty of Care.
Witnesses: Lynn Farr, Janet Mattin, June Sharples, and Claudia Beckley-Lines.
5Administration1.45 p.m.Room 18 (private)
6Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.00 p.m.

4.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Waste Policy and Landfill Directive.
Witness: Elliot Morley MP, Minister for Environment and Agri-Environment, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
7Defence2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Duty of Care.
Witnesses: Diane and Geoff Gray, Doreen and Des James, and Yvonne and Jim Collinson.
8European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
9Transport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Disabled People's Access to Transport: Follow Up.
Witnesses: Charlotte Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and officials from the Department for Transport; Disability Rights Commission, Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, and Mencap (at approximately 3.15 p.m.); Merseytravel, Arriva, and ATOC (at approximately 4.00 p.m.).
10Environmental Audit3.00 p.m.
3.20 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: International Leadership on Climate Change.
Witnesses: Global Commons Institute; Carbon Trade Watch (at approximately 4.00 p.m.); Friends of the Earth (at approximately 4.40 p.m.).
11Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Facing Justice: Tackling defendants' non-attendance at court.
Witnesses: Mr John Grieve CB, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, Sir Ron de Witt, Chief Executive, Unified Courts Agency, Department of Constitutional Affairs, Mr Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, Ms Moira Wallace, Chief Executive, Office for Criminal Justice Reform, and Mr John Burbeck, Chief Constable, Association of Chief Police Officers.
12Scottish Affairs4.00 p.m.Room 17 (private)
13Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)
14Welsh Affairs5.30 p.m.Room 6 (private)


15Draft Mental Health Bill9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Witnesses: Dr Patrick Byrne, Head of Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust; YoungMinds, Children's Legal Centre, Children's National Bureau (at approximately 10.35 a.m.).
16Human Rights4.15 p.m.Room 5 (private)

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Secretary of State for Defence:      Iraq: UK Forces in Multinational Division (South-East).
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      Revaluation, Transitional Rates Relief and Small Business Rates Relief.
3    Deputy Prime Minister:      Publication of Revised Regional Spatial Strategy for Yorkshire and the Humber (Selective Review of RPG12).
4    Secretary of State for Education and Skills:      Higher education subjects or courses of national strategic importance.
5    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Over Thirty Months Rule.
6    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Côte d'Ivoire: UN sanctions.
7    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Equatorial Guinea.
8    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Closure of Solihull Asylum Screening Unit.

Standing Committee Notice
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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