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Order of Business 16 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 Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
*1 Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    Whether he has made an assessment of the implications of the depreciation of the US dollar for the British economy; and if he will make a statement.
( 205210 )
*2 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    What estimate he has made of the cost of his new proposals for supporting family childcare costs.
( 205211 )
*3 Linda Perham (Ilford North):    What assessment he has made of the economic impact of the Government's planned investment in children's services and nursery education.
( 205212 )
*4 Christine Russell (Chester, City of):    If he will make a statement on progress towards multilateral debt cancellation for poor countries.
( 205213 )
*5 Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick & Leamington):    What objectives he intends to pursue during the UK's EU presidency in respect of the Growth and Stability Pact.
( 205214 )
*6 Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    How much is expected to be paid in National Insurance contributions in 2004-05; and how much was paid in 1996-97.
( 205215 )
*7 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    If he will make a statement on the implications of his instruction to the Bank of England to sell gold.
( 205216 )
*8 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    What representations he has received on the future tax treatment of the International Cricket Council headquarters.
( 205217 )
*9 Mr John Battle (Leeds West):    What representations he has received on his spending plans for education.
( 205218 )
*10 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    How many redundancies he expects there will be when the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise are merged; and if he will make a statement.
( 205219 )
*11 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What assessment he has made of the likely impact on the South East economy should the 2012 London Olympic bid be successful.
( 205220 )
*12 Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    What recent assessment he has made of the childcare needs of families in London.
( 205221 )
*13 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    If he will make a statement on the contribution of personal saving to the economy.
( 205222 )
*14 Andrew George (St Ives):    What discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states in respect of the future of European regional aid.
( 205224 )
*15 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston):    If he will make a statement on how an international finance facility would contribute to tackling poverty in developing countries.
( 205225 )
*16 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    If he will make a statement on the economic objectives of the UK's Presidency of the G8.
( 205226 )
*17 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    If he will make a statement on the work of the Commission for Africa.
( 205227 )
*18 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    If he will make a statement on progress towards securing greater economic flexibility within the Eurozone.
( 205228 )
*19 Mr Parmjit Singh Gill (Leicester South):    What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport regarding the level of taxation on gaming.
( 205229 )
*20 Mr Anthony D. Wright (Great Yarmouth):    What representations he has received on his measures in the Pre-Budget Report to help people into work.
( 205230 )
*21 John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):    If he will make a statement on the effect of the measures contained in the Pre-Budget Report on older pensioners.
( 205231 )
*22 Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    What funds he is making available for regeneration projects in England.
( 205232 )
*23 Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    If he will make a statement on the change in levels of central government staffing between 1997 and 2004.
( 205233 )
*24 Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    How many direct taxes have been introduced since 1997; and how many times existing direct taxes have been raised.
( 205234 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notices of Presentation of Bills

+  1  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
        Bill to amend the Consumer Credit Act 1974; to extend the ombudsman scheme under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to cover licensees under the Consumer Credit Act 1974; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

+  2  


[No debate]

      The Prime Minister
        Bill to make provision in connection with controlled drugs and for the making of orders to supplement anti-social behaviour orders in cases where behaviour is affected by drug misuse or other prescribed factors.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business

+  3  


[No debate]

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Mr Stephen Timms
        That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report 2004 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6) and Order of 30th November).

+  4  

SCHOOL TRANSPORT BILL: To be considered.

[Until 6.00 p.m.]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

Third Reading will also be taken.

        Proceedings on Consideration shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 p.m. and proceedings on Third Reading shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 6.00 p.m. (Order of 28th October).

At the end of the sitting:



[No debate]

        The proposed subject has been withdrawn.



1Standing Committee E12.30 p.m.Reasons Committee Room (private)
(Programming Sub-Committee) (Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill).
2Standing Committee A9.25 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
Further to consider the Railways Bill.
3Standing Committee B9.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
Further to consider the Gambling Bill.
4Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004.


5Treasury9.00 a.m.

9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The 2004 Pre-Budget Report.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and HM Treasury officials.
6Public Administration9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: The Work of the Cabinet Office.
Witness: Ruth Kelly MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office.
7Health10.00 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Witnesses: Ms Margot James, European President, Ogilvy Healthworld, Mr Mike Paling, Managing Director, Paling Walters, Mr Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet, Ms Jenny Hope, Health Editor, Daily Mail and Ms Lois Rogers, Medical Editor, Sunday Times.

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

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Delivering Diversity in Public Appointments 2004.
2    Minister for the Cabinet Office:      Ministerial and Royal Air Travel.
3    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      Definition of home reversion plans and other home finance schemes.
4    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Disclosure of information in family proceedings cases involving children.
5    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.
6    Deputy Prime Minister:      Planning Inspectorate workload pressures.
7    Deputy Prime Minister:      Planning for Renewable Energy—A Companion Guide to Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22).
8    Secretary of State for Defence:      Race Equality Scheme progress report.
9    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      G8 Global Partnership: Second Annual Progress Report.
10    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Public Diplomacy Review.
11    Secretary of State for Health:      NHS Professionals accounts 2003-04.
12    Secretary of State for Health:      Monitor's annual report and accounts.
13    Secretary of State for Health:      The Government's response to the Health Select Committee's report on Obesity.
14    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      International Exercise.
15    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Alcohol strategy for prisoners.
16    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Youth justice.
17    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      House of Lords judgement on A & Others and the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
18    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Metropolitan Police Fund Account.
19    Secretary of State for Transport:      Manchester Metrolink.
20    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Jobseeker's allowance regime.
21    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Disability Discrimination Bill Consultation Document.

Standing Committee Notice

The First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation will meet on Monday 20th December at 4.30 p.m. to consider Excise Duties (Surcharges or Rebates) (Hydrocarbons Oils etc.) (Amendment) Order 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3160).


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