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Order of Business 21 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



      Mr Secretary Clarke
        That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Report of an inquiry into an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

No debate.

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
*1 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If he will make a statement on his Department's strategy for increasing the number of people using cycles.
( 206090 )
*2 Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):    What plans he has for train services to stations on the Northampton loop-line off the West Coast main line.
( 206091 )
*3 Andy Burnham (Leigh):    If he will make a statement on the priorities for the North West outlined in his announcement of 2nd December on 2005-06 local transport spending allocations.
( 206092 )
*4 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    What steps the Government is taking to improve safety on the M25.
( 206093 )
*5 Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    How much funding was allocated to the Highways Agency for road improvement schemes in (a) Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex and (b) England in each year since 2002.
( 206094 )
*6 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    How many local authorities and road safety partnerships run speed awareness courses.
( 206095 )
*7 Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    If he will make representations to the relevant local authority and the Highways Agency to bring forward plans for the early construction of a North Luton by-pass.
( 206096 )
*8 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What assessment he has made of future requirements for road building in the South East.
( 206097 )
*9 Jim Knight (South Dorset):    What assessment he has made of the potential for efficiency savings in his Department beyond those proposed in the Gershon Review.
( 206098 )
*10 Mr Tony Clarke (Northampton South):    What steps the Government is taking to cut down the number of accidents on the motorway in which tiredness is a major factor.
( 206099 )
*11 Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):    What contingency plans he has prepared for the outcome of the judicial review of the consultation process on airports in the South East.
( 206100 )
*12 Mr Parmjit Singh Gill (Leicester South):    What changes there have been in the total charges for parking raised by local authorities since 1997.
( 206102 )
*13 John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):    If he will make a statement on the performance of the South East Trains franchise over the past year.
( 206104 )
*14 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    What efficiency savings his Department expects to make in respect of its responsibilities for the railways; and if he will make a statement.
( 206105 )
*15 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Gatwick Express.
( 206106 )
*16 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    What steps he is taking to encourage the development of small ports.
( 206107 )
*17 Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    If he will make a statement on research he has evaluated on the use of hands-free mobile telephones in moving vehicles.
( 206109 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
*18 Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):    What assessment he has made of the effect on his areas of responsibility of the coming into force in January 2005 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
( 206110 )
*19 Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):    If he will make it his policy to disclose prior to May 2005 the sum earmarked from the existing Cabinet Office budget to cover the total cost of creating a separate post of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
( 206111 )
*20 Mrs Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest):    What recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Children about policy co-ordination.
( 206113 )
*21 David Cairns (Greenock & Inverclyde):    What progress he has made in implementing recommendations from Strategy Unit reports since he took up his post.
( 206114 )
*22 Miss Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove):    What recent discussions about policy co-ordination he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
( 206115 )

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

Main Business

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[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      The Prime Minister
        That this House do now adjourn.

        Proposed subject for debate: Matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

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[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That the Motion in the name of Mr Peter Hain relating to the Electoral Commission shall be treated as if it related to an instrument subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) in respect of which notice has been given that the instrument be approved.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

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[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Secretary Murphy

      (1)   the proposal for a draft Higher Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

      (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Thursday 20th January at half-past Two o'clock; and

      (3)   at that sitting—

        (a)   the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the legislative proposal referred to it under paragraph (1) above;
        (b)   the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the legislative proposal referred to the Committee; and
        (c)   at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Government support for adults abused in childhood (Tom Cox).

        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).



1Treasury9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Cash Machine Charges.
Witnesses: Which?, Consumers Association, National Consumer Council; Link Interchange Business Ltd (at approximately 10.15 a.m.).
2Home Affairs10.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 15(private)
Subject: Anti-Social Behaviour.
Witnesses: JD Wetherspoon Plc, Institute of Licensing, Mr Steve Green, Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, and Professor Dick Hobbs.
3International Development2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Darfur, Sudan: Crisis, Response and Lessons.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development, Dr Alastair McPhail, UK Special Representative for Sudan, and Mr Brian Thomson, former Head of FCO/DFID Sudan Unit.
4Foreign Affairs2.30 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Human Rights Annual Report 2004.
Witnesses: Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.

[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:      Parliamentary Questions and the Freedom of Information Act.
2    Secretary of State for Defence:      Baton rounds (Northern Ireland).
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      The death of Ronald Maddison and the inquest verdict returned on 15th November 2004.
4    Deputy Prime Minister:      Publication of draft Gypsy Circular for consultation.
5    Deputy Prime Minister:      Gypsy Site Refurbishment Grant 2004-05—Second Round.
6    Secretary of State for Education and Skills:      Children Act Report 2003.
7    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Biological Weapons Convention.
8    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.
9    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Passports: Authentification by interview.
10    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      The Kent Acts Report.
11    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      An Inquiry into an Application for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
12    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      PFI project to build new science facilities at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).
13    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Occupational Pensions—Implementing the Provisions of Directive 2003/41/EC.

Written Question tabled on Monday 20th December for answer today‡

1 Dame Marion Roe (Broxbourne): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what progress has been made in the appointment of a parliamentary security co-ordinator to lead the implementation of the Security Review.
( 207047 )


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