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Order of Business 12 January 2005

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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 Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):    What representations he has received about the scale of proposed house-building in the South-East; and if he will make a statement.
( 207359 )
*2 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    What proportion of local government spending was (a) met by Government grant and (b) raised locally in the 2004-05 financial year.
( 207360 )
*3 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    When he next expects to meet representatives of county councils from East Anglia to discuss house building targets.
( 207361 )
*4 Valerie Davey (Bristol West):    What steps his Department is taking to identify and spread good practice by local government in housing renewal work.
( 207362 )
*5 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    If he will make a statement on enforcement action available to local authorities in respect of unauthorised travellers' sites.
( 207363 )
*6 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    If he will make a statement on the provision of quality affordable housing.
( 207364 )
*7 Mr Harry Barnes (North East Derbyshire):    If he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry extending funding approved for remedial work and development at the former Avenue Cokeworks site in North East Derbyshire to the clearing up of the connected tar beds deposited at Grassmoor lagoons.
( 207365 )
*8 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on his planned regionalisation of fire and rescue control rooms.
( 207366 )
*9 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What plans he has to make changes to planning policy relating to telephone masts.
( 207367 )
*10 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What plans he has to make changes to the planning system in relation to caravan sites for gypsies and travellers.
( 207368 )
*11 Mr David Borrow (South Ribble):    What assessment he has made of the merits of moving to a unitary system of local government in Lancashire.
( 207369 )
*12 Jim Knight (South Dorset):    What support is available from his Department to fire and rescue authorities to enable them to provide advice to vulnerable households on how to prevent fire.
( 207370 )
*13 Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge):    What steps his Department is taking to develop a long-term strategy on the role of local government.
( 207371 )
*14 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What steps his Department is taking to support professional development of local government staff.
( 207372 )
*15 Bob Russell (Colchester):    How many council houses were built in the financial year 2003-04.
( 207373 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Vera Baird (Redcar):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 12th January
( 207344 )
*Q2 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):    
( 207345 )
*Q3 Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    
( 207346 )
*Q4 Ms Karen Buck (Regent's Park & Kensington North):    
( 207347 )
*Q5 Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Cunninghame South):    What the timetable is for the proposed dispersal of Civil Service jobs; and what plans there are for the relocation of jobs to Ayrshire.
( 207348 )
*Q6 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    
( 207349 )
*Q7 David Winnick (Walsall North):    
( 207350 )
*Q8 Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):    
( 207351 )
*Q9 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    
( 207352 )
*Q10 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    
( 207353 )
*Q11 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    
( 207354 )
*Q12 Claire Ward (Watford):    
( 207355 )
*Q13 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    
( 207357 )
*Q14 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    
( 207358 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notices of Presentation of Bills



[No debate]

      Patrick Mercer
        Bill to amend section 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967 in relation to the use of force in the prevention of crime or in the defence of persons or property.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Nigel Evans
        Bill to make provision about sentencing for persons guilty of an offence in connection with the supply or an offer to supply Class A drugs; and to establish a commission of inquiry into the effects and classification of cannabis.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Stephen Hepburn
        Bill to impose duties upon company directors in relation to health and safety; to give powers to the Health and Safety Commission to issue and approve codes of practice in connection with the performance of those duties; to require large companies to appoint a director as health and safety information director; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Julie Morgan
        Bill to enable the National Assembly for Wales to prohibit or restrict the smoking of tobacco products by any person in a public place in Wales; to enable functions to be transferred to the National Assembly for Wales in that connection; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Kevin Barron
        Bill to make provision for a lower rate of stamp duty land tax to be charged on residential properties where energy efficiency measures are undertaken by or on behalf of the purchaser.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Kevan Jones
        Bill to amend the Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Act 2002.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Sir Paul Beresford
        Bill to amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to give the police powers to enter specified premises in order to ascertain whether a person subject to the notification requirements of Part 2 of that Act is residing at or staying on those premises and to search those premises for information relevant to section 67 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, and to create offences in connection with the exercise of those powers.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Michael Weir
        Bill to make provision to increase the proportion of heating fuel derived from renewable sources; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Marsha Singh
        Bill to make provision about representation of and assistance to complainants in discrimination proceedings before employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal; to establish and confer functions upon the Tribunal Representation and Assistance Board; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Gerald Howarth
        Bill to make a person liable for damage caused to land, or property on that land, on which he is trespassing with the purpose of residing there; to amend the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in respect of the removal of trespassers from land, the seizure of property of trespassers and payments to occupiers of land in respect of damages arising from trespass; to establish a register of persons whose identity has been given to a constable after the giving of a direction under Part 5 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Andrew Stunell
        Bill to amend the law relating to planning in connection with telecommunications masts and associated apparatus; to amend the electronic communications code in connection with telecommunications masts and associated apparatus and make further provision about that code; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Neil Gerrard
        Bill to require parliamentary approval for the participation of Her Majesty's armed forces in armed conflict and for a declaration of war; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Stephen Pound
        Bill to amend the Human Tissue Act 2004 in relation to the removal of organs for the purpose of transplantation from adults who have died.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Tony Baldry
        Bill to require billing authorities and local authorities to contact pensioners who may be entitled to council tax benefit.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Ian Cawsey
        Bill to amend the Humber Bridge Acts 1959 to 1973; to require the Secretary of State to review the exercise of his power under the Humber Bridge (Debts) Act 1996; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Roger Williams
        Bill to require public authorities to undertake a social and environmental impact assessment and to consult persons or bodies affected before closing premises that provide services or ceasing to provide services from particular premises; to amend the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to material changes in use affecting services to or amenities for the public; to confer powers on local authorities in connection with the proposed closure of leisure and sports facilities; to make provision about local food strategies; to make provision in connection with the delivery of beer to public houses from local breweries; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Ann Taylor
        Bill to make provision about succession to the Crown and about Royal marriages.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Geraint Davies
        Bill to make further provision about nutritional standards, and other nutritional requirements, for school meals; to regulate food vending machines in schools; to provide for restrictions on the whereabouts of pupils during school hours for the purpose of controlling the supply of food to them; to require the inclusion of information about nutritional standards of food in schools in reports of school inspections; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr Alan Williams
        Bill to amend the Estate Agents Act 1979 to make provision for independent consumer redress in connection with the sale and purchase of residential property.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Peter Bradley
        Bill to give persons a right of reply to correct factual inaccuracies in the press in specified circumstances; to establish and confer functions upon the Press Standards Board and the Press Standards Adjudicator; to create an offence in connection with non-compliance with an enforcement notice served by the Press Standards Board; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business

+  21  

CHILD BENEFIT BILL:      Second Reading.

[Until 7.00 p.m.]

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  22  


[No debate]

      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Peter Hain
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Child Benefit Bill:


        1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

        2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 20th January 2005.

        3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on that day.

Consideration and Third Reading

        4.   Proceedings on consideration (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion two and a half hours after their commencement.

        5.   Proceedings on Third Reading (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion half an hour after their commencement.

Programming Committee

        6.   Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

        7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 83A(6)).

+  23  

CHILD BENEFIT BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      Mr Stephen Timms
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Child Benefit Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums which under any other Act are payable out of money so provided.

        To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Future of EU Objective 1 regions (Andrew George).

        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 A2.00 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document No. 12200/04 relating to Humane Trapping Standards.


2Science and Technology9.00 a.m.
9.30 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Forensic Science.
Witnesses: Mr Alan Kershaw, and Professor Evelyn Ebsworth, Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners, Professor Jim Fraser, and Dr Ann Priston, Forensic Science Society; Dr Angela Gallop, and Mr Tom Palmer, Managing Director, Forensic Alliance, Dr Nigel Law, and Mr Richard Treble, LGC (at approximately 10.30 a.m.); Mr Mike Sparham, and Ms Helen Kenny, Prospect, Mr Jeremy Gautrey, and Mr Alan Organ, PCS (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
3Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: UK e-University.
Witnesses: Sun Microsystems Ltd; Sir Brian Fender and Dr Adrian Lepper (at approximately 10.30 a.m.).
4Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development, Trade and Industry9.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Strategic Export Controls.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State, Mr Edward Oakden CMG, Director, International Security, and Mr David Landsman, Head, Counter-Proliferation Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
5Modernisation of the House of Commons9.30 a.m.Room 18 (private)
6Public Administration9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Government by Inquiry.
Witnesses: Sir Alan Budd; Sir John Gieve KCB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office (at approximately 10.45 a.m.).
7Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
8Defence2.00 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Future Capabilities.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Geoffrey Hoon MP, Secretary of State, and General Sir Mike Jackson GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence.
9Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Excise Duty Fraud.
Witnesses: British American Tobacco, Gallaher Group plc, Imperial Tobacco Group plc, and Philip Morris International.
10European Scrutiny2.20 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
Subject: The EU's Constitutional Treaty.
Witnesses: Professor Alan Dashwood and Martin Howe QC.
11Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Climate Change: Looking Forward.
Witnesses: BAA plc; Association of Electricity Producers (at approximately 3.45 p.m.); UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy (at approximately 4.30 p.m.); Renewable Power Association (at approximately 5.15 p.m.).
12Transport2.30 p.m.
2.45 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Road Pricing.
Witnesses: Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage Association and Professor Alan McKinnon; RAC Foundation (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); National Express Ltd (at approximately 4.00 p.m.); HM Customs & Excise (at approximately 4.30 p.m.).
13Welsh Affairs2.45 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Police Service, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Wales.
Witnesses: Sue Hall, Chair of the South Wales Criminal Justice Board and Simon Boyle, Chairman of Gwent Criminal Justice Board; Ian Miller, Chair of Denbighshire Community Safety Partnership and Owen Watkin, Chair of Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
14Environmental Audit3.00 p.m.
3.20 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Subject: International Leadership on Climate Change.
Witnesses: Barclays Capital and The London Climate Change Service Providers Group.
15Northern Ireland Affairs3.30 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
16Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Managing National Lottery Distribution Fund Balances.
Witnesses: Ms Sue Street, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Ms Carole Souter, Director, Heritage Lottery Fund, and Mr Stephen Dunmore, Chief Executive, New Opportunities Fund.
17Scottish Affairs4.00 p.m.Room 17 (private)
18Northern Ireland Affairs Sub-Committee4.30 p.m.

4.35 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Air Transport Services in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: Department for Regional Development (DRD), Department of the Environment (DOE), and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI).
19Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development, Trade and Industry5.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)


20Draft Mental Health Bill9.30 a.m.

9.45 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Witnesses: Dr Paddy Power, and Dr Eric Morris, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust; Officials from the Scottish Health and Social Welfare Department (at approximately 10.20 a.m.).
21Draft Mental Health Bill2.30 p.m.

2.35 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Witnesses: His Honour Judge Phillip Sycamore, Mrs Carolyn Kirby, MHRT Regional Chairman for Wales, and Council of Tribunals; Association of Directors of Social Services, Local Government Association, and Kent County Council (at approximately 3.15 p.m.); NHS Confederation, Tees and Northeast Yorkshire NHS Trust, and West London Mental Health Trust (at approximately 4.00 p.m.).
22Human 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 the Home Department:      European Community Association Agreement with Romania and Bulgaria.
2    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Self defence.
3    Secretary of State for International Development:      Fragile states.


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