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Order of Business 7 February 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
*1 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):    If he will make a statement on the deployment of British troops during the Iraqi elections.
( 214080 )
*2 Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    If he will make a statement on manning levels in the Army.
( 214081 )
*3 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):    If he will make a statement on the development of the Iraqi National Guard.
( 214082 )
*4 Jane Griffiths (Reading East):    What steps he is taking to increase recruitment in areas of low unemployment.
( 214083 )
*5 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    How many Hercules C130 J and C130 K aircraft have a full defensive aids suite.
( 214085 )
*6 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    How many frigates and destroyers are operational.
( 214086 )
*7 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What changes in troop deployment he is planning for Iraq over the next three months.
( 214087 )
*8 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    If he will undertake to send a service voter registration form to every serviceman and woman.
( 214089 )
*9 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on the status of UK troops in Iraq following the elections of 30th January.
( 214090 )
*10 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the role to be played by Halliburton/KBR in the new aircraft carrier project.
( 214091 )
*11 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    If he will ensure that every member of the armed forces is provided with a service electoral registration form before the end of February.
( 214092 )
*12 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    What recent discussions he has had on the proposal to establish a European Union defence equipment policy.
( 214093 )
*13 Jim Knight (South Dorset):    If he will make a statement on the future requirement by the armed forces for the Lynx helicopter.
( 214094 )
*14 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    If he will make a statement on the material which his Department provided to the inquiry by Lord Lloyd into Gulf War Syndrome.
( 214095 )
*15 Ross Cranston (Dudley North):    If he will make a statement on the UK contribution to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
( 214096 )
*16 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    If he will make a statement on the development of the Future Rapid Effects System.
( 214097 )
*17 Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):    Whether he plans to end all hooding of detainees by members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
( 214098 )
*18 Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    How much was spent on army recruitment in each of the past seven years.
( 214099 )
*19 Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    How many servicemen and women are serving overseas; and what steps he will take to ensure that each one has the opportunity to register to vote.
( 214100 )
*20 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    If he will make a statement on the security situation in Afghanistan.
( 214101 )
*21 Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):    What his latest estimate is of the number of former service personnel suffering from Gulf war-related illnesses.
( 214102 )
*22 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    What discussions he has had with serving and retired service men and women about the conduct of the Future Infantry Structure exercise.
( 214103 )
*23 Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):    If he will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.
( 214104 )

At 3.30 p.m.Urgent Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business

+  1  

SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME AND POLICE BILL:      As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.

[Up to six and a half hours]

For Amendments, see separate Paper.

        Proceedings on Consideration shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion five and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration, and proceedings on Third Reading shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion six and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on consideration (Order of 3rd February).

+  2  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Murphy
        That the draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland Parties, etc) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 20th December, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  3  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
        That the draft Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Directors' Report etc.) Regulations 2005, which were laid before this House on 12th January, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

+  4  


[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Peter Hain
        That the Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 79), dated 20th January 2005, the Financing of Maintained Schools (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3130), dated 9th December 2004 and the LEA Budget, Schools Budget and Individual Schools Budget (England) Regulations 2004 (S.I., 2004, No. 3131), dated 9th December 2004 be referred to Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Rail services to Maidenhead and Twyford (Mrs Theresa May).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m., or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).



1First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Continuance of Part VII) Order 2005.


2International Development2.45 p.m.
3.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: The European Union's trade agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
Witness: Rt Hon Peter Mandelson, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission.
3Education and Skills3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Teaching Children to Read.
Witnesses: Sue Lloyd, Co-author, Jolly Phonics and Professor Rhona Johnston, University of Hull; The National Literacy Trust and the Early Childhood Forum (at approximately 4.45 p.m.).
4Constitutional Affairs and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the regions4.00 p.m.

4.15 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Electoral Registration.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Minister of State for Local and Regional Government and Fire, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Mr Christopher Leslie MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs.
5Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Strategic Science Provision in English Universities.
Witnesses: Danielle Miles, Exeter University, Ian Hutton, University of East Anglia, Amy Huntington, Newcastle University, and Stephen Rowley, Aston University; Bahram Bekhradnia, Director, Higher Education and Policy Institute (at approximately 5.00 p.m.); Sir Howard Newby and Mr John Rushforth, Higher Education Funding Council for England (at approximately 5.30 p.m.).
6Information4.30 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
7Public Accounts4.30 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (public)
Subject: The Accounts of the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster.
Witnesses: Mr Bertie Ross, Secretary and Keeper of the Records, Mr Keith Willis, Head of Finance, Duchy of Cornwall, Mr Paul Clarke, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Council, and Mr Chris Adcock, Chief Finance Officer, Duchy of Lancaster.

[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:      Future use of the Reserve Forces.
2    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Immigration Rules changes.
3    Solicitor General:      Prosecutions.


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