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Order of Business 23 March 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



      Secretary Tessa Jowell
        That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there will be laid before this House a Return of the Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a 12th Century manuscript now in the possession of the British Library.

No debate.

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*1 Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    If he will abolish the 50/50 recruitment policy for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
( 222756 )
*2 Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    What measures he proposes to take to assist the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland.
( 222757 )
*3 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the prospects of the Northern Ireland Assembly reconvening.
( 222758 )
*4 Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford):    If he will make a statement on 50/50 recruiting to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
( 222760 )
*5 Lady Hermon (North Down):    What recent discussions he has had with the Chief Medical Officer in relation to the introduction of a smoking ban in enclosed public spaces in Northern Ireland.
( 222761 )
*6 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.
( 222762 )
*7 Mr John MacDougall (Central Fife):    What percentage of the working age population of Northern Ireland is unemployed.
( 222763 )
*8 Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):    What recent assessment he has made of the level of crimes being carried out by each of the main paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland.
( 222764 )
*9 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    What percentage of secondary school children in Northern Ireland are in single sex schools; and what the percentage was (a) five and (b) 10 years ago.
( 222765 )
*10 Eric Joyce (Falkirk West):    What percentage of the working age population of Northern Ireland is unemployed.
( 222766 )
*11 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 222767 )
*12 John Robertson (Glasgow Anniesland):    If he will make a statement on the work of the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland.
( 222768 )
*13 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland):    If he will make a statement on the peace process.
( 222769 )
*14 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):    What steps he plans to take to broaden the religious and other value system education in schools in Northern Ireland.
( 222770 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Parmjit Singh Gill (Leicester South):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 23rd March.
( 223387 )
*Q2 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    
( 223388 )
*Q3 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    
( 223389 )
*Q4 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    
( 223390 )
*Q5 Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):    
( 223391 )
*Q6 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):    
( 223392 )
*Q7 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    
( 223393 )
*Q8 Nick Harvey (North Devon):    
( 223394 )
*Q9 Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):    
( 223395 )
*Q10 Mr Huw Edwards (Monmouth):    
( 223396 )
*Q11 Mr David Laws (Yeovil):    
( 223397 )
*Q12 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    
( 223398 )
*Q13 Brian Cotter (Weston-Super-Mare):    What steps the Government is taking to ensure the effective operation of the new out-of-hours GP service.
( 223399 )
*Q14 Annabelle Ewing (Perth):    
( 223400 )
*Q15 Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):    If he will make an official visit to Dartmoor.
( 223401 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill



[No debate]

      Keith Vaz
        Bill to amend the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to establish a right of appeal in relation to the amount of compensation payable under section 133 of that Act and to make provision about the procedure for the assessment of such amounts.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Peter Lilley
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable annual limits to be set on immigration; and for connected purposes.

        The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business

+  3  


[Until 7.00 p.m.]

The Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill, HC 352-I of Session 2003-04, and the Goverment's response thereto, Cm 6276, are relevant.
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

+  4  


[No debate]

      Mr Peter Hain
      Mr Secretary Johnson
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords]—


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

Proceedings in Standing Committee

        2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 14th April 2005.

        3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

        4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

        5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

        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 any message from the Lords) may be programmed.

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

+  5  

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION BILL [LORDS] [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      Mr Stephen Timms
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable by virtue of any other Act out of money so provided.

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

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr Stephen Timms
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Disability Discrimination Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise—

      (a)   the charging of fees in connection with rail vehicle accessibility compliance certificates, and

      (b)   the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: NHS funding for children's hospices (Jeff Ennis).

        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).



1Science and Technology9.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: DFID Chief Scientific Adviser: Introductory Session.
Witnesses: Professor Gordon Conway, Chief Scientific Adviser and Mr Dylan Winder, Department for International Development.
2Education and Skills9.15 a.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
3Work and Pensions9.30 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
4Culture, Media and Sport10.30 a.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
5Welsh Affairs10.45 a.m.Room 16 (private)
6European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 17 (private)
7International Development2.30 p.m.Room 8 (private)
8Transport2.30 p.m.Room 6 (private)
9Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Department of Health: The NHS Cancer Plan: A progress report.
Witnesses: Sir Nigel Crisp KCB, Chief Executive, Department of Health and Professor Mike Richards, National Cancer Director.
10Regulatory Reform4.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
11Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (private)


12Human Rights4.00 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    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Performance Targets for 2005-06.
2    Parliamentary Under Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Claim management companies.
3    Parliamentary Under Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Establishing an Inspectorate and Community Safety.
4    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      Report of the Digital Television Project.
5    Secretary of State for Defence:      Disestablishment of Warship Support Agency.
6    Secretary of State for Defence:      Disestablishment of Medical Supplies Agency.
7    Secretary of State for Defence:      Northern Ireland Patrol Vessel.
8    Secretary of State for Defence:      The Reserve Forces (Call-Out and Recall) (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2005.
9    Deputy Prime Minister:      High hedges.
10    Secretary of State for Education and Skills:      Costs of student finance and student loans.
11    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Launch of the State Veterinary Service as an Executive Agency on 1st April 2005.
12    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Implementation of the Conclusions of the Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction.
13    Secretary of State for Health:      Prudential Borrowing Code for National Health Service foundation trusts.
14    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      New guidance on Turkish European Community Association Agreements (ECAA) Leave to Remain Cases.
15    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Corporate manslaughter—the Government's draft Bill for reform.
16    Secretary of State for International Development:      World Bank.
17    Solicitor General:      R v Rayment and Others.
18    Secretary of State for Transport:      Light dues.
19    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Opportunity Age—meeting the challenges of ageing in the 21st century.


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