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Order of Business 7 April 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

Private Business

        Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.


        The Chairman of Ways and Means.

        That the Amendments to Standing Orders set out in the Schedule be made:—

[For Schedule, see the Notice Paper relating to Private Business.]

An Explanatory memorandum is available in the Vote Office.

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
*1 Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):    How much was paid in coal health claims up to 31st March; how many claimants have benefited; and if she will make a statement on plans to increase the speed at which claims are processed.
( 224748 )
*2 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    If she will make a statement on Government policies to promote investment in the private sector.
( 224749 )
*3 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    What support her Department provides to British companies bidding for contracts for reconstruction work in Iraq.
( 224751 )
*4 Hugh Bayley (York, City of):    What progress the Government is making in opening markets for UK companies to sell financial services in India and China.
( 224752 )
*5 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If she will make a statement on the impact of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme on UK business.
( 224753 )
*6 Mr Archie Norman (Tunbridge Wells):    What steps she is taking to promote small business growth.
( 224754 )
*7 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    What the latest estimate is of the UK balance of trade for 2004-05; and what the balance of trade with the EU was in the same period.
( 224756 )
*8 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    If she will make a statement on bilateral trade relations with India.
( 224794 )
*9 Mr Richard Page (South West Hertfordshire):    What the ratio was of officials employed in her Department to people employed in manufacturing in the UK in (a) 1998 and (b) 2004.
( 224820 )

At 12.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister for Women
*10 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    What her policy is on work-life balance and opportunities for employment for women.
( 224757 )
*11 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What assessment she has made of the impact of the Working Time Directive on women.
( 224758 )
*12 Hugh Bayley (York, City of):    What the Government's policy is on reducing the gap between the average income of single men and single women aged over 65.
( 224759 )
*13 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What academic research she has commissioned on barriers to equality of opportunity for women.
( 224795 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notices of Presentation of Bills



[No debate]

      Mr Michael Meacher
        Bill to combat climate change by setting annual targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions until 2050; to place duties on the Prime Minister regarding the reporting on and achievement of those targets; to specify procedures to be followed if the targets are not met; to specify certain functions of and provide certain powers to Members of Parliament with regard to ensuring carbon dioxide emissions are reduced; to set sectoral reduction targets and targets for energy efficiency, the generation of energy from renewable sources, combined heat and power and microgeneration; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Alan Simpson
        Bill to promote microgeneration of electricity and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business

+  3  

SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME AND POLICE BILL:      Consideration of Lords Amendments.

[Up to 1

        Debate may continue for up to one and a half hours after commencement (Order of 6th April).

+  4  

EDUCATION BILL [LORDS]:      As amended in the Standing Committee, to be considered.

[Up to one hour]

        Proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one hour after commencement (Order of 6th April).

+  5  


[Up to one hour]

      Mr Secretary Darling
        That further proceedings on the Crossrail Bill shall be suspended until the next Session of Parliament.

        That if a Bill is presented in the next Session in the same terms as the Crossrail Bill when it was presented in this Session—

      (a)   the Bill shall be ordered to be printed and shall be deemed to have been read the first time; and

      (b)   the Standing Orders of the House applicable to the Bill, so far as complied with or dispensed with in this Session, shall be deemed to have been complied with or (as the case may be) dispensed with in the next Session;

        That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.

Debate may continue for one hour (Order of 6th April).

        Note: The House may be asked to consider any Lords Messages and Amendments which may be received.

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr David Lammy
        That the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 656), dated 11th March 2005, a copy of which was laid before this House on 14th March, be approved.

        The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has drawn the special attention of the House to the Instrument in its Fourteenth Report, HC 66-xiv.

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

+  7  


[Up to 1

Remaining Stages may also be taken.

        Proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee and any proceedings on remaining stages shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion one and a half hours after commencement (Order of 6th April).

        Note: The House may be asked to consider any Lords Messages and Amendments which may be received.

A Royal Commission is expected.

        The Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Messages from the Lords have been received and until any Committee to draw up Reasons which has been appointed at this sitting has reported (Order of 6th April).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Proposals for the A47 between Great Yarmouth and Acle(Mr Anthony D. Wright).

        Debate may continue until 6.30 p.m., or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 29th October 2002).

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1    Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs:      Department for Constitutional Affairs—General Elections Costs 2005-06.
2    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      Football betting.
3    Secretary of State for Defence:      Queen Victoria School: Removal of agency status.
4    Secretary of State for Defence:      Death and injuries as a result of accidents during exercises at the Army training ground at Otterburn.
5    Secretary of State for Defence:      Gifting of ammunition to Oman.
6    Secretary of State for Defence:      Disposal Services Agency—key targets for financial year 2005-06.
7    Secretary of State for Health:      Trade unions recognised for collective bargaining purposes by the Department of Health and the NHS.
8    Secretary of State for Health:      Cost of the commissioning functions of primary care trusts.
9    Secretary of State for Health:      NHS paybill costs.
10    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Northern Ireland Prison Service Corporate and Business Plan 2005 to 2008.
11    Prime Minister:      Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report 2004-05.
12    Prime Minister:      Government response to ISC Report, The Handling of Detainees by UK Intelligence Personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq
13    Prime Minister:      Official Histories: Special Operations Executive in Italy.
14    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Organisations listed as trade unions with the Certification Officer.


Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 6th April for answer today++

1 Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the average effect of taxes and benefits in (a) 1979,
( 225022 )
2 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the implications for Royal Naval Aircraft Yard Fleetlands of the Government's proposals for the servicing of Sea King helicopters.
( 225031 )
3 Mike Gapes (Ilford South): To ask the Chairman of the Finance and Services Committee, how many abandoned vehicles were recovered in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03 and (d) 2003-04, broken down by region.
( 225030 )
4 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask the Chairman of the Finance and Services Committee, what mechanism is used for the distribution of dairy premium and additional dairy payment to dairy farmers in England.
( 225028 )
5 Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome): To ask the Chairman of the Finance and Services Committee, what proportion of dairy premium and additional dairy payment will be distributed to non-dairy farmers in England.
( 225029 )
6 Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate he has made of the number of occasions on which drivers drove while above the legal alcohol limit in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent year for which figures are available.
( 225023 )


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