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Order of Business 12 October 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 Secretary of State for International Development
*1 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    If he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Darfur, Sudan.
( 16762 )
*2 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    If he will make a statement on his Department's progress on poppy eradication in Afghanistan.
( 16763 )
*3 Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    If he will make a statement on the food situation in Southern Africa.
( 16764 )
*4 Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    If he will make a statement on support from his Department for projects in Swaziland.
( 16765 )
*5 Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby):    If he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Sudan.
( 16767 )
*6 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on diversifying agriculture in Afghanistan.
( 16768 )
*7 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    What recent assessment his Department has made of the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea; and if he will make a statement.
( 16769 )
*8 Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What steps he is taking to ensure that aid and assistance given to the Colombian government is used for the purposes for which it is intended.
( 16770 )
*9 Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    What progress was made at the UN World Summit towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
( 16771 )
*10 Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    If he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Niger.
( 16772 )
*11 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    What measures he is taking to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals to promote gender equality and empower women in the developing world by 2015 are met.
( 16773 )
*12 Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):    What progress he is making in implementing the agreements on aid and debt reached at the G8 summit at Gleneagles.
( 16774 )
*13 Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):    When he was first informed of the gravity of the famine in Niger; and if he will make a statement.
( 16775 )
*14 Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill):    How much his Department has spent on aid for Sub-Saharan Africa in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
( 16776 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr John Baron (Billericay):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 12th October.
( 16747 )
*Q2 Andrew Rosindell (Romford):    
( 16748 )
*Q3 Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    
( 16749 )
*Q4 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    
( 16750 )
*Q5 Meg Hillier (Hackney South & Shoreditch):    
( 16751 )
*Q6 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    
( 16752 )
*Q7 Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):    
( 16753 )
*Q8 Vera Baird (Redcar):    
( 16754 )
*Q9 Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    
( 16755 )
*Q10 Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):    
( 16756 )
*Q11 Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):    
( 16757 )
*Q12 Anne Moffat (East Lothian):    
( 16758 )
*Q13 Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    
( 16759 )
*Q14 Hywel Williams (Caernarfon):    
( 16760 )
*Q15 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    
( 16761 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill

+  1  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
        Bill to make provision for and about offences relating to conduct carried out, or capable of being carried out, for purposes connected with terrorism; to amend enactments relating to terrorism; to amend the Intelligence Services Act 1994 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute Rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide a statutory framework for full public consultation by local authorities in England whenever major developments are proposed by such authorities.

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

Main Business


OPPOSITION DAY (6th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mrs Caroline Spelman
      Mr Eric Pickles
      Mr Andrew Lansley
      Dr Andrew Murrison
      David Maclean
        That this House notes the overwhelming rejection of regional government in the referendum held in the North East in November 2004; regrets the ongoing transfer of powers to unelected regional quangos since the result, taking power away from democratically accountable local councils; rejects the proposals for the regionalisation of the fire service and the imposition of distant Regional Fire Control Rooms; expresses concern at the possibility of police forces being structured on a Government Office Region level, making the police less responsive to local people, and voices similar concerns over the restructuring of NHS ambulance trusts; disagrees with the Deputy Prime Minister's proposals for the regionalisation of emergency services as being a desirable, legitimate or necessary tier of governance; and demands that the Government dismantles the unwanted and unaccountable regional administration of emergency services.

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Regionalisation of Emergency Services):
      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Sarah Teather
      David Howarth
      Mark Hunter
      Andrew Stunnell
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `deplores the shift of power and responsibility away from democratically elected bodies to unelected quangos at a local, national and regional level; notes that this transfer of power has continued under successive Conservative and Labour governments; rejects the imposition of a regional structure on the emergency services regardless of local considerations and at the expense of local accountability; and calls upon the Government to introduce a greater flexibility of structures and to develop mechanisms to increase the local accountability of all tax-levying bodies.'.

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Mr David Miliband
Jim FitzpatrickMs Rosie Winterton
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `supports local, regional and national collaboration to improve public safety and health; welcomes the continuing reduction in fire deaths which Fire and Rescue Authorities have achieved in partnership with the Government and other stakeholders; welcomes the positive role played by local authorities in Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships and the fall in crime as a result; welcomes the public consultation underway to ensure police force structures protect the public from terrorism and organised crime, while continuing to provide responsive neighbourhood policing that meets the needs of local communities; welcomes the proposed managerial changes in ambulance trusts which will cut overheads and bureaucracy, while boosting investment in front-line staff and services for patients; and congratulates the Government on increasing expenditure on all the emergency services since its election in 1997.'.



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Oliver Letwin
      Mr James Paice
      Mr Owen Paterson
      Bill Wiggin
      David Maclean
        That this House regrets the Prime Minister's apparent willingness to abandon the effort to achieve a second Kyoto agreement; and calls upon the Government to implement a system of independent monitoring which will assist governments in achieving the Royal Commission's target reduction in emissions by 2050.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Tackling Climate Change):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Secretary Margaret Beckett
      Mr Secretary Straw
      Secretary Hilary Benn
Mr Ben Bradshaw
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `congratulates the UK Government on the unparalleled leadership it has shown in raising the issue of climate change up the international agenda; welcomes the outcomes of the G8 Summit in July in Gleneagles and the UK's achievements in establishing a new momentum in international discussion on climate change; further welcomes the Government's commitment to work towards agreement on the long-term goals and action needed to stabilise the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the UK's commitment to seek further international action through the EU Presidency, the first meeting of the G8 dialogue on 1st November and the Montreal meeting in December; commends the Labour Party for its continuing objective to reduce emissions by 20 per cent. by 2010; and welcomes any support for measures that will actually reduce UK emissions.'.

        The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Clean coal technology (Huw Irranca-Davies).

        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m., or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).



1Standing Committee B (Programming Sub-Committee) (Violent Crime Reduction Bill)4.30 p.m.Room 17 (private)
2Standing Committee D (Programming Sub-Committee) (London Olympics Bill)6.00 p.m.Room 13 (private)
3Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation2.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Designated Area) Order 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 1537)


4Science and Technology9.00 a.m.Room 6 (private)
5Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Public Expenditure on Education and Skills.
Witnesses: Sir David Normington, Permanent Secretary, Mr Stephen Kershaw, Director of Finance, Mr Stephen Crowne, Director, School Resources Group, Department for Education and Skills.
6Work and Pensions9.15 a.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
7Modernisation of the House of Commons9.30 a.m.Room 18 (private)
8Foreign Affairs2.00 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2004-05.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Lord Kinnock of Bedwellty, Chairman, Sir David Green, KCMG, Director-General and Mr Martin Davidson, Deputy Director-General, British Council.
9Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: HM Revenue and Customs, Spring Departmental Report 2005.
Witnesses: Mr David Yarney, Executive Chairman, Mr Paul Gray, CB, Deputy Chairman, Miss Sarah Walker, Director, Benefits and Credits, HM Revenue and Customs.
10Environmental Audit2.30 p.m.The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
11Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2.30 p.m.The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
12European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
13Northern Ireland Affairs2.30 p.m.Room 18 (private)
14Transport2.30 p.m.Room 6 (private)
15Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Maintaining and Improving Britain's Railway Stations.
Witnesses: Nick Newton, Strategic Rail Authority, John Armitt, Network Rail, Mike Mitchell, Department for Transport, George Muir, ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies), Mr Chris Boit, Office of Rail Regulation.
16Statutory InstrumentsAs soon as convenient after 4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)


17Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      FCO Research Paper: Counter-Terrorist Legislation and Practice: A Survey of Selected Countries.
2    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Annual report on the Global Opportunities Fund.
3    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Terrorism update.
4    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      11th October EU Competitiveness Council.
5    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      International Labour Conference 2004—Recommendation 195.


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