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Order of Business 19 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 Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine):    What factors were considered in the decision to limit the revised Part L of the Building Regulations so that only extensions to a commercial building over 1,000 square metres require consequential work upon the original building in order to minimise its overall carbon footprint.
( 19109 )
*2 Mr Shahid Malik (Dewsbury):    If he will make a statement on the Social Exclusion Unit's interim report Improving Services, Improving Lives.
( 19110 )
*3 Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):    If he will make a statement on progress with the consultation resulting from the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2005.
( 19111 )
*4 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    If he will make a statement on planning guidance in areas prone to floods.
( 19112 )
*5 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    What plans he has to support the provision of affordable housing in the South West.
( 19114 )
*6 Christine Russell (Chester, City of):    If he will make a statement on the progress of the Lyons inquiry.
( 19115 )
*7 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):    What measures his Department has taken to implement the European Union's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
( 19116 )
*8 Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on the work and remit of the Thurrock Urban Development Corporation.
( 19117 )
*9 Bob Russell (Colchester):    What action he has taken since May 1997 to encourage local authorities to build council houses.
( 19118 )
*10 Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What plans he has to review planning policy relating to telecommunications masts.
( 19119 )
*11 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What progress he is making in ensuring that affordable housing is available in the South East.
( 19120 )
*12 Kitty Ussher (Burnley):    What the level of public funding for social housing was in (a) 2005 and (b) 1997.
( 19121 )
*13 Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What recent representations he has received from members of the public concerning roadside advertising.
( 19122 )
*14 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    What assessment he has made of the effects of the Key Worker Living Scheme on recruitment and retention of public sector workers.
( 19123 )

At 12 noon
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 19th October.
( 19094 )
*Q2 Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    
( 19095 )
*Q3 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    
( 19096 )
*Q4 Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury):    
( 19097 )
*Q5 Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    
( 19098 )
*Q6 Clive Efford (Eltham):    
( 19099 )
*Q7 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):    
( 19100 )
*Q8 Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South):    
( 19101 )
*Q9 Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):    
( 19102 )
*Q10 Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):    
( 19103 )
*Q11 Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    
( 19104 )
*Q12 Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):    
( 19105 )
*Q13 Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):    
( 19106 )
*Q14 Anne Main (St Albans):    
( 19107 )
*Q15 Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):    
( 19108 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute Rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Francis Maude
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require an audit of existing or planned infrastructure in areas of significant housing development.

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

Main Business



[Until 7.00 p.m.]

      Mr Chris Grayling
        That the matter of the evidence given by the Rt Hon Member for North Tyneside to the Transport Sub-Committee of the Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions on 14th November 2001 be referred to the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.


OPPOSITION DAY (7th allotted day)

[Until 7.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mrs Caroline Spelman
      Mr Eric Pickles
      Angela Watkinson
      Bill Wiggin
      David Maclean
        That this House regrets the decision of the Government to delay, but not to cancel, the council tax revaluation in England; calls for Ministers to be held to account for the flawed Welsh revaluation introduced by the Local Government Act 2003; believes that urgent measures are necessary to stop further rises in Welsh council tax bills next April as transitional relief is phased out; observes that the business rates revaluation in England has not been revenue-neutral; notes that Northern Ireland is being used as a testing ground for controversial reform in England; expresses concern that the Lyons Inquiry will be used to advocate expensive and time-consuming restructuring of local government, and instead calls for regional government to be curtailed; and fears that revaluation and re-banding will be used to increase further the burden of local taxation on hard-working families and pensioners in England.

            As Amendments to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Council Tax Revaluation):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Geoffrey Hoon
      Mr David Miliband
 Mr Phil Woolas   Mr Jim Fitzpatrick   
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's decision to postpone the revaluation of council tax in England in order that it may take full account of Sir Michael Lyons's further work on the functions of local government as well as its financing; supports the Government's extension of Sir Michael's terms of reference, which will enable him to review the strategic role of local government and therefore set any proposals for the reform of the funding system within the context of that role and of councils' accountability; recognises that the devolution settlement for Wales gives responsibility for council tax matters to the National Assembly for Wales, and that the context for rating reform in Northern Ireland is very different from that in Great Britain; refutes any suggestion that Northern Ireland is being used as a testing ground for reform in England; and looks forward to the final report of Sir Michael Lyons's inquiry which it is confident will provide a real opportunity for fundamental and lasting reform.'.

      Mr Charles Kennedy
      Sir Menzies Campbell
      Sarah Teather
      David Howarth
      Mark Hunter
      Andrew Stunell
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `regrets the decision of the Government to postpone reform of local government finance; notes that council tax penalises pensioners and the low paid and that council tax payers in Wales are suffering from higher bills because of the flawed revaluation process; calls for the National Assembly for Wales to be given the power to abolish council tax and replace it with a fair local income tax; observes that local councils' ability to serve their communities is hampered by the restrictive, centralised local government finance scheme; regrets that the Government has no plans to return control over business rates to local authorites; and calls for the abolition of council tax at the earliest opportunity and its replacement with a fair local income tax.'.



      Mr Michael Howard
      David Davis
      Mr Andrew Lansley
      Dr Andrew Murrison
      Patrick Mercer
      David Maclean
        That this House expresses its deep appreciation of the response of the emergency services and Transport for London to the terrorist outrages of 7th and 21st July 2005; urges heightened efforts to ensure that preparedness for emergencies is comprehensively pursued; believes that the appointment of a Minister for Homeland Security would contribute to effective co-ordination within government; calls for increased efforts in communicating with the public in respect of major threats, including both terrorist attacks and an influenza pandemic; regrets delays in the publication of an influenza pandemic contingency plan and the procurement of anti-viral drugs and disposable medical products; is concerned at the lack of public information and resulting confusion; and urges that pandemic influenza preparedness be achieved urgently, with effective communication to the NHS and public of the nature of the threat and planned responses.

            As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Emergency Preparedness):
      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Darling
      Mr Geoffrey Hoon
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
 Mr Secretary Clarke Mr John Hutton   Rosie Winterton   Hazel Blears
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `pays grateful tribute to the excellent work of the emergency services, of Transport for London and of all involved in responding to the terrorist outrages of 7th July and 21st July; congratulates the Government on its comprehensive approach to preparedness for emergencies; notes the effectiveness of current Departmental responsibilities for emergency preparedness; further congratulates the Government on the steps taken to enhance communication with the public in respect of major threats; notes that supplies of vaccines, antibiotics, antidotes and specialist equipment are strategically placed around the UK for rapid deployment in the event of a mass casualty incident, and that spending on the stockpile to date exceeds £120 million; further notes that NHS organisations have well-established, comprehensive plans in place for dealing with pandemic influenza, and that the Government's updated pandemic flu contingency plan is being published today; welcomes the fact that the Government is stockpiling key drugs and equipment, and will have enough antiviral drugs to treat 25 per cent. of the population by September 2006; and recognises that good communication with the public and with health professionals is crucial before and during a pandemic and therefore congratulates the Government on making accurate and up to date information widely available to doctors and the public through various agencies.'.

        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: Mrs Jackie Summerbell and the Child Support Agency (Mrs Cheryl Gillan).

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



1Standing Committee E4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
Further to consider the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill.
2European Standing Committee2.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider EU Document No. 8635/05 relating to Marketing of Genetically Modified Maize and EU Document No. 10785/05 relating to Marketing of Genetically Modified Maize for Resistance to Certain Pests and Herbicides.


3Science and Technology9.00 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
10.45 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subjects: (i) Chief Executive, Natural Environment Research Council: Introductory Session (ii) Science Question Time.
Witnesses: (i) Professor Alan Thorpe (ii) Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Science and Innovation, Department for Trade and Industry.
4Education and Skills9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Higher Education issues.
Witness: Sir Howard Newby,Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England.
5Work and Pensions9.15 a.m.

9.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Disability and Carers Service.
Witnesses: Terry Moran, Chief Executive and Vivien Hopkin, Chief Operating Officer, the Disability and Carers Service.
6Foreign Affairs2.00 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: War Against Terrorism.
Witnesses: Peter Taylor, BBC Panorama and Professor Paul Wilkinson, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews, Nomi Bar-Yaacov (at approximately 3.30 p.m.).
7Scottish Affairs2.15 p.m.

2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: The Scotland Office Annual Report 2005.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr David Cairns MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Scotland) and Mr Jim Wildgoose, Head of the Scotland Office.
8Treasury Sub-Committee2.15 p.m.

2.40 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: National Savings and Investments Annual Report.
Witnesses: Mr Alan Cook, Chief Executive, Mr Trevor Bayley, Finance Director, National Savings and Investments Annual Report 2005.
9Environmental Audit2.30 p.m.

2.50 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Keeping the Lights On: Nuclear, Renewables and Climate Change.
Witnesses: WWF-UK; The Lower Carbon Futures Research Group and Warwick Business School (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); Tom Burke, Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London (at approximately 4.10 p.m.).
10European Scrutiny2.30 p.m.Room 19 (private)
11Northern Ireland Affairs2.30 p.m.Room 17 (private)
12Transport2.30 p.m.

2.45 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: Delivering Transport for London's 2012 Olympic Games.
Witnesses: London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Greenwich, Newham, Hackney, Dorset Borough Council, and the Thames Gateway London Partnership; Network Rail, London & Continental Railways Ltd, and the Association of Train Operating Companies Ltd (ATOC) (at approximately 3.30 p.m.); Disability Rights Commission, Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and the London Transport Users Committee (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
13Environment, Food and Rural Affairs3.00 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Reform of the EU Sugar Regime.
Witnesses: Tate & Lyle Sugars, Europe; UK Industrial Sugar Users Group (at approximately 4.15 p.m.)
14Public Accounts3.30 p.m.Room 16 (public)
Subject: Responding to the challenges of European law.
Witness: Mr Mark Addison, Acting Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
15Statutory InstrumentsAs soon as convenient after 4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)
16Selection4.45 p.m.Room 13 (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    Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer:      ECOFIN 11th October 2005.
2    Secretary of State for Health:      Review of specialist services.
3    Secretary of State for Health:      Review of regulation in health and social care.
4    Secretary of State for Health:      Updated pandemic flu contingency plan.
5    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Identity cards procurement strategy market sounding.
6    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      Code of practice for victims of crime.
7    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland:      Seventh Independent Monitoring Commission Report.
8    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Health, Work and Well-being? Caring for our Future: A Strategy for the Health and Wellbeing of Working Age People.


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