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Order of Business 31 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 2.30 p.m.      Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
*1 Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):    Whether he plans to bring forward legislation on pension reform in this Parliament.
( 22501 )
*2 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Child Support Agency.
( 22502 )
*3 Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):    What steps he is taking to provide local authorities with guidance on (a) the circumstances and (b) the manner in which it is appropriate to interfere with private memorials on grounds of safety; and if he will make a statement.
( 22503 )
*4 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    When he plans to publish further research on women and pensions.
( 22504 )
*5 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    If he will make a statement on the claimant count level of unemployment.
( 22506 )
*6 Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):    If he will make a statement on the Pension Protection Fund.
( 22507 )
*7 Ms Dawn Butler (Brent South):    What steps his Department is taking to make it easier to claim council tax benefit.
( 22508 )
*8 Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):    What recent meetings he has had with the business community regarding the operation of the Pension Protection Fund.
( 22509 )
*9 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What the average time taken to process a child support application was in the last period for which figures are available.
( 22510 )
*10 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    What steps he is taking to improve services available from his Department's offices to pensioners in Norfolk.
( 22512 )
*11 Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):    If he will make a statement on the level of error in the payment of benefits.
( 22513 )
*12 Gwyn Prosser (Dover):    What steps he is taking to ensure that new job seeker claims are expedited in the South East of England.
( 22514 )
*13 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    What assessment he has made of the procedures for collecting child support payments from non-resident parents.
( 22517 )
*14 Barbara Keeley (Worsley):    What estimate he has made of the number of children lifted out of poverty since 1997.
( 22518 )
*15 Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):    What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the level of funding for the Financial Assistance Scheme.
( 22520 )
*16 Mark Pritchard (Wrekin, The):    What discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency about the Agency's strategic plan.
( 22521 )
*17 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What recent representations he has received on discrimination against older workers.
( 22522 )
*18 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden):    How many people have returned to work since 1997.
( 22523 )
*19 Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West):    If he will make a statement on the transfer to child tax credit of the remaining families with children in receipt of income support and income-based jobseekers' allowance.
( 22524 )

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

Main Business

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[Until 10.00 p.m.]

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

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[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Hain
      Mr Geoffrey Hoon
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Terrorism (Northern Ireland) Bill:


        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 10th November 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 consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

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

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[No debate]

      Secretary Alan Johnson
        That the draft Weights and Measures (Miscellaneous Foods) (Amendment) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 21st July, be approved.

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

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[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Geoffrey Hoon
        That the Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (S.I., 2005, No. 2400), dated 24th August 2005 and the Tryptophan in Food (England) Regulations 2005, (S.I., 2005, No. 2630), dated 21st September 2005 be referred to Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation.

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

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[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mr Geoffrey Hoon
      Mr Secretary Hain

        (1)   (a)   the matter of the Draft Priorities and Budget 2006-2008, being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, and

      (b)   the proposal for the draft Rates (Capital Values etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005,

      be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;

        (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 15th November at half-past Two o'clock; and

        (3)   at that sitting—

      (a)   the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the matter and the legislative proposal referred to it under paragraph (1) above;

      (b)   the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the matter referred to the Committee; and

      (c)   at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).

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



[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Mrs Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That John Austin be discharged from the Health Committee and Mr Ronnie Campbell be added.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Health services in West Norfolk (Mr Henry Bellingham).

        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 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2005.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Consular Fees Act 1980 (Fees) (No. 2) Order 2005.


3Welsh Affairs2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
Committee Room 1, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff (private)
Subject: Government White Paper: Better Governance for Wales.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Lord Elis-Thomas AM, Presiding Officer and Paul Silk, Clerk, National Assembly for Wales.
4Trade and Industry3.15 p.m.

3.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Security of Gas Supply.
Witnesses: Ofgem; Mr Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister of State for Energy, Department of Trade and Industry (at approximately 4.15 p.m.).
5Education and Skills3.30 p.m.

3.45 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: (i) Special Educational Needs (ii) The Amalgamation of Ofsted and Adult Learning Inspectorate.
Witnesses: (i) Baroness Warnock (ii) David Sherlock, Chief Inspector, Adult Learning Inspectorate (at approximately 4.45 p.m.).
6Home Affairs and Work and Pensions Draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill
4.30 p.m.

4.45 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill.
Witnesses: Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council, London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association, Thompsons Solicitors; Professor Frank Wright and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (at approximately 5.55 p.m.).
7Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions4.30 p.m.

4.45 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: Re-Licensing.
Witnesses: Federation of Small Businesses and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers; Councillor Audrey Lewis, Chair, Licensing Committee, Westminster City Council, and Mr Andrew Fisher, Head, Licensing Unit, and Mr Tony Kelly, Project Manager, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council (at approximately 5.05 p.m.); Local Government Association (LGA), and the Institute of Licensing (at approximately 5.25 p.m.); James Purnell MP, Minister for Media and Tourism, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Phil Woolas MP, Minister of State (Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (at approximately 5.45 p.m.).
8Public Accounts4.30 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Patient choice at the point of GP referral.
Witnesses: Sir Nigel Crisp KCB, Chief Executive of the NHS and Permanent Secretary, Mr John Bacon, Group Director of Health and Social Care Services Delivery, Dr David Colin-Thome", National Director for Primary Care, Department of Health, Dr Richard Vautrey, British Medical Association, and Dr Mayur Lakhani, Chairman, Royal College of General Practitioners.


9Human Rights4.00 p.m.

4.15 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights.
Witnesses: JUSTICE, Liberty, Amnesty International and The Law Society; Professor Clive Walker, Leeds Universitay (at approximately 5.30 p.m.); Muslim Council of Britain (at approximately 6.00 p.m.).

[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:      Publication of the Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05.
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      Local Government Finance—Amending Reports 2004-05 and 2005-06.
3    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Outcome of the Environment Council 17th October.
4    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Avian influenza.
5    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Iran.
6    Secretary of State for Health:      Meeting of Health Ministers in Ottawa on 24th and 25th October.
7    Secretary of State for the Home Department      Police Grant Amending Reports (England and Wales) 2004-05 and 2005-06.
8    Prime Minister:      Informal meeting of EU Heads of State or Government—Hampton Court, 27th October.
9    Secretary of State for Transport:      Review of the A303 Stonehenge scheme.
10    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate report on Perth and Kinross Council.
11    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate report on Tandridge District Council.
12    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate report on West Dunbartonshire Council.
13    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate report on Dacorum Borough Council.
14    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate report on Aberdeen City Council.
15    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Pathways to Work.
16    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate report on Wansbeck District Council.


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