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Order of Business 15 November 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 Scotland
*1 James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):    What discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues with regard to the sale of alcohol on public transport between Scotland and England.
( 26707 )
*2 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What devolution issues the Advocate General has considered since 18th October.
( 26708 )
*3 David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):    What assessment he has made of the possible economic impact of the proposed smoking ban in Scotland.
( 26709 )
*4 Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):    What proportion of Scotland's electricity consumption was generated in Scotland by (a) nuclear, (b) hydro, (c) gas, (d) coal and (e) other sources in 2004-05.
( 26710 )
*5 John Robertson (Glasgow North West):    What discussions he has had with the First Minister and his ministerial colleagues on the measures required to reduce the availability of class A drugs in Scotland.
( 26711 )
*6 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What assessment he has made of the likely impact of legislation to ban smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces in Scotland from 2006.
( 26712 )
*7 Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):    What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the promotion of renewable energy in Scotland.
( 26713 )
*8 Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):    What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects of the Pathways to Work pilot scheme in Scotland.
( 26714 )
*9 Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):    If he will make a statement on employment levels in Scotland.
( 26715 )
*10 Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):    What estimate he has made of the number of Scottish pensioner households which will receive the £200 payment to help with council tax payments.
( 26717 )
*11 Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):    What plans the Government has for reducing the burden of central Government regulation on Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises.
( 26718 )
*12 Angus Robertson (Moray):    What discussions he has had with the Home Secretary about the implementation of the Terrorism Bill in Scotland.
( 26719 )
*13 Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):    What discussions his Department has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the impact of climate change on cod migration; and what action the Government is planning to take.
( 26720 )
*14 Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran):    What discussions he has had on ensuring full employment in all parts of Scotland by 2010.
( 26721 )

At 3.00 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
*15 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    What her policy is on the use of national insurance numbers as an identifier in electoral registration.
( 28118 )
*16 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):    Whether she plans to establish community justice centres in Wales.
( 28119 )
*17 Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):    What transitional arrangements are being made for tribunals that will join the Tribunals Service in 2006.
( 28120 )
*18 Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):    How much state funding has been paid to the Conservative Party in the last five years.
( 28121 )
*19 Philip Davies (Shipley):    How many applications to pilot all-postal vote elections her Department has received since the Representation of the People Act 2000 came into force.
( 28122 )
*20 Mr Neil Turner (Wigan):    What steps she plans to take to reduce the time taken to produce a copy of the marked register for those 2005 General Election candidates who require one.
( 28123 )
*21 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    What funding her Department provided to Citizens Advice Bureaux for advice to asylum seekers in 2004-05; and what assessment she has made of the adequacy of such provision in Oxfordshire.
( 28124 )
*22 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):    What progress she has made in considering the proposal for an annual National Census and Registration Day.
( 28125 )
*23 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What steps she is taking to facilitate voting by armed forces personnel.
( 28126 )
*24 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If she will make a statement on qualifications for judicial appointments.
( 28127 )
*25 Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):    How much state funding has been paid to the Conservative Party in each of the last five years.
( 28128 )
*26 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What recent representations she has received on the proposed levels of legal aid; and if she will make a statement.
( 28129 )
*27 Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):    What assessment she has made of the impact on the administration of justice of the recent industrial action by barristers over legal aid levels; and if she will make a statement.
( 28130 )
*28 Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):    If she will make a statement on her policy on individual voter registration.
( 28131 )
*29 Ms Celia Barlow (Hove):    What plans she has to limit the money that can be spent in election campaigns.
( 28132 )

At 3.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Leader of the House and the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
*30 Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals to move Private Members' business from Fridays to Wednesday evenings.
( 28133 )
*31 Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will agree with the Royal Institute of British Architects the rules for an architecture competition to make the House more secure and more accessible; and if he will make a statement.
( 28134 )
*32 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of products served in the refreshment outlets in the House are fair trade products.
( 28135 )
*33 Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Leader of the House, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on reform of the House of Lords.
( 28136 )
*34 Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will arrange a Welsh language spell-checker to be installed on computers on the parliamentary network.
( 28138 )
*35 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what progress has been made in improving pay and conditions for the contract cleaners on the parliamentary estate.
( 28139 )
*36 Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the latest estimate is of the proportion of waste from Members' offices on the parliamentary estate which is recycled; and what steps are planned to increase this proportion.
( 28140 )

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

Preliminary Business

Notices of Presentation of Bills



[No debate]

      Andrew Mackinlay
        Bill to provide the granting of pardons to soldiers of the British Empire forces executed during the Great War of 1914 to 1919 following conviction for offences of cowardice, desertion or attempted desertion, disobedience, quitting post, violence, sleeping at post, throwing away arms or striking a superior officer; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.



[No debate]

      Mr David Chaytor
        Bill to provide for the holding of referendums about methods of election to the House of Commons and to local authorities; to enable a specified number of electors to require the holding of such a referendum; to require the Electoral Commission to establish a Citizen's Assembly to perform functions in relation to referendums; to provide for the adoption by a local authority of a different method of election; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Ten minute Rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Helen Southworth
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a national system to safeguard runaway and missing children; to make provision for the collection and reporting of information about runaway and missing children; to make provision for co-ordination between local authorities and other bodies; 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


OPPOSITION DAY (9th allotted day)

[Until 10.00 p.m.]



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Andrew Lansley
      Mr John Baron
      Mr Simon Burns
      Tim Loughton
      Dr Andrew Murrison
David Maclean
        That this House supports the provision by the NHS of comprehensive, high quality health services, based on need and not ability to pay; notes that, despite unprecedented resources provided to the NHS, NHS trusts were over £600 million in deficit in 2004-05 and predicts deficits approaching £1 billion this year; believes that these deficits threaten the delivery of NHS services, through service cuts, freezing of staff vacancies and redundancies, bed closures and the closure of services in community hospitals; further believes that the uncertainty caused by proposed primary care trust restructuring should not be used to obscure responsibility for financial recovery and service continuity; wishes to see resources reach front-line healthcare providers; regrets the lack of savings in NHS overhead and administration costs; and calls on the Government to intervene to ensure that the long-term interests of patients are not damaged by short-term financial decisions.

        As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Consequences of NHS Financial Deficits):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Jane Kennedy
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's record levels of investment in the National Health Service, with expenditure set to rise to over £92 billion by 2007-08; notes that by this date £70 billion, more than ever before, will be going to the NHS front line; congratulates the Government on delivering investment and reform, leading to historic improvements to NHS services and capacity, reducing waiting times to their lowest in nearly a generation, from over two years to a maximum of six months, and to a maximum of 18 weeks by 2008, employing nearly a quarter of a million more NHS staff than in 1997, including 78,700 more nurses and 27,400 more doctors, and undertaking the largest hospital building programme in the history of the NHS, including investing £100 million in a community hospitals programme; further notes that the NHS has achieved overall financial balance in each of the past four years, and last year carried a deficit of around only 0.4 per cent. of total resources; compares this with the record of the previous Government which left the NHS with a £460 million deficit in 1996-97 which amounted to almost 1.5 per cent. of total resources; and agrees that, given the record increases in health funding available coupled with the strengthening of Primary Care Trust commissioning, all NHS organisations should be able to live within the resources available to them and to provide excellent services to their populations.'.


LICENCES AND LICENSING (S.I., 2005, No. 2091)        [No debate]

      Mr Michael Howard
      Mrs Theresa May
      Mr Malcolm Moss
      Hugh Robertson
      Mr Hugo Swire
      David Maclean
        That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Licensing Act 2003 (Second appointed day) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005, No. 2091), dated 27th July 2005, a copy of which was laid before this House on 29th July, be annulled.

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



      Mr Michael Howard
      Mr Michael Ancram
      Chris Grayling
      Mr Oliver Heald
      Mr Francis Maude
      David Maclean
        That this House notes the recommendation made by the Committee on Standards in Public Life that there should be an independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests; and insists that the Government should immediately begin the process of establishing such a position.

        As an Amendment to Mr Michael Howard's proposed Motion (Oversight of the Ministerial Code):

      The Prime Minister
      Mr Secretary Prescott
      Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
      Mr Geoffrey Hoon
      Mr Secretary Clarke
      Mr Jim Murphy
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `acknowledges that, amongst other measures, this Government introduced a requirement for individual Ministers, on appointment to each new office, to provide their Permanent Secretary with a full list in writing of all interests which might be thought to give rise to a conflict; welcomes the section of the Ministerial Code on handling Ministers' private interests which is more comprehensive than Questions of Procedure for Ministers; and recognises that this Government has agreed to appoint an independent adviser to provide Permanent Secretaries and Ministers with an additional source of professional advice as required and will make an announcement on this shortly.'.

        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 10.00 p.m.

+  5  


[No debate]

      Caroline Flint
        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 12197/05, draft Council Decision authorising the placing on the market of foods and food ingredients from genetically modified maize line MON863 as novel foods or novel food ingredients under Regulation (EC) No. 258/97; and supports the Government's view that products derived from this maize meet the necessary requirements for authorisation under Regulation (EC) No. 258/97.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: : Orhan Pamuk (Mr Denis MacShane).

        Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m., or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).



1Northern Ireland Grand Committee2.30 p.m.Room 14 (public)
To consider the matter of the draft Priorities and Budget 2006-08.
2Standing Committee A10.30 a.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 9
To consider the Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill.
3Standing Committee B10.30 a.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 11
To consider the Electoral Administration Bill.
4Standing Committee D10.30 a.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 12
To consider the National Insurance Contributions Bill.
5Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation10.30 a.m.Room 14 (public)
To consider the draft Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005.
6Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty) Order 2005.
7Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 6 (public)
To consider the draft Healthy Start Scheme and Welfare Food (Amendment) Regulations 2005.


8Culture, Media and Sport10.15 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Analogue Switch-Off.
Witnesses: BBC; Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd, DSG International, Intellect, and Sony UK (at approximately 11.30 a.m.).
9Trade and Industry10.30 a.m.

11.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Royal Mail after liberalisation.
Witnesses: The Mail Competition Forum; The Communication Workers Union (CWU) (at approximately 11.45 a.m.); Barry Gardiner MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Competitiveness, Department of Trade and Industry (at approximately 12.30 p.m.).
10Treasury10.30 a.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
11Environment, Food and Rural Affairs1.30 p.m.

2.00 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subjects: Avian Influenza; Animal Welfare Bill (at approximately 3.00 p.m.).
Witness: Ben Bradshaw MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
12Administration2.30 p.m.Room 16 (private)
13Scottish Affairs3.45 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
Subject: The Potential Benefits for Scotland of the 2012 Olympics.
Witnesses: Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
14Constitutional Affairs4.00 p.m.

4.15 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Electoral administration.
Witnesses: Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) and Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE).
15Defence4.30 p.m.The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (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:      Economic Reform.
2    Secretary of State for Defence:      Housing Prime Contract.
3    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Epidemiology report on avian influenza in a quarantine premises in Essex.
4    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office:      Report on sickness absence in the Civil Service during 2004.
5    Prime Minister:      Appointment of Chief Surveillance Commissioner.


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