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Order of Business 29 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*1 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    What discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about the prospects of reforming the EU budget.
( 32388 )
*2 Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):    If he will make a statement on the situation in Israel.
( 32389 )
*3 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    What recent discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority about the peace process in the Middle East.
( 32390 )
*4 James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):    If he will make a statement on the future of the European Constitution.
( 32391 )
*5 Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):    If he will make a statement on the EU's role in the Doha round of world trade talks.
( 32392 )
*6 Norman Baker (Lewes):    If he will make a statement on his policy in respect of St Helena.
( 32393 )
*7 Chris Mole (Ipswich):    What recent discussions he has had with EU partners regarding the World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong.
( 32394 )
*8 Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):    What assessment he has made of the threat to peace and stability in the Middle East region posed by Hezbollah.
( 32395 )
*9 Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):    When he last met his EU counterparts to discuss Iran's nuclear programme.
( 32396 )
*10 Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):    If he will make representations to the Israeli government on its policy of building a separation wall in Palestinian territory, erecting gates and turnstiles in the city of Hebron, and obstructing movement by the establishment of permanent checkpoints.
( 32397 )
*11 Mr David Heathcoat-Amory (Wells):    Whether the UK rebate from the EU budget forms part of current negotiations on the future structure of the EU.
( 32398 )
*12 Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    What discussions are taking place between the E3 and Iran concerning nuclear facilities.
( 32399 )
*13 Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on human rights in Africa.
( 32400 )
*14 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the Government's priorities for the UK's presidency of the EU.
( 32401 )
*15 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    What recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in Cameroon.
( 32402 )
*16 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):    If he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations on the EU budget.
( 32403 )
*17 Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):    What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Israeli security fence in combating terrorism.
( 32404 )
*18 Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    If he will make a statement on progress in the Doha round of world trade talks.
( 32405 )
*19 Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What subjects Mr Caleb McCarry recently discussed with officials of his Department.
( 32406 )
*20 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on human rights in Zimbabwe.
( 32408 )
*21 Eric Joyce (Falkirk):    What assessment he has made of the threat posed by Hezbollah to peace and stability in the Middle East.
( 32409 )
*22 Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    What representations he has made to President Museveni of Uganda following the arrest of the opposition leader Dr Besigye; and if he will make a statement.
( 32410 )
*23 Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    What assessment he has made of the likely effects of Iran's nuclear programme on regional stability.
( 32411 )
*24 Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):    If he will make a statement on reform of the UN.
( 32412 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion



[Up to 20 minutes]

      Mr Stephen Williams
        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to reduce the voting age for parliamentary, local government and European parliamentary elections to 16.

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

Main Business

+  2  

HEALTH BILL:      Second Reading.

[Until 10.00 p.m.]

The uncorrected Minutes of Evidence taken before the Health Committee on 20th October, 17th November and 24th November 2005, HC (2005-06) 485 i-iii, are relevant.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  3  


[No debate]

      Ms Secretary Hewitt
      Mr Geoffrey Hoon
        That the following provisions shall apply to the Health 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 Tuesday 10th January 2006.

        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)).

+  4  

HEALTH BILL [MONEY]:      Queen's recommendation signified.

[No debate]

      John Healey
        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Health Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

      (a)   any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act,

      (b)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

+  5  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Clarke
        That the draft Asylum (Designated States) (No. 2) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 24th October, be approved.

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

+  6  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Straw
        That the draft European Forest Institute (Legal Capacities) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 26th October, be approved.

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

+  7  


[No debate]

      Mr Secretary Straw
        That the draft European Court of Human Rights (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2005, which was laid before this House on 3rd November, be approved.

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

+  8  


[No debate]

      Mr Elliot Morley
      Ms Karen Buck
        That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 12790/05 and Addendum 1, Commission Communication: Reducing the Climate Change Impact of Aviation; welcomes the work of the European Commission in taking forward the work programme on reducing the climate change impact of aviation; and supports the Government's approach to continuing to press for the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from 2006 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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



[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

      Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
        That Mr Kenneth Clarke, Mr Nick Clegg, John Healey, Kali Mountford, Mr Andy Reed, Mark Tami and Peter Viggers be members of the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the Lords as the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Future of the Mines Rescue Service (David Taylor).

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



1Standing Committee A10.30 a.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
To consider the Equality Bill.
2First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation10.30 a.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft Legal Aid (Northern Ireland) Order 2005.


3Culture, Media and Sport9.45 a.m.

10.00 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Broadcasting rights for cricket.
Witnesses: Mr David Collier, Chief Executive, England and Wales Cricket Board, Mr Richard Bevan, Chief Executive, Professional Cricketers' Association; Mr Roger Mosey, Director of Sport, BBC, Mr Mark Sharman, Controller of Sport, ITV, Mr Andy Duncan, Chief Executive, Channel 4, Mr Colin Campbell, Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Five, Mr Vic Wakeling, Managing Director, Sky Sports (at approximately 10.30 a.m.); Lord Smith of Finsbury and Lord MacLaurin (at approximately 11.00 a.m.); Mr David Brook, Mr Anthony Wreford, and Mr Stedford Wallen, Keep Cricket Free Campaign (at approximately 11.30 a.m.); Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, Minister for Sport, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (at approximately 11.50 a.m.).
4Defence10.00 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Delivering Front Line Capability to the RAF.
Witnesses: Mr Stephen Hill, former Chief Executive, DARA; Rt Hon Adam Ingram MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Air Vice-Marshal Barry Thornton CB, Director General, Logistics (Strike), and Mr Nick Evans, Director General, Management and Organisation, Ministry of Defence (at approximately 11.00 a.m.).
5Home Affairs10.00 a.m.

10.15 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Subject: Restructuring Probation.
Witnesses: CLINKS, National Association of Probation Officers, Probation Boards' Association, and Deputy Senior District Judge Daphne Wickham; Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal, QC, Minister for Criminal Justice and Offender Management, Home Office (at approximately 11.30 a.m.).
6International Development10.00 a.m.

10.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
Subject: Making trade work for development: the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial.
Witnesses: Peter Hardstaff, World Development Movement, John Hilary, War on Want, and Claire Melamed, Christian Aid; Sheila Page, Overseas Development Institute, and Professor Robert Wade, London School of Economics (at approximately 11.15 a.m.).
7Regulatory Reform10.00 a.m.Room 19 (private)
8Standards and Privileges10.30 a.m.Room 13 (private)
9Northern Ireland Affairs11.30 a.m.

11.45 a.m.
The Council Chamber, Guildhall, Londonderry (private)
Subject: Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland.
Witnesses: Greg McConnell and Debbie Donnelly, Review of Public Administration Team, Dr Tom Frawley and Desmond Mitchell, Panel of Independent Experts, Eddie Rooney, Department of Education, and Paul Simpson, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
10Welsh Affairs2.00 p.m.Room 17 (private)
11Administration2.30 p.m.

3.00 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: Refreshment Department Services.
Witnesses: Mr Greg Hurst and Mr John Hipwood, Parliamentary Press Gallery; Dr Chris Pond OBE and Ms Anne Foster, House of Commons Trade Union Side, Mr Peter Vines, Secretaries' and Assistants' Council, Mr Russell Cartwright, Vice Chairman, Transport and General Workers Union Parliamentary Branch, and Mr Andrew Tuggey, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UK Branch (at approximately 3.20 p.m.).
12Constitutional Affairs4.00 p.m.

4.15 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: The Office of the Judge Advocate General.
Witness: His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, Judge Advocate General.
13Procedure4.00 p.m.

4.15 p.m.
Room 18 (private)
Subject: Application of the sub judice rule to proceedings in coroners' courts.
Witnesses: Rt Hon John Denham MP; Ms Sally Keeble MP (at approximately 5.00 p.m.).
14Scottish Affairs4.00 p.m.

4.15 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
Subject: The Potential Benefits for Scotland of the 2012 Olympics.
Witness: Scottish Enterprise.
15Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions4.20 p.m.Room 20 (private)
16Defence4.30 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    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:      Formal issue of policy directions for the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund.
2    Deputy Prime Minister:      New financial arrangements for firefighter pensions.
3    Deputy Prime Minister:      Consultation paper on security of tenure for residential boats.
4    Secretary of State for Education and Skills:      Learning and Skills Council Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05.
5    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:      Publication of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Initial Regulatory Simplification Plan.
6    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:      Arms Embargo: Azerbaijan and Armenia.
7    Secretary of State for Health:      Commissioning children's and young people's palliative care services.
8    Secretary of State for the Home Department:      New financial arrangements for police pensions.
9    Prime Minister:      Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting—Malta, 25th-27th November.
10    Prime Minister:      Euro-Mediterranean Summit—Barcelona, 27th-28th November.
11    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      Energy Review—A Secure and Clean Energy Future.
12    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      European Union Telecoms Council, Brussels 1st December.
13    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry:      European Union Energy Council, Brussels 1st December.
14    Secretary of State for Transport:      Publication of the Highways Agency Framework Document.
15    Secretary of State for Transport:      British Transport Police funding.
16    Secretary of State for Transport:      South Hampshire rapid transit scheme.
17    Secretary of State for Transport:      Merseytram.


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