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Order of Business Monday 9th April

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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 the Home Department
*1 Mr Keith Darvill (Upminster):    What assessment he has made of the impact of the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 that place a statutory duty on local authorities to prevent and reduce crime.
( 156020 )
*2 Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Criminal Records Bureau.
( 156021 )
*3 Mr Win Griffiths (Bridgend):    If he will make a statement on his most recent discussions with the Chief Inspector of Prisons about prison conditions in England and Wales.
( 156022 )
*4 Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    If he will make a statement on the safety and security of residents in tower blocks.
( 156023 )
*5 Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    What the Government's policy is on Corpus Juris.
( 156024 )
*6 Bob Russell (Colchester):    If he will make it his policy that streets and other public places will not be policed by private security firms.
( 156025 )
*7 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    If he will make a statement on the recruitment and promotion of black and Asian police officers.
( 156026 )
*8 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip-Northwood):    What assessment he has made with his EU counterparts of the operation of the Dublin Convention on the treatment of asylum seekers.
( 156027 )
*9 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    What plans he has to increase the number of secure training centres.
( 156028 )
*10 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    If he will make a statement on police manpower in England.
( 156029 )
*11 Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings and Rye):    What proposals he has for licensing wheelclampers.
( 156030 )
*12 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    What plans he has to encourage safe havens for clubbers.
( 156031 )
*13 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    Pursuant to his Answer of 9th March, Official Report, column 386W, on Hilda Murrell, if he will make a statement on the staged examinations of samples being carried out by the Forensic Science Service.
( 156032 )
*14 Mrs Liz Blackman (Erewash):    What recent discussions he has had with the police regarding powers to close disorderly licensed premises.
( 156033 )
*15 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What recent discussions he has had with licensees and pub managers about police powers to close disorderly licensed premises.
( 156034 )
*16 Ms Oona King (Bethnal Green and Bow):    What initiatives his Department has supported in Tower Hamlets to combat the drugs problem.
( 156035 )
*17 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What advice and assistance his Department offers to business watch schemes; and if he will make a statement.
( 156036 )
*18 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statment on progress made in agreeing protocols between health authorities and police on information exchange regarding individuals with severe personality disorders.
( 156037 )
*19 Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):    If he will make a statement on the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for the maintenance of law and order.
( 156039 )
*20 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    What measures he is taking to reduce the number of robberies committed in England and Wales.
( 156040 )
*21 Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    If he will make extra funds available to police forces to advise on drugs education programmes.
( 156042 )
*22 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement on the number of applications for political asylum in the last 12 months.
( 156043 )
*23 Mr Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):    If he will make a statement on the Government's strategy to reduce crime.
( 156044 )
*24 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on the misuse of alcohol by young people.
( 156045 )
*25 Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    How many asylum seekers who were refused asylum were deported in 2000.
( 156046 )
*26 Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    If he will make a statement on the level of crime in England and Wales.
( 156047 )
*27 Mr Nick St. Aubyn (Guildford):    If he will make a statement on the funding of Surrey Police Force.
( 156048 )
*28 Maria Eagle (Liverpool, Garston):    What measures he is taking to improve recruitment and retention of police officers.
( 156049 )
*29 Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    If he will make a statement on his plans to combat violence against women.
( 156050 )
*30 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What recent representations he has received on the criteria for assessing asylum applications.
( 156051 )
*31 Mr Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on the numbers of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom whose addresses are not known by his Department.
( 156052 )
*32 Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    What his policy is on choice of area for the placement of asylum seekers on the basis of local economic conditions.
( 156053 )
*33 Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):    What representations he has received regarding the Private Security Industry Bill.
( 156054 )
*34 Mr Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East):    What plans he has to review the penalties for failing to obtain a valid MoT certificate.
( 156055 )
*35 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):    What steps he is taking to improve the prison education service.
( 156056 )
*36 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What plans he has to extend the pilot schemes on alternative voting arrangements for the local elections.
( 156057 )
*37 Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    What assessment has been made of the benefits of CCTV in the suppression of crime in Nottingham.
( 156058 )
*38 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will make a statement on the (a) duration and (b) scale of police officers' suspensions, and the costs of suspensions and subsequent out-of-court settlements made in compensation.
( 156059 )

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

Main Business

+  1   

FINANCE BILL:       Second Reading.         [Until any hour]

        Minutes of Evidence from the Treasury Committee, Session 2000-01 on the 2001 Budget, HC 326-i to iv, are relevant.

Debate may continue until any hour.

+  2   

FINANCE BILL (PROGRAMME)         [Up to 45 minutes]

Margaret Beckett
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

        That the following provisions shall apply to the Finance Bill:—


        1.— (1)    Clauses 1 to 3 and 16 to 53 and Schedules 4 to 11 shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

    (2)    The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

        2.— (1)    Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in two allotted days.

    (2)    The proceedings to be taken on each of those allotted days shall be as shown in the second column, and shall be brought to a conclusion at the times specified in the third column, of the following Table:—


Allotted dayProceedingsTime for
conclusion of
First dayClauses 16 to 227.00 p.m.
Clauses 23 and 24, Schedule 4, Clauses 25 to 27, Schedule 5, Clause 28, Schedule 6, Clause 29, Schedule 7, Clause 30
Clauses 31 and 32, Schedule 8, Clauses 33 to 35, Schedule 9, Clauses 36 to 46, Schedule 10, Clauses 47 to 49Midnight
Second dayClauses 1 to 3 7.00 p.m.
Clauses 50 to 53 and Schedule 1110.00 p.m.
    (3)    If either of those allotted days is Thursday, the times specified for that allotted day in the third column of the Table are brought forward by three hours.

    (4)    On the first of those allotted days, paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall, notwithstanding sub-paragraph (a) of that paragraph, apply to the proceedings on the Bill for only two hours after ten o'clock or, if that day is Thursday, for only two hours after seven o'clock.

    (5)    On that allotted day, any period during which proceedings on the Bill may be proceeded with after ten o'clock (or, if that day is Thursday, seven o'clock) by virtue of paragraph (4) or (5) of Sessional Order I (provision in the event of a debate under Standing Order No. 24) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall be in addition to that period of two hours.

    (6)    Sessional Order B (Programming Committees) made by the House on 7th November 2000 shall not apply to proceedings in Committee of the whole House.

    (7)    An allotted day is one on which the Bill is put down as first Government Order of the day.

        3.— (1)    The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

    (2)    Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 24th May 2001.

        4.    When the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee of the whole House and by the Standing Committee have been reported to the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if it had been reported as a whole to the House from the Standing Committee.

        The Speaker will put the Question not later than 45 minutes after proceedings begin (Order of 7th November 2000).

+  3   

ADOPTION AND CHILDREN BILL         [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Secretary Milburn

        That Mrs Liz Blackman, Mr Julian Brazier, Ann Coffey, Caroline Flint, Sandra Gidley, Mrs Llin Golding, Mr David Hinchliffe, Mr John Hutton, Mr Jonathan R. Shaw, Mrs Caroline Spelman, Mr Desmond Swayne and Ms Dari Taylor be members of the Select Committee on the Adoption and Children Bill.

        That three be the Quorum of the Committee.

        That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records.

        That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place.

        That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers, either to supply information which is not readily available or elucidate matters of complexity relating to the provisions of the Adoption and Children Bill.

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

At the end of the sitting:



        Proposed subject: Job losses at the Colchester Institute (Bob Russell).

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



1Standing Committee A4.30 p.m. Room 11 (public)
Further to consider the Social Security Fraud Bill [Lords].
2International Criminal Court Bill [Lords] Programming Sub-Committee (of Standing Committee D) 5.00 p.m. Room 7 (private)


3Public Accounts4.30 p.m. Room 15 (public)
Subject: Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Witnesses: Sir Richard Mottram KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Mr Robert Holden, Chief Executive, London and Continental Railways, and Mr Steve Marshall, Chief Executive, Railtrack.

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]


Written Questions tabled on Friday 6th April for answer today++

1 Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby): To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what performance targets he has set the Benefits Agency for 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
( 158057 )
2 Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets have been set for the OGC buying solutions trading fund for 2001-02.
( 158058 )
3 Mrs Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the UK Debt Management Office's targets and business plan for 2001-02.
( 158059 )
4 Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets for the Valuation Office Agency will be set for the year 2001-02.
( 158060 )


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