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Order of Business 29 April 2002

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Notes:
* 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
Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
*1 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make a statement on the deployment of British troops in Afghanistan.
( 50940 )
*2 Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda):    What steps he has taken to improve military communications since engaging in operations to combat global international terrorism.
( 50941 )
*3 Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):    If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on missile defence.
( 50942 )
*4 Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    What recent discussions he has had with his NATO colleagues on the military operations in Afghanistan.
( 50943 )
*5 Tony Baldry (Banbury):    What financial targets have been agreed with the Treasury for returns on the disposal of MoD land surplus to requirements.
( 50944 )
*6 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What progress the Veterans Forum has made in addressing the needs of veterans; and if he will make a statement.
( 50945 )
*7 Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    What response he has made to the consultation exercise on the New Chapter of the Strategic Defence Review; and if he will make a statement.
( 50946 )
*8 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    If he will make a statement on the prospects for selling surplus Hawk aircraft to India.
( 50947 )
*9 Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Fleet Air Arm.
( 50948 )
*10 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on the work of Royal Marine Commandos based at Bagram, Afghanistan.
( 50949 )
*11 Mr John Grogan (Selby):    If he will make a statement on the future of the Defence Fire Service.
( 50950 )
*12 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    What recent discussions he has had with his European Union colleagues on military operations in Afghanistan.
( 50951 )
*13 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    If he will make a statement on preparations for future military action in Iraq.
( 50952 )
*14 Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    What the air defence capabilities of the Harrier GR7 are.
( 50953 )
*15 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    What recent assessment he has made of the involvement of UK forces in Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement.
( 50954 )
*16 Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):    How many aircraft are in service with the Fleet Air Arm.
( 50955 )
*17 Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):    What his assessment is of the threat to the United Kingdom from attack by weapons of mass destruction.
( 50956 )
*18 Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater):    If he will make a statement on the production of ordnance in the UK.
( 50957 )
*19 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What measures he is taking to improve retention in the Armed Forces; and what progress has been made in the last 12 months to address the shortfall in numbers for each of the services.
( 50958 )
*20 Tony Cunningham (Workington):    If he will make a statement on the UK peacekeeping force in Kabul.
( 50959 )
*21 Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    What the strength of the Territorial Army is.
( 50960 )
*22 Mr John Baron (Billericay):    What the trained strength of the regular army was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.
( 50961 )
*23 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What the duties of British soldiers in Afghanistan are.
( 50962 )
*24 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    How much his Department spent on developing methods of distinguishing between enemy combatants and civilians in each year from 1997-98 to the latest year for which figures are available.
( 50963 )
*25 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    What recent discussions he has had with the Indian Government concerning the sale of Royal Navy Sea Harriers; and if he will make a statement.
( 50964 )
*26 Mr Gerald Howarth (Aldershot):    What the strength of the Territorial Army is.
( 50965 )
*27 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    What the net inflow/outflow of trained service personnel was in 2001.
( 50966 )
*28 Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    If he will make a statement on his plans for military action in Iraq.
( 50968 )
*29 Mr Peter Viggers (Gosport):    What the (a) establishment and (b) current numbers of serving personnel of Defence Medical Services are.
( 50969 )
*30 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    When he expects to publish an update of the Strategic Defence Review relating to terrorism.
( 50970 )
*31 Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy):    What discussions he has had with his NATO colleagues on the operations in Afghanistan.
( 50971 )
*32 Mr John Wilkinson (Ruislip - Northwood):    How many air transport sorties in support of British forces' operations in the Afghanistan theatre have been flown in chartered Antonov heavy lift aircraft.
( 50973 )
*33 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    If he will make a statement on British service personnel deployed in Afghanistan.
( 50974 )
*34 Syd Rapson (Portsmouth North):    What plans he has to reduce the Defence Aviation Repair Agency workforce.
( 50975 )
*35 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on the impact of the suspension of courts martial on the workings of military discipline.
( 50976 )
*36 Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on the future of the MoD Guard Service.
( 50977 )
*37 Mr Robert Syms (Poole):    If he will make a statement on the air defence of the United Kingdom.
( 50978 )

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

Main Business

+  1  

TOBACCO ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION BILL [LORDS]: Second Reading.        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Dr Liam Fox
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Tim Loughton
David Maclean

        That this House, whilst supporting the aim of reducing the number of deaths from smoking, declines to give a Second Reading to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords] because there is insufficient evidence that its provisions will lead to a quantifiable reduction in tobacco consumption; because it does not allow for a mechanism for testing and reflection upon the assumptions upon which the Bill is based; and because it does nothing to combat the increase in the prevalence of smoking amongst teenagers and other vulnerable groups due to the growth in the importation and sale of illegal tobacco products.

Mr Edward Garnier [R]
Mr Peter Atkinson [R]
Mr Andrew Hunter [R]

        That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords] because a standstill period of three months, which may be extended further, applies to the Bill as a result of the Government's notification of the Bill under the Technical Standards and Regulations Directive 98/34/EC on 28th March 2002.

        The Eighth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2001-02 on the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill, HC 474, and the Government's response thereto, included in the Committee's Fourteenth Report, HC 674, are relevant.

Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.

+  2  

TOBACCO ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION BILL [LORDS] (PROGRAMME)        [No debate]

Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Milburn

        That the following provisions shall apply to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords]:

Committal

        (1)   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Programming of proceedings

        (2)   All proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any other messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

        (3)   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 14th May 2002.

        (4)   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

        (5)   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Nine o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Six o'clock on that day.

        (6)   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Ten o'clock on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced or, if that day is a Thursday, at Seven o'clock on that day.

        (7)   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made by the House on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

To be decided without debate (Order of 28th June 2001).

+  3  

TOBACCO ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION BILL [LORDS] [MONEY]: Queen's Recommendation signified.        [No debate]

Mr Paul Boateng

        That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [Lords], it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of—

    (a)   any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under the Act, and
    (b)   any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

+  4  

LEGAL SERVICES COMMISSION        [No debate]

Mr Michael Wills

        That the draft Criminal Defence Service (Representation Order Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, which were laid before this House on 26th March, be approved.

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

+  5  

FOOD HYGIENE        [No debate]

Yvette Cooper

        That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 10427/00, four draft Council Regulations and a draft Council Directive relating to food hygiene, and No. 15475/01, Commission Communication withdrawing one of the draft Council Regulations relating to food hygiene, and supports the Government's aim of securing effective, proportionate legislation throughout the food chain to protect public health in relation to food.

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

+  6  

DELEGATED LEGISLATION        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Robin Cook

        That the Occupational Pensions Schemes (Minimum Funding Requirements and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 380), be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

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

+  7  

DELEGATED LEGISLATION        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Robin Cook

        That the Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 648), be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

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

At the end of the sitting

  8  

ADJOURNMENT

        Proposed subject: Social services provision in Surrey (Sue Doughty).

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


COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEES

1Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill Programming Sub-Committee (of Standing Committee E)7.00 p.m.Room 13 (private)
2Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)
To consider the Aggregates Levy (Registration and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I., 2001, No. 4027) and the Aggregates Levy (General) Regulations (S.I., 2002, No. 761).
3Seventh Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Visual Recording of Interviews) Order 2002.

SELECT COMMITTEES

4Information3.35 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
5Education and Skills3.45 p.m.


4.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
(public)
Subject: Library resources for Higher Education.
Witnesses: Lord Eatwell, Chairman, and Ms Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library, Sir Howard Newbury, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England, and Sir Brian Follett.
6Treasury3.45 p.m.Room 6 (private)
7Public Accounts4.00 p.m.Room 15 (public)
Subject: Customs and Excise Standard Report 2000-01: Tobacco Smuggling.
Witnesses: Mr Richard Broadbent, Chairman, and Mr Mike Wells, Director, Law Enforcement Policy, HM Customs and Excise.
8Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
(public)
Subject: Science Education from 14 to 19.
Witnesses: Mr Keith Weller, Head of Qualifications Division, Mr Martin Hollis, Principal Officer for Science, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Mr David Barnett and Mr John Mitchell, Joint Council for General Qualifications, Mr Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for School Standards, Department for Education and Skills (at 5.00 p.m.).

JOINT COMMITTEE

9Human Rights4.30 p.m.Room 3A (private)

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

 
 

Written Questions tabled on Friday 26th April for answer today++

1 Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, what performance targets he has set the Rent Service for 2002-03.
( 53679 )
2 Geraint Davies (Croydon Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will announce the appointment of the Race Monitor under section 19E of the Race Relations Act 1976, as amended by the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.
( 53680 )



 

 
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