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Order of Business 8 July 2002

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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 Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):    What is the (a) design capacity of the prison estate and (b) number of prisoners therein.
( 64745 )
*2 Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):    What steps he is taking to deal with clandestine immigration.
( 64746 )
*3 Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    What plans he has to propose reforms to the law on rape; and if he will make a statement.
( 64747 )
*4 Ann Coffey (Stockport):    What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of acceptable behaviour contracts.
( 64748 )
*5 Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):    If he will introduce stronger controls on animal experiments.
( 64749 )
*6 Mr Iain Luke (Dundee East):    What plans he has to reform working practices in the Police Service.
( 64751 )
*7 Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge & Chryston):    If he will make a statement on his plans to ensure resettlement and rehabilitation opportunities for former prisoners.
( 64752 )
*8 Mr Bill Rammell (Harlow):    If he will make a statement on his plans to develop a refugee resettlement programme with the UNHCR.
( 64753 )
*9 John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland):    What initiatives he is taking to promote drug awareness.
( 64754 )
*10 Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    If he will make a statement on the supervision of sex offenders living in the community.
( 64755 )
*11 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    What changes in the policy of his Department on asylum seekers will stem from the decisions made at the Seville EU summit.
( 64756 )
*12 Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    What plans he has to reform working practices in the police service.
( 64757 )
*13 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    If he will make a statement on police morale.
( 64758 )
*14 Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    If he will make a statement on the role of the National Probation Service in reducing crime.
( 64760 )
*15 Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):    What effect the number of prisoners in England and Wales is having on the provision of rehabilitation schemes in prisons.
( 64761 )
*16 Mr John McWilliam (Blaydon):    If he will make a statement on the work of his Department's Active Community Unit.
( 64762 )
*17 Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):    If he will make a statement on police morale.
( 64763 )
*18 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    If he will bring forward legislation to increase police powers with regard to the rights of residency of travellers.
( 64764 )
*19 Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    What steps he is taking to assist the police in the fight against low-level crime and vandalism.
( 64765 )
*20 Mr John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):    What the level of youth crime was in the Vale of Glamorgan in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
( 64766 )
*21 Joyce Quin (Gateshead East & Washington West):    If he will make a statement on his policy on constructive regimes in prison to deter re-offending.
( 64767 )
*22 Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):    How many reported incidents involving the use of CS spray by police officers in England and Wales there were in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 2000 and (e) 2001; and if he will make a statement.
( 64768 )
*23 Ann McKechin (Glasgow, Maryhill):    What recent discussions his Department has had with the Scotland Office regarding asylum issues.
( 64769 )
*24 Mr Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):    What measures he proposes to improve race relations and community cohesion.
( 64770 )
*25 Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    What steps he is taking to improve the security of the United Kingdom from the intentional release of chemical, biological and radiological materials.
( 64771 )
*26 Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    What progress has been made in reducing the paperwork required for Anti-Social Behaviour Orders; and if he will make a statement.
( 64772 )
*27 Mr Peter Pike (Burnley):    If he will make a statement on the protection of victims and witnesses pending court proceedings.
( 64773 )
*28 Mr Bill O'Brien (Normanton):    What additional assistance his Department gives to schools that suffer damage and vandalism; and if he will make a statement.
( 64774 )
*29 Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    If he will make a statement on the level of violent crime against elderly people.
( 64775 )
*30 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    What action is being taken to reduce the number of burglaries.
( 64776 )
*31 Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):    What representations he has recently received about police pay.
( 64777 )
*32 Mr Adrian Flook (Taunton):    If he will make a statement on the number of special constables.
( 64778 )
*33 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    What his latest estimate is of the number of persons detained under immigration powers over the past 12 months.
( 64779 )
*34 Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    What education provision is given to the children of asylum seekers in accommodation centres; and what improvements he plans to make.
( 64780 )
*35 Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick & Leamington):    If he will make a statement on the availability of places for drug addicts at residential detoxification centres.
( 64781 )
*36 Fiona Mactaggart (Slough):    What steps his Department is taking to prevent young children committing crimes.
( 64782 )
*37 Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    What steps he is taking to deal with clandestine immigration.
( 64783 )

At 2.30 p.m.Private Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business

Notice of Presentation of Bill


HEALTH (AIR TRAVELLERS) (NO.   2)        [No debate]

Mrs Cheryl Gillan

        Bill to make provision for research and development, and dissemination of information and advice, relating to flight-related deep vein thrombosis and other medical conditions affecting air travellers; and for connected purposes.

Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business

+  2  

EMPLOYMENT BILL (PROGRAMME) (No. 3)        [No debate]

Mr Robin Cook
Ms Secretary Hewitt

        That the following provisions shall apply to the Employment Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 27th November:

Consideration of Lords Amendments

    1      Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Bill shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at Seven o'clock on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

Subsequent stages

    2   The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords on the Bill shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

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

+  3  

EMPLOYMENT BILL:      Consideration of Lords Amendments.        [Until 7.00 p.m.]

        Prceedings shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 7.00 p.m., if the Employment Bill (Programme) (No. 3) Motion is agreed to.


OPPOSITION DAY (17th allotted day—first part)        [Until 10.00 p.m.]


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

        That this House condemns the Government's failure to address the crisis facing care homes for the elderly, which has resulted in the closure of a large number of care homes, with damaging consequences for the sector and for many other aspects of the work of the NHS; remains concerned that the combined impact of the levels of fees paid to care homes by local authorities and the National Minimum Standards will continue to have an adverse impact upon small to medium size care homes in particular, leading to further losses in capacity; regrets that the terms under which the Government introduced `free nursing care' on 1st October 2001 differ very markedly from those laid out when the draft legislation was under consideration; deplores the increase in the number of elderly people receiving inappropriate care and the large number of hospital beds being blocked and operations being cancelled because of the loss of care home beds into which to discharge hospital patients once their treatment has been completed; and calls on the Government to recognise the damaging effects of this crisis in care on the most vulnerable members of society and swiftly and decisively to end the suffering, disruption and distress that is being caused to the elderly by the Government's policies.

        As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Care Homes):

The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor the Exchequer
Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Mr Secretary Milburn

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `welcomes the Government's strategy for modernising social care services through unprecedented real terms increases in resources; condemns the Opposition for opposing this investment; welcomes the improved joint working between the NHS, social services, and the independent care sectors which has seen a reduction in levels of delayed discharges of over 1,000 since September 2001; recognises Government action to provide real choice for older people in long term care and to place a greater emphasis on users and patients in the design and delivery of services; notes the confusion, inconsistency and lack of independence in previous registration and inspection regimes and welcomes the Government's national framework for standards and quality; further notes that the extra funding is enabling local councils to increase fees paid to care homes and that providers are continuing to open new homes; and recognises that the number of people receiving intensive home care support is increasing, enabling more people to live independently at home for longer.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Evan Harris
Sandra Gidley
Mr Andrew Stunell

        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `condemns the Government for presiding over the loss over the last five years of 50,000 care home places; regrets the Government has ignored the trauma and loss of life that has been caused by care home closures; welcomes the Prime Minister's acknowledgement that the squeeze on fee rates has been the principal cause of care home closures; notes the Rowntree Report which revealed a £1 billion blackhole in the funding of the care home sector; notes that the last Conservative Government commissioned the Burgner review of regulation of care homes and welcomed its recommendations for more comprehensive and stronger regulation of care providers; believes that the crisis in the care home sector has been caused by a policy void in the Department of Health and a failure to recognise recent trends; notes that the Wanless Report concluded that there is a serious imbalance between the levels of resource allocated to health and social care; further notes that during the passage of the Care Standards Bill the Government was warned that its proposals for free nursing care were flawed; believes that charging people for nursing care on the basis of who provides that care is unfair and unworkable; congratulates the Scottish Executive for implementing the Royal Commission on Long Term Care's recommendation that personal care should be free at the point of use on the basis of need; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to commission an inquiry into Social Care and to discuss with the Local Government Association increased funding for social care.'.

        The selection of the matter 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  


Ms Rosie Winterton

        That the draft Pathogens Access Appeal Commission (Procedure) Rules 2002, which were laid before this House on 12th June, be approved.

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

+  6  


Ms Rosie Winterton

        That the draft Court of Appeal (Appeals from Pathogens Access Appeal Commission) Rules 2002, which were laid before this House on 12th June, be approved.

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

+  7  

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

Mr Robin Cook

        That the Motion in the name of Secretary Tessa Jowell relating to the revised Treasure Act 1996 Code of Practice shall be treated as if it related to an instrument subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation) in respect of which notice has been given that the instrument be approved.

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

+  8  

PUBLIC TRUSTEE (LIABILITY AND FEES) BILL [LORDS]        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr Robin Cook

        That, during the proceedings on the Public Trustee (Liability and Fees) Bill [Lords], the Standing Committee on the Bill shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it shall meet.

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


ADMINISTRATION        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

Mr John McWilliam, on behalf of the Committee of Selection

        That Dr Nick Palmer be discharged from the Administration Committee and Julie Morgan be added to the Committee.

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

At the end of the sitting



        Proposed subject: Death of Glenn Howard and the Metropolitan Police (Tom Brake).

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



1European Standing Committee B4.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
To consider EU Document No. 7727/02 relating to the World Summit on Sustainable Development and EU Document No. 6863/02 relating to Aid for `Poverty Diseases'.
2Second Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 11 (public)
To consider the draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2002 and the draft Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2002.
3Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 12 (public)
To consider the draft State Pension Credit Regulations 2002.
4Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 14 (public)
To consider the Government's assessment, as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2002-03 and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2002-03, for the purposes of approval under Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.


5Science and Technology4.00 p.m.
4.15 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Subject: The Work of NESTA—a follow-up.
Witnesses: Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, Chair, Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive and Mike Tomlinson, Member, Education Committee and Director of Science Year, NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
6Information4.30 p.m.The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
7Transport, Local Government and the Regions: Urban Affairs Sub-Committee5.00 p.m.

5.15 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Draft Local Government Bill.
Witnesses: Local Government Association; CIPFA (at approximately 6.00 p.m.); ALG, SIGOMA and County Council Network (at approximately 6.30 p.m.).


8Human Rights4.30 p.m.Room 3A (private)
9Draft Communications Bill6.00 p.m.

6.15 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Draft Communications Bill.
Witnesses: The Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and the Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

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

Written Question tabled on Friday 5th July for answer today++
1 Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Sandler Review of retail investment will be published.
( 68662 )


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