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Secretary Tessa Jowell

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

Private Business

        Note: Private business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.

Third Readings

1.   HSBC Investment Banking Bill [Lords]. (By Order.)

2.   Barclays Group Reorganisation Bill [Lords]. (By Order.)


NOTICES OF MOTIONS AT THE TIME OF PRIVATE BUSINESS

The Chairman of Ways and Means

        Mersey Tunnels Bill: That the promoters of the Mersey Tunnels Bill shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present session and that all fees due up to that date have been paid;

        That on the fifth sitting day in the next session the bill shall be presented to the House by deposit in the Private Bill Office;

        That a declaration signed by the agent shall be annexed to the bill, stating that it is the same in every respect as the bill presented in this House in the present session;

        That on the next sitting day following presentation, the Clerk in the Private Bill Office shall lay the bill on the Table of the House;

        That in the next session the bill shall be deemed to have passed through every stage through which it has passed in the present session, and shall be recorded in the Journal of the House as having passed those stages;

        That no further fees shall be charged to such stages;

        That all petitions relating to the bill which stand referred to the committee on the bill, shall stand referred to the committee on the bill in the next sesssion;

        That no petitioners shall be heard before the committee unless their petition has been presented within the time provided for petitioning or has been deposited pursuant to Private Business Standing Order 126(b);

        That, in relation to the bill, Private Business Standing Order 127 shall have effect as if the words `under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against bill)' were omitted.

Mr Keith Hill

        Selection: That Mr John Hayes be discharged from the Committee of Selection and Mr Peter Luff be added to the Committee.


+    

MOTION FOR AN UNOPPOSED RETURN        [No debate]

        That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Final Report made by Mr Patrick Carter in October 2002 in respect of the English National Statium Review.

No debate.

Afterwards
Oral Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
*1 Mike Gapes (Ilford South):    What plans he has to increase the availability of affordable homes in London
( 71949 )
*2 Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    If he will make a statement on progress with local PSAs.
( 71950 )
*3 Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    What progress he is making on the review of grants to local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the methodology he is using.
( 71951 )
*4 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West):    If he will make it his policy to introduce legislation to require local authorities to implement recommendations of reports from the Local Government Ombudsman.
( 71952 )
*5 Sir Teddy Taylor (Rochford & Southend East):    What the cost of the regional government establishment in England is in 2002-03.
( 71953 )
*6 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What recent representations he has received from representatives of county councils about the future roles, functions and responsibilities of these councils; and if he will make a statement.
( 71954 )
*7 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    What targets he has set for decent housing and reducing homelessness.
( 71955 )
*8 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What planning guidance is given to local authorites to permit the maintenance and development of small rural communities.
( 71956 )
*9 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough):    What proposals he has to ensure the efficient delivery of Objective One European programmes to support local economies.
( 71957 )
*10 Andrew George (St Ives):    What recent representations he has had in response to the Government's White Paper on Regional Government, Your Region: Your Choice.
( 71958 )
*11 Ian Stewart (Eccles):    What plans he has to tackle housing abandonment in the North West.
( 71959 )
*12 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    If he will make a statement on his plans for new housing in Kent.
( 71960 )
*13 John Mann (Bassetlaw):    What plans he has for tackling slum housing in coalfield communities.
( 71961 )
*14 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    If he will make a statement on the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.
( 71962 )
*15 Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick & Leamington):    If he will make a statement on responses to the consultation on reform of the standard spending assessment.
( 71963 )
*16 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will make a statement on his housing policy for the South East.
( 71965 )
*17 Paul Flynn (Newport West):    What change has taken place since 1997 in the percentage of land in England that is used for urban purposes.
( 71966 )
*18 Gillian Merron (Lincoln):    What steps he has taken to support improvements in standards of conduct of members of county councils.
( 71967 )
*19 Mr David Amess (Southend West):    What recent representations he has received on planning applications for mobile phone masts.
( 71968 )
*20 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    What estimate he has made of the cost of establishing an elected regional assembly in the North West.
( 71970 )
*21 Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    If he will make a statement on comprehensive performance assessments for local authorities.
( 71971 )
*22 Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):    If he will make a statement on his proposals to reform the planning procedures for major infrastructure projects.
( 71972 )
*23 Colin Burgon (Elmet):    What action he plans to take in response to the Park Homes Working Party Report.
( 71974 )
*24 Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):    If he will make a statement on the Regional Government White Paper.
( 71975 )
*25 Lawrie Quinn (Scarborough & Whitby):    If he will make a statement on the provision of social housing in rural areas.
( 71976 )
*26 Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):    How many affordable rental homes will be built by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords in the current year.
( 71977 )

At 3.00 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
*Q1 Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71978 )
*Q2 Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71979 )
*Q3 David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71980 )
*Q4 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71981 )
*Q5 Mr John Taylor (Solihull):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71982 )
*Q6 Andy King (Rugby & Kenilworth):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71984 )
*Q7 Mr Alex Salmond (Banff & Buchan):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71985 )
*Q8 Mr Bill Tynan (Hamilton South):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71986 )
*Q9 Mr George Osborne (Tatton):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71987 )
*Q10 Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71988 )
*Q11 Mr Charles Hendry (Wealden):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71989 )
*Q12 James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71990 )
*Q13 Mr Parmjit Dhanda (Gloucester):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71991 )
*Q14 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71992 )
*Q15 Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71993 )
*Q16 Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71994 )
*Q17 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71995 )
*Q18 Mr Piara S. Khabra (Ealing, Southall):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71996 )
*Q19 Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):    If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th October.
( 71997 )

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

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion

  1  

DUTY FREE IMPORTS (PERSONAL USE)        [Up to 20 minutes]

Mr Peter Duncan

        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to create a system of prior approval by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise for duty free imports for personal use; 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

  2  

OPPOSITION DAY (18th allotted day)        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

  

CONDUCT OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr Damian Green
Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Graham Brady
Mrs Eleanor Laing
David Maclean

        That this House expresses its sympathy to the pupils, parents and teachers affected by the fiasco of grading this year's `A' level exams; condemns Ministers at the Department for Education and Skills for proceeding with the new system of `A' levels in the face of expert advice; regrets the confusion this has caused in university entrance both this year and next; calls for the Qualification and Curriculum Authority to be made independent of Government; further regrets the confusion caused by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills over her powers on exclusion appeal panels; expresses its sympathy to the teachers at the Glyn Technology School in Ewell for the problems this has caused; calls for the end of the current system of appeals panels and the introduction of the option of enforceable contracts between schools and parents; notes that the problems for schools caused by the backlog at the Criminal Records Bureau are continuing; regrets that there is no sign of a reduction in truancy numbers; and further notes that the Government has failed to hit its targets on primary school attainment and that the Secretary of State has failed to repeat the pledge of her predecessor to resign if these targets were not reached.

      As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Conduct of the Department for Education and Skills):

The Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Secretary Estelle Morris

(a )
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `applauds the priority the Government attaches to education and congratulates the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on her excellent leadership of the education system; notes the current record levels of sustained investment in education with an increase from £41.6 billion in 2001-02 to £57.8 billion in 2005-06; welcomes rising standards and progress being made in schools up and down the country, congratulating in particular all those who played a part in achieving the best ever results in literacy and numeracy for 11 year olds, with 75 per cent. making the grade in English and 73 per cent. in mathematics compared with less than a half in 1997; welcomes the importance the Government attaches to tackling indiscipline and non-attendance at schools; notes that while the Criminal Records Bureau continues to improve its performance, the Department's interim List 99" measures are allowing schools to operate with a full complement of staff; expresses its sympathy for the pupils, parents and teachers who have been affected by the recent `A' level grading problems; but congratulates the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for her decisive action in setting up an independent inquiry under Mike Tomlinson to restore confidence in the exam system.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Mr Phil Willis
Mr David Rendel
Richard Younger-Ross
Mr Andrew Stunell

(b )
        Line      2,      leave out from `exams' to end and add `expects the Government to shoulder its share of responsibility for this year's debacle, including the resulting loss of confidence in the examination system, the costs imposed on both individuals and institutions and concerns amongst students and others about competition for university places in 2003; demands independence for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and changes to the arrangements for examining `A' level papers in time for marking in 2003; calls on the Government to list which offences by pupils will not be appealable to Appeals Panels so as to prevent any repetition of the events at Glyn Technology School in Ewell; regrets the Government's sudden changes of policy in respect of Individual Learning Accounts and the Criminal Records Bureau; notes with dismay the Government's continuing addiction to target-setting from the centre as a policy tool in spite of missing key targets on the attainment of 11 year olds and truancy rates; expresses serious concerns about the number of colleges and universities that may be faced with closure under present policies; and further notes that any further delays to decisions on student finance and the funding of higher and further education for 2003-04 will severely affect the expansion of student numbers and the recruitment and retention of lecturers.'.

  

RURAL ECONOMY

Mr Iain Duncan Smith
Mr David Lidington
Mr John Hayes
Mr James Gray
Mr Jonathan Sayeed
David Maclean

Mr Roy Beggs [R]

        That this House recognises that the livelihood of millions of British people depends on the rural economy; notes that British agriculture is in the throes of its worst recession since the 1930s; regrets the burden of regulation imposed on farms and other rural businesses; expresses concern about the lack of affordable housing and the strain on public services in rural areas; and calls upon the Government to acknowledge the gravity of the crisis in the countryside and to address effectively and urgently the problems faced by rural communities.

      As Amendments to Mr Iain Duncan Smith's proposed Motion (Rural Economy):

The Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Robin Cook
Mr Secretary Darling
Ms Secretary Hewitt

Secretary Margaret              Mr Alun Michael
Beckett

(a )
        Line      1,      leave out from `House' to end and add `acknowledges the millions of British people dependent on the rural economy; welcomes the Government's support for the farming and food industry in meeting the enormous challenges of change; endorses the Government's commitment to rural communities as set out in the Rural White Paper; applauds the Government's wider record on public service delivery in rural areas; welcomes the £239 million allocated over three years to 2003-04 for new and improved rural transport services; further welcomes schemes in place to provide affordable housing in rural areas, including the Rural Exception and the doubling of the Housing Corporation's Rural Target; commends the efforts to retain the rural post office network and expand services; further applauds the Government's commitment to invest more than £500 million extra over three years in sustainable food and farming, including £200 million in 2005-06 to implement the core recommendations of the Curry Commission; acknowledges the establishment for the first time of a rural PSA target for increased productivity and improved access to vital public services for all rural people; and calls upon the Government to continue pursuing a strategy based on long term policies to regenerate British agriculture, improve rural services and revitalise the rural economy as a whole.'.

Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr A. J. Beith
Malcolm Bruce
Mr Colin Breed
Mr Roger Williams
Mr Andrew Stunell

(b )
        Line      3,      leave out from `1930s' to end and add `notes the previous Conservative Government's contribution to the decline of the rural economy through cuts in the numbers of Government scientists and vets leading to the disaster of BSE; further emphasises Conservative policies which sold off affordable houses without adequate replacements and privatised and centralised services, to the detriment of rural towns and villages; further regrets that the Labour Government has failed adequately to address this decline, mismanaged the foot and mouth outbreak and refused all demands for an independent public inquiry; and concludes that the Liberal Democrats' policies for joining the euro, promoting the diversification of the rural economy through co-operatives and marketing initiatives, backing for stronger tourism promotion and for regeneration of rural transport and communications and local service provision make the Liberal Democrats the natural party of the countryside.'.

Mr Simon Thomas
Pete Wishart
Mr Alex Salmond
Mr Elfyn Llwyd

(c )
        Line      5,      after `areas;', insert `is dismayed at the inadequate response of the governments of the National Assembly of Wales and the Scottish Parliament to this crisis; condemns the failure of the Liberal Democrat ministers for rural affairs in both countries to defend the rural economy, and'.

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.

    +  3  

    PUBLIC ACCOUNTS        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Keith Hill

          That Mr Barry Gardiner be discharged from the Committee of Public Accounts and Angela Eagle be added.

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

    +  4  

    PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Keith Hill

          That Mr Anthony D. Wright be discharged from the Select Committee on Public Administration and Mr Kelvin Hopkins be added.

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

    At the end of the sitting

      5  

    ADJOURNMENT

          Proposed subject for debate: Regulation of pension funds (Derek Wyatt).

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

    COMMITTEES

    STANDING COMMITTEE

    1Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
    To consider the draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2002.
    4.30 p.m.Room 9 (public)

    SELECT COMMITTEES

    2Modernisation of the House of Commons9.30 a.m.Room 16 (private)
    3Defence10.00 a.m.
    10.30 a.m.
    Room 15 (private)
    (public)
    Subject: SDR: New Chapter.
    Witnesses: Mr Simon Webb CBE, Policy Director, Mr Bruce Mann, Director General Finance Management, Major General Rob Fulton, Capability Manager (Information Superiority), Ministry of Defence.
    4Environment, Food and Rural Affairs10.00 a.m.


    10.30 a.m.
    The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
    (public)
    Subject: Royal Society Inquiry into Infectious Diseases in Livestock.
    Witnesses: Professor Sir Brian Follett FRS, Chairman of the Inquiry, and other members of the Inquiry team.
    5Trade and Industry10.00 a.m.

    The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
    6European Scrutiny10.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
    7Work and Pensions10.30 a.m.

    The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
    8Environmental Audit4.00 p.m.Room 20 (private)
    9Science & Technology4.00 p.m.Room 8 (private)
    10Selection4.15 p.m.Room 13 (private)
    11Treasury: Sub-Committee4.45 p.m.
    5.00 p.m.
    Room 6 (private)
    (public)
    Subject: Statistics Commission: Annual Report, 2001-02.
    Witnesses: Sir John Kingman, Chairman, Miss Barbara Buckley, Secretary to the Commission, The Statistics Commission.

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

     
     

    Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 15th October for answer today++

    1 Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow, Cathcart): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what decisions he has reached on appointments to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
    ( 74939 )
    2 Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the latest report received from the Oversight Commissioner.
    ( 74940 )
    3 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the statutory maximum price scheme covering generic medicines supplied for use in the NHS in primary care.
    ( 74941 )
    4 Mr Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the performance targets for the Defence Bills Agency for the financial year 2002-03 will be revised following the appointment of a new chief executive.
    ( 74942 )
    5 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she will report on the National Forest Company's progress in creating the National Forest in the East Midlands.
    ( 74943 )
    6 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes are planned to improve implementation of EC Directive 92/43/EEC (the Habitats Directive) where European-protected species are found on development sites in England.
    ( 74944 )
    7 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Competitiveness Council on 30th September.
    ( 74945 )
    8 Helen Jackson (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Energy Council on 4th October.
    ( 74946 )
    9 Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the assistance pledged for Afghanistan at Tokyo in January has been provided; and if she will make a statement.
    ( 74947 )
    10 Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the supply of general purpose machine guns to Senegal, for use as part of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    ( 74948 )
    11 Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what goods on the Military List have recently been approved for export to Iraq.
    ( 74949 )
    12 Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress to resolve the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize.
    ( 74950 )
    13 Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the UK will continue to uphold the OSCE embargo on the export of weapons and military equipment to Azerbaijan.
    ( 74951 )
    14 Laura Moffatt (Crawley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the appointment of a UK Special Representative for Georgia.
    ( 74952 )
    15 David Wright (Telford): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he intends to publish the Government's consultation document on a national alcohol harm reduction strategy.
    ( 75042 )
    16 Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what report he has received on the activities of the Local Government Ombudsman.
    ( 75043 )
    17 Mr Barry Gardiner (Brent North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects the final report of the English National Stadium Review to be published; and if she will make a statement.
    ( 75044 )
    18 Paul Clark (Gillingham): To ask the Prime Minister, if an official biography of Sir Desmond Morton is being commissioned.
    ( 75045 )
    19 Ms Debra Shipley (Stourbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for October; and if he will list the major European Union events for the period between 31st October and April 2003.
    ( 75046 )
    20 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when she intends to publish the Court Service Annual Report and Accounts for 2001-02.
    ( 75192 )
    21 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made against the 11 EU objectives for pension systems.
    ( 75389 )
    22 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for reviewing the Social Security Advisory Committee.
    ( 75390 )
    23 Mr Colin Pickthall (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the European Commission proposal to amend Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances.
    ( 75391 )
    24 Mr Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North & Leith): To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress has been made on the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency Quinquennial Review.
    ( 75392 )
    25 Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Passport and Records Agency intends to publish its annual accounts for 2001-02.
    ( 75393 )



     

     
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