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Order of Business 29 October 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

Private Business

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

Selection: Adjourned Debate on Question [16th October].

        Motion made, and Question proposed, That Mr John Hayes be discharged from the Committee of Selection and Mr Peter Luff be added to the Committee.—(Mr Phil Woolas.)


Afterwards


Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
*1 Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    If he will make a statement on progress towards a national service framework for diabetes.
( [R]75349 )
*2 Mr Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):    What plans he has to give greater emphasis in the allocation of funds to poverty and deprivation as causal factors of poor health.
( 75350 )
*3 Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    How many non-clinical NHS personnel were employed (a) on 1st May 1997 and (b) on the latest available date.
( 75351 )
*4 Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):    What recent discussions he has had with representatives of the BMA about the consultant contract; and if he will make a statement.
( 75352 )
*5 Helen Jones (Warrington North):    If he will make a statement on the work of the North West Public Health Observatory.
( 75353 )
*6 Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    When he expects decisions to be reached on new CT scanner allocations.
( 75355 )
*7 Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham):    If he will make a statement on the merger of the North Durham and South Durham NHS Trust.
( 75356 )
*8 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):    What the level is of indebtedness of the North Wiltshire and Kennett PCT.
( 75357 )
*9 Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):    If he will make a statement on the availability of care home places in the South East.
( 75358 )
*10 Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):    If he will make a statement on the adequacy of infection control procedures in the NHS.
( 75359 )
*11 Andy Burnham (Leigh):    If he will make a statement on progress with the development of a new funding formula for primary care trusts, with special reference to social deprivation.
( 75360 )
*12 Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster & Wyre):    If he will make a statement on the establishment of children's trusts.
( 75361 )
*13 Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):    What progress has been made in implementing the National Service Framework for Children in respect to autism.
( 75362 )
*14 Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):    If he will make a statement on the closure of care homes.
( 75363 )
*15 Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):    If he will make a statement on the proposed changes to the Public Health Laboratory Service.
( 75366 )
*16 Roger Casale (Wimbledon):    What further steps he intends to take to promote the integration of health and social services.
( 75367 )
*17 Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):    If he will make a statement on difficulties experienced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in dealing with applications.
( 75368 )
*18 Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What steps he has taken to improve the vetting of child care workers.
( 75369 )
*19 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    If he will make a statement on the merging of NHS trusts.
( 75370 )
*20 Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):    What assessment he has made of the progress of ambulance trusts in meeting response time targets.
( 75371 )
*21 Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):    When he expects to produce final guidance on the proposed fine system to tackle bed blocking.
( 75372 )
*22 Dr John Pugh (Southport):    What plans the Government has to increase the number of mental health beds in the NHS.
( 75373 )
*23 Bob Spink (Castle Point):    What policies he has to reduce the human and financial costs of clinical mistakes in hospitals.
( 75374 )
*24 Sue Doughty (Guildford):    How much money from the NHS Cancer plan has been spent to date on cancer services.
( 75375 )
*25 Mr David Cameron (Witney):    What steps he is taking to improve treatment for the blind and partially-sighted.
( 75376 )
*26 Mr John Burnett (Torridge & West Devon):    If he will make a statement on his policy for merging acute NHS trusts.
( 75377 )
*27 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):    If he will make a statement on the future of day surgery in hospitals.
( 75378 )
*28 Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):    If he will make a statement on progress towards a reduction in hospital acquired infections.
( 75379 )
*29 Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe & Sale East):    What plans he has to increase community involvement in the organisation and delivery of NHS services.
( 75380 )
*30 Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):    What incentives are available to attract NHS dentists to work in areas of shortage.
( 75381 )
*31 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    What steps he is taking to ensure that financial considerations do not impede the restoration of maternity and paediatric services to Hemel Hempstead General Hospital.
( 75382 )
*32 Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):    What progress is being made with the review of acute hospital services in East Kent.
( 75383 )
*33 Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    If he will make a statement on waiting times in accident and emergency departments.
( 75384 )
*34 Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):    What the latest waiting times are for post-operative radiotherapy treatment; and if he will make a statement.
( 75385 )
*35 Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    If he will make a statement on measures he has taken with regard to the availability of vaccines intended to protect the population against biological attack.
( 75386 )
*36 Mr Bill Wiggin (Leominster):    What plans he has to bring forward country of origin food labelling.
( 75387 )
*37 Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):    What assessment he has made of available treatments for mesothelioma cancer; and if he will make a statement.
( 75388 )

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

        Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 10.00 p.m.                   (Standing Order No. 15 and Order of 20th November 2000).


Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion

  1  

AIR WEAPONS        [Up to 20 minutes]

Jonathan Shaw

        That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Firearms Act 1968 to restrict the acquisition and possession of air weapons; 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  

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE        [Until any hour]

Mr Robin Cook

        That, at this day's sitting, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on any Motions in the name of Mr Robin Cook relating to Modernisation of the House of Commons, Parliamentary Questions, and Amendments to Standing Orders not later than Ten o'clock, and such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; the Questions may be decided, though opposed, after the expiration of the time for opposed business and the Order of 28th June 2001 relating to deferred Divisions shall not apply to them.

Debate may continue until any hour if the 10.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.


At 10.00 p.m.

+    

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE        [No debate]

The Prime Minister

        That, at this day's sitting, the Motion in the name of Mr Robin Cook relating to the Business of the House may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15 and Order of 20th November 2000).
    +    

    DEFERRED DIVISIONS        [No debate]

    The Prime Minister

          That, at this day's sitting, the Order of 28th June 2001 relating to Deferred Divisions shall not apply to the question on the Motion in the name of Mr Robin Cook relating to the Business of the House.

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

    +  3  

    MODERNISATION OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That this House approves the Second Report from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons, and endorses its proposals, in particular for more effective law making by more routine publication of bills in draft for pre-legislative scrutiny, for consultation with Opposition parties on the broad shape of the legislative year and more flexibility in programming, for an annual House of Commons calendar which would allow honourable Members to plan work in their constituencies more effectively and provide sittings in September balanced by an earlier recess in July, for more effective use of the Chamber including more regular use of time limits on speeches, and a Parliament that is more accessible to the public that it serves.

          As Amendments to Mr Robin Cook's proposed Motion (Modernisation of the House of Commons):

    Mr Greg Knight
    Mr Eric Forth

     
                (a)
      Line      2,      after `proposals' insert `insofar as they enhance the ability of the House to hold the Government to account'.

    Mr Greg Knight
    Mr Eric Forth

     
                (b)
      Line      2,      leave out `in particular'.

    Mr Greg Knight
    Mr Eric Forth

     
                (c)
      Line      4,      after `scrutiny', insert `and believes that the Government should publish all future bills in draft except for emergency and unforeseen legislation,'.

    Mr Greg Knight
    Mr Eric Forth

     
                (e)
      Line      8,      leave out from `Chamber' to `and' in line 9.

    Mr Greg Knight
    Mr Eric Forth

     
                (d)
      Line      10,      at end add `but is of the opinion that the House should meet at half-past Two o'clock on Mondays, and half-past Nine o'clock on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a suspension of the sitting between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and the moment of interruption of business falling at Seven o'clock on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Six o'clock on Thursdays.'.

    Mr Greg Knight
    Mr Eric Forth

     
                (f)
      Line      10,      at end add `but declines to approve measures which diminish the ability of the House to question the Executive, and to hold it to account, namely written statements by Ministers, carryover of Bills, deferred divisions and routine programming of bills.'.

    Mr Graham Allen

     
                (g)
      Line      10,      at end add `and accepts that these must be just the first steps towards a modern, self-respecting Parliament, free of Executive control, capable of agreeing its own agenda, electing its own Select Committees, scrutinising Bills effectively and holding all governments to account.'.

    +  4  

    PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

          That this House takes note of the Third Report from the Procedure Committee, Parliamentary Questions, House of Commons Paper No. 622, and the Government Response thereto, Cm 5628, and approves the proposals in both for a quota on named day questions, a reduction in the daily quota of questions per department, the introduction of electronic tabling subject to safeguards to ensure the authenticity of questions and the power of the Speaker to modify or halt the system if it appears it is being abused, and the timing and printing of answers to written questions and written ministerial statements.

          As Amendments to Mr Robin Cook's proposed Motion (Parliamentary Questions):

    Mr Greg Knight
    Mr Eric Forth

     
                (a)
      Line      8,      leave out `and written Ministerial statements'.

    Sir Nicholas Winterton
    Mr Eric Illsley
    Sir Robert Smith
    Mr Iain Luke
    Mr Desmond Swayne
    Huw Irranca-Davies

        Mr John Burnett            David Wright            David Hamilton
        Mr Graham Allen
     
                (b)
      Line      8,      at end add `; and approves the proposals in the Procedure Committee's report for the introduction of a 30-minute session of questions on a single topical subject on Tuesdays and Thursdays.'.

    +  5  

    QUESTIONS (AMENDMENTS TO STANDING ORDERS )        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

          That,

      (1)   the following Standing Order (Written statements by ministers) be made:

              A Minister of the Crown, being a Member of the House, may give notice of his intention to make a ministerial statement in written form on a specified day not later than five sitting days after the day on which notice was given: and such statements shall be printed in the Official Report.

      (2)   with effect from 1st January 2003, the following amendments to Standing orders be made:

        (a)   Standing Order No. 21 (Time for taking questions) be amended as follows:

        Line      13,      by leaving out the words `on the order paper' and inserting the words `in the Questions Book'.

        (b)   Standing Order No. 22 (Notices of questions, motions and amendments) be amended as follows:

        Line      2,      at end insert `in a form determined by the Speaker'

        Line      17,      leave out from `that' to end of line 34 and insert—

          '(a)  notice has appeared at latest on the notice paper circulated two days (excluding Saturday and Sunday) before that on which an answer is desired; and
          (b)  a Member may not table more than five such questions on any one day.
              (5) Notice of a question for oral answer may be given only for answer on the next day on which the Member to whom it is addressed is due to give oral answers; and in respect of each such day the Speaker shall specify the latest date and time at which notice may be given and how many questions are to be printed for each Member answering; and only that number of notices of questions (selected at random from those received in a manner to be prescribed by the Speaker) shall be treated as valid notices received on the day concerned;

              Provided that the latest date and time specified by the Speaker shall be such as to enable the notices selected to be printed and circulated

              (a) in the case of questions to the Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales at least four days (excluding Friday, Saturday and Sunday) before the question is to be answered or

              (b) in the case of questions to other Ministers, at least two days (excluding Friday, Saturday and Sunday) before the question is to be answered'.

        Line      38,      leave out from `paragraphs' to end of paragraph and add `(4) and (5) of this order and specifying the arrangements for tabling questions during the adjournment'.

          As Amendments to Mr Robin Cook's proposed Motion (Questions (Amendments to Standing Orders)):

    Sir Nicholas Winterton
    Mr Eric Illsley
    Sir Robert Smith
    Mr Iain Luke
    Mr Desmond Swayne
    Huw Irranca-Davies

        Mr John Burnett            Mr Graham Allen            David Hamilton
        David Wright
     
                (a)
      Line      9,      at end insert¸

      `Line      6,      after except" insert (a) on Tuesday and Thursdays, questions on a topic which shall have been determined by the Speaker in accordance with Standing Order (Topical question sessions); and

        (b)'." and'.

    Sir Nicholas Winterton
    Mr Eric Illsley
    Sir Robert Smith
    Mr Iain Luke
    Mr Desmond Swayne
    Huw Irranca-Davies

        Mr John Burnett            Mr Graham Allen            David Hamilton
        David Wright                  Lynne Jones
     
                (b)
      Line      37,      at end add `and

      (3) with effect from 1 January 2003 the following Standing Order (Topical question sessions) be made:

      (1)   On Tuesdays and Thursdays, for a period of not more than 30 minutes commencing one hour after the House sits, and subject to subsection (2) below, questions shall be taken on a topic of current concern and public importance which shall have been determined by the Speaker on the basis of applications by Members made to him before noon on the previous day.

      (2)   The Speaker may at his discretion direct that questions be taken on two such topics successively, for a period of not more than 15 minutes on each topic.'.

    +  6  

    NEW PROVISION FOR EARLIER SITTINGS ON WEDNESDAYS, AND FOR THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That, with effect from 1st January 2003 until the end of the Parliament, the Standing Orders and practice of the House shall have effect subject to the following modifications:

        (1)   Subject to paragraph (3) of this Order and to paragraph (14)(a) of Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot), the House shall meet on Wednesdays at half-past Eleven o'clock and—

        (a)   the moment of interruption shall be at Seven o'clock;
        (b)   in their application to such sittings, reference to a specified time in the Standing Orders shall be interpreted as reference to a time three hours earlier, except that reference to Twelve o'clock in Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) shall be read as reference to half-past Ten o'clock, and that references to One o'clock, a quarter past One o'clock and half-past Three o'clock in Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees) shall be read as references to twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock, twenty minutes to Twelve o'clock and Two o'clock respectively; and
        (c)   divisions deferred under the provisions of the Order (Deferred Divisions) shall be held at half-past Twelve o'clock.
        (2)   On Wednesdays the sitting in Westminster Hall shall begin at half-past Nine o'clock, shall be suspended from half-past Eleven o'clock until Two o'clock and may then continue for up to a further two and a half hours (and in calculating that period no account shall be taken of any period during which the sitting may be suspended owing to a division being called in the House or a Committee of the whole House).

        (3)   Paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Order shall not apply to a Wednesday sitting which immediately follows a periodic adjournment of more than two days or is the first day of a session, and in the former case the sitting in Westminster Hall shall begin at half-past Nine o'clock and conclude at Two o'clock.

        (4)   On Thursdays the provisions of paragraph (1) of this Order shall apply (and the provisions of paragraphs (2) and (3) shall not apply), except that the moment of interruption shall be at Six o'clock and—

        (a)   opposed private business under Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business), urgent debates set down for the same day by direction of the Speaker under Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), opposition half-day debates under paragraph (2)(c)(ii) of Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business) and half-day Estimates debates under paragraph (3)(b) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates) shall begin at Three o'clock;
        (b) opposition half-day debates under paragraph (2)(c)(i) of Standing Order No. 14 and half-day Estimates debates under paragraph (3)(a) of Standing Order No. 54 shall lapse, or be interrupted, as the case may be, at Four o'clock; and
        (c)   references to Eleven o'clock and half-past Eleven o'clock in Standing Orders No. 15 (Exempted business) and No. 17 (Delegated Legislation (negative procedure)) shall be read as references to Seven o'clock and half-past Seven o'clock respectively.
        (5) Unless the House otherwise orders, the House shall not sit on any Friday other than those on which private Members' bills have precedence and—

    (a) when the House is not sitting on a Friday it shall, at its rising on the previous Thursday, stand adjourned till the following Monday without any question being put, unless it shall have resolved otherwise; and(b) paragraph
    (4) of Standing Order No. 12 (House not to sit on certain Fridays) shall apply to any Friday on which the House does not sit by virtue of this Order, with the addition of notices of motions relating to proceedings on bills committed to a standing committee to the notices which may be received by the Public Bill Office under subparagraph (b) of that paragraph.
          As Amendments to Mr Robin Cook's proposed Motion (New Provision for earlier sittings on Wednesdays, and for Thursdays and Fridays):

    Mr Chris Mullin
    Mr Alan Williams
    Sir George Young
    Mr Gerald Kaufman
    Mr John McFall
    Mr David Hinchliffe

    Alice Mahon                 Ann Clwyd
     
                (a)
      Line      4,      leave out paragraphs (1) to (3).

    Mr Chris Mullin
    Mr Alan Williams
    Sir George Young
    Mr Gerald Kaufman
    Mr John McFall
    Mr David Hinchliffe

    Alice Mahon                 Ann Clwyd
     
                (c)
      Leave out lines 30 to 32 and insert—

      `(   )   Subject to paragraph (14)(a) of Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot), the House shall meet on Thursdays at half-past Eleven o'clock and—

        (a) the moment of interruption shall be at six o'clock;

        (b) in their application to such sittings, reference to a specified time in the Standing Orders shall be interpreted as reference to a time three hours earlier, except that reference to Twelve o'clock in Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) shall be read as reference to half-past Ten o'clock, and that references to One o'clock, a quarter past One o'clock and half-past Three o'clock in Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees) shall be read as references to twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock, twenty minutes to Twelve o'clock and Two o'clock respectively;'.

    Mr Douglas Hogg
    Mr Graham Allen
    Mr Andrew Stunell
    Mr Kenneth Clarke
    Mr Peter Kilfoyle
    Mr Michael Mates

    Mr Adrian Sanders
    Sir Sydney Chapman
    Michael Fabricant
    Sue Doughty
    Paul Flynn
    David Taylor
    Mr Huw Edwards
    Ian Lucas
    Mr Robert
          Marshall-Andrews
    Jane Griffiths
    Mr David Drew
    Mr Kerry Pollard
    Alan Keen
    Jon Trickett
    Mr Michael Weir
    Lynne Jones

     
                (b)
      Line      59,      at end add—

      `(6) That on any such day when the House shall be sitting, if the Speaker is of the opinion that the public interest requires, the House shall meet at such other time as the Speaker shall appoint.'.

    +  7  

    NEW PROVISION FOR EARLIER SITTINGS ON TUESDAYS        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That, with effect from 1st January 2003 until the end of the Parliament, the Standing Orders and practice of the House shall have effect subject to the following modifications:

        (1) Subject to paragraph (3) of this Order and to paragraph (14)(a) of Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot), the House shall meet on Tuesdays at half-past Eleven o'clock and—

        (a) the moment of interruption shall be at Seven o'clock; and(b) in their application to such sittings, reference to a specified time in the Standing Orders shall be interpreted as reference to a time three hours earlier, except that reference to Twelve o'clock in Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration) shall be read as reference to half-past Ten o'clock, and that references to One o'clock, a quarter past One o'clock and half-past Three o'clock in Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees)shall be read as references to twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock, twenty minutes to Twelve o'clock and Two o'clock respectively.
        (2) On Tuesdays the sitting in Westminster Hall shall begin at half-past Nine o'clock, shall be suspended from half-past Eleven o'clock until Two o'clock and may then continue for up to a further two and a half hours (and in calculating that period no account shall be taken of any period during which the sitting may be suspended owing to a division being called in the House or a Committee of the whole House).

        (3) Paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Order shall not apply to a Tuesday sitting which immediately follows a periodic adjournment of more than two days or is the first day of a session, and in the former case the sitting in Westminster Hall shall begin at half-past Nine o'clock and conclude at Two o'clock.

    +  8  

    CARRY-OVER OF BILLS        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That in the current Parliament the following Order shall have effect:

        (1) Subject to the following provisions of this order, a Minister of the Crown may give notice of a motion (a carry-over motion") that proceedings on a public bill not completed before the end of the session shall be resumed in the next session of Parliament; and the Speaker shall put any question necessary to dispose of proceedings on such a motion—

       (a) forthwith if the motion is made on the day the bill is read a second time; or
       (b) not more than one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion if the motion is made at any other time.
        (2) A carry-over motion may be proceeded with, though opposed, after the moment of interruption.

        (3) A carry-over motion shall not be made in respect of more than one bill.

        (4) A carry-over motion shall not be made in respect of a bill carried over from a previous session of Parliament.

        (5) Paragraphs (6) to (9) of this order shall apply to any bill ordered to be carried over to the next session of Parliament in pursuance of a carry-over motion.

        (6) If proceedings in Committee on the bill are begun but not completed before the end of the first session, the Chairman shall report the bill to the House as so far amended and the bill shall be ordered to lie upon the Table.

        (7) In any other case, proceedings on the bill shall be suspended at the conclusion of the session in which the bill was first introduced.

        (8) If a bill is presented in the next session in the same terms as the bill reported to the House under paragraph (6) or as it stood when proceedings were suspended under paragraph (7), the bill shall be read the first and second time without question put, shall be ordered to be printed, and—

       (a) in the case of a bill reported from a standing committee under paragraph (6), shall stand committed in respect of those clauses and schedules not ordered to stand part of the bill in the first session, to a standing committee of the same Members as the Members of the standing committee on the bill in the first session;
       (b) in the case of a bill reported from a Committee of the whole House under paragraph (6), shall stand committed to a Committee of the whole House in respect of those clauses and schedules not ordered to stand part of the bill in the first session;
       (c) in the case of a bill committed to a Standing Committee but on which proceedings on the bill were not begun, shall again stand committed to a Standing Committee
        (d)   otherwise shall be set down as an order of the day for (as the case may be) committee, consideration, further consideration or third reading.
        (9) Notices of amendments, new clauses and new schedules given in respect of parts of a bill not disposed of in the first session shall be reprinted as notices in respect of the bill as presented and proceeded with under paragraph (8).

        (10) Proceedings on a bill ordered to be carried over to the next session of Parliament shall lapse on the expiry of the period of twelve months from the date of its first reading in this House and the bill shall be laid aside unless the House shall order, in pursuance of a motion under paragraph (11), that proceedings on the bill be extended for a specified period.

        (11) A motion may be made by a Minister of the Crown to extend for a specified period proceedings on a bill which would otherwise lapse under paragraph (10), and any such motion

       (a) may contain provisions amending or supplementing a programme order in respect of the bill;
       (b) may be proceeded with, though opposed, after the moment of interruption;
        and the Speaker shall put any question necessary to dispose of proceedings on any such motion not later than one and a half hours after the commencement of those proceedings.

    +  9  

    PERMANENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR WESTMINSTER HALL, THURSDAY SITTINGS AND STANDING COMMITTEES        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament,—

        (1) Standing Order No. 10 (Wednesday sittings) be repealed;

        (2) the following Standing Order (Sittings in Westminster Hall) be made;

        (1)   On days on which the House shall sit after an address has been agreed to in answer to Her Majesty's Speech there shall be a sitting in Westminster Hall—) On days on which the (a)   on   Tuesdays and Wednesdays between half-past Nine o'clock and Two o'clock; and) On days on which the (b)   on   Thursdays beginning at half-past Two o'clock and continuing for up to three hours (and in calculating that period no account shall be taken of any period during which the sitting may be suspended owing to a division being called in the House or a Committee of the whole House).
                          (2)   Any Member of the House may take part in a sitting in Westminster Hall.

                          (3)   Subject to paragraph (13) below, the business taken at any sitting in Westminster Hall shall be such as the Chairman of Ways and Means shall appoint and may include oral answers to questions under arrangements to be made by him.

                          (4)   The Chairman of Ways and Means or a Deputy Chairman shall take the chair in Westminster Hall as Deputy Speaker; and the House may appoint not more than four other members of the Chairmen's Panel to sit in Westminster Hall as Deputy Speaker.

                          (5)   Any member of the Chairmen's Panel may also take the chair at a sitting in Westminster Hall when so requested by the Chairman of Ways and Means, with the duties and powers conferred on additional Deputy Speakers; and Members so appointed shall be addressed by name.

                          (6)   Any order made or resolution come to at a sitting in Westminster Hall (other than a resolution to adjourn) shall be reported to the House by the Deputy Speaker and shall be deemed to be an order or resolution of the House.

                          (7)   If a motion be made by a Minister of the Crown that an order of the day be proceeded with at a sitting in Westminster Hall, the question thereon shall be put forthwith, but such motion may be made only with the leave of the House and may not be made on a Friday.

                          (8)   The quorum at a sitting in Westminster Hall shall be three.

                          (9)   If at a sitting in Westminster Hall the opinion of the Deputy Speaker as to the decision of a question (other than a question for adjournment) is challenged, that question shall not be decided, and the Deputy Speaker shall report to the House accordingly; and any such question shall be put forthwith upon a motion being made in the House.

                          (10)   If any business other than a motion for adjournment is under consideration at a sitting in Westminster Hall, and not fewer than six Members rise in their places and signify their objection to further proceedings, that business shall not be further proceeded with in Westminster Hall, and the Deputy Speaker shall report to the House accordingly, and any order under paragraph (7) above relating thereto shall be discharged.

                          (11)   At the end of each sitting in Westminster Hall, unless a question for adjournment has previously been agreed to, the Deputy Speaker shall adjourn the sitting without putting any question; and proceedings on any business which has been entered upon but not disposed of shall lapse.

                          (12)   The provisions of Standing Orders No. 29 (Powers of chair to propose question), No. 36 (Closure of debate), No. 37 (Majority for closure or proposal of question), No. 38 (Procedure on divisions), No. 39 (Voting), No. 40 (Division unnecessarily claimed), No. 41 (Quorum), No. 43 (Disorderly conduct), No. 44 (Order in debate), No. 45 (Members suspended, &c., to withdraw from precincts), No. 45A (Suspension of salary of Members suspended) and No. 163 (Motions to sit in private) shall not apply to sittings in Westminster Hall.

                    (13)   In each Session, the Speaker shall appoint not more than six Thursdays on which the business to be taken in Westminster Hall should be debates on select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.

        and

     
        (3) the following Amendments to Standing Orders be made:
     
        Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot)
     
          Line    90,    leave out '10 (Wednesday sittings)' and insert '9 (Sittings of the House)'
     
        Standing Order No. 9 (Sittings of the House)
     
          Line    2,    leave out 'and Thursdays at half-past two' and insert 'and Wednesdays at half-past two o'clock and Thursdays at half-past eleven'
     
          Line    6,    after 'Tuesday' insert 'Wednesday'
     
          Line    15,    after 'Tuesdays' insert 'and'
     
          Line    16,    after 'and' insert 'at seven o'clock on'
     
          Line    16,    after 'Thursdays', insert '(the moment of interruption")'
     
          Line    43,    leave out 'ten o'clock' and insert 'the moment of interruption'
     
          Line    52,    leave out 'ten o'clock in the evening' and insert 'the moment of interruption'
     
        Standing Order No. 11 (Friday sittings)
     
          leave out lines 9 to 11 and insert -
     
          '(b) the insertion of references to half-past two o'clock as the moment of interruption; and'
     
        Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of Public Business)
     
          Lines    20 and 23,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or four o'clock on Thursday'
     
          Line    29,    after 'o'clock' insert 'or four o'clock'
     
        Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business)
     
          Lines    4, 42, 93 and 96,    leave out 'ten o'clock' and insert 'the moment of interruption'
     
          Line    24,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or eight o'clock on Thursday'
     
        Standing Order No. 17 (Delegated legislation (negative procedure))
     
          Lines    3 and 5,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or half-past eight o'clock on Thursday'
     
          Line    18,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or eight o'clock on Thursday'
     
        Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business)
     
          Line    3,    leave out 'to three o'clock' and insert 'of an hour after the House sits'
     
          Line    28,    leave out 'Wednesday or Thursday' and insert 'or Wednesday or Four o'clock on any specified Thursday'
     
          Line    38,    after 'o'clock' insert 'or four o'clock'
     
        Standing Order No. 21 (Time for taking questions)
     
          Line    5,    leave out 'after half-past three o'clock' and insert 'more than one hour after the House sits'
     
        Standing Order No. 22 (Notices of questions, motions and amendments)
     
          Line    6,    leave out 'after half past ten o'clock in the evening' and insert 'later than half an hour after the moment of interruption'.
     
        Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration)
     
          Line    24,    at end insert 'if it is a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or four o'clock if it is a Thursday'.
     
          Line    27,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or half-past Ten o'clock on a Thursday'
     
          Line    52,    after 'o'clock' insert 'or four o'clock'
     
          Line    59,    leave out 'seven o'clock' and insert 'the time when they were postponed'
     
        Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates)
     
          Lines    11 and 40,    leave out 'ten o'clock' and insert 'the moment of interruption'
     
          Lines    18 and 22,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or four o'clock on Thursday'
     
          Line    25,    after 'o'clock' insert 'or four o'clock'
     
        Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.)
     
          Line    3,    leave out 'ten o'clock' and insert 'the moment of interruption'
     
        Standing Order No. 88 (Meetings of standing committees)
     
          Line    8,    leave out '(being days on which the House sits)' and insert 'and at such times'
     
          Line    9,    leave out from 'committee' to end of line 10
     
          Line    11,    after 'sit' insert 'at Westminster, on a day on which the House sits,'
     
          Line    13,    after 'afternoon' insert 'on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays or between the hours of twenty-five minutes past eleven o'clock in the morning and two o'clock in the afternoon on Thursdays'
     
          Line    14,    after 'committee' insert 'to which the proviso to paragraph (1) of this order applies'
     
          Line    16,    after 'o'clock' insert 'or twenty-five minutes past eleven o'clock as the case may be'
     
          Line    25,    leave out 'until a quarter past one o'clock' and insert 'for a quarter of an hour'
     
          Line    34,    at end add—
     
                      '(3)  Any standing committee may sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House.'
     
        Standing Order No. 99 (Scottish Grand Committee (substantive motions for the adjournment))
     
          Line    34,    leave out 'at or after half-past three o'clock' and insert 'five hours or more after the commencement of the sitting'
     
        Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings))
     
          Leave out line    9    and insert 'such hours as may be specified'
     
          Line    45,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at twenty-five minutes past eleven o'clock on Thursdays'
     
        Standing Order No. 108 (Welsh Grand Committee (sittings))
     
          Leave out lines    9 and 10    and insert 'such hours as may be specified'
     
          Line    45,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at twenty-five minutes past eleven o'clock on Thursdays'
     
        Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings))
     
          Line    57,    after 'o'clock' insert 'on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at twenty-five minutes past eleven o'clock on Thursdays'
     
        Standing Order No. 117 (Standing Committee on Regional Affairs)
     
          Line    37,    leave out 'at ten o'clock'
     
        Standing Order No. 145 (Liaison Committee)
     
          Line    10,    leave out Wednesdays" and insert days"
     
          Line    11,    leave out '(4) of Standing Order No. 10 (Wednesday sittings)' and insert '(13) of Standing Order (Sittings in Westminster Hall)'
     
        Standing Order No. 154 (Time and manner of presenting petitions)
     
          Line    22,    leave out 'ten o'clock or at half-past two o'clock respectively' and insert 'the moment of interruption'
     
        Standing Order No. 155 (Petition as to present personal grievance)
     
          Line    7,    leave out 'shall not be interrupted at ten o'clock and'
    +  10  

    DEFERRED DIVISIONS        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That the Order relating to Deferred Divisions, made by the House on 28th June 2001, shall continue to have effect in the next session of Parliament.

    +  11  

    PROGRAMMING        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That Orders A to I relating to the Programming of Bills, made by the House on 28th June 2001, shall continue to have effect in the next session of Parliament.

    +  12  

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR THE SPEAKER        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That Standing Order No. 3 (Deputy Speaker) be amended as follows—

      Line      7,      after `Speaker' insert `or where paragraph (2A) of this order applies'
      Line      19,      at end add`
      (2A)   For the purpose of paragraph (2) of this order, the Speaker shall have leave of absence, if he thinks fit, on any Friday on which the House sits.'
    +  13  

    SHORT SPEECHES        [Until 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That, with effect from the beginning of the next session of Parliament, Standing Order No. 47 (Short speeches) be amended as follows:

      Line      8,      leave out `may' and insert `shall, subject to paragraph (2)'.Leave out lines      14 and 15      and insert
      `(2) In relation to any speech, the Speaker shall add to any period specified in paragraph (1) of this order—
          (a)   one minute if one intervention is accepted, plus the time taken by that intervention;
          (b)   two minutes if two or more interventions are accepted, plus the time taken by the first two such interventions.'.
    The Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the above Motions in the name of Mr Robin Cook not later than 10.00 p.m. (Order of 28th October).
    An Explanatory Memorandum relating to the above Motions in the name of Mr Robin Cook is available in the Vote Office.
    +  14  

    JUSTICE AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

          That Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to Government departments) be amended as follows:

      In the Table

      Item      7,      column 2, leave out from `Office;' to end of entry;

      After item      8      insert—

      `Justice and Constitutional Affairs
    Lord Chancellor's Department (including the work of staff provided for the administrative work of courts and tribunals, but excluding consideration of individual cases and appointments); and administration and expenditure of the Attorney General's Office, the Treasury Solicitor's Department, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office (but excluding individual cases and appointments and advice given within government by Law Officers)11'.

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

    +  15  

    SITTINGS OF THE HOUSE        [No debate after 10.00 p.m.]

    Mr Robin Cook

      That—

        (i)   at the sittings on Wednesday 30th October, Thursday 31st October, Monday 4th November, Tuesday 5th November, Wednesday 6th November and Thursday 7th November, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Messages from the Lords shall have been received;

        (ii)   at the sittings on Monday 4th November, Tuesday 5th November, Wednesday 6th November and Thursday 7th November, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until any Committee to draw up Reasons which has been appointed at that sitting has reported; and

        (iii)   at the sitting on Thursday 7th November, the Speaker shall not adjourn the House until a Message is received from the Lords Commissioners.

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

    At the end of the sitting:

      16  

    ADJOURNMENT

          Proposed subject: Long stay in-patient personal requirements allowance (Mr Bob Laxton).

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

    COMMITTEES

    STANDING COMMITTEES

    1Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation10.30 a.m.Room 11 (public)
    To consider the draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 2002.
    2Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation10.30 a.m.Room 10 (public)
    To consider the Access to the Countryside (Provisional and Conclusive Maps) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 1710).
    3Fifth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation4.30 p.m.Room 10 (public)
    To consider the Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2574) and the Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2002 (S.I., 2002, No. 2587).

    SELECT COMMITTEES

    4Regulatory Reform9.30 a.m.Room 19 (private)
    5Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy Sub-Committee10.00 a.m.


    10.05 a.m.
    The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
    (public)
    Subject: Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.
    Witnesses: National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations and the Scottish Fishermen's Federation.
    6Foreign Affairs10.00 a.m.Room 16 (private)
    7International Development10.00 a.m.
    10.30 a.m.
    Room 5 (private)
    (public)
    Subject: The humanitarian crisis in southern Africa.
    Witnesses: Mr John Winter, Head of Central and Southern Africa Department, Department for International Development, Mr Rob Holden, Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department (CHAD), Crisis Management Group, DFID Johannesburg, and Mr John Hansell OBE, Food Security Adviser, DFID Zimbabwe.
    8Trade and Industry10.00 a.m.


    10.15 a.m.
    The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
    (public)
    Subject: The Company Law White Paper.
    Witnesses: TUC; Institute of Chartered Accountants (at approximately 10.55 a.m.); Law Society (at approximately 11.25 a.m.).
    9Treasury10.00 a.m.


    10.15 a.m.
    The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
    (public)
    Subject: Split Capital Investment Trusts.
    Witnesses: Aberdeen Asset Management; Brewin Dolphin and Collins Stewart (at approximately 11.15 a.m.); Association of Investment Trust Companies (at approximately 12.00 noon).
    10Home Affairs10.15 a.m.
    10.30 a.m.
    Room 8 (private)
    (public)
    Subject: Draft Extradition Bill.
    Witnesses: Susie Alegre, JUSTICE, and Gareth Crossman, Liberty.
    11Northern Ireland Affairs2.00 p.m.Castle Buildings, Stormont, Belfast (public)
    Subject: Control of Firearms in Northern Ireland and the Draft Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2002.
    Witnesses: Gun Trade Association, Northern Ireland, Ulster Rifle Association; British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Countryside Alliance in Northern Ireland (at approximately 3.00 p.m.).
    12Trade and Industry4.00 p.m.


    4.15 p.m.
    The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
    (public)
    Subjects: (i) Manufacturing Strategy; (ii) The Company Law White Paper.
    Witnesses: (i) Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, DTI; (ii) Investment Management Association (at approximately 5.30 p.m.).
    13Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Mid-Term Review of the CAP Sub-Committee4.30 p.m.


    4.45 p.m.
    The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
    (public)
    Subject: Mid-Term Review of the CAP.
    Witnesses: National Farmers' Union of England and Wales.
    14Foreign Affairs4.30 p.m.Room 16 (private)
    15Statutory InstrumentsImmediately after the JCSI meetingRoom 7 (private)

    JOINT COMMITTEES

    16House of Lords Reform10.00 a.m.Room 4 (private)
    17Statutory Instruments4.15 p.m.Room 7 (private)

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


     
     

    Written Questions tabled on Monday 28th October for answer today++

    1 Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to change the Home Detention Curfew period; and if he will make a statement.
    ( 78366 )
    2 Claire Ward (Watford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will bring forward the Commission for Racial Equality's draft statutory Code of Practice on the duty to promote race equality in Scotland.
    ( 78367 )
    3 James Purnell (Stalybridge & Hyde): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she plans to publish the Government's response to the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Bill.
    ( 78438 )
    4 Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent reports she has received under her Department's high level targets for flood and coastal defence; and if she will make a statement.
    ( 78379 )
    5 Mr Chris Bryant (Rhondda): To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in implementing the EC Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).
    ( 78378 )
    6 Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North): To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he will publish the report on the economics of the park homes industry.
    ( 78414 )
    7 Valerie Davey (Bristol West): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the Lord Chancellor's Strategic Investment Board's annual report for 2001-02 will be published.
    ( 78493 )
    8 Caroline Flint (Don Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the outcome was of the annual review of the Cold Weather Payments scheme.
    ( 78550 )




     

     
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