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House of Commons

Session 2010-11
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Summary Agendas and Orders of Business

Order of Business Wednesday 2 February 2011

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.


House of Commons
Order of Business

 
At 11.30 am
  Prayers
Afterwards
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.
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
 1
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore):  What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the electrification of the Great Western Main Line.
(36719)
 2
Andrew Griffiths (Burton):  What discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government and other stakeholders on steps to attract inward investment into Wales.
(36720)
 3
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):  What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the closure of the Driving Standards Agency office in Cardiff.
(36721)
 4
Paul Flynn (Newport West):  What recent estimate she has made of the number of public sector job losses in Wales attributable to the implementation of the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(36722)
 5
Neil Carmichael (Stroud):  What recent assessment she has made of the role of the aviation sector in Wales.
(36723)
 6
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):  What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the electrification of the Great Western Main Line.
(36724)
 7
Robert Halfon (Harlow):  What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effects of her Department's polices on apprentices on the number of apprentices in Wales.
(36725)
 8
Stephen Mosley (City of Chester):  What discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government and other stakeholders on steps to attract inward investment into North East Wales.
(36726)
 9
Greg Hands (Chelsea and Fulham):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on steps to assist economic growth in Wales.
(36727)
 10
Mr Mark Williams (Ceredigion):  What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the likely effect on Wales of the establishment of a groceries code adjudicator.
(36728)
 11
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on the future of Remploy factories in Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(36729)
 12
Hywel Williams (Arfon):  What discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on the effect on claimants in Wales of proposed changes to disability living allowance.
(36730)
 13
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):  What recent estimate she has made of the number of public sector job losses in Wales attributable to the implementation of the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(36731)
 14
Stuart Andrew (Pudsey):  What discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the implications for Wales of the provisions of the Localism Bill.
(36732)
 15
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Dwyfor Meirionnydd):  When she next plans to make an official visit to Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency.
(36733)
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
 Q1
Bob Russell (Colchester):  If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 2 February.
(37418)
 Q2
Simon Wright (Norwich South):
(37419)
 Q3
Vernon Coaker (Gedling):
(37420)
 Q4
Ian Mearns (Gateshead):
(37421)
 Q5
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire):
(37422)
 Q6
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham):
(37424)
 Q7
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):
(37425)
 Q8
Kris Hopkins (Keighley):
(37426)
 Q9
Tony Baldry (Banbury):
(37427)
 Q10
Stephen Timms (East Ham):
(37428)
 Q11
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim):
(37429)
 Q12
Guy Opperman (Hexham):
(37430)
 Q13
John Glen (Salisbury):
(37431)
 Q14
Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock):
(37432)
At 12.30 pm
  Urgent Questions (if any)
 
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1
HIGH PAY COMMISSION
[Up to 20 minutes]
Tony Lloyd
 
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the establishment of a High Pay Commission; 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
  indicates Government Business
2
OPPOSITION DAY (10th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 pm]
 
PERFORMANCE OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS
Edward Miliband
Mr John Denham
Ed Balls
Caroline Flint
Ian Lucas
Ms Rosie Winterton
 
   That this House notes that the Business Secretary in June 2010 called the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) the department of growth; believes that the overriding priority is growth and jobs; expresses deep concern that after nine months BIS has failed to deliver this promise on growth, that the Growth White Paper is still not published, that the dismantling of regional development agencies is ‘chaotic’, that local enterprise partnerships lack powers and resources, and that regional development funding is slashed and grants for business investment abolished, causing oversubscription to the Regional Growth Fund; regrets the refusal of the Sheffield Forgemasters loan; notes with concern that responsibility for the digital economy has been transferred to another department without consultation with business or rationale, that there has been no progress in securing lending to small businesses, while bank taxes have been cut, and that BIS has failed to persuade departments not to change planning policies and public services which damage jobs and growth; further notes the sharp reductions in adult training, that there is no longer a 10-year science funding strategy, and that BIS is prioritising unfair and damaging reforms to universities instead of enabling them to support growth; notes the lack of strategy or leadership for key sectors vital to rebalancing the economy; shares the CBI Director General’s concern that the Government has no plan for growth and that BIS is a ‘talking shop’; and calls on the Government to take decisive action to remedy the deficiencies in that Department.
   As an Amendment to Edward Miliband’s proposed Motion (Performance of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills):
Mr Mike Weir
Jonathan Edwards
Stewart Hosie
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Pete Wishart
Hywel Williams
Mr Angus Brendan MacNeil   
Dr Eilidh Whiteford
(a)
 
   Line 14, after ‘growth’, insert ‘further notes the Department’s championing of the privatisation of Royal Mail, which will have serious adverse effects on small businesses and post offices in rural areas, particularly in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;’
 
FUTURE OF THE PUBLIC FOREST ESTATE IN ENGLAND
Edward Miliband
Mary Creagh
Meg Hillier
Caroline Flint
Sir Peter Soulsby
Ms Rosie Winterton
 
   That this House believes that the Government’s intention in the Public Bodies Bill to sell off up to 100 per cent. of England’s public forestry estate is fundamentally unsound; notes that over 225,000 people have signed a petition against such a sell-off; recognises the valuable role that the Forestry Commission and England’s forests have made to increasing woodland biodiversity and public access, with 40 million visits a year; further recognises that the total subsidy to the Forestry Commission has reduced from 35 per cent. of income in 2003-04 to 14 per cent. of income in 2010-11; further notes that the value of the ecosystems services provided by England’s public forest estate is estimated to be £680 million a year; notes that the value of such services could increase substantially in the future through the transition to a low carbon economy as a carbon market emerges; notes that the public forest estate has been retained in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and calls on the Government to rethink its decision on the sale of England’s public forest estate in order to protect it for future generations.
   As an Amendment to Edward Miliband’s proposed Motion (Future of the public forest estate in England):
The Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Caroline Spelman
Mr James Paice
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
(a)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘deplores the actions of the previous administration in selling off 25,000 acres of public forestry estate with wholly inadequate protections; notes that the previous administration sought to go even further in finding ways to exploit the forestry estate for commercial gain as recently as 2009; welcomes the consultation proposals to guarantee the future protection of heritage forests by offering them charitable trust status; supports the consultation proposals for robust access and public benefit conditions that will be put in place through lease conditions, including access rights for cyclists and horse-riders; believes the leasehold conditions regarding biodiversity and wildlife conservation will safeguard significant important environmental benefits; sees these proposals as important in resolving the conflict of interest whereby the Forestry Commission is the regulator of the timber sector whilst being the largest operator in the England timber market; considers that debate on the future of the forest estate ought to be conducted on the basis of the facts of the Government’s proposals; and believes that under these proposals people will continue to enjoy the access and benefits they currently have from the woodlands of England.’.
   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 7.00 pm.
3
COURT OF AUDITORS 2009 REPORT
[Up to one and a half hours]
Justine Greening
 
   That this House takes note of the Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 25 November 2010 submitted by HM Treasury on the implementation of the 2009 EU budget, the Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 24 November 2010 submitted by the Department for International Development on the activities funded by the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth European Development Funds in the financial year 2009, European Union Document No. 12393/10 and Addenda 1 and 2 on Protection of the European Union’s financial interests, European Union Document No. 13075/10 and Addendum, relating to an annual report to the discharge authority on internal audits carried out in 2009, the Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum dated 22 October 2010 submitted by HM Treasury on the European Anti-Fraud Office’s tenth activity report for the period 1 January to 31 December 2009, and European Union Document No. 16662/10 and Addenda 1 and 2, Commission Report to the European Parliament and the Council on the follow-up to 2008 Discharge; and supports the Government’s continued engagement with its EU partners to improve financial management of the EU budget.
   The Speaker will put the Question not later than one and a half hours after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 16(1)).
4
FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS
[No debate]
Mark Hoban
 
   That the draft Investment Bank Special Administration Regulations 2011, which were laid before this House on 10 January, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
5
FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS
[No debate]
Mark Hoban
 
   That the draft Investment Bank (Amendment of Definition) Order 2011, which was laid before this House on 10 January, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
6
FINANCIAL STABILISATION MECHANISM
[No debate]
Mark Hoban
 
   That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 9606/10, relating to a Council Regulation establishing a European financial stabilisation mechanism,
No. 12119/10, relating to a draft amending budget No. 7 to the General Budget 2010—Statement of expenditure by Section—Section III—Commission, and No. 17361/10, Commission Communication on the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism; supports the Government’s view that whilst it is in the interests of all Member States to support a stable and fully functioning euro area, financial assistance for euro area Member States should primarily be provided by other euro area Member States; and supports the Government’s position that the United Kingdom should not be required to contribute to the European Stability Mechanism that will permanently replace both the European Financial Stability Mechanism and the European Financial Stability Facility.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(11)).
7
BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
[No debate after 7.00 pm.]
Sir George Young
 
   That, at the sitting on Wednesday 9 February, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Secretary Theresa May relating to Police Grant Report not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion, and shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Secretary Eric Pickles relating to Local Government Finance not later than six hours after the commencement of proceedings relating to Police Grant Report; proceedings may continue after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 pm.
 
At the end of the sitting:
8
ADJOURNMENT
 
   Proposed subject: NHS funding for hospice care  (Dr Daniel Poulter).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEES
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE
1
European Committee A
8.55 am
Room 10 (public)
   To consider European Union Document No. 16096/10, relating to Energy 2020: A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy.
DELEGATED LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
2
First Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 pm
Room 11 (public)
   To consider the draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2010.
SELECT COMMITTEES
3
Science and Technology
9.00 am
Room 16 (private)
4
Work and Pensions
9.15 am
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
9.30 am
(public)
   Subject: Work Programme: Providers and Contracting Arrangements.
   Witnesses: Community Links, Councillor Stephen Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Christopher Knee, Chief Executive Officer, St. Loye’s Foundation, and The Prince’s Trust; Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, and Rob Murdoch, Chair, Employment Related Services Association, Sean Williams, Managing Director, G4S Welfare to Work, Richard Johnson, Managing Director, Serco Welfare to Work, and Laurie Russell, Chief Executive, The Wise Group (at 10.30 am).
5
Education
9.30 am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
10.30 am
(public)
   Subject: Annual Report of the Chief Schools Adjudicator.
   Witness: Dr Ian Craig, Chief Schools Adjudicator.
6
Energy and Climate Change
9.30 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
9.45 am
(public)
   Subject: Electricity Market Reform.
   Witnesses: Good Energy, First:Utility, Drax Power, International Power, and Renewable UK; Centrica Energy, EDF Energy, E.ON, RWE Npower, Scottish and Southern Energy, and ScottishPower (at 10.45 am).
7
Defence
2.00 pm
Room 16 (private)
8
European Scrutiny
2.00 pm
Room 19 (private)
9
Foreign Affairs
2.00 pm
Room 6 (private)
10
Scottish Affairs
2.00 pm
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
2.30 pm
(public)
   Subject: Scotland Bill.
   Witnesses: Professor Sir Kenneth Calman KCB, University of Glasgow, and Professor Jim Gallagher CB FRSE; Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (at 4.00 pm).
11
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 pm
Room 8 (private)
12
Environmental Audit
2.30 pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
13
Public Accounts
2.30 pm
Room 15 (private)
 
3.30 pm
(public)
   Subject: HM Treasury Asset Protection.
   Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Macpherson KCB, Permanent Secretary, and Tom Scholar, 2nd Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury.
14
Procedure
3.00 pm
Room 20 (private)
15
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
16
Treasury
4.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
4.15 pm
(public)
   Subject: Competition and Choice in the Banking Sector.
   Witness: Mark Hoban MP, Financial Secretary, HM Treasury.
17
Environmental Audit
5.00 pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
5.05 pm
(public)
   Subject: Green Investment Bank.
   Witness: Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
18
Selection
5.00 pm
Room 13 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEE
19
Statutory Instruments
3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

PUBLICATION OF SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
Wednesday 2 February
Time of publication
No.
1
Procedure
11.00 am
HC 602
   Ministerial Statements (First Report).
2
Treasury
11.00 am
HC 754
   Spending Review 2010: Government Response to the Sixth Report from the Committee (Third Special Report).

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
1
Secretary of State for Health: Cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages.
2
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Funding to tackle knife, gun and gang crime.